Taking trips to the playground is a great way to get your kids outside and having fun, which are two things that have never been more important. However, because of the pandemic, it’s much safer and more convenient to have your own swing set in your backyard.
Not to mention, your kids will love having their own playset! This comprehensive guide features reviews on the best swing sets for your yard in 2020 along with swing set purchasing tips in a helpful buyer’s guide.
Perfect for really little kids, the Step2 Naturally Playful Playhouse Climber & Swing Set features a cozy clubhouse, a bright green plastic slide, and two red swings.
Your kids will love this swing set’s funky, chunky design which is not only appealing to them but also to parents because of how safe it is. Its sturdy construction has no sharp edges, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is the plastic getting hot. You may also want to add safety harnesses to the swings.
Each swing has a weight capacity of 75 pounds while the climber can hold up to 750 pounds. That means it’s sturdy enough for little kids, but unfortunately, parents won’t be able to partake in the fun.
One of the best parts of this cute swing set is its secret playhouse underneath the roomy deck. Not only does it have a bright orange door it also has crawl-through portals.
While playing on this swing set is so much fun, assembling it is not. The instructions are mostly pictures which can make the process difficult. Once it is assembled though, your toddlers and little kids will love it!
Looking to cram as much fun as possible into your smaller backyard?
Then you’ll love the Backyard Discovery Buckley Hill Wooden Swing Set which packs 2 swings, a rock wall, a slide, and a clubhouse into a compact 10-foot by 8-foot design. It’s smaller size makes it perfect for younger children who are older than toddlers but aren’t quite ready for a big kid’s playset.
Compared to other swing sets this one is relatively simple to assemble. Also, because of its lightweight materials, it’s easy to move if you decide you like it better in a different position in your yard.
However, it should be noted that the lightweight wood it’s built with is not the sturdiest material and that this swing set isn’t particularly durable, only lasting a few years. For some people that’s fine, considering it works for an intermediary age group, while others who are looking for a “forever swing set” may want to look elsewhere.
The details in this swing set are what make it truly incredible. The built-in chalkboard feature within the clubhouse is so much fun, while the mesh enclosed walls will delight children while simultaneously keeping them safe.
Other features, like the 6-foot long wave slide, 2 bright green swings, and rock wall will make your kids happy while safety features, like the side rails and sturdy handles will appease you.
It can be difficult to find the perfect playset for toddlers since you have to balance finding something small yet entertaining, and safe but affordable. Incorporating all of these features, the Costzon Plastic Toddler Climber and Swing Set is exactly what you are looking for.
Although it’s tiny, it features tons of fun activities, including a bright red slide, a tiny basketball hoop, a ring toss activity, and a totally safe swingset.
When it comes to safety, you’ll have trouble finding a better option for your toddler. This swing set is completely made from a plastic, non-toxic HDPE material, so it’s safe for kids to put their mouths on.
Everything is connected smoothly and there no sharp edges that will hurt the sensitive skin of toddlers. The mini staircase up to the slide is even designed with a slip-prevention material to prevent falls.
The swing has a wide seat, a backrest for comfort, and safety protection so your child can enjoy using it and you can rest easy, knowing they won’t fall out of it.
At 46 pounds, you can easily move this swing set around your yard. However, for how small it is, this swing set is a little expensive. With all the use you’ll get out of though, that price tag is worth it.
If you love classic, wooden swing sets, then this Big Backyard KidKraft Andorra Cedar Wood Swing Set will be right up your alley. Not only does it look great, with a traditional cedar wood base and yellow and green accents, it’s also lots of fun for kids.
It includes a wooden rock wall, a clubhouse, two belt swings, a wavy slide, and a vinyl chalkboard. With so much to do, your kids will never get tired of playing on this swing set.
Which is good because you’ll have it for a while. The durable cedar wood that this set is constructed from can hold up to 770 pounds. This sturdy set weighs 130 pounds, so once it’s set up you probably won’t want to, and might not be able to, move it to a different spot.
Assembly is fairly difficult for this swing set, although the wood is pre-drilled and pre-cut. Set aside a whole day for setting this playset up.
While not as safe as a plastic set, a lot of safety measures have been taken with this one, including applying a child-safe coating to all the wood and having high rails in the clubhouse.
Sometimes when you want a swing set, you just want a swing set. Plain and simple. If that’s the case, you’ll have trouble finding one that balances quality and affordability to the same degree as this MaxKare Metal Swing Set.
This swing set is not only beautiful, with a bright turquoise base, and yellow and green accents, it’s also durable. The structure is made of industrial-grade steel with a PVC coating that will prevent rust or other weather-related damage. If only they had made the structure a little more sturdy, this set would be perfect.
The swings themselves have seat brackets made of HDPE materials that are impact-resistant and easy to clean. The seat’s U-shape is much more comfortable, and safer than typical belt swings. However, despite its ergonomic shape, the seat has no grips.
It features 2 swings that have a combined weight capacity of 200 pounds, so this set really is for smaller kids. With a compact size, this swing set is best for small to medium backyards.
Unlike many other swing sets, this simple set is easy to assemble only taking about an hour. Once it’s built, your kids will love it for years to come!
When it comes to variety, the XDP Recreation All-Star Outdoor Playground IS an all-star. It includes not only two bright-green classic swings but also a super fun disc swing and a ride-on swing. With so many options, your kids won’t know which to do first!
At one time, this playset can entertain as many as 7 kids with 5 separate, fun activities. This is made all the more impressive when you take into consideration the fact that it balances having so many features with still being very safe.
Each feature has more than enough room, and sturdy supports. Safety is about the details, which this set has, with plastic swings and a totally safe slide with a mocked bottom on the end.
With so much to love about this set, its expensive price tag is understandable, however, keep in mind that you’ll have it for a long time to come because it was built to be strong and durable.
You’ll also have to keep that in mind through the grueling assembly process as well. Once it’s built, the high price and hours of labor will be well worth it when you saw how much your kids love this set. It’s absolutely perfect for younger children.
While wooden swing sets look gorgeous, and plastic ones are the safest, metal swing sets are the most durable and traditional. One of the best metal swing sets on the market is the Backyard Discovery Little Brutus Swing Set.
It looks adorable, with a silver metal frame and grey accents. This simple swing set sports two traditional belt swings and a super fun disc swing.
Perfect for compact spaces, this swing set is small only measuring 146 x 80 x 78.5 inches. It’s great for young children, between the ages of 3 to 10 years old.
This robust swing set was built to last with fully coated steel chains that are weather and rust-resistant. The frame of this swing set is made of heavy-duty powder-coated steel that can’t crack and is weather-resistant.
Although stability can often be an issue for metal swing sets, it’s not for this one which is impressively sturdy with large, molded feet. The only downside of this swing set is that it’s somewhat difficult to assemble, but shouldn’t take more than a few hours to put up.
Before purchasing a swing set, make sure that it actually fits in your backyard. The first step in doing this is finding the exact spot you want to place the swing set. This is especially important if you are buying a heavy swing set that will be hard to move.
Look for places in your backyard that are mostly flat, so the swing set will be more stable. You’ll also want to find a spot that’s shady because swing sets last longer in shady spots than they do in sunny ones.
If you have a smaller backyard, measure out the space a swing set could take in it. You also will want to consider how much of your backyard you’ll want to give up to the swing set. Keep in mind that you need to include the space swings will require to move back and forth in your calculations.
Swing sets are typically made of three types of materials, either wood, plastic, or metal.
Wood is a great base for swing sets because it looks wonderful. It’s a sturdy, durable material, however, it’s more prone to decay than plastic and metal. You’ll also want to make sure that it’s pre-treated with non-toxic chemicals, especially if you have smaller children.
Swing sets made of plastic are typically on the smaller side and geared towards toddlers. That’s because it’s difficult to make the entirety of a larger set with plastic. The main upside of plastic is that it’s super safe - if it’s made with a non-toxic HDPE material. Obviously, toddlers love to put their mouths on everything, so your plastic swing set should take that into consideration.
Metal swing sets are normally made with powder-coated steel now, which makes them weather and rust-resistant. While metal swingsets tend to look less attractive than wooden ones, although they do have a vintage charm to them, if pre-treated they tend to last longer and are much more durable.
One of the first things you should look at when purchasing a swing set is what ages it’s geared towards. That way you avoid buying an unsafe swing set for younger children, and the unpleasant surprise of a swing set being much too small for older children.
Not to mention, swing sets for older kids tend to have much more features to engage them, while those for younger kids tend to be more basic.
Something else to consider is how many kids you have. If you have a bigger family, two swings might not suffice to entertain everyone, leading to fights.
If you plan on having more kids in the future, a swing set becomes more of an investment since it will entertain your older kids until they outgrow it, and will then entertain your younger children. If this is the case, then you may be willing to expand your budget in regard to the swing set and you’ll also want to make sure it’s a durable, long-lasting swingset.
When considering what features, and how many features you want your swing set to have, you should also take into consideration how many kids you have and plan on having.
Ideally, you’ll want a set that can occupy all of your kids at once so they can all play together. It can be nice to have some extra features for when they bring friends over as well.
Swing sets can range from having as many as 2 play accessories to 10. Some common swing set features include belt swings, ride-on swings, disc swings, rock walls, monkey bars, slides, chalkboards, clubhouses, basketball hoops, mini trampolines, and more. If your kid can want it, it’s probably included in a swing set somewhere.
This is the part of purchasing swing sets that parents like to not think about until a box arrives at their front door full of planks of wood, screws, and all kinds of other parts.
Yes, the process can be extremely painful, especially if you buy a large swing set with lots of features. However, it doesn’t have to be, especially if the swing set comes with easy-to-follow instructions. It’s especially helpful when swing set manufacturers include video guides with their assembly instructions so you can see someone doing it.
Plastic and metal swing sets tend to be much easier to construct because of their smaller size. Swing set assembly times can range from 1 hour to 8 hours, requiring anywhere from 1 to 3 people.
If you hate the idea of assembling your swing set you can always try to find a handyman or someone else to do it for you. This might be the best option for particularly heavy or difficult wooden swing sets.
Swing Set Safety Tips
Once you purchase a swing set, you can’t just rely on its safety features to keep your kids from getting hurt.
Following some of the tips below, you can keep your kids happy and safe on their new swing set:
Always supervise your kids when they play.
Make sure they don’t wear loose clothing on the swing set.
Teach them not to walk in front of other kids swinging.
Show them how to appropriately use swings and other features.
Check your swing set regularly to make sure it’s still safe.
Keep the area around your swing set clear.
For some more safety tips, check out this video!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Maintain My Swing Set?
One of the best ways to make sure that your swing set lasts is to set it up in a suitable position on flat ground in a shady spot. Over the years, check on it to see if the ground has shifted.
Some other good maintenance activities include regularly checking the brackets and screws to make sure they are tight and evaluating wooden boards to make sure they haven’t deteriorated or splintered.
If you purchased a metal swing set, it will need to be anchored to the ground to make sure that it doesn’t tip when your kids are swinging on it. Normally, metal stakes will come with these swing sets that you can use.
Plastic swing sets are so small, it’s unlikely you’ll need to anchor them. Wooden swing sets on the other hand, because they tend to be large, have enough weight that they don’t need to be anchored. You may still want to use anchor bolts with them as an extra precaution though.
Swing sets are a fun, active way to get your kids playing outside. Every swing set on this list is high quality, super safe, and very fun.
Your kids will love them, and you’ll love how they entertain your kids.
Thanks for swinging by, I hope you found this guide helpful! If you did, be sure to share it and comment below with which swing set you decided on.
Helen Lewis is a writer who graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in English. She specializes in health topics, gardening, and lifestyle writing. When not tip-tapping away on her trusty laptop you’ll likely find her hanging out in a hammock where she may be reading, laughing with friends, or staring off into space considering anything from the meaning of life to how much she wants pizza for dinner.