The 6 Best Swing Sets of 2020

An outdoor activity that the whole family will love

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Our Top Picks

Best Wooden: Backyard Discovery Skyfort II Playset at Lowe’s

"This sturdy wooden swing set is both aesthetically pleasing and packed with fun activities."

Best for Toddlers: Step2 Naturally Playful Swing Set at Amazon

"Features like a non-slip climber and included belt swings ensure your tot stays safe while playing."

Best Splurge: Gorilla Playsets Mountaineer Clubhouse Swing Set at Wayfair

"It's rated for children as young as 3 years old all the way up to 12 years old."

Best for Variety: Sportspower Outdoor Super 8 Swing Set at Walmart

"A variety of activity stations keep up to eight kids busy."

Best for Babies: Little Tikes Hide and Seek Climber and Swing at Walmart

"Reviewers say it works equally well inside and outside."

Best Budget: Sportspower Live Oak Swing Set at Wayfair

"For less than $150, you get a variety of activities and hours of amusement."

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    Best Wooden: Backyard Discovery Skyfort II Wood Swing Playset

    A picture of the Backyard Discovery Skyfort II play set
    Backyard Discovery Skyfort II Wooden Swing Set. Photo Courtesy Amazon
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    Wooden swing sets are an aesthetically pleasing option for your backyard, but also offer fun features for kids—like fort spaces and hideaways that aren’t commonly seen on more minimal metal swing sets. The Skyfort II Cedar Playset from Backyard Discovery is a popular pick for a wooden swing set that looks great, is easy to build, and offers plenty of fun activities. 

    This wooden swing set is constructed of cedar, which is known for its resistance to rot and insects. It makes a great choice for a beautiful and durable swing set. Playtime activities include two belt swings and a two-person glider, along with a rock-climbing wall, monkey bars, and a 10-foot wave slide. This playset also includes an upper and lower wooden playhouse. While this swing set may look like a major construction project, users really appreciate the app assistance provided in Bilt (available on Apple and Android) devices to walk you through assembly.

    "We love that the set feels safe and sturdy. Nothing sways when the kids are on the swings or climbing into the clubhouse.”—The Spruce Product Tester

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    Best for Toddlers: Step2 Naturally Playful Swing Set

    Little ones love to swing, slide and explore and the Step2 Naturally Playful Swing Set is a perfect fit for this stage of life. With a sturdy molded construction and no sharp edges or chances for slivers, this swing set for toddlers is kid-tested and parent-approved. It includes two belt swings (with a generous weight capacity of 75 pounds each), a non-slip climber with an enclosed deck and a lower-level playhouse, plus an age-appropriate slide that’s 5.5-feet long. 

    Reviewers with children as young as 18 months and even up to 8 years old rave about this swing set, meaning that your toddler can enjoy it now and in years to come. The biggest complaint is the assembly of the swing set since the directions are primarily based on pictures. Once assembled, however, people love the swing, slide, and playhouse that are all sized just right for little tikes. The only modification that some parents found necessary was to swap out the regular swing for a toddler swing seat with a harness.

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    Best Splurge: Gorilla Playsets Mountaineer Clubhouse Swing Set

    Gorilla Playsets Mountaineer Clubhouse Swing Set

     Courtesy of Wayfair

    Gorilla playsets take fun seriously—choice grade cedar lumber, standard 4x6 swing beams, and swing chains rated for 800 pounds of force are just some of the top-grade components you’ll find in this splurge-worthy swing set. And while safety is a top priority, the Mountaineer Clubhouse Swing Set is big on fun too. The set includes an abundance of activities, like a tire swing, two belt swings, a trapeze bar with rings, a rope ladder, climbing wall, and a wave slide, and an enclosed slide. The treehouse option encloses the front of the clubhouse, while other options provide a completely enclosed play space. 

    A swing set that has so much to offer doesn’t come cheap—you can expect to spend upwards of $2,500 for a top-quality swing set like this one. However, keep in mind that your kids will get years of use out of the Mountaineer Clubhouse swing set—it’s rated for children as young as 3 years old all the way up to 12 years old. But with an 800-pound capacity on the swings, even older siblings or parents might be tempted to swing on this backyard adventure center.

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    Best for Variety: Sportspower Outdoor Super 8 Swing Set

    Sportspower Outdoor Super 8 Swing Set

     Courtesy of Walmart

    Every parent dreads to hear, “I’m bored!” from kids on a sunny day. Help your kids get outside and have some fun with this swing set packed with a variety of activities. Of course, there are two standard swings for the avid swinging enthusiast in your family, but a saucer swing, two-person glider, rocking horse, and a 6-foot slide provide plenty of activity stations to keep up to 8 kids busy. 

    This swing set is a real boredom-buster and won’t break the bank, either. While some swing set adventure centers are priced well over $1,000, this model costs under $300. Kids that become restless easy or need fresh opportunities for imaginative play will enjoy hours spent swinging, sliding, and gliding with this swing set.

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    Best for Babies: Little Tikes Hide and Seek Climber and Swing

    Little Tikes Hide & Seek

     Courtesy of Walmart

    Even little ones can enjoy the fun of a swing set with one specially designed for tiny tots. This molded plastic version from Little Tikes is simple in its design, with a slide and swing with a 3-point safety belt. Reviewers say it works equally well inside and outside, and its weight is light enough to easily move it around. 

    With a recommended age range as young as 12 months up to 4 years old, you can begin using this swing set earlier than most models. However, take note that it’s generally recommended by users as a swing set for babies. Most people find that the swing and slide are too small to accommodate even toddlers that are 2 or 3 years old.

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    Best Budget: Sportspower Live Oak Swing Set

    Live Oak Swing Set

     Courtesy of Wayfair

    Swing sets cost nothing to operate and provide hours of amusement at no charge, once you’ve made the small investment to buy one. The Sportspower Live Oak Swing Set is a great option for about $150 and is our top pick for a budget swing set. 

    This model includes two belt swings, along with a trapeze, slide, a teeter-totter, and a glide ride. This variety in activities helps to stretch the fun factor of this affordable swing set. Most people found the assembly to take several hours and it’s recommended that you have two people for the job. A few reviewers complained that some holes didn’t line up perfectly and that the overall structure was weaker than expected. However, most people are satisfied with this swing set for casual backyard use.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This roundup was written by Erica Puisis, who has curated top products for numerous children’s gift guides and stories for The Spruce. With fond memories of the simple pleasure of a swing set as a child (and a big kid at heart now), Erica evaluated products based on their safety, fun factor, ease of installation, and top features and benefits.

What to Look for in a Swing Set and Playset

Location Scout the area you plan to put the swing set. Make sure you have enough space for the structure, plus the necessary clearance for swings and slides. Also, consider where the sun hits your property — it’s better for the lifespan of the swing set if you place it in a shadier spot.

Size Yes, you’ll want to think about how many children you have now and what ages they are — but you’ll also want to think about how many children you may have in the future. A swing set is an investment you’ll have for many years to come.

Material Wood is sturdy and durable but will need some maintenance yearly. Cedarwood is a great choice since it’s highly resistant to decay and insects. Look for wood that’s been treated with non-toxic chemicals.