The 8 Best Swing Sets of 2020

An outdoor activity that the whole family will love

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Our Top Picks
"It's rated for children as young as 3 years old all the way up to 12 years old."
"This sturdy wooden swing set is both aesthetically pleasing and packed with fun activities."
"This set works well for small yards, and is light enough to easily move."
"Unlike wooden swing sets, this durable metal version will never warp or rot."
"A variety of activity stations keep up to eight kids busy."
"Features like a non-slip climber and included belt swings ensure your tot stays safe while playing."
"It accommodates young children but is also large and sturdy enough for older kids."
"Reviewers say it works equally well inside and outside."

Best Overall: Gorilla Playsets Mountaineer Clubhouse Swing Set with Wood Roof

Gorilla playsets take fun seriously—choice-grade cedar lumber, standard 4x6-foot 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.

Best Wooden: Backyard Discovery Skyfort II Residential Wood Playset

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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

Best Small: Backyard Discovery Buckley Hill Wooden Swing Set

If you’re shopping for a small swing set that is sized just right for compact backyards or younger children, then the Buckley Wooden Swing Set from Backyard Discovery is a great option. According to users, this swing set is a good choice for kids that have passed the capabilities of swing sets for toddlers but aren’t quite ready for a big kid’s set yet—or if your yard is simply too small. It’s generally recommended for kids up to 10 years old, but most users recommend it for ages 5 to 8.

The Buckley swing set is just over 10 feet wide and nearly 8 feet tall. Measure the space available in your yard to see if this compact swing set will fit. Summing up this model’s strengths, one reviewer says that this swing set is the perfect size for a small yard and offers the advantage of being light enough to easily move. A few people found the wood used to assemble this swing set to be thinner or flimsier than expected, but it still hits the mark for most people shopping for a small swing set.

Best Metal: Backyard Discovery Big Brutus Heavy Duty Metal Swing Set

Metal swing sets offer the advantage of being resistant to warping and rotting, and some models are also more heavy-duty with higher weight capacities. The Big Brutus metal swing set from Backyard Discovery checks all these boxes and more with its heavy-duty construction and durable design. 

With two belt swings and a trapeze bar with rings, this is a standard swing set—no slides, forts, or other frills. But that doesn’t mean this swing set doesn’t excel as a low-maintenance option for anyone seeking a swing set that can make anyone from little tikes to adults soar. The frame of this metal swing set is powder-coated to keep up appearances for years to come, and bolts are secured with self-locking nuts that stay tight for season after season of use. 

Reviewers are often impressed by the build quality of this heavy-duty metal swing set and it’s often favorably compared to park-quality swing sets. It stands nearly 10 feet tall but isn’t overly wide and still fits in even smaller backyards. Both children and adults have enjoyed using it, and it has proven to be fun for the whole family year after year.

Best for Variety: Sportspower Outdoor Super 8 Fun Metal Swing Set with 6ft Heavy Duty Slide, Saucer Swing, and Rocking Horse

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.

Best for Toddlers: Step2 Naturally Playful Playhouse Climber & Swing Set Extension

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.

Best for All Ages: Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set with 9 Foot Wavy Slide

For a swing that is big on fun for kids of all ages, shop for a sturdy model with plenty of activity options. The Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set delivers hours of fun and long-term durability. This top swing set includes three belt swings, a trapeze bar with rings, monkey bars, a wavy slide, and a fire pole. 

The diversity in activities is a sure boredom buster for kids that spend hours on the swing set every weekend, on school break, or during the summer. It also makes this swing set a good choice for large families or those that host frequent play sessions since the kids can easily spread out and keep busy with the variety of activities offered by this swing set. You’ll also appreciate that since this is a metal swing set, there’s no need to stain or paint it every year. 

Reviewers consistently keep this model as one of the most highly rated swing sets. It accommodates young children but is also large and sturdy enough for older kids—and even adults report enjoying a little fun on this swing set. Be prepared for a few hours of assembly but know that most people don’t find the process to be daunting. You also don’t need to cement the poles into the ground, saving considerable time and effort.

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

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.

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.

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