Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Backyard Discovery Skyfort II at Amazon
“It has all the key features like two swings, a glider, slide, and rock wall.”
Best Splurge: Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure Play Set at Amazon
“You’ll have a tough time pulling your kids away from this playset.”
Best Budget: Backyard Discovery Prestige Wooden at Amazon
“While it's compact, it also comes with lots of fun activities for kids.”
Best Multipurpose: Backyard Discovery Prairie Ridge at Amazon
“It can hold up to seven children at once.”
Best for Climbers: Swing-N-Slide Trekker at Amazon
“Under $1,000 and comes with a pirate's ladder and monkey bars.”
Best Compact: Big Backyard Magnolia Wooden at Amazon
“This compact set offers up a lot of fun in a small space.”
Best for Big Families: PlayStar Great Bronze Escape at Amazon
“Commercial quality that’s designed for residential use.”
Best Treehouse: Kidkraft Windale Wooden Cedar Swing Set at Walmart
“A multi-level treehouse loaded with extras.”
01 of 08
Best Overall: Backyard Discovery Skyfort II Wood Swing Playset
Just look at the picture and you'll say, "Wow!" The Backyard Discovery Skyfort II wooden swing set has so many features, it looks like it belongs in a park's playground, but it's made for residential use.
The top-of-the-line swing set comes in under $1,500 and has all the key features like two swings, a glider, slide and rock wall. It also has two sturdy forts that the kids will love and are perfect for hide and seek.
The wood is protected with a five-year rot and decay warranty. There's a one-year warranty on manufacturer's defects. Check the product manual for any swing set you buy for all of the warranty details.
02 of 08
Best Splurge: Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure Play Set
Remember the metal swing sets we used to play on as kids? How times have changed. The ultimate in wooden swing sets and playsets, the Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure Playset comes with a dazzling array of high-quality features, including two swings, a trapeze bar, a 9-foot wavy slide, a cargo net, a high-tech climbing wall, an activity board, and a propeller swing.
Crafted from durable, weather-resistant materials like high-density polyethylene and powder-coated steel, this freestanding playset was built to last, with no cement or anchoring required. Its hard edges have also been rounded or covered with caps and no lead-based material was used in its construction, rendering the Lifetime Big Adventure Playset one of the safest playsets available. You’ll have a tough time pulling your kids away from this playset at the end of the day.
03 of 08
Best Budget: Backyard Discovery Prestige Wooden Swing Set
The Prestige is built for smaller yards. While it's compact, it also comes with lots of fun activities for kids.
Climb the rock wall ladder to get to the upper deck. Go down the slide. There are also two swings and a trapeze bar. The lower deck features a built-in snack bar that seats two.
Up to seven children can play on this swing set at once. The manufacturer offers a five-year prorated warranty on the wood. Other components come with a one-year warranty.
04 of 08
Best Multipurpose: Backyard Discovery Prairie Ridge All Cedar Wood Swing Playset
The Prairie Ridge All Cedar swing set is more compact than the Skyfort but about half the price and is still packed with amazing features like monkey bars, an upper play deck with canopy, 8' slide, two swings, two-person glider, built-in sandbox and a snack window with bench.
The Prairie Ridge Cedar swing set can hold up to seven children at once. The warranty covers five years of wood rot and decay with a one-year warranty against defects.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Best for Climbers: Swing-N-Slide Trekker Swing Set
Not many wooden swing sets under $1,000 come with a pirate's ladder and monkey bars. But this one does! The Trekker Swing Set also has a spacious deck, two swings, a Wind Rider Glider, slide and rock climbing wall.
Up to 10 children can play on this swing set. Swing-N-Slide provides a lifetime limited warranty, plus a five-year limited warranty against wood rot and termite damage.
06 of 08
Best Compact: Big Backyard Magnolia Wooden Swing Set
This compact set offers up a lot of fun in a small space. You'll find it's worth the upgrade if you're looking at wooden swing sets in the $500 to $1,000 price range.
There are two belt swings, an acrobatic swing, a rock wall, chalk wall, sandbox, snack stand with built-in seating, flower boxes, play phone and wave slide. Up to eight children can play on this wooden swing set too.
The manufacturer's warranty is for up to five years on wood rot, decay or insect damage. All other parts come with a one-year warranty.
07 of 08
Best for Big Families: PlayStar Great Bronze Escape Playground Equipment
Invite the whole neighborhood over to play for lots of fun this spring and summer. This wooden swing set from PlayStar accommodates 10 children at once. It features a giant wave slide, two swings, adventure tunnel, climbing steps, monkey bars, a clubhouse, a rock wall, climbing rope, a telescope and and gym rings. It's got just about everything you would find on a public playground at a fraction of the cost.
PlayStar boasts about the commercial quality of this wooden swing set but that it's designed for residential use. The safety standards of this wooden swing set also exceed the government's minimum requirements, which is peace of mind for parents who practice good playground safety habits. It comes with a 10-year warranty too.
08 of 08
Best Treehouse: Kidkraft Windale Wooden Cedar Swing Set
Boasting a multi-level design that includes an Upper Clubhouse, a colorful Rockwall, and a Lower Clubhouse, the Kidkraft Windale Wooden Cedar Swing Set is chock-full of fun, interactive features and playful touches. Compact and specially designed for smaller yards, this swing set measures 12’11” x 10’10”, and is constructed using high-quality, premium cedar lumber. The Windale Cedar Swing Set is equipped with a High Rail Wave Slide, two Belt Swings, and a Premium Glider for up to two kids, while the Lower Clubhouse contains a working door and a shaded cafe and table. Kiddos of all ages are bound to love this set.
P.S. Like any of the wooden swing sets on the list, the pre-stained wood may not be up to your standards. But applying wood stain to further protect your wooden swing set is very easy.
How We Tested
Our reviewers spent 16 hours testing one of the most popular playsets on the market. To get the most complete feedback possible, our testers installed it in their yards and had their kids play on it for hours on end. We also asked our reviewers to consider the most important features when using this playset, from its durability to its entertainment value. We've outlined the key points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.
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.
Test Results: Backyard Discovery Skyfort II Wood Swing Playset (Best Overall)
What We Like
Fun for kids
What We Don't Like
Takes a long time to assemble
No option for wood coloring besides dark brown
This playset was a huge hit with our reviewers and their families. One tester appreciated that there were different areas for multiple kids to play in at the same time: “My older kids love the clubhouse and monkey bars,” she explained, “while the younger ones love climbing the small rock wall and using the swings and sandbox.” Our reviewers also highlighted the design. “Not only is it fun for the kids,” noted one tester, “but it's a gorgeous structure we don't mind seeing out our windows. The green trim is a really nice touch and elevates it from the average swing set.” However, be forewarned — this playset takes ample time to assemble, with one of our testers reporting “it took three very handy friends about 10 hours” to put it together.