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10 Best Swing Sets of 2022

Turn your backyard into a playground, no matter your space or budget.

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We updated this article in February 2022 to update our recommendations to reflect newer models we have tested in the Good Housekeeping Institute Parenting and Pets Lab.


As a child, there are few things more satisfying than a sunny day spent outside, and the right swing set can turn your own backyard into your child's go-to place to burn off some energy. Today's options offer more than just the flying sensation of the swing itself: They can come stacked with slides, forts, climbing walls and other activities to keep your child moving for hours. How do you choose the right swing set for your family's needs?

The parenting and product experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute test all of the must-haves for babies, toddlers and children, from baby carriers to toys, and everything in between. To find the best swing sets, we have road tested over a dozen models in recent years, with our tiny testers logging hundreds of hours of play. We considered overall design, durability and construction quality, play features and industry safety standards (all of the below have been verified to adhere to ASTM standards). Based upon our assessment, these are the best swing sets to buy:

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    Best Overall Swing Set
    Spring Hill Swing Set
    Creative Playthings
    Creative Playthings

    • Well made and extremely durable
    • Lots of attachment options for customized play

    This swing set has something for every kid. In addition to its two swings, it also features a trapeze, slide, a ground-level picnic table and a covered top-level porch, accessible by ladder or climbing wall. Creative Playthings also offers attachments you can add and swap over time, including alternate swing options, a standing swing, a steering wheel and more.

    Our experts love the durability of this set, made with dense southern yellow pine wood and treated with Sherwin Williams water repellant stain, adding extra protection from rot and insects. Plastisol-coated swing chains and non-slip ladder rungs mitigate potential safety hazards while this swing set meets all other ASTM safety standards.

    Assembled dimensions: 15' x 12' x 7'
    Materials: Southern yellow pine, cedar and alloy steel
    Age range: 2 months-15 years
    Weight limit: 120 pounds per swing

    Best Value Swing Set
    Ranger Wooden Swing Set
    Swing-N-Slide
    Swing-N-Slide

    • Under $500

    • No additional play features

    This wooden swing set features a classic A-frame styling and is crafted with sturdy cedar. It comes with two swings and a trapeze, which can be easily swapped with alternate swing options such as a bucket swing for toddlers or a glider. It doesn't offer any added play features, but its simplicity keeps the cost much lower than other sets. All chains are coated with plastisol to prevent pinched fingers and rust, and the set meets ASTM safety standards. Our testers love the strong construction quality and admire how compact this set is while still managing to fit three kids on at a time.

    Assembled dimensions: 8'8 x 7'8 x 6'10
    Materials: Cedar and plastisol coated chain
    Age range: 2-10 years
    Weight limit: 345 pounds

    Best Metal Swing Set
    Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set
    Lifetime
    Lifetime

    • Equipped with multiple play options, like monkey bars and a fire pole
    • Metal edges are rounded or covered in plastic for added safety

    If you prefer a metal swing set, this model by Lifetime offers a range of play options and a safe construction, with features including three swings, a trapeze, a slide, monkey bars and a fire pole. While we haven't personally tested this set, our experts have experience with the brand and know their construction is reliable and sturdy.

    The powder coating is meant to preserve the metal's strength and color as it's exposed to weather over time, while all hard edges are rounded or covered with plastic caps to keep corners safe and chains are fitted with rubber grips to prevent pinching. This swing set meets ASTM safety standards for home use.

    Assembled dimensions: 18'10 x 14' x 7'8
    Materials: Powder-coated steel frame
    Age range: 3-12 years
    Weight limit: 150 pounds per swing

    Best Wooden Swing Set
    Frolic Swing Set
    CedarWorks
    CedarWorks

    • Premium quality materials and construction
    • Fully customizable designs

    CedarWorks's swing sets are made with premium quality white cedar, selected for its longevity with minimal to no maintenance. The beautifully crafted sets are fully customizable to fit your needs, space and budget, and our Lab pros particularly love the 3D modeling tools to help you fully understand the designs before they come to life.

    Options include swings, trapeze bars, slides, ladders, rope walls, rock walls, forts and so much more, and sets can be updated as your children grow. Whether you select a pre-designed set or customize your own, all swing sets by CedarWorks meet ASTM safety standards.

    Assembled dimensions: 15' x 14' x 12' pictured; fully customizable
    Materials: Northern white cedar
    Age range: 1-12 years, depending on how you customize
    Weight limit: Depends on customization

    Best Swing Set for Small Yards
    Oakmont Playset
    Backyard Discovery
    Backyard Discovery

    • Lots of features with a small footprint
    • Resilient cedar construction

    Our Lab pros loved that this swing set packs a lot of play into a comparatively small footprint. It features two swings, a trapeze, a canopy-covered top deck accessible via ladder with a slide dismount, and a covered ground-level fort with a swinging door, a snack window and a park bench just outside.

    Made with resilient pre-stained cedar wood, which naturally resists mold and decay, this set meets ASTM safety standards. For even more play, Backyard Discovery offers swing sets in a range of sizes and budgets, and our Lab pros also loved the products for adults, such as pergolas.

    Assembled dimensions: 14' x 11'3 x 8'7
    Materials: Cedar
    Age range: 3-10 years
    Weight limit: 120 pounds per swing

    Best Multipurpose Swing Set
    Playmaker Deluxe Wooden Swing Set
    Gorilla Playsets
    Gorilla Playsets

    • Versatile options for both active and imaginative play

    For older kids, our Lab pros love the versatility of Gorilla Playsets. In addition to active play tools, including two swings, a trapeze, a climbing rock wall, dual slides, a canopy-covered top deck and a built-in sandbox, this set comes with fun accessories, like a steering wheel, tic-tac-toe panel, a chalkboard and a telescope, to encourage imagination and creativity.

    The brand also makes even more extensive swing sets, with multiple decks and rope climbing walls. Crafted with decay-resistant cedar wood and outfitted with recessed bolts and rubber-coated chains for added protection, this set meets ASTM safety standards.

    Assembled dimensions: 14'6 x 12' x 10'
    Materials: Vinyl, cedar and alloy steel
    Age range: 3-11 years
    Weight limit: 800 pounds

    Best Swing Set for Infants
    Toddler Climber and Swing Set
    Costzon
    Costzon

    • Variety of play option for infants, including a swing, slide, ladder, and basketball hoop
    • Made with easy-to-clean plastic
    • Under $500

    For the littlest ones, this compact indoor or outdoor swing set will provide hours smiles. The swing is secure with a high back, armrests and a front T-bar, while the soft slope on the slide will let your infant feel some wind in their hair, without sending them flying.

    A non-slip step ladder helps them build their leg muscles, and the detachable basketball hoop and ring toss encourage both hand-eye coordination. Made from plastic, this swing set won't put your infant at risk for splinters or overheated surfaces the way wood and metal might, plus our experts love that it's easy to wipe clean.

    Assembled dimensions: 5'6 x 4'11 x 3'11
    Materials: High density polyethylene
    Age range: 2-8 years (swing is safe for children under 2 with safety belt)
    Weight limit: 110 pounds per slide, 66 pounds per swing

    Best Swing Set for Toddlers
    Naturally Playful Playhouse Climber
    Step2
    Step2

    • Nice in-between size for toddlers
    • Variety of play options with two swings, a slide and an enclosed clubhouse

    If your toddler is itching to graduate to a belt swing but they're not quite ready for a full-sized swing set, try this pick from Step2. Complete with two swings, a slide, a top deck, and a ground-level clubhouse, this set will give your toddler a taste of the big kid swings while keeping them relatively low to the ground.

    Made from plastic for outdoor use, this swing set is sturdy and easy to wipe clean. Our experts note that while the instructions aren't incredibly clear, the set is still very easy to put together and very durable. We love that it can be used both indoors and outdoors.

    Assembled dimensions: 9'2 x 9'7 x 6'3
    Materials: Plastic
    Age range: 3-8 years
    Weight limit: 250 pounds

    Best Swing Set for Narrow Yards
    Treasure Cove Wooden Swing Set
    KidKraft
    KidKraft

    • Lots of options for play, including swings, a slide, a rock wall, rings and more
    • Holds up to eight children at once

    This swing set is built to hold up to eight children at once across its two swings, trapeze rings, two slides, rock wall and canopy-covered two-level club house (complete with a working door). It's crafted with pre-stained cedar, which resists mold and rot, and is both child-friendly and safe for the environment. Good Housekeeping Institute's Executive Textile Director, Lexie Sachs, loves that the slide goes perpendicular to the swings so it fits easily in her narrow back yard.

    Assembled dimensions: 18'4 x 7'6 x 9'7
    Materials: Cedar, plastic and metal
    Age range: 3-10 years
    Weight limit: 880 pounds

    Best Heavy Duty Swing Set
    Skyfort II All Cedar Wood Swing Set
    Backyard Discovery
    Backyard Discovery

    • Up to four kids can swing at one time
    • Features interactive 3D assembly intructions

    If you're looking for a swing set with all of the bells and whistles, Backyard Discovery's Skyfort II Set has everything your child could dream of. Featuring a slide, two swings, two-person glider, monkey bars, rock wall and a two-story clubhouse with a crow's nest and picnic table, this set boasts hours of endless fun. Made out of 100% cedar, it's created for easy assembly and safe play.

    Use the free app to check out the interactive, 3D assembly instructions (which rotate 360° and zoom in and out) to make the building process as straight-forward and secure as possible. Good Housekeeping Institute's Chief Technologist notes that this is the most difficult set to assemble on our list due to its size, but once it's set up, it does a great job of keeping many kids of different ages engaged at once.

    Assembled dimensions: 21'11 x 16'9 x 12'4
    Materials: Cedar
    Age range: 3-10 years
    Weight limit: 1,350 pounds

    What to look for when shopping for a swing set
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    ✔️ Materials: Most swing sets are made of wood or metal with plastic, or a combination of these materials:

    • Wood has a more classic look, fitting in with the landscape of your yard, and they're durable, with some lumber — like cedar and redwood — being naturally resistant to bugs and decay. Still, for maximum protection over time, you'll want to maintain the stain, check the bolts and watch out for splinters.
    • Metal swing sets generally require less upkeep, but quality varies with metal types and coatings. Heat can also be an issue, with metal causing burns on hot days. Look for a metal with a protective coating to keep kids safe.
    • Plastic swing sets tend to hold less weight than wood or metal, so these can be good starter swing sets for younger children. Plastic also eliminates the risk of splinters and reduces risk of burns, but is less likely to maintain vivid coloring after sun exposure over time.

    ✔️ Features: By definition, every swing set needs a swing, but many sets have great add-ons, like multiple swing options, slides, climbing walls, monkey bars, decks and more features that encourage different kinds of movement and play. Some sets are constructed so that you can add features over time, while others don't allow for modifications later on.

    ✔️ Size: Most swing sets will last between 7 and 10 years, so pick something that your child can grow with. If you're planning to grow your family or host playdates, consider a set that accommodates multiple children. But most importantly, measure your space to ensure you'll have enough clearance around swing sets.

      How to make sure your swing set is kid-safe
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      • Ensure your swing set meets ASTM safety standards. Check that your swing set has no small spaces children that can get stuck inside, and keep an eye out for exposed chains with pinching hazards.
      • Get a swing set in the correct age-range for your child. Make sure the swing set you buy is designed for your child's age and stage and resist the urge to purchase a set that your child will "grow into" and choose something that is safe to play with now and in the future. Letting your little one play on equipment that's for older kids can be dangerous, but luckily, many sets offer years of exciting play.
      • Place your swing set on 6-12 inches of shock-absorbing surface, because a few falls are to be expected. Surfaces like shredded rubber, sand, pea gravel, wood chips or mulch will help protect your little ones better than asphalt, concrete, grass or dirt.
      • Build in a "fall zone" surrounding the play area cushioned with your shock-absorbing surfaces for maximum swing set safety. All swings, slides and other equipment should have enough clearance in front and back, and the shock-absorbing surface width should extend twice the height of the set. Our experts recommend extending it six feet around the play area to be safe.
      • Build your swing set on level ground clear of rocks, roots or any other tripping hazards, and away from trees and branches to avoid run-ins and entanglement.
      • Anchor and install swing sets according to the manufacturer instructions, or hire a professional for the build.
      • Inspect your swing set twice monthly for loose bolts, corrosion or any other visible signs of wear, and stay on top of concerns to maximize the lifespan of the product.
      • Make sure you are watching your kids at all times to minimize injury. It's best to install your swing set within view of your house so you can peek out the window and check up on your children.
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