Best Swing Set for Toddlers
Swing sets can leave lasting memories for some people; leaving an indelible mark on them that lasts well into adulthood. Sometimes it’s the simplest things from childhood that can have the greatest effect on us as we age. Whether that be a day at the park getting pushed on the swing or playing catch in the backyard, these things can matter. While it all may sound a little saccharine, it can be true. And though I may not be telling you to go out and purchase a swing set solely so your child will have some memory to hold on to, it’s certainly part of the reason.
There are many other reasons though, and some of them revolve around fun, as novel as a concept as that sounds. I mentioned before that sometimes the simplest things can have the greatest effect on a child, and the swings are one of those activities that may not be unique but they sure can be a ball. As long as your back can withstand the constant pushing a swing set is a great way to bond with your kids and spend some time together.
The beauty of swing sets is that you can find one befitting of almost any budget, size, and need. If you have the wallet to go nuts and a yard to match, then the world is your oyster when it comes to these things. If you don’t have a lot of dough to spend but still need something to keep your kids occupied than you can find that too. Today we thought we would take a look at three different sets that apply this theory: each one will offer something a little different than the last at a different price point. If you’re willing to open things up there’s going to be a fine option here, and if you’re looking for something modest that you won’t have trouble putting together, we’ll show you that guy too.
These are the best swing sets for toddlers that we have come across. Again, find what works for you and your yard and your budget. None of these are terrible expensive but can still offer special things to your child.
The Best Swing Sets for Toddlers:
The first one we chose to look at was this fun model from the aptly named Flexible Flyer. This came in as our midpoint option in terms of budget and amenities for your children. What we liked about it initially is the colour; it’s got those bright green seats and other options that really catches the eye initially. Second, we really appreciated the bevy of options for entertaining your kids. There are swings, as you would expect, a small slide, handlebars to swing on, a see-saw, and something they’re calling a rocket rider.
It gives the kids a bunch of options and promises to keep them entertained for hours and won’t require too much maintenance on your part. This is best suited for kids under the age of 10 and roughly 100 pounds. It’s also quite easy to set up for those dads out there who may not be as handy as they think they are.
At around $250 it’s not going to break the bank either. We really enjoyed this set for the reasons stated above as well as the fact that the set up of it was simple and it didn’t take up too much space. A fine option for those looking to give their kids a few more options than a couple swings.
The second set we chose to look at was also from Flexible Flyer and came is as our least expensive option. As you might expect, this one has the fewest bells and whistles on it but it is still more than serviceable for your kids. It is the traditional set up consisting of three swings and a small slide; again, nothing that will knock your socks off but that’s why it’s the cheapest option of the three here.
This is a fine option for those looking for something that’s a little smaller and will work well for yards with limited free space. It also isn’t going to cost an arm and a leg. This one may, however, get tiresome quickly for older kids so we recommend getting this one for kids that are younger, preferably under the age of 8. The set up is going to be easy too, so you don’t have to worry about bringing out what I can only assume is a very small and sparse looking toolbox.
Not the most exciting option here but it’s going to work well for the family. It doesn’t require much maintenance and is quite safe overall. You don’t have to hover over your kids while they’re playing. Enjoy a cocktail should one find its way into your wanting hands.
The last model we wanted to talk about is this fine offering from Backyard Discovery. It’s the most expensive of the three we’re covering today but it also boasts the most playing options for your kids. Aside from the swings, this one comes with a slightly taller slide than the other two, a small rock-climbing wall/ladder, a canopied area above the slide, as well as an area to put a sandbox. It’s also made of cedar so it’s going to be a lot more solid and sturdy than the previous two options.
What comes with all of these perks, however, is a larger price tag as well as a much more difficult construction setup. There’s going to be a lot more pieces and a lot more moving parts so we hope you have preached patience to your children before you begin this bad boy. It’s also going to be quite a bit bigger than the other two so a sizeable yard is in order to house it.
This is certainly the nicest option of the three, but have a good idea of your budget as well as how much free space you have in your yard before you decide to crack open the wallet for this swing set.
Best Swing Sets for Older Kids
Even though we all think of swing sets as being for toddlers or small children, one can actually be enjoyed by people of any age. We’ve gone into swing sets for adults here before, those that can handle the rigors and weight of a full-sized human, so we thought it would behoove us to delve into those that aren’t quite built for all adults but are a more mature than those made for toddlers.
These don’t necessarily look like your traditional swing set, as a couple of them fall into the “tree swing” category. Nonetheless, they do exactly what they’re supposed to, which is to swing and be able to contain the weight of an older child. Two of these, those that fall into the tree swing category actually double in function as well, providing something of a private space for those kids who need to get away from the home but not too far. sounds a bit simple, but being able to provide one of these places for a pre-teen or teen can go a long way in keeping them happy and out of your hair. With puberty in full swing a reprieve for all parties is a necessity.
We can go as deep as we want here, but let’s try and pull back a bit and remember that swing sets are supposed to be fun and an efficient way for kids to expel their energy when they’re at home. These swing sets all provide that luxury for any parent looking to keep their kids active and at home. Each one provides something a little different than the next, and all three come in at different price points. With that in mind, let’s take a look at our three favourite swing sets for older kids.
Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set
The first swing set we decided to take a look at, from Lifetime, is cut from the same cloth as a lot of the other swing sets we’ve recently discussed. It’s a fairly simple set up with two swings and a trapeze type bar. In terms of its overall sexiness I would say it’s not going to steal the show, but it’s not going to be an eyesore in the yard either. Being a simple set up, it also won’t take up too much space or grass. Should you have limited space in the yard this is a fine model to take advantage of.
What makes it different than any other swing set we’ve discussed thus far is that it has a heavy-duty A-frame, allowing it to hold much heavier weights than a traditional set. It’s constructed of all-weather high strength low alloy steel, which, needless to say, isn’t going to fall apart once a large individual take a seat on it. These claims of strength are backed up by a five-year warranty as well, which should tell you all you need to know about the quality of this set.
This is the most expensive of the three here, this one may not be the best option for those who have little space and aren’t looking to spend a ton of dough. With that said, if those aren’t issues, this is probably the most fun swing set on the list here and the quality will not ever be an issue.
Spider Web Playground Swing
The second swing set we choose to look at is certainly not the traditional set up like the previous model, but still can provide a ton of fun. This is one of those tree swings we spoke about, and this one is quite interesting. It’s a circular model with a rope webbing to hold on the person, while providing them something to hold onto and a way to keep their hands and feet inside the swing. This is a fun swing and is a little less restrictive than the traditional swing which merely goes back and forth.
What we liked about this swing is that is comes pre-assembled so it simply needs to be hooked to something that can provide the strength and space something like this requires. This is a small swing too, so if you’re working with limited space this is going to be a fine and fun addition to your yard. That, and it won’t break the bank either. If you’re looking for something that’s fun, simple, affordable, and small set up, this is the swing for you and your kids.
Giant Mat Platform Swing
The last swing set we chose to look at, also from Swinging Monkey, is quite similar to the previous model in that it’s a non-traditional swing set that works well from a tree. Where it differs, though, is that it provides more space so you can get multiple people on the swing at once. It’s also made from heavier duty materials so that all of this is possible while still being safe. It’s a square platform that, like the previous model, is built so that you can hold on to the frame for support while also allowing everyone to keep their limbs inside the swing.
Some of the things we like about this swing set is that it does come pre-assembled and is built with quality materials. It’s strong enough for multiple adults to swing on, which says a lot about its strength and durability. It’s also not going to take up a whole lot of space and isn’t so expensive that the majority of people can afford it. It’s slightly more expensive than the previous model, but it does allow more people to have some fun with it. This is a great option for those looking to have a lot of fun for a reasonable price, while allowing multiple people to do that at once. It will work for older kids quite well due to its durability, and will be a wild time for them.