Investing in a quality outdoor playset for your child is one of the best investments you can make, but selecting the appropriate one for your child can be a challenge. There are many different manufacturers of outdoor playsets.
Here is our review of some of the top manufacturers and models of outdoor playsets:
One of the best known manufacturers of outdoor wooden playsets is Gorilla Playsets, and for good reason. If you are looking for a playset made from premium rot resistant lumber (Asian cedar) with some of the best safety features available, Gorilla Playsets are your best bet.
These playset models are not cheap, however. Ranging from simple wooden swingsets priced at $500 to very elaborate structures costing upwards of $3000, these models are built to last for years and have a price tag that matches.
Gorilla Playsets have some great features to them however, which make them worth the price. For example, the Gorilla Big Skye Playset includes two play platforms and slides (a ten foot green wave slide and a Radial Ride tube slide), a rock wall with a climbing rope, a built-in sandbox and picnic table, and a three position swing set. Gorilla playsets also require practically no maintenance and are covered by a ten-year guarantee on the lumber.
Swing-N-Slide Wooden Playsets
For those looking for a slightly more affordable option, Swing-N-Slide wooden playsets may be the best answer. Although well crafted and sturdy in construction, these models tend to be both more affordable and a bit easier to set up when compared to the Gorilla Playsets.
Swing-N-Slide playground kits are ready to assemble right out of the box (there are also models that can be purchased without the lumber included). It should take two adults around eight hours to completely assemble most of the Swing-N-Slide playsets, although some users say the building process can take longer. Most of the playsets will come with an instructional DVD to help with the assembly process.
Models such as the Winchester playground system pictured to the left contain many of the features found in a Gorilla playground system. However, they tend to support less weight than Gorilla systems (adequate for a child’s weight but not for adults). If you order through Amazon.com, you may also be able to save on shipping costs since many of these models come with free shipping.
Liftime Outdoor Playsets
A Lifetime Outdoor Playset will easily rival the best playground gyms in your neighborhood. These freestanding metal playsets (no cement required) are built from 3″ diameter rust resistant steel poles and are one of the largest sized home playsets you can purchase.
The units are quite heavy (in excess of 1000 pounds) and very suitable. They are great for situations where there will be multiple children using the playset. Most models will ship free if ordered from Amazon.com as well, which is great considering the weight of the units!
If you are concerned about the tendency of wood to rot or splinter over time, a metal playset may be the best choice for you. Users have reported using many of these playsets for years without problems and are consistently impressed by the strength and stability of the Lifetime playground units.
Assembly consists mainly of bolting together different sections of the playset, and most of the Lifetime playsets can be put together in under a day using a team of two adults. They are not cheap, but they are definitely high quality and built to last!
Plastic Outdoor Playsets
Although wooden playsets are quite beautiful additions to a backyard, for younger children and for the most affordability, plastic playsets may be preferred.
The Step2 Naturally Playful Lookout Treehouse is a fun and affordable playset priced under $200.
Best for younger children (under three), this playset features a spacious nineteen inch high platform with a pivoting periscope (that really works) and easy-to-climb steps. A durable slide and a roof offering shade protection completes the assemble.
The unit is quite lightweight, weighing under 40 pounds and can sustain up to 75 pounds of weight.
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