What to look for when shopping for a swing set
✔️ 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.