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Buy a Backyard Swing Set

Updated on September 27, 2012

Swing sets are a lot of fun for kids of all ages. They get them outside and away from the television or video game they love to play.

You can buy swing sets in a variety of styles with varying features, depending on what you want to pay. Different brands feature different style swings, slides, and monkey bars.

You'll find that some brands offer a limited warranty. Some are made of hollow tubing, whereas others are made of real wood.

No matter what you're looking for, you'll find outdoor jungle gyms ranging in price from about $150 to well over $1500.

When buying an outdoor swing set for your backyard, consider the space that you have to work with.

  • You want to be able to set the swing set at least 6' all the way around, away from buildings and fences.
  • You want to put the jungle gym on level ground away from septic tanks and wells.
  • You do not put a swingset on concrete or hard paving because you want to be able to stabilize the uprights and braces.

When setting up a swing set in your backyard, make sure that you can see it from the house. You want to be able to look out a window to see the entire gym.

After you've set up your jungle gym, you want to periodically check nuts and bolts to ensure that they have not loosened. If the swing set is wooden, you should also check for splinters and fractures in the wood.

Flexible Flyer Swing N Glide III Swing Set

  • Assembled dimensions: 119" x 96" x 72" (LxWxH)
  • Suggested age range: two to 10 years old
  • Weight capacity per seat: 105 pounds
  • Total maximum weight limit: 525 pounds
  • Maximum of five children can play on this product
  • Made in the USA
  • 180 day limited warranty

This playset is made of tubular steel and can hold up to 525 pounds. It includes a wave slide, two swings, and an air glider swing. The swings have adjustable, vinyl-covered chains.

All painted parts are HDPE plastic and have a UV protective coating to protect against fading.

Kettler Trimmstation Swing Set

  • Assembled dimensions: 140" x 136" x 78" (LxWxH)
  • Assembled Weight: 140 pounds
  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Age Recommendation: 3 to 8 years old
  • Weight limit: 300 pounds
  • Residential warranty: 5 years

This playset includes a verticle ladder, monkey bars, a climbing rope, and a pull-up bar. The swing set is made of a sturdy metal that is coated in a fade and rust-resistant powder coating.

Backyard Discovery - Saratoga Cedar Swing Set

  • 120" x 220" x 152" (HxWxD)
  • Constructed of 100% cedar wood
  • 95-105 pound weight limit on swings
  • One year warranty

This is one of the more extravagent swing sets. It includes belt swings, glider swings, monkey bars, a step ladder, an 8' slide, a covered picnic table, a lower clubhouse with a door and window, and an upper deck with a wood roof.


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