The Top 50 Safest Backyard Swing Sets

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Feb. 20th, 2016

Swing sets and backyard play sets are a wonderful way for children to get some exercise, develop gross motor skills, spend some time outdoors, and burn off energy. But they need to be set up properly and used according to the directions, otherwise accidents can and do occur.

Possible injuries caused by swing sets include cuts, bruises, pinches, sprains and strains, broken bones, head injuries like concussions, and even death. Accidental falls and strangulation are the most likely causes of injuries, but all injuries are easily preventable by supervising your child to ensure mindfulness and caution when playing.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimates that there were 46,860 reported cases of injuries to children under the age of 18 caused by at-home swings and swing sets that were treated at hospitals in the United States in 2014. The CPSC estimates that about 15 children die each year due to playground equipment-related accidents.

The number of actual injuries caused by swing sets is likely to be quite higher than this, as the data from the CPSC reporting system only looked at those injuries that resulted in medical treatment at 100 participating hospitals. Minor injuries, which were likely treated at home or at another medical treatment facility, were not included in the reporting data.

When it comes to swing sets and backyard play sets, parents should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use, including proper staking and maximum weight and child limits. Proper installation and close adult supervision is essential for preventing injuries. The CPSC offers an online resource with tips for safe outdoor play equipment use at home.

Whenever possible, look for certification by a safety authority such as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and be sure to inspect your swing set regularly and maintain appropriately.

In no particular order, here are the top 50 swing sets that we consider to be the safest, based on available features and average customer reviews and ratings.

1. Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set with 9 Foot Wavy Slide

This sturdy swing set features 3 belt swings, a trapeze bar with gym rings, a 9-foot wavy slide, monkey bars, and a fire pole to provide your little one with hours of outdoor fun and exercise.

Key features:

  • Made from heavy-duty, weather-resistant, powder-coated galvanized steel
  • 5 year limited warranty
  • Choice of two colors

Cost: *Est. $989.95

2. Flexible Flyer Fun Time Fun Metal Swing Set

This cute little swing set that is easy to assemble features 2 swings, a trapeze bar, and a low slide for hours of outdoor fun.

Key features:

  • Ground anchors for added stability
  • Option to add a third swing
  • Ideal for younger children

Cost: *Est. $119.99

3. Step2 Play Up Gym Set

This outdoor play gym features a whimsical tree house shape in fun colors to help fuel your child’s creative play. The high platform, steering wheel, and slide are sure to excite any youngster.

Key features:

  • Two attached swings
  • Suitable for use by up to 4 children at once (combined weight limit: 240 lbs)
  • Ground anchors for added stability

Cost: *Est. $464.99

4. Kettler Trimmstation Swing Set

This brightly-colored swing set made from durable, fade- and rust-resistant powder-coated metal features a vertical ladder, monkey bars, a board swing, a pull-up bar, and a climbing rope.

Key features:

  • Ground anchors for added stability
  • Recommended for children aged 3-8
  • 5 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $609

5. Step2 Naturally Playful Playhouse Climber and Swing Extension

Perfect for little explorers, this outdoor playground comes with 2 swings, a slide, a climbing ladder, and a dual-level playhouse.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Ground anchors for added stability
  • Recommended for children aged 3-8

Cost: *Est. $715

6. Step2 Naturally Playful Adventure Lodge Play Center with Glider

This adventure play center offers a host of activities to keep little ones busy outdoors with swings, a slide, a climbing ladder, and a 2-seated glider.

Key features:

  • Durable double-wall poly construction
  • Ground anchors for added stability
  • Recommended for children aged 3-8

Cost: *Est. $994.99

7. Little Tikes Hide and Seek Climber and Swing

A perfect starter model for the littlest outdoor adventurers, this swing set features a low slide and a swing with a 3-point harness to help keep your child safe.

Key features:

  • Rock climbing wall helps develop gross motor skills
  • Made in the USA
  • Recommended for children aged 1-3

Cost: *Est. $90.41

This swing set offers a variety of fun activities to help keep kids active and entertained, including a seesaw, swings, a slide, and a trapeze bar.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 2-10
  • Made in the USA
  • Suitable for up to 105 lbs per seat (total maximum weight limit: 1050 lbs)

Cost: *Est. $239.95

9. Sportspower Super 8 Fun Swing Set

This metal backyard play center can be used by up to 8 children at a time weighing less than 100 lbs each. With two swings, a glider, and a flying saucer, it provides little ones with hours of active outdoor fun.

Key features:

  • Vinyl-coated adjustable swing chains
  • Recommended for children aged 18 months and older
  • Components are pre-drilled for easy set up

Cost: *Est. $289

This metal play set features a 6-foot wave slide, 3 comfort seat swings with vinyl-covered adjustable-height chains, and a seesaw for hours of outdoor play.

Key features:

  • UV-protected steel frame and HDPE resin parts
  • Recommended for children aged 2-10
  • Maximum weight limit: 630 lbs
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $163.99

11. Swing-N-Slide Southampton Swing Set

This wooden swing-set kit comes complete with 2 slides, 2 swings, 3 play decks, and a climbing wall, providing endless possibilities for active and creative play.

Key features:

  • Award-winning bracket system
  • Slides feature lifetime warranty and are made in the USA
  • Meets and/or exceeds ASTM safety standards

Cost: *Est. $1534.99

12. Flexible Flyer Fun Fantastic II Swing Set

Featuring a powder-coated frame for added strength and stability, this metal swing set offers a variety of activities, including a seesaw, swings, and a slide to keep little ones active and entertained for hours.

Key features:

  • UV-protected steel frame and HDPE resin parts
  • Recommended for children aged 2-10
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $259.99

13. IronKids Premier 100 Fitness Playground

With the inclusion of a trampoline, this swing set offers something a little different for outdoor adventurers looking for even more active play. A trapeze bar, 2 swings, and a slide round out this durable unit.

Key features:

  • Frame features a lifetime warranty
  • Ground anchors for added stability
  • Designed for children aged 3-8

Cost: *Est. $277.47

14. Suncast Vista Outdoor Play Set

This beautiful wood and resin play set features a multi-position climbing wall, a ladder, and a slide as well as a swing beam for 2 swings and a trapeze swing or rings.

Key features:

  • Meets all ASTM standards
  • Made in the USA
  • Rubber-coated chains

Cost: *Est. $1515.94

15. Sportspower Mountain View Metal Swing Set

This metal swing set with 5 activities including swings, a slide, and a trampoline can safely be used by up to 8 children at once.

Key features:

  • Made from heavy-duty, weather-resistant steel tubes
  • Swing chains are height adjustable
  • Suitable for children aged 3 and up

Cost: *Est. $349.85

16. Gorilla Playsets Mountaineer Cedar Swing Set

This whimsical swing set offers a host of fun activities including swings, slides, a rock-climbing wall, a deluxe rope ladder, and a tic-tac-toe playing area to keep little ones engaged for hours.

Key features:

  • Suitable for children aged 3-11
  • Includes all required hardware; no staking required
  • 10 year warranty on wood structure

Cost: *Est. $2199

17. Flexible Flyer Play Park Metal Swing Set

Perfect for larger families and backyard get-togethers, this swing set can accommodate up to 10 children at a time.

Key features:

  • Suitable for children aged 10 and up
  • Made in the USA
  • Vinyl-coated swing chains

Cost: *Est. $289.99

18. Backyard Discovery Skyfort All-Cedar Play Set 

A real showpiece for your backyard, this beautiful, sturdy cedar play set features a rock-climbing wall, a 2-person glider, swings, slides, and more for hours of fun and active outdoor play.

Key features:

  • Heavy-duty iron swing hangers
  • Patented Safe-T-Lock hardware
  • Suitable for children aged 3 and up

Cost: *Est. $1254.50

19. Step2 Naturally Playful Adventure Lodge Play Center

This lodge-style play center will provide your family with years of active outdoor play with 2 swings, a rope ladder, and 2 fort spaces. Double-wall poly construction completes the sturdy design.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Ground anchors for added stability
  • Recommended for children aged 3-8

Cost: *Est. $899.99

20. Gorilla Playsets Blue Ridge Frontier Playground System

Featuring a rope ladder and a climbing wall to help youngsters develop gross motor skills, this swing set is sure to be a hit with your family. Multiple swings, a wavy slide, and a playhouse round out this unit.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 5 and up
  • 10 year warranty on lumber
  • Durable powder-coated swing chains

Cost: *Est. $1999

21. Gorilla Playsets Blue Ridge Chateau II Play Set

With a wavy slide, a rock wall, a climbing rope, and more, this play set will keep little adventurers active and entertained. There’s even a tic-tac-toe spinner panel for added fun.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 5 and up
  • 10 year warranty on lumber
  • Durable powder-coated swing chains

Cost: *Est. $1842

22. Little Tikes Clubhouse Swing Set

Ideal for little adventurers and built to accommodate up to 4 children at a time, this durable outdoor swing set features a slide, a climbing wall, a rope ladder, and swings for hours of active outdoor play.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 2-4
  • Ground anchors included for added stability
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $454.99

23. Swing-N-Slide Sherwood Play Set

This premium play set made from high-quality pre-cut lumber includes 2 swings, a ring/trapeze combo bar, a tarp roof, a wavy slide, and a rope bridge to help build your child’s balancing skills.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 2-10
  • Slide features lifetime warranty
  • Meets and/or exceeds ASTM safety standards

Cost: *Est. $846.56

24. Backyard Discovery Providence Play Set

This wooden play set is made from high-quality cedar that is resistant to rotting and decay. Featuring a slide, swings, and a ladder to keep your kids busy for hours, this unit also includes a built-in picnic table.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 3 and up
  • Wood is pre-marked for easy assembly
  • Meets ASTM safety standards

Cost: *Est. $605.82

25. Gorilla Playsets Sun Palace I Cedar Swing Set

This swing set features a little something for everyone with a tic-tac-toe spin area, swings, a slide, rope climbers, and a beautifully designed roof. It will truly become your child’s palace.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 3-11
  • 10 year warranty on lumber
  • Durable powder-coated swing chains

Cost: *Est. $1999

26. Monkey Play Set Package #4

Made from Woodguard polymer-coated lumber, this swing set is virtually maintenance-free and won’t give your little ones pesky splinters. Multiple slides, swings, and climbing areas mean they’ll be entertained for hours.

Key features:

  • Suitable for cold-weather climates
  • 10 year warranty on lumber
  • Recommended for children aged 4 and up

Cost: *Est. $3399

27. Flexible Flyer Backyard Fun Swing Set 

Up to 8 children can enjoy playing at once on this combo set that includes a seesaw, swings, an air glider, a trapeze, and a slide. Vinyl-covered adjustable swing chains ensure little fingers are protected.

Key features:

  • UV-protected steel frame and HDPE resin parts
  • Recommended for children aged 2-10
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $136.15

28. Backyard Discovery Saratoga Cedar Swing Set

This swing set features a slew of fun activities with swings, a slide, a clubhouse, and monkey bars for hours of outdoor active play. It also includes a covered snack bench for when your child needs a rest.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 3 and up
  • Made from high-quality rot-resistant cedar
  • 5 year warranty on lumber

Cost: *Est. $942.99

29. Backyard Discovery Santa Fe Wooden Swing Set

Ideal for smaller backyards, this wooden swing set doesn’t skimp on outdoor play options. Featuring swings, a slide, and a rock-climbing wall, it also includes a covered sandbox for even more outdoor fun.

Key features:

  • Made from high-quality rot-resistant cedar
  • 5 year warranty on lumber
  • Recommended for children aged 4 and up

Cost: *Est. $744.99

30. Backyard Discovery Capitol Peak All-Cedar Play Set

This all-in-one outdoor play set has 2 swings, 2 ladders, a slide, and monkey bars to challenge and entertain your little ones. It also comes with a set of binoculars for imaginative play.

Key features:

  • Made from high-quality rot-resistant cedar
  • 5 year warranty on lumber
  • Recommended for children aged 3 and up

Cost: *Est. $1281.99

31. Backyard Discovery Atlantis Wooden Swing Set

Your children will be able to enjoy active outdoor play all summer long with this quality wooden swing set that features a covered play area, swings, a slide, and a rock-climbing wall.

Key features:

  • Patent-pending Safe-T-Fuse fastener system
  • Recommended for children aged 2 and up
  • 5 year warranty on lumber

Cost: *Est. $1399.99

32. Sportspower Live Oak Metal Swing and Slide Set

This metal swing set constructed of high-quality, durable, weather-resistant steel tubes will last your family for years to come.

Key features:

  • Height-adjustable vinyl-coated swing chains
  • Suitable for use by up to 8 children at once (max. 100 lbs each)
  • Recommended for children aged 3 and up

Cost: *Est. $190.19

33. Backyard Discovery Crestwood All-Cedar Play Set 

This play set’s dual wavy slides mean hours of racing fun for little ones. Various swings, ladders, and monkey bars let several children get in on the fun at once.

Key features:

  • 5 year warranty on lumber
  • Recommended for children aged 3 and up
  • Snack bar with pedestal seats

Cost: *Est. $1749.90

34. Backyard Discovery Vista All-Cedar Play Set

This play set is huge, making it ideal for large families and those with a lot of outdoor space. Multiple towers, decks, ladders, and swings mean your kids won’t say “I’m bored” this summer.

Key features:

  • 5 year warranty on lumber
  • Recommended for children aged 3 and up
  • Lumber is pre-cut, pre-drilled, and pre-stained for easy assembly

Cost: *Est. $2615.93

35. Backyard Discovery Kings Peak All-Cedar Play Set

This outdoor play set with a host of popular play areas including swings, a slide, ladders, and monkey bars is expandable so it can grow with your family.

Key features:

  • Heavy-duty beam provides secure swing surface
  • 5 year warranty on lumber
  • Recommended for children aged 3 and up

Cost: *Est. $2615.99

36. Gorilla Playsets Navigator Treehouse Swing Set with Timber Shield

This play set has everything necessary to keep your child busy and active this summer. The maintenance-free beams ensure years of outdoor enjoyment and play for your family.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 3-5
  • 10 year warranty on lumber
  • Durable powder-coated swing chains

Cost: *Est. $1568.99

37. Flexible Flyer Big Adventure Swing Set

Big enough to accommodate up to 9 youngsters at a time, this metal swing set offers great value for the price with swings, a glider, a trapeze, a seesaw, and a slide.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • UV-protected steel frame and HDPE resin parts
  • Ground anchors for added stability

Cost: *Est. $289.99

38. Gorilla Playsets Nantucket Cedar Swing Set

This swing set features durable, factory-stained and -sealed wood that has been pre-sanded and pre-drilled for easy assembly. The swings, slide, and rock-climbing wall will keep little ones entertained for hours.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 3 and up
  • 10 year warranty on lumber
  • Durable powder-coated swing chains

Cost: *Est. $1299

39. Cedar Summit Brookridge Wooden Swing Set

Keep the kids entertained with 9 fun activities including swings, ropes, ladders, and monkey bars. Thanks to the quality cedar construction, this play set will last for years without rotting.

Key features:

  • Lumber is pre-cut, pre-drilled, and pre-stained for easy assembly
  • Recommended for children aged 3 and up
  • Strong, iron ductile-swing hangers

Cost: *Est. $604.98

40. Little Tikes Endless Adventures PlayCenter Playground

Let the little adventurer in your life enjoy some backyard play with this durable play set that’s practically maintenance-free. The built-in sandbox features a cover to help keep debris and neighborhood cats out.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Recommended for children aged 3-9
  • Ground anchors for added stability

Cost: *Est. $1680.49

41. Creative Playthings Classic Swing Set

This simple swing set featuring 2 swings and a trapeze bar is customizable so you can create the ultimate play set for your child as your family grows.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Lumber is pre-drilled for easy assembly
  • Ground anchors for added stability

Cost: *Est. $900

42. Congo Safari Lookout and Climber Swing Set

Keep your little ones busy, active, and engaged outdoors with this play set that offers a rock-climbing wall, a slide, swings, monkey bars, and more for hours of entertainment and imaginative play.

Key features:

  • Splinter-free polymer-coated lumber is virtually maintenance-free
  • Recommended for children aged 3 and up
  • Lumber is pre-drilled and pre-cut for easy assembly

Cost: *Est. $2289

43. Flexible Flyer Ultimate Metal Swing Set

Offering little ones a safe place to play all summer long, this swing set features a slide, swings, and a seesaw, allowing multiple children to play on it at once.

Key features:

  • UV-protected steel frame and HDPE resin parts
  • Recommended for children aged 2-10
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $162.74

44. Swing-N-Slide Chesapeake Wooden Complete Play Set

This play set features lumber that is pre-cut, pre-drilled and pre-stained so it’s quick and easy to assemble. Your child will build endurance, strength, and balance by climbing, swinging, and sliding all summer long.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 2-10
  • Made in the USA
  • Meets and/or exceeds ASTM safety standards

Cost: *Est. $968.99

45. Congo Swing Central 3-Position Swing Set

Made from Woodguard polymer-coated lumber, this swing set is virtually maintenance-free and won’t give your little ones pesky splinters. Its simple design featuring 2 swings and a trapeze bar will provide your family with hours of outdoor fun.

Key features:

  • Lumber is pre-cut and pre-drilled for easy assembly
  • 10 year warranty on lumber
  • Recommended for children aged 3 and up

Cost: *Est. $499

46. Gorilla Playsets Blue Ridge Chateau Playground System

This quality play set will last your family for years to come thanks to its durable factory-stained and -sealed cedar construction, which makes it resistant to rot, decay, and insect damage. With protective poly-coated beams and safety handles, it is practically maintenance-free.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 5 and up
  • 10 year warranty on lumber
  • Built-in picnic table and sandbox

Cost: *Est. $2796.53

47. Eastern Jungle Gym Classic Cedar Tire Swing Set

We love this basic backyard tire swing for the nostalgia factor. Lucky for us, it’s even designed to handle the weight of a full-grown adult!

Key features:

  • Soft, plastic-coated swing chains
  • Easy-to-assemble bracket system
  • Cedar frame is naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insect damage

Cost: *Est. $639.99

48. Backyard Discovery Tucson Wooden Swing Set

Ideal for smaller backyards, this quality cedar play set features 4 fun activities that can keep up to 7 kids entertained at once.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 2 and up
  • Made from high-quality rot-resistant cedar
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $479.42

49. IronKids Premier 650 Complete Fitness Playground Swing Set

This play set offers multiple ways for children to get active and use their imagination, all while keeping cool thanks to a built-in misting system. Its UV-treated polypropylene plastic features antifreeze protection that is tough enough to stand up to any climate.

Key features:

  • Frame features a lifetime warranty
  • Ground anchors for added stability
  • Designed for children aged 3-8

Cost: *Est. $540.56

50. Gorilla Playsets Blue Ridge Pioneer Peak Playground System

Constructed of durable cedar that is resistant to rot, decay, and insect damage, this massive play set requires minimal maintenance so you’ll have years of active backyard play with little worry.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 3-11
  • 10 year warranty on lumber
  • Durable powder coated swing chains

Cost: *Est. $2599

 
 
   
  • 2 comments

     
  • Sumathi Roshan . 1 year ago

    Its looking Nice. Safety is most important.

     
  • Carolyn Clarke . 1 year ago

    All these swing sets are really good and safe. Sometimes back I bought a swing set for my son John as well and its easy to setup, and safe to use, on either swing sets or trees.

     
 
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