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135 reviews | 3.9 out of 5
We purchased this play set after shopping around for a nice looking swing set that offered multiple activities. This set was not only in our price range but it had everything that we were looking for such as a clubhouse type platform, slide, swings, cafe area and monkey bars.
It did take us the entire day to put it together with four adults (two of which were engineers) doing it but we were really impressed with how well the instructions were written. I would suggest putting all the wood pieces in numerical order before you start to make the pieces easier to find as you need them.
Over all our 4 year old is very excited and we are happy to have a play set that is fun, sturdy and looks good.
I spent months reading hundreds of reviews, researching, and going to different stores to see the swingsets actually assembled. The Backyard Discovery sets have very thin, cheap wood that was even broken sitting in front of the store!! When we received the swingset, the inside of the boxes were stamped Big Backyard, which makes extremely high end swingsets, so I guess this is a branch of that company. This swingset is extremely sturdy, and big enough for my 6 year old and 3 year old to play on together. I won't even talk about putting it together, it will be a lot of work no matter what set you choose- we worked from 9 am to 7 pm with 1 break and finished it. I love the details, and it can hold my husband standing in the fort, with me and both girls swinging without moving. I would definitely recommend this set as an affordable alternative, anything more for little kids is reallu just overkill. Some advice-- make sure your husband doesn't try to be macho and just skim the instructions-- read and look at them carefully! We did get almost to the end and realize we had a fort wall attached backwards!! Overall, great purchase, very happy!
Great product, kids love it! Instructions say 8 hrs. of build time had to break it up a bit and it took about 14 hr. across a week’s time. Had a couple broken parts but called manufacture and sent part right out. Had this product ship to the store and it fix perfect in minivan. Overall vary happy with this item.
Very nice ONE piece slide, and does not require assembly like others. Really like the cafe with stools and overhead climber for little monkeys!
We ordered it on-line and shipped to store. I thought the box 2 would be bigger so I picked up each box/slide as it arrived with my Ford Explorer. The box 2 with all the wood had to be returned or had a delivery issue so Wal-mart provided a credit and I had to bring the box 3 and slide to the store to return. We then had to re-order the playset again with a $20 credit due to the first issue. The second time I waited for all the boxes to arrive before I picked them up. No issues putting them all in my truck with the back gate open the short drive to my house. The manufacture needs to use a better box for all the wood but it arrived with only 1 board broken. Follow the directions and there shouldn't be an issue with assembly in the 8-10 hours.
I found that the amount of activities that came with the playground was very impressive, but I was not completely satisfied with the quality of the wood, I would say the playground will last a few years but I would not suggest this for older/bigger children. The slide is wonderfully long and durable, the swings are comfortable and a great joy for the children, the picnic area inspires my kids to pretend ice cream shop, store, etc which is great to see. I love that it came with a telescope for the fort area. The monkey bars are fun although not as long as I expected, only 3 bars to climb across and last of all the chalkboard lol, is made of a tarp material, I was expecting a chalk "board". Over all, my children love it, I just wish the wood was sturdy enough that I could trust it would not break if I was to swing with them. Took 4 of us (2 being construction workers) about 5 hours to put the playground together. great for children 3 to 10
First,let me thank all of the people who reviewed this play set previously. I bought this based on your reviews.Bought for our 3 year old grandson.We have a small back yard and this unit fits great,but isn't small by any means.
The quality of this play set is excellent.We had all of the parts we needed and many extra screws,bolts etc.Took 3 of us the better part of 12 hours to assemble,but we expected that.I must say that every part went together perfectly.Instructions were dead on great.As others stated,take the time to sort all material before starting.The quality of the wood is very good,make sure to pre-drill every hole and you will have no splitting.Nicely finished wood will need no treatment this year.When assembling,note the direction of every board and bolt in the directions (excellent diagrams ) so you aren't making changes later.Have at least 2 drill/drivers handy so you aren't changing bits.There are a LOT of screws.
My compliments to both Cedar Summit and Walmart for producing and selling such a well made product. Honestly,as I progressed further and further through the assembly,I grew more and more fond of the quality of this swing set.And a 3 year old boy is as happy as can be with his new play set !
I don't usually write reviews but I am so pleased with this swing set and wanted to let others know who might be considering purchasing this. I looked for two months trying to find a swing set that wasn't too large for our backyard, and this swing set had the smallest footprint I could find (around 12x12 ft). We ordered it and received it in a few days; faster than I expected! It was all packaged very well and the box that held the lumber was actually packed in one large box with another box on the outside to prevent damage during shipping. I did an inventory on all of the parts and there were no missing pieces and no damaged pieces.
My husband worked on it for about 4 hours one day and then the following weekend we did the rest in about 8 hours. It is quite a job but we had no problems at all. Our backyard is not level at all so instead of leveling the entire area we just dug a trench and kind of buried the monkey bars in the ground. On a couple of other areas that needed to be built up we used a brick here and there and that solved the problem; might go back under the swing legs and pour some Quikrete there. They also recommend in the directions to put a water seal on the wood every year because even though the wood is pretreated it will wear off due to the sun. We haven't done this yet but plan to soon. We also plan to put landscaping timbers around the swing set and fill with mulch.
As for our 3 year old boy, he loves his new swing set! We ordered a half bucket swing for him and installed it in place of one of the regular ones so he will be more secure. We also ordered handles and installed them at the top of the ladder; I would highly recommend doing this as it helps our little boy feel more secure going up. I knew he would want a ship's wheel in his fort so I ordered one of those separately and also a flag for the outside of his fort.
Very pleased with this swing set! Looks nice and the wood is a nice quality; doesn't look cheap like a lot of others I've seen. Great purchase!
We got this for our two year old and he absolutely loves it. He is still too little for the monkey bars but this is a set he can really grow into. He's a climber so the rock wall going up to the fort isn't an issue. It took my husband a few hours to put the rock wall and swing section of the swing as well as the monkey bars. We had a friend come help the next day and it took them about 5-6 hours to finish it completely. They are both pretty handy but they also had lunch/ water & beer breaks in there too : ) I would highly recommend this set. We live in Florida and to put out money on the smaller plastic sets were a waste since the sun/heat makes them brittle...this set is made out of nice cedar that should last him years of playing.
I have two young kids (ages 1 and 2 1/2) and this set is perfect for them and has some stuff that they can grow into. The swing set is very sturdy, it doesnt move when the kids are swinging on it, even though we have yet to stake it to the ground (just finished set up less than 24 hrs. ago). In addition, the fort is very strong and can support the adults who were putting it together. We had the item shipped to our local Walmart, and the box was very damaged and had lots of broken pieces. The company (Cedar Summit) sent out parts that arrived just over a week later. In that shipment, there was one more broken piece so they "overnighted" the part. Great company to deal with. The directions could have been more clear though, very confusing at times, and we had handy people helping us out! The kids LOVE it, it looks great, and is relatively compact for all that it has, so it doesn't take over the yard. So far, very happy with this set!
We just had this set put together by a friend. It's not bad. The delivery was quick but the boxes were damaged which resulted in a few cracked boards. It took two people about 8-10 hours to put together. They worked on it for a few hours over two days. We didn't have any missing pieces and the wood is okay. The set is more than I expected. I think it was a good price, especially given that it comes with a rock climbing wall, monkey bars, and the little cafe. It was for our son's 5th birthday. He could barely wait for them to finish. He said it was the best gift he ever got. Lol! I would recommend this set as a starter set. We'll probably upgrade in a couple years.
Great product for price and quality. The only thing I did not like was the screen printed chalk board and I will be making my own wooden one.
We bought this for my daughter who is 4 yrs old and she enjoys every minute that she gets to play on it. I spent a long time searching and price matching the different swing sets at the different stores but when it came down to it this one was the best deal and we even got free shipping to our home. It came a week earlier then the expected delivery date I order on Friday it came on Wensday the following week so we were very happy. The assembly was fairly easy and my dad and husband had all kinds of fun with it took them about 7 1/2 hours total over 2 days. It is very nice and my daughter loves it! I would recommned it to anyone that it looking for a good wooden swing set because for the money it is well worth the amount!
This is perfect for young kids and a small yard. It was easy to put together, and the instuctions were user-friendly. It will take most 10+ hours. We had one board that didn't line up great (center swing wall piece that attaches to middle floor frame), but considering everything else was perfect, not sure if it was just us or manufacturer. Also, 3 pieces of wood were broken, and Cedar Summit was quick to send out replacements. They were awesome to work with. Our biggest concerns are the swings are super close together, and the monkey bars are wood dowels instead of metal. It is solid, good quality, which I was nervous about. I am happy about this purchase and would reccomend.
Expect to take up your whole weekend (18hrs later) if doing it by yourself. Read the instructions carefully then reread them. I have 3 kids age 2-4-9 that play on it. The two younger ones love it, but it's just a little small for the older one; she still plays on it but tight squeeze on the clubhouse. I wish the monkey bars were longer, only 3 bars, and that the swings were a little more spaced apart. If you have allot of kids or older kids go for something bigger, otherwise this is a great play set.
My husband and I recently purchased this swingset for our almost 2-year old daughter as an early birthday present. My husband, my father and I put it up and took us about 10 hours to put together (6 hours on Friday and 4 hours on Saturday morning). My daughter loves it! Everything is marked nicely from the little bags of bolts and washers to the wood! My only complaint would be that we had some bolts missing from the box and thank goodness my husband had extras in his garage or we would have had to go to the hardware store. Also, some of the instructions were not clear, but we figured it out! Its a beautiful swingset!
We went to pick this set up and the box was totally destroyed and barely had any box left to take it out of the store. Upon looking at the wood pieces, they were split and cracked due to shipping. I had read reviews previously that they had the same experience. Must be packaged better to be received in good condition.
3 of the 4 steps were broken!. Several parts to the play house were broken!! If my husband and I weren't building a house and had extra pieces of wood laying around to fix this piece of junk we would have been in trouble since we had to put it up 2 days before Christmas to be ready for Christmas morning. The chains on the swing were so short no kid could have reached it. We had to buy extra chain to add to the swings so they could even reach! This swing set is muuuuuch smaller than the picture depicts. The one step that is on the monkey bar ladder does not allow a small child (my 4 yr old) to even reach the monkey bars. We will have to add another step here too. Very very very disappointed!!
I realize this is not some fancy Rainbow $3000 playscape but I didn't think it would arrive with cracked, chipped or broken boards. And although it says "cedar" it appears to be a cedar stain over cheap wood. VERY DISAPPOINTED.
Purchased product as a gift. Boxes were damaged. Needless to sayso were some of the items. Several wood products were broken and tarp has hole. Told husband to return product but instead he bought wood glue and repaired broken parts. He is going to patch up hole. Disappointed in how the product was damaged in several parts. Careless delivery other than that daughter loves product.