Outdoor Playsets For Children

Having your own playset in your backyard is indeed very great thing to have – your children can play outside on this play center for hours, either using a swing, or a slide, or climbing and hanging in the fort, or they can invite their friends to your house and they play on the playset for hours, and they won’t mess your house, and ther the best part of it, they love playing on a playset.

I took my time, to find out which playsets are the best outdoor playsets for children, and I narrowed it down to three (American) brands ( I believe they offer the best ones in this business) that convinced me in all aspects – quality, safety and child friendly.

Those brands, that are, in my opinion, trustworthy are Backyard discovery, Swing’n’slide and Lifetime. Those brands have something in common – they were all established in 80s due to the lack of quality either playsets, furniture or basketball hoops ( Lifetime founder wasn’t happy with basketball hoops you couldn’t purchase, so he decided to take his own road and start making and selling whole basketball hoop set).

So in this article I will present you good, very good and the best brand that produce playsets, and I will count couple of their sets – the cheapest one, the best one and the most expensive one from each brand

Lifetime Playsets

Lifetime was invented when dad and son, basketball fans wanted to make new more modern and mobile basketball hoops – and the Lifetime brand stands for a lifetime quality.

Lifetime offers very quality playsets, but+ they are made from plastic ( well they are certified as high quality materials), and they look absolutely stunning, and it will last for a lifetime.

You can check here for more lifetime playsets.

Here are some of their best playsets you can buy:

1. Lifetime 290633 Adventure Tower Playset, Earthtone

Price: 1400 $

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This playset is all weather resistant and it will not crack rot or splinter. It has a house with hard roof and has integrated car map on floor of the tower. It has climbing walls ( 2 to be more precisely) and swings as well, like any other playset does.

Safety standards are a must – beside all other regularities about safeness it has also soft rubber grips on swing chains to prevent pinching and edges are rounded or covered with plastic caps, so there is no fear for unexpected injuries.

You don’t need a cement – it is a freestanding playset.

2. Lifetime A-Frame Adventure Playset

Price: 1650 $

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This playset is as well weather resistant – it will not be damaged by the weather ( snow, rain, winter, summer, etc.)

It is a little different like the playset I wrote before, but it covers all safety standards with rubberized grips on chains to prevent pinching and hard edges are covered with plastic caps or they are rounded.

This playset has a clubhouse with roof, 2 belt swings, trapeze bar, a wavy slide, a propeller swing, climbing wall, cargo net, activity board and ship wheel with binoculars.

It is a very fun multi functional playset that covers all the fun children can have – climbing, sliding, swinging and a pretend playing.

It as well doesn’t need a cement – it is a freestanding playset-

Backyard Discovery

Backyard Discovery is my number 1. pick, when it comes to playsets – and why is that so? They are focusing into backyard – they are manufacturing playsets, patio furniture and pergolas – and that is all. But they don’t use plastic or anything similar, oh no, they use a cedar wood for their products.

Some of are familiar with cedar and some of you are not. Well what is the point of cedar wood? Well cedar wood could be found in places where weather is damp, and there inhumane circumstances for living – and cedar wood hands them all – so do you get the point where I’m going with this?

Cedar wood is the best outdoor natural material for backyards.

You can check here for more Backyard Discovery playsets

Here are some of the Backyard Discovery best playsets:

1.Backyard Discovery Woodland All Cedar Wood Playset

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Price: 1200 $

This playset has upper and lower clubhouses with 2 belt swings, a glider and a slide, a solid rock climbing wall.

The lower clubhouse has a snack window and 3 seats for kids to sit and rest or eat, whatever they want.

It has all safety standards, so there shouldn’t be any fear or doubt something bad happen to your child.

2.Backyard Discovery Skyfort II All Cedar Wood Swing Set

Price: 1600 $

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This playset is one of the most popular playsets in the market. It has a lot of features, which children could use and play.

So what does this playset offer?

  • Very beautiful and detailed upper clubhouse with windows and crows nest with telescope
  • Front porch on upper clubhouse
  • Picnic table for four children below the upper clubhouse
  • A sandbox
  • 2 belt swings
  • A swing glider
  • A slide
  • Rock climbing wall
  • A standard playset ladder
  • and monkey bars

Swing’n’slide Playsets

Swing’n’slide company was in 80s as an alternative to expensive pre-cut playsets that were available on the market, and they pledged that they will make best, safe, fun and not expensive playsets anyone could afford ( well not everybody, that is quite impossible).

Swing’n’slide playsets are made from cedar, which is very quality natural wooden material for all weather circumstances – I wrote about it in Backyard Discovery section.

There is something that differs from Backyard Discovery and Lifetime – price of their playsets. If Backyard Discovery and Lifetime offer playsets for $1000 and more, then Swing’n’slide is less expensive than those two, and they offer very good multi functional playsets from $500, which is very welcome for some families that don’t want to pay 1$500 for a set, and beside that, the quality and safety is still there, so don’t worry about those facts.

You can check here for more Swing’n’slide playsets.

Here are a couple of their playsets:

1.Swing-N-Slide PB 8272 Cedar Brook Play Set

Price: 1120 $

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This playset is multi functional as well. It has a lot of features, that will keep your child busy for hours.

  • A clubhouse on the upper deck with roof and porch
  • 2 swings
  • 1 swing glider
  • A rock climbing wall
  • wavy slide
  • Monkey bars
  • A picnic table

2.Swing-N-Slide Scrambler Playset with Two Swings, Slide and Rock Wall

Price: 510 $

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This playset doesn’t offer that much like other playsets mentioned in this article, but I had to point out less expensive playset, because not everybody has a huge, giant backyard or they don’t want to pay a lot of money on a playset. So if you’re looking for some not-so-expensive playsets, then you must reach out after Swing’n’slide playsets.

So this scrambler has 2 swings, a picnic table, a rock climbing wall and a slide. It has all features but it is not that huge, and it would fit perfectly in smaller backyards.


I presented you my top 3 favorite companies that manufacture playsets. They all lookalike, and believe me, no matter which one you buy, every playsets will meet your standards and will exceed your expectations.

If you don’t want to have and work around a playset after establishing it, then I suggest you to get s Lifetime playset.

If you don’t mind doing some work around a playset after establishing it, then go for a Backyard Discovery.

If you don’t want to pay too much for a playset, or you don’t have enough space in your backyard then go after Swing’n’slide playsets.

If you have any question ora comment, please write me in the comment section below and I will be happy to reply.


Primoz P.

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