Our pick of the best swings and slides sets: parenting ParentingInLockdown gardens
Our pick of the best wooden, metal and plastic swing and slide combination sets for children aged 2 to 10 years...
\nWhy we love it: The double swing-set means brothers and sisters can play together or kids can get their friends involved. With so many different sections to play in, everyone should be able to have their own go at something they like. It gets 4 and 5 star reviews from those who\u2019ve purchased it, too.\nHow long does it take to build? Parents said it was \u201crelatively easy to install\u201d, especially between 2 people. One reviewer did note they decided to add some extra wood beams in places, but thought it was \u201cstill good value\u201d.\nThings to note: \u201cThe vinyl and the decals are not pre-cut and there are no templates for either,\u201d said one buyer, meaning you might need to get creative drawing your own pirate themed decoration, like those on the picture.\nAvailable from: Amazon\n\n Latest deals from trusted retailers\n \n \n\n\n2. TP Fordland Deck, Swing and Slide Set, \u00a3399.99\n\n \n\nAge: 3 years +\nWhat it is: An FSC-certified and treated wooden frame with an 8ft slide and a nest swing. Self-assembly required. Dimensions are H283 x W305 x D233cm.
\nWhy we love it: The USP on this set is definitely the nest swing \u2013 which can take a maximum combined weight of 120kgs (around 18st 8lbs).\nHow long does it take to build? All swings and slide frames are gonna take you a while to put up.\nYou\u2019re probably looking at 5 hours +, but we do like that you can clear see where each bit\u2019s supposed to go (just look for the bright blue).\nAvailable from: TP Toys\n\n Latest deals from trusted retailers\n \n \n\n\n3.\u00a0Little Tikes Clubhouse Swing Set, \u00a3389.99\n\n \n\nAge: 3 years +\nWhat it is: A garden gym that comes with: with two swings, a slide, climbing wall, rope ladder, tunnel and steering wheel. Self-assembly required. Dimesions are L 365 x W 173 x H 193cm.\nWhy we love it: We like that this is an alternative to all the popular wooden sets \u2013 as it\u2019ll require a bit less maintenance over the years as it sits on the grass.\nWe also like the possibility to play pretend pirates thanks to the addition of the rope and the steering wheel.
\nHow long does it take to build? Generally, we\u2019ve seen that parents are amazed by how long it takes to put this together. It always seems to come as bit of a surprise!\nBut, realistically, all sets are gonna take a while to get up, including this one. Give yourself a good day to get the job done.\nAvailable from: Little Tikes (in store) and Amazon\n\n Latest deals from trusted retailers\n \n \n\n\n4. Scramble n Slide Play Centre, \u00a3129.99\n\n \n\nAge: 2 years +\nWhat it is: A castle-themed toddler swing and slide set and which will apparently fit in most cars! Comes with a wavy slide, a toddler-friendly swing with straps and a basketball hoop on the side (no ball, though). Dimensions are L157.5 x W182.9 x H114.3 in cm.
\nWhy we love it: It\u2019s sturdy, yet still light enough to move around the garden. We\u2019ve never tried to get it in a car ourselves, though!\nIt\u2019s a hit with kids \u2013 \u201cMy 3 boys love it, very happy with this purchase,\u201d writes one parent \u2013 and it\u2019s pretty compact compared to a lot of the larger frames you can buy. We also think this is a nice option for those looking to stick to a budget.\nHow long does it take to build? Apparently, this is one of the easier ones \u2013 with one user saying it took them just 20 minutes to build.\n\u201cWe weren\u2019t disappointed! Easy to put together took 20 minutes, sturdy and hard wearing. Bigger than I expected but he loved it!\u201d\nThat said, there are a few niggly things to keep an eye out for\u2026\n\u201cFairly easy to put together. But I would say it need someone strong to clip the safety clips into place. The swing is the hardest part to put together as the plastic mis shapens with the force you have to exert to clip the safety bits into place.\u201d\n\u201cThe product was easy to assemble, but just watch the order you attach the slide and the top step to the side panel. Once assembled, it looks very sturdy,\u201d added another.\nThings to note: Definitely best suited to children on the younger end of the scale, though, given that the swing is quite narrow and has a harness.\nA few parents who\u2019ve used it also commented on the steps up to the slide \u2013 they might be a tiny bit steep for some little ones.\nAvailable from: Smyths Toys\n\n Latest deals from trusted retailers\n \n \n\n\n5. Hedstrom Saturn Playset, \u00a3140\n\n \n\nAge: 3 \u2013 10 years\nWhat it is: A metal frame with a wavy slide, a 2-seater glider, and a kids outdoor swing set with adjustable ropes. Dimensions H180cm x W285cm x D195cm once assembled. Self-assembly required.
\nWhy we love it: We think this is a good price point \u2013 and we like that there\u2019s a swing and a glider, so ideal if you\u2019ve got multiple little ones all clamouring for a go on the swings.\nIt\u2019s lighter than the bigger wooden sets at 33.5kg, too. That said, as it is a bit lighter, you might want to think about securing it to the ground.
\nHow long does it take to build? Parents who\u2019ve used it have suggested that this one\u2019s not the easiest to put together by any stretch.\nThe instructions are widely touted as a bit \u201cuseless\u201d and you might need to prepare yourself for lots of fiddly screws.\nThings to note: One mum bought for a 2.5 year old and later returned it as she didn\u2019t think it was suitable for her child\u2019s age \u2013 it\u2019s recommended for 3+, so make sure you check the age recommendation before buying.\nAvailable from:\u00a0Argos
\n\n Latest deals from trusted retailers\n \n \n\n\n6. Selwood Hazelwood Climbing Frame, \u00a3599\n\n \n\nAge: 3 \u2013 10 years\nWhat it is: A cedar wood frame with a wavy slide, 2 swings, a tall ladder, a little kitchenette window (perfect for imaginative play) and monkey bars. Dimensions W366 x D386 x H246.38 cm.\nWhy we love it: Generally, we\u2019ve seen this swing and slide set praised for its sturdiness and high quality. We like that there are a few different elements to it, like the monkey bars (which younger children can grow into) and the little kitchen sink. A nice touch.
\n\u201cMy daughter aged 2 loves it!\u201d writes one user. \u201cShe is a good climber so gets up the rock wall with ease but some kids I imagine may struggle a little with no steps. Nice and sturdy. Very happy!\u201d\nHow long does it take to build? Like a lot of the bigger sets, we\u2019d say set aside a day to get it up. Judging by past feedback on the product, it can take anywhere between 5 and 12 hours to build.
\n\u201cTook 4-5 hours with 2 people constructing,\u201d says one user. Adds another: \u201cInstructions where extensive and well laid out in sequence that proved to be excellent.\u201d\n\u201cThanks to good instructions, numbers on boards and distributed mounting material, we managed to do it with my husband during one day,\u201d one added.\nWhile for others, it took a bit longer: \u201cAll bolts and screws were individually packaged which really helped as that would have easily taken another 2 hours to sort. With a lot of hard work between two of us we got it built within about 11 hours.\u201d\nAvailable from: Selwood\n\n Latest deals from trusted retailers\n \n \n\n\n7. Plum Climbing Pyramid Outdoor Play Centre with Swings, Den and Slide, \u00a3629.99\n
\n \n\n\nAge: 3 years \u2013 12 years\nWhat it is: An FSC-certified timber frame featuring an 8ft wave slide, 2 swings and it\u2019s USP: a climbing wall with a secret den underneath! Self-assembly required, weighs 100kg, and is 3.9 metres wide.\nWhy we love it: This one\u2019s not just swings and slides \u2013 it\u2019s got the added bonus of a climbing frame, too. So, if your garden is big enough, you\u2019re all set! Of course, little ones love it\u2026\n\u201cOverall I have to say this is a fantastic product which has stood the test of time very well,\u201d says one happy dad.\n\u201cWe have had it for 3 years now and it is still in great condition, despite constant use and being outside the whole time.\u201d\nHow long does it take to build? \u201cIt does take a few hours to assemble but it is worth it,\u201d says one user, while another said:\n\u201cPut it together yesterday, got a carpenter to do it, took him 5 1\/2 hours and he\u2019s as handy as you get. The quality of the product is top class (Plum Products), everything fitted as described and the instructions were very good as these type of things go.\u201d\nSo, we reckon you\u2019ll need a good amount of free time and a fair bit of patience to get this set fully functioning, however, it\u2019s also worth the effort given how long it lasts.\nThings to note: One thing to look into is prolonging the life of the wooden frame \u2013 we\u2019d recommend speaking to Plum\u2019s customer service team and reading instructions for the best way to care.\nTheir customer service team are touted as very good, and have proven to be happy to replace parts in need of repairing years down the line.\nAvailable from:\u00a0Amazon\n\n Latest deals from trusted retailers\n \n \n\n\n8. TP Heron Kids Wooden Garden Swing Set and Glider, \u00a3150\n\n \n\nAge: 3+\nWhat it is: An FSC-certified wooden frame, which hosts 2 swings and a 2-seater glider. You\u2019ll need to put it together yourself but an anchor kit to secure it to the ground is included, as are full instructions.\nWhy we love it: It\u2019s sturdy, colourful and kids can play together or separately on the swingset. You can also purchase additional seat attachments to build it out or change things up over time. Parents who purchased the swing set previously commented positively on the size and build of the structure, saying it was \u201cvery good quality and design for the price\u201d.\nHow long does it take to build? This one shouldn\u2019t be too complicated to get set up, but do leave yourself a full afternoon. One buyer said, \u201cassembly took a good few hours with two people.\u201d\nAvailable from: Argos\n\n Latest deals from trusted retailers\n \n \n\n\n9. TP Galapogus Wooden Swing and Slide Set, \u00a3424.99\n\n \n\nAge: 3 years +\nWhat it is: A large solid wood frame with brightly coloured features: a slide, a 2-person glide swing, a normal swing seat and round \u2018button swing\u2019 seat. It weights 114kg, and does require self-assembly.\nWhy we love it: There are 3 different kinds of swings in this set \u2013 which has got to be a record ? Ideal for families with multiple kids, who all want to play on the swings at once. Ideal for different ages, too.\nHow long does it take to build? We don\u2019t know for sure how easy this is to build up and put back down again, but it does seem to use bright blue ports as a way to show you which-bit-connects-where.\nAvailable from: TP Toys\n\n Latest deals from trusted retailers\n \n \n\n\n10.\u00a0Plum Toddler Tower Wooden Play Centre, \u00a3343.42\n\n \n\nAge:\u00a012 months +\nWhat it is:\u00a0It does require self-assembly, and maximum user weight is 25kg (around 3st 9lbs).
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