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CEDAR SUMMIT PARAMOUNT
Best Wooden Playset
  • Multiple Slides
  • Multiple Levels
  • Multiple Swings
9.4
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Backyard Discovery Skyfor II
  • Multiple Swings
  • Multiple Levels
  • Climbing Areas
9.2
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Swing-N-Slide Cedar Brook
  • Multiple Swings
  • Mutliple Levels
  • Difficult Instructions
8.7
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Backyard Discovery Tanglewood
  • Multiple Swings
  • Multiple Levels
  • No Climbing Section
7.6
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Big Backyard Magnolia
  • Multiple Levels
  • Multiple Swings
  • Thin Wood
7.3
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WINNER: CEDAR SUMMIT PARAMOUNT

 

BEST WOODEN PLAYSETS | 2018

 

1ST PLACE / Cedar Summit Paramount


THE GOOD
This in an epic sized, multi-level, triple slide, wooden playset that will be the envy of every child in your neighborhood. If you’ve got a large backyard and want an amazing adventure-zone for you kids, this is the playset to go with.

THE BAD
Being so large, it also requires quite a bit of space to safely use. It’s recommended that you have at least a 37’ by 26’ area to build this set on.

THE BOTTOM LINE
This play set is made with premium components and child-safe pre-stained Cedar Lumber. It does come with a hefty price-tag, but this is a quality set for the adventurous child in your life.

 

2ND PLACE / Backyard Discovery Skyfort II


THE GOOD
If you’ve got a climber in your life, they will the rock wall climb, monkeybars, and third level perch with telescope to spend all day on! With an added bonus of two swings AND a 2 person swing glider, the Skyfort II tops it all with a 4 person picnic table on the first floor for lunch time.

THE BAD
The slide could be of better quality, but the rest of the fort is designed to last.

THE BOTTOM LINE
This is a great playset that wont break the bank while still providing a great time for any child to be more active and play outdoors. It will be quite a handful to put together, so be sure to have a second or third person with you, and organize all the pieces before you start assembling.

 

3RD PLACE / Swing-N-Slide Cedar Brook


THE GOOD
A high quality playset, the Swing-N-Slide Cedar Brook playset is made with premium parts that meet and exceed ASTM standards. The company takes great care to ensure all their sets are tested and safe for use.

THE BAD
Screw packages are not labeled and so assembling can be a little time consuming, and the seal on the wood isn’t the best.

THE BOTTOM LINE
A great bang-for-your-buck playset with multiple swings, a slide, and monkey bars. A great option for those with some room in the backyard for a larger fort-styled playset.

 

4TH PLACE / Backyard Discovery Tanglewood

THE GOOD
A great medium sized playset with heavy duty cedar lumber build. With 3 swings, a slide, and fort, the Tanglewood will be a happy addition to any child’s life.

THE BAD
Although made of great quality materials, we would have liked to see more climbing areas on the fort for the daredevil’s at heart.

THE BOTTOM LINE
A fantastic find for anyone with a decent sized backyard, the Backyard Discovery Tanglewood playset will be perfect to keep the imagination of those young at heart.

 

5TH PLACE / Big Backyard Magnolia


THE GOOD
The perfect companion for a smaller backyard, the Big Backyard Magnolia will be a perfect fit for your kids to have some outdoor fun. Included are two sings and a hand swing, and a chalk wall tarp to play games like Tic-Tac-Toe.

THE BAD
Not the sturdiest of structures, the lumber could have been cut slightly thicker in some areas.

THE BOTTOM LINE
A great addition to any backyard, this fort style, two-story playset will add something physically active for your kids to do in their day. Make sure to reseal the wood yearly and do a onceover check for splinters before letting your kids run wild.



What To Look For When Buying a Wooden Playset

 

Safety and Recalls

These are your children, and safety should be the number 1 priority. Check for any recalls or warnings with playsets to ensure there are no dangers, such as choking hazards, or faulty parts before purchasing a playset. The ASTM is there to ensure the safety of many of these playsets so do check through their websites to verify the set that you are going to purchase is up to safety standards.

 

Your Child's Needs

Another thing to be sure and look out for is what your child prefers. There's no point in purhcasing a 3 story fort if, for example, your child is afraid of heights. Does your kids like to climb? Do they prefer to swing? Are slides their go to when it comes to fun? Do they want a perch to look down from? Being able to figure these questions out will greatly help in picking the perfect playset that will keep their attention for years!

 

Durability

Make sure that what you are buying will last. If a playset has not been properly sealed, you should seal the wood and let it cure before letting your kids play on it. If you are sealing your own wood, be sure to use non-toxic sealants. Also, ensure that the playset in questions uses thick and durable wood and parts. The hardware and chains for swings should be heavy duty and coated with rust protection. Be sure to look over the playset and make sure no screws or splinters are left poking out from anywhere.