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I bought our swing set about 13 years ago but as summer has hit I wanted to review garden swing sets. For us having 3 children under 3 and half at one stage, this set has been an absolutely awesome buy, as in a morning I used to fling open the patio doors and as our garden is fully enclosed, was completely safe for outside playing all day. I have always been keen that the children are able to play outside and have physical exercise and these swings have definitely encouraged this.
We also purchased a mini slide, a big slide and mini see saw and later an enclosed trampoline, So I sometimes think we have a mini park in our garden, fortunately we have a good sized garden.
I bought our swing set as a present for our oldest daughter. It has 2 swings and then an option of a boat type swing which could be changed to a trapeze.
The swing set is blue, but I have seen a red one. When we first bought it we changed one of the swings to a toddler swing and put on the boat option. It was brilliant when the children were babies, just pop them in the boat, a gentle push every now and again and sleep quickly ensued. The toddler swing was a safer option than a normal children's swing and was several years before we moved on to the swings. The swings were adjusted several times as their legs grew. The boat "died" after about 9 years due to having far to many children in it at one time but was easily swapped for the trapeze. You can still see the 2 younger children (11 and 12 yrs) dangling upside down from this on a very frequent basis.
The 2 swings again are still used frequently although my husband did have to add in additional deeper spikes to keep the swing in place as they do tend to "go for it".
After all these years we have had no rusting and it still looks in excellent condition. I'm not sure how, as we have always left it outside, it has had amazing wear from our 3 children and the rest of the neighbourhood. We have moved house in that time and was easily dismantled and then reassembled. I remember it being a 2 man job to assemble but was quite straightforward and easy to do. My husband has replaced the swing cord once on one swing.
We have had to reseed the grass under the swings on several occasions but this definitely would not be a reason not to purchase (IMO)
Ours is the Hedstrom Swing set. They still sell similar ones and the price has not changed very much at all. They currently retail just under £80 at Argos. I would definitely recommend these swings as they have been worth their weight in gold. I am therefore awarding 5 doo yoo stars as excellent value for money, extremely long lasting and have been used constantly since purchase.
Reminscing back to our own childhoods, one thing both me and my wife agreed we needed when our little baby girl was born was a swing set for the garden. Of course we didn't need one straight away so had plenty of time to look around and find a good deal.
Like the previous reviewer, we too looked at 2 in 1 swings that started off small and then got bigger with age but found them mostly unsatisfying for a number of reasons that strongly included price and durability. We never considered buying a slightly older child swing and then buying a seperate baby seat until a friend of ours told us that was exactly what they had done. They also strongly reccommended this brand and we were swung towards it (sorry, pun unintentional) by the fact that we had recently won a small child's trampoline in a competition that was also made by Hedstrom. This seemed very well made and we were impressed by the quality so decided by mutual agreement that the Hedstrom swing was one of the better on the market and well worth the price!
And we have never looked back! The one thing we found was that, with the baby swing we bought seperately, the swing was a little high up but now our daughter is three and we have gone back to the original seat, this is less of an issue. It is still a little high to the point that I have to help our daughter on but we have found, through research amongst fellow parents we know, most of these swings are all around the same!
The seat is made of highly durable plastic meaning it is hard-wearing though it is slightly curved meaning even if the seat wasn't so high, I still think my daughter would have trouble getting on. I have noticed that, with weathering, the colour has now faded as we keep the swing outside and permanently erected (oo-er) but this is only a cosmetic observation. The swing has to be grounded or else it rocks quite badly whilst your child is on it but ours came with plastic pegs to do just that. Personally, I opted for metal tent pegs that I bought seperately because I was not confident about those supplied but this was only a small extra expense and we still saved money from buying a 2 in 1 swing.
Overall, we have found this to be a good all-round buy! It currently costs about £31 on Amazon though we paid more like about £24 from a shop offline which I think might have been ToysRus. I remember it was on offer when we bought it or we had a voucher for money off or something. Still, even at £31, it is still good value and will last you through much of your child's early development years!
We decided that a swing would be a good investment as a garden toy when my eldest was about 9 months old. We went to Toys R Us with some money from my mother in law and started looking at the different options. I liked the Hedstrom 2 in 1 junior swing that started off low and then got bigger as the child got bigger.
Once we were in the shop, we realised that it worked out cheaper to buy this swing plus get a baby swing seat than the cost of the 2 in 1 swing, and that is what sold us on it.
I then warmed further to the idea when i realised that i could actually push the baby in the swing when i was stood up. No kneeling on damp or muddy grass when the weather turned colder, and it was therefore a much more versatile choice.
The swing came boxed up and required assembly. Once again my husband obliged and got out the tool box to assemble it for me. (He must hate it when i say 'Wouldn't it be a great idea if we got.....' as it always requires lots of effort from him while i supervise and make tea. )
Once assembled the legs of the swing need to be either staked in the ground with the pegs they provide or concreted into the ground. As my kids are about 3 stone each, and don't swing that vigourously at the moment, the stakes are sufficient to hold it in place. I do remember pulling ours out the ground when we were small, so perhaps a consideration for bigger/older children.
The swing seat is attached via clips to two hoops at the top. It was quite easy to take the baby seat on and off, but the seat that comes with it requires the loops to be removed while you attach the seat. This hasn't been an issue as we waited till both our kids were big enough to use the big seat before swapping for good.
Now they are big enough to use it as pictured, they find the seat comfortable and the rope is easy for even my 2 year old to hold onto. I don't swing him high, but he has never slipped and caused any concern about safety. The length of the string is a bit short for kids their age/height. I have to lift them both onto it.
A slight disappointment to me is that the seat is slightly curved so there is no way my adult bottom will fit on it. I sometimes swing with them on my knee if we go to the park. The 2 year old likes it as he can go higher when i have got him held securely.
If you are considering buying a swing, it is definitely a good one to get, and i could not believe it was cheaper to buy two separate products compared to buying the 2 in one swing. It has been in our garden for over 3 years, shows no sign of wear and tear, and will last us years i am sure. An absolute bargain when we look at how much enjoyment they get from it.