Top Metal Swings for Babies and Children


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There’s nothing more fun for a child or even for a baby than to go outside on a nice day and play on the swing set. A child’s imagination becomes wide open the minute he can begin to play on his set. He can be anyone doing anything: an astronaut swinging himself out of the atmosphere, a mountain climber hanging off of a cliff (or the monkey bars), or even slide down a raging waterfall during a jungle run. Kids’ imaginations are boundless, and something as simple as a swing set can bring out the best in them.

Not only can swing sets be used for toddlers or older children, but most swing sets come with detachable swings where you could hook an outdoor infant swing, and make the most use of your set from infancy all the way through your child’s life.

We spent 20 hours of research talking to manufacturers and suppliers as well as about double that amount of time actually playing on metal swing sets (because here all of our writers at Kokopax are just big kids who know how to write) to bring your our list of the best metal swing sets for your family.

Based on value, longevity and overall fun-factor, we decided that Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set with 9 Foot Wavy Slide is the best choice you could make to put an awesome addition to your backyard for your children that would last them from infancy to adulthood (if they wanted to, but they’ll probably be too cool for it by the time they’re teenagers).

We also have a list of a few others that we think are great to put in your yard, so whichever you choose, we know your little ones will have a great time!

Product DescriptionUser's ScoreOverall Score
Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set

Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set

This swing set has everything you could possibly want for your little one to have the best possible time he could ...

User Rating: 3.8 (1 votes)
2 IRON KIDS Premier 100 Fitness Playground

IRON KIDS Premier 100 Fitness Playground

Of course sets are made for children to have fun on, and of course no parent should be putting their child through ...

User Rating: 3.35 (1 votes)
3 Kettler Home Playground Equipment: Trimmstation Swing Set

Kettler Home Playground Equipment: Trimmstation Swing Set

A swing set only gets more and more fun with the more things you can attach to it. Sure, swinging back and forth is ...

User Rating: 3.45 (1 votes)

 


Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set

Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set Review

This swing set has everything you could possibly want for your little one to have the best possible time he could while outside, using his imagination and wearing himself out so you can put him to bed as early as possible. The Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set is fun, attractive and has the ability to last a long time in your child’s life. If you’re looking for a swing set to add function, fun and value to your home and to your child’s life, then this is a great choice for your family!

This swing set has got everything, and it is designed for children of all ages (including you parents if you really are into it!). It is a safe and fun swing set that includes three belt swing, one trapeze bar that includes gym rings, a nine foot wavy slide, a fireman’s pole and even monkey bars. So if your little acrobat wants to run away to the circus, then he can practice on his swing set. Or if your daughter wants to save people from burning buildings, then she can work on her firewoman entry on the pole. There are so many possibilites with the The Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set, and we know that your child will have a great time playing on it.

Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set

The Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set is fun, attractive and has the ability to last a long time in your child’s life.

If you have an infant, it is also great to know that there are multiple swings that can easily be removed or changed out for a more infant-friendly swing (although the infant swing is not included in the swing set, the option to add it to this set is available for you if you have your own).

The Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set is designed for safety for your little one as well. There are no hard edges as they have all either been rounded off or covered with plastic caps and soft rubber grips to even prevent pinching on the chains of the swings. This really helps keep the chances of your little one hurting himself way down. If you worry about him getting overexcited and hurting himself while on the swingset, then you can be relaxed knowing that the Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set has thought out all of these possibilities beforehand.

We interviewed a parent who really loved the swing set saying,

“We love having this swing set in our yard. We have two children ages 3 and 6, and both of them love playing on it almost every day that the weather is nice. Our three-year old loves to swing, and our six-year old loves to play on the monkey bars. She is always climbing on things, and it really is a great way for her to use her energy and have fun. Also, the swing set is sturdy and seems like it’s going to last us a really long time”

The Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set is a free-standing swing set that does not require it to be cemented into the ground. It is strong enough to hold all of your children (big and small) at once without the worry of falling down, and it is made to be easy to maintain. There is no need to stain or paint the metal, as it is already treated to prevent rusting and wear.

Materials: All-weather high strength, low alloy steel.

Will not: Warp, rot, crack, fade, chip or peel

Total Area: 13.8 feet wide by 18.6 feet deep

Warranty: 5 year manufacturer backed

Another parent really enjoys watching her children play on the Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set.

“My kids have so much fun playing on the swing set! I was really happy that we didn’t have to get it installed or cemented into the yard, and that was a big factor for me. I wanted to get something for the kids to play on, but I didn’t want to have to tear up my yard to do it. I feel confident that it is safe standing on its own, and it really looks nice in our yard.”

Some questions parents had about the set:

Is the swing height adjustable?

Yes, the chains on the swings can be adjusted to change the height and even removed.

Can the monkey bars and trapeze hold adults?

Yes, this swing set is made from steel and can be used by kids of all ages including adults.

Can the slide be placed in different positions?

The slide is attached to the monkey bar with the fire pole on the opposite side. The direction of the monkey bar assembly and the swing cross bar can be switched in either direction.

The biggest complaint parents had about the Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set is that it was quite expensive. There are definitely cheaper options out there, but we believe that with the quality and with the amount of accessories you get with this set, the value is absolutely worth the price.

Some parents also noticed that this is quite a big piece of equipment, so if you’re looking for something smaller or you don’t have the space for this set, then it might be better to look for a different swing set for your family.

If you are looking for solid quality that will last you for years and have the space for it, then we cannot recommend the Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set highly enough!


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Kettler Home Playground Equipment: Trimmstation Swing Set

Kettler Home Playground Equipment: Trimmstation Swing Set Review

A swing set only gets more and more fun with the more things you can attach to it. Sure, swinging back and forth is super fun, but nothing beats being able to climb monkey bars, swing from a rope like Tarzan and jump up on a trapeze bar like a circus performer. The Kettler Home Playground Equipment: Trimmstation Swing Set is full of fun things for you little one to expend his energy and imagination on, and on top of that, it’s colorful, fun, sturdy and would be a great addition to any home. If you’re looking for a swing set that your little ones (and even your big ones) could play on for hours, then this is a great option for you.

This swing set is a really fun addition to your backyard, and we think that any child of any age would have a great time playing on it. It includes a vertical ladder that leads to monkey bars to help your little ones work on motor control and your bigger ones work on scaring the crap out of you by jumping off the top (I know this. I used to do it to my mother all the time too). It also comes with one board swing which is attached by four suspension ropes, so not only is it a bit easier to hold on to with less of a chance of pinching than a chain swing, but it is easy to adjust the height of the swing for your child of any size.

Kettler Home Playground Equipment: Trimmstation Swing Set

This swing set is a really fun addition to your backyard, and we think that any child of any age would have a great time playing on it.

If you’re looking for a swing set that is bright and fun to look at, then this is a great option. It comes in really fun, bright colors that stand out for a great-looking addition to your yard. It also has a fade and rust resistant powder coat over the paint to make sure that it stays looking great and bright.

Some of the greatest additions to the swing set are the climbing (and even swinging) rope attachment and the pull up bar, which really looks more like a circus trapeze and can let your little one’s imaginations run wild. If you’re looking for a top swing set with a lot of different things for your kids to play on, then this is a great choice.

One of our tester parents thought the rope was a really cool addition,

“We looked at a lot of swing sets, and this one really stood out just because of the rope addition. I know it’s such a simple thing, but it is so cool to have on the back. The kids can swing on it or climb it and really use a lot of energy on it. I haven’t seen that addition on other swing sets, and that is what helped us make our choice when buying this swing set for our kids.”

This set also already includes ground anchors, because it does have to be cemented into the ground to be as stable as possible. If you’re want to put your child’s safety first, then this is a great way to stay confident knowing that the set will not tip over if your child plays too hard.

Materials: Sturdy metal with coated finish

Will not: fade or rust

Total Area: 11.7 feet x 11.3 feet x 6.5 feet

Warranty: 5 year manufacturer backed

Another one of our parents mentioned,

“I love watching my son climb up the rope, climb on the monkey bars and up the ladder and climb up the pole. It’s fun to see him having such a good time. He also really likes to sit on the trapeze part and swing on the swing. There are so many cool options on this set, and it really has never left him bored or anything. He always wants to spend as much time as possible playing on the set!”

Parents wanted to know a few things:

Is the swing scaled for preteenagers?

While it is recommended for ages 3-8 and is scaled for smaller bodies, that shouldn’t stop your preteens from wanting to play on it if they want to.

Where is the set made?

It is made in Germany.

Is it possible to add a slide to the set?

No, there is not an addition to this model to put a slide on. If you want a slide, you’ll have to purchase one separately.

While most parents were very pleased with this product, there were some who were disappointed with a few things. The lack of a slide seemed to be a bit of a let down for some parents who were looking for a more traditional set. If you want a swing set that comes with a slide, then you’ll have to purchase a different one.

Another complaint parents had was that there was only one swing. That means if you have multiple children, you could end up with a battle on your hands. Also, if you have an older child and an infant, you cannot easily add the infant swing to the existing swing attachments, though it would be easy to buy other attachments and put an infant swing somewhere else on the set.

Despite a few complaints, there was an absolute positive response from all parents and children who used this swing set, and we also really like to play on it. We think it has some innovative and cool additions, and that your child could have fun on it for several years.


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IRON KIDS Premier 100 Fitness Playground

IRON KIDS Premier 100 Fitness Playground Review

Of course sets are made for children to have fun on, and of course no parent should be putting their child through a rigorous fitness regime, but that being said, children need to exercise and what better way to get them to work out their bodies than by on a swing set!? The IRON KIDS Premier 100 Fitness Playground is built for this exact purpose, and not only is it designed to exercise your child’s body, but also his emotional state and confidence. And best of all, it’s fun!

Not only does this product come with the traditional swings and a slide, but it also comes with a 42 inch trampoline, which is a great way for your child to work on his balance, spatial awareness and even make him a bit stronger by jumping.

The set also comes in a great blue color that is attractive and catches the eye, so your child will want to go out and play on his fun exercise-minded set. There are also attachments for covers over the swings to keep the sun out of your child’s eyes. If you’re worried about long sun exposure when you can’t get your kids off of the swing set, then you can simply make sure you have the cover on top, and your worries will be gone.

IRON KIDS Premier 100 Fitness Playground

Not only does this product come with the traditional swings and a slide, but it also comes with a 42 inch trampoline, which is a great way for your child to work on his balance, spatial awareness and even make him a bit stronger by jumping.

One of the best ideas of The IRON KIDS Premier 100 Fitness Playground is that by exercising while playing, your child can also build her emotional state and her confidence. She will have fun, gain strength and confidence playing on the set simply by the way she feels afterwards (and also probably by how high she is willing to jump on the trampoline).

One of our parents really loves her IRON KIDS Premier 100 Fitness Playground. She says,

“My children both really enjoy playing on this set. I have a toddler who is 3 and an older daughter who is 8, and I make sure that both of them get time on the set. We were able to switch out one of the swings for an infant swing when our little one was still a baby, and we always loved having the trampoline for them to play on. Even the toddler likes to jump around on it, though he can’t get quite as high as his sister. We are really pleased with this set.”

The IRON KIDS Premier 100 Fitness Playground was designed with a unique shape to keep your child safe while she plays and exercises on her swing set. It has an arch-shaped support build prevent the swing set from moving back and forth or from tipping over when she’s playing hard. This swing set also comes with steel corkscrew ground stakes for added stability to ensure the safety of your little one. If you worry about your swing set coming down while your child is on it, then you can relax knowing that The IRON KIDS Premier 100 Fitness Playground has already imagined you would have these worries and went the extra mile to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Materials: Two inch tubular steel

Will not: move or shake

Total Area: 13.2 feet x 6.5 feet x 8 feet

Warranty: Limited Lifetime on support frame

This unit is built not only for exercise and strength for your child, but also for itself. The IRON KIDS Premier 100 Fitness Playground can hold up to six children at one time without falling over or breaking. If your kids love to have their friends over or if you want to have a party, then you can invite the whole neighborhood to come and play on your swing set.

The IRON KIDS Premier 100 Fitness Playground very much promotes health and body coordination for children, and they promote this especially through their trampoline, but also with an added pull up bar to help your child build his muscles from an early age. The more exercise your child gets, the healthier he will be in his adult life, so it is important to have a company that recognizes this and is in your corner. Not only that, but they encourage you to help your child exercise in a way that is smart, by allowing him to build his muscle groups, improve his balance, strengthen his knees and other joints, and focus on his coordination without being put into an exercise routine that can be too difficult, too advanced and simply not fun for such a young child.

Another parent thought this was a great idea,

“It is well-known that kids need to exercise, but I really don’t like the idea of putting my young child who is only four into a program that is too much for him. Sure, sports are fun, but she never had much interest in them, and I don’t want to force her. However, she loves to swing and play and climb on this swing set. She especially loves jumping on the trampoline. I feel like she is getting the exercise she needs without me having to force her into something she hates.”

Some parents had concerns. The most notable concern is that the sun covers and mesh side panels are not as durable as they would like them to be. They are susceptible to sun damage and the kids can easily rip through them, which could cause a problem if they’re not quite coordinated enough to jump on the trampoline yet without falling over, so it would be easier for them to fall off of the sides.

Also, parents noticed that if they attached the trampoline to the set, it made the entire thing feel less stable. It is possible, however, to keep the trampoline separate, so the stability of the swing set is not compromised.

We really love this swing set and the ideas that are behind it. If you want to help your child get enough exercise and have a ton of fun when doing it, then the IRON KIDS Premier 100 Fitness Playground may be the perfect swing set for your yard.


Our Final Thoughts

All three of these toys are great and have wonderful benefits. Each of them are unique, fun colored and have great additions to them. We believe that you can’t go wrong with the Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set above all others, but you also can’t go wrong with any of the swing sets on this list. At the end of the day, it is about what you are looking for and what your child likes the best, and any swing set you choose to purchase will be a great and fun addition to your outdoor activities with your little one.

(Make a conclusion chart)

  1. Size- Lifetime Monkey: 13.8×18.6 feet Kettler: 11.7 feet x 11.3 feet x 6.5 feet IRONKIDS: 13.2 feet x 6.5 feet x 8 feet
  2. Weight- Lifetime Monkey: 435 pounds. Kettler: 140 pounds IRONKIDS: 116 pounds
  3. Material type- Lifetime Monkey:All-weather high strength, low alloy steel. Plastic slide. Kettler: finished metal, plastic, nylon rope IRONKIDS: tubular steel, mesh siding, trampoline is rubberized material
  4. Attachments (? Things on the set?)-  Lifetime Monkey: Fireman’s pole, 9-foot wavy slide, 3 swings, Trapeze bar, Monkey bar, Gym Rings Kettler: climbing rope, vertical ladder, monkey bars, swing, pull up bar  IRONKIDS: swings, slide, trampoline, pull up bar
  5. Recommended Age:  Lifetime Monkey: Not given, but can be used for kids of all ages, including adults Kettler: 3-8 years but can be used by older children if they want to and younger if modified IRONKIDS:  3-8 years but can be used by older children if they want and younger if modified
  6. Maximum Age  Lifetime Monkey: 100?  Kettler: 8 years  IRONKIDS: 8 years
  7. Maximum weight:  Lifetime Monkey: None. Can be used by even the heaviest adult Kettler: 300 pounds IRONKIDS: Not stated, but can hold up to six children
  8. Color:  Lifetime Monkey: Brown and Green Kettler: Red, yellow and blue IRONKIDS: Blue with orange accessories
  9. Grounded with:  Lifetime Monkey: Does not need to be grounded–heavy enough to be stable Kettler: Cemented in IRONKIDS: corkscrew-style stakes