In this guide we’ll look at the best garden swings for the UK market.
I’ve compared design, safety, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Garden Swing?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Incredibly versatile and great value for money!
This Hedstrom 2 In 1 Children’s Swing offers great value for money; it can be adapted from a toddler’s swing to a children’s swing, making it suitable for all children <10 years. It comes with two seats, made from robust, weather-resistant plastic, a sturdy powder-coated steel frame, and strong nylon ropes.
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More Detailed Children’s Swing Reviews
Hedstrom 2 In 1 Children’s Swing Review
This innovative Hedstrom 2 In 1 Children’s Swing is a great value 2-in-1 product that will stay relevant as your child grows.
The frame can be set at two different height positions and the set comes with a toddler seat as well as a child’s one.
It’s quite compact, as swings go, and would be suitable for even a small garden.
The frame of this children’s swing is made from powder-coated steel for durability and protection against rust.
It needs to be assembled at home but is easy to put together with an allen key. Ground pegs are included to secure it in place.
The seats are made from chunky weather-resistant plastic and are comfortable for little ones. The nylon ropes are strong but soft on little hands.
This is one of the best garden swings, offering great value for money; it’s sturdy and durable and will last all the way from toddler to ten years.
Wooden Frame Children’s Swing Review
This Wooden Frame Children’s Swing looks great in the garden and is suitable for children from 3 to 10 years. It is quite compact, so suitable for even smaller gardens.
The frame is sturdy and well made. Assembly is easy, and it takes less than an hour to put together.
It comes with ground stakes for extra stability and has an adjustable swing seat, so you can tailor it to the height of your child.
If you’re after something a little more attractive than the standard metal swing, this natural wooden number is definitely less of an eyesore. It’s pleasantly reminiscent of swings at outdoor adventure parks.
It’s a little more expensive than some metal versions but is extremely durable and arguably nicer to look at.
Zero Gravity UFO Children’s Swing Set Review
This Zero Gravity UFO Children’s Swing Set is cleverly designed for up to two children to use at once!
The large “bird’s nest” seat has a steel outer frame coated in foam, making it strong and comfortable. The inner part of the seat is super strong and tear resistant.
Maximum weight load is 90 kg, suggested not to exceed 45 kg per person to keep it balanced.
The frame is made from weather-resistant powder-coated steel. The steel tubes have a diameter of 72 mm making it more robust and stable than budget brands.
Strong metal chains attach the swing seat to the frame, and they have been covered with plastic for extra safety and durability.
It’s easy to put together, comes with all the fittings and tools required, and includes ground stakes.
This is the best garden swing choice for a family because two children can play at once – no arguing over whose turn it is!
It is also ideal for a wide range of ages, providing lots of fun and excitement as well as a place to chill and relax. This is a high quality, well-made product that will last for many years.
Children’s Spider Web Swing Seat Review
This Children’s Spider Web Swing Seat is designed to be used with an existing swing set, climbing frame, or attached to a sturdy tree.
It’s quite an economical purchase as you don’t have to buy a frame alongside it.
The basket seat is 65 cm in diameter which allows more than one child to use it at the same time if they are quite small. The maximum weight load shouldn’t exceed 70 kg.
Adjustable ropes and metal reinforced O rings are included to secure it safely to a frame or branch.
The seat is really strong and durable and there is plenty of padding around the outer rim to make it comfortable. It is easy to set up in mere minutes.
It’s a great swing seat to suit a range of ages. Younger children enjoy clambering over it and swinging, while older children can swing standing up, sitting or lying down. Plus, they can just sit or lie in it to chill out.
This is the best garden swing to bring new life and opportunities to your existing frame, or work well attached to a branch.
Things to Know Before Buying a Garden Swing
A swing is always a winner in playgrounds, and for good reason.
Riding on a swing is an exhilarating experience for children of all ages. It promotes laughter and happiness, making it beneficial for both mental and physical health.
However, getting your child to a playground everyday isn’t always practical, and if space allows, a garden swing is a great option. Having a swing at home allows you to keep an eye on your kids from the comfort of the kitchen window. Plus, they’re free to use it at any time!
So, this begs the question: what is the best garden swing to go for? There are a range available, and they all offer something slightly different. The following tips should help you make an informed decision:
A child’s swing can offer a range of benefits.
I’m sure we all remember learning how to use a swing – it’s not that easy to get the hang of at first!
Swinging allows children develop coordination; to make the swing move, they’ll need to have the right coordination between their arms, legs and upper body. It’s a skill that requires practice and good balance!
Swinging can stimulate different parts of a child’s brain, including spatial awareness and muscle control. It will also help them gain confidence as they learn how to do it by themselves!
Using a swing can also help children to relax. It’s a fun yet safe activity, encouraging your child to be outdoors.
While swings at playgrounds are just as beneficial, they are often taken over by older kids. A swing in your garden is a cost effective and nice way to ensure your child gets to play as much as they like.
Plus, it means you can keep an eye on them from inside the house.
Swings come in a range of designs, with different seat styles and frames.
Some swings are simply a frame with a removable seat. The seat can interchanged for a different model as your child grows or gets more experienced. For example, the Hedstrom 2 In 1 Children’s Swing comes with both a toddler and child’s seat, meaning it can be used up until your child is about 10 years old!
Bird nest style swing sets are a great option for siblings. These can usually be shared by 2 children at a time and are perfect for older kids.
Plus, when your child has finished swinging, they can simply relax on the comfortable netted or mesh seat. You’ll likely find that when your children have friends over, they spend way more time outside hanging out, knowing that this hanging seat is just for them.
If you’re buying a bird nest swing, make sure to check the manufacturer’s advised maximum weight capacity. This can range, but will likely be somewhere between 70 – 90 kg.
Also, don’t get caught out – some swings only come with the swing seat itself and the ropes, whilst others come with the frame as well. One of these options may better suit your garden more than the other.
If you get a swing without a frame, you can attach it to a frame you already own, or perhaps a very sturdy tree branch.
When choosing a children’s swing, the size of your garden may be the deciding factor.
If you have a small garden, you may be limited to a single swing.
If you have more room, a double version or playset with a variety of play equipment are viable possibilities.
If you have children of different ages, a double swing is a great choice, as you can adjust each one to suit the height of the child.
Don’t forget about “clearance” space. The arc of the swing needs to be clear of obstacles – you don’t want your child hitting anything and hurting themselves!
Children’s swings come in a variety of materials including wood, metal and plastic.
Wooden frames are very durable and generally the most aesthetic. The downside is that if not properly maintained, they can be susceptible to weather damage. Look for pressure-treated wood, guaranteed against rot.
If you do buy a wooden frame, be prepared to treat it yourself every few years to increase its resistance against rot and insect infestations.
When it comes to metal, a good-quality powder-coated steel frame should last for years. These are generally pretty rust resistant for a long time. Very cheap metal sets may not last as long, nor be quite as safe.
Finally, there are plastic swings. These are best suited to very young children; plastic swings are lightweight and easy to move around the garden. They generally come in a range of bright colours and designs.
The downside to plastic swings is that they rarely have a high weight capacity. This means that as your child grows, you may need to purchase a better quality wooden or metal frame.
When purchasing plastic, make sure it is protected against UV. If it isn’t, it may quickly show signs of damage when left out in the sun.
With all swings, it’s good to carry out a safety check/maintenance check every once in a while. With wooden frames this will involve sanding down splinters, checking for rot, and treating the wood. If you have a metal frame, going over it to make sure there’s no rust is a good idea. With plastic frames you should check that the construction isn’t becoming brittle or starting to bow.
Children’s Garden Swing FAQs
Children can use in infant swings at almost any age, so long as they are supervised. Bucket-style infant swings are suitable for babies, and they can be gently pushed.
At around 4 years old, children can use a regular swing set. As a general rule of thumb, they are able to get onto the swing themselves, they should be able to swing safely.
Both metal and wooden swing sets are strong and safe, although wooden swing sets tend to be more attractive. Metal swing sets are generally more durable, but they should be rust resistant.
Wooden swing sets are usually made from pressure treated wood which will resist rot, decay and pests. They require slightly more maintenance than metal swing sets, usually an annual treatment.
For ease of assembly, I recommend a metal swing set. The poles are usually hollow which makes them lighter, and they can usually be slotted together.
Swing sets are generally very safe, but I highly recommend putting a material underneath for shock absorption and protection in case your child falls. A material underneath will also protect your grass from the swing frame.
Wooden and rubber playground mulch are popular options, as well as sand. Rubber mats are an expensive option but they are very easy to get set up.
If your swing is on a lawn, some heavy-duty anchors will keep it nice and secure. Anchors can be bought in sets. These anchor sets usually contain four augers that screw into the ground and then nylon straps that you attach to the auger at one end and the play equipment at the other. Alternatively, you can use anchors that are concreted in to the ground.