Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 78
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Snoopy Most fun
Overall, we're happy with the product. Our only concerns were that one green beam was damaged during shipping and some of the casing peeled away from the wood. The box was damaged where the straps went around it. Also, the packaging could've been sorted better. The hardware was not the best quality and the screws tended to strip.
June 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sands257 Very nice playset when completed!!!
Let's just say I did ALOT of research before pulling the trigger to buy one of these sets. Here are a few points that I want to offer to help someone else make a good educated decision. Most people (as with myself) initially start to compare these play sets based on price. The Gorilla sets are not the cheapest out there. I initially started to look at Toys R Us and Walmart. I was finding comparable sets (size and features) in the $600 to $800 range. Which sounds much better than the $1500. In the end, I decided to go with the more quality set at the higher price. But with these sets I have found out you really get what you pay for. The Gorilla set is hands down made with much better wood and structural components. The main beams (4 on the house, 1 crossbeam for the swings, and 2 beams to anchor the swing are all encased in a green rubber coating. This translates into much longer lasting wood. The legs which I buried in the ground will not be exposed to dirt, water or insects. The directions were very easy to follow and the wood and fasteners were all labeled very well. I recommend that you inventory all parts and wood before you start to assemble. It makes assembly much easier. All my wood was in great condition, no cracked, warped, split or missing pieces. I can't same the same or the other brands I looked at.
I did 98% of the work myself. I probably had about 25 hours into the project. I did take my time to ensure everything was level and square and all steps were done correctly. When finished, I also applied a coating of clear Thompson's Water sealer to help prolong the woods life. Be prepared to spend a lot of time putting this together. But it's all worth it because you will end up with a nice solid set and your kids WILL LOVE IT!!!!!!
I also added a glider and a pirates wheel that my daughter really wanted. We play on this set everyday!!! My last project to finish this off is to put a perimeter around it and fill it in with mulch.
July 5, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LuckyGrandpa Very well made
A little time consuming to put together. However, it is extremely well made and well designed. I have 2 young grandchildren who never get tired of it. Just don't lose any of the screws, they don't give you any extras.
June 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Anthony Definately, one of my best purchases.
The material is of great quality and durable. The design is perfect for young age children. My 3yo grandaughter loves everything about it.
March 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HappyInHomewood WONDERFUL Product!!
This swing set far exceeded my expectations! I typically don't write reviews but because I looked heavily at reviews in order to make this decision, I wanted to be sure I wrote one for this set.
I spent MONTHS looking for a swing set for my 16 month old. Something that he could grow into and that would last. Cedar sets are not cheap, but there aren't many stores that carry the sets for you to look at built. My husband and I looked at a less expensive set from HomeDepot that was a different brand. Friend's of ours had it. It seemed flimsy to us. I started to think that maybe that's how they all were. But then, I saw this set online and saw the great reviews, so we decided to purchase it.
It was delivered the week after I ordered it. The delivery service willingly took the pallet back to my garage. The boxes are very heavy, so I was glad for this. I first inventoried all of the parts to make sure they were there. We were minus a couple of screws but nothing I could just get for $0.15.
The instructions for this set are AMAZING! Another thing that I had compared online. Most of the sets you can view a PDF of the instruction manual. These are so easy to follow and if you have questions, customer service gets right back to you! I had a question about sealing the wood, and 2 different people got back to me right away with answers!
Installation does take time and for some parts, you do need two people, however, I was able to do most of it myself, with a 16 month old during his nap times and on the weekend when my husband was home. I would say that it probably took 4 days of on and off again building to finish it (and I am just a teacher, not some construction engineer!). The hardest part was leveling the fort because our ground is uneven. ANOTHER PLUS for this set by the way. They give you instructions on how to level the fort and the swing bar comes with extra long legs, so it can fit your yard needs for leveling!
We just got it finished this weekend, so I can't speak of how it lasts, but I will say that these parts seem very well manufactured. The slide is not one of this flimsy slides you see on other sets. The swing clamps and swings are practically commercial grade. The wood is soft, of course it's cedar, but sturdy. The ropes are super strong! I can't say enough about this swing set! I will for sure comment in a few years to let people know how it has held up because I truly believe that this will be here for MANY years to come!!
May 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ThatGuy Great playset
My 7 and 3 yr old love the play set and all the features. It took me about 12 hours total to assemble by myself, 2+ hours of which was getting the fort level and square. I skipped the chimney and dormers on the roof because they seem like they're just a place for bees/wasps to build a nest, and it will be hard to get them out of there. Very well made, all the hardware worked fine, even if the screws were all square drive. I wish the product came with a protective sealent/stain on it, and I recommend treating it before assembling it if you have the space to spread out all the pieces to do so.
May 12, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JonS Great playset, good instructions
I did my research into playsets before buying the Chateau, and I am not disappointed.
If you've done your research, you'll know that these things take a while to build. My total time investment was about 16 total hours. I used an air ratchet which easily saved a few hours of manual effort.
Overall, I'm very happy with the end product. I only have a few (mostly minor) issues. First, the wood used in the playscape is cedar (I think), but it's very soft. I couldn't tighten most of the bolts as much as I would have liked because they just pull through the wood. Second, it would have been nice if the manufacturer had predrilled a few more holes here and there. Nothing that you can't do yourself, but it would have made some of the installation more straight-forward. Lastly, I'm a little uncomfortable with the way that the slide attaches to the playset. It screws into the floor of the second level instead of anything structural. The screws don't carry any weight, but I do feel that the structure should have been engineered slightly different.
All said, I still give it four stars. I think the value is here. I like the coated main structural columns, and the final look is great.
September 6, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Lance Excellent
This playset is perfect for the price. It took me 2 full days to assemble it by myself. I highly suggest you get help. It is very well made. I looked at others first and Gorilla is made the best. I also shopped around for the best price and Home Depot could not be beat. Our 3 kids ages 2, 5 and 7 love it. It's like having your own personal park.
June 25, 2011