Rated 4.6 out of 5Â by 70
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â by Mizzou Well worth the price
We assembled this last weekend for my daughter's birthday and the whole family absolutely loves it. We looked at smaller / less expensive units, but the quality of this is second to none, and we are so glad we went with this unit. It is big enough that both my 3 year old daughter and I can sit up in the fort with no fear of it collapsing, and it is so sturdy we have no fear of it blowing over in the wind like I've seen less expensive units around the neighborhood do. The assembly takes quite a long time, but I actually enjoyed building it with her and the instructions are outstanding.
Every buyer and their budget is different, but I've found that buying quality is much better than buying value on something that will stay outside in the elements and that the kids will play on for years and years.
October 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Mrpinkwaterz Excellent product, adequate hardware and instructions
This playset is fantastic, well constructed, and straightforward to assemble. The only downside is the cheap, Chinese, hardware (mostly the square-bit wood screws) and the sometimes lacking information in the instructions, for instance certain measurements, depth settings, etc. Took approximately 12 hours to assemble with two people, taking our time. We are not contractors but not novices either.
May 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Jojo Great play set
The set was exactly what I thought it would be. It took one man 7 hours to put the whole thing together which was better than I previously read. My grandson loves it!
October 14, 2014