Ever since our youngest daughter was born, my wife and I have wanted to buy our kids a new swing set. The one we had was a smaller one that wasn’t overly sturdy and didn’t offer a whole lot of room for two kids; especially since we had to replace one of the swings with a baby swing.
The swing set we were interested in was a Flexible Flyer First Fun Metal Swing Set. However, at $149, it was a bit out of our price range; especially when my wife wasn’t working. So, when we walked into our local Walmart Saturday night and saw they were selling this swing for just $40, we didn’t hesitate to call my dad (so he could bring his truck) and buy one.
To be perfectly honest with you, I really didn’t think there would be much difference between this swing set and the one my kids already had; other than the size and the fact it wasn’t in desperate need of a paint job. But, the swing really did exceed my expectations.
First, not only does this swing set offer space for three swings, the makers seem to understand they need to put a bit of distance between the swings. Before, if my kids were swinging at the same time, their elbows would brush. Now, my oldest daughter can use the swing (one that you can stand up on or sit down on) that is right next to her sister and still have a reasonable amount of personal space.
The fact this swing came with a slide was also a nice touch. Again, we already had one. But, it was one my dad built for the kids and, even though it was very sturdy, it was also starting to get worn out (from me moving it every time I mow) and would be in need of maintenance soon. The wave slide is just the right height for young kids and I know my oldest (her sister is a bit too young for it yet) has gotten quite a bit of enjoyment out of it in a short amount of time.
The larger frame and the attached slide also make the swing set pretty sturdy. I still used the anchors that were provided, but I didn’t feel like they would tip over at any minute even without those.
My biggest complaint about this product is the assembly. The instructions, while not overly complex, didn’t offer much in terms of an explanation and you had to guess at what was needed based on the diagrams. This, in itself, wasn’t a huge deal. However, each step required a different sized bolt and there wasn’t a clear explanation as to which bolt was supposed to be used. This resulted in the assembly taking much longer than anticipated (3 hours) simply because we were trying to figure out which nut and bolt went where.
Oh, and even though the instructions don’t really call for it, make sure you have a pliers with you. It will come in very handy when assembling and attaching the slide.
Despite the difficult assembly, I do feel this was a good purchase for our kids. If you are looking for a swing set, I would recommend this one; especially if you can find it for the price we found it for.