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Downsides of Cheap Playsets & Swing Sets

In the age of online shopping, we’ve become accustomed to ALWAYS seeking the lowest price — no exceptions. However, the classic motto, “You get what you pay for,” unfortunately still holds true in the 21st century. While cheap playsets and swing sets are out there, they often fall under that inexpensive-but-poor-quality category.

At Adventure World Play Sets, we only build safe and high-quality vinyl playsets, guaranteed to provide years of satisfaction for your children. We know what separates handcrafted equipment from cheap online swing sets — and we’re here to share that information with you.

Whether you buy a cheap swing set online or in-person, there are multiple reasons to be cautious — learn all about the REAL downsides of cheap online playsets and swing sets.

Breaking Down Budget Playsets

In order to be able to offer their products at the lowest cost playset manufacturers cut corners. There’s no way around it. Most often the compromise in quality that they make can be seen in the materials used, the overall manufacturing, and the design.

Here are the biggest red flags we’ve seen with ultra-cheap playsets and swing sets:

  1. Safety Concerns Adventure World playsets are individually custom built by experienced Amish craftsmen. On the other hand, cheap playsets are mass produced in factories. The lack of individual attention creates an opportunity for unsafe parts or pieces to make it to the public. In comparison, Adventure World playsets are designed safe and built correctly every time.

    Learn more about our safety features.
  2. Rarely American-Made One other factor that almost all cheap swing sets have in common is that they are built overseas. Not only does this typically involve using cheaper materials, but it also often correlates to less quality control to ensure the playsets will be safe enough for your kids. Cheap swing sets are often built in China out of Chinese cedar, which lacks the strength of American Cedar. When you build with Adventure World Play Sets, you know your children’s playset is made from the best materials, crafted right in Lancaster County Pennsylvania!
  3. No Guarantee of Quality or Lifespan Cheaper materials and less quality control can only mean one thing: sets that break down faster than a 1980s Ford Pinto. Adventure World playsets are warranted to last for 20 years, and often last WAY longer — cheap playsets, on the other hand, often last maybe 3 or 4 years. Here’s the way we see it: if your playset can’t make it a few summers without growing mold and falling apart, it isn’t a good buy, no matter the price.

    Learn more about playset lifespan.
  4. No Customization The perfect swing set and playset accessories for your kids change, depending on your children’s ages, interests, and more. That makes sense to us, and that’s why we make custom options available for ALL of our playsets. However, when you buy a cheap playset online or in the aisle next to a year’s supply of pellets for your woodstove, your options are only what they have there — no choices, no customization. Adventure World Play Sets has options for you to add on to your playset for your children as they get older.

    Learn more about custom playset design with Adventure World Play Sets.
  5. Set-Up Not Included More often than not, when you buy a bargain-bin swing set online or at a big box store, a package shows up at your front door. That leaves you with no help and limited instructions to put it all together yourself. When you work with a local Adventure World Play Sets dealer to find or customize your perfect playset, they will always handle the installation phase — so all you need to do is enjoy it with your kids.

The Headquarters for Custom Playsets

At Adventure World Play Sets, we are known for two things: the quality inherent in every set we make and the ability for parents to customize the perfect one for their children.

If you want to opt for one of our popular playset models, you can always make small changes to the color and specific accessories.

However, if you want to let your imagination run wild, you can build a totally unique set from the ground up, using our one-of-a-kind 3D Design Center. This online accessible software program is the exact same one that we use when designing new sets. Give it a try today!

Build Your Own Playset
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Find Your Adventure World Play Sets Dealer to Get Started

While cheap playsets are sold just about anywhere and everywhere you can imagine, Adventure World Play Sets are exclusively sold through our nationwide dealer network. Our dealers can help you find your set, customize it, and even install it in your backyard.

It all starts here — enter your zip code to find your nearest dealer.

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Our Google Reviews

We are so pleased with this purchase. Our little ones have so enjoyed this play-set. It is so very worth the price, so well-made. I look forward to having grandkids playing on it one day!
Margaret Woods
Margaret Woods
18:49 25 Aug 20
We purchased an Adventure World Vinyl play station from Back Yard Living at end of May. Unit was delivered and installed in the time frame quoted. Adam was very helpful with information on various units and manufacturers. We decided to go with the maintenance free all vinyl clad swing set, play station from Adventure World. Unit was professionally and thoroughly installed yesterday. This unit is extremely well built and solid. Backyard Living was a pleasure to work with and we are extremely satisfied with the product we chose and the company who provided unit and installed I would wholeheartedly recommend Back Yard living as your go to company for your children's play station!!!
Dave Lake
Dave Lake
18:15 08 Jul 20
Purchased a an Adventure World BasecampModel swingset/ play unit from Backyard Living in Richmond,MI. Adam was extremely helpful with information to help me make my decision. Unit was ordered and was delivered and installed in the time frame quoted. Installation was very professional and thorough. We could not be more satisfied with this completely vinyl clad unit, solidly built, great safety features. I would wholeheartedly recommend Backyard Living for your go to company for a swingset/PlayStation!! Dave Troy,MI
Dave Lake
Dave Lake
17:21 08 Jul 20
great quality and value , very professional
charlie tebele
charlie tebele
16:04 05 Jun 20
You will not be disappointed with these sets! We have had one for 11 years now, just washed it off with soap and a garden hose after winter and looks like it did when new! It might seem like quite an investment upfront but is worth it. We bought when we had our first son and now have 4 kids playing on it! Our grandkids will use this set someday. Worth every dollar we spent on it!
Mark Gingerich
Mark Gingerich
01:39 12 Apr 20
Awesome, sturdy and affordable equipment coupled with great customer service. A win win for our preschool!
Karen Bowermaster
Karen Bowermaster
18:38 19 Sep 19