Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set

Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set Review

Review of the Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set

As of this writing, there are 249 customer comments and 84 answered questions for the Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set.  I've read the customer feedback, and then condensed the results into this review.  I hope that this helps you when shopping for a swing set.

Best Fea​tures

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    Made with heavy duty steel
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    Soft rubber grips on the swing chains prevent pinching
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    Includes swing set frame, 2 belt swings, and 1 trapeze bar
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    No cement or anchoring required
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    5-year limited manufacturer warranty

Item Specifics

The Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set is a large metal swing set.  It is constructed with all-weather high strength low alloy steel.  Keep in mind that this product is the metal swing set frame and also included are 2 belt swings and trapeze bar.  Unlike a wooden swing set frame, this will not crack, chip, fade, rot, warp, or peel.  This product is designed for safety.  The hard edges are rounded, and covered with plastic caps.  There are soft rubber grips on the swing chains to prevent pinching of your children.  This swing can be used with children aged 3 to 12 years old. This product measures 112" H x 125.5" W x 162.5" D.  The frame pole diameter is 3 inches.  This swing set frame is free standing.  It does not require cement or anchoring.  This product is backed up by a 5-year limited manufacturer warranty.  

Lifetime, the company, is constantly inventing newer and better products that can be used by kids, and adults too.  This now very popular brand started in 1986, when the Lifetime Product's founder decided he wanted to make a better basketball hoop for his family.  Although this idea was very simple, it soon led to becoming the beginning of Lifetime Products.  Throughout the years, Lifetime has made many new inventions.  Their main goal is to make affordable products with quality, strength, and durability.  Lifetime Products now sells tables, chairs, sheds, basketball hoops, playsets, swing set accessories, playground equipment, and many more durable products.  To find out more about their products, visit their website at lifetime.com.

Great Height For Swinging

The height of this swingset is high enough even for adults to swing from.  Here is what one customer had to say about the height, "On the pro side it is very sturdy, and the 10ft height makes for great swinging."

Good For All Ages of Kids

One of the nice things about this swing set is that your kids may never actually outgrow it.  So many other swing sets are too small for kids to use beyond age 5. But this swing set it big enough that it can be used right through high school and beyond.  Here is what one customer had to say about the age range, "Great for kids up to about age 12. Perfect for our 7yr olds and big enough for our 11yr olds. We were able to install this on uneven ground in our woods  by burying about 12 to 18 in of the back legs in the ground in cement and burying about 3in of the front legs in the ground in cement. There was still enough height for our 7 yr old kids to swing without making the swings shorter. Our 11yr olds might do better with the swings raised a tiny bit... While this swing set is not the same quality as playground equipment, it is a big step up from the typical metal swing set aimed at young children."

Good Price for What You Get

For what you get the price is very reasonable.  Here is what one customer had to say about the price, "We are so impressed with the quality of this company's products for such an affordable price and their quick and thoughtful customer service. We plan on buying many more products from this company because we have 4 kids and a large yard."

Easy Assembly

The Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set is easy to assemble according to the majority of comments left by customers one Amazon.  Here is what one customer had to say about the ease of assembly, "Assembly was straight forward, All the parts were there and the instructions were pretty good although I could have tweaked them a bit to make them even easier to follow. It took me only 2 hours to complete with minimal help. It is well built, works well and looks good in the yard."

Should Be Anchored Down

A lot of customers recommended anchoring this swingset down.  It is large and will get moving if people are swinging with gusto.  Here is one of the comments about anchoring it down, "I suggest anchoring the swing set down. The straps Amazon advertises with the set do not fit the legs of this swing set. This swing set is heavy duty. I made my own steel straps to hold it down."

May Arrive in Two Boxes

It is important to note that this swing set might arrive in two boxes.  Here is one of the comments on shipping, "The only thing I can complain about is the fact that it is shipped in two boxes and they do not tell you that up front.  I only had one tracking number and I did get that box delivered on time but I was left wondering about the rest of the parts. I did not panic and box two arrived the next day.  Two tracking numbers up front could have eliminated those concerns. Its a minor issue but thought it was worth mentioning.  Very happy with the purchase."

Short Chains

A common complaint was that the chains are too short.  Here is one of those comments about the short chains, "This swing frame is VERY sturdy, and the adults and teens in our family can swing on it. The only reason I gave it 4/5 starts is because the chains are too short! We have to go buy about 12 inches more chain, plus carabiners to add to the length so the kids can actually sit on the swings." Here is another similar complaint, "The only drawback I have seen so far is that after everything is installed the swing seats are kind of high. Children under 6 will definitely need help from an adult to hop onto the seat, but you can always install chain extensions to the dimensions of your needs. Very happy with this purchase, kids of 3 and 6 love it!"

Weathers Well

This swingset weathers well according to customers.  Here is one of the comments about weathering, "This seems to be a very sturdy and nice looking swing set. I would recommend it as it is well made and seems to be built to withstand the weather. The chains on the swings have a plastic protection which is an added plus."

150 Weight Limit Per Swing

The weight limit per swing is 150 pounds.  This is a lot more than most of the kid swings on the market.  Here is a comment on the generous swing weight that was left by a customer, "I really LOVE this swing set. I read that the weight limit is 150 lbs per swing, but I weigh 160lbs and swing on it every day with no problems."

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Pros

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    Good price
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    150 pound weight limit per swing
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    Durable

Cons

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    Comes with short chains
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    Should be anchored down even though manufacturer says it's not necessary
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    Arrives in two boxes

Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set Conclusion

The Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set is a large swing set that can accomadate adults up to 150 pounds per swing.  This swing set will grow with your child.  It is easy to put together according to customers.  Be aware that it most likely will arrive in 2 large boxes.  It has short chains so you may want to buy longer chains, otherwise smaller children will be swinging way up in the air.  Young kids will most likely have a hard time getting up on the swing with the short chains. This swing weathers well.  It will need to be anchored down, otherwise children can get it rocking where the legs leave the ground.  For what you are getting the price is very good.  This is a quality swing set.

Common Questions

Here are some top questions that I found for people considering buying the Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set.

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    Where is this swing set made?   This product is made in China.
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    Can a 40" Saucer Swing be used with this, along with just one of the other swings (remove one swing and the trapeze bar and replace with saucer)?  You should not use anything that is not a Lifetime Brand swing.  Other brands have not been tested with this play set.
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    Can you attach a slide to this set?  Unfortunately, the company Lifetime Products does not recommend attaching a slide to this play set.
Mariann Foster

I am one of our content writers for Everything Backyard. I am a mother and business owner of Big Horn Mountain Alpacas in Wyoming. I love farm life, cutting my own firewood in the mountains, and participating in local trail run races.

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