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Which wooden playset would you get?

post #1 of 46
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I've been looking into getting my son a wooden playset for about a year now and I think it's time to actually buy it. I've done a ton of research on them and have narrowed it down to these three:

http://www.cpdirectstore.com/page.htm?pg=hampton_1

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...opnav=&browse=

http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/nav...02&prDeTab=2#A

I'm leaning more towards the first one from creative playthings because I've heard such good things about them. It has all the basic things we are looking for but no extras. The price is decent too, it is the least expensive of the 3, it would be $1168 with everything I want (incl shipping).

The second is my "dream set" but it is gonna cost about $600 more than the fitst, and I have to buy a costco membership in order to buy it. BUT it is a Sunray (made by Rainbow but lower cost) and made of 100 % natural cedar and redwood so that is a big plus. It has lots of extras and looks like a lot of fun. It would be $1749 shipped.

The third I just threw in. I HATE Wal-Mart and haven't shopped there in over 2 years but the set is really nice, it is made of cedar and is "maintenance free". I'd probably have to buy a membership to sams club in order to get this one too. It is $1589 shipped.

What do you think? Help me decide!!
post #2 of 46
Do you have an Andersons nearby? I am not sure how local they are. Anyhow they have GREAT prices on playsets and MANY brands to choose from. I LOVE them and hope to get one soon for my two.
post #3 of 46
You can get used ones on Craigslist LOTS cheaper! I just bought one for $200, it needs sanding/pressure washing and staining, but for the money, you cant beat it! My neighbor got a nice one for $125.

If craigslist is in your area, i recommend checking it out!
post #4 of 46
That playset from Costco is only $1299 at the store. I've been coveting one for DS...
post #5 of 46

Rainbow

They are bloody expensive but sometimes you can find them used. I know they weren't on your list but do those things last. I had one growing up and it made it through 5 of us siblings plus the daycare kids my mom watched plus all our friends.

Checkout some of their features. http://www.rainbowplay.com/SafetyFeatures/Index.cfm

They also try to be as gentle on the enviornment as possible.
http://www.rainbowplay.com/WhyRainbo...lity/Index.cfm

Here's my kids' dream set:
http://www.rainbowplay.com/SwingSets...?CatId=2&Id=32

not in a million years!
post #6 of 46
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Originally Posted by iamthesmilingone View Post
They are bloody expensive but sometimes you can find them used. I know they weren't on your list but do those things last. I had one growing up and it made it through 5 of us siblings plus the daycare kids my mom watched plus all our friends.

Checkout some of their features. http://www.rainbowplay.com/SafetyFeatures/Index.cfm

They also try to be as gentle on the enviornment as possible.
http://www.rainbowplay.com/WhyRainbo...lity/Index.cfm

Here's my kids' dream set:
http://www.rainbowplay.com/SwingSets...?CatId=2&Id=32

not in a million years!
I have the rainbow catalog, it is just too expensive for us. The set we would want would cost at least $3,000. I should look around for a used on, that is a good idea!
post #7 of 46
About the Creative Playthings sets, I remember looking at the Hampton (basic pine) in the CP showroom. I belive it is 2x6 construction, whereas the one we ended up wiht is 4x4. It's still pine, but they put a finish on it, and it seemed alot sturdier. My sil has a 2x6 basic set, and you can shake it if you try hard. Ours you can't budge.

To some people it doesn't matter. To my dh it was a huge deal. So we got the next step up from the basic. We are very happy with our CP set though, but it cost alot, about $1500. But they come and set it up for you, so that is sweet. http://www.creativeplaythings.com/wo...oden-swing-set

That Costco set looks like a Rainbow, which is very nice quality.

Good luck with your decision!
post #8 of 46
We have The Hampton. It is about 5 years old and it does not move. We have been very happy with it.
post #9 of 46
This one looks quite good

i like the look of this for my lo's but its far too expensive
post #10 of 46
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Originally Posted by lisac77 View Post
That playset from Costco is only $1299 at the store. I've been coveting one for DS...
OHHHHHHHHH, thank you so much! If I can pick it up and save $400 then I'll do it. I think we'll end up going with that set.
post #11 of 46
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Originally Posted by Jilian View Post
OHHHHHHHHH, thank you so much! If I can pick it up and save $400 then I'll do it. I think we'll end up going with that set.
Lucky!! I hope he enjoys it.
post #12 of 46
We made our own, using almost entirely found materials- the only stuff we've ended up paying money for are fasteners and a used block-and-tackle. It's really not that much work, is better for the environment, and will save you a boatload of cash. You might want to consider it!
post #13 of 46
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Originally Posted by lisac77 View Post
That playset from Costco is only $1299 at the store. I've been coveting one for DS...
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DS is getting one this weekend for his birthday from us and all the grandparents! (the one time having divorced parents comes in handy is when hitting them up for donations ) I just hope the snow melts in time for us to put it up!!

I've seen is set up in the store and it really is a beautiful set!
post #14 of 46
Holy crap! I just did a craigslist search. Look at this one:

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/bab/289869723.html



You anywhere near the Twin Cities in Minnesota!?!?
post #15 of 46
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Originally Posted by iamthesmilingone View Post
Holy crap! I just did a craigslist search. Look at this one:

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/bab/289869723.html



You anywhere near the Twin Cities in Minnesota!?!?
WOW. Too bad I'm nowhere near Minnesota, I'm in SW FL.
post #16 of 46
FWIW, we have the one from Costco and we love it. We set it up ourselves, and it took about 16 hours of 3-5 adults working on it over a weekend.
post #17 of 46
I like the Costco the best.
post #18 of 46
I likes the wood on the third one. Nice a pale, pine. Looked nice.
post #19 of 46
You may want to also research about arsenic exposure from wooden playsets and see if some are better than others in this regard. http://www.ewg.org/reports/poisonedplaygrounds/
post #20 of 46
On another forum I was on, someone has the same quandry as you. Someone who had the costco sunray set said that she wished she had not gotten it. After only a yr, she felt that it was not holding up very well.

As for us, we have a childlife set and love it. It is the type that has green enamel painted over CEDAR (which is much better than pine, our neighbors' pine sets all look awful after less than a yr). It is more expensive, but it's very high quality. I wanted a cedarworks, but woo hoo, it was sooo expensive. I do not feel that we, "settled" by getting the childlife, it's just a very nice set. We got the firechief.

www.childlife.com
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