A new tree swing was one of the best additions that we made last year for our yard. Our daughter had grown out of her toddler swing so we decided to upgrade to something a bit less “babyish” as she would say. We found the best tree swing for our yard (similar to the Royal Oak below) and look forward to enjoying it for the coming years.
Tree swings are no longer just a standard single seat made of wood or plastic that is hooked to a tree by rope. Many are now built to hold a few hundred pounds, can fit multiple people, and use strong straps to hold the weight. Before we get to the best tree swings for 2020, we have outlined a few things you should consider before buying a tree swing.
Tree Swing Considerations
- Weight Capacity- If you plan on having a lot of people use the swing at once, you should consider the weight capacity of the swing. You want to be sure the swing will hold a few kids or possibly a parent. Think worse case scenario when determining the weight capacity you want your swing to handle.
- Location: You should have a plan on where specifically the swing will be located. For safety reasons, you must ensure that the tree branch is able to hold the people swinging. While the swing may be able to hold a specific weight capacity, the tree branch where the swing hangs may not. Think safety first before buying.
- Type of Swing: Do you want a single seat swing, one that holds multiple people, one that allows you to stand, etc.?
- Straps: You will likely need straps (typically sold separately) to connect the swing to the tree branch. Scroll to the end of this article for more information on the tree swing straps.
- Material: The material or construction of the swing should be able to withstand the elements and general wear & tear from use. There is nothing more annoying than using a swing for only one season and then having to throw it away because of the lack of quality. See what reviewers have to say about the material quality.
- Safety: Most people looking to buy a swing have safety in mind. Look to see if the swing has sufficient padding and minimally exposed metal.
The Best Tree Swings for 2020
Royal Oak Giant 40 Inch Saucer
At a 40″ diameter and a 400 pound capacity, this swing will safely hold multiple kids from the neighborhood or even the parents. The saucer design allows for great interactions as the swing soars beneath the tree. When not operating as a swing, it can be used to relax since the seating area is large enough for at least a couple of kids to lay down. In my household, this type of swing has been used for summer naps and for a place to just chat with friends when not being used for swinging. Despite its size, the swing can get up to speed fast and can get comfortably high if allowed. It is made with quality weather resistant material so there is no need to worry about damage from the elements. It also is available in blue and green.
Swurfer the Original Stand Up Surfing Swing
Who says you have to sit down to swing? The Swurfer was designed with surfing in mind. It allows the user to stand while they hold on to adjustable handles. The Swurfer can swing in a wide range of motion beyond just the typical back and forth. If you do not wish to stand, it will operate like a normal swing from the seated position. Be aware that the maximum weight capacity is 200 pounds. Check out the below video below for a quick demonstration on how this amazing swing works. Without a doubt, this is a swing I would have wished I would have had as a kid.
Play Platoon Spider Web 40 Inch
The good thing about the spider web design of this swing is that leafs and other debris can fall through the gaps. If you buy a saucer swing without the gaps, you will likely have to routinely clean the seating area from debris that accumulates. The swing comes fully assembled, which is great because your kids will likely be super excited to use it. You simply hang the swing from a tree or other suitable spot that will support the weight. The swing holds up to 600 pounds and will comfortably seat at least three children. The soft outer material provides excellent comfort for endless hours of swinging.
Get Out! Wooden Swing
For many people, the best tree swing does not have to be complex. Sometimes a classic wooden swing is all that is needed for the most enjoyment. This swing comes with a 79 inch nylon rope fully attached. You simply hang the swing and let the fun begin. The rope is adjustable to lower or raise as you desire. You can stain or finish the wood if you are not happy with the natural wood look.
Swinging Monkey Web Chair
This unique web chair design provides a comfortable riding experience as you glide through the air. It holds up to 400 pounds so adults who fit this criteria should not be shy about using it. The 35 diameter is large enough to hold an adult and one or possibly two very young children. This is great for a parent and a child to enjoy together.
Swinging Monkey Giant Mat
This cool swing mat allows the user to sprawl out or sit up to potentially allow some friends to also enjoy the ride. This swing will easily fit three to four early grade school kids. It measure 30″ x 40″ and can support up to 400 pounds. The swing requires assembly but most people will have it ready to go in a few minutes. This is the best swing to allow your child to image they are flying through the air like superman. It also makes a great place for a nap or to read a book under the tree.
Summersdream Disk Seat Swing
This highly rated and inexpensive swing comes in yellow, orange, lime green, pink, red, and blue. We love all the color options! The disk seat is plastic and is the shape of a daisy. It comes with a 7 foot nylon rope and can hold up to 200 pounds. This swing isn’t as flashy as some of the other swings here, but it will likely produce a similar level of fun.
Super Spinner Swing-Fun
While this is called a spinner, it can also swing back and forth like a traditional swing. It has a sturdy seating area that provides more stability than most other disk swings here. The seat angles down to the center of the disk where there is a hole that drains any potential water. It will hold up to 200 pounds and can comfortably accommodate two children. If you are looking for more room, a 40 inch Super Duper Spinner is also available.
Flying Squirrel 40 Inch Saucer
Here is another popular 40 inch saucer swing that will support up to 200 pounds. This would be a great upgrade from a tire swing, an old traditional swing, or a baby swing. Most people find it easy to put together and hang from a tree. The manufacturer recommends storing the swing out of the sun when not in use to increase its life. The seat will likely collect some water if it is left out in the rain.
This is the best tree swing to kick back and relax on. However, don’t let it 60″ x 32″ size fool you. It can still get some nice air while seating multiple kids up to 400 pounds. When not used for swinging by the kids, an adult can comfortably use this for a nap or reading under the tree. This will take two adults to assemble, but it goes together with ease. If you buy this swing, you should consider taking it out of the sun or elements when possible to extend its life.
Squirrel Tree Swing Disc
Here is another popular swing disc that you can buy in red, green, or the blue pictured above. This can handle up to 120 pounds. The plastic seat is made from polyethylene and is 12 inches in diameter. The nylon rope that is included is 112 inches long, which should provide plenty of room for adventurous swinging. This is a quality product that won’t drain your bank account, but will provide hours of fun.
Tree Swing Straps
You will likely need to buy tree swing straps with your swing purchase. These straps provide a place to hang your swing in the tree as shown in the picture below. Don’t forget to buy these straps so that you will have a place to hang your swing when it arrives. The straps are available in various lengths. Please review the swing product information to ensure that you will need the straps for the particular swing you intend to purchase.
Good luck in finding the best tree swing for your yard!