Rainbow Play Systems swing sets are a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. We invite you to visit one of our showrooms–or a friend’s backyard–so you can see, touch and experience the quality and magic of Rainbow swing sets firsthand.
Our Cedar Collection is not only big on value but big in size as well! For over two decades our Fiesta, Circus and Carnival Series were designed to be “little Rainbows” when compared to our Sunshine, Rainbow, Monster and King Kong Series of the Original Rainbows. Each play system are constructed from 100% Western Red Cedar from Canada, Pacific Cedar from China, and Yellow Cedar from Alaska. Rainbow is always dedicated to being environmentally responsible by teaming up with SFI Certified mills that harvest utilizing the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
The grab and shake test.
Grab any Rainbow Play Systems swing set and try to shake it. Rainbow structures are rock solid. Now try the grab-and-shake test on other swing sets; where children’s safety is concerned, lightweight, wobbly swing sets simply aren’t going to cut it.
Is the playset adjustable for unlevel yards?
Rainbow Play Systems offers flexible swing set designs that can be adjusted to safely fit unlevel yards. We’ll use extended ladders and A-frame legs to create a stable, safe structure for your swing set.
Avoid unstained wooden swing sets.
All of Rainbow’s hand-selected swing set lumber is sealed with our exclusive 10-step waterseal process. Many other wooden swing set companies use either unstained wood or lumber that has been wiped, brushed or dipped with stain which produces an uneven finish. Rainbow’s exclusive 10-step waterseal process always provides a consistent finish for a beautiful swing set.
Read the warranty carefully.
Avoid pro-rated warranties. The Rainbow Warranties are the best in the industry.
Inspect the swing set for protruding hardware.
Protruding hardware creates a safety hazard. All Rainbow Play Systems swing set hardware is recessed and capped to protect active, little bodies from scrapes, scratches and clothing hang ups.
No wooden dowels on swing set ladders.
Wooden dowels cost far less than pipe, but they crack and split. Rainbow Play Systems swing sets feature sturdy, vinyl-coated or powder-coated steel pipe.
Avoid vertical climbing swing set features.
You wouldn’t prop a ladder vertically on your house to safely get to your roof, you lean it at an angle for better stability and footing. The same principle applies to climbing features for swing sets. Rainbow’s swing set climbing ladders are angled for easier, safer climbing.
Top-heavy swing sets are a safety hazard.
Many swing set companies create higher platforms for longer slides resulting in a top-heavy structure. Rainbow Play Systems applies basic geometric rules to our designs for safer swing sets. All Rainbow swing sets are built on a wide base design and the equilateral triangle; the deck height never exceeds the width of the base of the fort.
Avoid non-expandable swing sets.
Rainbow swing sets are modular and expandable for a “grow-into” rather than a “grow-out-of” design. With hundreds of accessories and options, a Rainbow Play Systems swing set is the only swing set your children will need throughout their childhood.
Avoid small swing sets.
This sounds simple enough, but many swing set catalog photographs are deceiving. It is very hard to judge swing set size by a photograph alone. Rainbow Play Systems swing sets are HUGE! We invite you to visit our factory showroom to see—and play on—our swing sets in person. Don’t buy a small set that your children will outgrow in a few years.
Make sure you know which options are included.
Many swing set catalogs show photographs of loaded swing sets. Be sure the price includes all of the swing set features shown in the photo. Be cautious of “shown with options” disclaimers.
If you are shopping online, read the fine print.
Be sure to read the fine print and remember it is very difficult to make a sound decision based on a small photo. We recommend you try to inspect each swing set brand you are considering to check the durability and safety features for yourself.
If you are shopping for a toy store swing set, inspect it first.
Ask to inspect the swing set first. Most toy stores only display a photo of the swing set, along with a small sample of the wood. It is very hard to judge the size and stability of a toy store swing set by simply looking at a photograph.
If shopping for a lumberyard swing set kit, consider design options and your time.
Consider how much time you will spend sorting through lumberyard bins, cutting and drilling the lumber, pounding the nails and, in some cases, digging holes in the ground and pouring concrete. Also, consider the overall design of the swing set and how many play activities it includes. If you do purchase a lumberyard kit, clarify assembly needs. Watch out for instructions that say 4 to 8 hours of assembly time as oftentimes it takes a typical person closer to 12 to 16 hours. Also, be sure to clarify all the tools needed and whether the swing set is adjustable for unlevel yards.