KidKraft Playsets

Our reviews, comparisons, and thoughts on KidKraft Playsets.

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In a nutshell, KidKraft is a toy specialist bringing a toy specialist’s expertise to the outdoor play category. They absolutely excel at customer experience, marketing, and branding, but sometimes don’t keep up with the demands that kids put on the actual product. For your purposes as a potential buyer, KidKraft is totally dialed in on the transaction and setup, not so sure how their playsets will hold up 3+ years from now though.

Short Lists

While not a traditional playset manufacturer, KidKraft still has some very good playsets that have made the cut on our Short Lists.

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KidKraft Playsets Feature Comparison

Coming soon! KidKraft doesn't really have a stable model catalog, it changes year to year and they don't have too many features. KidKraft has a “fast fashion” approach, most differences between sets are cosmetic. 

KidKraft Playset Prices & Availability

Below is the latest prices and availability of KidKraft Playsets on their website and several popular online retailers. Prices are first and the current stock status is in parentheses. "N/A" means that retailer doesn't carry that particular playset.

ModelKidKraftAmazonWillyGoatWalmartTargetHome DepotLowesWayfairBJ'sCostcoSam's Club
Jungle Journey Swing Set / Playset$1,229.99 (in stock)N/AN/A (N/A)$1,299.99 (in stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$1,232.24 (#N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Lookout Extreme Wooden Swing Set / Playset$1,899.99 (in stock)N/A$1,549.99 (no)$2,199.99 (in stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$1,710.90 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Appleton Wooden Swing Set / Playset$582.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$530.00 (out of stock)? (?)$508.30 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Spring Meadow Wooden Swing Set / Playset$699.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)$9,999.00 (in stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$612.11 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Ridgeview Deluxe Clubhouse Wooden Swing Set / Playset$1,099.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$869.99 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Ryan's World™ Twisty Tower Playset / Swing SetN/A (sold at exclusive retailer)N/AN/A (N/A)Not available (Not available)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Lawnmeadow Playset / Swing SetN/A (sold at exclusive retailer)N/AN/A (N/A)Not available (Not available)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Lindale Swing Set / PlaysetN/A (sold at exclusive retailer)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$999.99 (in stock)N/A (N/A)
Hilltop Playset$2,149.99 (sold at exclusive retailer)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)? (?)N/A (N/A)
Portland Playset / Swing SetN/A (sold at exclusive retailer)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$1,399.99 (in stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Arbor Crest Deluxe PlaysetN/A (sold at exclusive retailer)N/AN/A (N/A)Not available (Not available)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Seacove Playset / Swing SetN/A (sold at exclusive retailer)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$699.99 (in stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Charleston Lodge Wooden Swing Set / Playset$1,599.99 (sold at exclusive retailer)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$1,599.00 (out of stock)
Paramount Wooden Swing Set / PlaysetN/A (sold at exclusive retailer)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$2,399.00 (in stock)
Castlewood Wooden Swing Set / PlaysetN/A (sold at exclusive retailer)N/AN/A (N/A)$999.00 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Montauk Wooden Playset$1,399.99 (sold at exclusive retailer)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$1,249.99 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Hampton Wooden PlaysetN/A (sold at exclusive retailer)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$849.99 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)#N/A (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Ainsley Outdoor Playset$499.99 (sold at exclusive retailer)N/AN/A (N/A)$399.00 (in stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Windale Wooden Swing Set / PlaysetN/A (sold at exclusive retailer)N/AN/A (N/A)Not available (Not available)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Kingsbridge Wooden Swing Set / PlaysetN/A (sold at exclusive retailer)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$1,699.99 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)
Creston Lodge Wooden Swing Set / Playset$1,399.99 (sold out)N/A$829.99 (no)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$1,299.99 (out of stock)$874.95 (out of stock)$1,329.99 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Ashberry Wooden Swing Set / Playset$1,299.99 (sold out)N/A$929.99 (no)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)#N/A (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Springfield II Wooden Swing Set / Playset$699.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$514.20 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Devonshire Elite Swingset / Playset$2,499.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)#N/A (out of stock)N/A (N/A)$1,499.99 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)
Orchard View Manor Wooden Swing Set / Playset$1,999.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$1,699.00 (out of stock)
Newport Wooden Playset$699.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$599.99 (in stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Falcon Ridge Wooden Swing Set / Playset$2,199.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$2,599.00 (out of stock)
Bear Cave Lodge Swing Set and Playset$2,899.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$2,199.99 (in stock)N/A (N/A)
Mockingbird View Wooden Swing Set / Playset$2,149.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$1,798.00 (out of stock)
Richmond Lodge Wooden Swing Set / Playset$1,499.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Boulder Station Swing Set / Playset$1,599.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$1,689.99 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
McKinley Wooden Swing Set / Playset$965.00 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$1,169.80 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Brooksville Wooden Swing Set / Playset$939.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$1,154.99 (out of stock)$1,154.99 (out of stock)$1,099.99 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Canyon Ridge Wooden Swing Set / Playset$1,899.99 (sold out)N/A$1,139.99 (no)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$1,899.99 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Brookridge Wooden Swing Set / Playset$899.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)$830.36 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)$776.47 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Meadowvale II Wooden Swing Set / Playset$699.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)#N/A (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Lookout Lodge Wooden Swing Set / Playset$1,899.99 (sold out)N/A$1,795.00 (no)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$1,899.99 (out of stock)$1,629.99 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Appleton Wooden Swing Set / Playset - White$582.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Treasure Cove Wooden Swing Set / Playset$899.99 (sold out)N/A$659.99 (no)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)? (?)#N/A (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Austin Swing Set / Playset$1,499.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Cloverdale Wooden Swing Set / Playset$1,399.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$997.45 (out of stock)$1,259.99 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)
Cranbrook Wooden Swing Set / Playset$1,199.99 (sold out)N/AN/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)$1,018.61 (out of stock)$1,129.99 (out of stock)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)N/A (N/A)

More About KidKraft Playsets

KidKraft has been around for more than 50 years, primarily as a toy company. They produce doll houses, train sets, musical instruments, and kids furniture. They really do it all when it comes to children’s toys. Within the last decade, kid craft purchased a Canadian-based playset business that brought them into the outdoor industry. They continue to adapt the product and bring their toy expertise to the backyard category.

KidKraft is a marketing juggernaut. They have totally dialed into the mom blog and fashion-forward trendsetters when it comes to anything they sell. Any cute play kitchen or doll house will have been rigorously designed for the trendiest of buyers. Quite frankly, KidKraft makes superior looking products across the board. They have the Instagram following to prove it! I do find it interesting that many of the KidKraft pictures shared online are totally redone, repainted, or otherwise customized by the customer, making the product even more worthy of a retweet.

They also go one step further by paying very close attention to the shipping and installation process. They meticulously plan out packaging and sorting of hardware so as to make it easier for someone remotely handy to put together their toys. Their playsets are rarely more than 5 or 6 boxes in total and very clearly marked. Lastly, their design team has value-engineered a lot of the product down to an appropriate price point. Again, they are great marketers. They begin with the price point, margin, and look that they want, and work backwards through their rigorous design process to arrive at a spot-on product made for the latest social media share.

Something you may recognize about their business model when it comes to playsets is that they are heavily invested in the large retailers. You will find many products on their site exclusively sold at Walmart, Costco, or Target. They go through large negotiations with their retailers to come up with an exclusive model. It’s unclear to us whether or not kid craft continues to hold the bag for these large inventories or if the retailers will have a fire sale for unpopular sets. Frankly, it just isn’t a problem in today’s playset industry where demand is very high.

Another thing to note is that their model names change every year or so. You may find yourself liking one product that goes out of stock, only to find it never returns. In some ways, this looks a lot like the fashion industry where companies are turning out new models, new features, and new colors. You will see some similarities between particular playsets year of year, but don’t expect to have the old tried-and-true models named the same each year. This also happens to benefit the company by making each model stand on its own, and there aren’t really any interchangeable components.

The main drawback you’ll run into with KidKraft Playsets is that they aren’t necessarily designed for longevity. As mentioned earlier, they have designed the playset for the instant gratification of the social media world and they definitely hit a lower price point than the heavy-duty manufacturers, but these playsets have the fast-fashion concept in mind as well. You’ll be installing the best looking playset on the block today, but you’ll be taking it back down within 5 years as well, possibly looking for that year’s fancy model.

Important Company Policies to Note

KidKraft Playsets Warranty

KidKraft covers the lumber of their playsets for five years. They cover hardware and accessories for one year. There are many limitations on the wood warranty, so you will need to get into the details. The warranty is not transferable from the original buyer.

It also does not cover cosmetic defects, acts of nature, improper installation issues, or minor warping that doesn’t affect the performance of the place that, at the company sole discretion. The warranty is only applicable for residential use, and cannot be claimed with any commercial or public use.

This is a fairly limited warranty and is commensurate with the product that you’re getting.

KidKraft Playsets Replacement Parts

Replacing parts in the first 90 days due to manufacture air is just completed online. In fact, you can order just about any replacement part that you need through their website, but you will be charged for it and shipping.

KidKraft Playsets Shipping Policy

You will always want to pay attention to the particular retailer from whom you buy the playset. Just know that most retailers use third-party carriers which aren’t under their control. Regardless of what you pay for shipping, you should know that you will likely be out the companies cost of shipping if you decide to return it, you will also have to pay the shipping back to the retailer as well.

The KidKraft shipping policy is very straightforward and matches most of what you would see in the market. In general, you should probably look to sell a playset in your local area to recoup more of your cost in the item.

Frequently Asked Questions

Clear as mud - the following is not specific to KidKraft, but more comments on the industry. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, the backyard play industry was turned on its ear along with lots of home good categories. Kids were immediately sent home, but parents working from home needed something for the kids to do while schools figured out remote classrooms. The entire swing set stock across the country sold out in spring 2020 and manufacturers are still struggling to keep up. Due to the prolonged increase in demand, many manufacturers have been wary of over-order swing sets for the next season. Production is running, but now transportation is having issues, and it just seems like we may experience problems throughout 2021. Companies are struggling to figure out how to get back to proper stock levels and parents are struggling to find swing sets that they want.

Generally, yes. KidKraft has taken their economic values and price points very seriously in the design process. You certainly do get what you pay for on this one, that is why they are not the most expensive sets out there.

Only a handful of boxes that are well labeled, easy to count, and designed for a smoother installation process than most other brands offer. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the easiest playset to assemble, just that the packaging is very dialed in.

The cons of the KidKraft playset are it’s long-term viability as a toy for your children, the need to buy a new one if you have children spread out over not too many years, and the overall waste of a somewhat disposable product. The pros of the KidKraft playset are it’s value-based pricing, it’s Instagram-worthy look, and the receiving and unboxing experience.

Not really. KidKraft seems to use cities or towns, landscapes, castle-y sounding names, and probably inherited some names from the partnerships it’s created with retailers or other licensees over the years.

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