Another major feature of the best swingsets is that they have SOLID wood over the swings, with holes drilled through the middle — this makes them virtually unbreakable.
What are the best swingsets? The leaders in swingsets are Rainbow, Woodplay, Lifetime, Gorilla Playsets, Playnation, and Cedarworks. While most wooden swing sets are made of redwood or cedar, some also come in pressure treated southern yellow pine. Some will warn you to stay away from the pine or Chinese fir, while others will complain about the sealing and maintenance required on redwood playsets.
The truth is, probably any wood you select will last for the 10 years or so you will use your swingset. There really is no secondary market for selling your 15 year old "used" play structure anyways, so worrying about whether or not it will last for 20 years and beyond is not an issue for most people.
When it comes to installation, expect to pay a few hundred dollars for a professional to install it. These guys can put the unit together in a few hours, and if you've ever struggled with instructions on Christmas Eve trying to build something out of a box, you'll be glad you saved yourself weekends of frustration of trying to do it yourself.
However, if you are a competent do-it-yourselfer and you have a helper for lifting and aligning the heavier pieces, it is certainly a task a layman can handle. RECOMMENDED - You can .