Gorilla Playset Reviews 2019 – Detailed Compilation

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Hello once again and welcome to this brief Gorilla Playset review compilation which will cover 9 different models under the Gorilla brand so at least you have more than 1 choice when it comes to making your final decision. The range of Swing sets or Playsets under the Gorilla brand is quite large so our review will focus on 9 of the most popular options that are available for sale across different price ranges be it low prices, medium prices and also some of the very expensive models. For your convenience, this review will be split into 3 parts: 1 – Lower Priced Models, 2 – Medium Priced Models, 3 – Higher Priced Models so feel free to skip to whatever part interests you the most.

Please be aware also that guide prices can only be presented at the time of this review as prices can change depending on local promotional activities so please make sure to view the price checkers provided below to ensure you have the most up to date accurate price information.

In addition, we will outline all the main features that you need to be aware of for each model and also the main pros and cons to help you make your final decision. At the end of this page, we have also provided additional price comparison options that are worth checking out also if you wish to explore prices elsewhere.

Swing Set Review Overview:

Brand:Gorilla
Models:9 Model Review Compilation
Orders online:Yes, orders accepted online
Home Delivery:Yes, home deliveries available
Warranty:10 years on wood & 1 year on accessories (Seller Dependant)
Price Range:$1000 up to $3500 (at the time of this review)
Cheap Place to Buy: Amazon - View updated price here

A selection of models featured in this review are outlined below…

Gorilla Playset Overview:

Gorilla Playset was founded on the premise that a ready to assemble playset should contain quality wood components, have durable playset accessories, contain all necessary hardware, and have clear, easy to understand instructions at prices that tend to be a lot higher than your standard wooden swing set.

They have been in the playset business since 1992, and their design engineers have many years of combined experience in designing safe, innovative, and sturdy playsets. From inventive product development to superior customer service, Gorilla Playsets is a big name in ready to assemble playsets.

Gorilla Playsets has taken the playset industry to new heights by going beyond the ordinary features and play value found in typical swing sets. Gorilla Playsets, listen to the customers’ needs and continually strive to produce playsets that will be safe for your children. They continuously make adjustments and re-structured certain aspects of playsets that needed a modern re-design, and made them better! They listen to you and learn from you so at least there is a process of continuous improvements.

Points to consider before you buy a Gorilla Playset:

  • Gorilla Playsets builds each swing set and play set with your child in mind! Each set will have different features and accessories to choose from, so please look for the features that will suit your family the best. You can also swap out many accessories for a more personalized playset. The accessories and additions can be mixed and matched to create your child’s dream backyard.
  • Everything you need is included in your play set kit at your time of purchase, including hardware. A manual is also included to help you during set up.  Each swing set is pre-drilled, pre-stained and pre-sanded to eliminate any prep-work for you!
  • All the swing sets can be built using everyday tools! No special tools are required, since each beam is pre-drilled and the swing sets come with all hardware you will need. If you prefer to let us assist you with the play set build, Gorilla Playsets can send a representative to your home for a hassle-free installation.
  • Gorilla Playsets boasts one of the best warranties for swing sets in the industry! A 10 year limited warranty on wood and structure components, and 1 year warranty on all accessories. Each set comes with warranty details and maintenance care suggestions to increase the longevity of your set (such as weather proofing).
  • Gorilla playsets are built with choice grade, quality lumber to keep your playset healthy and safe for many years! All lumber is hand-selected for its strength and durability.
  • Your child's safety is important, that's why Gorilla Playsets is the industry leader when it comes to safety and innovation! Features such as safety coated swing chains, commercial grade hardware, wide and flat ladder steps, self-reinforced slides, and 4x6 swing beams have made their swing sets some of the safest available.

Briefly – Some Frequently Asked Questions on Gorilla Playsets:

Q. Does these sets have to be cemented in?
A. No. None of their swing sets need to be cemented in – they are free standing
Q. Does these set come with pre-drilled beams?
A. Yes, all of the main beams and posts are drilled at the factory level.
Q. Is the swing beam end adjustable?
A. Yes, the A-Frame bracket allows each swing leg to adjust up to about 8”-10”, thereby raising or lowering that end of the swing beam by about 8”.
Q. What level of warranty is available on these Gorilla Playsets?
A. It is 10 years on lumber and 1 year on non-wooden parts.

Gorilla Playset Review Compilation Part 1 - Lower Prices

Gorilla Playsets Ozark Cedar Swing Set with Green Vinyl Canopy

Main Pros:

One of the cheapest in this brand
Made from Premium Cedar
2 belt swings and a trapeze bar
Great set of safety features
A rock wall and a rope ladder
Punching ball underneath
Wide flat steps for added safety
Swing chains have plastic coatings
This avoids finger pinching
Recessed bolts to avoid scraps
Smooth and safe corners
Vinyl canopy is heavy duty
Suitable for children 3 to 11 yrs
Wood framing is 4 by 4 inches
Swing bean is 4 by 6 inches
Attractive wood color stain
Alpine wave slide included
Tic tac toe panel & Steer wheel
Play telescope included
Resists insect potential damage
Resistant to rot and decay
Maintenance guide also included

Main Cons:

Assembly requires 2 or more
Lots of small pieces to plan out
Can take a day or 2 to assemble
Boards need careful attention
No monkey bars or glider
No wooden canopy
Limited to 11 year old kids

 

 

Gorilla Playsets Highcrest Cedar Swing Set Green Vinyl Canopy

Main Pros:

Price tends to be <$1200 level
Beautiful arched rock wall
Solid climbing Rope up the wall
Has the Cantilevered Deluxe
Green Vinyl Canopy
Upper windows have real shutters
Pre-stained cut and sanded
Includes the nice redwood stain
Wood is naturally resistant
Has a speedy Alpine Wave Slide
Assembly is easier than larger sets
A nice safe entry ladder
Swing chains have a plastic coating
Heavy-duty vinyl canopy
Suitable for kids aged 3 to 11
Play stations are customizable
Chains have the UV-protection
Includes 2 belts swings & trapeze
Great sandbox with corner seats
Good accessories such as the Tic
Tac Toe panel & steering wheel

Main Cons:

No glider available
Doesn’t have monkey bars
Slide could be longer
No wooden canopy
Vinyl canopy is somewhat flimsy
Limited to age of 11 years
Assembly needs care & attention

 

 

Gorilla Playsets Chateau Swing Set Deluxe Green Vinyl Canopy

Main Pros:

Higher play deck height 5 foot
Swing bean capacity is 425Ibs
Ideal for kids 3 to 11 years
Better wood quality – solid
Corners are rounded smooth
2 swing belts and a trapeze
Great rock wall with climb rope
Rope is kind to kid’s hands
Great space on the upper deck
Side climbing ropes for more fun
Built in bench underneath
Lots of space in the sandbox
It is pre-sanded and pre-stained
Green vinyl canopies for shading
Given a nice amber stain
Wood resists rot and decay
Resistant to insect damage
Wood framing is a solid 4 by 4”
Can handle total of 800 Ibs
Swing beam frame is 4 by 6”
Plastic coating added to chains
Prevents finger pinching
All bolts are recessed for safety
10 climbing rocks on the rock wall

Main Cons:

No monkey bars included
No 2 person glider available
Assembly time can be 1 to 2 days
Tons of pieces to map out & plan
Bench seats could be larger

Gorilla Playset Review Compilation Part 2 – Medium Prices

 

Gorilla Playset 01-0010 Swing set Sun Valley Vinyl Canopy

Main Pros:

Has a Heavy-Duty Vinyl Canopy
Great set of accessories included
Turbo Tire Swing available
Includes the extreme Wave Slide
Steering Wheel & Telescope
A flag kit and the safety handles
There is the Metal Rung Ladder
Wood is sealed and stained
Comes in a nice redwood finish
Higher platform of 5 foot
Great wood warranty 10 years
2 belts swings and trapeze bar
Larger deck of 4 by 6 foot
Climber rope on the rock wall
A Tire Swing & Swivel underneath
Includes 3D illustrated instructions

Main Cons:

Slide could be longer
Lacks a wooden canopy
Price is high when compared
Warranty of 1 year on accessories
Assembly needs several tools
Assembly time can be 8-12 hours

 

 

Gorilla Playset Mountaineer Swing Set & Deluxe Vinyl Canopy

Main Pros:

Suited for kids aged 3 to 11 years
Play deck is higher at 5 foot
There is the Metal Rung Ladder
Great wood warranty 10 years
Includes 3D illustrated instructions
Climbing rope for the rock wall
Ropes are kind to children’s hands
Chains are plastic coated for safety
Framing is solid 4 by 4 inches
Has the great extreme tube slide
Includes speedy Alpine Wave Slide
The picnic table is built in
A nice amber stain throughout
Pre-sanded with soft corners
2 belts swings & a trapeze
Several fun accessories included

Main Cons:

No 2 person glider available
No wooden canopy
Vinyl canopy is a bit flimsy
No tire swing or swivel
Difficult to assemble the tube slide
Overall assembly takes too long

 

 

Gorilla Playsets 01-0012 Sun Palace Swing Set Wood Canopy

Main Pros:

Higher play deck at 5 foot
Suitable for kids 5 to 12 years
Wooden canopy provided
Framing is solid 4 by 4 inches
Decent deck size of 4 by 6 foot
A Metal Rung Ladder Combo
Speedy extreme Wave Slide
A trapeze and 2 belt swings
The Wood Roof has Dormers
A Tire Swing underneath
Ropes are gentle on hands
Chains are plastic coated
Chimney on the roof also
Climb rope on the rock ladder
One piece A-Frame brackets
All beams are predrilled

Main Cons:

Very expensive model
Cost tends to be close to $2k
A lot more wood parts to plan
Tons of pieces to mark out
Assembly will take 2 to 3 days
Added shipping charges

 

 

Gorilla Playset Review Compilation Part 3 – Quick Summary Higher Prices

 

Gorilla Playsets Catalina Wooden Cedar Swing Set

Main Additional Features:

Extreme Tube Slide II
Clatter Bridge & Tower set
Connecting lookout tower
Built-In Picnic Table available
Built-In Sandbox included
Wood & Vinyl Canopies
Size is 15 by 21 by 11 Feet
Age Suitability is 3 to 11 years
Assembly is 2 to 3 days
Price is generally $2k+

 

 

Gorilla Playsets Pioneer Peak Cedar Swing Set

Main Additional Features:

Sunbrella Canvas Canopies
Play deck heights of 5 feet
Lookout towers and bridge
A nice amber stain finish
24 sq. foot of playing room
A weight capacity of 800 lbs
3 play stations provided
Size is 22.5 by 21 by 11 Feet
360 Turbo Tire Swing
Price is generally $2.3k+

 

 

Gorilla Playsets Treasure Trove Malibu Roof

Main Additional Features:

Double wooden canopies
Malibu Wood Roof
Timber Shielded Posts
Clatter Bridge and Tower
Size is 27.5 by 27.5 by 13 Feet
Plastic coating on swing chains
Radical Ride 7 Tube Slide
Built-In Picnic Table included
Built-In Sandbox Area available
Price is generally $3k+

 

 

A Quick Comparison chart of some popular Gorilla Playsets are outlined below:

ModelFeaturesSize
Gorilla Playsets Frontier Cedar Wooden Swing SetFort, 2 Belt Swings, Trapeze, Tire Swing, 10' Wave Slide, Climbing rope, Rock Wall, Rope Ladder, Table and Bench, Sandbox,
Tic-Tac-Toe. Telescope.
216.00 x 276.00 x 132.00 Inches
Gorilla Playsets Sun Palace II Cedar Wooden Swing Set2-Swings, Trapeze, Wiki Wave slide, Rock wall, Rope ladder, Monkey bars, Turbo tire swing, Wood Roof, Tic-Tac-Toe Steering wheel, telescope, flag kit. 144.00 x 252.00 x 144.00 Inches
Gorilla Playsets Catalina Wooden Swing Set with Timber ShieldRoof, Playhouse, Sandbox, Clatter bridge, Wall, Tube slide, Wave slide, Rock wall, e
2 swings, Rope ladder, Picnic table, Trapeze bar, Steering wheel, Tic tac toe panel, Telescope,Flag kit
180.00 x 246.00 x 132.00 Inches
Gorilla Playsets Mountaineer Deluxe Cedar Wooden Swing SetSwings, Trapeze, Slide. Tube slide, Rock Wall, Ladder.. Picnic table, Sandbox,Tic-Tac-Toe, Steering wheel, Play telescope, Vinyl canopy covering play deck174.00 x 240.00 x 132.00 Inches
Gorilla Playsets Chateau Deluxe Cedar Wooden Swing SetClimbing Rope,Climbing/Rock Wall,Glider,Gymnastic Rings,Monkey Bars,Picnic Table,Rope Ladder,Fort168.00 x 228.00 x 132.00 Inches

Assembling Tips for your Gorilla Playset:

  • They include a step-by-step and 3D illustrated assembly manual which needs careful attention and you need to follow each part step by step.
  • All the lumber is pre-cut and pre-sanded and the main beams are pre-drilled to reduce the assembly time.
  • Any Hardware needed is all included in the overall package
  • These playsets tend to be much easier and quicker than lower priced sets to assemble – sometimes 70% faster to assemble
  • Tools that tend to be needed are Drill Bits 1/8", 3/16", 3/8", 7/64", 9/64", 11/64" / 1/2" Wrench and Socket / 1/2" Deep Well Socket / 9/16" Deep Well Socket / 9/16" Wrench and Socket / Extension Cords / Hammer / Pencil / a Level / a Tape Measure / the Locking Pliers (Vise Grips) and a Shovel

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Have you or your kids any personal experience with the Gorilla Wooden Playsets in the past? If so, then please share your thoughts and feedback with the wider community by leaving a comment in the comment section below – So that they can learn also!

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. These Gorilla playsets sure sound to be made to withstand the beating children give their outdoor playsets, I love how these will not rock or shift and upset like the playsets I have as a kid. Great you don’t have to cement them in, I remember my father having to cement our play sets to keep them from rocking and almost upsetting at times. Great article post, you have answered all the questions I had about Gorilla Playsets before we get ours – cheers for your help!

  2. Hello and thank you for this amazing article and review. I really enjoyed reading it. At the moment me and my wife are planning on buying one Gorilla Playset but we were indecisive. That is how we bumped into your post. From what I read i believe my children will like the most Cedar Wooden Set. I think this will be the perfect choice since we are living in the suburbs and we are surrounded with green. Thanks for the review and provided an overview on options. I appreciate the good work here, Strahinja.

  3. I can’t wait to get my kids a Gorilla playset. We are hoping to move next summer, so it would be some time after that. I know they would love it. I need something that can span a lot of ages–sometimes it’s difficult to appease both a toddler and a grade schooler! Well, the toddler would be appeased with anything, but safety is a concern always. Would need a team to put one of these together and hopefully next year we will have one.

  4. The main buyers of playsets are people who have very young children and they want a playset for only a few years for their children but I would say that you should have this playset if you want to keep your whole family physically active. If you are looking for overall value and quality then Gorilla playset is a great choice. Great review about Gorilla playset, thanks for sharing.

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