Plum Eris Swing Set Review – Alternatives?

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Are you interested in buying the Plum Eris Swing set in the coming days or weeks? If so, then make sure to take a quick look through this review which will outline everything you need to know before you make your final family decision. We will outline the main pros and cons that we came across plus the key features it offers along with some alternative branded Swing sets for you to consider.

The reason for our recommended alternatives is that availability tends to be somewhat limited to specific countries so it may not be available to you depending on which country you are living in. If it is out of stock, then check out these alternatives which offers good value for the amount of money you need to spend.

Plum Eris Metal Swing Set

Key Features:

  • A unique designed metal swing set with 2 swings, a climbing wall with metal bar rungs and a unique target practice netting on the other side which can be used for football, soccer or basketball shooting
  • It comes with the powder coating treatment to protect against corrosion and rust and it has the cross beams in the design to support stability and safety while swinging.
  • The swing seats are heavy duty blow moulded seats, it comes with soft feel ropes which are kind to children’s hands and all the parts are predrilled for the assembly – the instruction manual is included and assembly with take around 2 hours work
  • Ground anchors are included, the dimensions are L2.24 by W1.75 by H1.91m and the maximum user weight guide is 50kg per swing. The recommended age suitability is 3 to 10 years according to the manual.

Price Guide: Less than £200

Pros for the Plum Eris Swing Set

  • It comes with the powder coating exterior to protect it against the bad weather elements
  • There are no chains on the swings or plastic covers on the chains, just the soft feel ropes which are better from an environment point of view and reducing potential finger pinching on the chains
  • For the assembly, all the parts are pre-drilled so that is one less thing to worry abouts
  • Instructions from the manual are quite good and easy to follow, it shouldn’t take you any more than 2 hours to fully assemble it.
  • No additional tools are required for the assembly – everything you need will be included in the pack
  • It has a nice compact size that will fit into most garden types, even small townhouse type gardens as long as you have approx. 6m by 6m to play with
  • The price point tends to be on the lower scale when compared to wooden swing sets from Plum

Cons for the Plum Eris Swing Set

  • Availability is very limited and tends to be available only to certain countries like India
  • Even though it has the powder coating, all metal swing sets are susceptible to rusting over time so make sure to have an anti-rust stain paint as back up before the winter sets in
  • The climber design on the left looks a bit outdated and I fail to see how children would have long term fun with it – perhaps only 10 minutes fun?
  • The target practice netting looks great initially but again I cannot imagine children having fun with it for more than 10 minutes. I would also be concerned how it would last through the cold and wet winter months – it would be better to remove it and keep indoors during these winter months in my opinion.
  • In my opinion, it would only be suitable for children aged between 3 to 8 years old – not 3 to 12 years as seen elsewhere online

Conclusion

Would we buy it? After further consideration it would have to be a no. Plus it looks like I cannot buy it anyway even if I wanted to as it appears to be available to a short list of countries only. There is no 2 seater glider, no slide and the activity walls either side fail to impress me in any major way. I can’t imagine my children having any more than 10-20 minutes fun with these activities, maybe that’s why it is only available in specific countries…

Alternative Suggestions

If you cannot buy the Plum Eris Swing Set (like me), then check out 2 alternative metal swing sets as follows which are on sale with TP Toys and Argos. Both of these offer good value for money and a brief overview of both of these alternatives are outlined below

TP Double Metal Swing Set with Glider

Key Features:

Height adjustable ropes & heavy duty seats

2 seat glider and 2 swing seats

Soft feel ropes and ground stakes included

Maximum user weight is 50kg per seat

Price Guide: Less than £140 @ TP Toys

Hedstrom Kids Neptune Double Swing Set

Key Features:

Perfect for 4 children at the same time

Ground anchors included to be attached

Maximum user weight is 45kg per swing

1 year manufacturer's guarantee warranty

Price Guide: Less than £160 @ Argos

Optional Feedback

After completing this review and outlining some alternatives, we hope this review can help you out in some small way. Have you ever used the Plum Eris Swing set? Anything good or bad to report? If possible, please educate others in the wider community by leaving your feedback or opinions in the comment box section provided below…

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