It’s time to give your little one(s) an unlimited outdoor entertainment center. It must be perfect, but your kid’s ideal playset may differ from another child’s dream setup. Let’s take a look at some of Gorilla Playsets best models based on their sizes and unique qualities that’ll bring more laughter and play to your own backyard.
Gorilla Playsets for Small Yards
Small playsets are great for various reasons – maybe we love our quaint little yard or just don’t want a massive playground to outshine the beautiful landscaping. No matter which circumstance makes sense to you and your family, these Gorilla playsets for small yards can squeeze a lot of activity into a small amount of space. These compact sets are sure to be a hit.
Five stars, a top-seller, and multiple options, need we say more? We will, for sizing purposes – this set is 10’W x 13’6″D x 10’6″H and is an excellent option for any small space.
The Space Saver includes an Alpine Wave Slide™, a rock wall with climbing rope, a deluxe swing belt, and a trapeze swing with room for a chalkboard kit and tic-tac-toe panel.
Because this playset is a bit on the smaller side, assembly is only 5-7 hours. Believe it or not, this timeframe is surprisingly low compared to other sets. However, it took a few customers around 15 hours to set up. So set aside a good chunk of time to assemble your new set, but hopefully, it won’t take the entire weekend.
Compact yet expandable in design, the Space Saver is a game-changer for any small yard.
Take away the swing beam and open up this playset to endless climbing and sliding possibilities. The Chateau Tower is Gorilla’s #3 bestseller, making it the most popular small playset. At only 9’W x 14’D x 11’H, it’s impressive to see the number of accessories included.
The Chateau Tower includes the Alpine Wave Slide™, a rock wall with climbing rope, a built-in picnic table, sandbox, tic-tac-toe panel, steering wheel, and play telescope.
Same assembly time for this guy as the other compact playsets – roughly 6-8 hours. But again, save a little extra time for organizing pieces and putting this set together.
Different design with the same goal in mind: pack as much fun into a smaller set for your yard. No need to sacrifice space or quality.
Keep in mind one negative of the Chateau Tower is that it doesn’t include any swings. If a swing set is a must-have feature, the Space Saver or Playmaker Deluxe will be a better option.
Some of us don’t want to compromise swing real estate. The Playmaker Deluxe offers three swings – two belts and one trapeze. Not to mention all of the other goodies packed into its dimensions of 14’6″W x 10’H x 12’D.
The Playmaker Deluxe includes two Alpine Wave Slides™, a combo rock wall, entry ladder with climbing rope, trapeze swing, built-in sandbox area with corner seats, tic-tac-toe panel, steering wheel, play telescope with compass, play periscope, and chalkboard.
Assembly time is the same at the other two compact sets (6-8 hours). But luckily, one customer gave us a timeline, “We set up the tables at 8:30 am and had the tower and swing set up by 1:00 pm. Complete assembly and cleanup were done by 5 pm.”
While a little larger than the other two options, the Deluxe doesn’t compromise any elements for the ultimate playset that is still reasonably small.
Standard Size Gorilla Playsets
Gorilla’s regular-sized playsets are tried-and-true favorites for families across America. These sets are generally 13-14 feet in diameter and offer a great fit for all age groups. One of these may be your best option for long-term enjoyment as your little ones become not so little anymore.
Gorilla Playsets Outing
Another 5 star set, but add a trapeze! Could the trapeze be the sole reason why this setup is Gorilla’s #1 playset? Maybe, but this set also covers all the bases. The Gorilla Playsets Outing has it all in a regular size of 15’W x 9’6″-10’6″H x 13’D.
There’s no need to choose between the Alpine Wave slide, trapeze bars, or the rock wall here. This set also includes a sandbox, steering wheel, and telescope. The Gorilla Outing has it all for a functional set.
Cresting into the standard-sized playsets, assembly time has a broader window of 5-12 hours depending on handiness levels. Another timing tip – carve out a few hours to finish or stain the playset after installation.
With all of these amenities and room for growth, the kids will be able to play for years on end without the possibility of getting bored.
The Chateau is Gorilla’s #4 bestselling playset for a reason. While standing at a standard size of 19’W x 11’H x 14’D, it has gotten some of their customers through 11 years and counting. This setup will give your little one(s) many playful years.
This playset includes an Alpine Wave Slide™, rock wall with climbing rope, deluxe rope ladder, safe entry ladder, two belt swings, a trapeze swing, built-in picnic table, sandbox, tic-tac-toe panel, steering wheel, and telescope.
An exciting factor for parents – expected assembly time is whittled down to 6-8 hours. However, similarly to the other assembly time parameters, take this time window with a grain of salt and set aside a little extra time to organize and build.
All of these features provide endless entertainment while remaining a timeless playset.
The Nantucket II has all of the elements your kids want with a homey touch to it. The tongue & groove wood roof features sunbursts, dormers, and a chimney, while the play deck showcases windows with working palladian style shutters. This set sits at 15’6″W x 13’D x 10’6″H.
Other features include two swing belts with plastisol coated chains, a trapeze bar with rings, Alpine Wave Slide™, safe entry ladder with flat wooden steps, rock wall with climbing rope, sandbox, steering wheel, telescope, and a tic-tac-toe panel.
This premium cedar wood playset is as easy as it gets when it comes to prep. The wooden pieces are pre-cut, pre-sanded, pre-stained, and ready to assemble in your backyard. Not to mention this cedar resists rot, decay, and insect damage.
The Nantucket II is estimated to come together in 6-8 hours. A pro tip from one customer – separate and label the screws/bolts/hardware to make assembly easier.
The Nantucket II is great for those who are looking for a treehouse/playground feel that will last for many years of play to come.
Gorilla Playsets For Larger Yards
We’ve got some more sizable options for you, or Godzilla playsets of you will? These larger sets offer adventurous terrain for your little explorers. These get their adventurous names for a reason. While the following sets will take up a little more space in the yard, the kids will thank you forever and ever.
Your kids and their friends will immediately run to the Extreme Tube Slide II™ when they see the Mountaineer. But long gone are the days they argue over a turn at a slide because this playset comes with the Alpine Wave Slide™ as well.
Alongside the slides, this playset comes with a rock wall with climbing rope, a safe entry ladder, a deluxe rope ladder, two belt swings, a trapeze swing, a built-in picnic table, a sandbox, tic-tac-toe Panel, steering wheel, and a play telescope. If that’s not enough, there are a few add-ons available. These add-ons add additional safety measures and hiding spots for the kids.
The Mountaineer sits at 20’W x 11’H x 14’6″D for those of us with a bit more yard real estate to spare. Add-ons may take up a bit of extra space as well.
For aesthetics, pick a roof that is most appealing to you. Choose from five options that vary from canopies to treehouses.
Similar to other standard-sized playsets, the average assembly time is 6-8 hours. However, we recommend organizing parts before getting started, as it may take a bit longer if not done.
If you want a say in the design of your playset with a vast amount of features, the Mountaineer is for you.
Trade the Mountaineer’s larger slide for a climbing ramp and tire swing, and you have the Frontier Playset. With dimensions of 19’W x 11’H x 21’6″D, the Frontier is a bit larger in diameter but is well worth the extra space.
In addition to the ramp and tire swing, features include a rock wall with climbing rope, a rope ladder, two belt swings, a trapeze swing, a built-in picnic table, a sandbox area, a tic-tac-toe panel, steering wheel, and play telescope.
The Frontier also gives the option of 4 different roof styles. Roof add-ons, like the Sky Loft and Treehouse, will offer the little ones even more to explore.
Assembly time for the Frontier is no different than the others, taking about 6-8 hours. However, some customers said hiring help got the job done in 2-4. Sometimes the convenience is worth it.
As a mid-sized larger set, you get the baby bear of the group. Plus, who doesn’t love a good tire swing?
The Treasure Trove is the Mac Daddy of all playsets so expect all of the bells and whistles. If you have a substantial lot for this playset sized at 19’W x 13’H x 27’6″D, it’ll be worth it.
Get ready for this list of features: Alpine Wave Slide™, 7′ Turbo Tube Slide™, clatter bridge & tower, clatter bridge with mesh panels, rock wall with climbing rope, safe entry ladder, deluxe rope ladder, two belt swings, trapeze swing, built-in picnic table, sandbox, bonus sandbox under the tower, tic-tac-toe panel, steering wheel, play telescope. It is virtually impossible for the kids to get bored.
Because this set is no small feat, assembly time is a bit longer at 16-20 hours so set aside a weekend to set up the Treasure Trove. Based on customer feedback, it’s advisable to have several drills on hand to speed up the process.
The Treasure Trove will be well worth your time, as your kids will struggle parting ways with their new playset for dinner or bedtime.
Last but not least, meet the Pioneer Peak Playset. This set sits at 23’W x 11’H x 22’6″D and uniquely has two sandboxes.
The Pioneer Peak is smaller than the Treasure Trove, yet it still includes many of the same features: Alpine Wave Slide™, rock wall with climbing rope, safe entry ladder, rope ladder, climbing ramp, clatter bridge & tower, tire swing, two belt swings, a trapeze swing, picnic table, two sandboxes, a tic-tac-toe panel, steering wheel, and a play telescope. Save a little space without compromising any of the fun.
This set is in the middle when it comes to assembly times, taking about 12-15 hours. Overall, the most challenging part will be making the kids keep off of it during setup.
Most reviews explain the versatility of this set in that the Pioneer Peak is great for all ages and skill levels. This set stands with the ability to grow with your kid(s).
Frequently Asked Questions
Are gorilla playsets good quality?
Gorilla’s mission is to make playsets that reflect quality, durability, simplicity, and affordability. They’ve been building playsets since 1993 and claim to be the first ready to assemble playset company.
Gorilla Playsets are built with choice-grade, quality lumber from Certified forests for sustainable resourcing. Their pre-sanded and pre-drilled lumber is also larger and thicker than most competitors, keeping playsets sturdy and robust for many years.
The same goes for their slides – no skimping on plastic for maximum stability and safety. Plus, they’re heat and fade resistant to keep colors intact. For the swings – the chains hold up to 800 pounds and are safety coated to avoid the dreaded pinched fingers.
However, if something doesn’t hold up, Gorilla has one of the best warranties in the game. Each set has its own warranty rules. All sets come with a 10-year limited warranty on wood and structure components and 1-year warranty on all accessories. Plus, they’ll repair or replace anything defective or missing from the get go.
Another element of quality that all parents think about when it comes to their kids is safety. Some steps taken to add precautionary measures include safety coated swing chains, commercial-grade hardware, wide and flat ladder steps, self-reinforced slides, and 4×6 swing beams, making these some of the safest on the market. Needless to say, the company has put a lot of thought and effort into keeping kids safe while ensuring an epic play experience.
What are the best Gorilla playsets with monkey bars?
Ironically, monkey bars are not included in all Gorilla Playsets, but you can always buy a monkey bar add-on. The add-on attaches to corner posts of forts that have two corner posts up to 70” apart that don’t interfere with existing features. Another thing to note is that this monkey bar addition fits most 5’ deck Gorilla swing sets but is not compatible with those with a 4’ deck, including the Outing, Five Star, and Sun Series sets. If you question whether your set is compatible, Gorilla has a great forum under the product description where many customers have already asked about specific playsets: https://gorillaplaysets.com/monkey-bars-add-on/.
If you want to skip the effort of an add on, here is one of the best options if looking for monkey bars included:
Gorilla Sun Palace II Wood Swing Set with Monkey Bars
This swing set is available in three options: standard, two dual slides, or monkey bars. If you want your little monkey happy, make sure to choose the right one when ordering.
Where are gorilla playsets made / are gorilla playsets made in the USA?
Gorilla playset components are made both in the US and internationally. Regardless of where individual pieces of the whole pie come from, the quality of the products holds up to ASTM Safety Standards, and their 10-year warranty ensures quality components. Items made nationally include slides and some hardware, while imported products include cedar lumber, swings, some plastic, and hardware from China.
Do Gorilla playsets have a good warranty?
All of these playsets are a solid chunk of change, so you bet they come with a stellar warranty.
To start – if anything is missing or defective in your set, Gorilla’s team will repair or replace any missing or faulty pieces. Once things are set up and you register your playset, they offer a 10-year limited warranty on wood and structure components and a 1-year warranty on all accessories.
Make sure to check out the care suggestions for your specific set because natural wear and tear isn’t a reason to give them a call. They put the responsibility of staining and sealing in your hands but overall, the warranty has your back if anything major goes wrong.
Where to buy gorilla playsets?
Big-time retailers are always an option like Amazon, Walmart, and Home Depot to purchase a Gorilla Playset. However, there are also small businesses that would be happy to take care of you. No matter where you buy, make sure to register your playset with Gorilla online to get all the full warranty benefits.
Are gorilla playsets in stock?
Gorilla seems to be so popular that many of their playsets are out of stock at most retailers. We recommend getting in touch with Gorilla and letting them know what you’re looking for. They will be able to let you know when products will be back on the shelves. Give them a call at 800-882-0272 or submit an inquiry on the official Gorilla website.