Suncast Vista Swing Set Review

Suncast Vista playset

Remember when your mother used to tell you to "Go play outside"? If you'd had one of these Suncast wood and resin swing sets, she would have had to be telling you to come inside instead!

Seriously, this Suncast swing set offers so many fun play options. But don't just take our word for it - all the important facts you need to know about are here in this review.

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NOTE: I've discovered that at certain times of the year, the Suncast Vista swing set is sometimes not available. So click here if you want to do a quick check now, just in case.


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Key Features of the Suncast Vista WRP7000D playset

  • Clubhouse on two levels
  • The ground level playhouse has a real door, with a magnetic catch.
  • The upper level clubhouse is enclosed and makes a great hideway.
  • The roof is 64 inches high at the tallest point, high enough for most kids to stand upright.
  • Store counter on the ground floor - a great setting for all kinds of play
  • Upper level play platform and play house; both with roofs
  • Two-level deck - approx 51in and 59in off the ground - for variety and extra play space
  • Swing set bar (7 feet high).
  • Two swings
  • Trapeze bar with rings
  • 7-foot slide - attaches to the lower deck level (51in)
  • Ladder - slightly arched and with flat wooden steps, easier for little ones to climb than rungs
  • Rock wall with climbing rope - again slightly arched
  • The climbing wall, slide and ladder positions are interchangeable, so there's flexibility in the set-up of this playset.
  • This play set meets all ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards.
  • Weight limit per child: 120lb
  • Up to 9 children can play on Suncast Vista at a time.

What Materials are Used?

This playset is constructed of a combination of wood and resin (plastic). The frame is wooden (Chinese cedar) and all of the parts that children will be touching are made of plastic, so there is no danger of wood splinters.

The swing chains have a rubber coating so no chance of little fingers getting pinched.

How Big is This Playset?

The footprint of the Suncast Vista can vary, depending on whether you have the slide going off the end or the front of the playset.

According to the manual, the footprint, with the slide positioned at the end, is 21ft 5in long x 10ft 7in wide (and 10ft 5in high).

In addition to that, you need to leave a 6-foot-wide space all around the perimeter, for safety. I calculate that to be an area about 33 1/2 ft x 22 1/2ft.

Confusingly, the instructions for the set say that you need a 31ft 4in x 28ft "Obstacle Free Safety Zone" with the slide installed at the end. This doesn't make sense to me. Not sure wherer the error lies - but the footprint will vary depending on the configuration you choose for assembly.

One report says that the 7-foot slide extends 5ft 7in out from the base of the playset. This means that if you install the playset with the slide coming out the front, it would be a little over 16 ft (194in) long and probably more than 8 feet wide, at least where the slide is positioned.

Delivery - What Arrives?

The playset is listed as weighing 623 pounds. It comes packed in several boxes, the heaviest of which is about 100 pounds.

All the structural components, both wood and resin, and all the hardware necessary for assembly are included.

A couple of Amazon reviewers reported that pieces were missing when delivered. Suncast has an 800 number to call to obtain missing parts.

Ground anchors are also included, although one Amazon reviewer said he felt they were inadequate, and he supplemented with several 18in ground screws.

The Assembly Process

It's likely to take about 14-20 hours for two people to assemble. A lot depends on the skill and expertise of the individuals.

The swing set comes with a 92-page manual, which includes detailed, step-by-step assembly instructions, which indicate which tool is needed for each step.

It does come with anchors to be driven into the ground once the playset is assembled. If you live in an area with high winds, you might want to consider additional anchors. One parent reported using 18-inch ground screws for extra security.

  • In addition to the allen wrenches, which are included in the box, the following tools are needed for assembly:
  • Power Drill with 1/8" & 1/4" drill bits
  • Ratchet Socket wrench with 9/16" and 7/16" sockets
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Adjustable wrench
  • 9/16" Wrench
  • Phillips head screwdriver (power-driven advised)
  • Step Ladder
  • Pencil!
  • Safety Glasses
  • Gloves

Maintenance

This playset requires little maintenance compared with all-wood sets. The manual does list a few things that should be checked regularly, such making sure nuts and bolts haven't loosened. It also recommends lubricating all metallic moving parts with oil or a lubricant such as WD-40.

Apply a sealant (and color stain, if you choose) periodically to the wooden parts to maintain protection from the elements.

The plastic surfaces can be washed with soap and water, but stiff brushes or scrubbers should not be used, as they can damage the plastic resin.

The chains on the swing and trapeze/rings are rubber coated. The manual does recommend removing the plastic swing seats in cold weather, but they do not specify what temperature this means.

Warranty Information

The warranty for this product does not extend beyond the date of purchase. Meaning that, if there are missing or defective parts when the shipment arrives, Suncast will of course replace them. But but once the play set is assembled, there is no warranty coverage. So you have to decide if you're willing to purchase on that basis.

Summary of Pros

  • Bullet Point 1
  • More than 80% 4- or 5-star reviews on Amazon
  • Plastic Resin Touch Points
  • Good combination of wood and resin
  • Flexible layout options
  • Two clubhouse areas
  • Sturdy brackets for swings and swing beam

Summary of Cons

  • No forward warranty.
  • Short, 7ft, slide (this may be a plus point if your children are very young).
  • Magnetic closure on clubhouse, some say it's not strong enough and can blow open in strong wind. But I think this could be an advantage for little kids. You don't want it too strong, or they won't be able to open the door.

Verdict & Buying Options

This play set is well-built and versatile, and can accommodate neighbors' children as well as your own! It's a great way to encourage outdoor free play and offers opportunities for social interaction as well as physical activity. It should provide years of outdoor play for children up to 10 years old - if you're able to get hold of a set.

Check current availability on Amazon here.

Suggestions for Alternatives

If you find the Suncast Vista playset isn't available - which would be a real shame - these alternatives might be worth checking out:

Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure playset

Lifetime Adventure Tower playset

Congo Monkey Playsystem #1

Lifetime Adventure Tower Playset [link to amazon]

Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure Playset [link to my review]

Congo Monkey Playsystem #1 [link to amazon]

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