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The best playground equipment on the market is commercial playground equipment. Commercial playground equipment is what you find at public parks, schools, apartment complexes, campgrounds, daycares, and more. Typically, it is made from heavy-duty materials such as rotationally-molded plastics, recycled plastics, galvanized steel, and other commercial-grade metals. The best playground equipment adheres to the strict safety standards of IPEMA, ASTM, and CPSC, ensuring that all children play safely. This type of equipment is the highest-quality, most durable, and longest-lasting available.

The best playgrounds will feature a diverse selection of play elements. A play system or structure is a great place to start. They often consist of various slides, tunnels, climbers, and panels designed to suit the targeted age group. These act as the centerpiece of the play area and determine how much room you have left for swingsets and independent play items. For those who are short on time and/or money, our collection of Quick Ship structures is a great option. There are also some themed structure play systems, like Castle or Tree House. You can also create an inclusive play space with Fully Accessible structures, perfect for children of all abilities!

Swings are a playground staple available in various styles, sizes, seats, colors, and configurations. Single-post, arch post, bipods, tripods, and cantilevers are the style options for swing sets. Swing sets are one of the most popular playground components; they can be enjoyed by all ages! Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers generally use bucket seats on the swings. The most popular seat option for school-aged children and adults is belt seats. Adaptive and wheelchair seats make your swing set more inclusive because they allow people of all ability levels to enjoy the fun of swings! Another classic option is the tire or nest swing.

Independent play equipment consists of almost everything else on the playground! These freestanding play systems surround the structures, creating several play components! Independent playground equipment is one of the main methods of customizing a play space. Some examples of independent play components include climbers, bouncers, spinners, merry-go-rounds, activity panels, musical instruments, seesaws, and so much more.

Playgrounds should always suit the needs of whichever age group it is servicing. Learn more about the best playground equipment by age below:

Best Playground Equipment for Toddlers

6-23 months - At the infant and toddler stage, little ones are learning to roll over, crawl, walk, and communicate. Age-appropriate equipment will be small, low to the ground, and feature ground-play elements, activity panels, and small slides. The play pieces must challenge children at this developing age while remaining safe and easy to navigate.                                                    


2-5 years - Preschool children are developing more control over their bodies by building sensory, motor, and cognitive skills. This means the preschool playground equipment can feature more advanced elements like steps, climbers, and bigger slides. This age group of children will seek out areas where they can explore, use their imagination, challenge themselves, and enjoy more active play.


Best Playground Equipment for Schools

2-12 years - This age group covers the widest range of ages and needs. It must accommodate preschool and elementary-aged children and allow them to play together safely. Play structures in this category often feature a mixture of ground elements alongside more challenging parts at the highest points, like climbers and larger slides. These children are improving their social, mental, and physical skills.


5-12 years - Playground equipment for elementary-aged children often features the most challenging elements, like climbers. Kids this age are developing more strength, coordination, and body control. Their newly formed senses of balance and agility allow them to try more demanding activities on the playground.


Best Playground Equipment for Adults

13 years - Adult - Adults and teens appreciate fun outdoor experiences: just like kids! Outdoor fitness equipment is the perfect way to elevate a public space to accommodate older people. Combine multiple machines to facilitate a full-body workout and offer beneficial exercise to teens and adults. Finish the playground with site amenities like benches, picnic tables, shades, trash receptacles, dog park amenities, signs, and more to make the play area more complete and comfortable for everyone.