Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve covered the best lawn chairs, backyard pools, beach chairs, outdoor games, and design-expert-recommended outdoor furniture, here we’re zeroing in on the best porch and patio swings on Amazon, according to the people. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best wooden porch swings
“We ordered this swing to replace one that had been on the front porch of our Rocky Mountain cabin for 40 years. My husband was skeptical — thought the old one still sufficed — but he thanked me for ordering this once we had it in place. It was easy to put together, is amazingly sturdy as well as comfortable, and the cup holders are a great addition. We love sitting on our swing each night, looking out over the beautiful mountain vista, and recounting the day’s activities!”
“In 20 years we have purchased three porch swings from our local store. This year we decided to try buying one online. We could not be happier with the quality and beauty of this swing. Everyone who comes to our home compliments us on its quality and craftsmanship. It was very easy to assemble and we know it will outlast the other three swings put together.”
“We purchased this swing to hang under a deck in our backyard. We wanted something that would be a bit less bland than an unfinished, basically square, sort of ‘blah’ swing. I liked the natural wood look of this item and the way there’s a bit more of a handcrafted look to the back of the swing. The parts were packaged very well and effectively. I found the box on the porch and discovered that it wasn’t so heavy that I couldn’t drag it into the house by myself. Our two high school-aged boys actually took the swing out of the box and put it together. That’s how simple the instructions were. They also had it installed and attached to the underside of our second-story deck within a short period of time. In our case, the swing was installed with all of the hardware included in the box. I love the feel and look of the wood. We may purchase a cushion for the summer months, but so far we have found that the seat is very comfortable with no additional padding needed. We love this swing!”
“This thing is a horse! I put it together and hung it all by my 67-year-old self, though it would have been a lot easier with another person helping. Very heavy and very solidly built. It’s rustic, with the various pieces having natural cracks and rough spots, so Martha Stewart probably wouldn’t be interested, but I love it and everyone who has visited my porch has commented favorably. I love the solid wood uprights, which are so much nicer than holding onto a chain. This swing holds a whole generation of grandkids. The directions were, um, minimal, to say the least, but the assembly is intuitive. It has the heft and hardware of something that will last until those grandkids have kids of their own.”
“This swing is just plain outstanding. The packaging was unbelievably good — it could not possibly have been damaged in shipment unless a truck ran over it. The instructions for assembly are excellent — it took me about an hour and a half to put it up. What really impressed me was the quality of the swing itself. It came partially assembled and those partially assembled pieces fit together just like they should, which is unlike some of the other junk I have bought. As an added bonus, it is made from recycled materials by Amish craftsmen right here in the United States (Pennsylvania). And, lastly, it is beautiful. Those craftsmen obviously care about their work; there is simply nothing to criticize. I am sure this swing will still be swinging long after I am gone.”
“Oh, I am a child again. This swing is a high-end front porch swing. Very comfortable. We anchored our swing so that I — and our future grandchildren — can swing high and fast. This has added a friendly appeal to our front porch. You cannot go wrong with it. So strong and so much fun and I am 59 years young.”
Best metal porch swings
“This is the best hanging patio swing I have purchased and I was able to put it together without any issue. I was swinging in it approximately 20 minutes after putting it together. Nice quality, color, and it adds so much to the back of my yard under the walkout deck. I would highly recommend it and would definitely purchase it again. Nice price, too.”
“My granddaddy built my brother a swing in my parents’ backyard when my brother was a little boy. When my parents passed away, I had the swing moved to my backyard. For my birthday I asked my husband and sons to remodel the swing for me, but I wanted a porch swing put in its frame. They sanded away all of the rust and repainted the iron frame and had me pick out a porch swing for them to install. I looked everywhere and found this metal patio swing and decided to give it a try. I could not be happier with it. It is a beautiful swing! It has an oiled bronze-like finish and kind of an antique look, so I do not think it needs paint at all. It is nice and heavy, sturdy and well-constructed, and I believe will last for a very long time. Plus, it is really comfortable.”
“I cannot tell you how many people have complimented us on this swing! We used to have a wooden swing and got tired of it weathering and the constant repairs. This swing hangs on a large tree in our front yard. It’s been out there for a year and has shown NO signs of wear (even surviving the sprinkler system and all kinds of weather). We LOVE this swing and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone!”
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