Updated: June 8, 2015

Porch Swing Reviews:

If you are lucky enough to have a front porch or back porch at your house, you can own a porch swing and enjoy the warm evenings. Porch swings, although meant for porches, are often found hanging in backyards under awnings and some porch swings are stand alone varieties that can sit on your lawn if you wish with canopies that cover your head and protect you from the elements. The porch swings that sit in your yard often have a cushioned seat and a 'glider' aspect that allows you to move back and forth (like a swinging motion). There are also hanging chairs which resemble porch swings and are attached to overhangs, awnings and arbors. The real question is which type of porch swing is best for you and your home. We have put together a buying guide for porch swings down below along with several products reviews to give you an idea of which models are selling the best and are the most popular.


Buying Guide - You first need to consider if you have space on your porch or deck area for a swing. Most porch swings are 4 to 5 feet in width meaning they should fit any standard porch area. For material, you are looking at wood, painted wood, resin wicker, plastic, and metal. Some of the most beautiful porch swings are made with red cedar, mahogany, or durable oak. Unfinished wood porch swings have a classic or rustic appearance while the painted white porch swings are really nice as well. The wooden porch swings often come with a stain finish which helps them last longer. You will find most of the porch swings have straight bench seating while others offer a more contoured seat. The ones that hang from your porch or an awning come with hanging chains and hooks. You will have to assemble the porch swings yourself (in most situations) but assembly is quick and simple (easy for DIYs). The glider swings are a little more expensive than the traditional porch swings and require a touch more assemble. You will also want any outdoor glider you purchase to be made with rot resistant wood like cedar since they will be open to harsh weather in your yard. The canopy styled yard swings or porch swings have a cushioned seat which makes them very comfortable and many are made with spun polyester making them easy to clean and keep up. The one caveat we have heard with the canopy porch swing style is that high winds can sweep these swings off the ground and into the air causing severe damage. If you happen to live in an area that does get windy, consider bolting the swing to the ground or avoiding a yard swing with canopy and sticking with a porch swing that is more protected from the weather. Most porch swings are between $150 to $200 and the cushioned, canopy swings are $100 to $200. The outdoor gliders are pretty much standard at about $250 to $300. Some of the canopy swings actual recline all the way back and give you a swinging bed if you wish. Depending on the size of the people on the swing, they are made for 2 to 3 persons and most will give you a weight capacity. Look for framework that is sturdy, materials that are weather resistant, and quality hardware which will last you years. We found the best selection online at Porchswings.com plus they offer real customer reviews with great feedback on the different styles they offer. Amazon.com carries several varities of yard and porch swings with consumer opinions as well. For some gorgeous teak porch swings, go to Arthurlauer.com to see their outdoor living collection. We have tried to list the most popular and best selling porch swings, yard swings, and outdoor gliders down below. You can browse the most popular porch swings online here.

Best Porch Swing:

It's hard to say which porch swing is truly the best since they all offer something different, but after reading dozens of reviews online we say the Cedar Porch Swing ($175) wins top prize. You can get it in 4 or 5 foot lengths and the kiln dried Western Red Cedar construction help make it look great on any porch. The double-dipped, oil stain finish adds to its luster. The contoured seat makes for comfortable swinging and owners have only praise for this top ranked porch swing. We found several user reviews that say they own 2 of these swings (front and back porches). Assembly and hanging are easy and the swing will be the highlight of any yard. You will find this particular product on Porchswings.com and be sure to read all the reviews that are posted for this product.

Cushioned Yard Swing:

We recently visited our local Lowes home improvement store to see what they offer in terms of yard swings. We found the Freeport 3-Person Cushioned Swing ($148) which offers a heavy-duty steel frame (durability), rust-resistant powder-coated finish, UV protected poly olefin fabric which will help this swing last, and a cushioned seat for added comfort. There is a 1 year limited warranty on the cushion and frame. This canopy style yard swing seats 3 comfortably and provides protection from the sun or rain with a large canopy over the top. Another option is buying the Ginger Cove Canopy Swing & Stand Set ($200) on the Porchswings.com website. Reviews are somewhat positive, although many of the owners do mention that the wind can wreak havoc on your canopy swing. If you do live in a region that gets gusty winds, try placing your swing in a protected area of the yard so that the wind can't effect it so much. RECOMMENDED - See all the top rated cushioned porch swings here.


Outdoor Glider:

Outdoor gliders make a great accent piece in any yard or garden. They are totally comfortable and provide a gentle swaying motion like a swing. You can put them on your lawn, on the porch or patio, even in your garage. Gliders come in many styles like apsen, mission, wicker, and adirondack. Choose from padded seats, rounded backs, and natural wood or painted finishes. The one big advantage to an outdoor glider is that you can move it anywhere in your yard without much hassle. That is something that porch swings are incapable of doing since they are pretty much bolted to the porch from above. One of the best selling gliders on the Porchswings.com site is the 5-Foot Cedar Mission Glider ($300) which features a double-dipped oil stain finish giving it a natural and refined look. It's made with Western redwood cedar that is rot resistant. The hardware is zinc plated and assemble takes about 1 hour. Again, because this glider is lightweight enough, you can move it around your yard to avoid the sun or shade. The weight capacity is 500 pounds and the contoured seat will put you to sleep when rocking. Reviewers say this patio glider "looks great", has "good value", and fits great in any part of your yard. RECOMMENDED - Browse the most popular glider porch swings here.

Wicker Porch Swing:

Wicker porch swings are beautiful, but expensive. We found several that are $400 or more and made with all-weather resin wicker. The Sahara Wicker 4ft Porch Swing ($400) is a top rated model on Porchswings.com with a nice design. Owners say this porch swing is durable, attractive, and easy to assemble. Several consumers say this classic swing goes great on the front porch of their Victorian styled homes. Wickerparadise.com is another site dedicated to wicker furniture and they too carry wicker swings.