Re: Help me pick new playset
I strongly suggest you go ahead and put down at least a 6" layer of cedar shavings/chips. No matter how soft you think your ground is a 6-10 food fall is dangerous.
We had our backyard leveled and a huge mountain of chips put in then we built the structure. We ended up with the one from Costco, features, wood, price all played into it. We almost went with the Gorilla that's shown in #1. It's about 1000lbs shipped weight -- where as the other one you have listed is only 800 - if they are close to features then they should weigh the same if like lumber is used. Also avoid the playset that use plastic coated/sheilded timibers -- they can rot from the inside and you won't be able to see until it compromises the structure.
Wife to Lee since 8/95 and mom to Eryn 9/03 & Emily 1/06