Amish Porch Swings! Reviews and Information

Amish Porch Swings are renowned for their quality and hand-made craftsmanship. There are many different porch swings out there, from teak porch swings to polywood swings. But Amish swings are differentiated by their classic hand made designs.  We have taken a close look at several of the top Amish swing benches on the market, and have picked five swings from three manufacturers to look at today. We have determined that the Cafe 5′ porch swing option is the best out of the bunch. It starts right from the beginning – the seamless craftsmanship should ensure that holes line up well during assembly; speaking of which, it is rather easy to assemble. After that, the contoured roll-back design helps give it top notches in comfort. The 5’ option comes already finished, and should provide plenty of room, as well as having a capacity of 800 pounds, which is great for those who want to fit two or three on the bench. These benches are made of pressure treated pine that has been pre-treated with a soy based cedar stain. This stain looks quite nice, and finishes off the bench swing in a very stylish way.

For a complete review of this porch swing, please see our Product Reviews below.

Runner Up Amish Porch Swing

A close runner up to the Cafe porch swing is the 5′ Amish made Porch Swing by Porchgate. This Amish made porch swing boasts a very unique feature: a fold-able cup holder and armrest in the middle of the swing, which can easily be used or folded up at will. Its seamless design means that it doesn’t stick out while not in use, resulting in very clean lines. Like Cafe’s porch swings, it is easily assembled and looks great, with the option of having no finish or picking from a few different finishes. While also having a comfortable rollback design, the pressure treated pine that it is made from can be disadvantageous at times. Pressure treated pine typically has a life of 10-15 years since it is more prone to the environment and damage, while cedar can naturally last up to 25 years or more. This is overall a solid option nevertheless.

For a complete review of this Amish swing bench, please see our Product Reviews below.

Product Review: Amish Porch Swings

In this section we look closely at several different options, discussing the pros and cons of each Amish porch swing.

Amish Heavy Duty 800 Lb Roll Back 4ft. Treated Porch Swing With Cupholders

Amish Heavy Duty 800 lb Roll Back 4 Ft Porch Swing

Amish Heavy Duty 800 lb Roll Back 4 Ft Porch Swing

It is important to note here that we will be discussing two slightly different Amish Porch Swings made by Cafe. The primary differences being their weight, finish, and how wide they are. We’ll begin with the smaller, unfinished version first before heading into the larger version.

Basic Features

  • Made of pressure treated pine that underwent a kiln drying process
  • Contoured rollback design; 1 cup holder on each side of the swing
  • Made in the USA
  • Slats are routered to prevent sharp edges
  • Unfinished, natural look
  • Can hold up to 800lbs

Dimensions and Specs

  • Swing dimensions: 51″ x 21″ x 21″
  • Seat dimensions: 58″ x 19″ x 19″
  • Weight: 52 pounds
  • Cupholders: add an additional 9 inches to the width at the widest point
  • Chain: included; recommended for standard 8 foot ceiling. Seller offers additional chain if needed to accommodate a higher ceiling

The Details

Aesthetically, this Amish made porch swing is unfinished and boasts a 4’ wide seating arrangement, with cup holders on either side. A lot of people prefer to give this specific porch swing a finish before sending it out in the elements in order to help preserve a long life, although that may not be necessary. The benefit of this is if you are a do-it-yourself kind of person, you can choose the type of stain and color you give it, adding a more unique flair to it.

This Amish Porch Swing comes with a chain capable of hanging from the standard 8 foot ceiling. You’ll need porch swing hangers and springs, but otherwise this porch swing is pretty well ready to go once you get it. However, there is a bit of assembly required, and you will need your own wrench and screwdriver. For those that have a higher ceiling, Cafe gives the option to purchase more chain to accommodate the additional length.

Functionally speaking, Cafe’s 4 foot porch swing is well built, sturdy, and comfortable. Once you get it assembled and set up, you should be able notice relatively quickly the excellent craftsmanship this swing boasts. It should be noted that compared to the swings we are about to review, the 4’ and 5’ option from Cafe are relatively easy to assemble. It is handcrafted in Pennsylvania, giving it its strong feel.

The Bottom Line

This is one of the best Amish porch swings out there, hands down. Its craftsmanship, perhaps the most important factor of whether a porch swing is worthy or not, is top of the line. Given its relatively easy assembly and the ability to keep it unfinished or choose what you want to do, we highly recommend this porch swing from Cafe. Next, we’ll be looking at Cafe’s 5’ option, which is better if you want more space. It also comes pre-finished, unlike this one, so some will find a benefit in being able to choose the color and type of finish themselves.


Amish Heavy Duty 800 Lb Roll Back 5ft. Treated Porch Swing With Cupholders – Cedar Stain

Cafe Heavy Duty 800 lb Roll Back 5 Ft Amish Porch Swings

Cafe Heavy Duty 800 lb Roll Back 5 Ft Amish Porch Swings

This is almost the same porch swing as the one we just discussed, with a few differences. Read on to learn which one might be better for you.

Basic Features

  • Pressure Treated pine that underwent a kiln drying process
  • Contoured rollback design; 1 cup holder on each side of the swing
  • Made in the USA
  • Slats are routered to prevent sharp edges
  • Cedar tone finish
  • Can hold up to 800lbs

Dimensions and Specs

  • Swing dimensions: 51″ x 21″ x 21″
  • Seat dimensions: 58″ x 19″ x 19″
  • Weight: 52 pounds
  • Cupholders: add an additional 9 inches to the width at the widest point
  • Chain: included; recommended for standard 8 foot ceiling. Seller offers additional chain if needed to accommodate a higher ceiling

The Details

Cafe 5' Porch Swing, the Best Amish Porch Swings available

Cafe 5′ Porch Swing, the Best Amish Porch Swings available

Comparing this to the Amish made porch swing we just reviewed from Cafe, this one is pretty much identical with  two noticeable differences. The first major difference when comparing the two is that this one arrive already finished with a light cedar wood tone. The cedar finish is simple and fitting, and should allow this to blend into any setting. The second significant difference is the length of the bench. This swing is slightly longer in length, boasting a total width of 5’ instead of 4’. This might be more fitting for those who may have a few children who additionally may enjoy it, but keep in mind, it still has a recommended 800lb maximum even with the greater length.

Since the manufacturer has noted no differences other than the extra length and the finish, it is safe to assume that you can make your choice on either of these factors.

The Bottom Line

These Porch Swings are the best Amish Porch Swings on our list, and are likely more useful than the 4′ swing for most buyers. The Cafe 5′ model can accommodate three people (probably two adults and one child) and is a little more practical than the four foot length, unless your space has significant dimensional requirements. This version is slightly more expensive, which is unsurprising given the additional length and finish. Otherwise you should expect the same level of comfort, quality, and craftsmanship that the 4’, unfinished version boasts: top notch in all three categories.


Kilmer Creek Natural Cedar Porch Swing, Amish Crafted – Includes Chain & Springs (4′ Version)

Kilmer Creek 4' Natural Cedar Amish Porch Swing

Kilmer Creek 4′ Natural Cedar Amish Porch Swing

Similar to the two swings we just reviewed from Cafe, Kilmer Creek puts out a porch swing which comes in multiple lengths – 4’ and 5’. Beyond the length, there doesn’t seem to be any noticeable difference when it comes to the functionality, finish, or other design factors of the swings, so they will be reviewed as one. As with the porch swings made from Cafe, the 5’ option does cost slightly more.

Basic Features

  • Made from Western red cedar, also known as “thuja plicata” or Pacific red cedar
  • Western red cedar is more resistant to natural interactions like rot, decay, and insects than other types of cedar
  • Ships with pre-assembled components
  • Unfinished – can leave as is or apply your own finish

Dimensions and Specs

We will list the dimensions and specs for both the 4’ and 5’ version, as they are the only differentiating factors between the two.

Kilmer Creek 4’ Option:
  • Overall size: 50 x 23  x 27 inches
  • Seat Dimension: 18 inches deep, 46 inches wide
  • Weight: 42 pounds
  • Chain height: made for 8’ ceilings
  • Weight capacity: 550 pounds
Kilmer Creek 5’ Option:
  • Overall size: 62 x 23 x 27 inches
  • Seat Dimension: 18 inches deep, 46 inches wide
  • Weight: 53 pounds
  • Chain height: made for 8’ ceilings
  • Weight capacity: 550 pounds

The Details

Kilmer Creek 5' Natural Cedar Amish Porch Swing

Kilmer Creek 5′ Natural Cedar Amish Porch Swing

Kilmer Creek’s swings are best compared to the ones we just reviewed from Cafe. Overall, they function similarly and should boast roughly the same level of comfort, but Cafe edges them out slightly for a few reasons. First, you’ll notice the top of the swing from Cafe has a roll back design, contoured for sitting and comfort. This allows you to just sit back without the annoyance of the top of the swing coming to an end. Similarly, the contoured design at the bottom from Cafe seems more comfortable for one’s legs, resulting in an overall slight step down in comfort compared to the Cafe models.

Kilmer Creek’s Amish Porch Swings don’t offer cup holders, which is an additional downside compared to the Cafe swings. The lack of cup holders may make this a little more useful to those who are really tight on space, the Cafe’s cup holders are a unique feature and are definitely appreciated on a porch swing.

After design, it’s worth looking at assembly since it can be a point of frustration for many people. Unfortunately, the Kilmer Creek has posed some problems on numerous occasions. Among the common are holes not lining up, requiring additional sanding, and pieces not fitting together seamlessly. Even though it comes pre-assembled (which is a plus), these are some common pain points that a lot of buyers point to for reasons that they didn’t rate it as highly as they could have.

Since both the 4’ and 5’ option from Kilmer Creek are unfinished and made of cedar, special care should be given to preserve their life. Giving these bench swings a clear or oil finish will help preserve its longevity against UV rays and natural weather.

Despite the downsides that some face with assembly, and tough competition for porch swings, Kilmer Creek’s natural porch swings are aesthetically pleasing and have a unique design. We personally like the cedar look more than the pressure treated pine — the wood grain is nicer, and cedar tends to stain more nicely than pressure treated pine.  You can bring out various colors of the cedar yourself with different stains, or simply leaving it to the weather, which will slowly convert it into a modest gray.

The Bottom Line

Overall, these swings are quite good porch swings. This line costs slightly less than the options from Cafe, with limited downside: the design isn’t as comfort oriented, and assembly may prove to be more difficult. Also, the maximum weight is significantly lower, at a capacity of 550 pounds. Whether you want the 4’ or 5’ option should again come down to how many people you expect to use the swing and whether or not the extra room would really be needed. The Western Red Cedar it is built with is of superior quality and it is possible to bring out more red or rustic tones with the right finish.


Porchgate Amish Heavy Duty 800 Lb Rollback Console Treated Porch Swing With Hanging Chains (Unfinished)

Porchgate Amish Heavy Duty 800b 5' Porch Swing Folded Down

Porchgate Amish Heavy Duty 800b 5′ Porch Swing Folded Down

Unlike Kilmer Creek and Cafe, we’ll be reviewing a single option from Porchgate today. This porch swing is definitely more unique than the other options, and the photo of the porch swing here reveals the main difference, the interior fold down cup holder!

Basic Features

  • Amish-made in the USA
  • Made of Pressure treated pine, kiln-dried
  • Rollback design on both the top and the bottom
  • Flip-down console in the middle for beverages or arm rest
  • Available in up to 4 different environmentally friendly finishes (or unfinished)

Dimensions and Specs

  • Total swing: 63 x 27 x 21 inches
  • Seat dimensions: 58 x 19 x 19 inches
  • Weight capacity: 800 pounds
  • Total weight of swing: 68 pounds
  • Middle foldable console: 13.5 x 15 inches, with beverage holes being 3 inches wide (2 total)
  • Sufficient chain for 8 foot ceiling

The Details

Porchgate Amish Heavy Duty 800b 5' Porch Swing Folded Up

Porchgate Amish Heavy Duty 800b 5′ Porch Swing Folded Up

Porchgate offers the most unique option of the swings when it comes to design as well as finish. The most notable difference between this swing and others is the middle console, which can fold down or up as you please, allowing for up to two drinks to be placed. The design of this console is seamless: when folded up and not in use, it’s very inconspicuous and one wouldn’t even be able to tell that it is built into the porch swing.

Similarly to Cafe, the design of these Amish Porch Swings features a contoured roll back top and bottom, which should make the bench more comfortable where your legs and upper back extend beyond the structure. The arms of each side are built with an intricate detail in the wood which helps this porch swing maintain its aesthetically pleasing appeal.

Porchgate Amish Heavy Duty 800b 5' Porch Swing White Stain

Porchgate Amish Heavy Duty 800b 5′ Porch Swing White Stain

Porchgate offers multiple finishes, as well as an unfinished option for those who want to customize their look, or to simply leave it to weather naturally.

This porch swing should be as easy to assemble as the one from Cafe, while proving less difficult than Kilmer Creek’s. Once assembled, you should take note of what finish you have in order to proceed to the next step. Unfinished porch swings are more prone to weather and insect damage, and even a light clear coating can help bring out some of the wood’s natural colors while helping preserve it. It is often easier to stain or paint your swing before you assemble it, so consider your finish before you get it all together!

The Bottom Line

This porch swing is perfect for those looking for something unique in their ensemble. Its price is pretty close to that of Cafe’s list, who seems to be its main competitor. Most buyers will find this bench fairly easy to assemble, and it offers superior craftsmanship.

Conclusion

Cafe, Kilmer Creek, and Porchgate all offer respectable porch swings given their price range. What you personally decide on will depend on your personal preferences, such as price, width, weight capacity, finish, and how important other factors are like assembly, type of wood used, and craftsmanship. Kilmer Creek would be the best budget option while if you’re looking for something more sturdy and easier to assemble, either Porchgate or Cafe would be suitable options – depending on whether you prefer the flip down console and cupholders of Porchgate or the more run of the mill porch swing offered by Cafe.

 

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