Polywood Porch Swing Reviews and Information

Poly lumber is an outstanding material for outdoor furniture. It is virtually indestructible, and requires no maintenance other than occasional cleaning. While these pieces are usually quite expensive, they will last a lifetime! After researching several of the best recycled wood porch swings, we have determined that the Vinyard 60″ porch swing by Polywood is the best polywood porch swing available. Covered under a 20 year warranty, and featuring an attractive modern design that will blend with virtually any decor, this three-person bench is guaranteed to be a hit on your porch! Environmentally friendly and beautiful, the Vinyard porch swing is an outstanding choice for a polywood porch swing.

So grab a cold drink and sway quietly in the breeze on the Vinyard porch swing.

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


Runner Up: Best Budget Polywood Porch Swing

The Highwood Lehigh porch swing is a great alternative to the Polywood Vinyard porch swing. It is available in two sizes (48″ and 60″) and while perhaps a little less modern looking than the Vinyard bench, it is stylish and comfortable. The 48″ is great for two people to lounge on, and the 60″ is perfect for up to three people. With several colors to choose from, and protected under a 12 year warranty, the Highwood Lehigh porch swing collection is an excellent investment, and will deliver fond memories of relaxation and warm summer evenings for years to come!

For a complete review of the Highwood Lehigh porch swing, please see below.

Polywood Porch Swing Buyer’s Guide

In this section we give context to the various aspects of the poly wood material, and its advantages and disadvantages.

Why HDPE Poly wood lumber?

HDPE (high density polyethylene) lumber has slowly taken the outdoor furniture and porch/patio wood industry by storm. With a look very much like wood, but with many advantages, polywood frequently makes sense for many buyers.

This material goes by many names, and is synonymous with a few brand names. Commonly called Trex, polywood, or poly wood, HDPE lumber is made the same way, regardless of manufacturer.

Here are some of the main features of polywood:

Rot Proof

HDPE recycled plastic wood is rot proof, and can be left in ground contact without concern.

UV-Resistant

Most polywood is UV-resistant, and will not fade in the sun. Some types of HDPE may fade over time, but for the most part these materials are color fast.

Paint/Stain Free

When polywood is manufactured, the color is blended with the material, and is part of the material itself. If scratched, the color cannot come off, unlike painted or stained wood. Consequently, there is no need to paint or otherwise stain HDPE polywood lumber.

Wood-Like Look

Unlike a lot of cheaper vinyl and plastic materials, HDPE polywood plastic tends to have a matte finish. Cheaper vinyl and plastic materials are often shiny, and scream fake wood. High quality recycled HDPE polywood looks much more like real wood, and typically does not have a gloss.

Easy to Clean

Typically poly lumber can be cleaned with an occasional hose-down with water. For persistent stains, use a mild detergent and a scrub brush or abrasive sponge and stains will come right out. If you have a pressure washer, you’ll be able to clean your furniture in no time.

Environmentally Friendly

Made of recycled plastic, polywood is an environmentally friendly material that has the look of wood, with the resilience of non-degradable plastic. It offers the best of all worlds in terms of sustainability and environmental consciousness.

Often polywood furniture is sold at a pretty significant premium to traditional wood, and it may seem that polywood is quite a bit more expensive than wood. However, that wood may only last 10 years and require regular maintenance, while polywood should keep going for years and years with no maintenace. The long term cost of polywood may well be lower than that of traditional lumber.

Polywood Porch Swing Product Reviews

In this section we look at four of the best polywood HDPE lumber porch swings, and compare and contrast them. If you want to compare to some traditional wooden swings, see our article on teak porch swings to compare!


POLYWOOD Vineyard 60″ Porch Swing

Vineyard Polywood Porch Swing 5', White

Vineyard Polywood Porch Swing 5′, White

The Polywood Vinyard 60″ porch swing has a simple, classic shape, and will look stylish on the balcony, on the porch, or under the pergola.

Made from environmentally-friendly recycled HDPE plastic and available in six colors, this porch swing is maintenance free and quite attractive.

Dimensions

Polywood Vinyard Swing Dimensions

  • Length: 60″
  • Width: 24″
  • Height: 23.5″
  • Weight: 55lbs
  • Weight Capacity: 600lbs (3 people)

Basic Features

  • HDPE Resin Plastic construction
  • Commercial-grade stainless steel hardware
  • Made in the USA
  • Includes four 5′ zinc chains with some mounting hardware
  • 20 year warranty

The Details

The Polywood Vinyard porch swing has a modern, mission style look that will go with virtually any decor. It is designed to fit up to 3 people, and 600lbs of weight. However, be sure to check that the medium you’re fastening to, and the mounting brackets you use, will be able to support the weight you’re planning to put on the swing.

This swing is made of HDPE plastic, and won’t rot, warp, crack, or fade. HDPE is one of the highest quality outdoor materials out there, and though you pay a premium for a porch swing made with this material, it will last for decades, and you won’t need to paint or otherwise maintain it!

Polywood covers the Vinyard porch swing under a 20 year warranty, which is great.

If you want to get a cushion for the 60″ Vinyard porch swing, you’ll want a 55″ x 17.5″ cushion. You don’t absolutely need a cushion, as the Polywood bench is pretty comfortable, but a cushion will definitely make it more usable for long term sitting.

Assembly and Installation

The Polywood Vinyard 60″ porch swing does need to be assembled, and some have found problems with holes not lining up, etc. The basic panels arrive flat-packed, and you have to bolt them together with the included hardware. We strongly encourage you to get every bolt “started” on the porch swing, and then go back around and tighten each one until you’re complete. If you skip this step, you may find that some holes are out of alignment.

Included in the package is four 5′ zinc chains and mounting hardware to attach the chains to the porch swing. You’ll still need to get mounting brackets to mount to your porch ceiling, or whatever you plan to mount to.

The Bottom Line

The Polywood vinyard porch swing is an excellent choice for an outdoor swing that should last a lifetime. With simple lines, attractive colors, and an outstanding warranty, your porch will be the envy of the neighborhood with the Vinyard 60″ bench installed on it!


Highwood Lehigh Porch Swing

Highwood Lehigh Porch Swing 4 feet, Whitewash

Highwood Lehigh Porch Swing 4 feet, Whitewash

Highwood makes some outstanding polywood outdoor furniture, and their Lehigh collection of porch swings is no exception.

With two sizes to choose from (4′ and 5′) and seven color choices, you can tailor the porch swing exactly to your design needs and space requirements.

Dimensions

  • Length: 52″ or 64″
  • Width: 24″
  • Height: 22″
  • Weight: 38 or 44lbs
  • Weight Capacity: 500lbs

Basic Features

  • HDPE Resin Plastic construction
  • Commercial-grade stainless steel hardware
  • Made in the USA
  • Includes two zinc-plated steel chains with some mounting hardware
  • 12 year residential/2 year commercial warranty

Here is a quick video showcasing some of the significant features of the Highwood Lehigh porch swing.

The Details

The design on the Highwood Lehigh porch swing is a little less modern and clean than some of the other models on our list, but is quite warm and approachable. It is made with HDPE recycled plastic, and is finished to a very high quality wood-look with a natural wood grain. Even in hot sun, this porch swing does not typically get hot to the touch.

The HDPE plastic is maintenance-free, and is warp resistant, rot proof, crack-proof, and does not need painting or staining. A quick hose down and maybe some occasional soap and water, and your Highwood Lehigh porch will look good for years to come!

The hardware is 304 grade stainless steel, and should not rust or degrade in the elements. You are safe to leave this porch swing outside year round!

The Highwood Lehigh porch swing is covered under a 12 year warranty for residential users, and under a 2 year warranty for commercial users. While not the best warranty available, it is a good guarantee, and will bring comfort to those who purchase the Lehigh swing.

There are no cushions on this porch swing bench, but they really aren’t necessary, as the porch swing is quite comfortable.

Assembly and Installation

Assembly is pretty easy, as the panels are already assembled, and you’re just attaching them together. This unit typically takes about 15-20 minutes to put together. It’s easier to get the bolts partially tightened all around, and then make a second pass getting them fully secured. If you fully tighten them from the get-go, you may find alignment issues that you won’t run into if you partially tighten, and then go back to complete assembly.

Included in the package are zinc-coated stainless steel chains to mount this bench swing to whatever ceiling material you choose. Two of the chains are 24″, and two are 83″. You can adjust the angle and position of the porch swing easily with these chains.

To mount the porch swing to the roof, you will need some sort of mounting bracket.

The Bottom Line

The Highwood Lehigh collection of patio swings is a very nice setup at an attractive price. With a solid warranty and beautiful materials, this charming porch swing is an excellent choice!

Trex Outdoor Furniture Yacht Club Swing

Trex Outdoor Furniture Yacht Club Swing

Trex Outdoor Furniture Yacht Club Swing

The Trex Outdoor Furniture Yacht Club swing has a marginally-pretentious name, but is a very nice HDPE porch bench swing with an elegant look, and a good deal of style.

With five color choices, the Trex Yacht Club patio swing will look great at the Yacht Club, on the porch, or in the back yard.

Dimensions

Trex Outdoor Furniture Yacht Club Swing Dimensions

  • Length: 58.25″
  • Width: 25″
  • Height: 24″
  • Weight: 56 lbs
  • Weight Capacity: 500lbs

Basic Features

  • HDPE Resin Plastic construction
  • Marine-grade stainless steel hardware
  • Made in the USA
  • Includes chain kit
  • 20 year residential/1 year commercial warranty

The Details

Trex Outdoor Furniture Yacht Club Swing, Charcoal Black

Trex Outdoor Furniture Yacht Club Swing, Charcoal Black

The Trex Yacht Club bench is one of the finest polywood benches on our list. Trex is probably the most famous name in HDPE materials, and trex is used all over the world on decks, porches, and balconies. Their furniture lines are made with the same quality recycled milk jug lumber that is found in their home construction materials.

The HDPE resin material is maintenance-free, and is built to withstand heat, cold, and sun. It will not rot, fade, crack, or splinter, and it does not need to be painted.

Note: beware that the dimensions listed on the Amazon link are incorrect, and the dimensions shown here are correct. The image above shows the actual dimensions of the Trex Yacht Club porch swing. Should you decide you want to get a cushion for this bench, the seating area is 55″ x 17.5″, not 45″ as shown by Amazon.

Assembly and Installation

Assembly of the Trex Yacht Club porch swing takes about 30-45 minutes, and is not terribly difficult. The chains are included, but you’ll need to get some mounting hardware to complete the installation.

Like all polywood furniture, it’s best to get all of the bolts partially installed, and then go back and screw them all tightly, so as to avoid misaligned holes. Though this may seem like an extra step, it will save you frustration in the long run if you find that holes are not properly lining up.

The Bottom Line

The Trex Outdoor Furniture porch swing is a nice swing at a premium price, with a big brand name behind it. It is an excellent quality choice, and will almost certainly last a lifetime assuming it’s properly used. If you like the style, the Trex Yacht Club swing is an excellent choice, however be aware that it is priced at a premium.


POLYWOOD NS48SA Nautical 48″ Swing, Sand

POLYWOOD NS48SA Nautical 48 Inch Swing, Sand

POLYWOOD NS48SA Nautical 48 Inch Swing, Sand

The Polywood Nautical 48″ Swing is an elegant 48″ porch swing with a similar look to the Trex Yacht Club swing in design, but has a more comfortable, contoured back that makes long term sitting much better.

Available in 7 color choices, the Polywood Nautical porch swing is robust, maintenance free, and would be an excellent addition to any backyard or front porch space.

Dimensions

POLYWOOD NS48SA Nautical Swing Dimensions

  • Length: 51.75″
  • Width: 25″
  • Height: 24 3/4″
  • Weight: 61 lbs
  • Weight Capacity: 500lbs

Basic Features

  • HDPE Plastic Resin construction
  • Marine-grade stainless steel hardware
  • Made in the USA
  • Includes chain kit
  • 20 year residential/1 year commercial warranty

The Details

The Polywood Nautical porch swing is a nice porch swing that will look great in virtually any design environment. It is gracefully contoured for comfort, and is one of the most comfortable benches to sit in around. If you’re 5’2″ or 6′ 2″, this bench will be comfortable to sit on!

The materials for the Nautical porch swing are splinter and fracture-resistant, rot proof, and won’t chip or crack. It never needs to be painted, and cleaning is as easy as washing with soap and water every so often. The Polywood Nautical bench is as maintenance free as it gets.

The attachment hardware and fasteners are made of steel, and should be rust proof. Some buyers have reported missing or incorrect hardware, so if you find any issues with the hardware when you unpack the boxes upon receipt, contact Polywood immediately for the replacement hardware (or just run to the hardware store).

Assembly and Installation

Assembly is fairly straightforward, as all of the main panels come pre-assembled. As with all of these swings, it’s easier to get each bolt started and then finish tightening them in a second round, rather than fully tightening the bolts as you go. By doing it in two rounds, you limit the alignment issues, and (hopefully) will avoid needing to drill holes to get everything together properly.

The Polywood Nautical porch swing comes with all chain and connection hardware to get the chair up, with the exception of the mounting hardware to attach the chain to the ceiling. We recommend spring style mounting hardware for maximum comfort and utility.

The Bottom Line

The Polywood Nautical swing is attractive enough, and inviting enough that it will have the neighbors coming by and asking where you got it! This swing is covered under an outstanding warranty, and are quite comfortable regardless of whether there is a bench cushion or not. The Polywood Nautical swing is an excellent choice for a patio bench swing, and will be the last swing you ever purchase!


 

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