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Get Your Children's Playhouse at Wayfair Today! Hands down, children love playhouses. Every child wants a place to call their own. Whether you are looking for a small log playhouse or a giant Victorian playhouse mansion, there are a number of companies that sell playhouses for your children.

Today's playhouse far surpasses the refrigerator box with a hole cut in it that many of us played in as a child. Modern choices include log homes, condos, cottages, Victorian mansions, and even inflatable playhouses. Playhouses with working windows, lofts, porches, window boxes, bookshelves, and skylights are just some of the features that the modern-day playhouse provides.

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2017

Playhouse Reviews

5 stars
Wayfair

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Cost:

Starting at $299

TopConsumerReviews.com Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award Wayfair offers a very large selection of playhouses to choose from. The playhouses include lots of fun features such as lofts, doors, working windows, and bookshelves. This is a great place to shop for a playhouse for any child.

The Wayfair website is very organized and easy to use. Since Wayfair offers such a large number of playhouses to choose from, they give you several options to help narrow down your search. Some of these options include:

  • Theme (such as Cottage, Victorian, Cabin, and so on)
  • Material (Wood or Plastic)
  • Application (Indoor or Outdoor)
  • Age Group
  • Features (such as Windows, Porch, Slide, and so on)
  • Brand
  • Height
  • Width
  • Depth
  • Gender
  • Color

The Wayfair website also includes helpful links to products such as Kids Wood Playhouses, Play Tents, and Swing Sets.

Here is a sample of the kinds of playhouses you can find at Wayfair:

  • Gingerbread. The Gingerbread playhouse comes complete with front deck, railing, windows, and a chimney.
  • Sara's Victorian Mansion. This Victorian Mansion playhouse features wooden trusses, gingerbread Victorian trim, 17 working windows, a lofted play area, and hardwood flooring.

One of the most compelling aspects of Wayfair is the fact that they offer free shipping on any order above $69. This can be a real money saver, taking into consideration the size and weight of a playhouse order.

The return policy at Wayfair is among the best you'll find anywhere. Returns may be made within 30 days in the same packaging for products in new, unused condition. Items sent with free shipping will have shipping costs deducted from the refund amount. Customers must pay for return shipping. If an item is damaged, they will pay for its return and send you a replacement.

Wayfair has an impressive variety of children's playhouses to choose from. Their prices are very competitive and they offer great customer service. If you're looking for a special playhouse for a child in your life, your search should start at Wayfair. They earn our highest rating.

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3.5 stars
Posh Tots

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Cost:

Starting from $349

Based in Chesapeake, VA, PoshTots seeks to bring together exceptional artisans with parents who will spare no expense to delight their little ones. For more than 10 years, owner and creator Andrea Edmunds has developed PoshTots into the designer of choice for celebrity parents and others across the globe, with a strong commitment to the finest possible craftsmanship.

While there are a handful of "play tents" for $349, the overwhelming majority of the playhouses featured on PoshTots are custom-built and costly. Here are several of the options currently for sale:

  • Piccadilly Playhouse ($4,999) - "inspired by the picturesque cottages of the Cotswalds", with window boxes for flowers and simulated antique plank flooring
  • Duffy's Diner Playhouse ($7,999) - retro 50s style diner with black-and-white simulated tile flooring and a skylight
  • Mediterranean Villa Playhouse ($50,000) - Mexican tile roof, large balcony, designed and built by Alan Mowrer; can be customized to include cable, running water, and more
  • Tumble Outpost ($122,730) - play structure similar to what can be found in public parks and playgrounds, with a two-story main fort, double rock climbing wall, swinging bridge, and turbo tube slide

If you don't find what you're looking for, you can contact a PoshTots design consultant who will connect you with the right person to create the playhouse of your (child's) dreams.

It is unsurprising that there are very few reviews to be had on PoshTots playhouses, but customer feedback with respect to the company in general tend to be positive. For those who were unhappy with some aspect of their experience, it tends to be with respect to shipping and delivery issues, which is not likely to be an issue when working with an extremely large, custom product like a playhouse.

Overall, PoshTots is the place to shop for high-end playhouses. You just need to expect to pay more than at other playhouse stores.

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3 stars
Hayneedle

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Cost:

Starting at $26

Originally started in 2002 as a retailer specializing in hammocks, Nebraska-based Hayneedle now carries millions of home decor and furnishings spanning more than 3,000 brands.

When it comes to playhouses, Hayneedle's selection ranges from inexpensive indoor play tents and teepees for under $30, to deluxe outdoor mini-mansions for nearly $15,000. To find what you're looking for, begin by choosing between Indoor and Outdoor Playhouses. You'll be taken to a results page that can easily be sorted according to price, brand name, or customer rating. You can also use the left-hand checkboxes to further refine the options according to material (such as fabric/nylon, plastic, and wood), playhouse style, and more.

Once you've selected a playhouse that interests you, you'll find a good amount of information; on the higher-end models, particularly the outside cottages and climbers, you'll see what colors and options are available, dimensions, and the different configurations you can choose from.

Shipping costs at Hayneedle are reasonable and easy to understand: $4.99 for orders of $49 or less, free economy shipping for orders over $49. They do offer expedited options via FedEx, if you need to get your playhouse sooner. Be aware that an oversized item fee may be added to large or heavy items.

The return policy is relatively standard: 30 days from the date of delivery, and a Return Merchandise Authorization needs to be obtained via Hayneedle's site prior to shipping. Their policy also says that “you may be responsible for return shipping costs”, and several customers mentioned that even when the item they received didn't match what they saw online (for instance, they ordered white curtains but were sent beige ones), Hayneedle treated it as if the shoppers had changed their mind and were thus responsible for the return shipping.

Hayneedle does have a mixed reputation for customer satisfaction; their A+ rating and accreditation with the Better Business Bureau would lead us to believe that, if problems arise, they'll be handled appropriately. On the other hand, we found dozens of customer complaints about Hayneedle's ability to deliver on that expectation. Particularly with purchases that were made through a Walmart link or promotion, many times shoppers were sent items that were completely different from what they ordered (for example, a bistro table and chair set instead of a game table set). Another common problem mentioned is that shipments often came late even when customers paid for expedited shipping, and even then pieces were missing and had to be sent later.

Overall, Haymarket has an impressive selection of well-priced playhouses and very competitive shipping costs, but the number of customer complaints knocks them down a few points in our rating.

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2.5 stars
Willy Goat

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Cost:

Starting from $250

At first appearance, Willy Goat seems to be a great choice for playhouses. This website caters to a more masculine audience, and the homepage is very professional. The website offers 64 playhouses to choose from, including a chapel, a Victorian, a kid's crooked playhouse, a schoolhouse, a cape cod, a gingerbread, a country gal, a firehouse, and a condo.

However, upon closer scrutiny, the website begins to pale in comparison to the other websites reviewed. As your product search begins, the website's quality begins to falter. The products are listed with all the information you want, but the scattered blue links on each side of the products can be confusing.

Another problem with the website's organization is that the product information column headings are at the very top of the page. As you scroll down, you lose track of which heading the information relates to, so you must constantly scroll up and down the page.

Some of the playhouses you can find at Willy Goat include:

  • Queen Anne. The Queen Anne playhouse is a wooden playhouse with a vaulted entry, fireplace, L-shaped stairway, abundance of room, and a taller design.
  • Log Cabin. The Log Cabin playhouse is wooden and has a rear window with a shelf and curtains. When the curtains are closed, this playhouse can be nicely transformed into a puppet theater. It is strong and sturdy with a non-toxic Danish oil finish and interlocking door panels.

If you're unhappy with your playhouse once you receive it, the total cost of the playhouse will be refunded if returned within 30 days, minus shipping charges. Additionally, Willy Goat charges a restocking fee. When returning items, you must call for authorization and the correct Willy Goat address to send your return. Special orders may not be eligible for return. One thing to note is that because Willy Goat playhouses are custom-made, orders can only be canceled within 72 hours of purchase.

Willy Goat's return policy pales in comparison with other companies reviewed in the event of missing or damaged parts. If you're missing parts or receive damaged parts, you must call the manufacturer directly. Willy Goat does not provide credits or refunds for inconvenience. They also do not offer any warranties aside from the manufacturer's warranty.

We were also concerned with many of the customer reviews we found about Willy Goat. Specifically, there were numerous complaints about missing or damaged items, product sturdiness, and poor customer service.

Based on these reviews, Willy Goat does not seem to offer the consistently good customer service as the higher ranked companies. We suggest looking at those first when looking for a playhouse.

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However, as a parent, you need to be careful about choosing the right playhouse for your family. Workmanship, safety, customization, and easy-to-follow playhouse assembly instructions are all major concerns that you need to think about.

Are the playhouse materials good quality? Does the playhouse company make sure that the playhouse pieces fit together during the construction process? You'll want a playhouse that is easy to setup, fun to use, and safe for your children to play in.

With a wide variety of playhouse features and prices, choosing a playhouse for your family can feel overwhelming. When looking for a playhouse, there are certain factors that you need to consider. Some of these include:

  • Customer Service. Does the playhouse company provide adequate support for their playhouses? How quickly will they replace broken or damaged playhouse parts? Does the company provide easy-to-follow playhouse assembly instructions?
  • Return Policy. Can you return a defective playhouse? How many days do you have to return the playhouse? If you are dissatisfied with your playhouse, will the company take the product back?
  • Cost. Is the cost of the playhouse competitive with other playhouses on the market?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best playhouses available today. We hope these reviews help you find the right playhouse for your family!

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