I don't often write reviews but I felt like I had to write one on this slide. I'm going to start off by saying that my kids LOVE this slide. We live where it's cold and it's easily the best parent sanity saver for parents of littles in the winter. I was actually impressed with the height. I always thought those small first toddler slides were kind of useless but this thing is fun.
However the assembly was ridiculous. I have assembled cozy coupes, metal swing sets, kidkraft kitchens, you name it. I have never seen so many assembly problems in a 12 step assembly process. Apparently some are defective. Mine was/is defective. Slamming the stairs into base required a mallet, our couch, multiple threats to call little tikes, and a jumping 3 and a half year old. But it worked and my kids immediately went to town as soon as i was done putting it together.
Truthfully I wouldn't recommend this slide to someone who isn't able to handle assembly issues or do returns. I'm not the only one who has gotten a defective slide so it's kind of a roulette if you will get one or not. Step 2 also makes a large slide that is ready out of the box and I wish I would have just spent the extra $20 and gone that way. The kids would still have had a slide and I would have saved my self a serious headache.