There are many canopy swings out there to choose from so you want to make sure you do your research ahead of time. Many of them will have beautiful patterns and top of the line features. Don’t let your eyes deceive you as the visual aspect is the first thing you will notice. There will be a lot of swings that look pleasing to the eye, but you don’t necessarily need all the fluff. First you will need to determine if you need a 2 or 3 person swing. A 2 person swing is perfect for singles and couples but if you have children or other family members staying with you, you may want to consider the 3 person version. Be careful of buying the wrong size swing as this can end up costing you in the long run. Next, you need to determine the functionality of the swing itself. Does the swing convert to a hammock, and if so, does it have a lock to prevent it from swinging when using it? Is the canopy sturdy and big enough to provide an element of sun protection? You will also want to check for UV protection as well. Sit in the swing and determine if it feels grounded or wobbly. Pay attention to the swinging motion. It should be effortless and smooth as opposed to squeaky and difficult to move. The final step, of course, is to determine the affordability of the model. Don’t overpay for aesthetics or extra features you don’t need. Know your budget ahead of time so you don’t become a victim of advertising and marketing ploys. Follow these steps and you are sure to find the perfect swing that not only meets your needs but also doesn’t break the bank.