It takes about an hour to assemble, but has every type of basket, swing, or perch a cat could want. It is heavy and seems very sturdy in comparison to others. I believe it will last a lot longer then cheaper cat tree's I've had. Shall have to vacuum more because the dark colors. Expensive, but well built and not insanely large.
The main body is solid and good quality materials. The side platforms are very unstable and none of my cats will use the soft slings or the "strainers" on the wobbly pole. There also isn't a very well thought-out route between the platforms. The platforms are too tightly spaced for cats to jump down onto and the platforms/pole is too unstable for them to trust it. Even younger, very flexible cats have a problem finding a suitable path up and down the tree. When I had it in a bare corner, my older cats kept getting stuck at the top. However, once I put it up against the side of my stairs, everyone was happy. They could get to the different levels without having to navigate the soft slings or pole. This could be a truly outstanding product with some fairly minor changes. As it is, it's a good value for the money, but not perfect. It's not the usual eyesore than many cat trees are and it's an affordable, durable tree.
It's your typical cat tree, just bigger. My cat uses all of it. I liked it cuz it had the hammocks and such high enough so my cats can lay in them & see outside. It is pretty much impossible to clean, hair doesn't come off easily & typical flimsy particle board. Not very sturdy & one large piece came busted up, but they promptly sent a new one. Just ridiculously expensive for these poorly made cat trees
So, I gave this 4 stars because it is a VERY nice cat tree. BUT..I am very disappointed in a few things. One being they didn't label ANY of the pieces so it was a tedious process putting this together. The instructions were VERY vague at the beginning and with none of the pieces marked it was a challenge. many of the pieces didn't even match the drawings. Also it arrived with damage, and is SO heavy that I wasn't going to mess with sending it back. Luckily the damage was on the back of the house that sits near the bottom. The top house I literally stabbed myself 5 times because of the way they had it packed..it has very sharp thin nails and they are exposed but underneath so when you pull up you literally stab yourself. One more thing..the top house is not secured to the last scratch post which I thought was rather odd and I don't like that because if the cats lift up on that it exposes those sharp nails. Lastly, as pretty and nice as it is..they needed more scratch posts in the front vs the back because it's VERY slippery, the cats have fallen alot but overall they love it and that's what matters. If it were not for the style, and look and the fact the cats loved it I would give it 1 star.. Packaging, labeling, shipping I was VERY disappointed.
My cats loved this tree. Especially the "sling" beds. They also loved jumping from one platform to the other. It's wrapped in velour or fleece and is super soft. (Although not as gripping as if wrapped in carpeting). Overall I'm very happy with this purchase.