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Play Kitchens for Toddlers: A Parent Review of the Best Toy Kitchens

Updated on June 11, 2014

Play Kitchens for Toddlers

A play kitchen set makes a great gift for small kids, because it encourages all sorts of creative pretend play. You'll find the fun and exciting kids play kitchens here. I have selected the best kids play kitchens, included reviews and even added a couple demonstration videos. Here you can compare the features on all the toy kitchens so you can make an informed decision and choose the one your kids will love.

I have three kids and they all love playing with their kitchen. It provides them with hours of imaginative play. They enjoy using it to play house where "mom" (my oldest daughter) cooks nutritious meals for "dad" (my son) and "baby" (my youngest). They also use it to play restaurant, which is lots of fun. They'll come to my husband and I and take our orders (using a marker to scribble on a notepad) and then go to their kitchen to cook our food. They always make us pay the bill; thank goodness they accept pretend money.

My kids play with their toy kitchen set every day. They use it to play house, restaurant, and pizza parlor.

Melissa and Doug wooden kitchen for kids
Melissa and Doug wooden kitchen for kids

This is the Best Play Kitchen for Kids

My kids love the Melissa and Doug wodden kitchen

The Melissa and Doug Deluxe Kitchen is a sturdy wooden play kitchen that will last for years of pretend kitchen fun. Although a bit pricey, this is a kitchen set that has great safety features and is durable as it is attractive.

This is the kitchen we have for our kids. We bought it for Christmas four years ago. It has been a great gift that they all have fun with. All three of our kiddos love it, ages 7 years, 5 years, and 4 years. There is something on this play set that entertains each of them. What I appreciate most is that it is super must be in order to survive my rough 5 year old son. One of the nicest features of this toy kitchen is that all of the corners on it are rounded, something that really gives me peace of mind.

In my opinion, it's the best kitchen for kids. It's fun, sturdy, and safe. What more could you want in a wooden play kitchen? Click the picture to see more product details and to read all of the positive parent reviews.

Melissa and Doug Play Kitchen for Toddlers Video - My kids love this set

My kids love this toy kitchen. I have three children and they can all cook up fun together with this durable and fun set.

Another Great Play Kitchen for Kids is the Kid Kraft Wooden Toy Kitchen - Wood kids toy kitchen set

I really love this play kitchen by KidKraft. What makes it unique is that it has a dishwasher in addition to all of the standard play kitchen basics, making it my choice for best play kitchen for kids.

KidKraft Cook Together Kitchen
KidKraft Cook Together Kitchen

This fully loaded toy kitchen has a dishwasher, oven, microwave, and fridge with freezer. It makes a great gift for kids. The Cook Together Kitchen has fully functional appliance doors, realistic speckled countertop design, cordless phone, clock with moving hands, additional storage space on the side and above the sink, and removable sink for easy cleaning. The KidKraft wooden kitchen is sturdy and will provide your kids with years of imaginative play.


KidKraft Cook Together Kitchen Demonstration Video - More about the KidKraft wooden play kitchen

Get a closer look at this super fun wooden toy kitchen.

Wood Kitchens for Toddlers - Sturdy wooden toy kitchens will last for years

Wooden kitchens are heavy and sturdy. They are too heavy for your kid to move or knock over. They look and feel more like a real kitchen and will provide your kids with years of pretend play. The only con to a wooden kitchen set vs a plastic set is that if you have more than one small child they can shut each other's fingers in the doors.

My two year old and four year old fight like cats and dogs and I knew that without good parenting they would slam the heavy wood doors on each other, but we still decided to buy them a wooden kitchen. My boy is way too rough with toys for a plastic play kitchen set. He would break the parts off of a plastic kitchen and maybe even knock it over since he loves to climb. We've had the Melissa and Doug wooden play kitchen for over a year now and it looks brand new still. It is surviving the wear and tear of three kids just fine.

KidKraft Large Kitchen
KidKraft Large Kitchen

This toy kitchen is great for girls. The pastel pink, yellow, and blue looks great in most girl's rooms.

Kidkraft Deluxe Let's Cook Kitchen
Kidkraft Deluxe Let's Cook Kitchen

This toy kitchen has it all. It's big enough for multiple kids to play with at the same time.

KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen
KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen

The corner play kitchen is great for tight spaces.

Kidkraft Wooden Cottage Kitchen with 28 Piece Accessory Set
Kidkraft Wooden Cottage Kitchen with 28 Piece Accessory Set

The Wooden Cottage play kitchen is so pretty and perfect for little girls.

Kidkraft Primary Wooden Kitchen
Kidkraft Primary Wooden Kitchen

I like this toy kitchen set for boys.


Wooden Play Kitchens - Wood toy kitchens on eBay

Find a great deal on a wooden play kitchen or wooden accessories with these eBay auctions.

Kitchen for Toddlers - Fun pretend play sets for kids

These make great gifts for kids. They encourage them to pretend, that type of imaginative play makes kids think as well as discover new things. Also the roll playing that play kitchens provides helps kids understand the responsibilities necessary to run a household.

American Plastic Toy Deluxe Custom Kitchen
American Plastic Toy Deluxe Custom Kitchen

This set has plenty of activities to keep kids busy, but takes up less space than most. I like that the colors are gender neutral.

Step2  Cozy Kitchen
Step2 Cozy Kitchen

This play set is super popular with parents. The colors are great for households with both boys and girls and it doesn't take up too much space.

Gourmet Café Kitchen
Gourmet Café Kitchen

If you have a large play room then why not go all out and buy this large play kitchen?

Step2  LifeStyle PartyTime Kitchen
Step2 LifeStyle PartyTime Kitchen

This kitchen set is cute and large enough for more than one kid to play at the same time.


Kids Having Fun Playing Kitchen - Watch these kids playing with their toy kitchens

A play kitchen set is so much fun for little ones. I love watching my kiddos pretend and cook up a storm with theirs. Watch these fun videos of little ones having a blast with their toy kitchen sets.

Play Kitchen for Boys - Toy kitchen for boys

This plastic play set is great for both boys and girls colors due to the neutral colors. It has plenty of appliances to allow your kids to cook up plenty of creative dishes. I like the neat little utensil drawer it has; I haven't seen another kid's kitchen with one. It also comes with more accessories than most sets. It's a lot of fun and makes a fantastic gift for boys and girls.

Step2 Step 2 LifeStyle Dream Kitchen
Step2 Step 2 LifeStyle Dream Kitchen

This super cute toy kitchen is the perfect color for boys and girls.


Toy Kitchens for Boys - Play kitchens for boys

Most of the famous chefs are men, so why not encourage boys to cook? My son loves to play with his big sister's play kitchen. You won't find any pink here! These toy kitchens are perfect for boys.

Play Kitchen Sets - Toy Kitchens on eBay

Find a great deal on these children's toys on eBay.

Play kitchens provide kids with hours and hours of creative pretend role playing fun.

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      Not for our kids. But go back many years and I do remember having one when I was young. There was the stove and the storage cabinet right next to it. And the words tin or aluminum come to mind. Either way they were metal.

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      tranlubakiet 4 years ago

      thanks for this list , i like

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      chrisilouwho 4 years ago

      Thanks for this list, the videos were especially helpful!

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      SusanneB 4 years ago

      What a lovely lens

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      LiliLove 4 years ago

      No, but we are planning to get one! As I said on one of my lenses, my toddler boy loves to cook - you just gave a great idea for a Christmas gift :). Thanks, Wendy!

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      TheFreeLife 5 years ago

      wow, its amazing how advanced toys are now days. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello, thanks for visiting and nice to meet you here.

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      mistaben 5 years ago

      Amazing choice of best toy kitchens, well done!

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      TopToysForKids 6 years ago

      Toddlers love role playing. We actually have a fort in our yard that is well-loved. Our play kitchen was also well-loved. Many, many tea parties.

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      Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      Great lens and Merry Christmas blessings!

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      A Blessing for a very good lens along with a hope for peace and comfort for you and your family.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Play kitchens are such a great activity for both boys and girls to start learning life skills at play. Many preschools and kindergartens have housekeeping rooms that are very popular to get a turn in.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am very fond of my friends kid who would love all these stuff. Wish I could get all these for her! :)

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      MintySea 6 years ago

      play kitchens rock

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      really great lens and gave me some beautiful ideas for kids. thanks!


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      Mark Falco 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Thanks for the helpful lens. We're currently looking at various play kitchens trying to decide which is best. We both really like the wooden Kidcraft ones so we'll probably end up with one of those although that Melissa & Doug one looks really nice too. Plastic just doesn't seem like it would be stable or remotely durable but good point about the kids potentially shutting their fingers in the wooden doors too...geesh, so many choices! I love the accessories for these things though. I saw a wooden kids sushi set the other which is just adorable. Anyway, thanks for the lens, it has been very helpful.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Very nice review! Just what I needed to see

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My boys loved the play kitchen we got for them, and now they can't get enough of Food Channel! Maybe I have chef's in the making!

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      Senora M 7 years ago

      I think my son would love one of these! His friends all have one (ha ha) and he loves to play with them when we go over for playdates.

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      trotter2099 lm 7 years ago

      A very well written lens with some fantastic links for parents to check out.

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      mr1902 7 years ago

      My son loves playing in the kitchen. There is one at the wellness center my wife teaches zumba at and every time we go in to get him, he's over there at the little kitchen cooking something for us. dumping seasonings in everything...hahaha.

      Good is so much fun, and is a creat family activity!