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Choosing The Best Toy Kitchen for Your Kids

Updated on September 23, 2012

A Guide to the Best Toy Kitchens

Kids love playing house and a toy kitchen is the perfect toy for sparking their imaginative play time.

With so many toy kitchens on the market this day, it can be overwhelming to figure out which ones are best. Here is a look at some of the best play kitchens.

Wood or Plastic?

This is the first decision to be made, before you start looking for a play kitchen. There are pros and cons to both.

A wooden play kitchen is made durable. You will have to assemble the kitchen yourself and most take several hours to build. The cupboards and appliances have flat and flush fittings, this gives you square space inside your cupboards and appliances. With wood play kitchens, you also get an opportunity to personalize. It is easy to add a screw or two and hang a paper towel holder, or a clock. Some kids have problems with their cupboard and appliance doors coming off, but it is easily fixed with an anchor and screw. The wooden play kitchens do not offer electronic noises, it is up to your child to use their imagination and create their own cooking noises.

Plastic play kitchens are also durable. If your child is rough and puts a hole in the plastic, it cannot be fixed. The insides of the cupboards and appliances have a slight curve to them, so your dishes may slide a bit. Some plastic play kitchens come with electronic features, offering a very realistic play experience. If the noise gets to you, you can simply remove the batteries.

These are some of the pros and cons of wooden or plastic play kitchens. Once you make your decision, based on features, you are then ready to choose a play kitchen.

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Wood Play Kitchens

Wood play kitchens (compact)

Melissa & Doug Cook's Corner Wooden Kitchen Play Set
Melissa & Doug Cook's Corner Wooden Kitchen Play Set

Compact wooden play kitchen features a stove and an oven with clicking knobs. A cupboard, which could also be used as a below the counter refrigerator. Small bowl sink with faucet on counter top. There is also a small cutting board for your little chef to chop their veggies. Neutral colors make this play kitchen great for boys or girls. Assembly required.

 
Hape Gourmet Kitchen in White Kid's Wooden Play Kitchen
Hape Gourmet Kitchen in White Kid's Wooden Play Kitchen

Compact wooden play kitchen features an oven with clicking knobs. There is a 2 burner stove top. A sink with faucet to wash dishes. A cupboard, or you can use the space as an under counter refrigerator. There is also a paper towel holder on the side. Neutral play kitchen is great for boys or girls. Assembly required.

 

Wood play kitchens (medium sized)

KidKraft Vintage Kitchen - White
KidKraft Vintage Kitchen - White

This wood play kitchen comes in white, red, pink, or blue. Includes a refrigerator, freezer, stove, oven, and a microwave. Bowl sink is removable to clean and has faucet. Cordless phone included. Tons of storage space. Many colors to choose from, so it is gender neutral for boys or girls. Assembly required.

 
KidKraft Deluxe Big & Bright Kitchen
KidKraft Deluxe Big & Bright Kitchen

Wood play kitchen features all major appliances, including refrigerator, freezer, stove, oven, microwave, and a dishwasher. Tons of storage space. Removable sink for cleaning, includes faucet. Pegs above stove for hanging pot holders. Cordless phone. Assembly required.

 

Wood play kitchens (large size)

KidKraft Large Kitchen
KidKraft Large Kitchen

Wood play kitchen features all major appliances, including refrigerator, freezer, stove, oven, dishwasher, and a microwave. Pretty pastel finish. Removable sink makes cleaning easy. Pegs above the stove for potholders. Cordless phone included. Tons of storage space. Assembly required.

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

Wood play kitchen features all major appliances, including refrigerator, freezer, stove, oven, dishwasher, and a microwave. Tons of storage space. Brightly colored kitchen is neutral, so it is great for boys and girls. Cordless phone included. Pegs above stove for potholders. Assembly required.

 

Wood play kitchens (extra-large size)

Little Tikes Deluxe Wooden Kitchen and Laundry Center
Little Tikes Deluxe Wooden Kitchen and Laundry Center

XL wooden play kitchen features a stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave, and a washer & dryer with a timer. A pullout ironing board, clothes hooks, and a basket are included. Bonus items included are a telephone, chalkboard, pots, pans, and spice jars. Assembly required.

 

Plastic Play Kitchens

Step 2 LifeStyle Dream Kitchen

This cute little play kitchen is made of plastic. The counter top offers the look of granite. The appliances have a stainless steel look. There are five electronic features, including the microwave, oven, stove top, phone and a light above the kitchen sink. This cute little kitchen comes with all of the major kitchen appliances, including a stove top, oven, refrigerator, and a microwave. There are also seven cupboards/drawers for storing all of your dishes and play foods. The customer reviews on this play kitchen are nothing but positive. Kids and parents love this play kitchen.

Step 2 LifeStyle Deluxe Kitchen

This awesome play kitchen comes with all of the bells and whistles. The appliances make realistic cooking noises. There is a window that really lights up over the sink. The sink has a pull out sprayer. The counter tops look like granite. This play kitchen also arrives with a 38 piece starter set to get your little chef off to a great start. In addition to all of the great appliances, there are also several cupboards for storing your dishes, a slotted dish rack above the sink and two little baskets for even more storage.

Restaurant/Cafe Play Kitchens

The restaurant or cafe kitchens add to the play experience. Kids love to set up their own cafe or restaurant. These cute little sets set a great atmosphere for your child's restaurant or cafe. Add an order pad and a pen and your child will be entertained for hours.

Step2  50's Diner
Step2 50's Diner

The ultimate diner for kids! This cute little set includes a booth, with a real working jukebox. There is also a kitchen for the short order cook, which includes a fryer and an ice cream freezer, among many other fun features. Ring the bell when the order is up, so your waitress can serve their customers.

 
Gourmet Café Kitchen
Gourmet Café Kitchen

This cute little play kitchen has all of the conveniences of a real cafe, including a refrigerator, stove, oven and a coffee pot. An accessory set comes with this kitchen, including salt and pepper shakers, as well as serving utensils. This set also has an electronic stove and phone.

 
Step2  LifeStyle PartyTime Kitchen
Step2 LifeStyle PartyTime Kitchen

The party time kitchen offers electronic features, including the stove top, microwave, phone, overhead light and the clock. There are cabinets, a silverware drawer, and plenty of counter space to prepare meals for your guests.

 
Step2  Fresh Market Kitchen
Step2 Fresh Market Kitchen

This adorable kitchen set has a market counter and a counter for your patrons to eat at. The bakery case has two shelves for displaying your baked goodies. There are baskets for displaying your fruits. A cash register really works. Electronic features include the stove top, range light, the cash register and the scanner for the cash register.

 

Playhouses with kitchens

Playhouses provide kids a fun hangout spot! Some playhouses have kitchens in them, giving kids a great place to develop their imagination and bring out their creative side. This is a child's chance to develop all of their domestic skills. In addition to a kitchen, some playhouses also have a table and chairs set, so kids can serve their meals they prepare. If you child likes to imitate what you are doing, they are sure to get a lot of enjoyment out of their playhouse.

Step 2 Naturally Playful Welcome Home Playhouse

The Step 2 Welcome home playhouse includes all of the bells and whistles. Your child can have the homemaker experience in their own little home that is made of durable plastic that cleans up easily with a little soap and water. This playhouse will provide your child some very realistic play.

Features

Neutral colors - This playhouse is neutral, so it is great for boys and girls

2 bay windows - A bay window on the front, and one on the side provide some charm

Kitchen - a built in kitchen includes a sink, stove, and a storage cabinet

Table - A built in table is drop leaf style. This allows the child to drop the table and have a little more room to play when they are not using the table.

Front door - The front door opens and closes. There is a welcome mat and a doorbell that really works.

Roof - The roof on this playhouse is peaked. There is a skylight, so the sun can stream in and add some additional light to your home.

Shutters - There are some shutters on the side windows that open and close

Height - The interior of this playhouse is 63" tall

What do customers think...

This award winning playhouse is a huge hit with parents and kids. Parents found this playhouse very easy to put together and it is durable, so it will stand up to some rough and tough play. The house is large enough that several kids can play at the same time, inside the playhouse. The interior height is another parent favorite. This house is 63 inches inside, so kids that run tall for their age can still fit inside. The drop leaf table is a great feature. You can set up your table when you want to serve your meals, and then drop it when you are done for extra interior space. The side window of this playhouse can be used as a restaurant drive up window with your ride on toys. If you are going to purchase a playhouse, this is a great choice. It has so many extras to make your play realistic.

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    • piedromolinero profile image

      piedromolinero 5 years ago

      My daughter enjoys playing with her kitchen, it keeps her busy for a long time.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      My oldest son used to love playing with his LIttle Tikes kitchen. Lovely lens.

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      One of the few things I remember playing with when little was my toy kitchen. They're great fun and make for good memories.