The Best Play Kitchen in 2017

Children’s kitchen sets have one thing in common…

They provide an interactive avenue for kids to exhibit high level of creative and imaginary skills through pretend play.

Children need toys that engages them, that introduces them to valuable life skills through play.

According to findings from a study conducted by Standford University, California, mind-stimulating toys could have long-lasting positive effect on brain function

You need a toy that teaches your kids how to share, how to get along with other kids and how to take care of belongings.

A play kitchen set is one of the most engaging toys you can buy for your child. Children can play with it for hours at a stretch. A play kitchen encourages young children to learn important life skills.

Children’s kitchens encourage kids to share, to work as a team and to keep things organized. Play kitchens are toys that should be in every home.

But wait…

A play kitchen set is not something you just buy on the huff. Play kitchen sets are bulky. They are not your typical playroom toys. And some can come with up to 7 different components – refrigerator, freezer, Microwave, dishwasher, oven, etc.

A play kitchen unit, at its heaviest, can weigh up to 100 pounds. They take up a lot of room space. You will agree it’s not something you shipped home and discover it’s too big for the place you planned to place it. Or that the one you ordered doesn’t come with a key component you know your kid will love.

You see, you’ re going to need a little research before you order for your kid’s play kitchen set. You shouldn’t worry, though, we’ve done that research for you. You only need to take a few minutes and go through our list of the best children’s play kitchen set in 2017.

But first things first…

Do your child really need a children’s kitchen set?

With the aforementioned values and much more that you are going to hear along the course of this journey, tell me, which child doesn’t need a play kitchen set?

The more important question you should ask is “Is my child old enough to use a kid’s kitchen set?”

Most play kitchen manufacturers put the recommended age at 2 years old. Younger kids can use this kind of toys but with adult supervision as kitchen set accessories have smaller parts that can pose choking hazards to toddlers.

The Best Children’s Kitchen Sets in 2017

Kitchen NameWeight (Pounds)MaterialPrice ($)
KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen74Wood119.99
Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen Playset28Plastic92.99
Step2 Grand Walk-In Kitchen and Grill53Plastic197
KidKraft Uptown Natural Kitchen80Wood165.84
Kidkraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen61.6Wood162.59
KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen60Wood154
Step2 Little Baker’s Kitchen28.4Plastic75.66

1. KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen

Kidkraft Uptown Espresso KitchenWhen it comes to making your kid feels like a professional chef in the kitchen, you might want to try out the Uptown Espresso Kitchen set.

And if you want a play set with a sturdy structure that can be passed on from siblings, you don’t need to look far, the Uptown Espresso Kitchen will fulfill this need with no hassle.

This KidKraft toy kitchen is thoughtfully designed for kids from age 3 years to 6 years but you will have a hard time keeping away younger kids from this highly interactive play kitchen set.

Unlike many other play kitchen sets the KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen is large enough to accommodate multiple children at the same time. Imagine what this will do for you when you have other families visiting.

All the accompanying units doors – dishwasher, oven, microwave, freezer and refrigerator – open and close to make the KidKraft kitchen a highly interactive toy set for kids.

Features

Enough storage space for kids to keep their toy foods and accessories. This ensures the holding room is tidy at all time

2. Step2 Lifestyle Custom Kitchen Playset

Lifestyle Custom Kitchen PlaysetThe Step2 Lifestyle Custom Kitchen Playset is a clear evidence that a good toy kitchen should not necessarily cost you an arm and a leg.

It has all the features of a kitchen set, and much more.

If you have a toddler who doesn’t play on his own, this pretend play set can change all that in a jiffy. It has loads of fun activities. Though it is only ideal for 2 kids, you can still make it work for an extra kid. Kids numbering 4 upward will need to take turns with it.

There are so many lovable features of this toy kitchen set. But one thing I found myself admiring over and over again is the noises and sounds that came with it.

The burner makes sounds when the frying pan is placed on it. It makes boiling hisses when a pot is put on it. There are also little lights on the burner to make it look like it’s on fire. Your kids are sure going to be in their own world, using the Step2 Lifestyle Custom Kitchen Playset.

You will come to love the colors. It won’t be out of place in your living room either, if you don’t have enough space in the real kitchen. It looks so realistic and will blend well with your existing decoration.

If you usually have other families over, note that it can only accommodate 2 kids conveniently. Anything more than that you might want to let them take turns (as if that would be easy).

One very important thing you might want to note if you’re planning to buy this is the dimension. When buying toys like this, space is very important. You might want to make sure the room you want to put this will accommodate it. It won’t look fine if you spend money to buy this and discover you’re severely limited for space in your home. So get your tape rule ready and get your measurement right.

This toy is highly interactive. Your kid will want to empty the recycling bin, open the microwave, refrigerator, cabinet, oven and the drawer. And to top it all the Step2 Custom Kitchen comes with a toy phone.

At 28 pounds, the whole set is light, easy for an adult to move about but it will also move when kids are playing with it so you might want to position it against a wall.

Let me warn you that, with this toy, your child might take to cooking in an instant and want to practice the real thing in the family kitchen.

As with toys of this size, a major problem is assembling it. You might need to ask for help in setting it up. You will also want to get ready an electric drill. Not many people will find the idea of driving screws through hard plastic manually with a screw driver easy.

For a toy of this nature, the Step2 Lifestyle Custom Kitchen Playset is compact. You will find this especially helpful if you don’t have large play space.

What your kids will love
Boiling and frying sounds when pot and pan are placed on the front burner
‘Burning’ lights on the burner
Faucet gives out running water sound

What you will love
Straightforward instructions (with pictures) in setting it up
Its lightness makes moving it about very easy
It’s gender neutral. Both boys and girls are fascinated by this set

3. Step2 Grand Walk-In Kitchen and Grill

If all you are looking for is a highly engaging toy cooking set to free you more
valuable time regularly, look no further. The Step2 Grand Walk-In Kitchen and
Grill will wow your child on first sight.

This is the most complete kitchen set on this list. It ships with over a hundred
pieces of accessory and has an attached dining area.

One feature some parents love about this large cooking playset is that the kitchen

and the grilling units are not sold as separate units, saving you some money. A

typical toy grilling set will set you back around thirty bucks.

As is usual on modern play kitchens, the burners gives boiling and frying noises,

so is the microwave buttons.
You will want to keep in mind that, like other large playsets on this list, setting up

can take up to 2 hours of your time.

4. KidKraft Uptown Natural Kitchen

Uptown Natural KitchenAdorable.

That’s the only word to describe this KidKraft toy kitchen set.

Its wooden composition makes it look so natural than an adult would wish she can become young again.
Space. That is something wonderful about this play kitchen. Space for your child to keep his/her kitchen wares. Enough space to make the child think it’s the real thing.

Yes, it can take a while to put together but it makes up for that with a highly descriptive installation instruction.

At 75 pounds it is one of the heavier play kitchen set on this list, and at 43 x 17.8 x 41 it is a fairly large set. But this also makes it accommodate multiple kids at once.
When it comes to designing beautiful play kitchens for kids KidKraft has no rival. All their years of interactive toys research was clearly put into the design of this kitchen set. The way they give great attention to small details makes this kitchen a good buy.

The Uptown Natural Kitchen is designed to last a lifetime.

5. KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen

Ultimate Corner Play KitchenOne major problem with multi-unit toy kitchen sets is room space to accommodate them in the home since many are large kits that will take up considerable space in any room.

The Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen, another multiple unit play kitchen set, is designed to overcome this lack.

Designed in an L-shape form, it is suitably placed in the corner of a room, saving parents considerable holding space.

With the Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen, KidKraft has taken pretend play gadgets to another level. It might be the nearest thing to an adult kitchen your child will ever own.

What you will love
The L-shape form that saves room space

What your kids will love
Its highly interactive appliances including a washing machine

6. KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen

Grand Gourmet Corner KitchenWhen children gets in the mood to play with their kitchen they do so with a surprising gusto that belittles their age.

Before you know it, accessories like pots and pans start piling up. When you use a new utensil in your kitchen, trust me, your kid will want one for her own kitchen. And before you know it you’ll be needing extra space to store the new kitchen wares.

One thing most play kitchen don’t have in abundance is space. Many manufacturers want to build too many units – freezer, refrigerator, water dispenser, oven, washing machine – into a single play kitchen set, leaving too little room for storage space.

The solution?

Buy a kitchen set with more storage space. And they come no better than the KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen. Space is something this kids’ kitchen toy has in abundance.

Come to think of it, the KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen comes with a fair number of kitchen units, freezer, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and oven. But it comes with counter top space for accessories and utensils, space under the microwave, space below the laundry unit and hooks on the board to hang more accessories so as to free more extra space.

It is designed in L-shape form like the Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen for placement in the corner of a room which also frees up invariably frees up more space for you in the room. With its beautiful glossy wood finish, the Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen will not turn to an eyesore in your home anytime soon.

What you will love
Ample space for storage of accessories. This helps keep the holding room tidy always.

What your kids will love
The new innovative metal utensils, just like the one their moms use in the kitchen

7. Step2 Little Baker’s Kitchen

With an accompanying Baby Doll seat, the Step2 Little Baker’s Kitchen is a pretend play toy your daughter will fall in love with easily. It even go a step further by shipping with its own set of play food and accessories.

The Little Baker’s Kitchen is a typical children’s play kitchen set with sounds. The frying pan and the boiling pot makes frying and boiling sound respectively. The oven, refrigerator and microwave opening and closing feature enhances your kids interaction with this play set and they also serve as a storage space for the accessories and play food set.

The Baker’s Kitchen is made up of plastic, making it lightweight. It is very easy to set up, and an adult will assembly it within an hour, with no or little distraction.

 

Should I buy a Wooden or Plastic Kitchen Playset?

Most children’s kitchens are either made of two main materials, wood or plastic. Children don’t usually know the difference and they will always take to any of the two materials. Notwithstanding, you as a parent should consider the advantages of one over the other before making your buying decision.

Plastic Children’s Kitchens

A main benefit of plastic play kitchens is that they are very easy to clean. Just get yourself some soapy water and a piece of cloth for wiping down. And because plastic is lightweight in form most kitchen sets made of this material are usually light and portable. This is something you should take into account if you will be moving the play set about.

One drawback of plastic children’s kitchen sets is they are not as sturdier as the wooden ones. A younger child might not be able to use a set of belonging to an older sibling. Unlike their wooden counterparts they don’t last for generations.

Wooden Children’s Kitchens

If there is anything parents love about wooden play kitchens it is that they have more realistic look and feel. A wooden kitchen looks more like the real thing than a plastic kitchen, and children will actually feel like real chefs which will in turn bring out their creativity. Another plus for wooden kitchen sets is that they are durable, and can be passed from one sibling to the other.

However, unlike plastic sets wooden play sets are more difficult to clean. To maintain their realistic look and feel they must be cleaned with wood cleaner. They also splinter, and replacement of damaged parts and accessories is costlier.

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