The best play kitchens are the ones that have enough items to provide a variety of play. Design is also important and if it can stimulate play pretend and role playing, it will be a winner from a kid’s perspective. For a more durable toy, you will need to invest a bit more so that you can get a quality set that will be able to last at least a few years of rough play. Cheap kitchen play sets that usually cost less than $50 should be avoided as these tend to be flimsy and on the small side that it will not be able to accommodate a growing child. Below are the top kitchen playsets that we think are the best ones for the kids.
KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen
The KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen is a wooden kitchen playset unlike the popular Step 2 and Little Tikes models. Apart from the oven and stove, this one also has a dishwasher and large fridge to make it look more like a real kitchen. There is also an ice maker on the fridge door and a chalkboard on the freezer door for kids to scribble. These are two of the many items that kids can occupy themselves with in this whole package.
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Large enough for 2 to 3 kids to play at the same time, this one shouldn’t disappoint in terms of size. It is more expensive than some of the plastic kitchen playsets, but it feels sturdy and heavy. It won’t be easy for kids to push this around.
If electronic sounds may annoy you, the Uptown Espresso Kitchen is also the right choice because it has no sounds coming from the stove or microwave. But it has plenty of storage space available with working doors for all the appliances. There is even a paper towel holder at the side. The attention to detail is what makes this toy kitchen stands out among the rest.
Step 2 LifeStyle Dream Kitchen
The Step 2 LifeStyle Dream Kitchen is a plastic play kitchen and is slightly smaller than the KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen above. So, you can see that it is a pretty compact set. It tries to fit in as much it can to make the set more interesting to kids resulting in a fairly compact design. It has a microwave, fridge, oven, stove, sink, cabinet and drawers included.
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Apart from the construction material, this one also differs from the KidKraft model with its electronic features. The microwave, phone and stove will emit electronic sounds that mimic the real thing. Some people may find them annoying and would rather the kids use their imagination during play but others might like them as they could make play more interesting overall.
The LifeStyle Dream Kitchen also comes with accessories like dishes and cutlery. So, it is ready to play out of the box. You might still need to supplement the accessories though to make it more complete.
KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen
If you can afford it, then go for the KidKraft Grand Gourmet Kitchen. If price is not an issue, this one is big enough to fit a few kids which makes it perfect for play dates. It also has a L-shape design to fit in one corner of your room. So, although it is big, it should be easier to accommodate this than the Step 2 Grand Walk-In Kitchen and Grill.
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The extra appliance that this set offers is a washing machine. You won’t be able to find another kitchen playset that comes with a washer. The other good thing is there is plenty of space available for food preparation. Due to its size, it can easily fit a toy chopping board and kitchen utensils for your kids to play chef using the available counter space.
One other nice thing about the Grand Gourmet Kitchen is the hooks for pots and pans to keep things neat and tidy. Of course, there are also shelves for storage.
Step 2 Grand Walk-In Kitchen And Grill
In the list of best kitchen playsets, we certainly cannot miss out the Step 2 Grand Walk-In Kitchen and Grill. It is expensive with a price of an outdoor playhouse, and it will take up space, but as the name suggests, it is grand. It has a walk-in style with a tiled floor design. Included are the usual appliances like a fridge, oven, stovetop and microwave. But one additional feature that makes it unique is the availability of a grill. This is an extra item that will delight the kids because it also has electronic features built-in.
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Due to its size, this kitchen also has a dining area. Pull up a few chairs and your kids can play cook and serve. The cabinets serve as storage space and it does come in handy with the 103-piece accessories that are included.
The Grand Walk-In Kitchen and Grill is a very nice kitchen playset. All kids will love it. The drawbacks are the price and space that it takes up. But if you compare the rest of the kitchen playsets, they wouldn’t come close to this one in terms of design and style.
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