Little Tikes Cook ‘N Grow BBQ Grill Review

little tikes cook n grow bbq grill playsetThe Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow BBQ Grill is very similar to the Get Out n’ Grill Kitchen set. Both are selling in the same price range, so it does take a little research to find out which would be a better buy.

The features of the Cook ‘n Grow BBQ Grill are:

  • Two level grill with lid
  • Two configurations to accommodate different heights
  • Starter button
  • Clicking knobs
  • Storage cabinet at the base
  • Sink
  • Burner
  • Accessories including play food, tongs and spatula
  • The dimensions are 23.25 inches in length by 10.5 inches in width by 25.5 inches in height

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Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow BBQ Grill Review – Should You Buy?

barbecue playset for toddlersPros

  1. Can be reconfigured – This playset have two configurations. When it is “opened”, it has a ground to grill height of about 14 inches. The compact configuration will make it higher at about 20 inches. This means you can buy this for your toddler and then re-adjust the height when he grows taller. This makes the toy last a little longer and it is a practical feature to have. Another similar set that also has the same feature to accommodate a growing kid is the Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow Kitchen.
  2. Cost is low – The price for this grill playset is much more affordable than a traditional pretend play kitchen. It is much smaller and comes without any electronic sounds but neither do you need to fork out $100 or more for a pretend playset. Kids will still be able to have lots of fun playing with it, even without all the bells and whistles, because they simply need to rely on the power of their imagination for play to begin.
  3. Easy to put together – As it is small in size, the parts are not that many to begin with. Instructions are clear and assembly can most probably be accomplished within half an hour.

Cons

  1. Small in size – Many parents have complained that the Cook ‘n Grow BBQ Grill is a little small in size. Yes, it is suitable mainly for toddlers and so, if you have an older kid, you should certainly be looking at other options. The height, especially, would be a make or break deal here and this pretend grill set is certainly on the short side.
  2. Flimsy – Some parents also felt that this is flimsier than what Little Tikes toys used to be. It is a matter of quality vs price and cheaper sets may well have thinner plastic panels than more expensive ones. This grill weighs about 8 pounds, so it is indeed lighter than most. The Cupcake Kitchen, which has similar width and depth, weighs about 10 pounds but because it is taller, it is also slightly heavier.

I would think that the Get Out n’ Grill Kitchen set would be a better buy than the Cook ‘n Grow BBQ Grill. The quality would not be much of a big difference but at the very least, it is taller of the two. As kids grow very fast, you would definitely be better off with a taller playset than a shorter one. The Get Out n’ Grill Kitchen set has a ground to grill height of about 26 inches with the lid closed and 28 inches overall, which should be 2 to 3 inches taller than the Cook ‘n Grow BBQ Grill. The accessories are also more or less the same between the two sets.

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The redeeming point for the BBQ Grill is its reconfiguration feature. It means you can buy this for a younger kid just over a year old as a starter set. Once he is about 2 years of age and if he is of average height, you most probably already need to use the higher setting. So, it is more for toddlers and this is the age group that this toy is targeted at.

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