Melissa & Doug Cook’s Corner Wooden Kitchen Review

melissa and doug cook's corner kitchenIf you find the KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen to be a little expensive but still want a wooden playset for your kids, then this Melissa & Doug Cook’s Corner Wooden Kitchen might fit within your budget. It is also smaller and not as “crowded” in terms of features. What you will find in this toy include the following:

  • 3 burners and oven with clicking knobs
  • Fridge
  • Storage shelves
  • Working timer
  • Cutting board
  • Removable sink
  • Red counter top with blue appliances
  • Measurements are 37 inches in length by 16.5 inches in depth by 26 inches in height

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Melissa & Doug Cook’s Corner Wooden Kitchen Review – Should You Buy?

Pros

  1. Sturdy – This is a wooden playset which is pretty heavy at over 30 pounds. Solid and sturdy, it will be able to withstand a toddler’s rough play.
  2. Plenty of space to play – Unlike most plastic sets that are crowded with features like the Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen, the Cook’s Corner is more spaced out with ample room for actual cooking to be done like chopping and washing.
  3. Looks good – It is not your typical play kitchen that sits over 3 feet tall. As it doesn’t have an upper area like most playsets do, it does not look as huge sitting in your living room.
  4. Sink is removable – This is a unique feature of this playset. Your kids can actually fill it with water for even more interesting play.

Cons

  1. Made of MDF – It is not made of solid wood but MDF boards. That is why the price is also much more affordable.
  2. Smell – When it is taken out of the box, some parents have complained that it smells of formaldehyde.
  3. Assembly is time consuming – There are over 300 pieces and assembly could take a few hours although the instructions are clear.
  4. No electronic sounds – Apart from the clicking knobs, there are no other electronic features like boiling or sizzling sounds which could be found on most plastic sets such as the Step 2 Lifestyle Custom Kitchen.
  5. No accessories – No pots and pans as well as toy food are included in the set.

We would pick the Melissa & Doug Cook’s Corner Wooden Kitchen if we want something that looks simpler. The absence of an upper level makes it look more roomy rather than packed with items. The simpler kitchen is also consistent with the idea that kids should be encouraged to use their imagination. Sometimes, more features do not translate to more fun. As long as there is a right place for the kids to play pretend, they will know how to enjoy themselves.

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So, if you prefer a wooden play kitchen and believe simplicity is better for your kids, then the Cook’s Corner by Melissa & Doug is, perhaps, worth a look. We would just be wary of complaints of chemical smell coming from the pieces as indicated by some irate parents.

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