Step 2 is the choice for many parents when it comes to toys for their kids. And when you are getting a big playset, sturdiness matters and this is where a trusted brand name comes in. For the Step 2 Lifestyle PartyTime Kitchen, it is a sturdy and well-made toy with the following features:
- Mutti-level counter top with a granite look
- Sink with swivel faucet
- Microwave, fridge and oven with working door
- Fridge with working door
- Oven with working door
- Frying and boiling sounds for the stove activated with special pan and pot
- Overhead light below the microwave
- Working phone
- Clock face
- Silverware drawer
- 2 baskets with storage space
- 33-piece accessory set
- The dimensions are 43.5 inches high by 39.5 inches wide by 17 inches deep
Step 2 Lifestyle PartyTime Kitchen Review – Should You Buy?
- Wide – This is a pretty wide kitchen. It is even wider than the Step 2 Lifestyle Dream Kitchen by roughly 4 inches. This allows for space for the burner to be in the middle rather than right on top the oven. This design means 2 kids can cook at the stove and oven at the same time rather than fighting for space.
- Overhead light – The working light is a nice touch to make the kitchen more realistic.
- Ample features – There are ample sounds and such to hold a child’s interest. The microwave key pad beeps, the burner sizzles and hisses and the phone rings. The electronic sounds could be too much for some parents but to a child, these would be fun.
- Lots of storage room – The drawer for the silverware is practical and together with the baskets and cabinets, there is enough storage space for the accessories that come with the set.
- Price – This toy is on the higher end for plastic kitchen playsets. It is more expensive than the Step 2 Lifestyle Custom Kitchen II as well as the Little Tikes Cook N Grow Kitchen which you can get for below $100.
- Clock – The newer production no longer has a battery-operated working clock at the top which has led to complaints. Other small changes have also been made like replacing the metal accessories with plastic ones.
- Batteries – Because of the electronic sounds that this play kitchen can emit, you need quite a few batteries to power them up. The product info lists 5 AA and 5 AAA batteries are needed.
- No food items – While there is an accessory pack, no food items are included. The accessories are mainly silverware with a few cooking tools, spice bottles and serving plates.
So, is the Step 2 Lifestyle PartyTime Kitchen worth the price? The short answer is yes because thus far until the point of review, we have not come across complaints of doors not working properly which is a typical glitch for kitchen playsets and it is a wide kitchen toy. However, the shift in changing some features of the kitchen and accessories to cheaper alternatives, like replacing the working clock to a pretend one, is a shame indeed although it may be a way to combat rising costs.
In short, if you don’t mind electronic sound effects and want a slightly wider play kitchen, this is a good option. We feel that the downgrading of some items won’t affect a child’s enjoyment of the toy; it is still a quality and sturdy play kitchen that could take some rough play.