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Aide your child’s development with the best play kitchen

  • September 30, 2020

Play Kitchens for Kids

The best play kitchen can help your child’s imagination through role-play, their communication and socialization if they play with others, and their language by learning new vocabulary. Play kitchens can be a bit of an investment for the high-end options, but there are some more budget-friendly ones out there too. To help you find the perfect toy kitchen to suit your little one we’ve pulled together a strong selection of the best available.

  • Great all-rounder: Step2 Fun With Friends Kitchen
  • Traditional wooden option: Melissa Doug Cook’s Corner Wooden Kitchen
  • Cute retro looks: KidKraft Vintage Play Kitchen
  • Contemporary choice: Teamson Kids Little Chef Florence Classic Play Kitchen
  • Fully-featured: KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen Set
  • Unusual design: Step2 Grand Walk-In Kitchen and Grill
  • Grow-with-me options: Little Tikes Tasty Jr. Bake ‘N Share Kitchen Activity Set
  • Cheerful choice: KidKraft Deluxe Big and Bright Kitchen
  • With working faucet: Cute Stone Little Kitchen Playset

Great all-rounder

Step2 Fun With Friends Kitchen

Staff Pick

This popular kitchen has a generous feature set including a stovetop burner with lights and sounds, an oven, a microwave, a fridge, a sink, and a coffee maker. There is also a lovely touch of a pet feeding station positioned at the base of the kitchen. This comes complete with 24 kitchen-themed accessories.

From $95 at Amazon

Traditional wooden option

Melissa Doug Cook’s Corner Wooden Kitchen

Perfect for younger children, this is a simple and sturdy wooden kitchen from traditional toy experts Melissa Doug. This clean, compact choice features a refrigerator, a cooker top, an oven, a removable sink, and something most kids will absolutely love playing with — a working kitchen timer.

$94 at Amazon

Cute retro looks

KidKraft Vintage Play Kitchen

Suitable for kids aged three and up, this play kitchen has fabulous vintage styling. This unit is large enough for several children to play with at the same time. It offers an oven, a cupboard, a fridge-freezer, a microwave, a stovetop, and a removable sink. The faucets and knobs on the oven offer realistic turning functionality.

$125 at Amazon

Contemporary choice

Teamson Kids Little Chef Florence Classic Play Kitchen

This toy kitchen is an attractive, contemporary choice made from eco-friendly MDF. It looks great in this mint green and yellow finish, but it’s also available in other colorways. This has an oven, a microwave, a stovetop with clicking knobs, and a removable sink. This kitchen also has a cordless phone for roleplay chat.

From $78 at Amazon


KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen Set

This high-end option from KidKraft is available in espresso or this fresh white. It’s large, measuring 42.5 inches across. With lights and sounds, there’s an oven and stovetop, a microwave, a refrigerator, a freezer, a sink, and a cordless phone. This kitchen also boasts a washing machine.

From $190 at Amazon

Unusual design

Step2 Grand Walk-In Kitchen and Grill

If you’re looking for something a little different, consider this walk-in kitchen from Step2. As well as the usual oven, stovetop, microwave, and refrigerator, this also offers a BBQ grill. It’s at the top end of the play kitchen scale, but it also includes over 100 food item accessories, so has everything your child needs to start playing.

$270 at Amazon

Grow-with-me options

Little Tikes Tasty Jr. Bake ‘N Share Kitchen Activity Set

This cute kitchen from Little Tykes has an interesting selling point — it has two “grow-with-me” modes — you can use it in the low, wide configuration for younger kids, then it adjusts to a higher countertop as they get taller. This includes over 40 accessories. This play kitchen includes a smartphone holder.

$79 at Amazon

Cheerful choice

KidKraft Deluxe Big and Bright Kitchen

We like this cheerful kitchen for its bright, kid-friendly colors. The scale of this means several children can play at the same time. There are working doors on all the cupboards, the oven, microwave, and the fridge and freezer. The oven knobs click and turn. This kitchen also includes a cordless phone handset with a hands-free clip.

$155 at Amazon

With working faucet

Cute Stone Little Kitchen Playset

This Cute Stone play kitchen is the most affordable option we’re featuring. Despite this, it has some really great features, like a play stove with realistic lights and sounds, a play sink with running water, a rotatable dessert shelf. This also simulates steam from the stove area. This comes with 35 kitchen accessories.

$50 at Amazon

Cute kitchenettes

Our overall staff pick is the mid-range Step2 Fun With Friends Kitchen. This offers a good range of play appliances, comes with a decent set of food-themed accessories, and has built-in pet bowls.

If you have the space and the budget, then do consider the KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen Set. This is ideal for families with multiple children as it’s large enough for several to play with it at the same time.

A more compact and affordable choice is the Cute Stone Little Kitchen Playset. This has the added bonus of a real working faucet, a true draw for kids that love to play with water.

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