The 10 Best Play Kitchens

Updated December 02, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best Play Kitchens
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We spent 38 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. Play kitchens offer a great way to foster a kid's imagination, while also helping to develop his or her gross and fine motor skills. These play sets are perfect for individual or multiple child play and come in a variety of styles, from modern to retro, that mimic realistic designs. Most even come with accessories to keep your kiddos occupied for hours. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best play kitchen on Amazon.

10. Teamson Kids Little Chef

For smaller spaces, the Teamson Kids Little Chef is your best bet. Although it's on the tiny side, there is still ample storage, two burners, an oven, microwave, and sink to keep kids entertained. It also comes in at a decent price if quality is not high on your checklist.
  • convenient top shelf
  • attractive gender neutral colors
  • doesn't make interactive sounds
Brand Teamson Kids
Model TD-11708A
Weight 32.4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

9. KidKraft Vintage

The KidKraft Vintage sports a popular mid-century design, complete with faux chrome and stainless steel accents on real wood. The fridge and cabinet doors open to reveal lots of storage for food, and your child can use the built-in phone to take orders.
  • simple to wipe clean
  • can be bolted to the wall for safety
  • assembly can be a bit frustrating
Brand KidKraft
Model 53179
Weight 39.8 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. Little Tikes Super Chef

The Little Tikes Super Chef is a stylish, budget conscious option that won't take over your whole room. It is efficiently made to fit nicely into a corner and also comes with a coffee maker, which makes role playing very realistic.
  • includes two aaa batteries
  • great option for grandma's house
  • door doesn't always shut securely
Brand Little Tikes
Model 614873M
Weight 21.7 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

7. Melissa & Doug Cook's Corner

The Melissa & Doug Cook's Corner is a mid-range option with moving parts that bring this one to life, including a working timer and a swiveling faucet. You can also personalize the set with your child's name for a special finishing touch.
  • deep sink can hold many dishes
  • clearly labeled parts for assembly
  • long door handles are easy to grab
Brand Melissa & Doug
Model 3950
Weight 35.6 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Hape My Creative Cookery Club

The Hape My Creative Cookery Club is a compact choice that keeps your little one busy without taking up a lot of space. The open shelving makes it accessible from both sides, plus the pots and pans can hang from the included hooks to keep things tidy.
  • good height for toddlers
  • oven has a see-through window
  • functional and well-built
Brand Hape
Model E8010
Weight 16 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

5. KidKraft Grand Gourmet

The KidKraft Grand Gourmet has a space-saving corner design, yet is still large enough for at least three children to use at the same time. This feature-rich set has plenty of room for storage and curtains to block off the outside world.
  • simple assembly instructions
  • durable metal accessories
  • sink is removable for cleaning
Brand KidKraft
Model 53185
Weight 60 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. Step2 Grand Walk-in

The Step2 Grand Walk-in is one of the only models kids can enter, allowing them to mentally transform their pretend playroom into a real kitchen built just for them. With every appliance imaginable, your child will play longer and with more engagement.
  • attached dining bar
  • great for indoor or outdoor play
  • includes over 100 accessories
Brand Step2
Model 8214KR
Weight 53 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

3. Hape Playfully Delicious Gourmet

The award-winning Hape Playfully Delicious Gourmet has a minimalist look that both you and your child will love. Its nontoxic finish and solid wood construction make it extremely safe and stable, so you don't have to worry about it harming your child.
  • matches modern decor well
  • large working knobs
  • available in two colors
Brand Hape
Model E3101
Weight 21.6 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

2. Step2 LifeStyle

The Step2 LifeStyle provides the perfect space for pretend play without you spending a fortune. This best-seller has all of the appliances found in a real kitchen and also comes with a 20-piece accessory set, including a frying pan and pot that make real cooking sounds.
  • manufactured in the usa
  • compact size for small spaces
  • pullout recycle bin
Brand Step2
Model 856900
Weight 28.2 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. KidKraft Uptown

The KidKraft Uptown is a modern beauty with a high-end look, featuring a deep espresso color with contrasting metal accents, a faux quartz countertop, and a tiled backsplash. The tight-fitting pieces show a level of build quality that is hard to find in other models.
  • rotating microwave plate
  • chalkboard on the freezer door
  • doors open and close smoothly
Brand KidKraft
Model 53260
Weight 70.9 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

Kids Can Recycle, Too!

Did you know that Little Tikes is a proud member of the North American Plastic Recycling Network? Neither did I. Seriously, who would have thought that you could recycle a plastic garbage truck!?

When I grew up it was either Goodwill or the landfill. So who knows how many plastic kitchens are currently cooking dinner for the maggots over-populating the armpit of America. (That's a New Jersey joke, by the way.) But, thanks to Little Tikes and dozens of other toy companies, it's better late than never.

Based in eastern Ohio, Little Tikes sponsors its very own recycling effort to keep plastic toys out of landfills. And not just its own toys, but any plastic toys it gets its hands on. Most importantly, this program has been going on since 2006, so if you're thinking about buying a kitchen, it might not be as bad as you think to go plastic.

Made in U.S.A.

See the coal being burned to heat the furnace used to cook the plastic in this video of a toy factory in China? Not anymore!

As of 2013, Little Tikes has shifted production of its toys back from China to Cleveland, Ohio. And in place of burning coal, Little Tikes uses natural gas to fire up its plastic-cooking furnaces.

That being said, Step2's factory is also based in Cleveland, Ohio, which means 4 out of 5 of the top 5 play kitchens featured here are Made in U.S.A.

Make Me a Sandwich! Please?

You might be surprised by how oppressive the advertising for play kitchens once was. Then again, you might not.

From fake ironing boards in the 1940's, to unicorns adorning pink pastel microwaves in the 1980's, play kitchens have evolved from physical manifestations of patriarchal propaganda to playsets for both girls and boys.

Originally marketed for girls only, play kitchens weren't advertised to include just boys until the late 1990's and early 2000's. Remember the grunge era? "Smells Like Teen Spirit"? Well, as it turns out, MTV's often controversial videos had a much more massive impact on Western culture than most people think. Lo and behold, apart from inspiring drastic and widespread changes in fashion (most of which were rather horrendous), MTV also had a profound effect upon the marketing of children's toys.

Check out this video from Hole featuring Courtney Love in black wielding a pink Stratocaster, surrounded by ladies in purple dresses with blue slips designed to mix with Love's bright red dress. The irony is palpable. Better yet, here's a video from a female artist named Pink wearing a blue robe in an all blue bathroom in 2001. So thick with irony that it's no longer funny and you're forced to take it seriously. Such were discussions of pink versus blue in alternative media.

Enter parental reviews of play kitchens. Constant complaints about color schemes. Never minding the content, the bacon, the burgers, the pizzas, the order, the rules, the regulations informing, forming in our minds, corporate views of reality. "To think for yourself, you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable open-mindedness--chaotic, confused vulnerability--to inform yourself."

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Last updated on December 02, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.


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