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Children Kitchen Sets [A Comprehensive Review]

KidKraft Large Kitchen

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In the past, children kitchen sets were my favourite toys!  When I was young, children kitchen sets were considered as girls’ toys in my country.  But now, boys also play kitchen sets.  I think toys should be gender neutral.

Having a lovely children kitchen sets was always my childhood dream.  I owned 2 kitchen sets in the past.  Now there are different varieties of children kitchen sets and there are a lot more features than in the past!

The following children kitchen sets are the best selling and highly rated on Amazon.  They are carefully chosen in this review after thorough research.  All of the below children kitchen sets have ratings above 4 stars.

Table of Contents

1.What should you look for when you buy a children kitchen set?

Recommendations of children kitchen sets

1.Step2 Fun with Friends Kitchen

2.KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen

3.KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen with Lights & Sounds, Espresso

4.Kidkraft Vintage Kitchen

5.Hape Gourmet Kitchen Kid’s Wooden Play Kitchen in White

6.Kidkraft Large Kitchen

7.Step2 Best Chefs Kitchen Playset

8.Step2 Sweet Baker’s Kitchen

What should you look for when you buy a children kitchen set?

1. Size

Not only should you check whether the children kitchen set fits your living space, but also the height of your children. Especially check the height of the counter.

2. Amount of accessories

Some children kitchen sets don’t come with a lot of accessories, some do.  You may go out of your budget if the accessories are not included in the kitchen set.  And before you buy the kitchen set, write down a list of kitchen utensils and play food that you may need.   You won’t disappoint your kids by having them wait for a longer delivery time.

3. Material of construction

Children kitchen sets are made of either wood or plastic.  Wooden kitchen sets are sturdier and durable.  But it’s heavier to move around.  If you buy a plastic kitchen set, make sure it is coated with non-toxic material.

4. Number of features

Check to see if there are special sound and light effects if your kids love these special features.

5. Assemble time

If you are not good as assembling things, you shouldn’t opt for kitchen sets which are difficult to assemble.

 

 

1. Step2 Fun with Friends Kitchen

Step2 Fun with Friends Kitchen

Suitable for Age 2-6

This is the best rated children kitchen set on Amazon. It’s rated 4.5/5 stars.   If you are looking for a reasonably priced children kitchen set for your kids, this is the best one on Amazon!

Your children can pretend play ‘restaurant game’ at home. (taking orders, cooking on the stove, baking in the oven, making a cup of coffee with the use of coffee pods, etc)

I like the cute features of this kitchen set,  there is bubbling and sizzling sound while your children are cooking. When you place a pot on the stove, top burner lights up.

Made of plastic

Product Features

Item Dimensions: 12.5 x 35.8 x 41 inches

Item weight: 24.3lbs

Height of the counter: Approximately 21-22 inches

Features

Step2 kitchen, two storage bins, five toy condiment bottles, two place settings with plates, bowls, cups, forks, knives and spoons, salt & pepper shakers, colander, pot & pan set with lids, two serving spoons, one slotted spoon, one spatula, three coffee pods, one travel coffee cup with extra lid and sleeve, and one play phone.
Step2 Fun with Friends Kitchen

Pros

1. Easy to assemble with clear instructions

2. A lot of storage space

3. Sturdy and durable

4. Lots of cute features, e.g.  (Keurig coffee maker, boiling/frying sounds w/lights from pots/pans, etc.)

Cons

A few customers reported about the issue of missing pieces.

Reminder

2 AA batteries are required.

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2. KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen


KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen

Suitable for Age 3-7

If you prefer an incredibly realistic and modern children kitchen set, KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen is one of the best!  The appliances and cooking utensils are more realistic than Step2 Kitchen, e. g. there are see through windows on the microwave and the oven.

Also, this kitchen set can blend with your home décor and furniture well because of its ‘granite’ countertop and ‘stainless’ appliances.

Product Features

Item Dimensions 43 x 17.7 x 41 in

Item weight: 61.1 lbs

The counter height of the kitchen is 22 inches
The counter length is 32 inches
The inner width of the freezer and fridge is 10 inches

Made of both wood and plastic.

 

Features

  • Pretend ice machine on the refrigerator door Knobs that click and turn
  • Additional storage space above the sink
  • Plastic sink can be easily removed by an adult and is easy to clean in case things get messy
  • Refrigerator, freezer, microwave, dishwasher and oven doors all open and close with special molded latches
  • Four raised burners on the oven designed to fit bowls, plates and pans
  • Cordless phone with a convenient stand that holds it in place
  • See-through windows on both the microwave and the oven
  • Chalkboard surface on the freezer door
  • Paper towel holder on the side of the kitchen
  • Four pegs for hanging accessories such as potholders and ladles
  • Slides in and out oven drawer
  • Turntable in the microwave rotates 360°

KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen

Pros

1. Very study and durable.  It’s made of wood.

2. Neutral color scheme

3. Realistic and modern design

4. Enough space for a few kids to play together.

5. Easily taken away sink for cleaning

Cons

1. There are a lot of pieces.  Very long assemble time.

2. A bit pricey.

3. It doesn’t come with any accessories.

Reminders

1. Use a drill for easier assembly.

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3. KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen with Lights & Sounds, Espresso

KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen with Lights & Sounds, Espresso

Suitable for age 3-15

If you are looking for a tall realistic kitchen, KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen is another good choice.

There is a cute extra feature in this kitchen set- a washing machine.   It can be a good pretend play toy kitchen set as there are ice maker and washing machine.  Your kids can pretend making cold drinks and doing laundry.

I like the unique angled design which won’t take up too many space.  You can put it at a corner.

Also, it’s made of wood.

Product Features

Item Dimensions  42.5L x 32.5W x 36.8H in

Item weight: 61.5 lbs

Counter height :21″

Cabinets are roughly 7.5″ deep

Made of wood

KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen with Lights & Sounds, Espresso

Pros

1. Realistic lights and sounds of ice maker and burners.

2. A tall kitchen set on Amazon.  Also suitable for older kids.

3. A battery-powered ice maker

4. Made of wood

5. Modern and stylistic angled design

6. Large enough for few kids to play together

7. With a washing machine

8. A lot of storage space for play food and accessories

Cons

1. Don’t come with accessories

2. Long assemble time

3. Not enough screws

4. Expensive

5. A few customers complained about missing pieces.

Reminders

More assembling tips

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4. Kidkraft Vintage Kitchen


Suitable for Age 2-4

4 Colours are available (Pink, Blue, White, Red)

If you love vintage style, Kidkraft Vintage Kitchen is right up your alley.   Kidkraft Vintage Kitchen has a lot of fun features, e.g. the oven knobs, the spinnable oven, cordless phone, etc. You kids can click and turn the knobs which make them feel like they are in the real kitchen. Under the sink, there are some storage space. Your kids may hide objects there.

Product Features

Item Dimensions  33″ L x 13″ W x 35 7/10″ H

Item weight: 35.64 lbs

Made of wood, metal and molded plastic

Counter top is 17.75″ tall

Special Features

Doors open and close

Oven knobs click and turn

Cordless phone

Removable sink for easy cleanup

Removable ‘baking tray’ in the oven

Includes a cordless phone

Spinnable oven

 

Pros

1. It’s very sturdy.

2.  Vintage style which makes it special.

3. A removable sink for easy cleaning.

4. Lots of fun features.

Cons

1. It’s difficult to assemble.

2. No accessories

3. It is only suitable for younger kids. A bit small for older kids.

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Recommendations for accessories

Dress Up: KidKraft Tasty Treats Chef Accessory Set

Pots, Pans, Utensils: Melissa & Doug Let’s Play House! Pots Pans Set

Food: Hape, Playfully Delicious Garden Salad set,

Hape Playfully Delicious Hamburger and Hot Dogs

Learning Resources New Sprouts sets

Learning Resources New Sprouts Waffle Time, Plan Toys Breakfast Menu.

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5. Hape Gourmet Kitchen Kid’s Wooden Play Kitchen in White

5. Hape Gourmet Kitchen Kid's Wooden Play Kitchen in White

Suitable for Age 3+

If your home is small, Hape Gourmet Kitchen Kid’s Wooden Play Kitchen is a good choice for you.   The design is classic and simple.  It takes up a small space at home.  It’s easy to assemble.  I like its safe wooden materials.

Product Features

Item Dimensions  21.65 x 12.6 x 27.76 in

Item weight: 17.73 lbs

Made of wood, water based paint

 

Pros

1. It’s easy to assemble.

2. It’s made of wood. It’s sturdy.

3. It takes up smaller space.

4. Simple design

5. Lots of storage in the shelves.

Cons

1. Size is relatively small.

2. No fun features, too simple

3. No accessories

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6. KidKraft Large Kitchen

KidKraft Large Kitchen

Suitable for Age 3+

If you like large kitchens, KidKraft Large Kitchen is another popular children kitchen set on Amazon.

There are a lot of special innovative features, e.g. ice maker, moving parts, turning knobs on the stove with sound, etc.

Product Features

Item Dimensions 42.3 x 17.6 x 43 inches

Item weight: 82.5 pounds

Made of wood

Features

Refrigerator, freezer, oven and microwave open and close
See-through doors on oven and microwave
Removable sink for quick and easy cleaning
Knobs on the oven and sink
Large enough that multiple children can play at once. Materials: MDF, PVC, T-Molding
Refrigerator, freezer, oven and microwave open and close and
See-through doors on oven and microwave

KidKraft Large Kitchen

Pros

1. It’s made of wood.

3. Lots of realistic features

4. Very cute design

5. Lots of storage in the shelves.

6. It’s large enough for a few kids to play together.

Cons

1. Breaks easily

2. Missing parts issue

3. Not easy to assemble.

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7. Step2 Best Chefs Kitchen Playset

Step2 Best Chefs Kitchen Playset 

Suitable for Age 2-5

Simiilar to Step2 Fun with Friends Kitchen, Step2 Best Chefs Kitchen Playset comes with a lot of accessories.    But this one is relatively smaller than Step2 Fun with Friends Kitchen.  There is an additional feature-a large recycling bin on the right.

There is some special light and sound effects.  An electronic stove top burner can make a sizzling sound when you place a pan on it and a bubbling noise when you place the pot.  Your kids will have a lot of fun with these features.

If you are looking for a smaller step2 kitchen with accessories, this one is a good choice.

Product Features

Item Dimensions: 38.5″H x 34.375″W x 11.5″D

Height of the kitchen: 35.75 inches

Item weight: 21.4 pounds

Made of plastic

25-pc accessory set including 1 large recycling bin, 2 toy condiment bottles, salt & pepper shakers, pot & pan set with lid, 1 slotted spoon, 2 serving spoons, 1 spatula, 2 place settings with plates, bowls, mugs, forks, knives and spoons, and 1 coffee pot.

Pros

1.  Some light and sound effects.

2. It’s sturdy.

3. It takes up smaller space.

4. Size is perfect for toddlers.

5. Lots of storage in the shelves.

Cons

1.  The holes are not predrilled.

Reminder

Prepare a power drill for the set up.  Use a long, skinny screw driver to unscrew the tiny screws in the battery operated stove part, regular drivers won’t fit in the holes.

2 AA batteries are needed.

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8. Step2 Sweet Baker’s Kitchen

Step2 Sweet Baker's Kitchen

Suitable for Age 2-10

If you are looking for a bigger Step2 kitchen set, Step2 Sweet Baker’s Kitchen is a good choice! I like its baby doll seat which is an additional special fun feature to encourage imaginative pretend play! If you children like playing with dolls, Step2 Sweet Baker’s Kitchen will definitely make her happy.  And there are a lot of other features such as recycling bin, stove, oven and sink.

I particularly love the colour of this kitchen set, its looks vintage and elegant.

Product Features

Item Dimensions:  14D x 28W x 41.5H inches

Height of the kitchen: 35.75 inches

Item weight: 21.4 pounds

Accessories includes 30 pieces, including pots and pans, utensils, play ingredients, play cupcakes with tray, servingware, storage bins, and even a cell phone!

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Pros

1. Some light and sound effects.

2. It’s sturdy.

3. Easy to assemble.

4. Size is perfect for toddlers.

5. Nice colours.

6. Baby seat to encourage role play.

Cons

1.  The holes are not predrilled.

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Final thoughts

Below is the a comparison between the above 8 children kitchen sets.  If you prefer cheaper kitchen sets with accessories, step2 kitchen sets are nice options. If you prefer wooden toys, you can choose Kidkraft kitchen sets. If you have 2 children, choose bigger kitchen sets, e.g. Kidkraft Large Kitchen, KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen with Lights & Sounds, Espresso and Step2 Fun with Friends Kitchen. Bigger size allows multiple children to play together. Among these 8 kitchen sets, KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen is the best selling kitchen set and Step2 Fun with Friends Kitchen is the best rated kitchen set on Amazon.

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  1. Cool reviews. Thanks for taking the time to explain each set individually. I’m looking forward to getting one of these to my two little nieces. They are going to love something like this!

  2. I am so glad I found this article. I wasn’t aware that there were so many different kitchen sets. I am looking to buy one for my niece; she loves to cook, and this article really helped me to make a decision. Thank you.

  3. HI Fiona,
    Excellent review about kitchen set. Kitchen set was my favorite toy to play with as a kit and my kids love it too. We have step 2 best chefs kitchen play set at home. As you mentioned, it as great features with good prize. The light and sound effects and sizzling and bubbling sound makes it more exciting to play with this kitchen set. I would totally recommends this one for sure. Thank you for putting very informative comparative chart together.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Pranali. I also like step 2 best chefs kitchen play set. Price is cheaper than Kidkraft and it comes with accessories. The special light and sound effects are fun and engaging for kids.

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