Toddlers and young elementary children learn by imitating the behavior of adults and older siblings. Kitchen play sets allow young children to pretend they are making meals, doing dishes, and other chores they will be doing as they get older and become adults. They are also a great way for children to engage in imaginative play and gain verbal and social skills through playing with others.
In order to help you purchase one of these play kitchens we have provided this guide which includes a list of the very best toy kitchen sets along with tips for selecting the best one for the child you’re buying for!
How to Choose the Best Kitchen Sets for Kids?
- Consider the size of the play kitchen and whether it will fit into the space in your home.
- Take a good look at the appliances that the kitchen contains. At a minimum your toddler will want a stove, refrigerator and sink.
- Does the kitchen set come with storage space for play dishes and food? Most top brands such as KidKraft and Step2 kitchen sets come with plenty of accessories.
- Does the toy come with at least some necessary accessories? If not the cost of those accessories can and will add up quickly!
The Best Kids Pretend Kitchen Sets List
1. Melissa & Doug Wooden Chef’s Kitchen
This Melissa & Doug Wooden Pretend Kitchen is made of a combination of press board and plastic and comes in your choice of charcoal, white or pink. The set includes a stove and oven, microwave, sink, and refrigerator with freezer and ice dispenser. There is also a storage space above and below the sink. This kitchen also has a grocery checklist, 2 “ice cubes” and a moving turntable in the microwave.
The kitchen measures 39 inches x 43.25 inches x 15.5 inches and is 23 inches deep. Assembly for the kitchen is pretty easy. This kitchen is designed for children ages 3 through 6 years old.
2. Step2 Fun with Friends Kitchen
This Step2 Fun with Friends Kitchen is made from plastic and is perfect for young toddlers between the ages of 18 months old and 4 years. This kitchen comes with a clickable knob stove top with realistic lights and sounds (activated with a special frying pan and boiling pot) that requires 2AA batteries, oven, microwave, refrigerator, sink, hanging storage hooks, built-in dish rack, single serve coffee maker station with travel mug and 2 storage bins. There are also built in pet dishes.
This set also comes with some dishes, pots and pans, silverware, utensils, salt and pepper and condiment bottles. The kitchen measures 21 inches x 22 inches x 16 inches.
3. Kidkraft Wooden Farm to Table Play Kitchen
This wooden farm to table play kitchen set measures 44.2 inches x 13.6 inches x43 inches. It is made from a combination of wood, metal and plastic. The kitchen consists of a light and sound cooktop, oven, refrigerator with ice cube maker (3 play ice cubes), a large sink, chalk board, hooks, planter boxes with 3 carrots and 3 red onions,(that is designed to be “cut”) storage shelf with collapsible containers and an 18 piece accessory play food set. There is also a wooden cutting board and a wooden knife. The faucet and stove top lights up and makes sounds. The kitchen set needs 3LR44 batteries.
This kitchen set will help toddlers build their fine motor, language and socialization skills.
4. KidKraft Uptown Natural Kitchen
The KidKraft Uptown Kitchen comes with a refrigerator, freezer with a chalk board on the door, oven, and microwave all with doors that open. There is also a stove top and sink, cell phone with holder, towel rack and storage spaces above the refrigerator, above and next to the microwave, and under the sink. There are also pegs for utensils.
This kitchen measures 43 inches x 17.75 inches x41 inches. The kitchen is large enough for multiple children to use at the same time and takes 2 hours or more for assembly (easier with 2 people) and is designed for children ages 2 years and up.
5. Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen
This cute Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen is designed to be placed flat against a wall or in a corner. It is extremely attractive in dark blue and light beige with silver appliances and red accents. The kitchen consists of a one burner stove top with realistic cooking sounds, an oven, microwave, small refrigerator with ice dispenser, towel rack, cabinet, and sink.
It also has a coffee pot, phone, place settings for 2 people, a frying pan. You do need 2AAA batteries to make the cooking sounds. This kitchen is ideal for toddlers aged 2 to 5 or 6.
6. Best Choice Products Pretend Play Kitchen
This Best Choice Products pretend play kitchen comes in your choice of pink or white. This kitchen set includes a refrigerator with an ice maker that dispenses 4 play ice cubes, a 2 burner stove top, oven, sink, chalkboard, microwave, an older model cordless phone, cabinet under the sink, a shelf next to the microwave.
The set also comes with a few accessories: 2 pots, a lid, and 3 utensils. This set is perfect for toddlers ages 2 years and up. This Best Choice Products Pretend Play Kitchen measures 31.25 inches x 9.5 inches x 31.5 inches.
7. KidKraft Vintage Kitchen
This KidKraft Vintage kitchen will allow your toddler to play homemaker and cook while taking a step back in history. This cute kitchen looks like it is straight out of the 60s or 70s and features a refrigerator with ice dispenser (and 4 play ice cubes), cordless phone, microwave, sink, 2 burner stove top, oven and storage on top of the kitchen set as well as a shelf next to the microwave and a cabinet and shelf under the sink.
This kitchen is made from a combination of MDF and Plastic and measures 33 inches x 13 inches x 35.70 inches.
8. KidKraft Corner Wooden Play Kitchen
This KidKraft play kitchen is designed to be placed in a corner to save space. This kitchen features a stove top with 2 burners with realistic lights and sounds, an oven, refrigerator with water dispenser, microwave, sink, clothes washing machine, and cell phone.
This kitchen does require 9LR44 batteries to work the lights and sounds and measures 42.5 inches x 32.5 inches x 36.75 inches. There are also pegs over the stove for hanging utensils.
9. Teamson Kids Little Chef Classic Kitchen
This Teamson Little Chef kitchen is made from MDF (particle board) and measures 35.5 inches x 21.5 inches x 11.63 inches and comes in your choice of multi-colored, pink and gray, or white and green. This kitchen features a 2 burn stove top, oven, microwave, play clock, removable sink, cordless phone, 3 plastic shakers and spatula.
This little kitchen has plenty of storage space including a shelf below the play clock, 2 storage boxes on a shelf, a shelf under the oven and a large space under the sink that can be used as a refrigerator.
10. KidKraft Big & Bright Kitchen
This KidKraft big and bright kitchen is very colorful with its pink, orange, yellow and blue/green colors. It is a nice set as well with a large refrigerator, microwave, 4 burner stove top, oven, removable sink, storage under sink, and a shelf next to the microwave. There is also a cordless phone with a holder and 3 pegs above the stove. This kitchen set does take a few hours to assemble, but the directions are clear.
11. Teamson Kids Chelsea Play Kitchen
This Little Chef Chelsea kitchen comes in two pieces with the complete set measuring 41.6 inches x 11.8 inches x 31.88 inches. The kitchen is made from MDF material and is easy to clean. One piece of this kitchen set includes a 2 burner hot plate (when you turn the knobs that makes realistic sounds), oven, sink, under sink storage and a built-in clock. The second piece is a 2 piece double door refrigerator with an ice cube dispenser with a couple of play ice cubes.
You can choose from 3 different colors of kitchens including gray, pink or white.
12. Step2 Lifestyle Dream Kitchen
This cute little Step 2 kitchen is quite compact and measures 15.5 inches x 35.5 inches x 44.15 inches. This kitchen features a framed window, sink with swivel faucet, microwave and oven with working keypads, small stove top, small refrigerator with water/ice dispenser, built-in plate rack and several small storage cabinets. This set also comes with a 37 piece accessory kit, which includes a storage bin, dishes, pots and pans, silverware, cooking utensils, salt and pepper shakers and a few food items. This kitchen set seems better suited to younger toddlers aged 18 months old to about 3 years.
13. KidKraft Retro Kitchen
This KidKraft retro kitchen comes in 2 separate pieces, which makes it easier to place the kitchen in the space you have available. The refrigerator is a separate piece and measures 12 inches x 14.25 inches x 31.5 inches. while the stove/sink combination measures 25.9 inches x 14.2 inches x 26.75 inches.
Features of this kitchen include the refrigerator with pretend temperature gauge on the front, a stove top with 2 realistic burners, oven, with a storage space under the oven. There is also a sink with a working knob and a play dishwasher under the sink. There is also a built-in pretend clock.
14. Step2 Little Cooks Kitchen
This Step2 Play Kitchen is a good toy kitchen for younger toddlers due tothe fact that this kitchen is only about 2 feet high. The actual measurements of this kitchen are 25.59 inches x 10.98 inches x 33.46 inches. Made from durable plastic this little kitchen features an electronic burner with flashing lights, a sink and faucet, small refrigerator, microwave, spice rack, clock, built-in plate holder and storage spaces under the sink, and microwave.
This kitchen also comes with several accessories including a bin, coffee pot, a couple of pans with lids, dishes and silverware for 2 people, cooking spoon and spatula, salt and pepper shaker, and Ketchup and mustard bottles. You do need 2AA batteries to work the burner on the stove.
15. KidKraft Grand Corner Play Kitchen
This KidKraft pink kitchen is designed to fit into a corner and measures 36 inches x 35.75 inches x 36.125 inches. Features of this kitchen include a refrigerator with a water dispenser in the door, a top freezer with a chalkboard on the door, corner sink, window with curtain, 2 burner stove top, oven, microwave, clothes washer, 4 pegs 2 storage shelves and 4 accessories including a hot pad and some utensils.
This kitchen set is made from MDF, plastic and fabric and it does take some time for parents to assemble.
Frequently Ask Questions
Q. How do I tell if a play kitchen will be the right size for my child’s height?
A. Look to the height of the counter top and it will give you a good indication of whether or not the kitchen is suitable for your child’s height. Keep in mind, that you can always add a platform or base to the kitchen to raise the height as your child grows.
Q. Do the Kitchens with electronic sounds and lights offer more fun for children?
A. Not necessarily, some children do just fine using their imagination and simply don’t need the sound effects or lights to enjoy playing at cooking and such.
Q. Why do so many of these play kitchens come with limited or no accessories?
A. The main reason why most kitchens don’t come with a multitude of accessories is because different children prefer different accessories to use in the play kitchen. This allows parents to select the accessory kitchen set that their child will enjoy the most.
Wrapping Up This Guide To The Best Play Kitchen Sets
Play kitchens allow young children to experience a small part of the world of adults in a safe and fun manner while encouraging imaginative play and helping to develop social skills. Any of the kitchens in this review should make a toddler happy for hours on end.