Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about the best toys for kids before — including the best scooters, the best board games, and even the next unicorn toy craze — here we’ve rounded up the best toy kitchen sets, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated toy kitchen set
The KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen is the best-rated toy kitchen set on Amazon, with over 2,700 reviews, and reviewers are consistently impressed with the overall durability and longevity of this set because of the high-quality materials — specifically wood and particle board, rather than plastic. The taller-than-average counter height also means that it takes longer for kids to outgrow it. One reviewer’s daughter received this kitchen when she was 2 years old: “She is now 4 and a half and still plays with it, and I don’t see her outgrowing it anytime soon.” Another adds, “My child is a VERY tall 6-year-old and I purchased this product because this kitchen is taller than any other I have seen.”
Lots of reviewers also mention the modern design of the KidKraft Uptown Kitchen, as well, with its realistic details, like clicking knobs. One reviewer summed up the aesthetic appeal simply: “I chose this over a more kiddy, colorful option because it’s going in the living room and I didn’t want it sticking out too much since my cabinets are espresso. And, to be honest, it looks better than my own kitchen!”
Best-rated (less-expensive) toy kitchen set
This play kitchen is an excellent buy for small spaces, especially given its electronic sound effects and 30-piece accessory kit. “This kitchen is perfect for my 2-year-old son! He loves all the noises it makes! The frying pan sounds like frying, and the pot sounds like boiling water!” writes one reviewer. Several reviewers also noted that the Step2 Lifestyle Fresh Accents Kitchen has a much easier and faster assembly process than most play kitchens, with most reporting an assembly time of under 30 minutes. “So easy to put together! It honestly took me 20 minutes to assemble and another 10 to put the decals on,” one reviewer wrote.
And now, some micro-picks for every type of play kitchen you might be looking for.
Best wooden toy kitchen sets
“Definitely a good kitchen for the price! My daughter loves it and so do I,” writes one reviewer. Several reviewers also noted this set’s longevity: “I actually bought this in 2014 for my oldest daughter and she was 5 at that time. This kitchen has surprised us with its durability and now is my 2-year-old’s favorite!”
Although the assembly is a bit tricky — “I would like to take a small moment of silence for all the fathers who may not have made it through the assembly,” writes one frustrated dad — most reviewers say the extra effort is well worth it. “It’s a huge hit! It really seems like the most deluxe one with the most features,” concludes another satisfied parent.
Reviewers praised this modern, wooden set from Melissa & Doug for its realistic look and well-designed details. “This set is so adorable. The entire time my husband was putting it together he kept marveling at its ‘luxuriousness,’ he was impressed with all the details and up-to-date styling.” Reviewers especially loved the rotating microwave plate and ice dispenser.
And here is a hot tip from one reviewer to make the kitchen feel extra realistic: “I added a motion-sensor light under the shelf and inside the refrigerator and used a tension rod to hang a curtain over the open space below the sink to hide clutter.”
Best toy kitchen set for toddlers
According to one reviewer, “This is the BEST kitchen! Our grandchildren loved it. Great for boys and girls. It is great-quality, a good size (not too big), and has great features.” That includes a 25-piece kitchen accessory set, clicking knobs, and a stove burner that features lights and cooking sounds. “It’s super cute, gender-neutral, has some nice features, and the price is right. It comes with a lot of cute accessories, including a recycling bin which I think is awesome,” writes one reviewer with a 15-month-old.
Best toy kitchen sets for girls
A majority of reviewers were impressed with the bright, pastel colors and solid construction of this kitchen set. One reviewer with a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old writes, “This kitchen is the perfect size,” adding that “I LOVE the storage space.” Like most of the wooden kitchen sets, this one does take time and patience to construct. “It takes a very long time to build, so I definitely suggest you don’t show your little one their present until it’s complete, otherwise you will have many, ‘Is it done yet?!’ questions,” cautions one reviewer.
“If you’re looking for a cute kitchenette to stand the test of time and rough kiddos … This is it!” says one enthusiastic reviewer. Reviewers also lauded its “cool, retro look,” “high-quality” materials, and “level of detail.” The total kitchen height is 36 inches, which is shorter than some of the other play kitchens on this list, so several reviewers did advise making sure the counter height is high enough for your child.
“Do you have an in-law that you can’t stand? Are you feeling exceptionally passive-aggressive? If so, this is THE perfect gift to give,” writes one reviewer, post-assembly. But, they continue, “it looks so adorable assembled that you’ll almost forget the pain it took. The five minutes your child is enthralled by it makes it totally worth it.”
Reviewers loved the vintage look and attention to detail of this pink, vintage-inspired kitchen set. “This is a beautiful, well-crafted and sturdy little kitchenette for young children,” writes one reviewer. “My daughter and her 4-year-old brother play with it EVERY day! It is loved. It is cool. It has everything you want in a pretend kitchen!” exclaims another. The set is also available in bright blue.
“If you’re an IKEA-phobe, the instructions are right out of their playbook. You won’t get any words and you have to pay close attention to the position of pieces in the instructions to make sure you get them right,” writes one commenter. “Although it took me two different sessions, it went smoothly and easily, and I am proud of the finished product,” adds another.
Best toy kitchen sets for boys
“One-hundred percent worth the money. Keeps kids occupied and they get to enjoy cooking and learning about food. Very durable and cute. Perfect!,” writes one reviewer. Several others noted the coffee station and additional accessories to be a major bonus. A few reviewers mention that you need a power drill for assembly, but they generally found it to a great buy for the price.
“It came in and *heart-eyes emoji*] it’s totally as cute in person as it is in the photos! Modern, sleek, thoughtful play kitchen!” writes one reviewer. Reviewers also raved about the high-quality details of this set and its grown-up look. “So impressed with the details that went into this all the way down to the ‘dirt’ in the bins for the veggies,” writes another. “I’m really into home decor and wanted something that aesthetically went with my home. This is great quality, doesn’t feel cheap by any means, has everything you need, it’s practical and a lot cuter in person. It’s worth every penny.”
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