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 play kitchen sets, board games, and baby play mats — here we’ve rounded up the best dollhouses as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
With three floors, seven rooms, more than 70 accessories, and a working elevator, the classic Barbie Dreamhouse is reviewers’ pick for the best overall dollhouse. More expensive than most other dollhouses, reviewers say the extra features make it worth the cost: “It has the sounds of a flushable toilet (too cute), a fan that works, a sink with running water sounds and tooth-brushing sounds, as well as an aquarium that turns,” one explains. “Every detail is thought of and executed beautifully in this house,” raves one reviewer, “[t]his will last quite a long time.”
Another reviewer says her daughter “can play there for hours just creating stories with her dolls,” and others also report that it keeps little ones “busy for hours” or that it’s “for sure a toy that gets played with on a daily basis for hours at a time.” Lots of reviewers, who had their own Barbie Dreamhouses as kids, agree with this mom who writes, “There’s no substitute! At least not for me! My 8-year-old daughter is ecstatic over her new Dreamhouse, which is the same design my sister and I owned 40 years ago. It’s a great piece that will be a big part of my kiddo’s memories.”
Best-rated (less expensive) dollhouse
At an affordable price point, reviewers love that this petite dollhouse can be enjoyed on its own or as an add-on to the brand’s larger Red Roof Country Home. Lots note that even at a lower price point you’re not sacrificing quality: “The attention to detail is truly remarkable,” says one reviewer. “I can tell you, Calico Critters does not disappoint when it comes to detail and craftsmanship.”
One reviewer calls it “the perfect starter house for anyone looking to start their Critter collection,” and says, “[my daughter] couldn’t be happier! She’s been playing with it nonstop since it arrived!” It’s also a good pick for kids of either gender because “it’s not plastered with pink and/or purple,” according to the parent of a little boy who loves the house.
And now for some micro-picks for every type of dollhouse you (or the child in your life) might be looking for.
Best modern-style Barbie dollhouse
Like our top-rated option, this Barbie house has three floors and comes with tons of accessories — but is a lot cheaper. “This is one of the best Barbie purchases I have made for my girls,” says one reviewer. “They are obsessed and are constantly playing with it which makes me happy because that’s the point of owning a Barbie house.” Plus, reviewers like that it “has a mid-century modern design. Everything is not overly pink like previous versions,” and that “it has adorable details (flat-screen TV, laptop, kitchen utensils, house plants), is sturdy, and easy to assemble.”
Best dollhouse for small dolls
Best for 4-inch dolls, one mom says, “this dollhouse is less than three feet and the perfect size for my 4-year-old to sit and play with.” Another says it’s “really the best doll house out there for smaller dolls.” Reviewers call it “absolutely beautiful,” “adorable,” and “a piece of beautiful art,” and many say that kids are “thrilled with it.” One 5-year-old even “proudly declared that this dollhouse was her favorite gift this Christmas,” and parents like that “the furniture is super cute and sturdy.”
Best dollhouse for toddlers
Overall, reviewers agree that this is a “great quality” dollhouse that’s “a huge hit” among kids. “My almost-3-year-old got this from Santa and she refused to open any [other] presents because all she wanted to do was play with it,” says one impressed parent. “The doorbell works and the additional rooms also have parts with lights and sound,” says one reviewer. “It seems well made and like it will last.”
Best fold-up dollhouse
With lights that turn on and off and furniture for every room included, reviewers say this dollhouse is “absolutely fantastic for pretend play.” They like that “every little piece to this house is so detailed and spot on to real life,” and that “the little details are really what make this item so much fun.” A reviewer says “putting it together for my daughter brought back memories of my childhood and playing with similar toys,” and another “[loves] the house because it does not take up a lot of space and folds up and be put away in a closet for future use.”
Best fold-up Barbie dollhouse
“This is exactly the Barbie Dreamhouse I was looking for,” writes one reviewer. “I love how it folds up and I can tuck it away so there isn’t a big toy structure in my house.” And while some note that the pieces feel “a little flimsy,” this reviewer is impressed that it’s stood up to “countless hours of my granddaughter playing a bit rough with it.”
Best small wooden dollhouse
Reviewers love the “real-wood construction” and “perfect portable size” of this dollhouse. It’s also durable — as one reviewer writes, “I can’t believe it has lasted as long as it has considering my kids and the amount of use we have gotten out of it!” Many say that kids play with it “daily” and “for hours.” Multiple reviewers think this dollhouse is a good value for the money and one writes, “these toys provide hours and hours of playtime without breaking apart easily as other toys do at this price point.”
Best portable wooden dollhouse
Slightly bigger than the “mini” version above, some reviewers prefer this dollhouse because it’s “completely neutral” and “isn’t targeted to a specific gender.” Parents like that they can “customize it with paint on the outside …and wallpaper on the inside.” The quality is also good, too, as one reviewer notes, it’s “a lot more substantial than I thought it would be, and the architecture (!) is so cute.” Another writes, “it is really well made, durable, and I’ve relocated it very easily a few times.”
Best portable Barbie dollhouse
Lots of reviewers agree with this parent who loves that “you don’t need that much space in your house or your child’s room for this Barbie house/apartment. It folds away and has a handle for transport.” Another likes that it “travels perfectly and is quite sturdy for a toy of this price.” Kids are big fans, too: One birthday girl “SQUEALED when she opened it,” and another “has played with it endlessly since she got it.”
Best Disney castle dollhouses
Reviewers love the high quality of this dollhouse: “The detail is great and the house accessories are very well made,” one writes, and one parent was impressed that “even the screws were painted to blend in where [they were] holding the pieces together.” One mom who admits that she’s “super-picky,” exclaims “this is the most spectacular girls’ toy I’ve ever personally experienced. Every morning it puts a huge smile not just on my kid’s face, on mine too!” And she says it’s “sturdy, gorgeous, and magical beyond both my and our kid’s wildest dreams.”
“This dollhouse is perfect for children who are Frozen lovers,” raves one reviewer and another writes, “this is the dream dollhouse for any Frozen fan.” Besides satisfying little ones, reviewers love the thought that went into this Disney-branded dollhouse. “I cannot describe to you how much my 3-year-old loved getting this for Christmas,” says one. “Everything is of such high quality. Even the furniture is plush and wonderful.” Another says, “you’ll notice a lot of the details from the movie that I had never even noticed before, like the glorious crystal ice chandelier.”
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