What’s The Best Kid Kitchen Set (By Age) in 2020?

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Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay are two top names in the long list of celebrity chefs. And both men have played a role in turning cooking into a cool hobby, even for men. As a modern dad, you are destined to have a kid’s kitchen playset somewhere in your home. Both girls and boys will enjoy having their own tiny kitchen to pretend-cook and role-play the family life that they see every day. Every parent should aim to raise an adult who doesn't starve in front of a full fridge. Why not start early with the lessons and maybe even raise the next Masterchef? Here are a few tips and reviews to help every dad to choose the best kid kitchen set for his little one. 


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How to Choose The Best Play Kitchen?

How Old is Your Kid?

It’s best to buy a kitchen that your child can enjoy now and avoid purchasing a too advanced item thinking that she will grow into it.

  • Babies and 1-year-olds: One-year-olds are just learning to walk and try to balance themselves against all items. This means that a play kitchen should be very sturdy or small and lightweight in case it flips over. A couple of accessories is enough.
  • 2- and 3-year-olds: Many older toddlers try to climb wherever they can. This means that mini kitchen sets are less risky. Alternatively, if you have a stand-alone kitchen playset, then make sure that it’s stable (and maybe attach it to the wall?). Older toddlers have honed their motor skills and enjoy playing with a wide range of accessories. My two-year-old loves to „cut“ wooden fruits with his „knife.“
  • Preschooler: The best kitchen set for preschoolers is more advanced and contains many accessories so he or she can adequately pretend play.
  • Older Kids: You can find many very advanced play kitchens for older kids. They enjoy playing with stand-alone kitchen playsets and having a ton of accessories to mimic real cooking. Alternatively, depending on the kid, you may want to start introducing your kid to actual cooking.

How Much Space You Have And How Many Features You Want?

Available in various sizes, you can find the right kitchen playset for toddlers, preschoolers, and even older children.

You can categorize play kitchens by size:

Mini Kitchen Playsets

They feature mini accessories and a smaller size, which can make them the best kitchen set for toddlers. You can set them up on a table. This is great for families that don’t have as much space for a free-standing play kitchen set or who like toys packed away after they are used. Small and lightweight, they tend to be safe for one-year-olds

Stand-Alone Kitchen Playsets

Varying in size, you will find a single unit kitchen playset all the way to large multiple-units kitchen sets that allow many children to play at one time. Keep in mind that some of these larger playsets can take up a lot of room in your home.

Large-scale kitchen sets have a lot of exciting features to offer. That said, young toddlers may not yet understand the concept and will abuse them. It’s expensive to replace accessories and damaged parts, and they can splinter. Bigger kitchens are also harder to clean (like real kitchens).

If you are thinking about buying a stand-alone play kitchen, remember to consider if you have the space for it in your home and if your child is old enough for it.

Is The Material Important to You?

Best kid kitchen sets are made of either plastic or wood, but you will often see steel and aluminum in the mix as well.

Wood

Wood is excellent for its durability and sturdiness. It also has a more realistic feel and look, plus it can be passed from one child to the next thanks to the long lifespans. Wood is a natural material so you don't have to worry about harmful chemicals. 

Wooden kitchen sets are perfect for all ages.

Plastic

Plastic is also a good choice when it comes to kitchen sets. These items are lightweight, so you can effortlessly move them around if the kids want. Plastic play kitchens are also super easy to clean, and they usually cost less than wooden alternatives.

On the negative side, plastic items can be flimsy and will tip over if young toddlers pull upon them. If you buy a large plastic play kitchen for a toddler, then make sure that it's stable.

Plastic kitchen sets don’t last as long as wooden ones, and it’s best not to keep them in direct sunlight (it can make the material brittle). You should also make sure sure that the plastic is BPA-free.

You Kid Needs Accessories to Play With The Kitchen

Play food (fruits and vegetables) made of wood

Depending on the playset, you will find that some come with a ton of accessories, while others are just the kitchen and some cabinets. Some come with a few kitchen utensils or food while others go full out with pots and pans, flatware, dishware, all sorts of seasoning, salt and pepper shakers.

The best kitchen set for toddlers doesn’t need to have all these items, but little ones enjoy playing with kitchen utensils. 

If you're not a fan of nicks and scratches on the floor (you can see my kitchen flooring in the picture), then it’s better to buy lightweight play items.

Nicks In The Flooring

 Best Kid Kitchen Set Should be Easy to Assemble!

While you want to get your little one the kitchen set of his dreams, it doesn’t hurt to check out the assembly of the toy and see what you are getting yourself into. Depending on your skill level, you may end up spending hours putting one of these sets together, including all the extra little accessories. Best play kitchen should be easy to assemble.

Benefits of Buying The Best Play Kitchen 

  • When you purchase a play kitchen, remember that you are looking at a toy that is going to offer years of play time for your little one. At first, a younger child will bang some pots and pans together. But as your little one gets older, she will be running a full-service restaurant for you and her friends.
  • They are excellent learning toys! Not only are they great for pretend play, but they also provide an interactive way to teach your little one colors, counting, cooking, and different types of food
  • Play kitchens are a favorite of playdates! When you have other kids over, they will all head to the play kitchen
  • The best kid kitchen set is easy to upgrade! There are always food play sets that can be added to the original kitchen. You can start with a basic assortment and then add pizza, cupcakes, waffles, and burgers to the menu. You can also find play blenders and toasters that make noise to add to the fun. If you develop a sound storage system, then it won’t be a problem adding more items to your little one’s repertoire. You can also save empty boxes of cereal and breakfast bars to create a real kitchen feel at a low cost.

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Featuring a realistic stovetop and molded-in storage, the Fun With Friends Kitchen also has an oven and a fridge to mimic a real kitchen. Also included are a microwave, a single-serve coffee space, and tons of counter space. With all the accessories in the package, your little ones can start cooking right away. After they are done with the cooking, the swivel sink provides a fun place to "wash "dishes and putting them away on the shelves and the dish rack.

Encouraging hours of playtime fun, the Step2 Fun with Friends Kitchen uses real sounds to allow your little one the joy of hearing their food sizzle and bubble. Kids can practice motor skills by closing and opening doors, turning knobs, and using and grasping smaller utensils and accessories. Plus, using a play kitchen will help young children improve their social skills as they make up stories and tell them through their play. Assisting kids to engage in pretend play, storytelling, and communication, the Step2 Fun with Friends Kitchen allows them to improve their language skills and expand their creativity.

Measurements: ~13 x 36 x 41 inches, weighs 23lb

Material: Plastic

Manufacturers' age recommendation: From age two

Accessories: About 30

PROS

CONS

  • It comes with a lot of accessories and storage
  • This kitchen has realistic sounds and lights that kids love
  • It's one of the cheapest options out there, but check the latest price on Amazon
  • Fun With Friends is big enough even for older toddlers
  • You can choose between three different colors so you should be able to find a suitable one for all playrooms
  • The assembly takes a lot of time because you have to put together even the small parts. You also need a screwdriver, and the manufacturer hasn't bothered to drill the holes
  • Most of the labels are stickers! I'm not a fan because I'm always left with bubbles
  • The fridge door doesn't open all the way
  • No food is included, so you have to buy some essential items
  • You have to buy the batteries

Using sounds and lights, the Kidcraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen provides hours of interactive playtime fun. With an innovative corner design, this play kitchen will easily find a spot in your kid's playroom.

Your little chef will enjoy the realistic ice maker and stovetop burners that use sounds and lights while they play. Appliance doors close and open while the oven knobs click and turn. The kitchen set also includes functional cabinets and shelves which provide handy storage for the included kitchen accessories. The removable sink will make the cleanup easy.

Created for kids that love to cook like their parents, the Kidcraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen brings a child's imagination to life with real sounds and burners that light up. Large enough for several children to play at once, this kitchen playset encourages improved social, and language skills as children play out stories together in a stimulating and interactive environment.

Measurements: ~33 x 42 x 37 inches, weighs 54lb

Material: Fiberboard/wood and plastic

Manufacturers' age recommendation: From age three

Accessories: 1

PROS

CONS

  • The appliances have see-through windows
  • It has realistic sounds and lights that kids love
  • This is a sturdy, great looking kitchen set that will stand the climbing (so it's also suitable for two-year-olds)
  • You can choose between two different colors
  • It takes several hours to put together, and you need a screwdriver for that
  • You don't get any accessories (except the phone)
  • The faucet will probably one of the first items to break. That said, you can get replacement parts quickly and easily from KidKraft 

Providing endless imaginative fun, the Boley My First Kitchen Playset comes with plastic food, plates, utensils, and a colorful oven. Featuring realistic sounds and lights, this fun mini kitchen playset provides your young child with tons of ways to expand his creativity. This is a great educational gift that will help to increase your child's vocabulary and developing coordination and fine motor skills.

Safe and child-friendly, the Boley's My First Kitchen Playset is free of phthalates and lead, and it meets the ASTM and US safety standards.

Measurements: ~12 x 9 x 7 inches, weighs 2lb

Material: Plastic

Manufacturers' age recommendation: From age two

Accessories: 14

PROS

CONS

  • It has a variety of things to keep a child's interest
  • It is colorful and comes with a few lights and sounds
  • Batteries are included
  • It's quite small and basic. Although it's recommended for ages two and up, my two-year-old would probably find it boring. It's perhaps more fun for a one-year-old
  • The burner sound doesn't shut off automatically

Featuring a classic design and compact size, the My Creative Cookery Club comes with everything your little one needs to start cooking. The set includes a refrigerator, decorative sink, utensil rack, stovetop, and an oven. All these features encourage your child to create and imagine through role-playing games and practice motor skills. Your kid will also get wooden play food, utensils, pots, and pans (20 items in total). Using durable wood and safe paint finishes, this toy will last your child years.

Measurements: ~21 x 12 x 31 inches, weighs 13lb

Material: Wood

Manufacturers' age recommendation: From age three

Accessories: 20

PROS

CONS

  • The Hape Kitchen Set comes with simple assembly, plus all the hardware and tools needed for set up are included
  • The set also includes play food
  • Hape toys meet the US and EU safety standards
  • This play kitchen is too small for preschoolers so kids will quickly outgrow it
  • There are no interactive sounds nor lights

This wooden kitchen playset is constructed by Hape, which means that it meets the US and EU safety standards.

Perfect for kids one and up, this kitchen playset allows kids to have fun while learning hands-on skills. Play kitchens cultivate social and language skills as children play out stories together in a stimulating and interactive environment.

Featuring a realistic stovetop and a sink, this kid play kitchen also has an oven and storage to mimic a real kitchen. This high-quality wooden kitchen set provides accessories that will last. The package includes 12 wood cooking accessories- a pan, salt and pepper shakers, a pot (with a lid), forks, knives, plates, a spatula, and a mixing spoon.

Measurements: ~22 x 28 x 13 inches

Material: Wood

Manufacturers' age recommendation: From age three

Accessories: 12

PROS

CONS

  • It comes with a lot of accessories and storage
  • This play kitchen is easy to assemble
  • It's actually too small for older toddlers and more suitable for one- to two-year-olds
  • You don't get any play food with this kitchen
  • There are no interactive sounds nor lights

Your little chef will love the Step 2 Gourmet Kitchen that includes realistic appliances and lots of other details. Light up stove burners that make realistic sounds will delight your little ones as they press the microwave buttons and turn the dials on the oven. The coffeemaker even comes with pods, and the kitchen features a swivel faucet and a faux-granite countertop.

With all the little details, your kids will feel like they are in a real kitchen. From the fun recycling bin, the kitchen clock that comes with movable hands, and a chalkboard, kids will enjoy hours of playtime fun. The Step 2 Gourmet Kitchen set also comes with a potholder, mustard, ketchup, salt and pepper shakers, flatware, dinnerware, pots and pans, and utensils.

With tons of storage, your kids can easily put away all the extra accessories after they make their favorite dish. The double sink, double oven with "windows," and built-in water dispenser in the refrigerator add to the realism they will enjoy as they play. Just imagine all the hours of imaginative playtime fun your kids will have with this modern-style kitchen playset with tons of realistic sounds and lights.

Measurements: ~17 x 39 x 46 inches, weighs 30lb

Material: Plastic

Manufacturers' age recommendation: From age two

Accessories: About 30

PROS

CONS

  • You can choose between three different colors so you should be able to find a suitable one for all playrooms
  • It comes with a ton of accessories including forks and knives
  • It has realistic sounds and lights that kids love
  • The advertisement picture is misleading because it actually doesn't come with groceries
  • Assembly is pretty difficult requiring a drill or a powerful screwdriver
  • Most of the labels are stickers! As I've said before (sorry for repeating myself), I'm not a fan because I'm always left with bubbles
  • Batteries are not included

With four fun ways to play, the Fischer Price Laugh & Learn Learning Kitchen uses interactive settings to help youngest children learn and also have fun.

When your child uses the Learning mode, she will learn letters, numbers, shapes, and names of different foods. He can also enjoy songs and phrases in both Spanish and English thanks to the Bilingual mode. Imagination mode helps her learn through role-play, and the kitchen also has a Musical mode. It also has a real working light switch to teach cause and effect to babies. They can also work on their fine motor skills by sorting and grasping food shapes, turning pages, and spinning the roller bar.


The Fischer Price Laugh & Learn Learning Kitchen comes with two sides of play.
Using role-play accessories and realistic layout, kids can create all types of cooking scenarios. 

It’s easy to store as this kitchen playset folds up when your little one is done playing.

Measurements: 9 x 12 x 9 inches, weighs 2lb

Material: Plastic

Manufacturers’ age recommendation: From six months

Accessories: 5

PROS

CONS

  • This kitchen is a lot of fun for young kids because it comes with so many features
  • You don’t have to assemble it
  • This is a relatively cheap play kitchen, but check the latest price on Amazon though
  • Batteries are included
  • Babies need something to pull upon, and this kitchen tends to tip over. That said, it weighs only 2lb, so little ones are unlikely to get hurt
  • It’s quite small. This means that it’s probably not the best kitchen set for a toddler who’s already three years old

Perfect for little ones 18-months and up, the Little Tikes Cook 'n Grow Kitchen features a modern design that will inspire hours of fun playtime. With actual moving doors to all the appliances, this kitchen set comes with 26 accessories that include play food, dishes, cups, cookware, and utensils. Featuring electronic cooking sounds, the Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow Kitchen also comes with hooks and slots that are molded-in for plates and cups.


You can choose between two configurations. If you expand the kitchen, you will find the sink in between the oven and refrigerator. You can also configure it so that the sink fits above them, making it the perfect height for a taller child and a compact room.

Measurements: ~15 x 47 x 33 inches (when opened), about 21lb

Material: Plastic

Manufacturers’ age recommendation: From 18 months

Accessories: 26

PROS

CONS

  • The Cook’n Grow Kitchen grows with your child. Two different setups allow your child to play at a height that is just perfect for him. As a result, it’s an ideal toy even for a classroom
  • It comes with a lot of accessories including play food
  • Kids love the realistic sounds it makes
  • This is a sturdy kitchen that assembles easily as long as you follow the directions
  • It’s an excellent learning toy. There’s even a shape-sorting lid in the pot that allows your child to use three blocks to learn colors and shapes
  • Younger children find it hard to close and open the doors
  • Batteries are not included (so you must be careful if you buy this as a present)
  • The windows are not see-through, you have to use stickers

Adding even more fun to your playroom, the Pink Retro Kitchen and Refrigerator has a two-piece design that lets you create unique layouts that fit any room.

Packed with fun interactive features, this kitchen playset comes with tons of accessories, storage, and a working door. You also get clickable oven knobs that move stove burners that are made of realistic looking molded plastic. All the appliances feature working doors allowing your little one to cook up a feast.

With great colors and cut details, this modular kitchen set is made with durable wood so that it will last you through years of playtime fun. It also includes storage under the oven and a sink that is removable for easy cleanup.

Measurements: Stove: ~26 x 14 x 26 inches; Fridge: ~12 x 14 x 31 inches, about 39lb

Material: Wood

Manufacturers’ age recommendation: From age three

Accessories: 0

PROS

CONS

  • This is a charming kitchen that’s easy to fit into most playrooms
  • The oven has a see-through window
  • It is easy to get replacement parts (if you should need them)
  • Assembly is hard because all the parts are so small
  • Sounds or lights would make it more interactive
  • You don’t get any accessories
  • It's  too small for older toddlers

With a fun twist on a kid’s kitchen playset, the Little Tikes Cook 'n Play Outdoor BBQ allows kids also to pretend to have a cookout. This is a fun way to develop sharing and social skills during active play. Equipped with play food and utensil, kids can have tons of fun grilling outside just like their parents.
The dual grill comes with a lid and a side burner. You kids can also learn how „fun“ it is to clean after the grilling thanks to a play sink. Pegs are molded-in, so your kids can hang pans and kitchen utensils. The Little Tikes Cook 'n Play Outdoor BBQ is a great way to encourage imaginary and creative play, and it’s perfect for boys and girls.

Measurements: ~29 x 12 x 35 inches, 18lb

Material: Plastic

Manufacturers’ age recommendation: From age two

Accessories: 10

PROS

CONS

  • The knobs click, and you don’t need batteries
  • It encourages outdoor play
  • Assembly isn’t complicated, but you need a screwdriver
  • It’s quite a small kitchen, perfect size for two years olds. That said, my two-year-old likes to climb on furniture and this thing tend to fall over easily
  • The window isn’t see-through, so you have to apply a vast sticker and deal with the bubbles (sigh)

To Sum Up

Keep reading to find out the winners of the best kid kitchens set roundup! All links take you to Amazon for the latest price!

Fischer Price Laugh & Learn Learning Kitchen is my top pick for babies because it’s such an interactive toy thanks to its four modes of play. They can also practice motor skills by closing and opening doors, turning knobs, and using and grasping smaller utensils.

All the reviewed items could be the best kitchen set for a toddler. That said, Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow Kitchen is probably the best plastic one starting from age one because it grows with your child. Hape My Creative Cookery Club Wooden Kitchen Set is a beautiful wooden item that’s also perfect for younger toddlers. Both kitchen playsets come with a ton of accessories, so your little ones can start cooking right away.

Starting from age three, the best play kitchen should be more advanced, and so the Kidcraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen is my top pick for them. That said, you have to buy all the accessories separately.

If you’re searching for a mini play kitchen, then the Boley My First Kitchen Playset is perfect for younger toddlers.

The best cheap play kitchen is Step2 Fun with Friends Kitchen. You get a quite big kitchen that comes with a ton of accessories and possibilities for interactive play.

And if you wish to encourage outdoor play, then the Little Tikes Outdoors Kitchen is my top suggestion.

Hopefully, this round-up review helps you to find the best kid kitchen set for your little one! And who knows...maybe he or she will become the next Masterchef.

Childrens play kitchen is a fun toy for any toddler, but finding the best with a lot of accessories (including food) isn’t that easy (so many!). After doing the research, I have some suggestions for kids by age. If you wish to learn more, then just click on the link and come to visit my site.