10 Best Play Kitchens

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One of my favorite toys growing up was the coveted play kitchen. The best play kitchens have a variety of features that help make them feel as authentic as possible.

In this article, we’re sharing information about play kitchens for a variety of age groups that can help you find the best one for the child you love.

The Best Play Kitchens on the Market

We’ve chosen some of the best play kitchens on the market for you to consider giving to the child in your life.

Among other factors, we made our choices based on age range, price, consumer reviews, and features.

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Melissa & Doug Chef's Kitchen
  • COMPLETE WOODEN PLAY KITCHEN: The Melissa & Doug Wooden Chef’s Pretend Play Toy Kitchen includes oven, stove, microwave, sink, refrigerator with working “ice” dispenser, and freezer
  • DURABLE PRETEND PLAY KITCHEN: The Melissa & Doug Chef’s Kitchen is a durable, wooden play kitchen with ample storage space for easy cleanup
  • INNOVATIVE TOY KITCHEN FOR KIDS: The innovative ice maker dispenses two included "ice” cubes, dials turn, microwave plate spins; includes grocery checklist, movable hooks, and doors that open and...
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE: Our toy kitchen with “ice” cube dispenser is roomy enough for multiple kids to play at once. This kids play kitchen is ideal for kitchen accessory play sets, pretend food...
  • GREAT GIFT FOR AGES 3 AND UP: The Wooden Chef’s Pretend Play Toy Kitchen makes a great gift for kids ages 3 and up. Add the Melissa & Doug Kitchen Accessories Set to round out the pretend play...

1. Melissa & Doug Chef’s Kitchen

Melissa & Doug is well known for making high-quality wood toys and games for kids, and this kitchen is no exception.

The company’s Wooden Chef’s Pretend Play Toy Kitchen comes with fun features such as a microwave, full oven/range, and a refrigerator with an “ice” maker.

This wooden kitchen is painted in a stainless steel gray to fit in with today’s décor standards. You can also choose the white version.

The dials spin, the microwave plate turns, and it has a shopping list so that your chef can write down all of their grocery needs.

There is ample storage and shelving space with this kitchen, making it good for storing separately purchased accessories.

Melissa & Doug also offers a coordinating pot and pan set, and a play food set as well.

This kitchen is designed for kids age 3 and up. The set does require assembly.

The assembled size is approximately 39 x 43 x 15. Buyers love the realistic feel of the kitchen and the sturdy construction.

Shipping weight: 31 pounds

Recommended age: 36 months to 6 years

What we like best: Realistic design with fun features

Step2 Fun With Friends Kitchen
  • Pretend stovetop burner features realistic electronic lights and sounds, activated with the special frying pan and boiling pot (requires 2 “AA” batteries, not included).
  • Make a cup of coffee with the pretend single-serve coffee maker station and included travel mug!
  • Get cooking with the pretend appliances including the stovetop, oven with clickable knob, microwave, and refrigerator to keep pretend ingredients fresh.
  • Pretend to wash the dishes after dinner with the molded-in sink and swivel faucet.
  • Plenty of hanging storage keeps culinary equipment within arm’s reach, along with a molded-in dish rack to keep dishes neat.

2. Step2 Fun With Friends Kitchen

The Step2 Fun With Friends Kitchen comes with a pretend stovetop burner, a molded-in sink and faucet, a microwave with clickable knobs, and a refrigerator.

It also has a single-serve coffee maker that includes a play travel mug. Lights and sounds help make kitchen play feel more realistic.

This kitchen has a little pet food/water bowl station as well and comes with a 24-piece set of pots, pans, utensils, and condiments.

Although not as realistic as some other kitchen sets made for older kids, this Step2 set looks like it’s loads of fun to play with.

It’s colorful, and the noises and sounds add to the fun. There are storage hooks for hanging dishes and utensils on.

Dimensions are roughly 12 x 36 x 41 and assembly is required. And it comes with Step2’s commitment to safety and usability.

Shipping weight: 24 pounds

Recommended age: 24 months to 10 years

What we like best: Fun extras like lights, sounds, hanging hooks, and a pet food/water station

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KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen with Lights & Sounds
  • Innovative corner design
  • Burners have realistic lights and sound
  • Shelving and hanging pegs for pots, pans and accessories
  • Oven, microwave, refrigerator, freezer and washer doors all open and close
  • Cordless phone with hands-free clip

3. KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen with Lights & Sounds

If you’re searching for a sturdy play kitchen that will hold up to hours of play, this might be your best choice.

The KidKraft Ultimate Corner Wooden Play Kitchen with Lights & Sounds is made of prefabricated fiberboard (MDF) and plastic for sturdy construction.

This kitchen includes an oven and stovetop, microwave, refrigerator with bottom pull-out freezer, and washing machine.

It comes with a removable sink for easy clean-up and a cordless phone with a wall mount and a hands-free clip.

The kitchen has shelving for storage, hooks for hanging cups and other dishes, and curtains in the window.

The stove burners come with lights and sounds, and the faux brick backsplash is a cute touch.

This kitchen’s corner design is a nice touch. According to comments, assembly will take some time so be prepared. No accessories are included.

Shipping weight: 54 pounds

Recommended age: 36 months to 8 years

What we like best: A sturdy choice that comes with a washing machine and lights/sounds

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Step2 Elegant Edge Kitchen
  • Toddlers can easily see what’s baking in the oven, cooking in the microwave, and which fresh ingredients they have on hand with the windowed appliances!
  • Realistic electronic features include stovetop lights and sounds, and working oven and refrigerator lights (requires 5 “AA” and 6 “AAA” batteries, not included).
  • Upscale design elements include faux subway tile backsplash, premium “slate-style” appliance finishing, large faux granite countertop, stonework detail, frost effect on the cabinet windows, and...
  • Tons of built-in storage options like the upper storage bins, windowed cabinets, spice rack, single-serve coffee maker, under-sink storage area, hanging hooks, and shelving keep this set neat and tidy...
  • Accessory pack includes dishes, utensils, play food, coffee pot with single-serve pods, pretend cutting board, realistic copper serving utensils and cookware, plus realistic blender and popcorn maker...

4. Step2 Elegant Edge Kitchen

If you’re searching for a higher-end play kitchen with loads of accessories, the Step2 Elegant Edge Kitchen could fit the bill.

The list of features for this kitchen is enticing: a window on the oven and one on the refrigerator as well, a farmhouse-style sink, under-the-sink storage, hanging hooks, and more.

Styling elements include a faux subway tile backsplash, faux granite countertop, faux stonework details, and frost effects on the cupboard doors.

The sink boasts a gooseneck faucet as well. There is ample storage space with this set, including a spice rack.

And this kitchen comes with over 70 accessory pieces including pots and pans, utensils, play food, serving dishes, baking dishes, and a cutting board.

You’ll also get a single-serve coffee maker with coffee pods, a popcorn maker, and a blender.

There are realistic lights and sounds throughout this kitchen, including in the oven and in the refrigerator.

The kitchen itself measures approximately 14 x 66 x 50.

Shipping weight: 26.9 pounds

Recommended age: 36 months to 8 years

What we like best: All of the bells, whistles, and accessory toys you could possibly want

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KidKraft Wooden Farm to Table Play Kitchen
  • Recognized for its garden-to-plate play, kitchen provides hands-on experience for kids
  • Kids can “grow” veggies in planter boxes that fit right over the kitchen ledge. Even write the name on the chalkboard label
  • Carrots and onions are held together with self-adhesive closures for a crisp sound and clean cut
  • Ice maker really works—plastic ice cubes drop down when button is pressed
  • Keep pots, pans and accessories in the two included wood-grain look fabric bins that fit nicely on the shelves. Pull them out and tote to another room for on-the-go play

5. KidKraft Wooden Farm to Table Play Kitchen

The KidKraft Wooden Farm to Table Play Kitchen is a kitchen meant to enhance the hands-on experience for kids.

This play kitchen set comes with vegetable planter boxes that sit nicely on the back ledge of the kitchen.

You can “grow” carrots and onions, and even write the names of the veggies on the planter box chalkboards.

The “harvested” carrots and onions have self-adhesive closures so kids can “cut” them before cooking.

The two wood-look fabric storage bins fit nicely in the kitchen or can be used to bring play food and accessories to another room.

This set also comes with play ice cubes, a cutting board, a cutting accessory with a non-sharp plastic edge, cooking pots, and utensils.

A farmhouse-style sink, refrigerator with an ice maker, and an oven with a real window for viewing add to the fun. Dimensions are approximately 44 x 13 x 43.

Shipping weight: 57 pounds

Recommended age: 36 months to 10 years

What we like best: True farm-to-table experience

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KidKraft Mosaic Magnetic Play Kitchen
  • Ice maker with 3 pretend ice cubes
  • Magnetic refrigerator and top freezer with 1 sheet of magnets included
  • Spacious oven with an extra rack and knobs that click and turn
  • Ladle, pan and spatula on adorable hanging pegs
  • Salt and pepper shakers included

6. KidKraft Mosaic Magnetic Play Kitchen

The KidKraft Mosaic Magnetic Play Kitchen is a simple, affordable play kitchen with fun accessories.

The refrigerator and top-style freezer are magnetic, and the set comes with a sheet of magnetic stickers for kids who want a kitchen that looks like so many real-life kitchens in houses with toddlers.

The microwave and oven have windows, and the refrigerator comes with an ice maker and three faux ice cubes.

The mosaic backsplash is a nice touch, and there are hanging hooks to hang utensils.

You’ll get a ladle, a pan, a spatula, and salt and pepper shakers with the set too. The sink is removable for easy clean-up.

There is storage space under the microwave and a storage shelf on the top of the kitchen set.

This kitchen measures approximately 41 x 13 x 40. The manufacturer says this wood construction kitchen is easy to assemble.

Shipping weight: 37.9 pounds

Recommended age: 36 months to 8 years

What we like best: Cute kitchen with plenty of features and an affordable price; the magnets and magnetic refrigerator are a fun addition

Step2 Best Chef's Kitchen
  • Little chefs will appreciate every detail in this realistic kids’ kitchen Playset by Step2. The best chef’s kitchen is perfect for engaging social play and pretending to cook, bake, and more!
  • The play kitchen set has an open design and lots of accessories encourage imaginative social play and sharing with friends!
  • Activate the realistic electronic stovetop burner lights and sounds with the special frying pan and boiling pot (requires 2 “AA” batteries, not included).
  • Features like the coffee maker station, realistic appliances with working doors, and included accessories make this play kitchen activity set ideal for pretend play fun!
  • In the box: play kitchen, 25-piece accessory set.

7. Step2 Best Chef’s Kitchen

The Step2 Best Chefs Kitchen Playset is designed to encourage imaginative play for younger kids.

This kitchen comes with a faux coffee maker, recycle bin, and realistic appliances with working doors.

It also has hanging hooks, a shelf for condiments and dishes, and features realistic lights and sounds.

The kitchen comes with a 25-piece accessory kit that includes pots, pans, utensils, the coffee maker, and more.

It does include working doors, but the window on the oven is a sticker and not an actual window.

It’s a lightweight set at just under 21 pounds. Dimensions are approximately 11 x 34 x 38. However, commenters say it is a sturdy set.

This kitchen is the least expensive of the choices given here. However, it’s a good value for the money.

Shipping weight: 20.7 pounds

Recommended age: 24 months to 5 years

What we like best: Great choice if you’re not looking to spend a lot of cash and looking for a kitchen suited for younger kids

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KidKraft Large Pastel Play Kitchen
  • Refrigerator, freezer, oven, cabinet and microwave doors open and close
  • Oven and sink knobs click and turn
  • Removable sink for easy cleanup
  • Cordless phone with hands-free clip
  • Convenient storage above and below the sink

8. KidKraft Large Pastel Play Kitchen

The KidKraft Wooden Large Pastel Play Kitchen has a bit of a sixties vibe with baby blue, pink, and yellow coloring, and a faux tile backsplash.

It’s large enough for multiple kids to play on at once.

All of the doors in this kitchen open and close. The knobs turn and click, and the sink is removable for easy clean-up.

There are see-through windows on the oven and the microwave. There is storage both above and below the sink.

And this kitchen comes with hanging hooks and a play cell phone that includes a hands-free clip.

The kitchen is made of wood and MDF materials and features child-safe paint. Dimensions are approximately 42 x 17 x 43. No accessories included aside from the phone.

Commenters remark that it will take a few hours to assemble. However, it’s a heavy-duty kitchen that should last a long time with proper use.

Shipping weight: 71 pounds

Recommended age: 36 months to 8 years

What we like best: Sturdy play kitchen with fun features; reasonably priced; a good value for a well-built set

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Tiny Land Play Kitchen
  • ⭐Wooden Play Kitchen: Made of eco-friendly, non-toxic wood, BPA-free. This space-friendly toy kitchen is 31in wide and 12in deep after being assembled. Great for a cute nursery, let kids put the...
  • ⭐Ready to Play Immediately: Come with many accessories, including cutting food, toy kitchen sets, a chef hat, and apron. Exclusive design wooden play kitchen set, Ideal gift for kids birthday and...
  • ⭐Lots of Playable Features: The new model stove and range hood have a sim-life sound and lights with button control and automatically turn off. Kids would get endless fun with this playable oven,...
  • ⭐Adjustable Height Suits Age 3-7: A ideal learning toy should grow with kids. Our play kitchen can easily be set to a 3 height stage to suit kids age 3-7. You can teach your kids about food, common...
  • ⭐We Care about Quality: We have strict requirements for all wood we use, No BPA added, non-toxic painting. Passed physical and chemical safety tests far beyond the U.S ASTMF-963 and EU EN-71...

9. Tiny Land Play Kitchen

The Tiny Land Play Kitchen for Kids is different in that the height is adjustable so that it can “grow” with your kids.

This kitchen is made with eco-friendly wood, is non-toxic, and is BPA-free. It comes with a host of accessories including a chef’s hat, apron, cutting food, utensils, and some dishes.

There are some lights and sounds with this set, and the refrigerator comes with a faux ice cube maker and two faux ice cubes.

The style of this kitchen is akin to shabby chic and comes with a pretend subway tile backsplash.

The kitchen’s exhaust hood is a cute touch and has coordinating exhaust fan sounds.

Hanging hooks for utensils and a small counter space complete the set.

Dimensions for this set are approximately 30 x 9 x 40. You can adjust the height from the bottom to three different heights: 38.5 in., 40 in., and 40.7 in.

Shipping weight: 30 pounds

Recommended age: 3 years and up

What we like best: Fun style with lights and sounds; includes ample accessories for hours of fun

Step2 Lifestyle Dream Kitchen
  • Realistic electronic features, included accessories, and molded-in appliances make this kids kitchen Playset one that junior chefs can't wait to play with!
  • Realistic kitchen detailing includes framed window, molded-in sink with swivel faucet, microwave and oven with working keypads, play phone, clickable knobs, and more!
  • On-trend play kitchen design looks just like a real kitchen with the subway tile backsplash, faux granite Countertops, “stainless steel” appliances, and white cabinets.General Cleaning: Use mild...
  • When playtime fun is done, Use the cabinets, pull-out drawers, dish rack, and bins to neatly store all of the included accessories.
  • In the box: play kitchen set, 37-piece accessory set with storage bin, plates, bowls, cups, silverware, pots and pans with lids, and more!

10. Step2 Lifestyle Dream Kitchen

The Step2 Lifestyle Dream Kitchen has a host of features that make it worth the money.

It has molded-in appliances for endurability and realistic lights and sounds. The faux granite countertop and faux subway tile backsplash look surprisingly realistic.

The kitchen packs a lot into one playset, and because of that, some features are smaller. The refrigerator is smaller and so is the cooktop space.

On the upside, there is a pull-out silverware drawer and plenty of storage space. The microwave and the oven have workable keypads.

This kitchen comes with a cell phone and with a few dozen other accessories. There’s also a dishes storing rack above the sink.

Accessories include play food, pots, pans, utensils, dishes, and a recycle bin. Dimensions are approximately 15 x 35 x 45.

Shipping weight: 38 pounds

Recommended age: 24 months to 6 years

What we like best: Higher-end play kitchen with lots of realistic features, lights, and sounds

Summary

Play kitchens can provide years of fun and learning for kids with a host of different interests. They encourage interactive play and help kids prepare for adulthood.

Choose from a variety of play kitchens in all price ranges and with varying features and accessories.

The right play kitchen for your child will surely entertain them both in alone playtime and when playing with friends and family.

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