Play kitchens are a popular holiday gift and usually they're "the big gift." And for good reason - they're not cheap and they take up space. But they're very often a favorite toy that kids return to again and again (sometimes daily), often for a few years. Here are twenty five to consider along with some purchasing advice.
Things to keep in mind when shopping for a play kitchen:
- You're not going to find a brand new, quality, wood play kitchen for $20 - these are an investment toy. However there is still a range of price points to choose from. (If you're lucky, you can find a nice one that is used.)
- Read the specs carefully to make sure it's going to fit in the space you have and that it's sized well for your child. Some of these are smaller than they may appear to you and are best for a young toddler and will be too short for an older child.
- Don't be held back if you find a kitchen you like but hate the color. Remember the play kitchen Kate bought at Target and transformed with paint and fabric?
- Shop around for the best price. The prices and links here are one just one place you can find these kitchens and you may find a better deal elsewhere.
- Most, if not all, of these require assembly so keep this in mind if you plan to present it on Christmas morning - unless you like being up all night Christmas eve.
- Before spending a lot of money and time (assembly, see above!), see if your child enjoys playing with play kitchens by trying them out at friends houses or at their daycare/preschool.
- Have the time and inclination to make a play kitchen? Get inspired by our DIY Play Kitchen Pinterest board.
- Need something very small for your home (or looking for something less expensive)? Check out these 15 Small Play Kitchens and Stoves.
- Kids Play Kitchen by Sprout ($119.95)
- Stove and Sink by Brio (sold separately, $69.99/stove, $69.99/sink)
- Picnik Duo Kitchen by Janod ($150)
- Gourmet Wood Play Kitchen by Hape ($119.29)
Cook 'n Serve Kitchen by Hape ($149.95)
- Modern Kitchen Island by KidKraft ($129.99)
- Pop N' Play Cardboard Kitchen by Build a Dream Playhouses ($49.95)
- Eco-Friendly Cooking Center by Wonderworld ($150)
- DUKTIG Play Kitchen by IKEA ($99, additional $20 for top hutch)
- Cook Together Kitchen by KidKraft ($189.99)
- All in One Retro Kitchen in white by Pottery Barn Kids ($399)
- My Creative Cookery Kitchen by Hape ($116.99)
- Cook's Corner by Melissa & Doug ($129)
- Sproutz Kitchen by Jonti-Craft (pieces priced individually, each around $175)
- Kitchen Center by Plan Toys ($224.49)
- Ivy's Play Kitchen by Willow Toys ($185)
- 5-in-1 Kitchen Center by Wood Designs ($545)
- "Chef" Kitchen by Vilac ($165)
- Double Side Large Kitchen by Vilac ($119.89)
- Cook's Nook by Guidecraft ($299.99)
- Chic Maxi Cooker in brown by Janod ($94.99)
- Mademoiselle Maxi Cooker in pink by Janod ($100)
- Wooden Kitchen by Maxim Enterprises ($129.99)
- 5-in-1 Kitchen Center by A+ Childsupply ($239.38)
- Vintage Kitchen in white by KidKraft ($144.99, red and pink available)
Editors note: this post was originally published 12/7/2010 and has been updated and added to for 2014.