Play kitchen sets can foster the imagination and creativity your children have as well as help them develop a passion for cooking and being in the kitchen that can last a lifetime. Though you might remember the play kitchens that you had or used as a child that featured plywood pieces, manufacturers added new features to modern toys that make these sets look more like real kitchens. Some even feature working lights and cooking sounds. Whether you are a parent, or you need to find a good gift for a child in your life, you can look over the 10 best play kitchens for 2017.
1. Little Tikes Cook ‘n Play Outdoor BBQ
The adorable design of this outdoor kitchen play set will make kids of all ages want to grill out just like their parents do. Designed to look like a real outdoor kitchen, it features a pizza oven with a door that actually opens and a grill on top with a working lid. It comes with pegs for holding cooking supplies and plenty of extra space that kids can use for prepping their favorite dishes.
2. KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen
This Uptown Espresso Kitchen from KidKraft offers a modern take on the kitchen play set. Not only does it incorporate modern shades of gray and black, but it uses silver to mimic the look of chrome. The set comes with realistic looking appliances like a refrigerator and stove that all open and close as well as a chalkboard and replica ice maker on the fridge. It’s large enough to accommodate several children too.
3. Little Tikes 624483 Backyard Barbecue Get Out ‘n’ Grill
Kids can have fun as they pretend to grill all their favorite foods on this kitchen play set, which looks like an actual BBQ grill. The set comes with a grill with a working lid that sits in the center, a cabinet with opening doors on the bottom for storage, a burner on one side and a prep sink on the other. It also features a power button kids can actually push and rotating knobs as well as kitchen tools and replica food.
4. Step2 Lifestyle Fresh Accents Kitchen
Boys and girls of all ages will like this kitchen play set, which features a “window” that lets them look out over the yard or room. It features built-in sound effects that come out from a burner on the stove that make it sound like kids are really using an electronic teapot or frying food. An electronic keypad on the built-in microwave makes the same beeping noises as a real microwave does, and the set comes with other built-in appliances too.
5. Naomi Home Kids Gourmet Kitchen Set in Espresso
The Naomi Home Kids Gourmet Kitchen Set in Espresso set comes with a fake refrigerator on one end that has an ice marker graphic as well as a chalkboard and a stove on the opposite end with a working door that provides access to the stove. Many of the parts on this play set move, including the knobs on the stove and the oven rack. It also comes with a sink and dishwasher with a matching backsplash.
6. Step2 Little Bakers Kitchen
Featuring bright shades of pink and purple with a more traditional design, this Step1 Little Bakers Kitchen is perfect for kids who dream of whipping up delicious desserts. It features built-in sound effects that come from a front burner that mimic the sounds of food frying and water boiling that rely on just two AA batteries. Your kids will also get a 30-piece set of accessories that includes pots, pans, food and even a recycling bin.
7. Little Tikes Cook ‘n Store Kitchen Playset in Pink
Designed specifically for younger users, this Little Tikes Cook ‘n Store Kitchen Playset in Pink features pieces that are just the right size for the smaller hands of toddlers. It comes fully assembled and ready for your kids to use as soon as you take it out of the box. This set has spinning shelves and knobs that really turns, and it comes with a 32-piece set of kitchen accessories. You’ll like that this set folds down for storage too.
8. American Plastic Toy Deluxe Custom Kitchen
Any child who loves pink will love this kitchen play set, which features both lighter and darker shades of pink. It features realistic lights that come on with the touch of a button and realistic sounds that will make kids feel like they’re really cooking. Built-in shelves on the side can accommodate plastic baskets for extra storage or any of the included 22 accessories. This set also has opening doors on the oven, microwave and other parts as well as movable knobs.
9. Step2 Grand Walk-in Kitchen and Grill
The shades of maroon, tan and brown used in this kitchen play set give it a more neutral look that will fit with the decor of your home without standing out. This is one of the only walk-in sets that you’ll find, and its design lets kids actually walk inside to use the stove, fridge or microwave. It also features lots of built-in storage, including boxes that can hold most accessories, and a grill that kids can use on the outside of the set.
10. Little Tikes Cook ‘n Learn Smart Kitchen
While playing with this kitchen set, kids can pick up skills that will help them when they start cooking later. This set actually comes with a mobile app that you can download to a tablet and then hook up inside the kitchen that features games kids can play with the set and the more than 40 included accessories. It also features realistic sound effects that enhance playtime.