Which Toy Kitchen Is Best?
What is the best toy kitchen?
With so many play kitchens out there choosing which one is best can be as time tricky as choosing an actual kitchen for your home. And in fact, it seems to come with many of the same considerations.
While there are obviously great and not so great toy kitchens to choose from, which one is best depends on lots of factors and so will vary from person to person.
Here are a few questions to ask before you embark on a search for the best toy kitchen:
Budget: How much do you have to spend? Toy kitchens can range in price from less than £20 if you buy second hand to well over £100. Think about how much you want to spend including accessories before you start your search.
Space: How much space do you have? You can get amazing toy kitchens that are huge or super compact tabletop versions so have a think about where you are planning to keep your kitchen before you start shopping and measure the space so you know what you are looking for.
Material: Wood or Plastic? We love a wooden toy kitchen. They are more environmentally friendly and tend to look nicer plus they tend to be higher quality and are easier to fix if anything does get broken. However plastic kitchens tend to be lighter and (providing they don't have any batteries or electrics) can be used outside for water play.
The Age of your child: Look at the age range the kitchen is recommended for. Those for younger children tend to have a lower counter height which an older child may quickly grow out of
Choosing the best toy Kitchen
Once you have figured out where you are going to put the thing and whether you want a wooden or plastic toy kitchen it's time to start browsing.
When considering your budget it's worth thinking about the accessories you are going to need as well. While many of these toy kitchens can be bought over time you will probably want a few bits so your child can start playing straight away.
While many toy kitchens come with accessories like pans and utensils some do not, so always check the description to find out what's in the box. And most toy kitchens don't come with much in the way of play food so you'll probably want to factor this into your budget.
Best Wooden Toy Kitchen
Our most popular toy kitchen by far is the Tidlo Country Toy Kitchen. It's exceptionally high quality, a great size and has everything your little one could need for hours of pretend play. This fantastic play kitchen has a higher work surface making it great for years of play, clicking dials that kids love, and comes with utensils, a salt and pepper shaker and a removable plastic sink bowl.
Our best compact toy kitchen
If space is an issue we love the Tender Leaf Toys pop up toy kitchen. This little wonder has most of the features you would get in a larger play kitchen but packs neatly away for storage. It's light enough for kids to carry and is perfect for taking on holiday. It also comes with everything you need to get started including a fried egg so your little one can get cooking from day one.
Once you have chosen the perfect toy kitchen and stocked it with goodies the next thing you have to worry about is keeping it clean. Check out our top tips for cleaning wooden toy kitchens here.