The Best Play Kitchen Sets for Kids (Reviews & Buyers Guide)

Play kitchen sets are fun and entertaining for children and parents too. They keep children busy for hours, encourage creativity and imaginary play, and be a great way to play and bond with your child.

If you are considering purchasing a kitchen set for your child but are unsure which one to choose, you’ve come to the right place. 

Play kitchen sets have been among the most popular children’s toys for years.

 Since they are so popular, many options are available, and choosing the right one can be challenging.  Kids Play and Create have done the research, read countless reviews, and spoken to many parents to bring you the best Play Kitchen Sets for Kids.

Little girl playing in a pretend kitchen.  The best play kitchens for kids

Minnie Mouse Flippin Fun Kitchen

Little girl playing with her Minnie Mouse Kitchen

Many toddlers and young children love Minnie Mouse. She is one of the first cartoon characters many young children become familiar with, thanks to the popular Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cartoon on the Disney Channel. With her girly outfits and big bows, what’s not to love?

If your child is a Minnie Mouse fan, they will “flip” over this adorable inactive kitchen.

Minnie Mouse’s Flippin Fun Kitchen is equipped with tons of features and accessories. The kitchen itself comes with a refrigerator that opens, an oven that opens, a stove, an ice maker, a lazy Susan, and ten accessories, including utensils and a pan.

The flipping features include a cutting board that your child can flip to reveal a hidden sink, a dish rack that your child can flip to reveal a secret milkshake maker, and a fraying pan that you can flip a Mickey pancake.

Your child will enjoy flipping Minnie’s recipe wheel to see her recipes.

While your child has fun cooking, they will hear the realistic cooking sounds that the kitchen makes. Adorable and interactive, this kitchen will keep your little Minnie Mouse fan happy and entertained for hours.

The manufacturer recommends this kitchen for ages 3-6.

Unfortunately, this kitchen does not come with play food.

Key Features

  • Made from durable plastic that is easy to clean
  • Flipping features
  • The oven and refrigerator open
  • comes with ten accessories
  • dimensions 28 x 13 x 38
  • Weight: 10 pounds
  • It comes with an instruction manual
  • Recommended for children ages 3-6

Kid Kraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen

Pink and white corner play kitchen set for kids.

KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen is a deluxe kitchen with many details that make it look realistic.

It is made of real wood, making it durable and lasting years of play.

It has a tall refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, oven, and microwave that can open and close.

This kitchen has counter space and shelves for storing cooking accessories, just like a real kitchen.

It was designed to fit in the corner to maximize space and play area.

The sink can be removed and cleaned easily. The knobs can be turned just like real kitchen knobs.

The kitchen comes with a metal pot, pan, and two spatulas.

Since this kitchen has so much detail and a lot of compartments, it’s great for both young children and those kids who are a little bit older but still enjoy playing kitchen.

Unfortunately, play food is not included in this kitchen.

Key Features

  • Realistic looking kitchen with a lot of space to play
  • Comes with a metal pot, pan, and two spatulas.
  • Item Weight 52 pounds (made of wood)
  • Dimensions: 36×12.3×36 inches
  • Great for any corner of a child’s room or playroom area.
  • Reccomeded for ages 3-10
  • Comes in both pink and purple.

Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen

Blue and tan corner kitchen with cabinets and an oven

The Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen is a great play kitchen for both boys and girls. This kitchen is neither pink nor has a girly feel like other play kitchens. If you have a special boy in your life or siblings that like to play kitchen together, this kitchen is for you; this kitchen includes one coffee pot, two plates, two cups, two forks, two knives, two spoons, one pan, and one play phone.

The microwave, refrigerator, and oven door open and close. The oven and stove burner makes cooking sounds. We love the detail of the kitchen, including the towel rack.

The Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen is made in the USA from durable plastic, which makes it easy to clean and can take a beating from your little one. It can be placed in the corner of the room or against the wall.

The kitchen has a refrigerator, microwave, stove, and open and close cabinets.

The burners make sizzles sounds.

This kitchen doesn’t come with play food.

Key Features:

  • Made from a durable plastic
  • Unisex, great for a boy or girl, perfect for siblings.
  • It comes with a lot of accessories, including a pan, utensils, plates, and play phone
  • Refrigerator, oven, and microwave doors open and close
  • Item Weight 20 pounds
  • Dimensions: 28x14x40
  • Easy Assembly requires 2 AA batteries that are not included.

Little Tike Shop N’ Learn Smart Checkout

red and white interactive play checkout with 35 accessories

The Little Tikes Shop N’ Learn Smart Checkout is more of a mini store than a kitchen, but with all the amazing reviews, he thought it deserved to be on the list.

This interactive smart checkout market by Little Tikes lets kids shop and play in five different modes:

  1. Free Play
  2. Shopping List
  3. Checkout Counter
  4. Speed Scanner
  5. Music Mode

The bright red and white color checkout station comes equipped with everything from a working electronic conveyer belt that moves when included food and accessories are placed on it, storage areas to put food, a reusable shopping bag, and a cash register.

It also comes with 35 scannable foods and accessories.

It’s a perfect playset for a boy, girl, or siblings.

A free downloadable app works with Android devices 4.3 or higher and Apple devices iOS7 and above that support Bluetooth. This playset is compatible with all Little Tikes Shop N Learn Smart Toys.

Key Features

  • Interactive checkout shop that lets kids play in five different modes
  • comes with 35 accessories
  • The electronic converter belt, cash register, and scanner all are interactive
  • Requires 4 AA batteries (not included)
  • Works with or without the free downloadable app.
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • dimensions 30.5 x 22 x 18, weight 23 pounds

What can a child learn from playing with a Play kitchen?

Children can learn a lot while playing in their kitchens.  It helps a child develop their social skills by playing with other children, sharing, and taking turns. 

It helps build their imagination and encourages creativity.  Children love pretending that they are cooking and cleaning in their kitchen.  

It can help with their math skills.  You can count foods, plates, utensils, etc.. with your child in their kitchen. 

Playing with a kitchen can help introduce new foods to your child.  When your child “cooks” with different fruits and vegetables, they may be open to trying the real version as it has become familiar.

What age is a good age to buy a kitchen?

I’d say the answer to this question depends on the child.  Many kitchens have a recommended age of 2 or 3 years.  This is usually due to choking hazards, with small pieces.  My daughter received her kitchen at 14 months.  She played with it every day and will be three soon; it is still her favorite toy.

Are play kitchens good for boys?

Absolutely! People always assume kitchens are for girls, but boys enjoy cooking too! Kitchens are fun!  It’s one of the few toys you can have where boy and girl siblings enjoy and play together.

Are play kitchens fun for siblings?

If you have young children around the same age at home, play kitchens can be a great way to have them play together.  They are great family activities and get help siblings work and play together. 

Play kitchens also make great gifts.  If you are a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or loved one looking to purchase one gift for the family, consider purchasing a play kitchen.

Should I purchase extra accessories?

Extra accessories are always fun, and there are so many options available.  They have shopping carts and baskets full of food, extra pots, pans, appliances and utensils, chef hats and aprons, and even dessert carts and grills. 

I would start with the basic kitchen and some food.  You can always add new accessories if your child enjoys playing in their kitchen.