Best Kitchen Sets for Toddlers: Our Top 5 Picks

Kids love to role play – it is one of the ways they learn and master the everyday tasks adult do. As a matter of fact, if you’re careful, you’ll notice that, your kid is always mimicking you in the everyday tasks that you carry out and if given the opportunity, the first thing such kids do is to try to replicate what you, the parent are found of doing.

This trait of children presents the excellent opportunity to help kids master certain tasks that they would otherwise have found challenging or risky on their own, if unaided.

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Why toddlers need a kitchen set

For parents who have never bought kitchen sets for their children, it is quite easy to wonder why toddlers need kitchen sets as play toys. If you’re a parent who is contemplating the purchase of a kitchen set for your toddler, it is only logical that you wonder why exactly the child needs the set.

If you’re interested in the answers, the numbered points below provide that in a brilliant fashion.

  1. Kitchen sets provide ample opportunity for role play in the world of kids. A kitchen set thus affords them the rare ability to be able to play daddy or mummy in the kitchen and actually excel doing that.
  2. In the course of ‘playing mummy and daddy’ in the kitchen, a toddler indirectly develops his/her cognitive abilities. This development proves extremely beneficial both in the immediate life of the kid (as a helping hand in his/her mother’s kitchen) and in later years when the task of cooking actually begin to beckon.
  3. A kitchen set directly prepares a toddler for the later years in the kitchen. Here, through role play, he/she masters the challenges that a traditional kitchen requires and when eventually such a child comes of age, the kitchen is already quite familiar and its operation will certainly be a breeze.
  4. Finally, a kitchen set, for a toddler, serves as a brilliant introduction to the (often) hazardous world of cooking. A child thus learns the basics before he/she is introduced to fires, hot stew, the refrigerator, etc. It is thus a sort of training, using a toy element to assist in mastering the real task.

Having shown you why your kid needs a kitchen set, let’s now focus our energy on what to look out for when shopping for a kitchen set for toddlers.

What to look out for when shopping for a kitchen set for toddlers

If you’ve decided to purchase a kitchen set for your toddler, here are the basics you need to look out for. Please, note however that all the models reviewed here sufficiently cover these features. If you’re going to make a purchase for your kid, simply pick anyone that catches your fancy and make the payment…we have already done the ground work for you.

Now, here’s what to look out for:

  • Ensure that you get a model that is sturdy/properly designed. Your chosen model should justify the money expended on it and last long in your house enough to be passed from a child to another.
  • Look out for a colorful unit. Children, by nature love colors – and are accordingly, more likely to enjoy toys that are colored in a manner that catches and retains their attention.
  • When shopping for a kitchen set for a toddler, ensure that it comes with its own smart accessories – so that you’re not put in a position to go shopping for the accessories separately.
  • Finally, pick on a model that is engineered to withstand abuse. Such models can easily be deciphered from their reinforced (plastic) bodies, wooden construction or hardened steel. Such units are likely to be able to withstand the pressure and inexperience your toddler is likely to put it to.

Let’s now take a look at the reviews proper:

Best kitchen sets for toddlers: Our top 5 picks

Here are the 5 best kitchen sets for toddlers. Enjoy the reviews:

1. KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen

The KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen is the number one kitchen set for toddlers on our list here for great reason: this set is very large – large enough to accommodate numerous kids at once. Given its smart, sturdy construction, it is easy to see and understand that the pressure the little ones will put on it is actually nothing: it was meant to actually withstand and brilliantly handle any abuse hauled at it.

Feature wise, this kitchen set features a refrigerator, freezer, microwave, oven and a dishwasher. These various units/components all have doors that open and close in a very realistic fashion. Further, it features something that many toddlers actually love and very easily fall in love with: a pretend ice machine on the refrigerator that actually clicks and turns, just like it happens in a real life kitchen.

In summary thus, this kitchen is as realistic as it can get!

What We Like

  • Built in a super sturdy and extremely durable fashion.
  • Large enough to accommodate more than one toddler at a time.
  • Innovative speckled countertop design.
  • Pretend ice machine on the refrigerator that actually clicks and turns!
  • See through windows on both the microwave and oven doors.
  • Paper towel holder on the side of the kitchen.

What We Dislike

  • This kitchen set is not suitable for kids under 3 years of age.
  • Assembly takes more time than most users would have loved.

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2. Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen Playset

If you’re looking for that special custom kitchen playset for kids that (electronically) mimics real boiling water sounds, frying sounds and various other sounds that kids have come to associate with the kitchen, you should be looking at the Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen Playset. This kitchen set for toddlers is one of the most interactive kitchen sets for kids you can find in the market today.

The unit sports a stainless steel oven, microwave, refrigerator, pull out drawer amongst many other useful features that are certain to actively engage even the most distracted and hard to please kid. When the fact that it includes a 20 piece accessories set is factored and taken into consideration, it is difficult to see how anyone will resist it.

What We Like

  • Electronic frying pan with boiling water sounds in stove’s front burner.
  • Decorative plate rack that looks very realistic.
  • Sink with faucet.
  • Recycle bin.
  • Pull out drawer.
  • 20 piece accessory set.
  • Stainless steel oven; this looks very realistic and would even convince an adult J

What We Dislike

  • Setup requires a power drill.
  • The doors sometimes do not close properly if the set is not placed on a flat surface.

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3. Step2 Little Bakers Kitchen

If you’re looking for a very colorful kitchen set that comes packed with various features such as electronic frying and boiling water sounds, a doll seat, an oven, a microwave and refrigerator, the Step2 Little Bakers Kitchen will be an awesome and important fit worth considering.

This kitchen set is particularly compact, upscale and colorful – perfect for your little chef and future, world best. With the included 30 – piece accessory set and a special pot and pan that makes special boiling and frying sounds (respectively) when used, your little chef is guaranteed the time of his life with this unit.

What We Like

  • Super colorful.
  • 30 piece accessory set.
  • Attached doll seat.
  • Special frying pan and pot that make special electronic frying and boiling sounds when powered.
  • Special storage for accessories.
  • Oven, microwave and refrigerator units included.

What We Dislike

  • A power drill is needed for effective assembly.
  • Boiling/frying sounds from the pot and pan (respectively) need batteries to power up. The cost of this could be monumental in the long run.

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4. Teamson Kids Little Chef Wooden Toy Play Kitchen

The Teamson Kids Little Chef Wooden Toy Play Kitchen is quite sturdy and minimalistic in design. Sporting only the very essential features and completely devoid of the bells and whistles that would be prone to easy damage, this kitchen is ideal if you have a toddler or kid that is an expert at destruction and always finds a way to damage everything you get him/her.

Powered with a stove (equipped with accessories), cabinet, oven and microwave, this kitchen set is perfect for ages 3 and up. Its tipping point, for parents, is the 30 minutes standard assembly time and the guarantee that it is decorated with lead free paints.

What We Like

  • Simple, minimalistic and Spartan design.
  • Decorated with lead free paints.
  • Sturdy wooden construction.
  • Simple 30 minutes installation.
  • Equipped with standard accessories.

What We Dislike

  • Some customers of this kitchen set have accused the company of not paying attention to details – in order to execute its Spartan design.
  • It is useless for toddlers who are less than three years old.

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5. Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen

The Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen is a compact, stylish, modern play kitchen that will sure glory any bedroom or playroom where it is placed. This set has a cabinet door that opens – with storage inside and importantly, features a clicker knob that makes the experience for kids as real as possible.

Made in the US and with a burner that makes electronic cooking sounds, it is rare to find a more stylish and compact design, so far as kitchen sets are concerned.

What We Like

  • Modern design that makes ‘cooking’ very realistic for the kids and their friends.
  • Standard clicker knobs ensure that play is more heightened.
  • Refrigerator door that opens for more storage.
  • Burner that has unique electronic cooking sounds.
  • Made in the US.
  • Accompanying accessories that do not require further expenditure.

What We Dislike

  • This kitchen set is not suitable for kids less than 3 years old.
  • The set performs best when it is placed on a completely flat surface.

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Wrapping it up

Role play is very important for kids if they are to grow into young men and women who are excellent at what they do. This post just showed you how you can help your toddler become a better adult in the future by introducing them to the best kitchen sets money can buy today.

We wish you an awesome shopping experience.