Play Kitchens For Kids will always be my #1 recommended toy for speech and language development! But the learning doesn’t stop there.
They are also fantastic for facilitating other skills such as problem solving, social skills and fine and gross motor development.
If you haven’t had a chance to browse around the site yet and you are really interested in a toy kitchen for your child here are a few articles you might enjoy.
How Kids Play Kitchens Promote Speech & Language Development
Play Kitchens Made of Cardboard – These are Portable & Eco-Friendly
10 Reasons Every Child Needs A Toy Kitchen
Build Your Own Kids Kitchen!
The Best Kitchen Sets of 2017
Older Children Can Benefit From Playing With A Kitchen Set Too!
You may be wondering “why is she writing another article about this toy?”
The thought also crossed my mind when I first got the idea for this article.
But I know that most people who have found this site have done so by searching for a play kitchen for their child.
I love that! And of course I want more people to find this information.
Creating another article in this topic area will allow me to be able to reach even more parents.
So, here is what you came for.
My top recommendations for play kitchens for 2018!
These are kitchens I have not featured in any other article.
I’ve also decided to feature some “kitchens” that aren’t really play kitchens, but they are quite unique and will still provide some of the learning opportunities that can be found with play kitchens.
I am including these at the end of the article.
If you decide to purchase one of them by clicking on one of my links, I will make a small commission (at no cost to you).
This is how I can continue to provide you the best information about child development and learning through play for FREE!
Top Pretend Play Kitchens of 2018
Step2 Espresso Bar Kitchen Play
This kitchen set is adorable!
There is a sink, stove, oven, fridge, shelves and even a pet nook.
But, what sets this kitchen apart is the espresso machine that comes with pods.
So if your child doesn’t feel like playing “house” or “restaurant” the kitchen can be transformed into a Starbucks drive through!
The Step2 Espresso Bar Kitchen set also comes with a 21 piece accessory set including utensils, salt & pepper shakers, frying pan, measuring spoons, 3 coffee pots, coffee pot, coffee cup and 2 storage baskets.
The stove top makes cooking sounds and lights up!
This is one of the smaller play kitchens but the counter height is 22 inches which is on the higher side.
My son and daughter are 8 and 10 and still love our Little Tikes play kitchen.
It’s about 50 inches tall (from the floor to the highest point) with the counter height being about 20 inches.
Both kids kneel on the floor and play away!
Teamson Kids Soho Play Kitchen
This kitchen is available in a few different options.
There is the one pictured below plus a lighter version.
The other combinations feature a grey/espresso finish or a silver/white finish.
Those options have an ice maker in the fridge door that the wood finish ones do not have.
The ice maker comes with 2 wooden “ice” blocks.
The fridge and stove are separate making this kitchen perfect for a variety of different spaces.
This is another small kitchen but as I mentioned above even older kids will probably still enjoy it.
Step2 Uptown Urban Wood Kitchen & Island Play
This kitchen set allows for play all around it as there is no front and back.
And it’s a bit taller than other kitchens with the counter height coming in at 22 inches!
The Step2 Uptown Urban Wood Kitchen comes with a 10 piece accessory set, however it does not contain any play food.
This kitchen is recommended for children up to age 7 but can easily be used by older kids as well!
Step2 Elegant Edge Play Kitchen Playset
This is the cadillac of play kitchens!
It features a large european style refrigerator and an oversized oven with working lights.
While this kitchen may be plastic it has a modern adult like feel.
This is one of the larger play kitchens out there.
It’s total height is about 65 inches however, the counter height is only about 20 inches.
It is the perfect kitchen for multiple children to play together at the same time.
The Step2 Elegant Edge Play Kitchen also comes with a 78 piece accessory set which includes play food.
So, there is no need to purchase anything else separately.
But be warned, this kitchen will take several hours to set up! It is also shipped in 3 large boxes.
Melissa & Doug Cook’s Corner Wooden Pretend Play Toy Kitchen
This is a compact kitchen perfect for a small space.
The counter height is about 21 inches, which is considerably high for a smaller kitchen.
Melissa & Doug’s Cook’s Corner Kitchen can also be personalized with your child’s name for about $8 more.
Unfortunately this kitchen does not come with any accessories so these will have to be purchased separately.
Simplay3 Play Around Kitchen and Activity Table
This Simplay3 kitchen is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!
It allows for 3 sided play which makes it perfect for 2-3 kids.
And, it’s perfect for small spaces as the counter/table can be slid in to make it even smaller.
The slide out table is about 17.5 inches high and chairs for this can be purchased separately from Simplay3.
They come in a 2 pack and there are a variety colors. You can take a look at them here.
This durable kitchen can be used indoors or out!
Little Tikes 2-in-1 Food Truck
This is the perfect hybrid play kitchen!
From the front it looks just like a food truck, but from the back it looks like a play kitchen.
There is a sink, oven, microwave and fridge.
The serving counter that you see at the front pulls out or can be slid in.
It also features reversible signage which can either be ice cream or hot dogs.
The Little Tikes 2 in 1 Food Truck also has a chalkboard to feature daily specials, a cash register and notepad, bell, steering wheel with working horn, trash bin, play soda fountain and a 40 piece accessory set that comes with food and utensils.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Snacks and Sweets Food Cart
I love all Melissa & Doug toys and this food cart is no exception.
It can actually be rolled around and has reversible signage so it can be both an ice cream stand or hot dog cart.
This cart features drawers, a working bell and sliding see through doors at the top of the cart.
There is also a double sided write on menu so kids can set their own prices!
The Melissa & Doug Wooden Food Cart also comes with a 40 piece accessory pack including wooden play food pieces such as pretzels, ice cream cones and toppings, hot dogs, buns, condiments, drinks and more!
And it can be set up in under an hour which is a huge plus. Most play kitchens take anywhere from 2-6 hours to put together.
Creativity and Imagination Cannot Be Stopped With These Play Kitchens
I wish that some of these amazing toys would have been available when I was a child.
But now I get to see my kids enjoy them!
Which one of these do you think your child would like the best?