I have a slight addiction to looking at toys, books, and clothes for Mark. Before he got his kitchen (a hand-me-down from a coworker from at least a decade ago which he absolutely ADORES), I would look at what options were out there. And it wasn’t long — quite possibly my first moments in an Amazon search — that I realized toy kitchens aren’t what they used to be. They’re fancy. And they may just be fancier than my own real kitchen.
It’s not that I live in a gross, broken down space. I have a good rental. It provides good cabinet space, good appliances, granite countertops. Quite frankly, everything we need. But, well, just look at what’s available to kids these days.
Here are 14 toy kitchens that are nicer than the one I have in real life. Keep in mind, this is only a small selection of what’s out there. I’m not even including grills and diner sets.
1. Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen
To be honest, this kitchen isn’t much nicer than my kitchen. But it does have some nice accent colors and some bare brick on the back. Plus, it does have a built-in water dispenser and coffee maker. And a house phone.
2. Step2 Cozy Kitchen
Here’s a basic kitchen. In fact, this one doesn’t even come with a microwave (it does have a water dispenser in the fridge, though). The key here are in the decorative accents. We have some nice stained glass on the cabinets and a beautiful window view, so you can breathe the fresh air as you cook.
3. Little Tikes Ultimate Cook Kitchen
Another more basic model, but you’ll see we’ve added storage for this model. Four burners, storage bins, a cutting board, and even an espresso machine. And yes, there is an ipod docking station in the back.
4. American Plastic Toy Deluxe Custom Kitchen
For those future bakers out there or those interested in hosting Thanksgiving dinner, here was have a kitchen with TWO ovens. Oh yeah. Plus, this kitchen comes in a variety of color options, so you can easily match whatever decor if your preference (well, if you like pink, blue, or green).
5. Little Tikes Cook N Grow Kitchen
Not much to say here. There are some nice features: mug rack, water dispenser, range hood, artistic backsplash, and possibly sponsored by Coca Cola.
6. Our Generation Kitchen Play Set
Again with the red! This one has a great backsplash, though it probably hurts resale value as it really is something that only matches certain individuals’ tastes. But it does come with a full-sized fridge and a dishwasher. So it has me sold.
7. Step2 Little Bakers Kitchen
This one comes with its own high chair! Note: The non-pink kitchen does not. Hashtag sexism. The phone it comes with looks a pretty fancy, too. And for you environmentalists out there, it comes with its own recycle bin. (Though I suppose so did the place I’m renting.)
8. Step2 Lifestyle Dream Kitchen
I’m echoing sentiments here, but we have yet another lovely window, great backsplash, and ample storage. This window even features multiple views (don’t think about how that’s possible). The kitchen itself has a wallpaper border and even undercounter lighting.
9. KidKorner Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen
At first glance, this kitchen doesn’t offer much. But after watching many episodes of House Hunters many European style kitchens don’t. Until you notice the lovely window treatments and its own washing machine. The memo board adds a personal touch. Now, if it were me, I’d move that corner sink directly under the window for a nice view, but hey, different strokes for different folks.
10. KidKraft Vintage Kitchen
Let’s kick it up a notch. This one has STYLE. This vintage kitchen offers a full-size fridge with bottom freezer. A round sink with old-school phone. And it sparkles with white and silver features (though it also comes in blue, pink, and red). And that old clock is pretty darn cool.
11. KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen
If aesthetics are your thing, how about this nice upscale kitchen with a nice backsplash and stainless steel appliances? Great for a Millennial’s starter home (or so thinks anyone on House Hunters). Really, this one’s just setting your kid up for high expectations.
12. Naomi Kids Gourmet Kitchen Espresso
Limited space? You can get almost the same thing with a little more glamour in this model. I assume it belongs in your child’s toy apartment loft.
13. Step2 Heart of the Home Kitchen Set
While this one might not have all the glitz and glam, it offers a lot of charm and features, including a stone arch over the stove, a framed portrait, spice rack, memo board, reusable grocery bag, and see-through cabinetry. Plus, look at that floating sink…right over the dog food trays. Because that makes logical sense.
14. Step2 Grand Walk-in Kitchen and Grill
And the granddaddy of them all. This one is a walk-in kitchen with its own grill. It also features a countertop where you can pull up stools for your morning breakfast routine (stools sold separately). It also has a wallpaper border indoors with some nice vine work over the grill. Really, this canopy kitchen is every kid’s dream.
Isn’t it yours?