The 8 Best Kitchen Sets to Buy for Kids in 2018

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When it comes to make-believe fun, kitchen sets have long been a staple of playrooms. They let little ones pretend to be just like mom and dad and cook up some wild concoctions playing house, restaurant and more.

When it comes to picking a kitchen set for your little ones, there are plenty of choices. They range from basic models to those that would make a top chef salivate. They’re made from a variety of different materials, with and without bells and whistles and in colors and styles to suit any taste. To help you narrow down your choices, we took a closer look at some of the best kitchen sets on the market. Here are eight that serve up some serious fun.

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    Best Overall Kitchen Set: KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen with Lights & Sounds, Brown/White

    KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen with Lights & Sounds

    Courtesy of Amazon

    For price, features and fun potential this kitchen set from KidKraft is hard to beat. Hundreds of customers on Amazon give it the highest marks and say kids love it. The set features a refrigerator, freezer, oven, microwave and washer. All the doors open and close, and lights and sounds help bring all their culinary adventures to life. The counters have a granite-like look for a sleek, modern feel, and there’s plenty of counter space for food prep.

    It’s also great if you’re tight on space, as it fits into a corner. It measures 42.4 x 32.7 x 36.6 inches, and it’s made of sturdy composite wood. It does require nine batteries, but parents say the realistic sounds from the ice maker and other features make it worth stocking up on them. Recommended for ages 3 and up, parents say kids can’t get enough of this kitchen set. They say it’s well made, and they love how realistic the lights and sounds make the experience.

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    Best Kitchen Set for Toddlers: Little Tikes Cook ‘n Learn Smart Kitchen

    For little chefs, this kitchen set from Little Tikes is just right. It’s interactive and features fun, realistic sound effects, like the sound of chopping food, eggs sizzling or water running to keep them engaged. There’s also an app that allows them to play interactive learning games as they cook, using a Bluetooth-enabled device. It also comes with 46 accessories, including food, utensils and cookware for a complete culinary package.

    Parents say kids love the abundance of accessories that come with this set and the realistic details are impressive. Some report there are kinks with the interactive app and that it doesn’t work with older model tablets, but most say that overall, it’s a great, interactive kitchen set that’s perfect for toddlers.

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    Best Kitchen Set With Accessories: Step2 Best Chef's Toy Kitchen Playset by Step2

    Most kitchen sets come with all the appliances kids need to get cooking, but the extras they need to serve up the grub are sold separately. That’s not the case with this kitchen set from Step2, as it comes with 25 accessories, including plates, cutlery, condiments and even a recycling bin to start promoting those eco-friendly habits from a young age.

    Recommended for ages 2-5, it’s the perfect size for toddlers (11.5 x 34.4 x 38.5 inches), and its plastic parts are toddler tough too. It features an oven, a sink and a cooktop, complete with fun lights and cooking sounds. There’s ample counter space for all their preparation too. Parents say this kitchen is cute and compact, and they love the simple, gender-neutral look. Most say assembly is relatively easy, and that it’s a great little kitchen that kids play with for hours on end.

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    Best Splurge Kitchen Set: Chelsea All-in-1 Kitchen

    Chelsea All-in-1 Kitchen

    Courtesy of Pottery Barn

    For classy, well-made furniture and accessories, Pottery Barn is a go-to for many adults, and this kitchen set from Pottery Barn Kids imitates that same stylish vibe for kids. This set features three appliances, including a stove, sink and refrigerator. The details are meticulous, and the sink (a farmhouse sink, of course)  is even equipped to hold water, so kids can scrub their pots and pans for real.

    It’s made of solid wood and fiberboard, with brass-colored fixtures. It comes in either grey or white, and it measures 36 x 12 x 33  inches. It’s great for getting a lot of active play opportunities into a relatively small space. It’s recommended for ages 3 and up and is sure to be a hot spot in any playroom. Bon appetit!

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    Best Budget Kitchen Set: Step2 Cozy Kitchen Includes 21 piece Accessory Set

    Step2 Cozy Kitchen Includes 21 piece Accessory Set

    Courtesy of Walmart

    For a sturdy little kitchen set with a lot of options for cooking up fun, there’s this Cozy Kitchen from Step2. It’s compact (11 x 20 x 38 inches), so it’s great for small spaces, but it provides everything they need to cook up feasts aplenty, including a refrigerator and sink. It also comes with a 21-piece accessory set that includes plates, pots and pans, salt and pepper shakers and a coffee pot.

    Designed for kids ages 2 and up, it’s made of plastic, so it’s sturdy and easy to clean. It’s simple to set up too, which is a bonus for parents. Customers say kids love it, and that’s it’s a great kitchen, especially for the price. They say it’s the perfect size for smaller children, and they like that it doesn’t take up too much room. It’s light too, which makes it great for moving into the kitchen while mom and dad cook, so kids can cook right alongside them.

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    Best Wooden Kitchen Set: Melissa & Doug Cook's Corner Wooden Pretend Play Toy Kitchen

    For the classic look of wood, parents love this kitchen set from Melissa & Doug. It features a sink, refrigerator, stove and cooktop, all in bright primary colors. Realistic touches include a working timer, a cutting board, knobs that click and a swiveling faucet. The removable sink makes for easy washing.

    Designed for ages 3 and up, it measures 26 x 36 x 16 inches. All the tools and hardware needed for assembly are included, and parents say the instructions are clear and easy to follow. They note that the size is great, particularly for smaller kids, the quality is solid, and kids love playing with it.

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    Best Outdoor Kitchen Set: Little Tikes Play Pretend Kids Backyard Barbecue Get Out 'n' Grill BBQ Toy Set

    Little Tikes Play Pretend Kids Backyard Barbecue Get Out 'n' Grill BBQ Toy Set

    Courtesy of Walmart

    What’s not to love about cooking in the great outdoors? This backyard barbecue set from Little Tikes lets little ones get their grilling on, no matter the weather. It features a two-tiered gas grill, complete with a starter button and knobs that click. There are burners on the side for cooking up the extras and storage underneath. It also comes with all the BBQ necessities, including a hamburger, hot dog, ketchup and grilling accessories.

    Made of plastic, this set is sturdy enough to keep indoors or outside, and it’s light enough (just under 10 pounds) to move it between the two. It measures 24 x 11 x 28 inches and is recommended for kids ages 2-4. Parents say it’s a great alternative to a traditional kitchen sets and kids flip for flipping burgers and other fare on it.

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    Best Kitchen Set for Older Kids: Naomi Home Kids Gourmet Kitchen Set, Espresso

    Kids who want a more realistic look in their kitchen set will love this gourmet set from Naomi Home.The look is sleek and modern with features that resemble fancy subway-tile backsplash, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. It includes a four-burner stove, an oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave and sink—everything they need to cook up a storm in serious style. Extra cute details include an ice/water dispenser graphic on the refrigerator, a chalkboard on the freezer for notes and a dish towel bar.

    Recommended for kids ages 3-10, this wooden set, which measures 41 x 40.5 x 16.75 inches, will serve up years of pretend-play inspiration. Customers say that while assembly can take a bit of time, once it’s together, it’s a sturdy, well-built kitchen set that kids love.

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