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Pretend play is one of the best ways that kids can use their imaginations and dive into their own little worlds of make-believe. Many kids enjoy a set that allows them to emulate their favorite people—their parents—and do everyday tasks, like cooking and cleaning, just like a grown-up. If you want to create a play kitchen space for your child, these kitchen sets are cute, functional, and easy to assemble.
Before purchasing, consider the space allotted for the set in your child's bedroom or playroom as well as the recommended age for each products. Some are more suitable for toddlers as young as one or two years old, while others can be enjoyed equally by older kids. Also take note of any educational elements that help your child learn numbers and shapes, or interaction, like realistic noises of an oven that help boost your child's confidence in the kitchen.
Here are the best kitchen sets for kids so that they can “cook” their own creations just like their parents.
Melissa & Doug Cook's Corner Wooden Kitchen
Dimensions: 26 x 36 x 16 inches | Age Range: 3 and up | Material: Wood
Boasts realistic touches
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.
The unique corner design will look adorable in the corner of a bedroom or playroom and pairs perfectly with any play food or pretend kitchen utensils. More fun features include a working timer, swiveling faucet, and plenty of counter space for hours of imaginative play.
Best Choice Products Pretend Play Kitchen
Dimensions: 25 x 19 x 22.5 inches | Age Range: 3 and up | Material: Wood
Boasts a lot of storage
Features realistic lights and noises
Doesn't include a lot of additional accessories
The realistic features are abundant with this kitchen set. It features a faux marble backsplash and kids can draw on the chalkboard exterior of the fridge. The stove lights up and makes realistic clicks with every turn, while the ice machine sounds like it's actually in use. The included utensils look like miniature versions of the real deal, such as pots, pans, spoons, and spatulas. Other fun add-ons include a towel rack and a cordless phone.
Naomi Home Play Kitchen Set
Dimensions: 40.5 x 16.75 x 41 inches | Age Range: 3-10 years | Material: Wood
Boasts modern features
Wooden set as opposed to plastic
Not for younger toddlers
Kids and parents 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 and water dispenser graphic on the refrigerator, a chalkboard on the freezer for notes, and a dish towel bar.
Little Tikes Cook ‘n Learn Smart Kitchen
Dimensions: 30 x 14 x 39.5 inches | Age Range: 1-5 years | Material: Acrylic
Comes with 46 accessories
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.
Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen Playset
Dimensions: 27.99 x 14.02 x 41.5 inches | Age Range: 2-6 years | Material: Plastic
Features a host of cool additional features
Includes a recycle bin
Set is ideal only for ages 2 to 6
The Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen is also a great option for your toddler, and it's a bit more affordable, which parents are sure to love. This set has a host of cool features like faux appliances and sound effects. Your toddlers will love playing house with the realistic oven, microwave, and refrigerator. When they put the special frying pan or boiling pot on the stove, they'll hear the sound of food cooking! This play kitchen even includes a recycle bin and pull-out drawer where kids can store play food.
KidKraft Homestyle 2 Piece Kitchen
Dimensions: 23.6 x 14 x 27.5 inches | Age Range: 3 and up | Material: Wood
Not as durable as other products
This kitchen set has a vintage style and isn’t just one piece, but two. The main compartment contains the sink, stove, and oven with knobs that click, and a washing machine. Then there’s the fridge that can be placed next to the sink or elsewhere in a playroom. All of the doors are operational and provide tons of storage for any accessories.
KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen
Dimensions: 43 x 17.75 x 41 inches | Age Range: 3 years and up | Material: Wood
Construction takes time
This popular kitchen set is well-made and looks just like the real thing. It has four stove burners on top of an oven, complete with dials that turn. The fridge and freezer combination is the perfect place to store play food, which is sold separately. The modern smartphone included has its own holder, and a chalkboard on the freezer is the perfect place to write a cute note for your little chef. You do need to assemble it yourself—which can take a while—but once you do, you and your child will be happy with the made-to-last set that is as modern-looking as it is fun.
"Aside from letting our two toddlers—20 months and three years—serve us imaginary dishes they prepared, we also used the realistic aspects of the play kitchen to teach skills. The buttons on the microwave allow them to work on numbers; various play foods mean they can compare colors and sizes; and different kitchen tools have them picking up new vocabulary words." — Katie Begley, Product Tester
Step2 Cozy Kitchen
Dimensions: 11 x 20 x 38 inches | Age Range: 2 to 6 years | Material: Plastic
Easy to assemble
Some accessories included
Lightweight plastic design
Stickers can get worn
Compact in style, this set is the perfect solution for those short on space but with imaginations that want to take advantage of a complete kitchen setup. With a stove, oven, fridge, sink, and two storage cabinets, you would think that this set takes up a lot more floor space than it actually does. It also comes with 21 serving accessories, so you really don’t need to purchase any more unless your child wants something specific. It is easier to construct than some of the more elaborate sets, requiring an adult to connect the counter and knobs only.
This is also an affordable kitchen set compared to some of the heftier wooden versions. Just note that it is made of plastic and may tip easier than a heavier set. The stickers on the front can also become worn over time. If you want a budget-friendly kitchen set that doesn’t take up a lot of room but is still loads of fun, this is the top pick.
"The lightweight but durable plastic survived not only the banging of a five-year-old preparing his imaginary dinner but a two-year-old who repeatedly tipped the set over." — Linnea Covington, Product Tester
Cute Stone Pretend Play Kitchen Sink Toys
Dimensions: 17.36 x 9.92 x 5.43 inches | Age Range: 3 years and up | Material: Plastic
Fits on table
Best for older kids
Requires setup for water
For less than $30, your child can play with a tabletop kitchen set complete with a working faucet, stove, and play food. If you are looking for a way for your child to interact with their kitchen set in a realistic setting, this is the perfect toy. Because it sprays water that could damage the battery or stovetop if played with too rough, this set is probably best for older kids who won’t be tempted to swing the faucet around wildly. You can always remove it for the younger set if needed.
TP Toys Muddy Maker Mud Kitchen
Dimensions: 43 x 38 x 44 inches | Age Range: 3 years and up | Material: Wood
Removable sink basin
Not as detailed as indoor sets
Kitchen sets for kids don’t need to be restricted to indoor use. This outdoor mud kitchen from TP Toys is designed to withstand the elements and rough outdoor play. It has four play burners and a removable sink so that your explorer can get their fill of mud and bring it back to the kitchen. It looks more rugged than many other kitchen sets, but it's made of pressure-treated wood to keep looking great, even with outdoor use. It is expensive, given its limited features, but is worth the cost for the hours of imaginative play your child will get.
Step2 Modern Cook Play Kitchen Set
Dimensions: 38.5 x 35.14 x 11.5 inches | Age Range: 2 years and up | Material: Plastic
A lot of accessories
Unique play items
Lightweight plastic design
Loaded with tons of accessories, this set allows your child to do everything from serving their favorite meal to pouring you a pretend cup of coffee. They can even separate their recyclables. There are two separate stove sections, which include lights and sounds and a play sink in the middle. While there isn’t a ton of storage beyond the oven and fridge, this set does include an adorable window.
This is a plastic set and has stickers on the front for the design, which can make it harder to clean. The budget-friendly price reflects that, however, making it a good set to choose if you aren’t ready to invest in a wooden set or aren’t sure how much your child will use a play kitchen.
Teamson Kids Little Chef Chelsea Modern Play Kitchen
Dimensions: 41.61 x 11.81 x 32.88 inches | Age Range: 1 to 12 years | Material: MDF
No lights or sounds
Even if space is limited in your play area, your child can still enjoy an adorable and fully functional play kitchen. This set comes in two stand-alone pieces: You can push them together for a side-by-side setup, or keep them separate to take advantage of smaller spaces. It still has a farmhouse sink, stove, oven, and fridge, complete with a pretend water dispenser and smart display. The faux brass hardware and modern colors make this set as stylish as any real-life kitchen.
iKea SPISIG Play Kitchen with Curtains
Dimensions: 21.62 x 14.62 x 38.62 inches | Age Range: 3 years and up | Material: MDF
Multiple ways to play
Great for solo play
Not a lot of storage space
One of the best parts of this set is that it has two ways to play: kitchen or stage. Your child can pretend to cook on the stovetop, oven, sink, or cabinet while looking through the cheery striped curtains. Later, they can turn the set around and use it as a puppet stage, with those same curtains adding drama to their play. There is also a chalkboard to announce the chef’s specials of the day, the latest theatrical production, or just for doodles. There isn’t a ton of storage, so you may need some extra space to keep their play food and dishes. Because this is a more compact set, it’s best for one child at a time.
West Elm Mid-Century Play Kitchen
Dimensions: 36 x 11.5 x 32 inches | Age Range: 3 years and up | Material: Wood
Made of real wood
No lights or sounds
Most expensive set on this list
For the child (or parent) with a keen eye for design, it’s hard to beat the Mid-Century Play Kitchen from West Elm. Every detail is carefully considered, from the tapered legs to the acorn and white colors. It has a sink, stove, oven, and fridge, plus a couple of extra cabinets for storage. There aren’t as many interactive features on this set, even though it is priced quite high. The benefit comes from the high-quality construction materials, kid-safe water-based finishes, and unique, modern look.
What to Look for in a Kitchen Set for Kids
Before purchasing a kitchen set for your child, make sure that you measure your available space. Most sets are designed to be placed flush against a wall, but you can also find sets made for corners or even tabletops. If you aren’t sure where you plan to put the set, look for one that can be turned or even separated into two pieces.
Most kitchen sets for kids don’t come with a lot of accessories—usually just a few utensils, pots, or play food. You can find accessories that go with your kitchen set or purchase them from a different brand. Think about how much you want to spend on accessories, what kind of play food and tools your kids will enjoy, and how you plan to store them.
One of the best aspects of a play kitchen is the way that your child can interact and use their imagination. Kitchen sets are a great way for kids to engage in their own make-believe world, whether that is cooking a meal for siblings and friends or creating their own play restaurant. Encourage your child to interact with their toys and friends, whether they are cooking, playing restaurant, or playing outdoors with a mud kitchen.
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This article was researched and written by Katie Begley, a freelance writer specializing in home and family products. Katie has been writing for The Spruce since 2019. As a mother of three, Katie regularly puts kids’ kitchen sets to the test. Additional research was done by Julia Fields, a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays. She's also covered similar topics in other roles, including toy reviews, product roundups, expert-focused articles, and more.