Home tools Buyer's Guides from tech enthusiast who loves technology and clever solutions for better living.
Best play kitchen 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated August 1, 2019
Best play kitchen of 2018
On that note, I review the three best play kitchen of 2018 to help you get value for your money. I have taken the initiative to educate you on the top three best play kitchen that you can buy this year.
Welcome to my website! If you plan to buy play kitchen and looking for some recommendations, you have come to the right place. You can make a choice based on the my list as you shop.
Test Results and Ratings
|Ease of use||
Why did this play kitchen win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.
Why did this play kitchen come in second place?
I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture.
№3 – 11 Pcs Pretend Play Kitchen Cookware Set By Kidzaro – Stainless Steel Pots & Pans Bundle For Kids – Includes Drainer
Why did this play kitchen take third place?
It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.
play kitchen Buyer’s Guide
Haba Play Cooker
For those who are curious, we didn’t actually end up buying any of these play kitchens. Instead, we went the DIY route and had a cute little play kitchen made. We have been so incredibly happy with our play kitchen, and it has seen a lot of love over the years. It is currently being given a little face lift, and I will share some photos, along with details on how it was made in the next few weeks.
By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Ideal Home and other brands within the Time Inc. UK Group by email. You can unsubscribe at any time.
We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.
Shaker kitchen cabinets
Solid painted timber doors with a framed feature and veneered centre panel continue to be a popular winner. They are known for being a timeless and versatile choice – yet, depending on the colour you choose, it’s possible to create some dramatically different looks. Fresh whites and pretty pastels are Scandi cool. Navy blue and slate greys are on trend and dramatic, while sage greens and creams are classic, especially when paired with lighter timber worktops.
Slab kitchen cabinets
Slab door designs are a smooth canvas that can be customised to suit a range of environments. Whether it is a simple functional budget kitchen, or a high-design aesthetic look in vibrant colours. For low maintenance, choose matt finishes over gloss and opt for handleless cabinetry, too. Not only is it easier to keep clean, it looks super-sleek and is safer if you have little ones running around.
High-gloss kitchen cabinets
Modern designs have moved on from swathes of clinical white or brassy red gloss. The most recent trend is for units in beautiful neutral shades – think grey, mushroom, Champagne and cream. They still boats the same flowing lines and fuss-free finish that high-gloss is loved for, but the soft colours bring character and are easier to live with.
New engineering techniques have also helped give new life to a material that was previously out of favour, making it seem even more glossy and uniform.
Video Of The Week
Inner storage solutions Pull-out swing larders, corner storage carousels, wicker drawer baskets – there are many options for your storage needs.
Soft-close hinges and drawer runners These gently and quietly bring doors and drawers to a close. The extra cost is minimal, and worth it when you consider the alternative – the crash and bang of cupboards being slammed shut.
What To Look For
Before buying a play kitchen it’s good to know what you want and how much you can spend.
If you’re buying for an apartment or a small play room then size will be a huge factor.
Likewise if you’re on a tight budget then you probably want a cheaper model, but not a cheap “gonna break any day” piece of junk.
I’d argue the biggest factors are size, material, and price.
If you don’t have enough room or money then you’ll need to limit your options right away. But materials are also important because wood is typically heavier than plastic or pressboard. And you might want a kitchen that comes with play utensils rather than buying those separately.
I suggest organizing a list of needs/wants first so you know exactly what you’re shopping for. This way it’s easier to seek out the toy kitchen sets that best fit your goals.
KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen
Ideally, you must choose a play kitchen that uses real wood. These tend to be more expensive than the composite wood or plastic variety but they will last a lot longer. You must remember that kids don’t know the concept of being gentle with toys and they are going to bang and beat things up a little. Good quality wood will easily hold up.
After choosing a play kitchen with good wood, you must also ensure that the paint used on the wood if lead free, toxic free and also of good quality, not chipping or rubbing off with wear and tear.
Pick a size with your child’s growth in mind
It is always safer to buy a wooden play kitchen that is slightly taller for your kid rather than buying one that is too short. Remember, kids can spurt a few inches of growth all of a sudden and the last thing you want is a kitchen that will be too small, too soon.
Most wooden play kitchens are about 30 to 40 inches tall, about 10-1inches deep and about 30 to 40 inches wide. Before choosing any wooden play kitchen, please make sure that the size and dimensions will be a good fit for your kid. Another good idea about buying a kitchen with a compatible size is to buy a kitchen that will come with screw-off legs. The kitchen can first be used without the legs and you can add them on when your kid gets taller.
A play kitchen that assembles easily
Look through the product descriptions to read about how the manufacturer of the play kitchen provides you with assembly instructions. It always helps to have someone help you assemble the play kitchen when you do order one.
KidKraft Vintage Kitchen
Comes in different colors with working knobs and doors. Includes a cordless phone and a removable sink.
Comes in a brown/white color scheme and includes a speckled granite finish-like counter top, ice maker with light and sound and a lot of storage space. This play kitchen also includes a laundry washer with a working door.
Hape Kitchen Purple Play Set with 1Accessories
Though not a full kitchen, this Hape model gives you an oven, a stove top, sink and a lot of accessories like forks, spoon, mixing spoon, spatula, plates and even salt and pepper shakers. A fantastic choice if you only have a small play area.
Here’s everything you need to know about buying an oven…
What type of home cook are you? Do you take your cues from Top Chef challenges, or are you a frozen pizza type of cook? Do you love baking pastries, or do you stick with the stovetop? Be realistic about the features you need and will use in an oven or range to keep yourself from wasting money on upgrades you’ll never use.
What type of appliance does your kitchen accommodate? Do you have a built-in wall oven and separate cooktop, or do you only have space for a range? Stick with a product that will fit into your current setup, unless you’re ready for a big renovation to accompany your new appliance purchase.
What type of power hookup do you have? Check to see if you have a gas line or just an electric outlet.
Smoothtop (glass-ceramic cooktop): These cooktops are made of smooth glass-ceramic with heating units under the surface. A built-in sensor lets you know when a burner is still hot. This is important with smooth electric cooking surfaces because the burner doesn’t always turn red if the heat is low. Keep in mind that this type of cooktop is prone to scratches, and not all cookware is safe to use on the surface (the appliance’s manual will let you know what’s safe to use).
Electric coil: These burners convert the electricity that runs into the coil into heat. These cooktops contain thermostat sensors that notify you when a burner is on, but not necessarily whether it is still hot. Electric coil stoves are notorious for uneven cooking because of uneven distribution of the coil. In short, it is hard to keep the coil perfectly level, which can make all of the food in the pan slide to one side. In addition, electric coil stoves are slow to heat and slow to cool. But ranges with this type of cooktop are cheaper than comparable models.
Some ranges use two types of power: gas for the cooktop, and electric in the oven. These dual fuel ranges are a good compromise for folks who want the direct heat of a gas burner but the even cooking of an electric oven. However, these hybrids cost more than traditional one-power-source ranges.
These ranges don’t have a back panel and are meant to fit in flush with the surrounding countertops. countertops. Slide-in ranges are often more expensive than freestanding models because of the mechanics that go into putting all the controls up front.
Drop-in ranges are similar to slide-in models — they sit flush with the surrounding countertops and all the controls are located at the front of the unit. But this type of range looks like you dropped it between two cabinets because of a strip of cabinetry you place beneath the appliance.
Convection fans are built into the back of oven walls. They circulate the heat in the oven so hot air is more evenly dispersed, which means your food will bake more evenly. You’d want convection fans if you’re baking food like cookies on more than one oven rack at the same time. Midpriced ovens will have at least one convection fan. Some ovens have what’s called “true” or “European” convection, which means there’s a heating element that surrounds the fan that warms the air as the fan blows. Read more about the science of convection here.
Temperature probes plug into the wall of your oven, and you use them to monitor the internal temperature of meat as it cooks. The temperature displays on the control panel of your oven, so you don’t have to open the door to see if your dish is done.
A lightweight knife set for beginners and pros
This cheap but sharp knife set is a nice option if you’re a beginning cook and don’t want to spend a lot of money. This set is also great for pros who need knives that can stand up to the rigors of a high-traffic kitchen.
The cream of the crop
This handsome walnut-handled knife set looks as good as it performs. It’s pricey, but the knives are beautifully crafted, perfectly balanced, and comfortable to hold.
If you’re looking for a high-end, truly superior set, we recommend the Messermeister Royale Elité 10-Piece Knife Block Set. The forged German blades are extremely well-balanced and sharp. Though they will require more frequent honing than some of the Japanese knives we tested, they were far more durable than all the other sets we tried in this price range. This Messermeister set was one of the only sets we tested not to be cluttered by unnecessary filler. Our testers found the smooth, ergonomic American-walnut handles a pleasure to hold, as well. We’re confident that this knife set will make a beautiful and lasting addition to any kitchen.
Who should get this
If you’re seeking a gift for a wedding or a college graduation, you might consider buying a knife set. If you’re setting up a new kitchen for the first time and unsure of what knives you’ll need, buying a set will cover the basics. If you already own a set of knives that struggle to maintain a sharp edge or have cracked handles, it’s probably time to upgrade.
How we picked and tested
Finding sets that included what we considered the most necessary knives was no easy task.
According to America’s Test Kitchen (subscription required), manufacturers often skimp on the knives they include in sets. A classic example: Such sets usually offer an 8-inch bread knife, when a 10-inch one would be optimal (an 8-inch knife won’t always cut across a rustic country loaf). Manufacturers do this to keep the overall price of the knife sets affordable. Some sets even include suspiciously short chef’s knives for the same reason.
Most important, perhaps, we looked for knives with sharp blades that could maintain their edge after constant use. We also sought out knives that were comfortable to hold and felt well-balanced between the handle and the blade. The handle material, shape, and length also played a role in our decision making. Of course, comfort is a subjective quality, and it’s the reason why experts recommend trying knives in person to see which ones feel best in your hand.
Across all the knives we tested, we took into consideration the handle material, shape, and length. Pictured above is the Messermeister Royale Elité chef’s knife.
People frequently debate the merits of a full or half tang—the piece of metal that extends from the blade into the knife’s handle, which can affect a knife’s balance. A full tang goes the entire length of the handle but only part of the width, while a half (or push) tang has a much shorter extension and is glued into the handle. Contrary to popular belief, however, one isn’t necessarily better than the other. We’ve discussed tangs in detail in our guide to the best chef’s knife, but ultimately deciding upon knives with a full or half tang comes down to personal preference. We tested knives with both full and half tangs for this update.
To help winnow down our selection, we tested only those sets with half-bolster chef knives. (The bolster is the metal cuff located between the blade and the handle, which acts as a counterweight for heavier knife blades.) In our experience testing chef’s knives, we’ve found that a half bolster allows for easier sharpening, while a full bolster only prevents you from sharpening the full length of the knife.
Knives are either forged or stamped, but one method isn’t necessarily better than the other. (Both methods can produce high- or low-quality knives; for more, see our guide to chef’s knives.) A forged knife, which is pounded from a piece of steel, tends to be heavy and usually designed with a bolster. A stamped knife, which is cut from a sheet of steel, weighs less and usually lacks a bolster. Which type you prefer may merely come down to whether you want a heavier or lighter knife. We included both forged and stamped blades in our latest roundup.
We looked at both forged and stamped blades for our 201update.
We tested paring knives by seeing how well they accomplished small hand tasks such as shaping carrots.
We evaluated the handles of all the knives we tested to see how comfortable they were to hold and if they were the appropriate length for most people.
Every steel alloy that manufacturers use to make most kitchen knives is “high-carbon,” which is strong and takes an edge well. However, you should look for blade material listed as “high-carbon stainless steel,” or else it will be prone to rusting. You can find many grades of blade steel, which a true knife geek could spend hours expounding upon (if you’d like to know more, read this article by master knife craftsman Jay Fisher). For this guide, we considered only knives made from high-carbon stainless steel.
We avoided knife sets containing ceramic knives, since those aren’t as durable or easy to maintain as carbon-steel knives. Ceramic blades tend to be notably sharp and will hold an edge for a long time, but they can also crack or shatter if you’re too rough with them.
We also took knife storage into consideration. Some knife blocks are an eyesore or take up more counter space than they’re worth. Blocks with extra slots are nice because they allow space for you to grow your knife collection. For small sets including two to four knives, we thought a knife block wasn’t necessary, since you can use blade covers to safely store your knives in a drawer.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
The only weak link in this set is the 8-inch serrated bread knife. We’d prefer a couple of extra inches, which would make cutting through a wide country loaf in one smooth stroke easier. That said, the Wüsthof Classic Ikon’s 8-inch bread knife is very sharp and gets the job done.
Chef Joseph Simon said he wished this set included a slightly longer steel. Also, some of our testers noted that the steel’s handle doesn’t match the rest of the knife handles in the set (though some of them preferred that it didn’t match, because it stood out and was easier to identify).
The Victorinox 4-Piece Knife Set with Fibrox Handles is a great budget option that includes (from left to right) a 4-inch paring knife, a 10¼-inch serrated bread knife, a 6-inch utility knife, and an 8-inch chef’s knife.
Care and maintenance
Regardless of how much money you spend on a set of knives, practicing good knife maintenance will keep them sharper and help them last longer.
You can find a lot of debate about the best way to store your knives. Some people say a magnetic strip is best, while others swear by a wood block. Both methods can be good for storing knives, as long as you’re using them properly.
According to Kendall College instructor Brendan McDermott, magnetic strips can be great if you have a small kitchen, but you should never place the edge of a knife blade against the strip, or you might bend the edge (always place the dull spine of the knife against the strip). Likewise, a wood block can keep your knives tidy; just don’t ding the knives’ edges against the wood. McDermott also recommends using simple plastic or wood sheaths. Each sleeve goes directly over a blade, and you can then store the knife in a regular cutlery drawer. In-drawer knife blocks, such as this one, are also great for storing knives and don’t take up space on a counter.
When it comes to washing knives, never put them in the dishwasher. The high heat and detergents in a dishwasher can compromise the blade and cause wooden handles to loosen or crack over time. (Sharp blades may also cut through the plastic coating of your dish rack, potentially causing rust.) Always hand-wash knives and dry them promptly to prevent rust from building up on the blade. Along the same lines, you should never leave a knife in the sink to wash later or submerge it in water—not only do you risk dulling the blade this way, but doing so is a safety hazard.
No matter how nice your knives are, if you don’t sharpen them, they won’t do you much good. Most home cooks can get by with sharpening their knives professionally about once or twice a year. Unless you’re a particularly experienced knife sharpener with a whetstone or grinder, you’ll probably just take the edge off your knife if you try it yourself. If you’re determined to sharpen your knives at home, check out our picks for the best sharpening tool. Remember, the honing steel that comes with a knife set is really meant only to tune up your knives by taking sharp blades and straightening out the little bends in the edges that develop after regular use.
If you prefer Japanese-style knives, the Miyabi Artisan SGCollection 7-Piece Knife Block Set is the way to go. Chef Joseph Simon praised this set for its well-balanced, razor-sharp knives. Some of our testers with smaller hands, however, complained that the handles were too wide. Also, this set’s thin blades are more delicate than those of the Messermeister Royale Elité or Wüsthof Classic Ikon sets, so you have to treat them with care.
We used to recommend the Wüsthof Classic 8-Piece Knife Set with Block, but we found the full bolster made sharpening difficult. We also preferred the grippy handles on the Wüsthof Classic Ikon set more than the smooth handles on this set.
The Tojiro DP 6-piece Knife Block Set contains sharp knives, but some of our testers hit their knuckles when chopping with the chef’s knife. We also found the sheep’s-foot paring knife to be awkward for most small cutting tasks. The set is now unavailable.
Although the Global 10-Piece Knife Block Set is very sharp, it has a lot of filler knives that we thought weren’t especially useful for the home cook. This set was polarizing for our testers, mostly due to the metal handles, which can become slippery when wet and difficult to hold.
The knives in the Shun Kaji 8-Piece Knife Block Set are finely crafted and razor-sharp, but our testers found the handles to be too heavy and long for home use. The blades are also more delicate and not as durable as the ones in the Messermeister Royale Elité set.
The items in the Shun Classic 9-Piece Knife Block Set have lighter handles than those in the Shun Kaji set, but some of our testers found these knives to be too large and long for cooks with smaller hands. The Shun Classic chef’s knife requires a bit of a learning curve because it requires a back-and-forth sliding motion when you’re slicing, versus the rocking motion most people are familiar with when using German knives.
The Wüsthof Legende 7-Piece Knife Block Set had sharp blades, but the pebbled thermoplastic handles looked and felt cheap. Our testers preferred sets with heavier, more durable handles.
The Mercer Culinary Renaissance 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set is a decent beginner option, but our testers weren’t fans of the glass knife block, which many of them said resembled an ant farm. Some of our testers own Mercer knives and told us they dull more quickly and require frequent sharpening.
The Wüsthof Gourmet 2-Piece Prep Set includes a paring knife that we thought was a little long, making hand work such as peeling apples more difficult. Our testers preferred the shorter paring knife blade in the Wüsthof Classic Ikon set.
Promoting Pretend Play
Because of the many benefits it can give, children should be encouraged to engage in pretend play. But never impose the idea or it will lose its appeal. Here are some scenarios for starting a pretend play: – If you see your little girl constantly dressing up her doll, ask her where her dolly is off to and maybe it’s better for little dolly to have something to eat in the play kitchen before taking off.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your play kitchen wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of play kitchen
- №1 — Joyin Toy 135 Pieces Play Food Set for Play Kitchen Set
- №2 — Teamson Kids – Urban Adventure Play Kitchen with Ice Maker Function – Grey Playset
- №3 — 11 Pcs Pretend Play Kitchen Cookware Set By Kidzaro – Stainless Steel Pots & Pans Bundle For Kids – Includes Drainer