Kids love to copy what mom and dad do and play at being all grown up. Most of them will love something like this Kidkraft play kitchen which looks just the real thing, but smaller and safer. It’s a perfect size for toddlers and preschoolers, and it’s big enough for two or three kids to play together without fighting.
So what do customers think? Is there anything you need to know before you buy? Read on to get all the details.
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Kidkraft Uptown Kitchen Video
Kidkraft Espresso Kitchen Features
* Includes play sink, microwave, stove, oven, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher.
* All doors open and close.
* Storage cabinet above the sink.
* Food prep area.
* Cordless toy phone hooks onto the side of a cabinet.
* Freezer door has a chalkboard.
* Age 3+
(Play food, pans etc are not included)
Kidkraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen Reviews
If you’re looking for a modern-style play kitchen where several kids can play at one time, that’s gender-neutral (i.e. not pink) and has storage space for their play food and kitchen equipment, the Kidcraft Uptown Espresso kitchen could be the answer.
There’s a play phone on the wall which kids can use to pretend to call grandma or their friends and tell them all about the cookies they are “baking”.
Of course the sink, oven, faucet, espresso coffee machine etc don’t really work or it would be dangerous, but they are not just drawings as they are on many play kitchens. The oven opens and you can put things inside to “bake”. You can also put a cup into the espresso machine as illustrated, and pretend that it’s filling with coffee.
The chalkboard on the freezer does work and kids can write or draw whatever they want on it. As well as baking in the oven, they can pretend to cook pasta on the stove or make popcorn in the microwave. They can cook dinner for their dolls and animals, entertain guests if they have friends over, and imitate you in the kitchen while you’re preparing dinner.
The size is right for kids up to about age 6 or 7. It doesn’t have safety clearance for under-3s, but parents don’t always go by that and a two-year-old would surely love it too if you wanted to take that risk.
The modern design of this Kidcraft kitchen looks good and it’s stable and sturdy. Instead of going for pink, like many play kitchens, they have made this one gender-neutral with parts that look like (but are not really) granite, stainless steel and dark wood. That’s great if you have boys but it also makes it look more like a real kitchen for all kids.
So what’s the downside?
What You Need To Keep In Mind
The only downside to the Kidkraft Uptown Espresso kitchen is the time it will take you to put it together. Don’t expect to do this on Christmas or the child’s birthday! There are a lot of components and accessories that you need to assemble, so expect to spend around 3 hours putting it together. Of course you don’t have to do it all at one time – unless the child knows about it and is bugging you! If possible, keep it a secret until it’s assembled.
Also keep in mind that this is a pretty big toy kitchen, and you won’t want to keep taking it apart and putting it back together, so you’ll need to find a permanent place for it. It’s almost 3 ft 6 inches wide (41 inches) and about the same in height. Plus on the right side there’s a semicircular food prep area and kids will want to stand at the side to use that (see the picture at the top of this article), so it’s better if you have another couple of feet of space on that side.
When you have figured out a good place to put it, the verdict for the Uptown Espresso kitchen from Kidkraft is simple: buy it! It’s an excellent choice for a stylish and fun play kitchen, especially if you have more than one child of the right age (or will have in the future), offering plenty of opportunities for realistic imaginative play plus the added bonus of more storage space than most play kitchens.
Published August 4th, 2013