Children love to play at being grown up and copy what mummy and daddy do. Toddlers and preschool children love anything like this Kidkraft play kitchen which looks just like a real kitchen, but smaller and of course safer. Extra bonus: it’s big enough for two or three kids to play together without fighting for space. So what do other customers think and what do you need to know before you buy? Read on to find out.
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Kidkraft Uptown Kitchen Video
Kidkraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen Features
* Includes play sink, microwave, stove, oven, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher.
* All doors will open and close.
* Storage cupboard above the sink.
* Food preparation area.
* Toy cordless toy phone that hooks onto the side of a cabinet.
* Blackboard on the freezer door.
* Age range: 3+
(Play food, pans etc are not included)
Kidkraft Espresso Kitchen Reviews
This is a modern-looking play kitchen with enough space for two or even three children to play at once. It’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 telephone on the side wall which kids can use to pretend to phone grandma or their friends to tell them about the cakes they are “baking”.
Of course the sink, oven, faucet, espresso coffee machine etc don’t really work for safety reasons but they are not just drawn on, as they are on many play kitchens. All the doors open so you can keep things inside. Kids can put things in the oven to “cook”. You can also put a cup into the espresso machine and pretend that it’s filling with coffee, as you can see in the picture below.
The chalkboard on the freezer does work and kids can write or draw whatever they want on it. As well as baking things in the oven, they can pretend to cook dinner on the stove or heat something in the microwave. They can pretend to cook dinner for their dolls, animals or real-life friends, or imitate you in the kitchen while you’re preparing dinner.
The size is right for children up to about the age of 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.
This Kidcraft kitchen has an attractive, realistic modern design 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 in any case it makes it look more like a real kitchen, which a lot of girls will like too.
So what do you need to know before you rush out and order one?
What You Need To Keep In Mind
The only real negative side 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 Day 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 the same time – unless of course the child knows about it and is nagging you! You might want to keep it a secret until it’s assembled.
Also don’t forget that this is on the large side for a 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 that’s big enough. It’s almost 3 ft 6 inches wide (108 cm) and about the same in height. Also, on the right hand side there’s a semicircular food prep area (see the picture at the top of this article) and kids will want to stand at the side to use that, so it’s better if you have another couple of feet of space on that side.
Assuming you have somewhere to put it, our verdict on 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 who’ll want to play with it at the same time. It offers plenty of opportunities for realistic imaginative play plus the added bonus of more storage space than most play kitchens.
Published August 4th, 2013