Monday, November 28, 2011

Play Kitchen Series: Wooden Kitchen Sets

Other Posts from this Series:

Portland Craigslist is going to issue a restraining order any day now because I am literally stalking the kid's page for wooden kitchen postings.  THREE listings have already been swiped between the "yep it's still available!" email and the time I get to their doorstep.  It's amazing what moms will go through for the perfect Christmas present, and Craigslist has been beyond annoying, but that rant is for another entry.

There are numerous options for wooden play kitchens at the $150 and under price point.

However, before I list those, I want to post a picture of the Pottery Barn Kids option which, at $747 for the three pieces, is ridiculously priced, but you have to admit that it IS pretty cute.

Other cute, but overpriced, sets include two from Land of Nod:

What's Cookin' Kitchen Appliances
$478 for the two pieces

Guess Who's Pretending to Come to Dinner
$199 each piece = $597 for the three piece set

Okay, moving on to viable options:

Ikea Duktig Mini Kitchen
IKEA has a sleek sink/stove/oven kitchen for $99 with an optional microwave hutch for $39.   Total is $140 (I included $2 towards lingonberry soda and a hot dog, but if you want the Swedish meatballs, it might cost more).

Educo - My Creative Cookery Club
I wasn't familiar with Educo toys before I started research for this blog, but there is something endearing about the little set with it's green accents.


Melissa & Doug Wooden Corner Kitchen
I'll talk more about Melissa & Doug later this week, however, their little corner kitchen deserves a spot in today's post.   I love all the storage space, the gender neutral colors, and the fact that the sink is removable for cleaning.  Fabulous.

Wonderworld Eco-Friendly Cooking Center
I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of this kitchen.  I don't like the boxy faucet and chunky knobs, but after reading an Amazon review that the blue and orange accents were foam, I crossed this set completely off my list.  Hannah is in this weird gnawing phase where even her flip flops aren't safe from her teething gums.  There is no way I'm spending $150-$170 on this kitchen for it to have bite marks the next day.

Maxim's Enterprise Kitchen Center 
This kitchen just doesn't do it for me.  I appreciate the gender neutral colors and I like the microwave, but I'm not a huge fan of the hanging bar above the sink (I'd prefer a shelf), and I don't like the fabric curtain in the storage area.  At $100-$130, I think you can find a better option, but to each their own.
TreeHaus Wooden Play kitchen
This kitchen is available on and in most Bed Bath and Beyond stores for $80-$100.  This is also the set that Chris and I purchased as back up in case craigslist doesn't come through for me.  I like the natural wood, and it doesn't look flimsy or cheap.  The down side is that I think I'd eventually like to add a fridge or pantry for extra storage, and it'd be hard to match the wood tone.

KIDKRAFT has the market cornered on wooden kitchen sets.   They have sets in all shapes, configurations and colors, and all are at fairly reasonable prices.  My favorite though, and the one that keeps getting 'stolen' from me on craigslist is:

The Pink Retro Kitchen and Refrigerator
I like the storage space under the sink, I love the refrigerator, and frankly it looks strikingly similar to the Pottery Barn set, but costs a fraction of the price.  

All these sets, and MORE, have been wrangled into one spot - a pinterest board.  You can visually compare models side by side and find links to purchase them once you've found your favorite. 
Just click the pinterest link below!


Today's post was the first in a week-long series all about 'green-ish' play kitchens and accessories.  Tomorrow I'll be taking a look at Melissa and Doug food sets.


  1. You need to start a(Insert your city/town) ONLINE YARD SALE Group on FB. We have 2 here where I live and its AWESOME.. Moms post things they want to sell, and you can just GO AND ASK for what you want. Its MUCH easier than craigslist..
    Rules: PLAY NICE.>> :) First come first serve.. Love it!!!!!!

  2. We have the one from IKEA and the gray feet are adjustable so it grows with your child!

  3. I have the ikea kitchen, my 2 year old son loves it and the cooker hobs light up. Very sturdy and I think well worth the price

  4. If you or Chris are handy, you can make your own with an old dresser or other piece of furniture you have or find at a flea market. Google make your own play kitchen and there are some neat ideas people have come up with!

  5. I got the Kidkraft retro kitchen (the all in one version) for my daughters 2nd birthday. It was a pain to put together but is sooo sturdy and I am pretty impressed. I got it for $112 on Amazon.

    I know you said you don't like the Maxim one but Meijer has a heck of a deal on it $57.99 and it comes with a free cookware set(valued at $23.99). You could always modify it with paint or add a shelf for that price :) Here is the link

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  6. Which wood kitchen did you end up getting Hannah? Thanks for posting this! We just purchased the little tikes wooden one, found out about it from your pinterest board.

  7. You probably have much wasted space on the walls where you could fix a shelf. Like above the basin or bench top. It does not have to be very wide but broad enough to store a few decorative items like pretty vases or preserved fruits in ornate bottles. Add hooks to the bottom on the shelf and you have somewhere to hang ornamental coffee mugs.

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