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:
Educo - My Creative Cookery ClubI 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 KitchenI'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 CenterI 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 CenterThis 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 overstock.com 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.
KidkraftKIDKRAFT 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.