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Kids Kitchen Sets

Both of my girls have always loved to play pretend and I know that this sort of dramatic play is important for helping them learn social and emotional skills. And while I love to help kids cook in a real kitchen, I just love watching kids go fully into the land of creativity to create a whole new world for themselves!

And playing pretend with food in a toddler kitchen is a super fun activity to do together and it can open up a dialogue for talking about real food. Win, win!

TIP: Toddler kitchen sets make a wonderful gift for our little ones and I have a collection of my favorite ones to share today.

Best Toddler Play Kitchen Sets

When looking for the best toddler kitchen sets, I aimed to keep things as affordable as possible, have high quality materials, and to offer an assortment of styles. (I admit, I do naturally steer towards more neutral colors though!)

And, since I know that many of us are dealing with smaller spaces, I’ve tried to include play kitchens that are slightly smaller in scale too.

NOTE: Prices are accurate as of publication date. Things may change. Production on a lot of items has been less consistent this year and some things are going in and out of stock based on the manufacturer’s inventory. All of these were available at the time of writing, but that may change.


Kids Kitchen Set #1: KidsKraft Vintage Kitchen

I love the clean, modern lines of this basic and straightforward toddler kitchen set. Priced at under $120, it would fit into almost any decor style. It even has a removable sink for easy clean up should the kids get carried away!

Hape kitchen set red

Toddler Play Kitchen Set #2: Hape Gourmet Kitchen Kid’s Wooden Play Kitchen

If you want something with a burst of color, but that’s not too bright and flashy, this retro-style play kitchen is a good option. We have a dollhouse from this brand and it’s super durable, made of nice wood, and has held up to a lot of toddler love over the years. And at less than $70, it’s a great price!

hape gourmet kitchen set for kids in purpleKids Kitchen Set #3: Hape Kitchen Playset

With 13 wooden accessories (I love how the kitchen accessories things hang!), this is a sweet and simple toddler play kitchen. It’s compact, but has enough going on to keep the kids entertained. And it includes a play set with 2 plates, 2 forks, 2 knives, pan, pot with lid, mixing spoon, spatula, and salt and pepper shakers.

Teamson Kids Little Chef Boston Kids Play KitchenToddler Kitchen Set #4: Teamson Kids Little Chef Boston Kids Play Kitchen

With knobs that click and clack, doors that open and close and accessories including a phone (so fun!), I love this clean and simple kids kitchen set. I also really love that it has subway tile and it’s under $100!

kidskraft corner play kitchen in whitePlay Kitchen #5: KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen Set

For those with a little bit more space to play, this corner kitchen set is seriously fun—and the burners light up and the ice maker makes noise! This one also has a phone and fits nicely into a corner of a playroom. Priced at under $190, this is a best seller and is so fun.

Step2 Best Chefs Kitchen PlaysetToddler Kitchen #6: Step2 Best Chefs Kitchen Playset

With 25 accessories, including a recycling bin and coffee pot, this durable playset will last through many kids…and many hours of play. The burners light up, the coffee pot makes noise (if you have batteries installed), and there’s endless opportunities for pretend play, all for under $90.

kidskraft farm to table play kitchenKids Kitchen Set #7: KidKraft Farm to Table Play Kitchen Set

With a modern design and window boxes, this is a fun play kitchen for kids who might also want to pretend to garden too. Priced at under $200, I love the pretend ice cubes that come with the ice maker and the fun pretend food that comes with it.

Teamson Kids Berlin Modern Kids Play Kitchen, Toddler Pretend Play Set with AccessoriesToddler Kitchen #8: Teamson Kids Berlin Modern Kids Play Kitchen

Okay, so I have conflicting feelings about a toddler play kitchen that’s nicer than my actual kitchen, but this one is a beauty! There’s space on the shelves to store pretend food and a cutting board comes with the set. And this kitchen rings up for under $150.

melissa-and-doug-compact-play-kitchenKids Play Kitchen #9: Melissa & Doug Cook’s Corner Wooden Toy Kitchen

With a low profile, fun accessories, and a size great for kids aged 3-5, this is a compact play kitchen that will get loads of use over the years, even if you don’t have a ton of space.

wooden-food-for-play-kitchenKitchen Set Accessories #10: Wooden Cutting Cooking Food Sets

Let the kids practice cutting their veggies without the worry of actually using knives with this magnetic set of wooden fruits and veggies. It comes with a cutting bard and pretend tools too!

hape toaster setKitchen Set #11: Hape Pop Up Toaster Wooden Play Kitchen Set 

For a kiddo who already has a full kitchen set or to just test the waters to see if pretend play is something they might be into, this toaster set is too cute and priced right at under $30!

melissa and doug food group setToddler Kitchen Set #12: Melissa & Doug Food Groups

Help teach the kids about food groups and have fun sorting foods with this simple wooden food set that includes 21 hand-painted wooden pieces and crates, all for under $20. (They also have a Smoothie Set and a Cake Set that are both super fun.)

felt food sandwich setKids Kitchen Set Accessories #13: Melissa and Doug Felt Food Sandwich Set

With options to make hoagies, pita sandwiches, burgers, and more, this felt food set is fun for pretend play for little kids of all ages. And I love that it invites the kids to get creative with their sandwich making skills! Priced at under $20.

TIP: Find all of my favorite Play Food, Play Dishes, Pots and Pans, and Play Kitchen Accessories.

kids play stroller Toddler Kitchen Set Accessories #14: Precious Toys Pretend Play Shopping Cart

If your kids are anything like mine, they love pushing tiny grocery carts around the grocery store—so why not give them the chance to do the same thing at home! Bonus: You can store this cart, fully loaded with groceries, in the closet when it’s not in use. And it’s a steal at under $30.

TIP: Check out my full list of toddler shopping carts here.

pretend stir fry set

Play Kitchen Accessories Set #15: Learning Resources New Sprouts Stir Fry Set

Encourage a little cooking diversity with this simple stir-fry set for under $30. It has fun veggies to identify and new cooking tools to try out—and might make the little ones more into their meals the next time you go out for Chinese! (But really, I just like that this gives kids the chance to play with their food, without taking over the entire playroom.)

TIP: My full list of the best Toddler Toys and Gifts is here.

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This post was first published November 2020.

Are there other toddler kitchen sets you love? I’d love to hear which one you have in the comments!

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  1. Great.

    I see many parents are still unaware of the huge benefits their kids stand to gain from play kitchens.

  2. Awesome! Toy kitchen is most favorite play in childhood. In my childhood, I had spent most of the time with my toy kitchen. My 2 years girls also like it so much. I think this kind of pretend play kitchen also helpful for child mental growth. So I want to buy the best toy kitchen play for my baby. Thank for sharing collection kitchen sets to choose the right one for my kids.

  3. Amazing collection! Pretend play kitchen helps kids mental growth. Its essential for kids skill development. Kids can learn many things through play. I am searching best play kitchen for my kids. Thanks for such a helpful guideline sharing with us.

  4. Amazing collection! kids must loved it. Pretend play really helpful for kids mental development. I am searching best play kitchen for my little girl. Thanks for sharing such a nice guideline.