If your child loves to help you out in the kitchen, but they are just a bit too young to really lend assistance without worrying you half to death, a play kitchen might be the best option. These sets are great for entertaining your child, allowing them to use their imagination and just to have fun. The KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen is one option and, due to its design, it is a bit more unique than most other models on the market.
Let's have a look if this model works for you.
There are a few different ways to break down your toy kitchens and what to look for. These categories include:
If you are looking for accessories, the KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen actually does come with some. Most other kitchens do not feature much in way of accessories, but this one has a pot, pan and two spatulas, all appear to be made from metal so it has that authentic feel to it, (but light though, so nobody is getting hurt). Cloth curtains behind the sink come with the kitchen as well, so you don't need to worry about adding on the cloth yourself. There is also a chalk board your child can write on, positioned on the freezer door.
The KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen runs around $154.99 (as of April, 2016). There are several color options too. The toy is designed for children ages three to 12 years of age (although it will be extremely small for children approaching the 12 age range).
In terms of specific details of the kitchen, you can expect to find:
The KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen will need to be put together at the house. It is designed from sturdy wood and plastic with a few metal pieces used to fasten everything together. Tools you need include a screwdriver (have both a Phillips and flathead screwdriver available) and a hammer. It is no different than putting together a bookshelf you buy from the store (and it is something you can probably put together in under an hour).
The KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen has a product dimension of approx. 36 inches by 12 inches by 36 inches. As the kitchen is three feet tall, older children are going to find it simply is too short for them (the sink will be at around the 18-20 inch mark as an example).
The product itself weighs in at around 52 pounds, without any of the accessories, although the package weight is 64 pounds with the added packaging. Keep this in mind if you are buying it on your own from the store. There's a good chance you'll need some help.
For online options there are plenty of merchants that carry this model/set during the time of this writing.
The major difference you are going to find with the KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen and other toy kitchens on the market is the corner design. The vast majority of kitchens are linear. This may or may not work to your advantage. If you don't have much wall space but you have an available corner, this might work perfectly for you.
The KidKraft Sweet Treats Pastel Kitchen is another set that also comes with a washing machine. It has a bit of the country cottage look to it, but it costs around $20 less.
The Ginatex Kids Wood Kitchen is a set we quickly looked over that sports a window as well, although it comes across as more cheaply made and it doesn't have much in way of storage space (although it is $40 less). It is not as popular as this KidKraft corner kitchen either in terms of reviews & feedback from owners.
Step2 is another brand option out there to consider, but with limited options on the corner-style reviewed here.
You just need to decide whether the corner design is right for you or not. It has a fun, cottage look in pink and white as well as green, red, and a few others we saw. If you want something with a different color scheme there are a few designs out there, but not with the KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen overall quality with accessory optioins.
To conclude, these KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen model sets are nicely designed kitchens, and while they are a bit more expensive than the competition, the shape makes them easy to fit into corners of bedrooms or playrooms without taking up much space. With the European features of the kitchen, you can also teach your child about different cultures.? It just depends if it is the right kitchen and the right price for what your'e looking for.