KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen

Children love pretending they are adults. Of course, they are a bit too small to take the car out for a spin (thankfully) and whip up lunch, but it doesn't mean they can't play car and house. With KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen, children are able to have their own toy kitchen, whip up imaginary meals and just have fun while also allowing their minds to wander and develop.

This KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen is an available option that offers a nice, modern play kitchen feel to it. While there are plenty of children kitchen sets available, you just need to determine whether or not this particular option is right for your family and your young ones.

Some of the areas you need to look into when it comes to children's kitchens includes:

  • What Comes with the Set
  • Features of the Kitchen
  • Product Dimensions
  • How it Compares

What comes with the Set

The KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen you see above in the picture is basically the main set, and at the time of this post no external toys come with it.

Some parts are removable though, and the burners on the stove serve a seccond purpose to provide on-top storage for toy bowls, pots, etc..

There is a small wireless phone attachment to the side of the refrigerator and a chalk board on the freezer allows children to write down what they are cooking for the day. Furthermore the paper towel roll holder on the opposite side of the fridge is a handy option as a parent. It gives easy access to clean towels in the event of a spill.

As of April, 2016, this KidKraft Uptown Kitchen model runs anywhere from $80 up to $120, depending on where it is purchased, whether it is purchased in store and if shipping is required (typically the lower priced offerings have higher priced shipping totals). It does not have color variations, so the gray/espresso look with some white and chrome touches is the only available option.

Features of the Kitchen

There are several nice features found with the kitchen. While assembly is required (it is a sturdy construction and requires a Phillips/flat head screwdriver and hammer), some of the perks of the kitchen include:

  • Pretend ice machine
  • Storage space above sink for easy cleanup
  • Plastic sink can be removed if water enters
  • Refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, oven and freezer doors all open and close with latches.
  • Raised burners fit for pots, bowls and plates
  • Cordless phone
  • Microwave and Oven have see-through windows
  • Chalkboard
  • Holding pegs over burners
  • Oven drawer slides out
  • Turntable in microwave spins 360 degrees

Product Dimensions

The KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen is approx. 42.5 inches long, 17.1 inches deep and 41 inches tall. When compared to other KidKraft kitchen sets, it is slightly larger, but only by a few inches here and there. Also, from what was gathered it is rather lighter though at 22 pounds. Most of the weight is at the base of the set, which reduces tipping potential.

Due to the weight of the product, it can be moved, a bit. There are no wheels, but the doors all latch, so it can be carefully moved up stairs, if needed, without taking it apart. Generally though, it is not designed to move all around (to avoid sliding and possible injury to children while playing with it).

How it Compares

With other toy kitchens on the market, you need to know how your new KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen compares with the other offerings, at least in a similar price range.

The Little Tikes Ultimate Cook Kitchen is from a different designer. It has an overly plastic look to it so it doesn't have that authentic feel to it. The recommended age of children for the Little Tikes kitchen is two years and older, so it is a bit younger than the recommended age on this KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen of three to 15 years (chances are your teenager will probably outgrow the toy long before 15, though!).

As another option and comparing it to the same brand, the KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen brings about more unique changes. First, it is more of a European country style kitchen. It fits in a corner, which is great for reducing space (unless you have crown moulding, in which case there will be an inch or two separation between the toy and the wall). It has a window shade to give it that country feel to it, and it also has a washing machine next to the oven (which adds that European touch to it). It only seems to come in pink and it is a bit more expensive at $155, so it is something you should just keep in mind as an alternative.

So, to wrap things up there are plenty of play kitchen sets out there, but the KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen is a beautiful offering that really has a high-end toy feel to it. From the movable knobs that click to the microwave, chalk board and even the paper towel holder, there are some really nice features and touches on it. You just need to determine whether the look is right for what your child is looking for.