Most children's kitchen sets simply look like a child's toy set. However, from time to time you'll actually come across some sets that make you a bit jealous over the look and style of the kitchen. The KidKraft Uptown Natural Kitchen is one of these styles. It features a gray and natural wood looking kitchen, which might be something you've wanted for a while.
While dropping money for a new kitchen of your own might not prove finically feasible, it is possible to give your child the dream kitchen you have always wanted. Of course, as is the case with any other large toy set you purchase, make sure to look over all the features of the KidKraft Uptown Natural Kitchen in order to make sure it is the right offering for you and your child.
When it comes to finding the right toy kitchen, there are a few different categories you need to compare between other kitchens and sets on the market. These categories are:
At the time of this writing, the set costs around $136.85 at its cheapest online (including shipping). Some websites might list the KidKraft Uptown Natural Kitchen for less, but once shipping is included the price typically jumps far beyond this. In terms of additional accessories, the kitchen is rather bare bones. It does have a chalkboard on the freezer, allowing your child to write on it whatever they want.
The KidKraft Uptown Natural Kitchen is listed for children between the ages of three and 15. However, the toy simply is too short for anyone really over six. While 15 is the listed top age, it simply is too old to really use the set.
The highlight features of the KidKraft Uptown Natural Kitchen include:
Assembly is required for the KidKraft Uptown Natural Kitchen. It is designed primarily of wood, although there are some plastic and composite pieces. You probably won't need anything tool wise beyond what you already have. It requires a Phillips and flat head screwdriver. It also requires a hammer. Outside of this, you don't need any additional tools and it should take right around an hour or so for it to be completely set up.
The KidKraft Uptown Natural Kitchen comes in with measurements of 43 inches long, a depth of 17.8 inches and a height of 41 inches. The overall weight of the kitchen set is 71 pounds. Most of the weight is at the base, so you don't need to worry about it tipping over.
Some storage is available at the base, although it likely is too shallow for anyone one 3-5 yeas to easily access anything inside of these lower storage areas (oven and dish washer). The toy should be setup in the room where it is to be used. At 71 pounds, it is not terribly light to move into another room. While it can slide a bit, this is not all that desirable.
Ultimately, at nearly four feet long, it does take up some wall space. With less than two feet in depth, it doesn't take up much space so it doesn't require much to navigate around it, which is nice, but four feet of wall space usually is best found in a play room or even in a family room. Smaller children's bedrooms probably will not accommodate the required space for this.
The closest kitchen to compare it to in the same brand is the KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen. This basically is the exact same kitchen only instead of a lighter, natural wood look, it features a darker espresso brown look. The Espresso option can be located for around $120, so it is slightly less expensive, which means if you like the natural wood look better of the KidKraft Uptown Natural Kitchen, you need to determine if spending the approx. $10 more is better.
For a different brand option the Little Tikes Ultimate Cook Kitchen is another choice with a clean color palette (white and a blue/gray), but it is all made of plastic, is not as sturdy and is designed more for smaller children (2-4), although it does just run around $100. This model has it's own full review on this site as well.
So, the KidKraft Uptown Natural Kitchen is a beautifully designed toy. You might want to try and prepare food on it yourself. Beyond the look, it is similar to many of the other KidKraft kitchens on the market, so if this is not the exact color scheme you're going for there are other opportunities. You just need to determine whether or not this is the right selection for you. In terms of look and style though, it is hard to beat it.