Shopping around for the perfect child's plates is easier than ever before. Now, with dozens of options for just about anything, parents finally have a say in what they offer their child. This includes the Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen Playset we're taking a look at here.
This set is offered to younger children who want to play house but need a set designed specifically for them. If this is the kind of kitchen set you're looking for, let's take a moment to make sure it has all of the features you need.
Whenever looking at a play kitchen set it's better to break it down into a few different categories. These main helpful categories include:
If there is one thing you can say about the Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen, it is that it does have some nice bonus features. In fact, it comes with a 20-piece accessory set. Few other kitchen brands out there offer this variety. So, once you have it all set up you don't really need to have to purchase any other accessories as your child(ren) can start playing right away. From dishes to some fake food, this is a nice model to consider.
The Step2 LifeStyle Custom Play Kitchen set does cost Around $97, depending on where you purchase it from, (at time of this writing). It is also designed for children two and up (although due to the size of the kitchen, really anything over four or five might be too old as your child just becomes too big to play with it).
The Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen Playset does have some nice features to consider when potentially buying the set (and comparing it with other sets). These features include:
This LifeStyle Custom Kitchen model does require a bit of assembly out of the box, but you will not need any actual tools to do this. The plastic pieces snap into place. While this does make it possible for a door hinge to pop off, you can just as easily pop it back in. For the age group, you probably won't have much of an issue with this. Also, it reduces the time it takes to get the set up and running (around 20 minutes or so).
The Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen has product dimensions of 14 inches deep, 28 inches long and 41.5 inches tall. It does have some good height at nearly 3.5 feet tall. Of course, with the sink and burners sitting at around 2 feet, it is a major reason why this set is really only designed for children a few years of age. The product weight itself sits at around 28 pounds.
It is a lighter option when compared to some other kitchens, but the plastic is what does this. Most of the weight is at the base, so it should stay steady, but because it is lighter, you do need to watch your children and make sure they don't climb all over it. If they do, it opens up the risk for tipping.
It is important to note you need four AA batteries for the sounds to work. And as you probably guessed the batteries are not included with the set.
Before you pull the trigger on this particular model Step2 set, you need to make sure it fits your given needs and there isn't a different set that is better for you. Although not as popular, the Howa Wooden Toy Kitchen with 5 Accessories is a nice little option to briefly check out.
It is made with a bit higher quality material and gives a fun, country-style kitchen look. Ditching the bulky plastic feel, it also runs around $149, so you'll pay more for it. It really just depends on if you want the same overall features just with a higher grade material. If you like what Step2 offers and want to stick with the brand, consider the Step2 Little Bakers Kitchen.
This is nearly identical, although it replaces a few items (it comes with a 30 piece accessory set instead of 20) and it has a much more bright color scheme, showcasing a pink base and a purple (closer to a lavender) top. If you want the same at nearly the same price (around $90) but just different colors, check this option out.
When shopping around for a new set, the Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen is a nice option and provides you with some quality features. It doesn't have the highest grade materials as some other brands out there, but this is reflected in the less expensive price tag. You simply need to decide if the 20-piece accessory set and play features make up for the inferior construction quality.