Walmart.com and Amazon.com have the Kidkraft Retro Kitchen in red (and pink) for the low low price of $110!!! Last year I had decided Thing 1 and Thing 2 would be receiving a kitchen as their ‘big’ Christmas present. I searched all over the internet for the best kitchen. I had just a few criteria: 1) not plastic and 2) good looking and 3) storage space. Once I found the Kidkraft retro kitchen in red I knew I had found what I was looking for unfortunately it was out of stock almost everywhere. Everyone who did still have it in stock knew it and raised the price to almost $300!!! Luckily I found it for a more reasonable price but still nowhere near $110, I am so jealous that parents can steal this kitchen!
My kids love this Kitchen! Its a little bit on the small side but I like it that way. Its not too small for my 3.5 year old and its not too big for my 16 month old so for us its the perfect size but for a 5 year old it will be too small. It also fits nicely in our small playroom. This kitchen is full featured: it has a fridge, freezer, oven, cabinet and microwave with working doors and shelves that all serve as a great place for storage. We like to keep the Melissa & Doug pizza set in the oven. Then we keep fruit, veggies, and other food in two shopping baskets (which are really metal shower caddies) on the shelves in the refrigerator. Pots and pans belong in the cabinet below the sink while the cooking utensils go underneath in the open shelving. The freezer is empty! This kitchen has so much storage space we actually have an empty freezer for future kitchen accessories.
The retro Kidkraft kitchen also features a cordless phone, a kitchen faucet with removable sink and a stovetop with clicking dials. Our kitchen also included an apron and metal saucepan with ladle. The quality and details of this kitchen are superb. The doors all open and close smoothly and aren’t all angled in funny directions. The doors also close securely so you don’t have to worry about them swinging open and hitting any little chefs unexpectedly. We love the small details like the water dispenser in the fridge and the turntable in the microwave (doesn’t actually turn though). I do have a small complaint about the oven door though. It opens up as a cabinet door which is nice for storage but I always expect it to open up from the top like an actual oven.
Now the assembly is a bit tedious. ‘Santa’ built it on Christmas Eve and was growing a bit tired as the night went on. We were able to build 90% of the Kitchen in the first hour but spent two more hours attaching all the doors. Remember how I said the doors close securely? They do this because you have to install these tiny little plastic pieces with even tinier little screws but now that its all done I can say it was so worth it. We love the Kidkraft retro kitchen.
– Contributed by Melissa