If you want a plastic toy kitchen that’s both durable and fun for your toddler to play with, then you may want to take a serious look at the Step2 Lifestyle Custom Kitchen.This sturdy toy is complete with a “stainless steel” oven, microwave and refrigerator.
There’s also a sink with faucet, an authentic sounding stove, and various cabinets and drawers for your little one to have a field day with it.
Also included is a set of 17 accessories. The manufacturer, Step2, states that each play kitchen may ship with different accessories from the next. In my case, it was a set of plastic flatware: dishes, cups, and bowls. You may want to purchase a set of plastic food to fully round out your children’s playtime.
Is The Step2 Lifestyle Custom Kitchen Easy To Assemble?
In a word: no. If you’re buying this play kitchen for Christmas, I suggest you spend the previous day putting it together. You’ll most likely need a power screwdriver to complete the assembly! In my case, I actually had to drill some holes in the plastic. At this price point (under a hundred bucks), I’m not too surprised to see Step2 cut corners, but it was frustrating.
The good news is this: drilling through any missing holes is quite easy, and the included instructions are clear. Even someone with two left hands can put this thing together, trust me, if I can do it so can you! Just be sure and give yourself some time to do it right.
What Do I Like About The Step2 Lifestyle Custom Kitchen?
Price: as far as play kitchens go, this one is priced cheap. For less than a hundred dollars, your child will get hours of play time. Other play kitchens can sell for as much as 300 dollars!
Interactivity: there’s lots of things for your child to do! The cupboards open and close. The stove sounds like it’s cooking. There’s even a toy phone so your little one can “take calls” while cooking up a storm with the plastic pots and pans. The appliances open like real ones, too.
Small size: you won’t need a lot of space for this play kitchen. Other models and brands are simply huge. If you’re in an apartment, or small home, then this may be a good choice for you. But don’t let the small size fool you. There is plenty of storage space in the appliances and cabinets, so don’t be afriad of buying plastic food, extra toy dishes, or other accessories. Your toddler will be able to pack it all away once he’s done playing.
What Don’t I like About The Step2 Lifestyle Custom Kitchen?
Difficult Assembly: as I told you before, assembly is tricky. Not impossible, or even very difficult, but you will be gritting your teeth and pulling your hair out a bit. The frustration lies in the fact that Step2 neglected to drill all the holes for you at the factory. This is easily solved with a simple battery powered screwdriver/drill. I took my sweet time putting it together, and it still only took me about an hour, which isn’t too bad.
Lack Of Plastic Accessories: this isn’t an “all in one” package. It does come with some plastic pots and pans, but you will want some toy food and maybe more dishes to complete the package and make it the most fun for your child to play with.
Is The Step2 Lifestyle Custom Kitchen Worth Buying?
I think this is an overall good choice if you’re on a budget or want a play kitchen that doesn’t take up much space. Your child will love it! My granddaughter loves the sound of the “cooking” stove, as well as chatting on the included toy phone. Even my grandson has fun with it, making it perhaps a decent choice as a play kitchen for boys.
Don’t let the minor negatives put you off. Assembly could be better, but should still be less than an hour. And plastic toy food can be found for cheap.
This is simply good “bang for the buck” that won’t take up too much space in your home, but provide hours upon hours of enjoyment for your kids.