I was sent a new STEP2 Prepare and Share Kitchen to review. STEP2 just introduced this kitchen to their line of great kid’s products. The kitchen was delivered in a large box and when we opened it, it was all neatly packed and included lots of food, dishes and accessories. It was very easy to put together and took very little time. One of the favorite features is the stove burner that when fitted with the skillet sizzles, pot boils, coffee pot boils as well. It also causes lights to illuminate in the cooking vessels. It requires 2 AA batteries for the electronic sounds but it was a huge hit and one of the features the boys liked best. It is designed in neutral colors for boys or girls.
It is a very sturdy unit that will hold up to lots of play and is very easy to wipe down. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of accessories this kitchen includes. It includes 5 large spice/herb bottles, salt and pepper shakers, grinding pepper mill, phone, pots, pans, dishes, cups, utensils and a variety of food, fruits and veggies. Three removable baskets are handy for storage and play prep and cooking. The large, deep sink has a swivel faucet. Stainless steel look oven and refrigerator, hanging hooks, pass through window and ledge for serving, storing and prep add realistic touches to this kitchen set. The clip for the phone holds it securely in place and is easy for the kids to retrieve the phone and return it when finished with the call. Kitchen is large enough that the two can play together and still have enough space to play and cook.
This kitchen set is available at Toys R Us for $89.99 and I think it is a great value considering all you get with it. I recommend this kitchen very much. If I have any critisism I would say that it would be great if two of the burners had the sounds just because you could have two things cooking/boiling, sizzling at once. However, that would not deter me from buying this kitchen. There is plenty to do and kids will have a great time cooking up some gourmet meals.