I always wanted one of these when I was younger but never got one! I wanted to get our 20 month old son one for Christmas and researched play kitchens quite alot as they come in so many shapes, sizes and colours.
This one is brilliant as it does so much but manages to incorporate it in to a fairly compact space, but it does not feel small at all. You can play with it from any angle. One one side there is a play cooker with a shelf and dials. Above it is a hob which has a small button in the middle, which when depressed by a saucepan being on top makes a sizzling noise. To one side of the hob is a deep fat fryer with a removable tray, and on the other side a built in plastic chopping board.
On the other side is a play dishwasher and dial with a plastic rack that fits in plates and cups. Above it is a sink which can be removed and a pretend tap. Hanging across the centre is a bar with hooks that can be used to hang cooking utensils. Either side of this are trays which rotate round and good for storing play items like kettle, cups and cutlery.
At one end of the kitchen unit is a table which can fold down to make a bit of extra space when the kitchen is not in use. At the other end are a couple of hooks. On top of the unit is a plate rack with storage for other items and a roll down top so they look neat and tidy.
This is a really sturdy kitchen, it is very good quality and the designers seem to have thought of everything. It is a great size and has plenty to keep children entertained for hours. I can't think of anything I would do to improve it.
There is enough storage on it to keep everything tidy when not in use, my son has dozen of pieces of play food and chopping fruit and veg along with pots, pans, plates and cutlery and it all fits neatly within it. It sits neatly in the corner of our front room when not being played with and by no means intrudes on the space.
A big reason for choosing this kitchen above others was the colours - it is blue and red, and as it was for our son we didn't want anything girly and so many kitchens seemed to be designed for girls and predominantly pink.
Overall a great toy that should last for years as all toy shops sell extras for role play so you can always add to it as time goes on.
Having mentioned a play kitchen for our son for Christmas, & the idea being dismissed immediately by my husband who deemed the toy 'too girly', I didn't give the idea much more thought...until seeing a second hand 'Sizzlin' Kitchen' in a shop.
At £7.50, I just couldn't pass it up, so out of the shop & into my car it went. The Sizzlin Kitchen does come with a variety of accessories, but I can't comment fully on these, as the one I bought had various mis-matched items, some of which I'm positive didn't come with the set (& several missing which should have came with it).
The kitchen itself features a sizzling hob plate (requires 2 AA batteries), which activates a sizzling sound when pressed (by such as setting a pan on it), a chip pan, a sink with moving tap, an oven (with pull out shelf & clicking dials), & a dishwasher (also with clicking dials & a pull out dish rack). Other features include: 2 towel hook & rail on one side, a fold down table on the other side, 2 movable shelves, a rail with several hooks for utensils & a plate rack with sliding cover at the top.
This toy has been a huge hit with my son - he has learnt to 'wash' his hands in the sink & enjoys frying crackers on the hob! I have since bought more pans/utensils etc to complement the kitchen - the ELC do a great range.
The kitchen is fairly compact versus other models, especially since the side table folds down out of the way, so it's quite a neat item. My only complaint is that the bowl in the sink is removable, but that the space underneath is open & toys can be dropped down where they become stuck in amongst the workings of the kitchen, having to be tipped upside down to dislodge them.
Overall, an excellent toy for both girls AND boys (even my hubby had to admit this!). Retails for around £70 in the Early Learning Centre, or look out for second hand ones on eBay which sell for around £25-£30.
A couple of years ago, I purchased my daughter this toy kitchen from the Early Learning Centre . I'm not sure why I opted for this particular one at the time, but it was possibly because I know that toys from ELC are generally very sturdy and long lasting, although you do tend to pay more for the quality.
The ElC Sizzlin' Kitchen is a nice big toy kitchen , that comes complete with a selection of accessories - knives, forks, pans etc. Many toy kitchens don't come with accessory packs, so I think the fact that this includes almost everything you need to get cooking is fantastic.
The main kitchen unit itself (measuring: Height: 102 cm, Width: 87 cm, Depth: 55 cm) is made from very strong plastic . With that said, although it is quite large and bulky (it rakes up a significant amount of floor space in my daughters small bedroom) it is light enough for an adult to move it about if needs be , and ours has been moved outside in summer, or moved downstairs when friends have been round . My daughters is largely pink, pale green, and butter yellow in colour, although there is an alternative colour choice of blue and red .
It includes an oven (which comes with a wire rack inside, and has a range of dials for adjusting the heat). The dials themselves feel well made, and certainly after lasting at least two years have stood the test of time without coming off. On the top of the unit is a hotplate , which looks very realistic, just like a halogen hob, and which has the added feature of making a sizzling noise when there is a pan placed on it, thanks to a small button in its centre .
There is also a sink with a tap on the unit (though sadly not one of those taps that you can make actually dispense water from a tank in the unit). At the top of the unit is a storage rack for plates and accessories, as well as hanging hooks for utensils. There is a dishwasher in the unit also (which can also double as storage for pots and pans) and a deep fat fryer complete with basket, as well as additional storage spaces.
This really is a great little kitchen . My daughter , and her friends, have been playing with this for two years, and it still looks as good as new, largely because the plastic is so easy to wipe clean . My daughters favourite feature is the sizzling hot plate, she loves the sound it makes . My favourite thing about this kitchen is that there is so much storage for all the various accessories that come with it, meaning it is easy to tidy everything away at the end of play .
The accessory kit itself included knives, forks, spoons, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, plates, and even a few portions of fries . While this is certainly enough to get a child started in the kitchen, I did also buy an extra food accessory pack at a later date just to bulk it out a little (I was sick of pretending to eat chips, and fancied pretending to eat cake instead .
The kitchen does require a minimal amount of assembly on first purchase, and also does require some batteries, although these have yet to run out . The batteries are housed in a secure compartment that young children would not be able to open , which is always a plus point .
This is a fabulous kitchen, and I think the £60 I paid at the time was excellent value for money . My daughter still plays with it every now and then, and when she outgrows it, I am confident that it will still be in good enough condition to pass onto another child to enjoy . The one downside for some might be it's size, but there is also a mini version available !
Overall, an excellent play kitchen, 5 stars .
We bought the pink version of this kitchen as a Christmas present for my daughter who was just two at the time. Since the moment she took the wrapping paper off it has been an instant hit and she plays with it everyday. We bought the kitchen from Boots as part of their Christmas 3 for 2 promotion so there was the potential to save quite a bit of money compared to buying it from the Early Learning Centre directly. The kitchen came with a useful accessory pack made up of plates, cutlery, utensils, pots, pans cups, salt and pepper pots and also French fries for the deep fat fryer. It is currently in our kitchen and my daughter doesn't walk passed it without stopping for a couple of minutes play whether that being to make a 'cup of tea' or putting something in its oven or dishwasher. There is a side table which can be folded away and a space to hang a small towel. The only sound effects on the kitchen is the hob which makes a rather odd sounding sizzling sound however that is only activated by a pan being placed on it and it then wears off after a while if the pan is left on there!
The downside is that it is quite a chunky item, but the accessories all pack away to make it look tidy however the sheer bulk of the unit can't be reduced but I feel that if you have the space I think its definitely a worth while toy for either a girl or a boy that will provide entertainment and learning for the child. The kitchen requires assembly however its fairly straightforward and took around half and hour to put together late on Christmas Eve!!
We bought the sizzling kitchen with accessory pack for my daughter's 3rd birthday. I was a bit reluctant to part with so much cash for a toy, but it has been so worth it. We've had it over a year now and I can honestly say it has been played with every single day by both my daughters (now aged 2 &4). It's quite a bulky item but we've found space for it in my girls bedroom and often they will get straight out of bed and start making "breakfast" for their toys, which is great as it stops them coming into our room! The toy itself is made out of strong plastic and looks as new now as the day we bought it. If it's not being played with it is very easy to tidy up as you can put lots of accessories in both the dishwasher and cooker area. It includes an extendable side table, chip fryer and real "sizzling" sounds, shich require batteries. There is a top rack for plates which can also be closed up to look neat and tidy. It arrives ready for home assembly and took about half an hour to construct. It came with an accessory pack of pans/food/ tins which make for very maginative and realistic play. All in all I would say this is a great toy and although a bit pricey is well worth the money as you'll get years of play out of it.
Ive now bought three of these kitchens - but all in a good way!!
The first one i bought for my niece as a Christmas present.... i was so impressed (as was she) that i bought one for my nephew. And have since bought one for my daughter.
Ive never come across a toy kitchen that has been so realistic. You place pans on the hobs and they bubble and sizzle and the worktops and doors are so sturdy that they never come detached (unlike my daughters friends Tefal version - that it always losing its door and the shelves are always collapsing under the weight of the mere plastic food).
My niece played with her kitchen for years - and on the day she handed it in to the local church playgroup it still looked as good as it did on the day i bought it.
My daughter plays with hers literally every single day - and i have to pretend to drink imaginary cups of tea every day! It really boosts her imagination and i love seeing what meal she will produce next.
Its a wonderful sturdy toy that will boost your childs imagination!
We purchased this for our children last Christmas when they were aged 2 and 5. To be honest I was not sure whether it would be played with enough to be worth the price or not as it was an expensive toy. The fact that you got the additional accessory kit (on top of that already supplied) free with it was an added bonus and made the price slightly more justified.
I don't know why I was was worried it was one of the best thing we have ever purchased for them. They have had many hours of playtime together through this item.
It is a perfect height for both of the children and everything is easily reached. The fact that it has 2 sides is perfect if you have 2 children as it means that they can play together without getting in each others way and potentially falling out. One side has the hob which makes a sizzling noise, a deep fat fryer for the chips and a cooker with racking in it. The cooker has knobs which can be turned to make the children feel as though it is more like mums.
The other side has a removable washing up dish below a pretend tap. Below that is a dishwasher where the children can place the 'dirty dishes'.
There is plenty of storage on this kitchen. It has a storage unit at the top where they can put all the plates and then on each side of the kitchen there is a small shelf to place other bits. There are some hangers to hang the cooking utensils from and two smaller places to keep the cutlery. Most importantly when your children are preparing their food there is a play side table which can be kept down when not in use.
The kitchen itself is not massive but is big enough for what is needed and is perfect for people with little storage.
The downsides to the kitchen are that the cooker and dishwasher doors are slightly flimsy and as a result to not seem to shut properly, although our children have never noticed so it does not interfere with their play, but to me for something so expensive it should be perfect.
Also where the washing up bowl is removed it is very easy for things to get placed in their and sometimes it is hard to get them out. To be honest I don't know why it needs to be removed - in my eyes the more that can be removed the more chance of it getting lost or broken. I did wonder whether it was for ease of cleaning but I cannot understand this as with it being removable it means more needs cleaning!
All in all this is a good toy but whether or not it is worth the money I am undecided. We have had a cheaper kitchen in the past which was not as good so I would say it is better than the cheaper kitchens but I cannot comment on those around the same price. I would suggest shopping around.
The ELC Sizzlin Kitchen is from 2yrs. It comes complete with an oven, deep fat fryer, oven hob, dish washer, sink, side table, notches for tea towels, storage area for plates & cups and two shelves to store kettles and food on. There are also hangers for utensils and pot-holes to store the cutlery. It now comes in a baby blue colour with red shelves and hob. There are matching accessories available to buy at ELC including ironing board, vacuum, washing machine, shop till, telephone, scales etc.
The kitchen is sturdy and the legs are short and fat reducing the chances of children being able to pull it over. It is very detailed and is roomy enough for more than one child to pay with at the same time. Children can play either side of the kitchen and there are plenty of appliances to use. It is easy to assemble and the stickers are easy to put on. One problem we do have with it is the oven door is easy to break off but luckily it is also easy to re-attach.
It currently comes with a free £30 accessories set which is only suitable really for 2 years+.
We did have to return the first one we got and had it swapped for a new one as bits were missing which prevented it being put together properly and when we returned them the member of staff said it was a common fault. Easy to use and wipe clean. Pleasant colours, unisex!
My daughter has this for her 2nd christmas. the colours change every year so its different to that in the photo. Its very durable and sturdy which makes it perfect for younger ones. Its lightweight and compact so perfect for storing away or leaving out as it doesnt take up much room. The top shelf stores plates and it has utensil rail. The hob makes a sizzling sound when you put a pan on it or press it which i persoanlly think sounds more like a car. There is a foldable side table which is ideal for folding down to save space when not in use. On one side is a oven which removable shelf. The shelf is too small for the oven so doesnt stay in place properly and is VERY flimsy. The other side is a dishwasher which removable tray again. It comes with a free accesory kit which includes all the pans, utensils etc you'll need. All you needto buy in addition is some food! The colours mean its suitable for both sexes which is good as my nephews also enjoy playing with it
As a little girl I always wanted a play kitchen. Unfortunetly space in our family home prevented this, and by the time we moved to a larger house and I finally got my own room, I no longer wanted one.
25 years later and now the proud mother of a 2 year old girl, I couldn't help but reminisce all those childhood favourites, and the ones that I would have loved to own too. So for her 2nd Christmas A kitchen was the present I decided to buy.
Shopping around there is a huge variety on offer ranging in price (from £12-over £100), accessories, features and quality. I finally decided on the ELC Sizzlin' Kitchen, and am still happy with my choice 2 years on.
* The Product*
The ElC Sizzlin' Kitchen is a fairly large toy kitchen unit (measuring: Height: 102 cm, Width: 87 cm, Depth: 55 cm) made with very strong, very durable plastic.
Its main features are: An Oven with one shelf rack inside and large clicking dials. A realistic looking hob/ hot plate wich has a small button in the center, so that when pans are placed upon it, it makes a bubbling/sizzling noise. Dishwasher with plate rack, Sink with tap (not a working tap), A storage area for plates and crockery and a small pull out table. It also has a few other smaller features such as a fryer and 2 shelves wich can be pulled out or tucked away.
The kitchen does come with a very small selection of pans, plates and toy food. However this kitchen seems to ALWAYS be advertised with a 'free' 50 piece accessory set, wich contains all the pots, pans, utensils, plates, cups, teapots and cutlery etc you could need.
The ELC kitchen is now £65 (I paid £60 2 years ago) The 'free' accessory pack is worth £30, although I question wether it is actually free, as I've never seen the kitchen advertised without it (it actually came unboxed in a plastic bag inside the main set's box).
ELC state that this kitchen is suitable for age 3+, however my daughter had it from age 2, and theres nothing in it I can see being a danger to a younger child.
* What do I think *
The kitchen comes boxed and requiring assembly. This was very easy, even for me. There are a lot of stickers to decorate the kitchen, and I found some of these a bit tricky, I wrinkled some of the big ones, while the smaller ones were just a pain! (Espicially as I left it until being slightly tiddley on Christmas Eve to attempt)
First impressions were very good. It's striking clean colours and smooth strong plastic make it one of the more attractive looking toy kitchens. It has 4 solid plastic legs, wich are very sturdy and stable. One reason I discounted cheaper versions was flimsy-ness, this certainly is not flimsy.
But it doesn't really matter what I think... did little Miss like it? Well come Christmas morning she was over joyed to find what Santa had left her. She has played with this fairly consistently over the last 2 years, and her play with this toy has developed. At first, the plate rack was a bit too high for her, but remember ELC recommended age is 3. This didn't halt her enjoyment of the toy though, and myself, her friends and her dollies have enjoyed some lovely tea parties and wonderful concoctions thanks to this kitchen.
On the negative side, it is bulky. So if space is an issue for you, than thats deffinitely something to consider. Theres also not a lot of play food provided with the accessory set, and I have had to buy more.
Overall though, I think this is a fantastic good quality toy. Was it worth £65? Well with the 'free' accessory set, yes definitely. Without it though, I think I would have looked at cheaper alternatives as buying it in addition would make it almost £100, and to me thats just too much to spend on a toy. 2 years on, the kitchen is still played with regularly, has suffered bumps, bangs and a house move yet still looks as good as new. It does require 2 AA batteries, I've yet to replace the ones I put in when first bought.
My three year old son got this play kitchen from Early Learning Centre for Christmas from his Nan and Grandad and considering the amount he got for christmas (the child got spoilt rotten!) this is the toy he plays with the most.
This kitchen stands at a little under 4 feet high I'd say and is a kitchen with cooker, dishwasher and folding table all in one. The set he got also came with some play food, plates, knives, forks, spoons, cooking utensils, pots and pans and salt and pepper shakers. The hob sizzles when something is placed on it - ie pots or pans etc - and takes if I remember rightly 2 AA batteries.
The kitchen does not come already assembled so you do need to put it together, put the stickers on etc but it does not take that long at all.
This is a good play kitchen for any child who likes to play "house"
this is the elc sizzle and stir child's kitchen it seems so come in a variety of colors my son has it in lime green and and pale blue but i have seen it in red and blue. we bought it in July of 2008 for 60.00 pounds when elc also has a offer on off a free accessory kit worth 30.00 pounds.
the box was huge there is no denying and on first on-sight it looks like a massive task of stickers and fiddly plastic bits. the main part of the kitchen was built it was only a case of slotting a few poles in and then the side shelves were on, you get stickers for the cooker and washing machine and hooks to tweedle off the plastic for the utensils to hang.
so what do you get for your money well of coarse the kitchen off a good height for a 3 year old it has a basin and pretend tap, a cooker, a washing machine, a tea towl rail, a hob which makes a cooking noise when its pressed in, a flip up and down side table, utensil hooks and a storage compartment which opens and closes for your plates and cups to go in. you get jars of food, cups, plates, cutlery, pans,jug and sugar bowl and pans
in the free accessory's kit you get stainless steel utensils, stainless steel pan and more food. there is more than enough items for your child to have a great time in the world of pretend play.
my summery of this is it does seem expensive but it is very sturdy and well made with the addition of adding lots more elc items in the range and i can see it lasting for a good few years
Early Learning Centre Sizzlin Kitchen.. I brought this for my daughter when she was two and a half years old for one of her christmas presents. When shel unwrapped this present she was so excited. It took a while to get set up and you will need some aa batteries. It comes with a sizzlin frying pan. My daughter loves to play with this product and pretend that she is cooking. It comes with over 30 accessories. As for the size it doesnt take over the living room it sits in the corner and my daughter is happy to play and bring the food that she has cooked over. I top buy for christmas present :-) This is a great product for sharing they can cook up their creations together and then sit down and pretend to eat it together. I hope that this helps and I have also reviewed other toddler toys.
bought this kitchen for my daughter whos 19 months bought this year 2008 came with a free kitchen set worth £30 included was pots,cups, play food, kitchen utensils and metal saucepans with lids, its a really sturdy kitchen but some of the kitchen tools i have taken out as a bit sharp, on one side is an oven and on the other is a dishwasher with a sink and tap and an eyelevel storage and utensil rail with hooks, also has a sizzling hob which needs AA batteries, the small hob comes out to put the batteries in without having to turn the whole kitchen upside down to install which is good. Its easy to put together although i didn't have any indication of where the stickers go so only used a few. Although quite expensive at £50 it should last its playtime. i would recommend this kitchen for anyone looking for a good kitchen
My son, Jacob, used to love the kitchen he played with at our toddler group so buying him something similar for his second Christmas seemed like the obvious present. I wanted to get a kitchen that was stimulating for him and encouraged imaginative play.
After much browsing through catalogues to see what was available we decided to plump for the Early Learning Centre Sizzling Kitchen. We purchased it from the Early Learning Centre at the Meadowhall branch in Sheffield. We had seen a display model set up and were impressed with the toy.
It stands approximately 4 feet high and working from the top down it has a plate rack, two circular shelves, utensil storage, a sink area, the sizzling cooker, a deep frying area to make chips, a pull out breakfast table, a towel rail (or useful handle for moving the kitchen about!), two towel hooks, a dishwasher and an oven. The kitchen has 4 feet lifting the base off the ground. I felt that it came with a good selection of extras. These included 4 plates 2 red, 2 orange 3 cooking pots a pressure cooker, frying pan and pan, the obligatory plastic food a pepper, a couple of eggs, chips, a tomato, carrot and sausages 4 egg cups, a salt and pepper pot and several knives, forks and serving utensils.
The kitchen itself is colourful and attractive, although I believe the exact colour you get is by pure chance as they seem to make several different versions and of course they are all boxed up.
It does require self-assembly but it is very simple to put together, each part fitting perfectly. It is a very well made toy and has lasted well so far. I also expect it to last for many years to come. As with all these types of toys there are the stickers to carefully place to finish off the look.
So, how does it stimulate and encourage imaginative play? Well of course, the main feature of this kitchen is its sound effects. But there isnt just one sound effect for cooking. There are 3 different sounds the kitchen makes depending on which pan is placed on the stove. The frying pan makes sizzling sounds, the pressure cooker bubbles and hisses when finished and the pan boils and then beeps to tell you that your food is ready. Each pan has a different circumference which presses down a different button on the stove, hence the different sounds. Its all clever stuff. But I actually do think this feature makes it stand out from other kitchens I have seen as it encourages children to understand which pan makes which sound. And another plus point is that the sound effects arent too loud and dont go on forever. After a few seconds it makes a noise to tell you the cooking has finished and is then quiet. A blessing for parents (until your little one decides it would be fun to imitate the sounds!). The worst part of it is that the part that makes the noise can be removed leaving a large hole for little hands to put all the plastic food down. All the food then collects inside the kitchen only to fall out the bottom when it is moved.
The doors to the dishwasher and oven open so your budding chef can put his casserole onto the tray to cook and then put his dirty pots and pans into the dishwasher, with which a rack is provided. Or, if he so chooses, he can use the sink to wash smaller items. The oven and dishwasher both have knobs that click as they turn.
And just in case Jamie Oliver II needs some inspiration in the kitchen, it comes complete with recipe book. Although, dont get excited. It comes with 6 pages packed full of recipes except there are actually 3 recipes page 1 is in English, page 2 is in Dutch, page 3 is in French you get the picture. Its quite a nice addition though, especially if youve got children who might be just starting to read. The three recipes use the ingredients that are provided with the kitchen so everything is to hand.
In summary, I feel that the Early Learning Centre Sizzling Kitchen is an excellent buy. The purchase price is still £50 as it was when we bought it back in 2003 although the ELC had a sale on when we were buying and it was reduced to £40. The recommended age is 3+, however Jacob has been playing with this since he was 20 months old and I never had any worries with him playing with it. There arent any tiny pieces that a younger child than 3 may choke on. The only problem was the height at first as Jacob struggled to reach the plates in the plate rack at the top. But this was only for a short time and he soon grew and can now use the kitchen fully.
I think the age is there as a guideline for children to get the most out of the toy. Since Jacob has got older he plays with the kitchen in a much more imaginative way - waiting for food to cook, preparing 3 course meals and doing the washing up. When he was very young he would just shove anything into the dishwasher or oven. One word of caution, the kitchen easily tips if you have younger children in the house who use anything to stand up against, as we have recently discovered!
So all in all a good value toy and something that is still one of the favourite toys in our house over 2 years after buying it.
A kitchen with sounds. Not only contains cooker but also pretend dishwasher & folding table.