Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC Sizzlin' Kitchen
Member Name: Rhiana
ELC Sizzlin' Kitchen
Advantages: Great design, many features, high quality toy.
Disadvantages: Bulky, lacking in play food.
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.
Summary: A toy for future master chef's.