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Two christmases ago Asda did a load of £5-£50 toys all at £15 each one of the toys was this kitchen and so my Grandma bought it for my daughters Christmas present. I haven't ever physically seent his kitchen for sale apart from in this one event in Asda. I have looked the kitchen up on the internet and as usual Amazon sell it and it will cost £26.96 and comes with free delivery.
The kitchen comes in quite a large cardboard box as the kitchen on the whole is already assembled whic h is great as it meant on Christmas morning my daughter could pretty much play with it straight away without waiting for it to be built. The box is mainly white in colour and has the kitchen pictured on it which is brightly coloured and then there is a statement that there are 14 pieces to go with the kitchen and that the kitchen is suitable for ages 1 1/2 to 5 years.
The main part of the kitchen is ready built and is made of hard plastic, the bottom part of it is red and has a lilac door on the front which is for a fridge and then there are shelves at the sides. The bench of the kitchen which also has a sink and pretend tap and hob is green and then the top of the kitchen which has more shelves and a microwave is orange. The kitchen is noce and brightly coloured so looks perfectly in place in a young girls bedroom, it also comes with a couple of stickers which you have to put on such as a little clock and a front for the microwave showing food cooking inside.
In the set you get a grey plastic pan with a handle on each side and a lid that sits on top of it, you get some pink utensils and plates, some pretend food such as a chicken and some boxes of pretned food too so you get enough with the kitchen to be able to have a great game of pretend kitchens.
My daughter loved this kitchen for about a week and then she got bored of it, it seems that the makers have tried to cram too much in one kitchen and it's not really big enough, there is no space for your child to pretend to actually make the food due to the kitchen not being very wide and already having a hob and sink on the surface. The kitchen is pretty robust and is still actually in my daughters bedroom as she refuses to put it away although it is gathering dust at the moment it is easy to wipe down so it'd not an issue. I think if I had the choice again I would buy a bigger kitchen where my daughter could fully play kitchens as she ended up prefering just to play with a teaset instead. It is a decent budget kitchen but it is obvious it is a budget brand.
Bubble Cook Mini Chef Kitchen
Tiny Kitchen for Tiny Children
We wanted to buy my daughter a kitchen for her birthday and being only small, we didn't know whether the larger kitchen toys would be too big for her, so when we saw this Bubble Cook Mini Chef Kitchen in Asda for half price at £15 instead of the usual £30 we jumped at the chance. On the box it looked great and we felt that it would be perfect for our daughter.
The kitchen comes in a rather large box which is a little misleading to the actual size of the toy. Unfortunately we didn't come equipped with a tape measure on our visit to Asda, so had to guess what the measurements were - and me being me, got it slightly wrong. The measurements are on the box in smaller print at 49 x 28.5 x 66.5 cm which I knew was small though I didn't realise just how small until we got home though by then it was too late to do anything about it as we had left it till the last moment to buy it for my daughters birthday. My own fault here!
The box is very brightly coloured with the picture of the kitchen on each side of the box with a pale pink surround and very eye catching which is one of the things that steered us to the toy in the first place. The kitchen shown on the box looks very vibrant and fun and is pictured with a girl standing next to it, which I guess should have made me realise just how big it wasn't.
When opening the box, the kitchen is in various parts all in separate clear sealed bags, packed in with plenty of room to spare which is the age old thing that makes us pay more for the packaging. At least the outside box is an eye catcher for the child as they open their present - it certainly got my daughter very excited when she saw the large present all wrapped nicely (well as nice as my wrapping skills go!) and couldn't wait to open the packaging, which when she did, then couldn't wait to get inside the box and start playing with the toy.
Luckily, although in many different parts, this kitchen is very easy to fix together which is great as we had one excited little girl who couldn't wait to play with it. Instructions are included, though to be honest; they are not needed as it is all common sense really. There are no screws involved at all, simply a bend and click together - the only real tricky part is bending the main base around to slot the top half in the right places and is easier with two people though even then, it isn't brain science!
After you have fitted the main parts together, the two doors fit on easily with a push and click motion. The cooker top is the easiest part though rather a silly part really as all you do is place it in the designated space - easy for the child to take off and loose which is ridiculous really as you would expect it to at least click on securely. It is not a small part so no risk of choking, though I would have much preferred this to have been a secure fit. The outside of the cooker part does click in, though, in the same motion as the doors. Once this is all done, all you have to do is stick the stickers on the relevant places. These stickers are tough made, though very sticky so difficult to put them on without bumping the stickers up, and then if you try to take them off to reposition them, they rip - like most stickers of this nature, though.
So now, the kitchen is ready to play.
The kitchen comes with a few play plastic utensils, some of which can be hung on the kitchen, though my daughter doesn't like them staying there! It also comes with a decent sized cooking pot complete with lid which is very sturdy though a boring grey colour, a single plastic plate and a salt shaker. Also included is a couple of play foods in cardboard and quite flimsy.
The kitchen itself is a range of bright colours in pinks, greens and oranges which although sounds as though they would look terrible together, don't actually look too bad as a whole. The top part has a small oven with opening door which is easy for the child to open and close though fits only a tiny amount inside. Either side of this is a little shelf that has little plastic hooks to hang the four utensils from it. These hooks are not sharp in the slightest. The top of the kitchen also has a sticker clock which of course does not work though gives the top half a better appearance.
The main part of the kitchen hosts a medium sized fridge with working opening and shutting light pink door. This fits about three or four small 'food' items from a play food set. Of course, my daughter tries to fit every toy she owns in there with no success, though she would do that no matter what size! She enjoys putting her bunny comforter inside the fridge, and much laughter is brought on by this!
On the main base of the kitchen is a small sink with un-working tap with a small counter space behind it, set as a serving window with the upper part of the kitchen. Either side of this you have the small cooker area, which as mentioned above, half of it only sits on it so is easily taken off and lost. There is also a small dial to 'turn on' the cooker and a space behind this for the salt shaker to sit in, though this is larger than the salt shaker itself. The other side you have a counter area decorated with a pretty sticker with bubble type decoration with a small hole in the back area which looks as though it should have something standing in it, though neither the box nor we can work out what is meant to be there so it is really just a useless addition to the kitchen.
On each side of the kitchen you have two shelves which are not very deep and so my daughter finds it difficult to stand anything on there. I have put a couple of cardboard play food items there which have to be pushed into place as the size of the shelves height wise are also very limited.
The back of the kitchen is open and not decorated at all which I suppose is due to the thought of putting the kitchen backed against the wall.
The overall appearance I think is not too bad, though the kitchen is very small and it seems that no expense really has been used upon this as it is very basic. I have seen other small kitchens like this which seem much better though this is on hindsight.
The kitchen is very flimsy indeed. The plastic used to make the kitchen is very thin and is easily bent. I do not think that it would break as such, and there are no small parts in which can be lost in a childs mouth, so safety in this aspect is not an issue, though the safety with it standing up is another matter. We have found that although it is a free standing kitchen, it is very easily pushed over backwards as it certainly is not sturdy at all. We have to put it up against the wall and make sure that my daughter does not pull it away from the wall which is not really how you want a toy kitchen to be. It is also quite light so my daughter is able to pull it away from the wall very easily.
So although appearance is fine, the saying that appearances can be deceptive is correct here.
MY DAUGHTER THE CHEF
What we adults see if often very different to what a young child sees, and that applies with this kitchen. Thankfully, my daughter really loves playing with this kitchen combined with her new play food set which she also got for her birthday. She loves making mummy and daddy 'cups of tea' and copies us when we are washing up in the real sink with her kitchen sink. The oven and fridge hold the most of her attention as she loves putting not only food within them but also other toys which when bedtime comes and her bunny is missing, the fridge is now the first place we look!
The kitchen, although not the best one in the world, still helps my daughter through imaginative play and make-believe which I think is an important thing for a child to learn. It is also very small which is handy for people who do not have a lot of space in their houses.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
We brought my daughters kitchen from Asda in the half price sale at £15 reduced from £30 and have later seen it in the Entertainer at £20 reduced from £35. On checking online for this review, I have found that Amazon are still doing this kitchen at the higher price of £26.99 from Howleys Toy Store.
The availability is high with both online stores and high street stores selling this kitchen for a vary of prices, all seeming to be reduced recently which makes me think that others may not be buying them or returning them as they do not stand up to the quality you expect.
The £15 we spent on the kitchen in my mind on hindsight is too much for what it is. £10 is too much for what it is. If I had known of the quality before hand, I would not have purchased it at all and certainly not at the full price of £30 to £35.
I am really glad that my daughter is happy with this kitchen as it means that not everything was a negative point with this kitchen, though as for recommended it to others - I would say shop around for a better kitchen. I feel it is very flimsy and have seen much better small kitchens around after purchasing this one, and not overly safe as it tips back too easily. The appearance is average, not bad though nothing to shout about, and the price for what it is way too high.
The motto which I have learnt from this experience is don't impulse buy. Shop around for better things for a good price and don't just buy because something is in a sale and read reviews more before buying!