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Best toy I have ever bought
ELC Retro Kitchen
Member Name: xtinkersx
ELC Retro Kitchen
Advantages: looks ace, instant hit with kids, encourages role play, very sturdy and well made
Disadvantages: time to take to put together but worth it
I always wanted to buy the kids a kitchen one Christmas and after looking throughout the year at the plastic type ones I didnt know what to go for. I had read a few bad reviews on the plastic ones with doors falling off things breaking easily, which didnt sit well with me as I have a boisterous 1 year old son!
I picked up an ELC catalogue in store as I love looking at there toys which I do find a bit expensive but the quality it fantastic. Flicking through the 'pretend play' section I came across this kitchen and it was like love at first sight! The cost put me off though £140 for a kitchen seemed much, but it looked fab and was wooden so I knew would be very sturdy. I asked a couple of people on a forum and everyone raved about it and the cost was the only bad factor.
We decided to go for it as a joint present for both kids and this would be their main gift.
As we had Park vouchers I couldnt order online so my only way was to go instore and ask if could do it there. I was dreding them saying no as I really had my heart set on it but they said it was fine to order. Instore we also purchased some accessories-the wooden dairy set, pots and pans set with dinner set, cans set and the utensils set, again all very realistic looking. As we had a birthday club voucher the kitchen only cost us £100 and we got free delivery also. The delivery came a few days later in a very large heavy box.
Christmas Eve we decided very late on we would set this up and hide it in the spare room. Its all DIY everything is in pieces. The instructions are numbered and the pieces have small numbered stickers on so it was really easy to check everything and follow the instructions step by step. It did take us a couple of hours and if you were doing alone I would expect at least 2 hours building it up. Thankfully all the pre made holes were pretty in line and everything went together easily. The part in between the 2 top shelves is stainless steel so nice and strong.
The kitchen consists of: Fridge and freezer on the left. Microwave and open hole cupboard underneath, oven next to them on the right. Hob on top with 2 rings and sink in the middle next the hob. Then the 2 shelves above the worktop. The sink has a mixer tap, the fridge has a small temperature dial on the door, the oven/stove has 3 dials along it with different temperatures on them. All the doors have silver handles on them. Inside the oven is a silver shelf too.
We didnt end up bringing this down until Boxing day but the kids were amazed. Along with all the accessories they played with it all day and it gets played with everyday since. I see this as an investment as it will last years and grow up with them (my 8 year old brother plays with it when hes round) so Im hoping as long as it stays together it will be with us for years. There is no damage on it considering it gets bashed with pans everyday. The height on it is good too as its not small like the cream one ELC have for a bit cheaper and its not too big that my 1 year old cant reach (he does have to stand on his tip toes to reach the top of the fridge)
Everyone always comments on it when they visit and its an instant hit with any child so I do think the money spent was definetly worth it and if you are looking for a kitchen, definetly consider this one.
10/10 and I recommend to everyone!
Summary: brilliant this is the best purchase i have ever made and am so glad we paid more for a wooden one