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Zanussi Pack Away Kitchen
Member Name: kirstyloughnane
Zanussi Pack Away Kitchen
Date: 16/01/12, updated on 16/01/12 (66 review reads)
Advantages: Good value, lots of accessories
Disadvantages: A little shaky and LOUD sound effects
As a mother of two daughters - 5 years old and nearly 2 years old - I am always on the look out for toy ideas that they can play with together. This isn't as easy as it sounds! Generally my eldest likes to play with toys that have a million small parts, and my youngest likes to eat and lose them! One thing they both agree on though is the range of plastic and wooden food that we have and the tea set accessories to go with them. To add to this set we bought my youngest the Zanussi Pack Away Kitchen playset for Christmas.
We managed to pick this up half price at Tesco for about £30, which didn't seem too bad at all. It comprises a kitchen playset with oven, hot plate, hobs and sink. Also with our set came a kettle and a toaster. As well as these items, also included were some accessories for the set - saucepans, lids, some plastic food, cutlery and salt and pepper shakers (which make a pleasing rattling sound when shook).
The kitchen unit has some good sound effects and spoken phrases to enhance the role play experience - depending on which saucepan you place on the hob it determines whether you are frying an egg in a frying pan or cooking some soup in a saucepan, and makes the appropriate noises. When the oven door is closed it makes a clicking sound and the voice says "shall we roast a chicken" or some other related phrase.
There is a switch inside the unit that I assume determines the volume and on/off, but I am afraid we never worked out how to turn ours down - it really is rather loud!
The kettle that came with the set has a mechanical switch on the top to make it sound vaguely like it is boiling. The toaster that also came has 2 slices of pretend toast which "pop" out of the toaster when done. Both of these items are fairly basic but serve the purpose, especially when you are two!
The quality of the pans and accessories is good and they feel quite robust. The kitchen unit itself doesn't feel all that stable, so probably not ideal if your little one isn't that stable on their feet yet - I am sure it might topple quite easily if leant on in the wrong way.
The kitchen all dismantles and packs away into itself for a handy means of storage and transportation - ideal for taking to nanny's I imagine for a long weekend!
All in all the quality isn't too bad, the role play potential is quite good and the accessories are fun. However the stability of the unit could be better and the sound effects really are quite loud. Good value for the money and hours of pay opportunities to be had.
Assembled Dimension Units cm
Assembled Dimension Depth 34
Assembled Dimension Height 92
Assembled Dimension Width 56
Assembled Weight Units kg
Assembled Weight 2.5
Batteries Included Yes
Battery Type 2 AA
Colours and Styles May Vary Yes
Electronic Features Sounds
Number of Batteries Required 1
Power Source Battery only
Product Weight Units kg
Product Depth 35 cm
Product Height 56 cm
Product Width 14 cm
Summary: Great if little one is stable on their feet - ear protectors may be needed for the sound effects
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