Barbie Ultimate Kitchen Review (Mattel)

Barbie Ultimate Kitchen
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What It Is

The Barbie Ultimate Kitchen playset from Mattel is a 20-plus piece kitchen playset for Barbie with doll included. 

The kitchen features three large workspaces that attach together with ease. On one end, there's a counter with built-in cutting board that flip up to mold the included dough compound into different veggies, such as carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Underneath is a mini fridge and along the side are hooks to hang your cookware. 

The center counter features shelving on the bottom and on top has a sandwich press and built-in fryer. Each can be used to mold all your sandwich and fry needs. For example, simply add some dough to the fryer then lift the top and press down to make fries. 

The final counter features an oven and electric stovetop built in with lights and sounds. Add some dough to the pie pan and place it in the oven. Then press down the side lever to press your pie. The oven timer will ding when your pie is ready, much like a toaster. On the stovetop, press the buttons and a red light will display to simulate heat. Press the buttons a second time for sizzling and boiling sound effects. 

The set also comes with five one-ounce containers of dough compound in reddish orange, yellow, white, green and beige/brown as well as additional accessories for food prep and mealtime, such as a spatula, serving spoon, tongs, knife, frying pan, pot, bowl, and serving places. 

The included Barbie doll has the original Barbie body type and comes kitchen ready with her ensemble. She wears a stylish polka-dot apron, a blue "jean" dress, and white sneakers. 

Is It Fun?

Barbie is tapping into yet another hands-on role, as master baker and chef extraordinaire, with this doll playset. Girls especially will get to recreate  the fun moments they see both Barbie creating in the kitchen on Neflix series, Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures, as well as the grown-ups in their own life. We also like how this playset works to inspire kids to food prep through hands-on tactile play (thanks to the dough compounds!) and that cooking and baking in the kitchen can be fun. 

Who It’s For

The Barbie Ultimate Kitchen playset is for ages 4 and up. It will appeal to Barbie fans as well as kids that love to roleplay with their dolls. Maybe you've got a child that loves to mimic what they see the adults in their life doing in the kitchen: baking, chopping up veggies, boiling water on the stovetop, making an epic sandwich. This doll playset allows kids the chance to do these things, only on a smaller scale, and with dough compound for added tactile play. 

What To Be Aware Of

This Barbie doll can stand on its own thanks to her sneakers, but she is only posable at the neck, shoulders and waist. Young Barbie fans probably won't care too much but it can make pretending use of the kitchen tools with the doll a bit frustrating at times.

Three AAA batteries, along with some adult assistance to install said batteries, are required. Batteries are not included. A small screwdriver is required for battery installation.

This playset is inspired by the Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures show on Netflix. 

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy


    3 AAA batteries required