About 3 weeks ago, I won a $50 gift code from NoBetterDeal.com, during a twitter party. The code was promptly sent a few days later. I browsed around at the time, but decided to hold off til after the holidays. Last week, I went on the site and saw a Pink Retro Play Kitchen from Kid Kraft. It was open box and priced $51 with $3.95 shipping. After 10% off from a discount code, my total was under $50. This play kitchen is normally sold as a two piece set with a refrigerator for around $200. I ordered the kitchen and it arrived via UPS within a week.
It appeared as if a label had been cut off the box, but other than that, it looked undisturbed. As you can see in the picture, the kitchen pieces were still in all their original packing materials. Once I pulled out all the pieces and inspected them, I did find a crack in one of the burners and one corner had lifted on the medallion on the top center of the stove. The cabinets themselves were in perfect condition and all hardware was present.
The play kitchen could have been assembled as is, but I decided to glue the plastic pieces. After my simple repairs with Elmer’s Glue All, the only thing you can see is a faint hairline crack in the burner (and that is only noticeable if you are looking for it).
After the glue dried, I assembled the kitchen. The only tool required is a phillips head hand screwdriver. The instructions were easy to follow and it took me a little over an hour to put together, going at a leisurely pace. The kitchen is adorable and the extra toy storage it can provide will come in very handy. My daughter likes opening the doors and playing around with the sink. She’ll get the whole play cooking concept soon, I’m sure.
Verdict: I will be checking out the deals on NoBetterDeal again in the future. They offered many more categories than toys. As far as Kid Kraft goes, I wish they used a more resilient plastic. It seems odd that they have such well made cabinetry for a child’s toy, but use a plastic that seems prone to crack. I would buy from Kid Kraft again, but would avoid items with many plastic components.
Disclaimer: This is in no way a full review of either company mentioned here. These are my honest opinions and no compensation was given. I was under no obligations to NoBetterDeal, from the gift card I’d won, through a third party.