Kids love dollhouses. It is a classic toy that has been around for ages and will probably never go out of style. They used to be beautiful creations that had to be put together and decorated. They were practically works of art. Today, things are a bit different. Dollhouse models are still available, but most people opt for something that is already put together and ready to play with right out of the box, or at least something that doesn’t take months of work to create.
But there are so many options out there to choose from. Different dollhouses hold different sized dolls, some are plastic, some are wood, there are big ones and small ones, etc. The choices go on and on. So here we’ve compiled a simple list of some of the best and most loved dollhouses available right now – 2017.
Best Dollhouses for 1-5 year olds – 2017
Fisher-Price Little People Surprise & Sounds Home
This open and close style plastic dolls house provides a completely interactive experience for any child. The dollhouse is split over two levels, has four rooms and comes complete with some furniture and dolls and the option to buy extras.
The dimensions of this dollhouse are 24.2 x 5 x 15.8 inches and it weighs just 5.6 pounds.
- Interactive furniture and a wide range of sounds
- Opening and closing doors and windows
- Made of plastic so it is easy to clean
- Attractive décor both internally and externally
- Very little assembly required
- Some sounds are tinny
- Not all items of furniture are removable; some are fixed
- Some complaints that this dollhouse is not gender neutral
This is dollhouse is ideal for children aged one to five years. The level of interactivity is fantastic, with windows, doors and some items of furniture having working elements. Similarly, the range of over 50 sounds, songs and phrases improves the overall play experience. The downsides to this dollhouse are only minor issues, so it is a good choice for a cheap first dollhouse for a child.
Fisher-Price Little People Happy Sounds Home
If you are looking for the best dollhouse for a toddler, then the Fisher-Price Little People Happy Sounds Home is possibly just what you are looking for.
This dollhouse offers three tiers of fun and its dimensions are 41 x 8 x 16 inches. The product weighs 5.5 pounds.
- Features a great range of sounds and songs for fun interaction
- Hardly any assembly
- Comes with three dolls and a car
- Little People Play Sets are sold separately
- The dolls do not have move-able parts
- The bed is not long enough to lie down the dolls
- Some parts are fixed
This dollhouse is best-suited to younger children so it is a good option for a first dollhouse. The interactive aspects of this dollhouse mean that younger children can have lots of fun. Although there are quite a few cons for this dollhouse, they are minor issues that will not impact on the fun and enjoyment a toddler can have with this toy.
Best Dollhouse for 2-5 year olds – 2017
Fisher-Price My First Dollhouse
Lots of fun is to be had with mommy, daddy and baby at the Fisher-Price My First Dollhouse! There are several accessories and lots of room to provide for imaginative and safe playtime for your child. Each family member is just the right size for children’s hands. The Fisher-Price My First Dollhouse is meant for younger toddlers ages 24 months to five years.
It measures about 8.5 x 15 x 21 inches and weighs 7.2 pounds.
- Three stories high
- Encourages imaginative play
- Promotes finger/hand dexterity
- Includes mom, dad and baby figures
- Packaging is easy to handle
- Pieces are not a choking hazard
- Easy to put together
- Smaller set
- Other family members are sold separately
- Only comes with a few accessories; others sold separately
This is an easy to play with set that is gender neutral. This dollhouse is marketed more towards younger children and their parents, but older children would probably enjoy it as well since it’s rare to find a child of any age who doesn’t like to play house. This dollhouse is simple and small, but comes with a few fun accessories and three dolls to get your child’s imagination going.
Best Dollhouses for 3-12 year olds – 2017
KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse
When looking for the best dollhouse for three years and over, few can compete with the KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse. With over 1,200 customer reviews and a constant Amazon best seller it remains one of the top picks for 2017.
Split over four floors and featuring eight separate rooms, there is huge potential for different play scenarios for children. The dollhouse comes complete with 34 pieces of furniture, so the additional cost of buying extra pieces is unnecessary.
The dimensions of this dollhouse are 52 x 14 x 53.5 inches and it weighs 61.7 pounds.
- Solid wooden construction
- Lots of accessories to furnish the dollhouse
- A moving elevator and garage doors that open and close
- Large side windows to view inside the house from different angles
- Attractive design
- Small parts so not suitable for children under three years
- Tricky assembly
- There are some reports that the elevator does not work well
If you are willing to tackle the assembly, this is a fantastic option that can bring hours of dollhouse fun to a child. Unlike some other options, all the accessories you need are provided with this dollhouse. As it is made from wood, the construction is solid, sturdy and durable.
With the exception of the tricky assembly and complaints about the elevator, there are very few negative reviews about the KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse.
KidKraft Savannah Dollhouse with Furniture
A search for dollhouses for kids will lead you to an almost endless list of products, but the KidKraft Savannah Dollhouse with Furniture is undoubtedly one of the best. This pretty dollhouse is split over four levels with six rooms and two balconies. A central staircase connects the first two levels. The dollhouse also comes complete with 13 pieces of furniture to furnish the dollhouse.
The dimensions of this dollhouse are 33.9 x 13.8 x 51.2 inches and it weighs 13.3 pounds.
- Large enough for multiple children to play together
- Comes with furniture so no additional expense
- Furniture and rooms large enough to play with Barbie
- Attractive decoration
- Large side windows to view play from different angles
- Some complaints it is not sturdy
- Only the frame and furniture are wood, the rest of the house is cardboard
Overall, the KidKraft Savannah Dollhouse with Furniture is a good choice for children aged between one and eight years. The size of the house, the number of rooms and the amount of furniture provided combine to create a great play experience for children.
The main complaint about this dollhouse relates to how sturdy it is due to the materials from which it is made. However, the majority of people who have bought this dollhouse are happy with how sturdy and durable it is and also say it is relatively easy to assemble despite its size.
KidKraft Chelsea Doll Cottage with Furniture
The KidKraft Chelsea Doll Cottage with furniture is split over three levels with two connecting moulded plastic staircases. It features windows that open and close and comes with 17 pieces of furniture. The dollhouse is designed to accommodate mini dolls with a maximum height of 4 inches.
The dimensions of this KidKraft dollhouse are 24.5 x 13 x 28 inches and it weighs just 11.9 pounds.
- Large enough for two or more children to play with together
- Sturdy and durable
- Includes enough furniture with no need for additional purchases
- Furniture is move-able, so you can furnish the house as you wish
- Rooms not large enough to play with a Barbie
- Some buyers complained it is made with cheap materials
There are very few poor reviews for this dollhouse and these are only minor issues. While some people complain their children cannot use Barbie’s in the house, the dimensions are clearly stated and there are plenty of other dolls that do fit in the house, including Polly Pockets.
Similarly, some people have said the materials are cheap, but they are the same as many competitor products. Most people have said this is a sturdy and durable product. This dollhouse has the potential to give younger children hours of doll playing fun.
Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Wooden Dollhouse
The Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Wooden Dollhouse is one of the cheapest dollhouses available right now, however, it is also one of the most basic. This portable wooden dollhouse has two levels and four rooms. It comes complete with 11 pieces of wooden furniture and two wooden dolls with move-able parts.
The dimensions of this are 12.5 x 7.5 x 10 inches and it weighs 4.7 pounds.
- No assembly required
- Sturdy durable design
- Furniture and dolls included
- A great option for limited budgets
- Only suitable for one child to play
- Basic design
Despite the rather basic design, this is still a good dollhouse for girls under five. Younger children will have lots of fun playing with this dollhouse. As it is portable, they can take into any room rather than being restricted to one room which is a problem with larger dollhouses.
You can even take this dollhouse on vacation with you without it taking up too much room in your cases. Parents who struggle with the assembly of toys may prefer this dollhouse as it comes ready assembled with no effort required on your part.
KidKraft Sparkle Mansion
Many children and parents who are dollhouse fans believe that this is the best dollhouse ever. This huge dollhouse is split over four levels and has five rooms, a garage, an elevator and a balcony. It comes complete with 30 pieces of detailed furniture.
Its dimensions are 49.4 x 25.7 x 53.3 inches and it weighs 22.1 pounds.
- Large enough for several children to play together
- Fits Barbie dolls
- Comes with all the furniture the dollhouse needs
- A moving elevator between ground and first floor
- Sturdy MDF construction
- Some reports of elevator not working well
- Assembly is tricky and time-consuming
If you set aside enough time and clear a large space, the assembly is not actually that much of an issue as the instructions are quite clear. However, the elevator not moving smoothly is something that many buyers have reported.
Setting aside these two issues, the KidKraft Sparkle Mansion is a fantastic choice for parents looking for a gift to thrill their child. The house is large enough for children to enjoy creating many real-life scenarios in their play and the range of furniture means they will enjoy rearranging the interior design of the dollhouse.
KidKraft My Dreamy Dollhouse with Furniture
The KidKraft My Dreamy Dollhouse with Furniture comes with 14 pieces of furniture, including a hanging basket and a grand piano. There is also a gliding elevator that covers all three levels.
The dimensions of this dollhouse are 33.4 x 15.5 x 47.8 inches and it weighs 42.8 pounds.
- Accommodates Barbie-sized dolls
- Clear assembly instructions
- Some of the included furniture has sounds
- Large enough for a few children to play together
- Attractive design
- Some problems with the movement of the elevator
- Needs a lot of space
One of the best features of this dollhouse is having items of furniture that make noise, such as the piano playing music and a toilet that makes a flushing sound. This adds an interactive element to playing with the dollhouse.
The gliding elevator is another interactive aspect of this toy, but many users have reported that this part does not work as well as it should. On the whole, this is a hugely satisfying dollhouse for any child and is a fantastic gift option.
Melissa & Doug Classic Heirloom Victorian Wooden Dollhouse
If you want a dollhouse that is very traditional in style and design, then look no further than the Melissa & Doug Classic Heirloom Victorian Wooden Dollhouse. Both the interior and the exterior of this dollhouse are beautifully designed in intricate hand-painted detail and the graphics differ in each room of the dollhouse. It is split over three floors and has five rooms.
The dimensions of the dollhouse are 28 x 18 x 26.5 inches and it weighs 43 pounds.
- Strong, sturdy, wooden construction
- A large dollhouse that multiple children can play with together
- Beautifully designed
- Furniture and accessories are purchased separately
- If you buy the furniture, it takes up too much room in the dollhouse
The main complaint of buyers is that you must buy furniture for the house separately at an additional cost and then it takes up so much room in the house that you can’t play and create real-life scenarios. However, some customers have overcome this by using different dollhouse furniture.
The beautiful design is what the majority of customers have raved about with some saying they spend as much time enjoying the dollhouse as their child. The manufacturers suggest that this dollhouse is best suited to children between six and ten years of age, but the opinion of parents is that their children will enjoy it beyond these years.
There is a fantastic range of dollhouses available on the market to choose from and which is the best dollhouse will depend on the age of your child, what you are looking for in a toy, and your budget. Each of the dollhouses reviewed here as its own pros and cons and will appeal to different people.
If you have a limited budget or you are just looking for a basic first dollhouse for your child, then either the Fisher-Price My First Dollhouse or the Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Wooden Dollhouse are two of the best options. These are also the most suitable dollhouses for toddlers of the ones reviewed.
On the other hand, if you are willing to splash the cash to get your child a stunning dollhouse that makes a big impact, then either the Fisher-Price Loving Family Dream Dollhouse, the KidKraft Majestic Mansion or the KidKraft Sparkle Mansion are three of the top choices. These are all suitable for children over three years and will last until they outgrow playing with dolls.
Traditionalists who desire a dollhouse that really looks like a house will adore the Melissa & Doug Classic Heirloom Victorian Wooden Dollhouse. Not only is this the most realistic looking, it is one of the best dollhouses for older children.
Some of these dollhouses have been available for years and some are new to the market. All however, have great reviews and we believe are the best on the market in 2017.
Regardless of which of these dollhouses you choose for your child, each can offer hours of fun creating real-life scenarios with their dolls, dollhouse and furniture.