One of the most common items on any little girls wishlist for Christmas or birthdays is a dollhouse. Barbie dolls have been around for decades and toy dollhouses are becoming larger and more extravagent by the year. If you have a daughter 4-10 years old that loves playing with her dolls, then you have probably heard the request for a large size dollhouse. Pottery Barn offers up some really nice quality wood doll houses and Toys R Us has the plastic ones. The search for a dollhouse will you both online to Amazon and to retail stores like Target and Walmart. The latest, most popular dollhouses seems to cost upwards of $150 and some even have music that plays while you have the dolls roam the house. Some of the top selling brands are Kidcraft, Fisher Price, Mattel, Imaginarium
, and Melissa and Doug.
Which kids dollhouse is the best? What brand holds up over time? We decided to read lots of dollhouse reviews
posted on websites like Amazon.com and Walmart to see which products are top rated by consumers. One of the most popular dollhouses on the market is the Melissa & Doug Multi-Level Solid Wood Dollhouse w/ Family of 5 Dolls although this set is meant for smaller dolls - it will not fit Barbie size dolls. At around a $100 we feel that the price is fair and it would go well with Polly Pocket sized dolls. The Glamour Dollhouse with Lights and Sounds is slightly larger and able to accommodate Barbies. Of course our daughter wants the granddaddy of them all, the Barbie Pink 3-Story Dream Townhouse
. It's tall and is built to house a whole Barbie family of dolls. At 3 stories high there are lots of areas and levels for the dolls to play and a personal elevator will take Barbie to wherever she wants to go. The dollhouse even includes lights and sounds on all 3 levels. The unit comes with stickers and 55 pieces so you can decorate the master bedroom, jacuzzi, kitchen, etc. Reviews for the Barbie dollhouse
are really positive from parents, but at $250 I am not quite sure if this is the one for us. It seems to be made more of plastic than wood - I would really like to get a quality made wooden dollhouse that will last for years and potentially be able to be handed down to the next generation. Probably wishful thinking on my part, but for that kind of money I want to see it get used a lot. Kidcraft makes some excellent models - the Savannah Dollhouse, Veranda Swivel Dollhouse, and the ever popular Wooden Fashion DollHouse. Kidcraft dollhouses
- many made of wood - get excellent owner feedback on consumer websites and several of our friends in town have these types and say they hold up great. You can browse the top selling dollhouses online here
Barbie Pink 3-Story Dream Townhouse:
- If your daughter plays with Barbies then odds are she is aware of the latest Barbie Pink 3-Story Dream Townhouse
which is sold by Mattel and very pink in color. I see this advertised on TV all the time and my daughter certainly has her eye on it for Christmas or a birthday. I must say that it looks impressive and I know she would get plenty of use out of it. The added features that our current dollhouse doesn't have is that this one makes sound - has a working doorbell, kitchen timer, cracking fireplace, shower humming, and a flushing toilet. Some owners mention having trouble using the elevator, but other than that there are no complaints registered online that we could find. All these parents post comments like "my daughters eyes fell out of her head when she saw this" or "unbelieveable gift". At over $250 I sure hope it gets good reviews from kids. Barbie products tend to get a premium over other similar dollhouses, so consider the cheaper versions of toy dollhouses below if the price is too much.
Glamour Dollhouse with Lights and Sounds:
One of the best selling dollhouses online is the Glamour Dollhouse with Lights and Sounds
which is about $160. It's big - there are 4 levels to play with and you get 19 pieces of furniture to decorate the kids dollhouse. Items include things like a piano, toilet, and stove which all make sounds when a button is pushed. Lights can also come on for the chandeliers as well. Fashion dolls up to 11 1/2 inches can be played with in this girls dollhouse. There is some assembly required, but most parents say it's fairly basic. The Glamour Dollhouse from Kidcraft is sturdy and will provide hours of enjoyment for your little ones at home. Another one of our favorites from Kidcraft is the Savannah Dollhouse
which adds more dramatic features and styling. The good thing about these larger dollhouses is that more than 1 child can play with them at the same time.
Melissa and Doug Dollhouses:
It wasn't until a few years ago that I was even familiar with the Melissa and Doug line of kids toys and products. They have swooped in and made huge strides in taking market share from the big brands like Mattel and Fisher Price. They have quite a few kids dollhouses available online and one of the top sellers is the Melissa & Doug Classic Heirloom Victorian Doll House
. Although not as big as the other dollhouses we have listed on this page, it does get great reviews from parents. You will have to put it together (a few parents mentioned having difficulties with this) and it will not accommodate Barbie doll size dolls. There are pieces and accessories that you can get for all the Melissa and Doug dollhouses so don't worry about that. What I like is that they strive to make their products unique and different looking than all the same Barbie products from Mattel.