Top 10 Dollhouses for Kids: Reviewed by Experts (2020)

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“The toys we give our kids will be part of their memories forever,” said a very wise woman, mother of 6, grandmother, former teacher and lifelong toy fanatic. 

Dollhouses are one of the most favorite and cherished of all toys, lasting for years and often for generations. Children adore moving around people and furniture in endless ways to act out or create their own stories about families and friends. Here we have scrutinized and reviewed the most awesome dollhouses for kids for 2020.

Hape Doll Family Mansion | Award Winning 10 Bedroom Doll House, Wooden Play Mansion with Accessories

The award winning Hape Doll Family Mansion is realistic and leaves plenty of room for the imagination. With gender neutral colors, this house is loved by both boys and girls. Children are excited to play with the 3 story house, which includes a garage as well as a doorbell that “dings”. Comes with 7 pieces of furniture and a family of 4. Features LED lights which can be moved around from room to room with easy-to-use magnets.

For ages 3 and up.

Pros:

  • Offers abundant play areas from all directions: sides, front, back and top.
  • Uniquely shaped rooms.
  • Extremely durable, made to last for years.
  • Gender neutral.

Cons:

  • Assembly required.
  • Garage door can be tricky to open.

KidKraft Shimmer Mansion Dollhouse

This glamorous dollhouse is made for use with 11-½ inch dolls. It’s 3 stories stand 5 feet tall, and there are numerous play areas, including 2 outdoor balconies. Features an elegant staircase, elevator and hot tub. The toilet makes a flushing sound and the lamp lights up! Includes a 30 piece accessory kit.

For ages 4 and up.

Pros:

  • Great play value! Very spacious and includes lots of furniture. Hot tub is awesome.
  • Lights and sounds turn off automatically to save batteries.
  • Rated better than Barbie Dreamhouse by reviewers. 

Cons: 

  • Lengthy assembly.
  • Elevator is hard to push up and down.

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Barbie Dreamhouse Dollhouse with Pool, Slide & Elevator

If you’re child is a Barbie fan, this is the crown jewelry of Barbie dollhouses! Super glamorous, it is 3 feet tall, and has lots of room to play: 3 stories with 8 rooms, an elevator and a pool with a slide! Includes 70 pieces of furniture, and there are also lights and sounds to complete the magic.  This dollhouse would make a fantastic birthday or Christmas gift, with enough impressive features to make any child’s dream come true!

For ages 3 and up.

Pros: 

  • Realistic lights and sounds (teakettle, oven timer, etc).
  • Two-in-one furniture: the couch turns into bunk beds, the fireplace turns around, and more!
  • 360-degree play area!

Cons:

  • Plastic construction could be more durable
  • The elevator pulley is somewhat fragile.
  • Lots of furniture but not many accessories.

Kidkraft Brooklyn’s Loft Doll House

The Kidcraft Brooklyn’s Loft Doll House is a charming, city-themed dollhouse for use with Barbie and other 11-½ inch dolls. Made of sturdy wood construction, the Brooklyn Loft Dollhouse boasts 3 levels with 6 rooms, and 2 outdoor areas! City life wouldn’t be complete without a fire escape and balcony for sunning.

The accessories are great; furniture (bed, sofa with pillows, bathtub (as well as potted plants). Also includes a magnetic dress form with interchangeable outfits. The details are so pretty: awnings, railings, and even the wallpaper makes this a stunning playset.

For ages 4 and up.

Pros:

  • Detailed, 2 tiered fire escape!
  • One of the play areas is a cafe with a chalkboard menu!
  • Well-made dollhouse.
  • Light & sound! Lamp really lights up!

Cons:

  • Some reviewers complained the dollhouse is not as sturdy as it should be for the price.

Disney Princess Cinderella Dollhouse

The Disney Princess Cinderella Dollhouse features 5 fairy-tale inspired rooms, and is made for 11-½” dolls. The castle from top to bottom is packed with magical touches: a royal staircase, a clock tower that opens, gold attic doors that open into Cinderella’s room, and 11 pieces of royal furniture, including a hanging chandelier, canopy bed and a glass slipper!

Perfect for every Disney princess!

For ages 3 and up.

Pros:

  • Absolutely enchanting decor!
  • Staircases add a lot to play space and imaginative play.

Cons:

  • Lights and sounds would be a nice addition.

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KidKraft My Dream Mansion Dollhouse

KidKraft My Dream Mansion Dollhouse is truly a little girl’s dream come true.  The dollhouse truly is a mansion, standing over 4 feet tall, with 3 floors, 4 spacious rooms and a patio. There is a gliding elevator, and the top floor features 2 gorgeous canopy beds with real curtains.

Can be used with Barbies or smaller dolls for an imaginative and beautiful play experience with lots of space and awesome furniture.

For age 3 and up.

Pros:

  • Sturdy wood construction.
  • Unique and detailed design.

Cons:

  • Construction took more time than I would have liked.
  • Would be perfect if it had sounds and lights!

KidKraft Storybook Mansion

The Kidkraft Storybook Mansion is part dollhouse, part castle! With this magical mansion, the stage is set to make wishes and dreams come true. The dollhouse stands over four feet tall, and boasts 5 beautifully decorated rooms and a balcony. The artwork is stunning, and there is also a treehouse as well as 14 pieces of furniture.

There are 3 separate staircases, and windows allow your child to look inside the rooms. Accessories include a chandelier and a 4-poster canopy bed, bathtub, grandfather clock and royal throne. The most magical dream home ever, sure to make your little girl feel like a real princess.

For ages 3 and up.

Pros:

  • Made of durable sturdy wood.
  • Large enough for multiple children to play.

Cons:

  • Get ready for a long assembly!

KidKraft Sparkle Mansion

A spacious and glamorous house for all your 11-½” dolls! The KidKraft Sparkle Mansion Dollhouse stands over 4 feet tall and about 4 feet wide. It features six rooms, as well as two outdoor spaces including a balcony and a backyard with a swimming pool!

There is a child-operated elevator from the first to the second floor, a spiral staircase, and garage doors that open and close. There are 30 pieces of accessories, from modern-style furniture to the hand-painted accessories. Lights and sounds complete the Sparkle Mansion!

For ages 3-12.

Pros:

  • Dollhouse is large enough for multiple children to play.
  • Durable wood construction.
  • Light-up parts!

Cons:

  • Elevator was tricky to assemble.

Melissa and Doug Hi-Rise Dollhouse

Imaginative play comes to life with the Melissa and Doug Hi-Rise Dollhouse! This award winning dollhouse is open sided with easy access to accommodate multiple children. It features bright, gender-neutral colors with 6 rooms, a garage and an elevator! Comes with 15 pieces of furniture and 3 play people. Dollhouse is durable and made to last years of fun!

For ages 3 and up.

Pros: 

  • Melissa and Doug toys are considered the “Gold Standard” in childhood play, and have been creating fun, educational toys for over 30 years. Their toys foster early brain development and foster skills that will last a lifetime.
  • Appealing and bright gender-neutral colors.
  • The elevator adds tons of fun to the imaginative play.

Cons:

  • Requires adult assembly.
  • Garage door occasionally falls off.

Melissa and Doug Medieval Castle

The ultimate Imaginative castle for royal fun! This castle is made of high quality, durable wood, opens for extended play and folds easily for storage. There are 3 detailed levels of expandable space, with balconies, archways and towers to explore. There is also a working drawbridge, removable turret, dungeon, and even a trap door!

This castle arrives already assembled and is made of high quality, durable wood,and made to last for years to come! Combine with the Melissa and Doug Castle Furniture set to make the fun truly magical! 

For ages 3 and up.

Pros: 

  • Castle is very sturdy to last for years of fun.

Cons:

  • It’s a bit tricky to get inside the “jail” to reach the prisoner.

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