My husband just put it together yesterday, so I can't provide an opinion on how it will hold up, but so far I'm very happy with my choice. I got this kitchen for my 16-month-old daughter after comparing lots and lots of other play kitchens. Seriously, I probably looked at every wood play kitchen on the market. A bit obsessive, I know, but it's a big purchase and a toy I hope to be enjoyed for many years, so I wanted to pick the one that was just right for us. I'm really glad I took my time because I eventually discovered this kitchen, which came out quite recently I believe (I don't even see it on KidKraft's website), and it meets all the criteria I was looking for in a kitchen.
- I was worried that the kitchen would take up a lot of space but was pleasantly surprised at how compact it is. I'm also really happy about the height because my petite daughter (about 30" tall) can reach just about everything, although she has to stand on tiptoes to put things in the microwave.
There were many steps, but it was probably easier than assembling an Ikea bookshelf (sometimes it's really hard to get the doors right on those things!). I think it took my husband about 3 solid hours to put it together, but it seemed pretty straightforward and I didn't hear any complaining from him (I heard a lot of complaints with the aforementioned Ikea bookshelves).
So overall, I can honestly say I'm really happy with this kitchen, and I can already tell it will provide a lot of entertainment for my daughter.