Top 10 Best Dollhouses (Updated for 2022)
One of the truly great things about being a kid is that you can spend a great deal of your time playing pretend. But, sometimes, in order to pretend to the max of your abilities, you need some toys at your disposal. Not only can you do this with dolls, but with dollhouses.
Aptly named, dollhouses are, quite literally, houses for dolls. Coming in all different sizes and orientations, kids can use these houses not only to play, but to help improve their social and conversational skills.
- What Should You Consider When Choosing Which Doll House to Buy?
- Ease of Use
- Are Dollhouses Safe?
- KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse
- KidKraft Belle Enchanted Dollhouse
- KidKraft Penelope Dollhouse
- Disney Frozen Arendelle Palace Doll House
- Melissa & Doug Classic Heirloom Victorian Wooden Dollhouse
- Pidoko Kids Skylar Dollhouse
- Calico Critters Cozy Cottage Starter Home
- Imaginarium Country Mansion Dollhouse
- Fisher-Price Little People Surprise & Sounds Home
- Melissa & Doug Fold and Go Wooden Dollhouse
What Should You Consider When Choosing Which Doll House to Buy?
While every dollhouse you look at will be similar to the next, there are some differences you should keep an eye out for. These differences will directly affect the overall performance and quality of each dollhouse. When perusing dollhouses, you should be cognizant of their size, their ease of assembly, their construction quality, and their ease of use.
Dollhouses come in all different shapes and sizes. While some are 3 feet wide and 4 feet tall, others are only about 1 foot wide and 2 feet tall. The size you choose is based on personal preference and space constraints. Make sure you’ve got enough space to store the dollhouse you’re purchasing.
In most cases, buying the dollhouse isn’t the only thing you have to worry about. You’ve also got to worry about putting the dollhouse together after it’s arrived. Depending on the house you purchase, this can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 5 hours. Choose wisely.
While some dollhouses are made out of tough materials which are designed to withstand years of wear and tear, other dollhouses will barely make it through a few months. In most cases, a house made out of wood will be tougher than a house made out of plastic.
Ease of Use
In most cases, dollhouses are created so that an entire some of them is open and easy to access. This allows your child to easily play with his or her dolls. It’s also wise to consider the sizes of each room in the house. You want to make sure that all of your child’s dolls will fit in the individual rooms.
Are Dollhouses Safe?
Dollhouses are usually very safe as long as you follow the recommended age guidelines. The biggest potential issues to watch for are any choking hazards. Younger kids need a dollhouse with furniture, dolls and other accessories which are too large to be swallowed. Items should be durable, too, as young kids usually aren’t very careful with their toys.
Of course, as kids grow older, they can eventually play with dollhouses which have smaller, more delicate accessories. However, you’ll want to make sure these types of dollhouses are always kept out of reach of younger siblings.
Another potential hazard is toxic paint. Usually, this isn’t an issue from trusted manufacturers. However, you’ll want to be careful with products made overseas as they can sometimes contain lead paint.
Also, you want all plastics to be BPA-free. BPA is a chemical used to make certain types of plastic. It can potentially hurt brain development in kids.
If the set is made from wood, make sure any varnish or sealants are free from toxins. Generally, if a child is still at the stage where they put their toys into their mouths, you want a dollhouse and accessories made from plastic instead of wood.
Finally, make sure none of the furnishing and accessories are too sharp. Tiny toys tend to wind up on the floor. You don’t want anyone in the house to be accidentally injured after stepping on something sharp.
Looking for a dollhouse for your child? Here are the 10 best dollhouses for 2022.
KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse
Though expensive, this dollhouse from KidKraft is about as high-quality a dollhouse as you’re going to find.
- As large as they come
- Rooms are easy to access
- Top-notch construction quality
- Comes with 34 accessories
- On the heavy side
- Fairly expensive
The first dollhouse we’ll review is this one from KidKraft. While it’s certainly on the expensive side, its sheer size and construction quality make it well worth its price.
This house is entirely open on one side, allowing your child to easily place and position dolls and furniture in different rooms. In all, it contains 8 different rooms, including everything from bedrooms, to a living room, to a kitchen.
Each room in the house stands at 12 inches tall, allowing your child to play with just about any doll he or she comes across. The dimensions of the house itself are 53 inches high x 14 inches deep x 51 inches wide. It weighs in at a fairly heavy 51 pounds.
It should also be noted that this house comes with 34 accessory pieces. These range from furniture, to kitchen supplies, to much, much more.
KidKraft Belle Enchanted Dollhouse
If you’re looking for a top-notch dollhouse at a reasonable price, this is a great option.
- All parts are easily accessible
- Plenty of space in which to play
- Very solid construction
- Comes with furniture
- Takes a while to assemble
- Not as large as some
KidKraft has a clear stranglehold on the modern dollhouse industry, and that’s illustrated by the fact that their dollhouses take the top 2 spots on our list. The Bell Enchanted Dollhouse isn’t quite as big as the first dollhouse we reviewed, but it’s still plenty big enough to get the job done.
It measures in at 46 inches tall x 20 inches deep x 31 inches wide, and weighs in at around 31 pounds. Each room in the house measures in at around 12 inches tall, accommodating the vast majority of dolls.
Like the house reviewed above, this one is entirely open on one side, allowing your child to easily access all parts of it. In total, it contains three different rooms, all of which are quite spacious and open.
Construction-wise, this house is right on par with the one reviewed above. Available at half the price, it’s absolutely worth a purchase.
KidKraft Penelope Dollhouse
KidKraft strikes again; this time with a mid-size dollhouse that offers plenty of fun at a reasonable price.
- Rooms are easy to access
- Fairly large size
- Accommodates the vast majority of dolls
- Come with 9 furniture pieces
- Assembly can take a while
- Smaller than some
The next dollhouse on our list was manufactured by . . . who else? KidKraft. This house is at around the same size and price point as the one reviewed above, but doesn’t include any Belle-themed designs.
It measures in at 44 inches tall x 25.5 inches wide x 13 inches deep, giving your child ample playing space. The rooms in the house are the same size as in all KidKraft dollhouses: 12 inches tall.
Also like the other KidKraft houses, this one is entirely open on one side. Again, this makes it very easy for your child to access. She or he can play in dolls at every level without much effort at all.
Coming with 9 furniture pieces, it’s ready to go the second that it’s assembled. Overall, it takes around an hour to assemble.
Disney Frozen Arendelle Palace Doll House
If you can handle its elevated price, this dollhouse from Disney is a great option.
- Offers lots of play room
- Rooms accommodate the majority of dolls
- Comes with furniture
- Excellent construction quality
- A little expensive compared to others of its ilk
- Can take a while to assemble
Coming up next on our list of dollhouses is this one from Disney. Containing a Frozen theme, it’s at about the same quality level as the two houses reviewed above, but also costs a little more.
It measures in at 54 inches tall x 33 inches wide x 16 inches deep, and weighs in at around 35 pounds, making it big enough to accommodate tons of fun.
In total, it packs 5 different rooms, including bedrooms, a living area, and a kitchen. Two of the bedrooms are specially designed for use by Frozen’s Elsa and Anna. Each room measures in at roughly 12 inches in height.
It comes with a collection of furniture accessories, allowing you to get started with it the second it’s assembled. Assembly time usually clocks in at around an hour.
Melissa & Doug Classic Heirloom Victorian Wooden Dollhouse
While not as big as other dollhouses on our list, this dollhouse from Melissa & Doug still offers plenty of playability.
- Very easy to access
- Excellent construction quality
- Intricately designed
- Doesn’t come with furniture
- On the smaller side
- Expensive for its size
If you’re looking for something a little smaller, you might consider this one from Melissa & Doug. Measuring in at 28 inches tall x 26.5 inches wide x 18 inches deep, it’s not quite as big as the others on our list, but is still big enough for must purposes.
This dollhouse possesses Victorian-style architecture and is covered with a coat of pink paint. Unfortunately, its rooms are rather short, measuring in at just 5 inches tall. This makes it only appropriate for small dolls.
Like the others on our list, this house is open on one of its side, making it as accessible as possible. Possessing 6 rooms, it offers a decent amount of playing space overall.
Something that hurts the value of this house is that it doesn’t come with any furniture. All furniture must be bought separately.
Pidoko Kids Skylar Dollhouse
Though it possesses a simple aesthetic, this small dollhouse from Pidoko Kids can still supply quite a bit of fun.
- Very easy to assemble
- As durable as they come
- Comes with 4 dolls as well as a dog figurine
- Comes with 20 pieces of furniture
- On the smaller side
- Fairly plain aesthetic
If you’re on the hunt for a smaller and more simple type of dollhouse, you might consider this one from Pidoko Kids. Though it’s not as realistic as some of the other houses on our list, it still offers plenty of opportunity for fun.
It measures in at 24 inches tall x 10 inches deep x 19 inches wide, and includes rooms that measure in at about 6 inches tall. Made entirely out of wood, it’s not only very durable, but very easy to assemble.
This house comes with 4 4.5-inch human dolls as well as a small dog figurine. It also come with 20 pieces of furniture, allowing your child to start playing the second it’s assembled.
Calico Critters Cozy Cottage Starter Home
If you’re looking for a simple, straightforward dollhouse on a budget, this is the dollhouse you’re looking for.
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- Very affordable price
- Comes with 15 pieces of furniture
- Comes with a rabbit doll
- No assembly required
- About as small as they come
- Only possesses two rooms
A terrific budget dollhouse is this one from Calico Critters. The Cozy Cottage Starter Home measures in at just 12 inches tall x 10.75 inches wide x 8 inches deep, but is still plenty big enough to play with on a regular basis.
There are only two rooms contained within this home: a kitchen and a bedroom. The kitchen resides downstair while the bedroom resides upstairs. To furnish these rooms, the house comes with 15 total furniture pieces.
One of the great things about this house is that it comes assembled. This means that your child can tear it out of the box and get to playing in a matter of seconds.
Those who are looking for something simple and inexpensive will undoubtedly be fans of this house.
Imaginarium Country Mansion Dollhouse
A mid-sized dollhouse from Imaginarium, this product offers plenty of playing space and tons of fun.
- Folds out for easy access
- Comes with 3 dolls
- Comes with over 20 furniture accessories
- Made out of tough wood
- Included flowers sit awkwardly
- Not as large as some houses
This next dollhouse is from Imaginarium, and is a little different in the fact that it folds up into itself. Fortunately, it can also unfold so that your child has easy access to all of its interior.
It measures in at 29 inches tall x 6 inches deep x 19 inches wide, giving it moderate size compared to other houses on our list. Possessing three different wide, open floors, it’s also equipped with a flight of stairs.
It comes with 3 different dolls as well as over 20 different furniture accessories. This will allow your child to get started as soon as he or she gets it out of the box.
Made out of a tough wood, it’s available for a middle of the road price. Your child should be able to get several years of use out of this house.
Fisher-Price Little People Surprise & Sounds Home
While it doesn’t possess a realistic look, this dollhouse from Fisher-Price does sport excellent construction quality, portability, and functionality.
- Comes with 2 dolls
- Comes with small furniture
- Equipped with carrying handle
- Folds up into itself for easy storage
- On the smaller side
- Doesn’t possess realistic aesthetics
Our next dollhouse comes from Fisher-Price, and, while it’s not as aesthetically-pleasing as many houses on our list, it possesses very good construction quality and functionality.
This house folds into itself, and is even equipped with a handle so that you can pick it up and transport it with ease. Measuring in at 24 inches tall x 8 inches deep x 16 inches wide, it’s not huge, but is not quite small either.
It’s made out of a tough plastic and possesses no sharp edges. Coming with a collection of small dolls and furniture, it can be used the second that it comes out of the box. No assembly is required whatsoever.
Melissa & Doug Fold and Go Wooden Dollhouse
If you’re looking for a straightforward, low-maintenance dollhouse at a reasonable price, this one from Melissa & Doug is the one you’re looking for.
- No assembly required
- Equipped with a carrying handle
- Folds into itself for compact storage
- Comes with dolls and furniture
- Doesn’t possesses a realistic aesthetic
- Very small
Rounding out our list of dollhouses is this one from Melissa & Doug. Measuring in at 13.5 inches tall x 10.5 inches wide x 7 inches deep, it’s certainly small, but is still large enough to get the job done.
Like the Fisher-Price house reviewed above, this one can fold into itself. Equipped with a handle, it can be taken on the road with great ease.
It comes with two wooden dolls as well as 11 wooden pieces of furniture. With no assembly required, it’s a low-maintenance house which allows for instant fun.