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Best dollhouses for girls in 2017
Best dollhouses for girls in 2017

Doll houses are the second most loved toys by girls, the first one obviously being dolls. It is a must have toy for girls of any age and it is very unlikely that you have little girls in your house and do not have a doll house.

A doll house is an excellent toy that helps develop your little girl’s motor and cognitive skills. It improves their communication skills, encourages more imaginative role-play and makes them more caring.

While traditionally touted as a girl toy, rest assure that even boys have loads of fun with these toys and love to share and play with them for hours with their sibling. It is an altogether different scenario that girls will house their dolls in these houses while the boys will bring their robots and superheroes!

A doll house is a complete toy and a great accessory to your child’s existing doll collection. Children are always fascinated by miniature models and they feel more in control when allowed to play with toys like these.

Doll houses come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. From foldable houses to modern apartments, trendy beach houses to a princess castle, there is a doll house perfect for your little girl.

But with so many options, you should be confused about which one to pick. Read on to find out the best dollhouses that are going to leave your little one thrilled.

List of best dollhouses for girls

A list of the best dollhouses in the market and how they stack against each other.
PictureProductAge 
KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse3-7 years
Peppa Pig's Deluxe House3-15 years
Fisher-Price Little People Surprise & Sounds Home1-5 years
KidKraft Chelsea Doll Cottage with Furniture3-7 years
KidKraft Sparkle Mansion3-15 years
Barbie Dreamhouse3-10 years
KidKraft Annabelle Dollhouse with Furniture3-12 years
Hape - All Seasons Wooden Doll House, Furnished3-5 years
Maxim Designed by You Dollhouse with Furniture3-15 years
Melissa & Doug Multi-Level Wooden Dollhouse3-8 years

Which are the best dollhouses and what are our picks?

 

KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse

KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse

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The KidKraft Majestic mansion dollhouse is as it name suggests, a truly majestic dollhouse. Standing tall at four and half feet, this dollhouse is perfect to play with either standing or sitting. This house is enough for 2 or 3 kids to play at the same time.

It consists of 8 rooms that can be decorated and comes packaged with 34 pieces of furniture which are of high quality. Furniture includes a couch, a cat, a lamp, a table and stool set, door mat, a grandfather clock, a grand piano, a sink, a cake, a dinner table with a baby high chair, a fridge and much more. Rest assured, this dollhouse is going to give your children hours of imaginative role play and fun.

This dollhouse is meant for dolls up to 12 inches in height. That means your kids can fit with their favorite Barbie dolls in these. It also has a garage with doors which can fit a car in it though you may not be able to close the door completely.

There is a nice movable lift that moves between the second and the third floor which is a nice feature.

This spacious dollhouse is made from high-quality composite wood and not pressed wood or board.

It features wide windows which offer a nice view of the interior while playing.

Because of its high-quality build, enormous size and a full set of furniture, the KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse is our Editor’s pick for the best dollhouse for girls.
Pros
  • Large-sized dollhouse, can accomodate Barbie dolls
  • 34 pieces of detailed furniture and accessories
  • Made of sturdy wood
Cons
  • Expensive

 

Peppa Pig’s Deluxe House

Peppa Pig's Deluxe House

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If your child is a fan of Peppa Pig, then the Peppa Pig’s Deluxe House is the perfect gift for them.

This dollhouse consists of four rooms to play – a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom.

The package comes with 15 furniture pieces which include a bathtub, a sink, a washing machine, a stove cum oven, a fridge, a television set, a sofa, a bunk bed, a ladder, a table and 4 chairs.

A detachable staircase connects to the first floor. This staircase can move sideways.

The dollhouse comes with three action figures, Peppa, Suzy & George that your kids can play with.

Its affordable price, universal appeal and nice design makes the Peppa Pig’s Deluxe House our smart value pick for the best dollhouse.
Pros
  • Official Peppa Pig dollhouse
  • Little assembly required, almost ready to play out of the box
  • Flip open design makes carrying it very easy
Cons
  • Furniture pieces too small and often fall down
  • Flip open model can be difficult to clse and open for a child
  • Attaching and removing the staircase frequently causes it to wear off at the top

 

Fisher-Price Little People Surprise and Sounds Home

Fisher-Price Little People Surprise and Sounds Home

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The Fisher Price Little People Surprise and Sounds Home is fun and amazing dollhouse for young kids and toddlers.

It is a neat little kid friendly house with multiple actions to perform and learn something new.

Open and close the door. Press the alarm clock to wake and flip Emma out of bed.

The oven and refrigerator can be open for lights and sound and other voices.

There is a nice little radio which when pressed alternates between four different songs.

Lifting the toilet seat makes a flushing sound and then asks to wash your hands.

All this can be neatly folded up to store everything inside. Easy to open and close even by toddlers.

It comes with over 50+ sounds and phrases and its a great learning tool for everyday play.

It operates on 2 AA batteries which are included in the pack.

The Fisher Price Little People Surprise and Sounds Home is the best dollhouse for toddlers and young kids.
Pros
  • Over 50+ different sounds and phrases
  • Makes fun sounds and lights up to entertain your kid for hours
  • Fold up design, easy for toddlers too
Cons
  • Battery operated
  • Fixed furniture pieces

 

KidKraft Chelsea Doll Cottage with Furniture

KidKraft Chelsea Doll Cottage with Furniture

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The Chelsea Doll Cottage is another nice little dollhouse from KidKraft and is a pink themed house.

It consists of 3 levels of space divided into 6 rooms including a balcony.

The package comes with 17 pieces of furniture and 2 plastic staircases which can be connected at the first and second floor.

This dollhouse has 3 windows which can fully open and close.

It is not a very big dollhouse and can accommodate 5-inch mini dolls.

The dollhouse stands at 2.4 feet tall so it is ideal for sit and play.

The dollhouse is made of composite wood and cardboard and needs to be assembled.

Pros
  • Mid-sized dollhouse ideal when you are short on space
  • 17 furniture pieces
  • Sit and play
Cons
  • Can accomodate only mid-sized dolls, won’t fit Barbie dolls

 

KidKraft Sparkle Mansion

KidKraft Sparkle Mansion

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This is another large-sized dollhouse from KidKraft standing tall at 4.11 feet. It is a pretty huge dollhouse ideal for both stand and sit play.

It is created from medium-density fibreboard and is a pink themed dollhouse.

Divided into six rooms, it also includes a garage.

The package includes 30 pieces of detailed doll furniture which can give hours of fun and play for your children.

It also includes an elevator which can take dolls to the first floor from the ground floor and also has a spiral staircase at the first floor.

This house can accommodate 12-inch dolls and is suitable for multiple children to play at once.

Pros
  • Large-sized dollhouse, can accomodate Barbie dolls
  • 30 detailed furniture pieces
  • Made from medium-density fibreboard
Cons
  • Assembly time of ~2-3 hours

 

Barbie Dreamhouse

Barbie dreamhouse

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Now this is Barbie’s own dollhouse. It features 7 different rooms spread over 3 floors of space.

A working elevator operated by a pull mechanism takes the doll all the way to the second floor.

Contains 70+ accessories and interactive pieces of furniture.

Light, sound, and motion enabled.

Pros
  • Large-sized dollhouse for Barbie dolls
  • 70+ accessories and furniture pieces
  • Working elevator, lights and sound
Cons
  • Garage will fit only certain toy cars

 

KidKraft Annabelle Dollhouse with Furniture

KidKraft Annabelle Dollhouse with Furniture

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Another beautiful dollhouse from KidKraft, the Annabelle Dollhouse has over 16 colorful pieces of furniture and a hanging chandelier.

The dollhouse features elaborate heart-shaped latticework and wide windows which offer a super view of the interiors.

A gliding elevator moves between the ground and first floor.

Big enough to accommodate Barbie dolls.

Comes with step by step instructions for assembly.

Pros
  • 16 pieces of furniture
Cons
  • Floors are made of pressed cardboard

 

Hape – All Seasons Wooden Doll House, Furnished

Hape - All Seasons Wooden Doll House

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The Hape – All seasons dollhouse is a colorfully built wooden dollhouse.

It has six uniquely designed different rooms which can encourage hours of imaginative role playing. Also, comes with four different furniture sets.

It is easy to assemble and clear instructions are provided.

The dollhouse is not very big and can accommodate only 5-inch miniature dolls.

The dollhouse is made from environmentally sustainable wood and is safe for children.

Pros
  • Well built wooden dollhouse
  • Easy to assemble and durable
Cons
  • Heavier than other similarly sized dollhouses

 

Maxim Designed by You Dollhouse with Furniture

Maxim Designed by You Dollhouse with Furniture

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The Designed By You dollhouse from Maxim is a colorful wooden dollhouse. It is made from hardwood and is very sturdy. The outer paint is non-toxic and kid safe.

This is a configurable dollhouse, the modular rooms can be arranged in nine different ways so that your kids can run their imagination and have a different dollhouse setup every time. The rooms can be moved and are held in place by a set of built-in grooves which makes the entire structure quite stable.

The dollhouse is just over a foot in height and a little over 2 feet in width making it lightweight and ideal for sit and play.

The package includes wooden furniture for the different rooms and also come with two dolls.

Assembly time is not too much and you can have the entire house setup in around 15 minutes.

Overall, this is a great wooden dollhouse with excellent build quality.

Pros
  • Well built colorful wooden dollhouse
  • Very less assembly time
Cons
  • The rooms don’t stay in place properly

 

Melissa & Doug Multi-Level Wooden Dollhouse

Melissa and Doug Multi-Level Wooden Dollhouse

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This multi level wooden doll house from Melissa & Doug is an excellent dollhouse for its price. It comes with two wooden staircases which can be moved and five doors that are operatable.

The package includes 19 pieces of furniture. It has 5 rooms to enact various plays and stories.

This dollhouse can fit upto 6 inches doll easily and is ideal for sit and play.

Pros
  • Durable wooden dollhouse
Cons
  • A little expensive for its size

How to pick the best dollhouses?

When picking a good dollhouse for your little one, you need to consider multiple factors to ensure you pick the perfect toy. Dollhouses are the favorite toys of young girls and they love to play with them. Since they spend so much time with them, these houses should be durable and build to last long.

The following are some of the important factors that should be considered when buying a good dollhouse for your kid.

  • Build material
  • Dimension
  • Accessories
  • Setup and assembling time

Build material

Most doll houses are generally made of MDF(medium-density fiberboard) or plywood. While both of these materials are good options for doll houses, there are certains advantages and disadvantages each have over the other. Based on these differences, you will be able to make an accurate decision as to which one is better.

Remember that sometimes it may be difficult to find a doll house made of one particular building material. In such cases, a compromise has to be made but it may not be such a bad choice.

Medium-density fiberboard

Medium-density fiberboard is an engineered form of a particle board. A particle board is a mixture of wood saw powder, various binders which are mixed and treated at very high temperatures and pressed to form wood boards. These boards are then used in building various articles that can be built using wood.

Due to its dense nature, MDF is heavy. A dollhouse made of MDF will be heavier compared to a dollhouse made of just fiberboard. MDF will also soak up water and other liquids and can eventually swell up. This can damage the doll house considerably. This can be avoided if the board is well coated with a primer and paint all over so that no liquid can seep in.

Since MDF is basically a particle board, screws in it cannot hold up good and overtime screw holes can be damaged.

Plywoods

Plywood is also an engineered wood product made up of binding multiple sheets of wood together.The different sheets can be of different wood hence enhancing the overall strength and durability of the plywood.

They are lighter compared to MDF, do not soak up as much liquid as MDF and can hold screws tightly.

They make up great building material for dollhouses and furniture but they are also a little expensive.

Most dollhouse manufacturers use a mix of both MDF and plywood in their construction. Floor and ceiling boards are made of cardboard. Unless, the dollhouse you are buying is a complete wooden house like the Hape – All seasons Wooden doll house, it will always be a mix of two or more building material.

Dimension

The dimension of the dollhouse is a very important factor to consider due to multiple reasons.

First, A doll house can occupy a considerable amount of space and that is not a good thing if you are short on space.

Second, chances are that your kid may want to play with their friends and as such a doll house should be wide enough to allow multiple people to play beside each other.

Third, the height of the doll house will determine if your kids will have to stand or sit and play with it.

Most dollhouses range anywhere from 2-4 feet tall. While a 4-feet house is ideal for stand and play, a 2-feet tall house requires sit and play.

The width of the doll house can range from 2-3 feet wide. This can allow 2-3 kids play side by side without any problem.

Finally, most dollhouses can be up to a foot in depth. Since, you will not be assembling and disassembling the house frequently, ensure that you have a suitable place to place the dollhouse once it is assembled.

Accessories

Most of the dollhouses come with at least some sort of doll furniture so that children can play with them. It is very rare that you come across a doll house that contains no other accessory. If you do find one, just skip it as it is not worth your money.

Some of the KidKraft dollhouses come packaged with more than 30 pieces of detailed high-quality doll furniture in either wood or plastic. This can give endless hours of fun and play for your children and help them imagine and create different stories.

Some dollhouses meant for miniature dolls can come packaged with dolls. If not, you will have to buy separately. It is better to buy a doll family rather than individual dolls.

Setup and assembling time

Most doll houses are not built for play out of the box. They require detailed setup and assembling and requires adult help and supervision.

They come with detailed instruction to assemble these and can take 2-3 hours to setup and make them ready to play with.

If you are buying these to surprise your children on Christmas or on their birthdays, consider the time that you will need to assemble them.

If you do not have prior experience with following instructions and setting up houses, this can be quite a daunting task. Often you may need some helping hand to hold things or set up something the way you want it. But rest assured, the expression and joy on the faces of your children are worth every minute of your effort!

How to maintain and care for a dollhouse?

Follow these steps to prolong the life of the doll house.

  • Always ensure that you dust the dollhouse regularly. It is easy for dust to build up on dollhouse making it dull and unattractive over time. Since this is a toy your kids will be playing regularly, ensure that the surfaces that they touch are clean and free of dust.
  • Keep the dollhouse away from direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can sometimes bump the floor boards and make the dollhouse uneven. It can also damage the paint over time and make it dull.
  • Avoid any spillage of water or other liquids on the dollhouse. Most dollhouses are made up of MDF which can soak a great amount of water and then swell up. This can lead to uneven walls or floors and over time cause greater damage to the entire structure. If water or other liquid falls on the doll house, wipe it dry immediately with a cloth.
  • If the doll furniture is made up of plastic, wash it in soap water and pat them dry. They are good for use again.

Final thoughts on the best dollhouses for young girls

A dollhouse is a great toy for girls of all ages. It helps develop their cognitive and motor skills while at the same time enhancing their imagination, role playing abilities, and communication skills.

A good dollhouse can give years of fun playtime for your kids if you manage to pick the right one. Hopefully, this article should have helped you decide on the right one. We hope you found this article useful. Please do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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