The process of pretend play teaches so many social emotional skills, as well as language and thinking skills. Children process life through play. It is their way of existing. And what better way to engage in this formative type of play than with a dollhouse?

In some ways, the game has changed with doll houses. Companies are towing the line between creating high quality wooden houses and creating products that are affordable. With Amazon in the equation, the days of waiting weeks or even months for a certain piece to arrive in the mail are over.

Many of the doll houses we reviewed actually come with furniture, so this toy is ready to play with just as soon as the dollhouse is set up. In other ways, playing with a dollhouse is exactly the same as it has been. Sure, items are more readily available and quite a bit less expensive, but the purpose of the toy still functions.

Your child’s imagination will be swept away into the tiny and exciting world of imaginative play available through these exciting and colorful dollhouses.

To determine which Dollhouses were high quality enough to present in this year’s ranking (and there was quite a showing from many pieces), we looked at the following metrics:

  • Engagement Score (25%): When we constructed this ranking we played close attention to how long children were engaged with this toy. For our engagement metric we looked at parent’s reviews and looked to see whether or not children maintained engagement with their product.
  • Quality Score (25%): We looked at the quality of the product. Is this a durable product? Is it safe? How many years will this product last? All of this was considered before making a selection.
  • Value Score (25%): For our value metric we looked at price and quality together. If a product was on the higher end was it made from solid materials? Did it include more accessories? We also wanted to be sure that the products that were cheaper were not going to simply fall apart.
  • Ready to Play (25%): Finally we looked a “readiness to play.” Did the product include furnishing? Was it relatively easy to assemble and access?

1. KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse


KidKraft make great toys and they seem to specialize in dollhouses. Though the Majestic Mansion is perhaps their best. It is certainly grand! Standing at 4 ½ feet tall, your child is sure to feel swept away into a world of imagination. The house is 8 rooms and includes 34 pieces of furniture and accessories. There are several moving parts including the movable elevator, and swinging windows and doors. The doll house is big enough so that more than one person can play. We like that it comes with 34 pieces already so your kids can start imagining right away. This dollhouse is large enough to fit Barbie dolls so a number of dolls 12″ or smaller will fit this grand house. The items are sturdy, but many parents have noted that this doll house will take some time to put together. The upside is that everything is clearly labeled and though it may take some time, it’s not super frustrating and will be entirely worth it. One reviewer noted that they only purchase KidKraft for all of the larger play toys in their home and several owners have mentioned that their children remained engaged with this dollhouse for periods over an hour.

Pros

  • Made of a Sturdy Wood Composite
  • Comes with 34 Pieces
  • Large Enough For Multiple Children to Play At Once
  • Fun Moveable Parts
  • Attractive
  • Fits Dolls Up to 12″ Long
  • Kids Stay Engaged

Cons

  • Takes a Long Time to Assemble

Engagement Score: 100
Quality Score: 99
Value Score: 98
Ready to Play With Score: 100

2. KidKraft Charlotte Dollhouse with Ez Kraft Assembly


The KidKraft Charlotte Dollhouse is a four feet tall dollhouse modelled after a grand Charlotte home. The house has four levels and includes 6 rooms and two balconies. This high value dollhouse is currently priced lower than many other houses we reviewed and comes with 14 accessories so a child can begin designing their home right away. The house accommodates 12″ dolls so nearly all dolls will work here. The only limitations are your child’s imagination. We like the vibrant colors and sturdy wood parts. This is not a solid wood dollhouse as some parts are made of plastic or a composite but for the quality this is an excellent dollhouse for the price.

Pros

  • Easy to Assemble
  • Accommodates Larger Dolls
  • Engages Children for A While
  • Comes with Some Furniture
  • Good Value

Cons

  • Could Do With a Few More Accessories/Furniture
  • Not Solid Wood

Engagement Score: 97
Quality Score: 99
Value Score: 100
Ready to Play With Score: 98

3. Barbie DreamHouse


The Barbie DreamHouse got a makeover, and kids and parents are loving it! This house is 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide and features 3 stories, 8 rooms and a whooping 70 accessories. There’s a pool that you can fill with water, an elevator, and sound and lighting are built into the house.Some of the furniture features 2-in-one capabilities like a sofa that you can turn into a sofa bed or a fireplace that can be turned around to create an office. As you can see there are tons of features to explore for hours of fun for your little one. Fans of Barbie will be in love with this upgrade. Though countless dolls will work in the Barbie dream home. We like that you can fill the pool up with water and the sizzling sound the stove makes when you’re using the frying pan. Though on the pricier side, we think this high value item is worth it especially when considering how many hours of fun your kids are going to have.

Pros

  • Large
  • Fits Barbie Products
  • Sound Effects
  • 2-in-one options
  • Lighting
  • Comes with 70 Accessories
  • Hours of Engagement
  • Easy to Put Together

Cons

  • Maybe Too Large For Some Spaces
  • Expensive

Engagement Score: 99
Quality Score: 99
Value Score: 94
Ready to Play With Score: 100

4. Best Choice Wooden Cottage


This is a 4-story wooden dollhouse that is currently listed at a great value! Do we even need to say anymore? If you are looking for a high value dollhouse this is absolutely it. The house even comes with 13 pieces of wooden furniture ( our favorite is the miniature baby grand piano!), is brightly colored and has three flights of stairs. Though a bit too small for a 12″ doll, there are tons of great dolls out there that will fit into this sturdy wooden dollhouse. In addition to a living room, kitchen, and bathrooms, this house also features a garage. Your child will be playing for hours, and with the wooden materials this dollhouse has the ability to last for years to come. For hours of imaginative play at a great price, certainly consider this doll house from Best Choice.

Pros

  • Great Price
  • Wooden
  • Comes With Some Furniture
  • Brightly Colored
  • 4 Floors of Fun
  • Wooden Accessories
  • Easy to Assemble

Cons

  • Could Do With a Few More Accessories
  • Does Not Fit 12″ Dolls

Engagement Score: 97
Quality Score: 100
Value Score: 100
Ready to Play With Score: 97

5. Hape All Seasons Colorful Dollhouse


The Hape All Seasons Colorful Dollhouse is an excellent choice for any family who likes to purchase toys that will last for generations. This timeless dollhouse is made from solid wood that has been sourced sustainably. The house is painted with “child safe” paint which we would hope would be used on all kids products but at least Hape states it. You can easily mix and match other furnishing from your other Hape dollhouses. This furnished dollhouse is also adjustable so the arrangements are limitless. In 2011 this dollhouse actually won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal award. Oppenheim primarily uses kid testers and in fact primarily relies on kids for their prestigious title. They also weed out toys that are deemed unsafe before the process even begins. Check out Toy Portfolio for more on their criteria. That being said, if you are looking for a high quality award-winning doll house that will last for years on end, certainly consider going with Hape.

Pros

  • Solid Wood
  • Sustainable and Safe Materials
  • Comes Furnished
  • Interchangeable with other Hape toys
  • Award Winning

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Does Not Fit 12″ Dolls

Engagement Score: 98
Quality Score: 100
Value Score: 95
Ready to Play With Score: 99

6. Lego Friends Stephanie’s House


With Lego Friends Stephanie’s House your child actually gets to build their own house. Building toys are extremely good at bringing out your child’s creativity, problem solving skills, grit, and so much more. Lego bricks are durable and exciting to work with. Additionally, this building set comes with mini dolls and furniture and accessories. Essentially, this kit is all ready to go- and Mom and Dad you won’t have to assemble a single thing! In the past we have seen some steep prices on Lego kits but this one is an excellent value. The kit contains over 600 pieces and is designed for children ages 6-12. We like this item for any child who loves to imagine and build. Parents have raved about how many hours their children spent engaged with this toy which we think makes this item pretty much priceless. If you are looking for a creative dollhouse for your kiddos, check out Lego Friends Stephanie’s House.

Pros

  • Lots of Fun
  • Colorful
  • Lego based
  • Hours of Engagement
  • Over 600 Pieces
  • Encourages Problem Solving and Creativity

Cons

  • May Be a Choking Hazard for Younger Children

Engagement Score:100
Quality Score: 99
Value Score: 97
Ready to Play With Score: 100

7. Melissa and Doug Folding Castle


Fans of Melissa and Doug are going to love their Folding Castle. We love that this product is made from good quality wood and you don’t have to assemble it. Just unfold the castle walls and ta-da! It’s time for some seriously great imaginative play. We really like the drawbridge and other moving parts but are a little sad to see that this castle doesn’t come with any furniture. The castle is designed to suit ages 3-8 and we like that the optional pieces are safe for younger children. That being said, with a little imagination I’m sure your young one will figure out a way to play right away and if not, Melissa and Doug do separately sell furnishings and dolls.

Pros

  • Solid Wood
  • High Quality
  • Fun for A Wide Variety of Ages
  • Built to Last
  • Good for All Genders
  • Great for Imaginative Play

Cons

  • Needs Furnishings
  • Expensive

Engagement Score:97
Quality Score: 99
Value Score: 94
Ready to Play With Score: 96

8. Costzon Dollhouse


Costzon offers a fun three-level dollhouse for girls that is a great value. This dollhouse comes with furniture, is constructed well, and painted with non toxic paint. What’s more is that the cost is excellent- currently listed below other similarly built doll houses, and this house is big enough for more than one child to play with at the same time. This dollhouse is very attractive though not the easiest of all of our picks to assemble. Some of the pieces are made of wood while others are not. The dollhouse comes with 8 pieces of miniature furniture. Parents have reported that their little ones play with this house for hours.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Large House
  • Good For Multiple Children
  • Comes with Some Furniture
  • Attractive

Cons

  • Not Easy to Assemble
  • Not Our Favorite for Durability
  • We Think It Should Come with More Accessories

Engagement Score:97
Quality Score: 95
Value Score: 97
Ready to Play With Score: 98

9. MMP Living Contemporary Wooden Dollhouse


If you are not ready to splash out on the Barbie DreamHouse, consider this a more affordable alternative. Barbie dolls will fit in here no problem. This house is 4 feet tall and includes a detached garage. The MMP Contemporary Wooden Dollhouse is well, wooden and so very sturdy. The furniture and accessories are also made of wood, so in many ways this house is just as good of quality as a Hape or Melissa and Doug product. There is no swimming pool and convertible furniture, but honestly, we like the simplicity of this design, and the durability of this product is second to none. Parents have stated that the instructions are easy to follow and that their daughters stay engaged for hours on end. The dollhouse is currently listed at a great price point for a solid wood dollhouse.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Large
  • Fits 12″ dolls
  • Kids Play for Hours
  • Wooden House
  • Comes With Furniture
  • Good Value

Cons

  • Some Say this is Too Heavy
  • Some Users Have Reported that this is A Difficult Build

Engagement Score:98
Quality Score: 98
Value Score: 99
Ready to Play With Score: 98

10. KidKraft Chelsea Doll Cottage


If you love KidKraft dollhouses but need to save a little money, check out their Chelsea Doll Cottage. This is a fantastic value and the dollhouse is still 3 levels, has 5 rooms and comes with 17 pieces of furniture! The best part may be the price listed much lower than other similar dollhouses. The time it takes to assemble this item is a bit lengthier than some of KidKraft’s other products. The reviews on Amazon are mixed. It may be worth contacting KidKraft directly for any of your customer service needs. That being said, the majority of the reviews are positive and for the price we simply could not exclude this budget-friendly KidKraft house.

Pros

  • Lots of Space
  • Great Value
  • Comes with A Lot of Furniture
  • Ready to Play With

Cons

  • Some Reviews Indicated a Quality Control Issue
  • Not Necessarily Easy to Assemble

Engagement Score:97
Quality Score: 90
Value Score: 99
Ready to Play With Score: 97