Firstly let me start by saying that had my cooker been in pristine condition that I would have given it 5 stars without any hesitation or thought at all as the cooker is (or would be) quite simply beautiful. Unfortunately the cooker that I received to test and review has several damaged parts on it which whilst they do not prevent the cooker being built are unsightly in parts and for the advertised quality (and price) of the piece I would have expected to have received a perfect cooker. Indeed had I purchased this then I would have been extremely unhappy at the marks on it and would have been contacting the company for replacement parts or returning the cooker for a replacement. In my opinion Teamson need to have some better quality control for their products leaving their warehouse. As the cooker was very clearly perfectly packaged it is obvious that these areas of damage were done prior to the cooker being packaged and that these should have been noticed and stopped by quality control. I also have a Teamson Prince Potty Chair
which I can confirm was received in pristine condition and so it would appear that this cooker is a blip on their otherwise normal excellent products. I would also be interested in seeing how the other two parts of the kitchen set; Teamson Enchanted Forest Sink/ Washer
and Teamson Enchanted Forest Fridge
fit together with the cooker however as I only received the cooker to preview I cannot comment. I have included pictures of the actual cooker built and also the damaged parts within the customer pictures section which is just to the right hand side of the customer reviews on the main page should anyone wish to view them.
Anyway onto the actual cooker and I shall stop moaning! The cooker is absolutely beautiful and a stunning piece which looks gorgeous in our home and my toddler son has been playing with it non stop since I built it. The product description advertises home assembly in under 15 minutes however (and I am quite adept with flat pack building) it took me 35 minutes due to the fiddly nature of some of the parts but if there were two of you constructing it I would imagine this would shorten the assembly time considerably. One more point I would like to mention should anyone from Teamson be reading this review is that it would make assembly a lot easier if the main screws (4x22mm of which there are 24) were pointed at the ends rather than flat as this does hinder screwing them in and would help and make the job a lot faster and easier if they were pointed screws.
The main product description advertises that the cooker is hand painted although I think that the main parts are machine painted as there is simply no way that you would get the finish that the cooker has from hand painting although you can see that the majority of the cooker is hand painted but I think it is misleading to say that the whole thing is hand painted when it clearly is not. Please note that this does not in any way detract from the beauty of the cooker.
The main part of the cooker (to the top of the hob part) stands at 43cm tall but to the top of the tree is 75.5cm. The depth is 27cm to the edge of the hob part and not including the oven door handle which protrudes further out. It is 36cm wide from side to side excluding the kitchen/toilet roll holder which again protrudes further.
The cooker comes with the four utensils as seen in the main pictures but (and here is another gripe I have) the hanging string on these is just cheap plastic twine and again for a quality piece I would have thought that maybe some nice ribbon would have been a nicer touch. The cooker door opens and closes via a strong magnet and there is a really nice sizable oven area which could be used for storing all the cooker accessories when not in use. The oven buttons make a clicking noise when you turn them for sound effects and are finished with gorgeous hand painted insects.
All in all the cooker is stunning and as I said at the beginning of this review, had I received a perfect specimen then without any hesitation I would have awarded 5 stars however with the damage on the one I received I just couldn't give that star marking in good conscience. Yes I would recommend the cooker but would suggest you check all of the pieces thoroughly for damage prior to construction.