The 10 Best Stools for Little Kitchen Helpers

updated Dec 12, 2022
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Getting some help from kids in the kitchen has so many benefits. For the kiddies, it can help develop early interests in food and cooking, and teach them useful skills, too. For parents and caretakers, it can ease the stress of keeping little ones entertained while you work (the work is the entertainment!).

While the ol’ kitchen-chair-turned-backward setup worked just fine for me in the ’70s, today there are a slew of helpful platforms specially made to help bring small children to kitchen counter height so they can help — or at least pretend to. And don’t worry — they’re as cute as they are safe.

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was $219.99

This enclosed tower from the very appropriately-named Little Partners can be transformed into an easel or playhouse as children get older. It comes in six different colors to complement your kitchen, like olive green, rich espresso, and match-with-anything white.

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This handmade tower is built according to Montessori furniture principles that encourage movement and independence with adjustable steps that bring kids up to various heights. It also has an attached blackboard, so it can be used as a drawing board, too.

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Loaded with extras — like a chalkboard, wipe-off marker board, and shaped cutouts — this enclosed tower from Guidecraft has three adjustable heights and is foldable for easy storage. It can safely support up to 125 pounds.

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Another pick from Guidecraft, this simple open-backed tower has two platform heights and hand holds to assist in climbing up and down. It can safely hold up to 200 pounds, so it can even help grown-ups reach upper cabinets.

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was $99.99

This Little Partners stool is great for toddlers, older kids, and adults alike because it can support up to 200 pounds. It has a built-in handle that makes it easy to move around your kitchen and house, and comes in both bright and neutral colors.

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was $109.95

Use this open step-up from Guidecraft — with hand rails and helpful non-slip treads on the steps — in the kitchen, bathroom, or playroom. It can safely hold up to 200 pounds.

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was $179.95

This KidzWerks stool’s adjustable platforms can be placed at 12, 16, or 20 inches above the floor to accommodate your kitchen helper’s height. It also comes with four anti-slip pads for safety and to protect floors.

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School Outfitters
was $422.94

The non-slip steps and rounded corners on this high-backed step stool keeps kids safe, while the handle makes it easy for you to move around the kitchen. It safely holds up to 100 pounds, so we don't suggest parents using this to grab something from the top shelves in the pantry.

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was $354.70

Touted as a way to help kids up to the sink to wash their hands, this step stool from JontiCraft can also get kids closer to the kitchen counter.

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Great for older kids who want to help, this IKEA step stool is classic, has nonslip grips, and is just priced at $8.

Do you have a favorite kitchen stool or platform for your little one?