Best forKids who love Barbie and can happily spend hours in imaginative play
Top BenefitsNumerous accessories and features to explore, outdoor pool, three levels
ConsiderationsPlenty of floor space needed
Bottom lineWith so many rooms and accessories to explore, the Barbie DreamHouse is a showstopper toy that encourages imagination and both independent and group play.
The newest Barbie DreamHouse is bound to create some serious envy—even among the adult set. Three storeys, an open-air elevator and a pool (with slide!) are just a few of the design-show-worthy features in this version of Barbie’s mansion. It takes a bit of time to build the plastic structure, but measuring in at 36 inches tall by 48 inches wide, the end result is worth it. With lots of fun sounds (such as a flushing toilet and sizzling frying pan) plus five pieces of transforming furniture, this house has it all. We like that the plug-and-play design keeps little pieces in place as small hands move around—other than the utensils, which don’t stick to the table. But overall, there’s a reason why iterations of Barbie’s DreamHouse have been popular for years: they encourage independent play like few toys do. What will Barbie and her pals do today? Your child’s imagination is the only limit.