Of all the dolls children love, Barbie is easily the most famous. She’s had so many careers, stories, and incarnations that she can be a role model for your child no matter what your child is interested in.
Barbie dolls aren’t enough, however. If your child is genuinely interested in Barbie dolls, she’s going to want a house specifically made for her Barbie collection.
If you think you’ll have to sacrifice a lot of space for your child’s dream house, that may not be the case. Barbie houses come in all sizes. Whatever your area allows, there’s a Barbie house that will fit.
If you aren’t sure where to start, we’ve got a few of our favorites to help. We’ve also answered some questions you might have about how to choose the right one. Let’s take a look.
Best Barbie Houses Ever Made
|Barbie Glam Getaway House||3+||5.5 x 19 x 13"||Best Travel House|
|Barbie 2-Story House||3+||5.2 x 12.5 x 18"||Best Compact House|
|Barbie Rainbow Cove Castle||3+||16 x 6.5 x 25"||Best Fantasy Themed House|
|Barbie 3-Story Townhouse||3+||30 x 7 x 32"||Best Realistic House|
|Barbie Glam Vacation House||3+||20 x 5 x 12.8"||Best Interactive Play House|
|3+||8.5 x 34.5 x 30"||Best Full-Sized Play House|
|Barbie DreamHouse With Slide|
|3+||8.5 x 30 x 30||The New 2018 Barbie DreamHouse|
1. Barbie Glam Getaway House: Best Travel House
Your first impression of Barbie houses might be enormous Dream House style toys, but our first Barbie House is a compact, portable house. If you don’t have a lot of space, this one might be a lifesaver.
Measurements and Spaces
It measures 19 x 5.5 x 12.8 inches and weighs about a pound. It has a kitchenette, bedroom, and bathroom that all fold out. It doesn’t come with a Barbie doll, but it does have a teapot and pan, dining dishes, and a few bedroom accessories including an alarm clock and pillow. For the bathroom, there’s a hair dryer and a perfume bottle. The final touch is a vase of flowers.
Decorations and Storage
When you need to clean up, all the pieces fold up neatly into the house for storage. Some of the pieces are very small, so if your child is younger than four, they might be a choking hazard. The outside scenes are painted cardboard, and the plastic might not survive a particularly energetic child.
2. Barbie 2-Story House with Furniture & Accessories: Best Compact House
This is another compact Barbie House designed for smaller spaces. It has a little more room than the portable house above with two stories of convertible play spaces. When it’s unfolded, it has a kitchen, living room/dining room convertible area, bathroom, and the top floor is a bedroom/spa.
Storage and Accessories
It has a carrying handle for easier transportation (although if you want something truly portable, we recommend the one above). The living room has a TV that folds down to make a dining room table. The oven in the kitchen opens and closes. On the top floor, flipping the bed over reveals a deep tub and spa. A trendy spiral staircase connects the two levels.
Some of the accessories plug into place to keep them from falling out when storing. There’s a pot and place setting for the kitchen, a towel and hairbrush in the bathroom, a blanket and alarm clock for the bedroom, and a tablet so Barbie can work or communicate with her friends. It doesn’t come with any dolls, but there’s a chair for the dining room.
Materials and Decorations
Some of the stickers will need to be attached and beware of choking hazards for younger children. It’s not going to withstand a lot of boisterous play because of the plastic, but it should give your child a solid play surface with minimal space.
3. Barbie Rainbow Cove Castle Playset: Best Fantasy Themed House
Now we’re getting into some of the bigger houses. The Rainbow Cove Castle has three floors of play spaces and looks like a fairy castle. Everything is decorated in bright fantasy colors with rainbows, butterflies, and fairy themes.
The dining area is set for two with ornate chairs. The bedroom has a vanity and closet. There’s a canopy bed with a purple pillow. The bathroom has a mermaid inspired clamshell tub. There’s a rooftop deck above. If your child has a fairy doll, it can be attached to the cloud feature to spin around like a real fairy.
Accessories and Storage
The set comes with no dolls, but it does include a dining table and tea table, two chairs, a pillow, teacups, cupcakes on different plates, a perfume bottle, and a brush. It’s arranged as a corner piece and fits well there. It doesn’t fold up, but it’s still small enough that it won’t overwhelm a small space. It fits about two barbies pretty well.
It’s not portable, but the plastic pieces are more durable than some of the portable houses.
4. Barbie 3-Story Dream Townhouse: Best Realistic House
Decorations and Accessories
The bottom floor is a fully stocked kitchen and dining area with real accessories like silverware and food. The middle level is a living room with flat screen tv and fireplace plus a bathroom with toilet and shower. The top level is the bedroom and spa bathtub.
The floors are connected by an elevator. It doesn’t come with any dolls, but there are over 50 accessories to decorate with. If your child is just starting a collection, this is a good one to go all out.
Measurements and Storage
It stands over three feet tall, so there’s plenty of play space. The downside is that it can be overwhelming if your child only has a small area to play in. The plastic is pretty durable, but we recommend this one for slightly older children rather than preschoolers because of the size and the choking hazard of some of the accessories.
5. Barbie Glam Vacation House: Best Interactive Play House
This fold-up Barbie house is a vacation themed play space with six play areas. It has unique “clip-and-play” accessories that can be moved throughout the house for customization, and the decorations are realistic wallpaper and photo style decorations.
Accessories and Decorations
The kitchen comes with play food and dishes including a blender and fun drink glasses. The living room has a stylish love seat and coffee table with a picture frame and tv remote. A hairdryer in the bathroom is for all Barbie’s beach styling needs.
The top floor includes a bed and a princess chandelier with a fun balcony. The chandelier and tiki lights can also be moved and clipped into a different location just like the flat screen tv.
Materials and Storage
Although the frame of the house is plastic, some of the dividing walls are a cardboard material. It keeps the cost of the house down, but it shortens the lifespan of the house unless your child is particularly careful. It does fold up and store all the little pieces, so you’re saving some space there.
6. Barbie Dreamhouse: Best Full-Sized Play House
This large dream house has seven rooms and uses interactive elements to expand your child’s play. There’s a garage large enough to park a Barbie car, three different floors of play spaces, and a pulley-driven elevator to move dolls from floor to floor.
Accessories and Decorations
It comes with a lot of accessories such as place settings for the table and a remote control for the television. Your child can attach a smartphone inside the flat screen to play real videos. Other smart accessories, such as the working aquarium, snap into furniture pieces to produce a realistic effect.
Other accessories convert for multi-purpose use. For example, the kitchen island can be turned around to function as a bathroom vanity. Snapping an accessory into the kitchen side produces red lights and sizzling sounds.
Materials and Storage
Everything is realistically decorated with luxe accessories and realistic stickers. It gives your child plenty of space to play with multiple friends and dolls. The downside is that it’s huge, about three feet wide and three feet high. If you don’t have a lot of space, this might be a problem.
Measurements and Play Spaces
It’s about three feet high by four feet wide and has eight different playrooms. There’s a furnished kitchen, bedroom, living room and bathroom. A slide runs from the top floor to the second-floor pool where your child can fill it with water for a realistic play.
Many of the included accessories are smart accessories. They have lights and realistic sound effects. A lot of the furniture is convertible. One of the couches becomes a set of bunk beds. One side of a kitchen accessory is the oven and recycling bin. The other side is an outdoor barbecue.
In all, there are over 70 accessories for your child to play with.
Everything is a pretty durable plastic, and most accessories should be safe for older children. Keep in mind that some can be choking hazards for young kids, but there are plenty of larger accessories for a young child to grow with this house.
Choosing a Barbie House is a bit different than choosing a traditional wooden dollhouse. All Barbie houses are 1:6 scale so that fashion sized dolls fit. If you have a small space, you’re going to have to figure something else out.
Instead of the scale, think in terms of storage. Even a slightly bigger house can work in a small space if it folds up at the end of the play.
A fully portable house will have two or three rooms, some convertible accessories, and fold up into a compact size that your child can carry to a closet. They aren’t meant to stay out all the time.
Some are semi-portable. The walls fold up, holding all the accessories inside. They stay out 100 percent of the time, but because the walls fold in, you get back some of your floor space after playtime is over.
Some Barbie houses are designed to take up a corner. Instead of folding up, the rooms fit together at a right angle, so the house tucks into a corner. You save some floor space, but you get some of the full sized rooms anyway.
If you have the space, a conventional sized Barbie Dream House is around three feet by three feet and sometimes larger. The rooms are on display, and although you can store accessories inside the house, you’re always going to be able to see them.
Modern Barbie houses have interactive features that enhance imagination. Some have lights that work and realistic sound effects. Others have accessories that interact with pieces of furniture to produce a specific result.
A benefit of these features is it encourages more focused play and helps your child understand cause and effect. It builds on the imagination of your child and is very rewarding when your child pretends to cook, for example, and the frying pan makes an actual sizzling sound.
A downside is that you’ll have to stay stocked in batteries. Also, the more elaborate a toy is, the more there is to break or go wrong. Many of the portable sets forgo these interactive accessories, so you should decide how elaborate you want the house to be.
Speaking of interactive elements, most Barbie houses come with some accessories. Essential accessories often include furniture pieces such as tables, chairs, and a bed. Larger packages have small accessories too. In our biggest recommendation, the house comes with over 70 accessories as an example, while the smallest has just a few essential pieces.
If you have a younger child, you may not want him or her to have some of the smaller ones. Accessories like dishes can be a serious choking hazard.
The very first Barbie houses were cardboard. Luckily, we’ve come a long way from those. Barbie houses now are usually made of plastic. The larger houses have durable, thick plastic intended to last a long time.
Portable houses have thinner plastic that’s lightweight and bendable. If your child is very responsible, those portable houses should last a while. If your child isn’t, you may want a more substantial, sturdier structure.
We recommend staying away from houses that have cardboard pieces. The upside to having dividing walls made of cardboard is that the house is genuinely portable. The downside is it’s likely to break down sooner than expected. If you’re going to be traveling a lot or you need something tiny, it’s a good option, but consider it carefully.
Barbie houses and accessories can be pretty expensive when you get full sets with interactive elements. Not all of Barbie’s houses have to be costly though. The small, portable houses that fit just a few pieces of furniture are frequently less than $50 and can be an excellent introduction to the world of Barbie.
If your child is older and has quite a few Barbie accessories already, a larger house might be appropriate. Although they’re a much more significant investment, older children really appreciate the realistic details and larger play spaces.
The most expensive houses should have a theme of some sort plus all accessories and interactive elements. The Barbie universe allows you to be as elaborate as your budget can stand, but there are plenty of more affordable options.
If your child doesn’t have any Barbie already or doesn’t have a lot, you might wonder if a Barbie house is even worth it. Barbie dolls and their accessories have a few advantages over other types of dolls.
Barbie dolls are appropriate for a wide range of ages. As long as you take away choking hazards for young children, Barbie is safe for everyone.
Barbie houses have the advantage of being large enough for young fingers to manipulate well, but as your child ages, he or she doesn’t age out of Barbie the way he or she will with something rated for young kids. The money you invest into Barbie today will last through most of childhood.
Wide Range of Compatible Accessories
Barbie is a vast universe. Finding compatible sets, dolls, and accessories is easy. Unlike some more specialized doll houses and sets, you can pick up Barbie accessories practically anywhere for a variety of price ranges.
This gives you and your child a lot of choice for adding elements to their imaginary universe. You can have as many or as few as you need to make your child’s playtime exactly right.
Many of Barbie’s accessories become collector’s items. Although not all plastic pieces are guaranteed to become collector’s items later, every time you buy Barbie items, you plant seeds for a lifetime of collecting with your child. Barbie is one of the few types of toys that can begin with love in childhood and carry over throughout life.
Choosing a Barbie house isn’t quite like selecting a traditional dollhouse. Barbie is one of the most extensive doll collections of all, and whatever your budget, space, and child’s interest, there’s a Barbie house and accessories just for you. Whether your child has an ultra-portable house or a full-scale dream house, we promise that your child will have years of fun memories ahead.
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