The classic dollhouse.
These dollhouses aren’t necessarily portable. And unlike the larger models, most of these dollhouses are not much (or any) taller than the child who will be playing with them. Many of the models that fall into this category are probably best sitting on the floor, but some may work on a tabletop as well.
If you have the space, these medium-sized dollhouses can be a great bet. They’re big enough to allow for multiple rooms and can often accommodate the play of more than one child at a time. But they’re not so large as to dwarf the child (or your playroom).
Dollhouses of this size typically fit dolls up to around 5” tall. Unlike houses meant to accommodate larger dolls, like Barbie and American Girl, we appreciate that these 5” dolls don’t typically come with backstories—that leaves room for open-ended play and plenty of space for your child’s imagination to take the lead.
And there are loads of brands to choose from. Everyone from massive toy companies like Melissa & Doug to niche players like Le Toy Van has gotten in on the action.
In this category we tested the Hape All Season House and the Playmobil Deluxe Dollhouse. To cut to the chase, these two dollhouses were our top picks for most people. They fare well on quality, offer open-ended play possibilities, and have ample play space without taking up a massive amount of real estate in your house.
Here are the medium dollhouses you may want to consider: