Guidecraft Classic Kitchen Helper Stool Review

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Brand: Guidecraft

Model: Classic Kitchen Helper Stool

  • Adjustable platform
  • Lightweight
  • Folds flat
  • Rated to 125 lbs
  • Countertop height
  • Non Slip mat included
  • Chalk board 
  • Safety strap

My son loves to play in the kitchen, but he seems to always find a way to get into some kind of danger in 3 seconds flat. His favorite “extreme” kitchen activities include climbing the oven door, opening and getting inside the oven drawer, opening drawers and cupboard doors (even the locked ones) climbing chairs and tables, etc . 

Whether I’m washing dishes or cooking dinner, I want to make sure that he is happily engaged in an activity but still safe where I can see him.

This is where a learning tower can change your life like it changed mine.

The Guidecraft kitchen helper stool is one of the best learning towers because of its simplicity, safety and design. It’s easy to assemble, very safe and it looks great in any kitchen. 

Let’s take a look at some of the amazing features of this kitchen helper stool.

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Cool Features of the Guidecraft Classic Stool

  • Conveniently folds flat (standing) for storage
  • Platform is adjustable to grow with the child (14” to 17”)
  • Chalkboard and whiteboard keeps kids entertained when not on the tower
  • Durable construction of hardwood and birch plywood
  • Non Toxic finish prevents scuff marks and scratches
  • Nice design and four different colors available to match your decor

Specifications of the Guidecraft Classic Kitchen Helper Stool

Age recommendation2+ years old
Assembled dimensions20″L x 21″W x 37″H
Platform adjustments14″ to 17″
Weight limit125 pounds
Item weight20.9 pounds
Safety standardsASTM F963-17 and EN-71

Why We Love the Guidecraft Kitchen Helper Stool

The Guidecraft Kitchen Helper has thought of everything when it comes to having your toddler in the kitchen. It’s one of the best learning towers because of its innovative design and features. 

The first couple of features that really stood out to me were the overall design and the fact that it folds flat while standing. I didn’t want a cheap looking, plastic learning tower in my kitchen. I wanted something that was safe, functional and matched my kitchen. 

The Guidecraft kitchen helper comes in four colors to match any style home.

Overall, this toddler kitchen helper stool is not only affordable but also super sturdy and light enough to be moved around when needed.

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Countertop Height

One of the best features of this is that it places my son at countertop height and can be lowered as he grows. Being at countertop height allows kids to see and participate in kitchen activities with their parents.

Adjustable Height

The Guidecraft Learning Tower has an adjustable platform. The platform is adjustable from 14” to 17” off the floor. My son started in the highest setting and it was the perfect height for a 2 year old. 

Once your toddler appears to be standing a bit too high (belly to counter) it’s time to lower the platform so he doesn’t have to bend over to reach the counter. Some people have said that they’ve had it for five years or more.

Non Slip Mat

I never realized how dirty, wet, and sticky kids can be until I lived with a toddler. He spills, he drools, and he makes a mess everyday. With the Guidecraft Kitchen Helper Stool, there’s a non-slip mat on the platform for your toddler to stand on. 

The non-slip mat makes sure that your active toddler stays whether he’s playing by the sink with water or helping you bake covered in flour.

Activities for the Guidecraft Classic Kitchen Helper

The Guidecraft learning tower is the perfect accessory to keep your toddler busy and happy while you go about your daily chores in the kitchen. You can move it to various sections of your kitchen counter or island as needed.

Some of the activities I’ve tried at home include:

  • Coloring and other arts and crafts
  • Snack time
  • Baking and food prep help
  • Washing hands
  • Playing with toys

I bet you can already picture how the possibilities are endless as your kids develop and are able to help out and be involved even more. 

The Guidecraft stool is enough to give a height boost to help with chopping, washing fruits and vegetables, and even putting dishes away.

Special Features of the Guidecraft Kitchen Helper


I love that it comes with a chalkboard. When my toddler wants to stay busy on the floor, I can give her some chalk and let her be artistic. It’s also a fun way to teach her various lessons about shapes, colors, and the alphabet. In a pinch, I’ve also used it to write down things I need at the store until I can find my real shopping list.

Kitchen Helper Safety

The Guidecraft Kitchen Helper Stool is unlike other toddler towers in that it meets a number of different safety standards. There’s a Kitchen Helper Keeper included with the tower that offers a clip-on safety netting. It’s just that extra safeguard to keep you child safe while on the tower.


I’ve been to other houses where there is a learning tower. Those tend to be bulky, heavy, and take up a lot of room. At just over 20 pounds, this is easy enough to move out of the kitchen when necessary. It’s small enough, too, that I can fold it and put it in the pantry for safekeeping.

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Easy Assembly

I was surprised that the kitchen tower went together as well and quickly as it did.  I usually dread these types of activities but when I opened the manual and saw 8 steps and only 8 screws to install I knew instantly that the Guidecraft kitchen helper stool was well designed with the end user in mind.

The only tools required for assembly are a Phillips head screwdriver and an Allen wrench; that’s it that’s all.

Assembly took about 15-20 minutes and was super easy. Check out some steps and images below to give you an idea of what to expect:

Final Thoughts on the Kitchen Helper

The Guidecraft kitchen helper is a nice accessory for your toddler and your kitchen. Every single time we end up in the kitchen and our son follows along we just pick him up and put him in his learning tower. He can spend an hour or more at a time in there as long as we are keeping him involved in what we are doing. 

If you have a small kitchen, Guidecraft is the one for you. Being able to fold it and place it away from the counters when not in use is a blessing for small kitchens.

I would recommend the Guidecraft kitchen helper stool to any parent looking for new and exciting activities to do with their toddler in the kitchen while getting things done. f you have a small kitchen, this is the model for you