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When you look at toys tools, then the workbench is the ultimate big gift to get.

There are nice sets, such as this sturdy Melissa & Doug workbench made of wood. A lot of tools and building material such as screws and nuts make it a complete set to play with.

That's also what you want to get out of a toy like this. In this buying guide I go through what you should pay attention to when purchasing and I discuss the 6 best wooden workbenches.

Boy at the Melissa & Doug wooden workbench

Let's take a quick look at all the top picks. Then I'll take a closer look at each of these options.

Overall best wooden workbench

Melissa & DougWorkbench

This toy consists of many nuts, bolts, blocks and of course the workbench with which they can build a lot of things.

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Best toy workbench with gears

HapeMaster Wooden Workbench

Gears are always fun to pin on something. Especially on your workbench if you can fix them with your own tools.

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Best toy workbench with table saw

Le Toy VanAlex's Wooden Workbench

This worktop has a flatbed circular saw. Something I have not seen in any other set.

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Best cheap toy workbench

Small footWooden Nordic

This one is built a bit cheaper, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to play with.

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Best small workbench for the table

Melissa & Doug32 Piece Tool Bench

You can even saw the wood apart because they stick together. This also gives it a fun game element that I haven't seen with any of the others.

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Best educational wooden workbench

HapeDeluxe Scientific Workbench

There are 79 pieces for 15 experiments and your own creations, such as an excavator, gravity vehicle, flashing light and wind maker.

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Wooden toy workbenches buying guide

When buying a toy workbench you have to pay attention to a number of things.

Age

Are the toys appropriate for their age, but also fun for their developmental level? That is sometimes difficult to see from the box.

I therefore looked at all the sets and ranked them according to their age level.

Please note that all sets contain some small pieces, so for children under 3 you should stick with them or take them out of the set until they are a bit older.

Of course you don't want them to swallow pieces.

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Replayability

Is it fun to play with? That has to do with the ease of play without frustration and the accessories that come with it.

I've rated each set for replayability on a scale of 1 to 5 to give you an idea.

Sustainability

Once you have a set that your child likes and is age appropriate, you want them to be able to play with it for a while.

That's why we've rated each set for durability. How long will it last without breaking.

Some sets, such as those from Melissa & Doug and Small Foot, are quite sturdy, but not sturdy enough to handle 6-year-old children's hands.

Other sets are made to last a little longer like Le Toy Van or use plastic for the parts like the 2 sets from Hape.

Sustainability is also rated on a 5-point scale.

Best Wooden Toy Workbenches Reviewed

Overall best wooden workbench

Melissa & Doug Workbench

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8.0
Toy score
Building
3.9
Replayable
4.5
Sustainability
3.6
Best for
  • Complete set with tools, bolts, nuts and screws
  • Good wooden set where many of this kind are made of plastic
Less good
  • Pushing too hard quickly leads to screw threads becoming paralyzed

Are your children getting a little older? Here are the best construction toys for kids ages 4 and up.

Ideal for: ages 3 to 5

If you want to take the construction game a little more literally, you can go to Melissa & Doug's workbench.

This toy consists of nuts, bolts, blocks and of course the workbench which gives your child a variety of items to build things with.

Melissa & Doug wooden workbench reviewed

What's great about it: This set is definitely not your typical construction toy.

Your little one should know more about putting things together, giving them a wide variety of challenges while promoting their imagination and motor skills.

It includes:

  • blocks where the screws can go
  • a workbench to attach things to with a real vice
  • boards that you can put together with the bolts and nuts

Really very lifelike and in addition to being educational, it is also just fun to do.

My son was the first to build robots from it…

sigh.

Best toy workbench with gears

Hape Master Wooden Workbench

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8.3
Toy score
Building
3.9
Replayable
4.4
Sustainability
4.1
Best for
  • Solidly built
  • Fun activities with the gears
Less good
  • Parts are made of plastic
  • Difficult to assemble

Gears are always fun to pin on something. Especially on your workbench if you can fix them with your own tools.

You get 35 parts with this Hape workbench.

  • Tools such as a hammer, saw, screwdriver, wrench, vise and angle.
  • But also screws, nuts, bolts, gears, links and more

The Melissa & Doug workbench is very nice because it comes with so much, but unfortunately not adjustable in height. This one is so that he can also grow a bit from 3 years to 6.

Many parents also give it to them at the age of 2 and indicate that hammering is perfect and screwing is successful with good practice.

It doesn't come with a lot of material, but it's a lot of fun to play with because of the gears, vise and more.

It's a pity that the parts that come with it are made of plastic, but I don't think the gears made of wood would be strong enough either.

Best workbench with table saw

Le Toy Van Alex's Wooden Workbench

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8.5
Toy score
Building
3.4
Replayable
4.6
Sustainability
4.8
Best for
Less good

Yes, it is an expensive set, but this is well made. Very sturdy wood and built to last.

This worktop has a flatbed circular saw. Something I have not seen in any other set.

There is also a measuring rod and a vice on the worktop and you can store your tools on the shelf at the back of the wall.

Circular saw in the workbench top of Le Toy Van

That is perhaps a bit of a shame. In many of the other sets, each tool has its own compartment, here they hang a bit on the back wall and you also have to put a lot in the compartments.

But you get a fully functioning worksheet in return.

It can be used from 3 years old. Where some of these tables can best be used earlier, this is a bit more difficult because the screws are really stuck in the wood.

That is frustrating to play with for a smaller child.

There isn't much to build with either, so it's fantasy play with the tools.

Best cheap toy workbench

Small foot Wooden Nordic

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7.7
Toy score
Building
4.1
Replayable
3.8
Sustainability
3.7
Best for
  • Cheap yet very nice
  • Easy to play with for small children
Less good
  • Very small (low)
  • Not very stable

This one is built a bit cheaper than, for example, the workbench from Melissa & Doug or Le Toy Van, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to play with.

It is also stuck with the building material that comes with it. The same big wooden nuts and bolts. This in itself makes it fun to put it together yourself first.

It's just not the most sturdy construction. And you run the risk of them breaking it up again. Or maybe that's part of the fun?

This one is standing. Not like the Melissa & Doug table model, but still very small.

This makes it somewhat less suitable for children older than 4 years. I would say he is the cutest from 2 to 4 yrs., not the 3 to 6 yrs on the box.

Small workbench on legs from Small Foot

There are 21 accessories: 5 nuts, 5 bolts, 3 nails, 3 wooden planks with holes in them and 5 tools.

Nice as a first cheap set for your small child, but for a 3-year-old I would actually rather buy one of the other sets so that they don't grow out of it too quickly.

Best small workbench for the table

Melissa & Doug 32 Piece Tool Bench

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8.1
Toy score
Building
4.1
Replayable
4.2
Sustainability
3.8
Best for
  • Real sawing of wooden planks
  • Nice and small and handy. Can be set up anywhere
Less good
  • Nuts can only go in the bolts, not in the workbench
  • Construction is not suitable for 5+

A very nice set. The workbench itself is very small, but you can use it on the table or we put it on our wooden dining room bench.

The Small Foot workbench is just so small and your child probably has to work on it sitting down. You can place this where you want, so that gives you more options.

Because it also has no legs, it has also remained fairly cheap. Yet there are 26 building parts with 5 tools.

With this set it is also nice that you can saw the wood apart because they stick together. This also gives it a fun game element that I haven't seen with any of the others.

There are also enough pieces to build fun small projects, such as a car or robot.

The fact that it is so small can be a big advantage. Not everyone has room for such a large workbench and you can easily store it when they are done with it.

As with all Melissa & Doug tool toys, it is fairly sturdy but not strong enough to handle older children. It is therefore suitable from 2 years (if you leave out the small pieces) up to a maximum of 5 years.

Best educational wooden workbench

Hape Deluxe Scientific Workbench

Best for
Less good

What a wonderfully comprehensive set this is. I already have such a Science Kit from Hape rated among the best toolboxes, and they also fit together.

There are 79 pieces with which you can do 15 experiments. And of course make your own creations.

The experiments include an excavator, gravity vehicle, flashing light and wind maker.

What makes it especially nice is that it teaches the science behind building, also using a handy app.

Super fun to do with your child. It says suitable from 4 years, but I think it will be especially fun with 5 years and up to about 8 years old.

A disadvantage is that there are not enough parts to keep several projects intact at the same time.

For example, we couldn't leave a large project for a while to review later without breaking it off.

The workbench is also quite low for children from 5 years old, but they can play with it sitting down like I do. The toolbox is then a more logical choice for this age category.

Conclusion

There are a lot of workbenches for sale, and not even just for small children. Before I started researching I didn't know about the Hape Scientific series at all, but they are also great fun!

I hope you now have an idea of ​​what is possible and you can make a good choice for your child.

Also read: this is the best loose wooden toy tool to buy

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.