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IKEA sells a relatively modest lineup of dishwashers, refrigerators, wall ovens, cooktops, and ranges. They offer a minimalist aesthetic and lack exterior badging, but otherwise are almost identical to similar products from Whirlpool, Amana, and Maytag. In addition, nearly all of them add a 5-year warranty—four years longer than the industry standard.
But are they any good? Well, we’ve had hands-on experience with many IKEA appliances, and nearly all the Whirlpool-built products they’re based on. We’ve already told you how to get the most value when buying IKEA appliances. Now, here’s our guide to IKEA's entire home appliance lineup:
IKEA sells freestanding gas and electric ranges without convection, with convection, and with double ovens. Inexplicably, IKEA has named nearly all of them the same thing, so make sure you know the exact product you’re looking for.
For instance, there are five freestanding ranges named Betrodd, but the single gas range named Praktfull has more in common with a non-convection Betrodd electric model than some of the pricier Betrodd gas models. The two Nutid ranges are slide-in models, and there’s one entry-level Lagan.
No matter which one you choose, some are a better value than others.
This entry-level range only comes in white and is only available with a ceramic electric cooktop. It’s similar to the Amana AER5330BAW and AER5630BAW, which sell for just $449 on sale. It only has a one-year warranty, so the Amana (or a similarly equipped Frigidaire range) may be a better deal.
Lacking convection but featuring a stainless-steel exterior and a self-clean option, it’s similar to the Whirlpool WFG515S0ES, which we loved in our tests and found on sale for just $539 in stainless steel—with free delivery, to boot.
Oddly, this is the electric version of the Praktfull range, but IKEA has included it in its Betrodd line. It lacks convection and has a self-clean option, and it’s very similar to the Whirlpool WFE515S0E, which we found on sale for $539 with free delivery.
Unlike the $649 Betrodd electric range, this one adds convection. Normally, we’re fans of IKEA’s sleek, modern designs, but in this particular case we think Whirlpool’s offering actually looks more modern.
The Whirlpool WFE530C0E adds a warming zone and sells for $719. It also did a great job cooking in our tests, which is how it earned one of our coveted Best of Year awards in 2015.
For a more traditional look, you could also go for the Maytag MER8600DS, which sells for $739 and features a whopping 6.2 cu. ft. oven.
Again, Whirlpool and Maytag outclass their internal competition from IKEA. This gas convection range is similar to the Whirlpool WFG540H0ES and the Maytag MGR8600DS. The Whirlpool adds a fifth burner and a larger oven and sells for $899, while the Maytag sells for $829 and adds a larger oven with true convection.
With five burners and two ovens, this range fits a lot of options into a small space. It’s also one of the least expensive double-oven electric ranges on the market to feature a stainless exterior, and the five-year warranty is a nice plus. We recommend checking it out.
If you’re interested in other electric double ovens, we also recommend checking out the Samsung Flex Duo lineup of ranges. They let the user slide a divider into the range to split a single oven in two when needed. The Samsung NE59J7750WS sells for just under $1,200.
This gas double-oven range is similar to the Whirlpool WGG555S0BS, which sells for $1,259 on sale. There’s no reason to get the IKEA model unless you prefer the look or really want the five-year warranty.
Slide-in ranges tend to be expensive, and this one is no exception. Still, it’s the least expensive slide-in electric range on the market—and we’d argue it's still one of the best-looking. Most slide-in ranges require some countertop to be installed behind the range, but since this one is 31 inches deep, it may fit in your existing cutout.
Again, IKEA has made one of the least expensive slide-in ranges on the market. This one is gas and it looks pretty good. The five-year warranty also doesn’t hurt and neither does its helpful 31-inch depth.
If you need a cooktop, IKEA has you covered. They’re all identical to Whirlpool models, but lack the Whirlpool badge—and occasionally feature more stylish controls. Some of the best bargains in the kitchen can be found here.
Identical to Whirlpool’s W3CG3014XS, the IKEA version adds a five-year warranty and drops the price by between $10 and $30—making it the least-expensive stainless steel, 30-inch gas cooktop on the market. It’s a no-brainer for a budget gas cooktop.
This basic black electric 30-inch cooktop is the same as the Whirlpool W5CE3024XB, which we tested in our lab. They’re both the same price, except the IKEA has a five-year warranty as opposed to the Whirlpool’s one-year warranty.
The Framtid adds continuous grates and better burners, besting the Eldig’s 10,500 BTU top performer with a 15,000 BTU burner. Aside from its cheaper-looking controls, it’s identical to the Whirlpool WCG51US0D, but adds a five-year warranty and loses the Whirlpool badge.
This is the same as the four-burner model, except it adds a 17,000 BTU center burner. It’s similar to the much more expensive Whirlpool WCG97US0DS, but the Whirlpool has hinged grates that make it easier to clean.
Available in both black (702.886.92) and white (502.886.93), this cooktop has no exact analog from Whirlpool, but the G7CE3034XB and G7CE3034XP come close. They cost about $70 more and lack a five-year warranty, but the Whirlpool models do have very attractive stainless knobs as opposed to the IKEA model’s touch controls. All of them also have flexible burners for pots and pans of different sizes.
This is the same as the less expensive model, except it adds an additional 1,000-watt burner.
There are a lot of reasons to love induction cooking, and this is another one. This IKEA is the least expensive 30-inch induction cooktop on the market. Even better, it’s based on a Whirlpool model that we loved in our lab tests. Add a five-year warranty and you can’t go wrong.
IKEA has a very small lineup of Nutid wall ovens with very big interiors. They’re all electric, they’re all stainless steel, they’re all 30 inches wide, they all have 5.0-cu.-ft. interiors, and they’re all 26 3/8 inches deep. That’s because they’re designed to fit in IKEA’s own line of cabinetry. The higher you go in the lineup, the more features you get, though the Double Oven drops convection.
This is an entry-level wall oven without a self-cleaning function. It’s currently the least expensive 30-inch wall oven on the market, and no other manufacturer sells a comparable item. If you want to buy a stainless-steel wall oven for under $800, this is your best bet.
Here’s where things get a bit dicey. This oven adds self-cleaning, but lacks convection, which makes it similar to the Whirlpool WOS51EC0AS. However, the Whirlpool sells for under $950 at most major retailers and adds a steam cleaning function. We baked with the Whirlpool in our labs and loved it. Unless you really like the Nutid’s look, the Whirlpool is the better bet.
Move up the line and the next oven adds convection. It also sells for a little less than the comparable (and excellent) Whirlpool WOS92EC0AS, which retails for around $1,260. Keep in mind, delivery charges may eat up the savings.
The most expensive item in the lineup lacks convection, which is an odd choice. There’s no way to get convection in an IKEA double wall oven. Still, it’s similar to the Whirlpool WOD51EC0AS, but sells for about $30 less.
IKEA sells nine refrigerators: two top freezers, one single-door bottom freezer, two side-by-sides, and four French-door models. Even though two-thirds of them are named Nutid, they’re all slightly different sizes and aimed at different kitchen setups.
This 15-cu.-ft. fridge is about as basic as you can get. It’s also the least expensive full-size refrigerator we’ve been able to find. Yes, the shelves are wire and the produce drawers are opaque plastic, but you’ll never find a fridge this cheap anywhere else—Amana’s version is a full $100 more expensive. Like all Lagan appliances, this one has a one-year warranty.
This 18-cu.-ft. stainless fridge with reversible doors and hidden handles is based on the Amana ART308FFDM. However, the Amana sells for $719 and lacks the IKEA model’s five-year warranty, making the IKEA the better buy.
Similar to Amana models we’ve tested in the past (and recommended, too), this bottom-freezer is a great choice if you don’t have the budget for a French-door. However, for an extra $100, you can upgrade to IKEA’s own 30-inch Nutid French-door, which offers a more popular style.
This 25-cu.-ft. refrigerator is based on one of our favorite value refrigerators—the Whirlpool WRS325FDAM. It’s also sold as the Kenmore 51123. You can find either the Whirlpool or Kenmore on sale for under $1000.
Also, keep in mind that many of our readers have reported difficulty using the ice maker on this model. Similar 25-cu.-ft. Whirlpool and Kenmore fridges—such as the Kenmore 41153—omit the ice maker for a more streamlined look.
Closer to counter-depth than the Nutid S25, this 22-cu.-ft. model loses some space and gains a higher price. If you must have a counter-depth, side-by-side model, look at the $1,435 Whirlpool WRS571CIDM or the $1,399 Kenmore 51783, which are very similar under the skin.
This French-door refrigerator is only 30 inches wide, which makes it a perfect fit for smaller, stylish kitchens. There’s a built-in water dispenser, and 20-cu.-ft. of storage space. It sells for $45 less than the similar Whirlpool WRF560SMYM, and we especially like its sleek “towel bar” handles.
At 35 5/8-inches wide, this is similar to the smaller Nutid French-door, but comes in a standard 36-inch width. Competition is stiff in this category, and IKEA loses out on price.
When we tested similar fridges in our labs, both the Maytag MFF2258DEM and Whirlpool WRF535SMBM impressed us. The IKEA is the same fridge plus a water dispenser and some extra features, but it can’t beat the Whirlpool’s unbelievably low $999 sale price.
Otherwise identical to the fridge above, this model’s dimensions are counter depth, so it’ll blend in better with cabinetry. It’s the same price as the Whirlpool WRF540CWBM, but IKEA adds a five-year warranty. Choose whichever one you like, or the one that’s more convenient for you.
This is the same as the $1,499 Nutid, except it comes with an external ice and water dispenser. It sells for about the same as the comparable Whirlpool WRF757SDEM, so feel free to choose whichever one matches your kitchen aesthetic, or that’s easier to get home.
It may look like IKEA sells nine different dishwashers, but in reality there are only five: Four traditional models that come with white or stainless fronts, and one panel-ready model that can be ordered with a wide variety of exterior options so it can blend in with your IKEA cabinetry.
This is one of the most basic dishwashers on the market. Only available in white, it has a relatively loud 59 dBA sound rating, a heated dry option, and a plastic tub. Like all Lagan appliances, it only has a one-year warranty.
It’s nearly the same as entry-level models from Amana, which generally did poorly in our tests due to a lack of customizability, long cycles, a cramped interior, and a total absence of helpful features. Spend just a tiny bit more and you can get a much better value.
The Betrodd dishwasher has a stainless exterior and interior, hidden controls, six programs, and a delayed start option. It’s also rated at 51 dBA. Other than the name, it is very similar to Whirlpool’s WDT780SAEM, which sells for just $499 on sale and has a slightly quieter 48 dBA sound rating. The Whirlpool is definitely the better pick here.
This is the lowest cost model of three dishwashers to wear the Renlig name. It’s similar to the Whirlpool WDF520PADM, which costs only $359 on sale (we tested—and liked—the related WDF540PADM). Between the three, we’d pick either Whirlpool.
This dishwasher adds a stainless-steel interior and reduces the sound rating to 51 dBA. We tested it in our labs and didn’t find any major issues. However, the similar Whirlpool WDF760SADM only costs $40 more, is even quieter, and has a few extra options. Read our full review.
Here’s where IKEA comes into its own. Designed to fit custom cabinet fronts, this Renlig (also sold as the integrated dishwasher with 2 fronts (590.992.78), 3 fronts (690.888.73 and 290.994.54), or door (790.990.55)) is only 24 inches deep to fit flush with IKEA cabinetry. That makes it one of the least expensive panel-ready dishwashers on the market, and a good choice if you want your dishwasher to match your cabinets. We liked it when we got it into our labs. Read our full review.
With the exception of the unique, built-in Nutid 602.889.18 (MSRP $699), which fits flush in cabinetry, IKEA’s microwaves are all over-the-range models that double as kitchen ventilation and offer incremental improvements.
The Lagan 002.889.16 (MSRP $149) is one of the least expensive over-the-range microwaves on the market. It only comes in white. Move up to the Betrodd 202.889.15 (MSRP $249) and you get another good deal—this time in stainless and with a five-year warranty. The Nutid 602.889.18 (MSRP $349) adds some more functions, but lacks convection.
As the majority of inexpensive microwaves from all brands are made in China by the same handful of suppliers using the same technology, it doesn’t really matter what you get if you’re not springing for special features. That’s why we think the Betrodd and Lagan are bargains—even if you’re not getting the rest of your kitchen from IKEA.
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