Consumer Reports; Should you buy IKEA appliances?

This photo taken Wednesday, June 3, 2015, shows an IKEA store in Miami (FILE). (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Although IKEA is best known for affordable home decor, you can buy an entire kitchen there for as little as $3,000, before appliances and labor. If you do decide to make it a one-stop shop, should you also get your appliances at IKEA? Who makes them and are they any good? Consumer Reports purchased a number of IKEA appliances and put them through their rigorous tests.

When Louis Pelaez was renovating his house, he chose appliances from IKEA

"It was just easier to buy everything in one place," Pelaez said.

Even though some of the names are odd, most of the appliances are manufactured by Whirlpool.

Consumer Reports recently tested a variety of appliances available at IKEA, including ranges, refrigerators, dishwashers, a cooktop and a microwave. The results were mixed.

The $280 Lagan dishwasher Consumer Reports tested is noisy and the cycle time is long at 160 minutes.

But the $400 Renlig dishwasher does an excellent job cleaning and drying dishes, and takes only 115 minutes.

The Betrodd gas range for $800 did a better job cooking than some non-IKEA models that cost $2,000 more. It gave very good baking results and has a convection mode. But it didn't do a good job broiling burgers.

This $1,500 Nutid French-door refrigerator has excellent temperature control and energy efficiency, performing better than similar refrigerators that are double the price.

If you're installing more than one large appliance, shopping in one place can be convenient.

"Everything got delivered in one shot, I didn't have to worry about multiple deliveries," Paleaz said.

All but the Lagan line are covered by a five-year warranty. The industry standard is just one year.

IKEA has two stores in our area: Bolingbrook and Schaumburg - as well as stores in 24 other states. Some of their products are available online.

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