should I buy IKEA kitchen appliances

Why you should NOT buy IKEA kitchen appliances?


I will continue to dig into this change and see if I can find any updated reviews in terms of reliability, function, and overall satisfaction with the new appliance lineup. As I mention below, I have not used IKEA appliances in any past renovation. This change to Frigidaire won’t affect this decision.

Should I buy IKEA kitchen appliances? This is easily one of the most common questions I am asked. The answer isn’t always a simple one. Let’s start out with a few facts about IKEA appliances.

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IKEA’s kitchen appliances are actually Whirlpool, but you are unlikely to find this information without some serious research. With some digging, this PDF is all you are likely to find.

Reviews about their appliances are even harder to dig up. An old discussion on Houzz provides some info, and I can’t help much more because I have never used them personally and know of only a handful of people who have (this also says something). What I can say is that any comment discussing IKEA appliances on our complete kitchen review does not look upon them favorably.

IKEA DOES sell a counter-depth refrigerator (in North America). This was a major hole in the IKEA kitchen appliances lineup. A counter-depth refrigerator typically tops out around 28-30″ deep, meaning only the doors and handle stick past the countertop. On the other hand, a standard refrigerator can top 38″ deep. That extra 8″ can become a real problem in a kitchens workflow and layout.

Don’t get sucked into the extra discounts associated with purchasing IKEA’s appliances. There are typically several tiers to the IKEA kitchen sale, with the largest savings associated with purchasing appliances. If I am not the first, let me be another voice of reason to tell you that saving a few hundred dollars with IKEA kitchen appliances is not worth it in the long run. You are going to enjoy your new kitchen for years and years, don’t skimp out where it counts the most.

Finally, IKEA kitchen appliances are not always the cheapest option. In my experience similar models and specs can often be found at appliance warehouses or the big box reno stores (Home Depot or Lowes) for lower prices. My reasoning has nothing to do with warranty or reliability- it is purely based on reason. Why limit yourself to one single line of IKEA kitchen appliances, when you could choose any appliance you want.

Choosing the proper kitchen appliances

Well the good news is pretty much any appliance, built-in or standalone, can be incorporated into an IKEA kitchen design. This opens up a myriad of possibilities outside of IKEAs showroom.

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The Refrigerator

Not only is the location of the refrigerator important, so is the size. This becomes even more essential when using a counter-depth refrigerator.

The downside to a counter-depth fridge is storage- more specifically, cubic feet. To overcome this dilemma, I typically try and include the widest standard fridge possible. The slight loss of depth is more than easily overcome with a 36″ wide fridge.

However, wide or oversize fridges are not always feasible. Older homes, basement kitchens, cottages, may all require a smaller fridge. With non-IKEA appliances, there is the option to use 30″ or 33″ counter-depth refrigerators. Something not currently available through IKEA.

Quick tip:

Now what about standard non-counter depth refrigerators? Can you make a standard fridge look counter-depth? This is possible by creating a recess or cavity in the framing behind the fridge. This will allow the rear of the fridge to tuck into the wall, keeping the front even with the cabinetry.

Which appliance is best for your cooking?

Full range? Stovetop and wall oven? Double wall ovens? These are all questions that need to be answered early in the design process. The best part, almost any kitchen appliance can be integrated into IKEA cabinetry.

A full range is easy. Simply leave enough space between your cabinetry to slide it in place. The same goes for dishwashers. The greater challenge often comes with built-in appliances.

We recently went through a client design where they wished to include a double wall oven into the new kitchen design. Although IKEA does not manufacture a tall cabinet specifically designed for a double wall oven, it is still possible to retrofit IKEAs tall oven/microwave cabinet to fit. The key to making it work is knowing the size of your ovens. Overall this can be tricky and often requires some filler panels to complete the design. If this is more than you are willing to tackle, reach out to us at Homestud Studios and we will design the kitchen of your dreams.

The same principle can be applied to stovetops and microwaves. Start by determining the size of both the appliance and the required cutout space. These dimensions will allow you to determine cabinet sizes, drawer front sizes, and door sizing to give you that built-in look.

Don’t overlook ventilation

This is an often overlooked part of kitchen design. First lets get something out of the way. Vented and ventless hoods are NOT the same thing. Do not let any salesperson convince you otherwise.

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Vented vs. ventless range hoods

Vented range hoods have an actual duct venting the air outdoors. If you consider yourself a serious chef, or just love to stir-fry or deep-fry, there is no substitute for vented range hoods.

Ventless range hoods re-circulate the hot air back into the kitchen through a charcoal filter. These ventless hoods will remove some of the odor, but are not going to remove all of the smoky air created by frying. For clarification, over the range microwaves fall into this category.

CFM matters, especially if you are cooking with a gas range. As much as we all love gas cooktops/ranges, they are not the most efficient. That extra emission and any unburnt gas needs to be pulled out through a good range vent, not recirculated back into the kitchen. For a gas cooktop, the target is 100 CFM for every 10,000 BTUs. For electric cooktops, multiply the width by 10- therefore a 30″ range should have a vent that pulls at least 300 CFM.

Are you thinking about a kitchen renovation? Maybe you already got started but aren’t sure it is the best use of space. Let us at Homestud Studios help. We want to design a kitchen you can’t wait to show off!


  • Max Weber May 26, 2021 at 11:01 am

    The five year IKEA warranty is a big selling point. Consumer reports has reviewed IKEA appliances.

    • Paul Kalsi November 12, 2021 at 2:35 am

      Bought their fridge freezer last week and it doesn’t freeze!! Lost lots of food. Checked where the fridge was made, its bloody Chinese made, no wonder its crap

      • Paul Kalsi June 6, 2023 at 4:43 pm

        Don’t forget Paul, you need to plug it in for it to work!

  • Tim Wilson July 13, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Jeff,
    Came across your site looking for information on knob refresh for our IKEA whirlpool range. Its a wide range 30 or 36″ and has worked flawlessly in our kitchen. Gas 5 burner top and electric convection/conventional oven is perfect for the in house gourmande. We coupled it with the ventless hood set up. I wish I had gone to the vented as you say but that would’ve pushed remodel costs way up. Your picture #3 is pretty much exactly what we have with a few little changes in knob colour and vent angles. We can’t say enough good things and we are going on, 12-15 yrs without a hiccup. Just thought I’d give a little shout out. Can’t say anything about the stuff they sell now but whirlpool is a good name.

    • Pam September 29, 2021 at 7:20 pm

      I went to the Ikea near Detroit in August and they were identical to my newish Frigidaire appliances and more expensive…..microwave, cooktop, fridge and wall oven all the same as my Frigidaire appliances.

      • Keith Geiselman October 4, 2021 at 11:51 am

        Let me confirm that since Oct 2020 Ikea appliances are all Frigidaire (Electrolux is parent co.) Range hoods are by an Italian manuf. Confirmed by an Ikea kitchen manager in Detroit area store.

      • Jeff Havixbeck October 9, 2021 at 11:41 am

        You are correct, I will update the article!

      • Eve February 7, 2022 at 10:20 pm

        Hi, I live in San Diego. 2003 I took my first and only trip to Ikea where I bought my laminate flooring and a beautiful stainless steel fridge on an impulse buy bc it was $ 500.00 on clearance.. The floor is the best I ever had and the fridge never had a problem and After twelve years I gave it to a friend for the garage and it is still working perfectly in 2022 it is a Frigidaire

  • Cam July 19, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Another reason I chose IKEA is because they allow you to return an opened appliance. Pretty much every other retailer doesn’t allow that.
    Oh and they’re all made by Electrolux now anyways.

  • Joy Mody August 27, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    I have always refurbished my houses with Ikea kitchens as well as buying their appliances. In total I have put in five Ikea kitchens and I have been thrilled with everything. The appliances have worked well and their cabinets are really fabulous, my kitchens look as though they should have cost $30,000 when they actually cost me between $10.000 to $15,000. I have no complaints. Five year warranties on appliances is way better than anyone else except Costco.

    • jazz October 24, 2021 at 12:57 am

      where i live, costco is 2 year warranty. anything longer you have to pay for 3rd party warranty – i had a problem with a stove and it coincidentally wasn’t covered under my paid for extended warranty purchased from costco.

  • Dani September 12, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    We have a fairly small kitchen and have designed our entire space using the online tool. We ended up settling on the “skinny” fridge (and taller than standard too) to maximize cabinet space – but after reading this I’m second guessing that! I doubt we could find the same size fridge in a regular store?

  • J.P. December 10, 2021 at 9:09 am

    I recently purchased a black stainless steel fridge from IKEA and now and wondering how well the black stainless steel will hold up. And to follow up on the comment about IKEA appliances are not always less expensive is a true statement.

  • Stu December 21, 2021 at 4:20 am

    Hi there…. Ive just come across this after looking for reviews on IKEA ovens…..
    I’m currently renting a holiday let which has a complete ikea kitchen with a RAFFINERAD oven. I love to cook and this morning tried cooking some ready made pastries which should take around 10mins in a ‘normal’ oven. So far it’s been nearly an hour on `Forced Air’ mode at a temperature of 250degrees (Max temp for this oven) and I’m still stood in front of the oven waiting for it to cook for goodness sake! These ovens are just horrendous! I’ve read the hand book twice over and yes, it is on the correct setting and yes, it does get warm but how on this earth can the hand book say that this setting is for cakes and sponges etc when it can’t cook anything!?!?
    I’m a kitchen fitter by trade and I have fitted IKEA kitchens and appliances at my customers requests however, this is the first time I have ever cooked with one of their appliances…. And for sure this will be the last time I can assure everyone of that! The owners of this rental property will be getting a review commensurate of my experience too!
    I urge the owners themselves to come and cook using this oven to experience what I have experienced this morning too, would love to know how they get on!
    So, to summarize, from my own experience I would say to anyone, stay away from IKEA ovens!

    • Valerie August 22, 2022 at 1:08 pm

      Since this is a rented unit and you have no idea how this oven was treated by tenants, it seems like you are not in a good position to pass judgement on all Ikea appliances.

  • Michelle S January 10, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    I have had Ikea appliances for well over 13 years now. All made my Whirlpool. I am probably jinxing myself by saying I have NOT had one issue with the frig stove or microwave. I have been able to replace the water filter every 6 months through amazon. Wonder how they will rate switching to Frigidaire

    • Jeff January 11, 2022 at 10:13 pm

      That’s great! Thanks for adding your experience. Like I said in the article, I have no personal experience- just a really long list of bad experiences from other folks.

  • Robert Hanks January 30, 2022 at 8:48 am

    Great article. I am looking to remodel my kitchen in Montreal. I looked at the Ikea induction range, and it is C$1699 normal price and the Fridigidaire is usually C$1599. But the Ikea just went on sale so it is $1359 which would be a much better deal with a 5 year warranty (Frigidaire is only 1 year). Plus the styling of the Ikea is a bit more sleek than the Frigidaire.

  • janet child October 19, 2022 at 9:17 am

    Hi I have just moved into a property with an ikea kitchen,I am trying to understand the oven functions but to no avail.please can someone tell me if they are in swedish!!!.

  • Liane Anderson November 19, 2022 at 10:49 am

    I’m in California, where we must comply with HVI certified appliances. I installed an under cabinet IKEA hood which state “HVI Certified” on the specs. Now my HERS compliance person says that it is NOT on the HVI certified list ( and my city is insisting I remove and replace it. WOW! Ever dealt with this?

    • admin December 1, 2022 at 11:10 am

      Wow, I can’t say I have. At least it is a somewhat simple replacement.

  • Alia January 17, 2023 at 12:05 pm

    Purchased Ikea Fridge, Stove and Dishwasher ($4200 est)
    My dishwasher no longer works after 6 months. I have tried getting a service call and after two calls with wait times of 45 minutes minimum, I have to speak with someone. I tried going on line to Electro lux and they wonts accept on line requests.

    • Di March 6, 2023 at 9:05 am

      How is it going now? We’re you able to get thorough and discover what the problem is?

    • Di March 6, 2023 at 9:05 am

      How is it going now? We’re you able to get thorough and discover what the problem is?

  • George February 9, 2023 at 11:02 am

    We went to IKEA in Detroit the other day. Haven’t been to an Ikea for a long time. I really liked the built-in look of the refrigerators. Even if they are smaller. We are in the process of planning our kitchen remodel and am interested in employing this design along with many of their cabinet and drawer designs.

    • Jeff Havixbeck February 9, 2023 at 12:38 pm

      I’m interested to find out a little more about their NA built in appliances as well. It is something that has been heavily lacking in the NA market.


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