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IKEA appliances may have funky names, but many perform quite well

Posted February 8

IKEA has long been a go-to source of ready-to-assemble furniture and home accessories, but some may not know that the Swedish giant also sells appliances.

But should you buy them? Consumer Reports put some IKEA appliances to the test.

Even though some of the appliance names at IKEA may be a bit odd, most of them are manufactured by Whirlpool.

Testers looked at ranges, refrigerators, dishwashers, a cooktop and a microwave, and the results were mixed.

The $280 Lagan dishwasher is noisy, and the 160-minute cycle time is quite long.

But the $400 Renlig did an excellent job cleaning and drying dishes, and its cycle time lasted just 115 minutes.

The $800 Betrodd gas range did a better job cooking than some non-IKEA models that cost $2,000 more. The range also has a convection mode, but testers said it wasn't great at broiling burgers.

The $1,500 Nutid French-door refrigerator has excellent temperature control and is energy efficient. It performed better than similar refrigerators that are double the price.

For those looking for more than one large appliance, shopping in one place such as IKEA can be convenient.

"Everything got delivered in one shot. I didn't have to worry about multiple deliveries," shopper Louis Paleaz said of his IKEA appliance experience.

All IKEA appliances, except the Lagan line, are covered by a five-year warranty, four years longer than the industry standard of one year.

IKEA has stores in 25 states, including one in Charlotte, and there are rumors that a location could be coming to Cary Towne Center.

Some products are also available on IKEA's website.

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