CONSUMER REPORTS: Should You Buy IKEA Appliances?

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - When Louis Pelaez was renovating his house, he chose appliances from IKEA.

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

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 this $400 dishwasher, the Renlig, 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.

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

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