So What's the Deal with IKEA Refrigerators Anyway?

So What's the Deal with IKEA Refrigerators Anyway?

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Nancy Mitchell
Apr 27, 2017
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IKEA has been selling kitchen cabinets (and countertops) for quite some time, but they also have a full line of appliances — ovens, ranges, range hoods, microwaves, dishwashers, and refrigerators — so you can outfit your entire kitchen with pieces from the Swedish retailer. How do IKEA refrigerators stack up against the competition? We did a little research to find out.

Warranties & Repair

IKEA makes their appliances in partnership with Whirlpool, and all of their dishwashers come with a five-year warranty (except for the LAGAN, which has only a one-year warranty). IKEA doesn't have a dedicated service team, so if you experience a problem with your appliances, you can call their Warranty Service Line, and they'll send someone out to fix it.

Individual Models

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The LAGAN top freezer, with a capacity of 15 cubic feet, is a pretty basic design — nothing fancy here. The wire racks and opaque produce drawers might annoy some people, but at $449 it is (according to Reviews.com) the very cheapest full-sized fridge on the market.

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The FROSTIG, which retails for $699, is a little bit larger (at 18 cu. ft.) and a little bit fancier, with glass shelves, clear produce drawers, and an ice maker. Although the design of the exterior is nothing fancy, its stainless steel cladding makes it acceptably sleek. My search yielded several refrigerators with similar designs and a similar capacity at lower prices, but only one — the Kenmore 70213 — with an ice maker (and a shorter one-year warranty).

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IKEA makes two side-by-side refrigerators, the NUTID S25 and the NUTID side-by-side fridge. The S25 retails for $1,199, has a capacity of 25 cu. ft., and has an ice and water dispenser in the door.

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At first glance, the NUTID side-by-side fridge, which retails for $1,799, looks very similar to the NUTID S25, so the price jump may be a bit puzzling. It also has a smaller capacity, at 22 cu. ft. That's because it's a counter-depth fridge, which always results in a bit of a premium. At this price it's cheaper than many counter-depth fridges, but there are similar options out there at even lower prices, like the Kenmore 5178 and the Whirlpool WRS571CIDM.

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The BETRODD, which retails for $1,199, is a viable option if you prefer a bottom freezer, but having a French door isn't all that important to you.

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For $100 you can upgrade to the NUTID French-door refrigerator, which is the same width as the BETRODD (30"), and has the French doors which make it easier to access things in the fridge. There are two other NUTIDS that are nearly identical: a 36" one that sells for $1,499, and a counter-depth 36" fridge, which retails for $1,799.

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The grandest IKEA refrigerator of them all, at a price of $1,899, is this NUTID French Door Refrigerator, which is 36" wide and has a water and ice dispenser in the door (really the only thing that sets it apart from the $1,499 NUTID). It has a capacity of 26 cu. ft., which means you can fit a whole lot of food in this thing.

Known Issues

One thing I came across a lot when looking at online reviews of IKEA refrigerators was that people have experienced problems with the ice makers (something that was borne out by the comments on this post). So if an ice maker is a particularly important feature to you, that's something to keep in mind.

Shipping

Another thing to keep in mind when looking at IKEA appliances is that the prices don't include shipping. If you are able to pick up your refrigerator from a local IKEA, it's free, but if you need delivery the prices start at $99, and go up from there depending on how far you are from a store. Stores like Home Depot, Lowes, and others will often ship appliances for free, so that's worth factoring that in when you compare prices. (Of course, if you're already ordering (and paying delivery fees) for a kitchen from IKEA, this is less of an issue.)

Here's a little more reading you can do about individual models:

Do you have an IKEA refrigerator? What has your experience been?

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