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25 Ikea Products To Buy – and 25 To Skip

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What to Buy at Ikea
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What to Buy and Skip at Ikea

Ikea has a well-deserved reputation for outfitting homes (and filling bellies) on the cheap, with a dash of Nordic style. But even Scandinavian engineering and modern design can’t make every product a winner. Sometimes, you just get what you pay for. Keep reading to find out which Ikea products are tried-and-true hits — like the iconic Billy bookcase, which is getting a sustainability-minded redesign this year — and which ones experts and buyers say you should leave on the shelves.


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Billy Bookcase
Ikea

Buy: Billy Bookcase

Price: $39 and up

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One of Ikea’s top-selling items of all time with 120 million sold since 1978, the Billy bookcase even inspired its own financial index, used by Bloomberg to gauge purchasing power in different countries. It's getting a makeover in 2022, with new sustainable materials, new colors to choose from, and an easier-to-assemble back panel that will also make it easier to dissemble and move, prolonging the life of the product. Owners appreciate that it’s roomy and inexpensive compared with other bookshelves. It also comes in a ton of different sizes, including varieties with glass panels and doors.


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Poäng Chair
Ikea
Spring Mattresses
Ikea

Skip: Spring Mattresses

Price: $129 and up


Topping out around $1,000 for a king size, there's no denying that Ikea's spring mattresses are budget-friendly. But our research into the best mattresses advises caution. In expert reviews on sites like Sleep Like the Dead and feedback from hundreds of consumers, Ikea's spring mattresses rank lower than average in consumer satisfaction, and owners complain about excessive sagging.

Stockholm Rug
Ikea

Buy: Stockholm Rug

Price: $200 and up
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Wool rugs aren't cheap, but the Stockholm comes close. This flat-woven centerpiece of Ikea's rug lineup starts at $200 for a 5-foot-7 by 7-foot-10 size. Fortunately, the quality is better than the price might suggest. Product-testing site Wirecutter raves that it's softer than other budget picks, and the popular black-and-white-stripe version of the rug is quickly becoming a design classic.

Pax Wardrobes
Ikea

Skip: Pax Wardrobes

Price: $120 and up


Pax wardrobes are tempting for anyone with limited closet space, and they’re an inexpensive way to add storage. But Good Housekeeping testers note a number of cons, including tricky assembly, an inconsistent finish, and misaligned pieces. The particleboard frames are also unlikely to survive a move.

Gulliver Crib
Ikea

Buy: Gulliver Crib

Price: $150
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For Apartment Therapy readers, this crib's simple lines make it a no-brainer in any modern nursery. Reviewers on Ikea’s website also give it near-perfect marks, praising the ease of assembly and sturdiness. (If you're worried that a cheap crib won't be safe, don't be: All models sold in the United States have to meet the same guidelines.)

Malm Dressers
Ikea

Skip: Malm Dressers

Price: $200 and up


Malm dressers are roomy and inexpensive, but Ikea recalled several million of them after they fell and killed at least eight children. Ikea settled with families and now includes wall anchors with Malm dressers, but it still may be wise to steer clear of this top-heavy design, especially if you don’t want to drill holes in your wall to keep the dresser stable.

Kalas Children's Dishes
Ikea

Buy: Kalas Children’s Dishes

Price: $3
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Reviewers give the Kalas line of kids' dishes a thumbs-up, saying the colorful polypropylene pieces are perfect for small hands and child-size portions. They're fine to toss in the microwave and dishwasher, and they're super-cheap to replace, too.

Myskgräs Comforter
Ikea

Skip: Myskgräs Comforter

Price: $9


The Myskgräs comforter is almost impossibly cheap; the twin size is just $7. Ikea acknowledges that it has less filling than a typical comforter — it’s meant for hot sleepers or warm weather. Still, Amazon reviewers say there are just too many downsides: It shifts around too much inside a duvet cover; the polypropylene fabric is scratchy; and the durability is questionable at best. One review on the Ikea site says the comforter is “thin as a sheet.”

Neddragen Cooktop
Ikea

Buy: Neddragen Cooktop

Price: $549

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They're often overlooked, but appliances are among Ikea's offerings. This four burner, glass ceramic cooktop features a consistent cooking surface and comes with a five-year warranty. According to reviewers, the cooktop offers straightforward installation at a great price point.

Klippan Loveseat
Ikea

Skip: Klippan Loveseat

Price: $319 and up


Despite its perennial popularity, the Klippan loveseat is just not all that comfortable — at least not for a session of binge-watching your favorite show, testers say. Although they appreciate the clean lines and support for your backside, the awkward backrest and hard foam make the Klippan best for kids or spaces where it won't see heavy, prolonged use.

Frakta Bag
Ikea

Buy: Frakta Bag

Price: $1

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Could one of the best buys at Ikea be its iconic blue shopping bag? According to many shoppers, the answer is a resounding yes. They say the reusable polypropylene tote is roomy enough for very bulky items like pillows and blankets, strong enough for heavy groceries, and a cinch to wipe down. It even had a designer imitator that cost over $2,000.

Hemnes Bed
Ikea

Skip: Hemnes Bed

Price:  $259 and up

The Hemnes line is certainly priced right, with classic styling that draws buyers in. While reviewers praise the dressers, the bed frame gets much poorer marks. It just isn't built to last, owners say, with flimsy material that can't handle the weight of a mattress and a couple of adults night after night.

Variera Pot Lid Organizer
Ikea

Buy: Variera Pot Lid Organizer

Price: $7

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The genius of this cheap stainless steel pot-lid holder is that it's adjustable from just over 3 inches long to almost 20 inches based on the depth of a cabinet or drawer. Happy owners say it holds lids of all sizes securely without causing unsightly scratches, and many report finding other uses for it, like organizing cutting boards, crafts, and even mail.

Bekant Sit-Stand Desk
Ikea

Skip: Bekant Sit-Stand Desk

Price: $499 and up

Bekant sit-stand desks are relatively inexpensive, but reviewers say the low price is the biggest thing they have going for them. Unhappy owners say the surface starts to wobble and jiggle at medium heights. The weight capacity is only 154 pounds — not terribly impressive compared with other sit-stand desks.

Bekväm Spice Rack
Ikea

Buy: Bekväm Spice Rack

Price: $7
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Sure, you can use it for its intended purpose, but the wooden Bekväm spice rack has ricocheted around the web with dozens of other uses. Good Housekeeping has a nice roundup, showing the spice rack as a bookshelf, a jewelry hanger, and a toiletry holder in the bathroom, among other things.

Lack Coffee Table
Ikea

Skip: Lack Coffee Table

Price: $35 and up

Ikea's Lack tables are popular for their simple design and low price, but even happy owners caution that they're not built to last. While a Lack may suffice as a sparsely used side table, it probably isn't the best choice for a heavily used coffee table. BuzzFeed shows why — it's not exactly wood on the inside.

Råskog Utility Cart
Ikea

Buy: Råskog Utility Cart

Price: $40
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Owners have high praise for the rolling, three-tiered Råskog cart. They say the powder-coated steel is surprisingly strong for the price, and the cart is versatile enough to use practically anywhere — a small bathroom, a playroom, a craft room, or anywhere else that needs some additional organization.

Legitim Chopping Board
Ikea

Skip: Legitim Chopping Board

Price: $4


Although the Legitim chopping board is temptingly cheap, opting for one of Ikea's higher-priced cutting boards may pay off, experts say. The thin polyethylene is bendable and susceptible to marks and gouges from a sharp knife, Wirecutter testers found.

Antilop Highchair
Ikea

Buy: Antilop Highchair

Price: $25
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Babies are expensive, so the price tag alone makes parents swoon over the Antilop highchair. But that's not all there is to like. Assembly is simple, the tray snaps on and off easily, and a lack of padded nooks and crannies makes the chair easy to wipe clean. It outperforms highchairs 10 times its price, according to Wirecutter.

Jonaxel Closet Storage
Ikea

Skip: Jonaxel Closet Storage

Price: $35 and up

A tidier closet is an admirable goal, but Ikea's Jonaxel closet organizers may not be the way to achieve it. Users reported ill-fitting drawers, frustrating assembly, and flimsy pieces. 

Marjun Blackout Curtains
Ikea

Buy: Marjun Blackout Curtains

Price: $60
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Reasonably priced Marjun curtains are a good deal compared with many other blackout panels. The 98-inch length can be hemmed, and Wirecutter testers confirm that the particularly tight polyester weave blocks out plenty of light.

Hauga Wardrobe
Ikea

Skip: Hauga Wardrobe

Price: $250


Though it's sleek and compact, the Hauga Wardrobe might not be the best addition to your home. Buyers note that the sliding doors don't line up the way they should, and that the included mounts meant to support the shelves are too flimsy. 

Solbo Table Lamp
Ikea

Buy: Solbo Table Lamp

Price: $20

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This adorable LED table lamp casts a soft, warm light that's not overly bright. In reviews, owners deem it perfect for a kid's room. The polypropylene material doesn't get hot, they say, and the lamp is billed as safety-tested and tamper-proof. It includes a light bulb estimated to last 25,000 hours.

Friheten Sleeper Sectional
Ikea

Skip: Friheten Sleeper Sectional

Price: $699


In Ikea’s hit-and-miss world of upholstered furniture, this one is definitely a miss, owners say. The durability and comfort are both in question, with complaints about sunken cushions and a lumpy, stiff sleeping surface. “Lord help you if you’re over 30 and have to sleep on it for an extended period of time,” one reviewer warns.

Pudda Basket
Ikea

Buy: Pudda Basket

Price: $11

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Tired of utilitarian storage options? The soft fabric Pudda basket is equal parts style and practicality, and it’s perfectly sized for the Ikea Kallax and other modular shelves.

Fixa Cordless Screwdriver
Ikea

Skip: Fixa Cordless Screwdriver

Price: $25


Ikea probably doesn’t spring to mind when you think of where to buy power tools. The Fixa screwdriver is easy on the wallet, but several buyers complain that it just doesn’t have the power to handle anything beyond the lightest of household projects. Entry-level models at Home Depot and Lowe’s aren’t much pricier and get better reviews.

Kallax Shelves
Ikea

Buy: Kallax Shelves

Price: $45 and up
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This shelving unit is one of Ikea’s most beloved products for good reason. The Kallax series has clean lines and infinite possibilities — Apartment Therapy shows how buyers have turned it into a room divider, shoe organizer, and more. Owners say the shelves are quite sturdy and they appreciate the number of compatible bins and inserts that can customize the cubbies.

Brimnes Bed
Ikea

Skip: Brimnes Bed

Price: $499 and up


With an abundance of built-in storage, the Brimnes seems like a great choice for any space-challenged bedroom or studio apartment. But assembly is complicated, owners say, including a headboard that has to be bolted to the wall. There are also plenty of complaints about the stability of the bed frame and drawers that stick.

Äpplarö Patio Furniture
Ikea

Buy: Äpplarö Patio Furniture

Price: $25 and up

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Anyone who’s shopped for patio furniture lately can tell you that outdoor living can get pretty expensive. Ikea’s Äpplarö line comes in a ton of well-priced configurations. It’s made out of solid acacia wood, and although it’s not as impervious to the elements as teak, Wirecutter says it’s still plenty sturdy and should last if you’re willing to spend a little time annually on maintenance.

Fargmara Sheet Set
Ikea

Skip: Fargmara Sheet Set

Price: $18


This temptingly cheap 104-thread-count cotton sheet set might not be your best bet for inexpensive linens. Several reviewers complain the fabric is rough (“like sandpaper,” one says) while others remark on the thinness.

Trofast Storage
Ikea

Buy: Trofast Storage

Price: $33 and up

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The sturdy Trofast storage system is almost legendary among parents who need a convenient place to organize toys. Like most of Ikea’s best buys, it’s endlessly customizable. The sliding plastic bins, available in three sizes, are particularly good at corralling Legos and other small toys.

Pruta Food Container
Ikea

Skip: Pruta Food Containers

Price: $7


Ikea nails a lot of its kitchen storage, but the Pruta Food Containers are another story. Yes, they're affordable at $7 for 17 pieces, but users find that they leak, are incredibly flimsy, and have ill-fitting tops. You'd be better off spending more on glass food containers.

365+ Glasses
Ikea

Buy: 365+ Glasses

Price: $8 per six pack
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Glassware doesn’t need to break the bank, and at slightly over a buck a glass, these simple 15-ounce tumblers are a particularly good value. They inspire raves from owners who say they’re sturdy, but if you need expert proof, they survived drop tests better than much pricier glasses in Wirecutter testing.

Hornen Shower Curtain Rod
Ikea

Skip: Hornen Shower Curtain Rod

Price: $15

A shower curtain rod that can’t hold up a shower curtain? Unfortunately, it seems that you may get what you pay for with the Hornen. Although some owners say it looks nice, many complain that it doesn’t have enough tension. “The rod doesn’t stay up for longer than a day or two no matter what you do,” one buyer fumes in a review. “Useless product.”

Knodd Bin
Ikea

Skip: Knodd Bin

Price: $25


This 11-gallon bin has plenty of room for trash, but there's a lot to be desired. The lid doesn't fit well, some users say, making it easy for animals to rummage through the bin, and some of the bolts become loose after a short while. Others note that the bin and lid develop rust quickly.

Ullerslev Sheepskin
Ikea

Buy: Ullerslev Sheepskin

Price: $40

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What better place to get supplies for a trendy hygge design than Ikea? The Scandinavian retailer delivers with the Ullerslev sheepskin, which can add instant coziness to a room as a rug, throw, or simple accent piece. Owners say it’s as soft as it looks and a fantastic value for the price.

Samla Box
Ikea

Skip: Samla Box

Price: $25


Clear plastic storage bins are wonderfully handy for anyone who needs a place to stash things. The main problem with the roomy 34-gallon Samla, owners say, is that the lid doesn’t latch. Instead, it simply sits on top of the box, making it a poor choice for buyers who want to keep their belongings more secure in a damp basement or pest-infested garage.

Strandmon Armchair
Ikea

Buy: Strandmon Armchair

Price: $269 and up
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The Strandmon has all the makings of an instant classic, including a timeless wingback look and a low price tag. It comes in several colors and patterns, and owners say it’s easy to assemble and surprisingly comfortable. They also love the style.

Trensum Mirror
Ikea

Skip: Trensum Mirror

Price: $6


How can you go wrong with a simple stainless steel stand mirror for 5 bucks? It feels as cheap as its price, owners say. They complain that assembly (yep, you have to put it together) is difficult because of poorly engineered screws, leading to a lot more frustration than something so small is worth.

Nisse Folding Chair
Ikea

Buy: Nisse Folding Chair

Price: $20

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A good folding chair is an essential for large gatherings, and The Wirecutter lauds the Nisse for its slim, lightweight, easy-to-carry design. Buyers agree, saying they’re also surprisingly sturdy.

Ikea travel mug
Ikea

Skip: Efterstrava Travel Mug

Price: $10


This silicone travel mug is sleek and compact, but users report that it's lacking in some areas. The mug features a stainless steel infusion filter for infusing beverages with tea, fruit, and other add-ons. The problem? Reviews mention that it isn't great for loose leaf tea, and that disassembling and cleaning the mug is a real chore. 

Ofelia Vass Duvet Cover
Ikea

Buy: Ofelia Vass Duvet Cover

Price: $55

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It’s hard to beat the crisp, clean look of a white duvet cover, but this beloved all-cotton option adds some texture for interest. It also washes well and holds up for the long haul, happy reviewers say.

Stocksund Sofa
Ikea

Skip: Stocksund Sofa

Price: $799 and up


The Stocksund Sofa comes in five different colors and might appeal to those looking for a small, functional piece of furniture. But users found that the quality of materials didn't match its price point, and that the cushions don't hold their shape. Luckily, Ikea has plenty of other sofas to choose from. 

Torkis Laundry Basket
Ikea

Buy: Torkis Laundry Basket

Price: $10

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Made of flexible plastic, this laundry basket also makes a great storage bin, beverage holder, and recycling bin, buyers say. Those who do like it for laundry love the lack of sharp edges and say they can squeeze it into tight places.

Valgrundad Refrigerator
Ikea

Skip: Valgrundad Refrigerator

Price: $1,299


Yes, Ikea sells refrigerators, but if you're sensitive to noise, you'd be wise to skip this option. Some users say that the fridge makes a distracting buzzing sound, while another notes that the interior looks cheap.

Cirkustält Children’s Tent
Ikea

Buy: Cirkustält Children’s Tent

Price: $25

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A good play tent is a staple for young kids, and this whimsical option inspires raves from all the parents who say it has held up well to both enthusiastic pretend play and subdued storytimes.

Smaksam Cake Decorating Set
Ikea
Muskot Plant Pot
Ikea

Buy: Muskot Plant Pot

Price: $4 and up

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Available in at least a half-dozen sizes, the Muskot is beloved for its low price point and clean, modern design that blends seamlessly with just about any decor.

Valvardad Dish Brush
Ikea

Skip: Valvardad Dish Brush

Price: $6


It may look stylish, but this eco-friendly dish brush appears to be more about aesthetic than function. Users report that the wooden head will start showing signs of water damage, and that a replacement head is difficult to clip on.