What to Buy at Ikea
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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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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, and which ones experts and buyers say you should leave on the shelves.

Prices and availability are subject to change.

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Poäng Chair
Ikea

Buy: Poäng Chair

Price: Starting at $79
Buy It
The Poäng is a longtime staple of Ikea's furniture lineup, with good reason: It boasts a minimalist design, durable bent-birch frame, sub-$100 price tag, and several color choices. This is not necessarily a chair you can curl up in, but owners say it’s sturdy and surprisingly comfortable.

Related: How to Create a Home Office From Ikea Under $200

Spring Mattresses
Ikea

Skip: Spring Mattresses

Price: Starting at $120
Topping out at just a bit over $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: Starting at $169
Buy It
Wool rugs aren't cheap, but the Stockholm comes close. This flat-woven centerpiece of Ikea's rug lineup starts at $169 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: Starting at $170
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: $99
Buy It
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: $179
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: $2
Buy It
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: $10
The Myskgräs comforter is almost impossibly cheap; the twin size is just $8. 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.”

Eldig Cooktop
Ikea

Buy: Eldig Cooktop

Price: $349
Buy It
They're often overlooked, but appliances are among Ikea's offerings. According to Reviewed.com, the four-burner gas Eldig cooktop is identical to a Whirlpool version that sells for $419 at Home Depot. That makes this 30-inch, stainless steel model a great budget buy. It's also backed by a five-year warranty, compared with a one-year warranty on the Whirlpool.

Klippan Loveseat
Ikea

Skip: Klippan Loveseat

Price: $249
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: $1.49
Buy It
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: $249
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: $8
Buy It
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, organizing cutting boards, crafts, and even mail.

Bekant Sit-Stand Desk
Ikea

Skip: Bekant Sit-Stand Desk

Price: Starting at $399
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: $5
Buy It
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: Starting at $30
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: $30
Buy It
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: $3
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: $20
Buy It
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.

Algot Closet Storage
Ikea

Skip: Algot Closet Storage

Price: Starting at $32
A tidier closet is an admirable goal, but Ikea's Algot closet organizers may not be the way to achieve it. Consumer Reports testers were unimpressed with the Ikea system, saying the directions were lacking, drawers didn't fit well, baskets didn't glide on their tracks, and crucial parts were missing.

Marjun Blackout Curtains
Ikea

Buy: Marjun Blackout Curtains

Price: $50
Buy It
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.

Glasholm Tabletop
Ikea

Skip: Glasholm Tabletop

Price: $59
This glass surface can be combined with a number of different legs, trestles, and drawer units to create a custom desk or table. But multiple buyers have reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission that the glass tabletop “exploded” and caused injury. Ikea's own product page warns, “A damaged edge or scratched surface can cause the glass to suddenly crack or break.” The reports of this happening are scarce but alarming enough that consumers may want to opt for a different tabletop.

Solbo Table Lamp
Ikea

Buy: Solbo Table Lamp

Price: $17
Buy It
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: $599
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: $9
Buy It
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: $20
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: Starting at $39
Buy It
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: Starting at $429
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: Starting at $25
Buy It
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: $17
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: Starting at $40
Buy It
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.

Flottig Lunch Box
Ikea

Skip: Flottig Lunch Box

Price: $6
A $6 Bento-style lunch box sounds wonderful, but Ikea’s just doesn’t cut it for daily use, reviewers say. Many owners complain that it can be hard to open and close, and the components just don’t fit together all that well. Others say the latches pop open way too easily, allowing for leaks, and the box broke in drop tests by Wirecutter.

365+ Glasses
Ikea

Buy: 365+ Glasses

Price: $7
Buy It
Glassware doesn’t need to break the bank, and at just 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: $13
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.”

Billy Bookcase
Ikea

Buy: Billy Bookcase

Price: Starting at $29
Buy It
One of Ikea’s top-selling items of all time, the Billy bookcase even inspired its own financial index, used by Bloomberg to gauge purchasing power in different countries. Owners appreciate that it’s easy to assemble, roomy, and, most of all, inexpensive compared with other bookshelves. It also comes in a ton of different sizes, including varieties with glass panels and doors.

Gigantisk Trash Can
Ikea

Skip: Gigantisk Trash Can

Price: $30
Plenty of owners love the look of this generously sized square trash can, but there are too many functional annoyances. Several reviewers say full bags of trash get stuck inside the bin, and others complain that the awkward 16-gallon size is too big for standard 13-gallon kitchen trash bags. Still others report that bags rip and the lid latch is flimsy.

Rens Sheepskin
Ikea

Buy: Rens Sheepskin

Price: $30
Buy It
What better place to get supplies for a trendy hygge design than Ikea? The Scandinavian retailer delivers with the Rens 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: $20
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: $279
Buy It
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: $5
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: $15
Buy It
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.

Troligtvis Travel Mug
Ikea

Skip: Troligtvis Travel Mug

Price: $2
The price tag of this travel mug seems suspiciously low, it’s because it’s basically a glorified cup with a lid. Unlike most travel mugs, there isn’t any sort of insulation to keep your drink hot or cold, and it holds a measly 10 ounces. It might be a better pick for your toddler’s juice cup.

Ofelia Vass Duvet Cover
Ikea

Buy: Ofelia Vass Duvet Cover

Price: $40
Buy It
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.

Knopparp Sofa
Ikea

Skip: Knopparp Sofa

Price: $149
Just one look at this sofa is probably enough to dash any hopes that it will be the least bit comfortable. Even buyers who rate it well confirm it’s not a place to sit more than occasionally. Those who don’t rate it well are a little more blunt. “Your butt will get sore,” one reviewer warns.

Torkis Laundry Basket
Ikea

Buy: Torkis Laundry Basket

Price: $8
Buy It
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.

Nutid Microwave Oven
Ikea

Skip: Nutid Microwave Oven

Price: $699
Buyers have a litany of complaints about this relatively pricey microwave. Some say it’s underpowered, others complain that the features are too basic for the price, and still others report that it broke not long after purchase.

Cirkustält Children’s Tent
Ikea

Buy: Cirkustält Children’s Tent

Price: $20
Buy It
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: $3
Buy It
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.

Tartsmet Dish Brush
Ikea

Skip: Tartsmet Dish Brush

Price: $2
A good soap-filled scrubber is a kitchen-sink staple, but reviewers say this one is anything but. Numerous buyers report that it tends to leak, wasting all that precious dish soap in between uses.