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Best kitchen brands

Ikea kitchens

By Liz Ransome-Croker

Article 9 of 13

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Find out what Ikea kitchen owners think of its kitchens and customer service, and whether its kitchen units made it as Best Buys.

As well as sending kitchens to our lab for testing, we've also surveyed thousands of kitchen company customers to help you choose between top-name brands, including Ikea, Wickes and B&Q.

The brand with a unit in first place gained an overall score of 79%. This combines our lab assessments, and durability and customer service ratings from customers, as well as their overall levels of satisfaction.

Which? members can log in now to unlock the tables below and see how Ikea was rated by its customers and our experts in the lab. You can also read comments from Ikea kitchen owners.

If you're not a Which? member, you can join Which? to see this, plus reviews of thousands of products, from washing machines to ovens. 

This will also give you access to our best and worst kitchen brands page to see how Ikea compares to its rivals.

Ikea kitchen units 

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Ikea kitchen unit lab test results
Unit Lab score Quality Loading shelves, drawers and doors Drawers and runners Hinges
Metod Subscriber only content Subscriber only content Subscriber only content Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Ratings are overall and encompass a number of different assessments

Alongside our survey, we also assessed kitchen units in lab conditions to see whether they're worthy of a Best Buy logo.

When these were combined with ratings from our survey, brands need to score more than 70% overall to be in with the chance of a Best Buy award.

To find out more about exactly how we assessed kitchen units in our lab, and the other areas the Metod units did well in, see our page on how we test kitchen units.

Ikea customer satisfaction survey results  

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Ikea kitchens survey ratings
Customer score Subscriber only content
Customer service Subscriber only content
Durability Subscriber only content
Value for money Subscriber only content

In our survey, we asked people how satisfied they are with the brand and whether they would recommend it to a friend. We then combine these to create an overall customer score.

We also asked customers to rate specific elements, including value for money and durability, on a seven-point scale from very poor to excellent.

Visit our page on the best and worst kitchen brands to see how Ikea kitchens compare with other brands.

Ikea kitchen doors, worktops and drawers 

Ikea kitchen doors, worktops and drawers
Quality of doors Quality of worktops Durability of doors Durability of worktops Durability of drawers
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We also asked people to rate the durability of different components of the kitchen they bought, as well as quality of worktops and doors.

Visit our kitchen units, doors and worktops page to find out about the quality of different materials for doors, worktops an units, as rated by kitchen owners.

Ikea kitchens installation 

Ikea kitchens customer installation ratings
Customer score Arranging Speed Installation quality and finish Mess during and after installation Keeping to arranged times Communication Resolving problems
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This year, for the first time, we were able to rate Ikea's installation service as enough of the people we spoke to used its service.

Also, when we sent the kitchens to the lab, they all had to be installed. If they were flat-pack, like with Ikea's units, they also had to be built.

Log in or join Which? to see what Ikea's customers had to say about the service, and read analysis from our lab assessments to get insider knowledge on how easy Ikea's units are to install.

You can also visit our kitchen installation page to see how Ikea's star ratings companies to the other brands we were able to rate, including John Lewis and Wren Kitchens.

Ikea kitchens customer comments 

As well as rating the brands, we asked customers to give us more details about their experiences. 

Log in now to find out what Ikea's customer had to say about the brand. If you're not a member, join Which? to gain access to this and all our expert advice and reviews across the site.

Ikea kitchens and services 

Click through our gallery to see a range of Ikea kitchens across different styles, including modern and traditional kitchens.

Ikea kitchens sit at the lower end of the price scale compared with other kitchen brands. Most Ikea kitchens are more contemporary than traditional, with many in white or wood effect. 

Ikea has a kitchen system called Metod, which Ikea says 'gives you complete freedom to personalise your kitchen layout, style and functionality, whatever your size of room or budget'.

Cost of a mid-range B&Q kitchen: Log in now to discover the price of a mid-range Ikea kitchen when we went undercover to visit each brand to ask for a specific kitchen layout in summer 2017.

This will also unlock Ikea’s scores, as well as our kitchen costs page, where you can see how Ikea compares on price with other kitchen brands and how we collected these prices. You can also find out how much the average kitchen costs and read our tips on how to keep costs down.

Planning/design service: Free design service in store, or you can have a home visit (at extra cost) where the designer will measure up and advise as to what is best for you. Ikea offers free kitchen planning software that can be accessed online at home. 

Installation: Optional fitting service at extra cost. It's not carried out by Ikea installers, but is organised by Ikea. All Ikea units come ready to self-assemble.

Kitchen appliances, flooring and tiles: Large kitchen appliances from a couple of brands, fitted at extra cost - visit our home appliances page to find the best appliances for you. Ikea doesn't supply kitchen flooring or tiles. 

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