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Updated: 7 Mar 2022

Ikea kitchens review: units, costs, and installation

Ikea says it has kitchen ideas for every style, space and budget. Find out how customers rate Ikea kitchens for value for money and see how they stood up to our lab assessments.
Sarah Ingrams

Ikea's kitchen range includes modern, traditional and shaker styles in a range of colours and finishes, including gloss and matt.

Most Ikea kitchens are more contemporary than traditional, with many in white or wood effect.

Ikea says its Metod kitchen 'gives you complete freedom to personalise your kitchen layout, style and functionality, whatever your size of room or budget'. The Enhet kitchens offer a 'more flexible solution', Ikea says, and is designed to be disassembled and reassembled when you move.

Our survey of more than 3,000 who bought a new kitchen in the past 10 years, and our lab assessment of Ikea's kitchens, will help you decide whether an Ikea kitchen is right for you.

Ikea Bodbyn dark green kitchen
Ikea Bodbyn dark green kitchen

Which? members can log in to reveal Ikea's ratings, according to our lab assessment and its customers. If you're not yet a Which? member, you can join Which? to see all our fitted kitchen reviews.

See the Best and worst kitchen brands page to see how Ikea compares with other kitchen brands.

Ikea kitchens: units

Two Ikea kitchens – Enhet and Metod – were assessed by our lab. These base units can be combined with a range of doors, finishes and colours to create the kitchen you want.

Log in now to reveal the results in this table and all the information on the page. 

Ikea kitchen unit lab assessment results
UnitLab overall scoreQuality of unitsLoading shelvesDrawers and runnersHinges

Ratings are overall and encompass a number of different assessments.

Find out how we test kitchen units.

Ikea kitchens: customer survey ratings

We spoke to more than 200 people who have bought Ikea kitchens to reveal how its customer service and kitchens compare with other brands.

Log in to see what Ikea customers think of its kitchens and the process of buying a kitchen from Ikea.

Ikea kitchens: survey ratings
Customer score
Design and planning
Customer service
Quality of cupboards, doors, drawers and worktops
Quality of finish
How well cupboards, doors, drawers and worktops lasted
Value for money

Ikea kitchens: doors, worktops and drawers

We also asked Ikea customers to rate the how well different components of the kitchen lasted, as well as quality of worktops and doors they chose. 

Visit our kitchen units, doors and worktops page to find out about the quality of different materials for doors, worktops and units, and what would work best in your kitchen.

Ikea Stensund beige kitchen
Ikea Stensund beige kitchen

Ikea kitchens: installation

Ikea says its kitchens are designed to be installed by you, and its new Enhet range is fitted together using just your hands, by clicking parts into place. 

Ikea also has a kitchen installation service or you can choose your own installer to fit your Ikea kitchen.

Use Which? Trusted Traders to find a kitchen fitter near you.

When we sent the kitchens to the lab, they were built and installed as part of our assessment. Our lab analysis reveals insider knowledge on how easy Ikea's units are to install.

Log in or join Which? to see what Ikea's customers had to say about the service and insight from our kitchen assessment.

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Ikea kitchens: costs and services

How much does an Ikea kitchen cost?

Log in 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.

Then check our guide to new kitchen costs to see how much you should expect to spend on a new kitchen, depending on how big it is and whether you're looking for standard or top-of-the-range fittings.

Does Ikea have a kitchen planner/design service?

There is a free kitchen-planning service in store. During your two-hour appointment, you'll work with an Ikea kitchen specialist to create your dream kitchen, it says.

You can have your planning appointment over video call instead. The planner will share their screen so you can see your kitchen design take shape.

You'll need to measure your space before your appointment but, if you're ready, you can order your kitchen as part of your appointment.

Ikea also offers free online kitchen-planning software.

Does Ikea install kitchens?

Ikea offers an 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 and Ikea says they're designed to be installed by you.

If you'd prefer a professional to fit your kitchen, use Which? Trusted Traders to find a kitchen installer near you.

Does Ikea sell kitchen appliances, flooring and tiles?

It sells large kitchen appliances from a couple of brands, fitted at extra cost. Ikea doesn't supply kitchen flooring or tiles.