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Choice consumer experts reveal the best and worst purchases of household goods from IKEA

Choice consumer experts have revealed the best and worst household items to buy from IKEA – and it’s good news if you’re looking for a new bed and a good night’s sleep.

The leading consumer advocacy group revealed that while the Swedish store is often “ a hit with a huge range of high-quality, functional products, ” there are a few items to avoid as well.

From wall ovens to refrigerators, cots and high chairs, FEMAIL reveals the products you should invest in from IKEA – and the products you should miss.

Choice consumer experts have revealed the best and worst household items to buy at IKEA (stock image)

Choice consumer experts have revealed the best and worst household items to buy at IKEA (stock image)

Choice's home expert Peter Zaluzny said that IKEA offers a 'solid' range of mattresses (photo), all of which have additional advantages over other brands

Choice's home expert Peter Zaluzny said that IKEA offers a 'solid' range of mattresses (photo), all of which have additional advantages over other brands

Choice’s home expert Peter Zaluzny said that IKEA offers a ‘solid’ range of mattresses (photo), all of which have additional advantages over other brands

WHAT ARE THE GOOD BUYS FROM IKEA?

Mattresses

Overall, the experts at Choice found it quite difficult to go wrong with a Swedish store mattress.

Their home expert Peter Zaluzny said that IKEA offers a ‘solid’ range of mattresses, all of which have additional advantages over other brands.

“IKEA’s one-year free trial is three times longer than that of Koala or Sleeping Duck, and their warranty lasts a whopping 25 years, and it’s easy to try every mattress in the store before entering the free trial,” Peter. Choice.

Another plus around the mattresses is that there are plenty of models to choose from depending on what your sleeping style is.

Choice recently tested six of IKEA’s mattresses, which range in price from $ 349 to $ 699.

As many as four out of six items scored a Choice recommendation from the experts.

However, there is one IKEA mattress that Choice experts said you should avoid because of problems with ‘sagging over time, improper firmness, and poor sweat-resistant score.’

This is the IKEA Hokkåsen, which only scored 60 percent in testing, but costs $ 599.

Choice said right IKEA models include the Fillan, Eva and Hidrasund models.

Mattresses for cots

The second item that the experts said you should definitely buy from IKEA is a crib mattress as more than half of the products they reviewed were recommended.

“We test cot mattresses for safety, including firmness and dimensional accuracy, and of the 39 we reviewed, we recommend more than half,” Choice said.

Four models scored almost perfect scores.

These were the IKEA Drommande ($ 149), the IKEA Krummelur ($ 99), the IKEA Pelleplutt ($ 49), and the IKEA Skonast 603.485.35 ($ 99).

The Drommande is the best buy, with an astonishing 100 percent score.

Antelop high chair

The IKEA Antilop high chair (photo) costs just $ 24.99, but is inexpensive and lightweight

The IKEA Antilop high chair (photo) costs just $ 24.99, but is inexpensive and lightweight

The IKEA Antilop high chair (photo) costs just $ 24.99, but is inexpensive and lightweight

If you’re looking for a new highchair for your baby, look no further than the Antilop model, which Choice found a bargain that does the job.

The highchair costs just $ 24.99 and is inexpensive and lightweight, making it perfect for babies and for exercise.

“The IKEA high chair is simplicity and function combined in one affordable piece of baby equipment,” said a Choice member.

“Anyone I know who has bought a cheap IKEA highchair as a ‘backup’ at grandma’s or a vacation home has quickly thrown out their picky, expensive seat in favor of this one.”

The budget purchase also has an impressive four and a half star rating online.

Choice experts were impressed by the performance of IKEA's wall ovens and hobs at modest prices (the Kulinarisk oven in the photo)

Choice experts were impressed by the performance of IKEA's wall ovens and hobs at modest prices (the Kulinarisk oven in the photo)

Choice experts were impressed by the performance of IKEA’s wall ovens and hobs at modest prices (the Kulinarisk oven in the photo)

Kitchen wall ovens and hobs

Choice experts were impressed by the performance of IKEA’s wall ovens and hobs at modest prices, and said there are plenty of quality options when it comes to hobs in their gas, ceramic and induction ranges.

Ovens can be expensive, but IKEA’s products range between $ 1,000 and $ 3,000, meaning there’s something for every budget.

One of their best-selling ovens is the Kulnarisk model, which costs $ 999.

Choice recommends to be wary of IKEA's cots, as reviews 'vary in particular in terms of quality, ease of use and safety' (the Stuva model in the photo)

Choice recommends to be wary of IKEA's cots, as reviews 'vary in particular in terms of quality, ease of use and safety' (the Stuva model in the photo)

Choice recommends to be wary of IKEA’s cots, as reviews ‘vary in particular in terms of quality, ease of use and safety’ (the Stuva model in the photo)

WHAT ARE THE ITEMS YOU NEED TO NOTE AT IKEA?

IKEA cots

Choice recommends to be wary of IKEA’s cots, as reviews ‘vary in particular in terms of quality, ease of use and safety’.

If there’s one item you shouldn’t buy, their experts said it’s the IKEA Stuva bed ($ 409), which is extremely difficult to assemble and had a ‘minor safety flaw.’

Choice also advises you to be wary of the IKEA dishwashers, especially the Lagan model ($ 279; pictured)

Choice also advises you to be wary of the IKEA dishwashers, especially the Lagan model ($ 279; pictured)

Choice also advises you to be wary of the IKEA dishwashers, especially the Lagan model ($ 279; pictured)

IKEA dishwasher

Choice also advises that you be wary of the IKEA dishwashers, especially the Lagan model ($ 279), which “ delivers mid-road performance with limited features, ” said product expert Ashley Iredale.

“It does the job and doesn’t cost much. However, it is relatively noisy and expensive to run, ”he said.

Finally, Choice had a category for the items to avoid - including the Nedkyld refrigerator ($ 799; pictured)

Finally, Choice had a category for the items to avoid - including the Nedkyld refrigerator ($ 799; pictured)

Finally, Choice had a category for the items to avoid – including the Nedkyld refrigerator ($ 799; pictured)

WHAT ARE THE ITEMS YOU NEED TO AVOID FROM IKEA?

IKEA Nedkyld refrigerator

Finally, Choice had a category for the items to avoid – including the Nedkyld refrigerator ($ 799), which failed the energy test, meaning it uses far more electricity than it claims on its energy label.

Their experts found that freezing temperatures changed by 10 degrees Celsius depending on the outdoor conditions, meaning your food doesn’t last that long.

While this nursery purchase may be cheap at $ 249, Choice experts said you should definitely not buy it as it has a whopping 199 pieces to assemble (photo)

While this nursery purchase may be cheap at $ 249, Choice experts said you should definitely not buy it as it has a whopping 199 pieces to assemble (photo)

While this nursery purchase may be cheap at $ 249, Choice experts said you should definitely not buy it as it has a whopping 199 pieces to assemble (photo)

IKEA Sundvik chest of drawers

While this nursery purchase may be cheap at $ 249, Choice’s experts said you definitely shouldn’t buy it as it has a whopping 199 pieces to assemble and also failed their internal stability test.

Expert Kim said, “This switch table is a recipe for trouble and is best avoided. The hinges used to unfold the table can buckle if not secured.

“Parents are clearly busy and likely to open the table and change their child without locking the hinges, making them weaker and more likely to break.”

For more information about Choice, click here.

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