Ikea Nutid Review
Aside from its Ikea-designed exterior, this dishwasher is nothing special.
Characteristic of IKEA’s minimalist approach to home design, the Nutid 40142371 (MSRP: $649.00) is completely devoid of a brand logo, which we found refreshing. Without context there really is no way to tell who made this solid hunk of metal and plastic. It’s like the Superman of dishwashers—or rather, the Batman, because like the Caped Crusader, it’s imperfect.
Of course, we only had to turn to the owner's manual to see that the machine is actually made by Whirlpool. IKEA just slapped its name on the outside of the box and added the five year warranty.
Design & Usability
It's stainless, inside and out
The stainless steel finish looks somewhat dark, so check to see if it'll match your other appliances. It’s also not exactly impervious to fingerprints. On the hidden control panel, cycle and wash options are indicated by a blue light, and a status display on the right side reveals each stage of the wash cycle—though it's not like you can see it.
The stainless steel interior serves more of a practical function than a design feature, as it helps expedite the drying process. You can't find a dishwasher with a stainless interior for much less than $649. We were able to fit 10 place settings in the Nutid dishwasher, including a serving setting—a fairly standard score for a modern dishwasher. We don’t imagine you’ll have much trouble fitting your dishes, and the racks are designed well enough to allow for flexibility when loading.
The Nutid dishwasher offers a fairly run-of-the-mill array of options.
Features include a Sanitize option, which heats the water to a bacteria-killing temperature (155ºF in our tests); a High Temp wash, which is essentially the same thing (but not quite) as hot; and a Heated Dry, which hopefully is self-evident in what it does. There’s also a 4 Hour Delay, allowing you to postpone the start of your wash cycle. There's also a Rinse-Only cycle.
Dishes get a good clean with average energy efficiency.
Despite its lack of a quick cycle—an important component for many consumers—the Nutid boasts a very strong cleaning performance in both its Normal and Heavy cycles. In fact, Quick cycles are usually not that good at cleaning, so we doubt the addition of one would've changed our view of the Nutid very much.
When it comes to efficiency, we have no complaints. We expect that for an average consumer, the IKEA Nutid dishwasher should cost about $34.67 per year to run—not ideal, but better than other machines we've tested that edge closer to $40 per year.
We don't test how long appliances last, but it's important to note that IKEA includes five years of warranty coverage on the Nutid. That's five times longer than the industry average, and may sway your decision one way or the other.
A good value, even if it's missing some features.
The IKEA Nutid 40142371, made by Whirlpool for the Swedish furnishings giant, is a solid performer with an impressively minimalistic design. While its overall score was hurt by its lack of a quick cycle, few owners will be able to complain about its strong cleaning performance. And for an MSRP of $649.00, it’s certainly a market competitor. The five year warranty doesn’t hurt either.
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