The IKEA Kitchen Systems That Are Actually Worth Buying

If you don't mind assembling your own furniture –- or if you simply want to be able to dine on Swedish meatballs and lingonberry jam mid-shopping trip –- then where better to go than IKEA? Known for its inexpensive and ready-to-assemble home furnishing products with a practical Scandinavian aesthetic, IKEA is a popular destination for those looking to outfit their home in style while also on a budget.

While shopping at IKEA can help you furnish your pad for less, a home renovation is not typically something that you can get for cheap -– especially in the kitchen. In fact, Element Home Remodeling says that this room is by far one of the most expensive parts of the house to renovate. Fortunately, IKEA's popular kitchen systems can help you pull off your remodel for less without sacrificing style. To that end, here's which IKEA kitchen systems are actually worth the investment.

The most popular kitchen system at IKEA

IKEA says that their SEKTION kitchen system ranks as their most popular and versatile, as it's offered in the widest range of colors, sizes, finishes, and prices. The SEKTION has 21 different styles of doors and drawer fronts, and with so many possible configurations and layouts, it allows you to customize and personalize your kitchen without paying the price for custom cabinetry.

A 2019 satisfaction study by J.D. Power pitted the SEKTION kitchen cabinets against eight other cabinet brands and ranked it based on five measured standards of quality and performance. The SEKTION cabinets received the highest ranking, with IKEA noting that this is the fifth time in eight years that this kitchen system has earned one of the top two spots on the list. The SEKTION also comes with a 25-year warranty, providing you with added peace of mind that your system will stand the test of time.

The best IKEA kitchen system for small spaces

Not only is IKEA a popular destination for those on a budget, it's also a good option for those with limited space. In stores, shoppers are shown mock rooms of varying square footage using IKEA furniture and storage solutions, and many people use these as inspiration for their own homes. To that end, the EHNET kitchen system is a great solution for those looking for big style with limited room to move around in.

The EHNET system was designed specifically for small spaces, and is relatively easy to configure and assemble, making it ideal for those who don't have room to lay out a lot of pieces and tools during assembly. And while this kitchen system comes with few color options and finishes for doors and cabinets, the practical and straightforward design makes it a good addition to a small space without overwhelming it.