1 year in and they're working great.Scott T.Really love these. One failed about a week after purchasing, exchanged it, and no problems with any of them since. Have three synced to one switch so they operate in unison. I've only charged the batteries once since I got them, impressed with how long a charge lasts.
Blackout effect is very good, although they're about 1/2 inch narrower than the ideal fit for blocking light in my windows with inside mount, so there's a faint light ring around the edge in an otherwise pitch black room. But with a wider outside mount that wouldn't be a problem, just wouldn't look as good in our windows.
Great for the $$Adria D.I have had 20 of these for over two years, initially some were inoperable out of the box and had to be exchanged. It was easy to pair them all on one remote (my 13 year old did it) the installation was super easy compared to other blinds I've purchased from another store, just two screws and two simple effortless clicks of the holder brackets. I've found its best to pick them up myself in the store, if I have them delivered they have a higher chance of not working on arrival... and you have 365 days to return/exchange them, so no worries!
Most of the batteries have worked for almost two years without a second charge and regular use. They have really helped with our electric bill this summer, the Texas heat has been just the same (or worse) than last summer and we've used considerably less energy to keep our home cool. I only wish they had a larger variety of sizes, I have some narrower windows that need 21-21.75" wide blinds. For the money saved, it's worth it to exchange a few!
Not worth it.John M.This is the 3rd blind that has stopped working. Fortunately the first 2 died within a few weeks of purchase. The third one died after 6 months, so I'm out of luck on this one.
I will not be purchasing their automated blinds again.
Do you like to spend money on things that break?Amanda H.After Ikea came out with white cellular blind option, I made the decision to spend the money on 3 of these. They were such a pain to set up (pair issues, remotes don’t work, multiple fights with the hub) but one I got them paired with Alexa I just used that to open and close or did manually. But six months on they no longer fully shut. Sort of defeats the purpose of blinds? Based on recent reviews looks like this is a frequent issue so buyer beware.
Not Reliable, Poor SoftwareAustin R.I’ve had these for almost a year now and have had to exchange half of them due to them breaking. Some of them need the battery charged every week. Others go up when you press the down button or vice versa. I’ve got them paired to the app and the remotes but it’s not an intuitive system. Half of my blinds get stuck half way up now and refuse to lower completely because they think they are already lowered. All in all a frustrating product. Although they do block sunlight well, these blinds need some major work. I wish I was within the 180 days to return them for good.
PerfectMason S.They make the perfect size for my window to they fit exactly in the cove. I like that they’re blackout and automatic. I did buy the hub and being able to control them with my phone is definitely convenient and nice to control away from home with HomeKit. They’ve lasted so far and I hope they continue too.
Initially great, then brokeHina U.The product did not come with screws or mounting instructions, so I had to search the internet and make several trips to the hardware store before starting to install them. The installation involves mounting two brackets, each with two screws. After adding the IKEA Home Hub, the product worked well with both the IKEA Home Smart app and Apple HomeKit. The scheduling feature, which allowed me to set the blinds to open at a specific time, was particularly useful. However, after 11 months, one end of the blinds began to break. It appears that one of the internal strings snapped, causing one side to hang down while the other side continued to function normally. As of writing this review, two out of my five blinds have broken. If you experience the same issue, I would suggest contacting IKEA support. At least the blinds are relatively easy to replace even if they do break.
BlindANGELAAbsolutely beautiful and works great. Super simple installation
Doesn't workCodiWe have several of these blinds already, but we have now received 2 of these blinds within the last 3 weeks that will not lower and raise.
Size not wide enoughRob N.This would've been perfect, except the largest size doesn't cover my smallest windows. I'm very sad to see they don't offer wider sizes, or take custom measures :(
Great looking blinds, some tech glitchesJill D.I loved these blinds when I first bought them almost 4 mos ago. They were easy to install and look good. But one of them won't go all the way down anymore - and it's impossible to tell why. I changed the battery and it didn't make a difference. I also was never able to get the remote to work so I use it manually. Maybe a good looking product with short lifespan.
Very promising after a few weeksDaniel V.The product itself is probably 4.5 stars, at least so far (we installed it maybe a few weeks ago).
- Pretty easy installation, all things considered.
- Smart home setup was pleasantly easy.
- Works with Siri/Google and remote simultaneously. (TIP: you need to connect your REMOTE to the HUB, rather than pairing it to the blinds directly).
- Remote is a clever design.
- Blinds look quite good and are affordable.
- Fabric does not let any light through.
- No screws included for mounting, and not even instructions about which screw size/thickness to get. Instructions would’ve been helpful rather than having to figure it out.
- Suuuuuuper slow, and not exactly quiet. But not terribly loud either.
- Only one color option (can’t really dock any points for that though).
- Warranty information is hard to find.
- No option to hardwire them (but I knew that, of course).
Overall conclusion: positive. Have ordered four more. Another ten to follow, maybe.
Works ONLY via remote, or app, but not bothThe blinds themselves are an excellent means for decoratively creating a blackout condition. For me that’s when I want to watch my 8’ projection TV screen without attracting curious neighbors’ attention!
The problem is that they can only be operated by either the included remote control, OR the IKEA Home Smart app. Not interchangeably. If you first pair them with the remote, followed by the app, then the remote loses its pairing and so is useless. Same is true in reverse: after successfully pairing the blinds with the app, followed by pairing with the remote, they no longer are even visible in the app, so, useless app. Boooooo IKEA!!! I’m using the newest IKEA Hub, the Dirigera, released in November 2022, but I’m returning it. Had hoped to connect it and my AppleTV via HomeKit so to operate them when not home, but they could never see/connect to each other.
Up/down isn’t fast. Takes 39 seconds to descend 44 inches. Same speed going up. Love ‘em though. Side by side gap barely 1/4”!
Great option for (relatively) inexpensive smart shades.CHRISTOPHER C.I purchased 10 of these for 3 different rooms in my house. I already have a lot of the IKEA smart home products so I'm already in their Home Smart ecosystem and these are cheaper than a lot of other options.
Installing them in the windows was very easy, just a couple screws for the brackets and the shades clip right in. Setting them up in the IKEA app was fairly simple, but it took a while and there was a couple hiccups.
They do a good job blocking light from outside with just a little bleed around the edges. If the measurements matched my windows better or if I could resize the blinds to fit better then there would be less light coming in around the edges.
They're not insanely loud, but they do make noise when they open and close. Enough noise to freak out my dogs. If I have all 10 opening or closing at the same it sounds like a swarm of bees is invading my house.
Definitely happy with my purchase and will be buying more for other rooms in the house.
Automatic blindsJillLoved these automated blinds. Nice way to update a room and windows. Wish the remotes were easier to operate, but that’s the only problem. Thankfully there is a button in the blind that makes them easy to operate without the remote.
Good qualityALMAThe available dimensions unfortunately didn’t match our windows but we observed the very good quality and craftsmanship of the shades
Great qualityDEBBIEThey looked sturdy in the store however when I got home they did not fit my windows. I had the wrong measurements. Unfortunately IKEA does not sell a blind big enough. These were well priced too. I gave 1 start for installation since I never got to install them. I gave 5 stars for how they worked b/c I demo'd them in the store and they moved up and down so smooth.
Remote Does Not PairThe shades themselves are decent and the motor function works well. Installation is also a breeze. However, I will be returning them. I have spent hours pairing and re-pairing the remotes. I have set up many smart home devices and have even made my own device handlers for the Smart Things hub to pair this with so I do not need the Tradfri Gateway (which Ikea is rumored to phase out anyways - so another reason NOT TO BUY). Ikea support does not exist as this is how they keep their products ... eh, except for this one, more affordable. Please Do not waste your time with this product. It could be good, but likely needs to be upgraded and reproduced with new hardware and better supporting products before it can reliably work.
Looks good but doesn't come with muchHoang P.The blinds were easy to install and they seem to function well. The speed is very slow when going up or down but I'm ok with that. What I'm not OK with is Ikea cheaping out and not including any screws or even a battery for the remote. I spent $700 on 5 of these, the least they can do is include the 50 cent battery for the remote and the screws needed to mount the brackets. FWIW, the battery appears to be a CR2032 which they sell in the store. I had just installed some Ikea cabinets and had some leftover screws that worked for mounting the brackets.
Break after a few monthsPritesh P.I loved these at first. It was great to be able to have my blinds be automated at a relatively affordable price. I purchased 6 of these in total and now am down to 3 that still work. Eventually the string on one side of the blind will break and you'll be left with a lop-sided, half-closed/half-open blind. Very disappointed in the build quality of these, not to mention they get extremely dusty (and I'm afraid to even touch the remaining ones for fear of breaking them). Also, setting some of them up was a breeze while some of them gave me a lot of trouble, not sure why since I didn't do anything differently for any of them.
The most disappointing thing, I think, is the customer service from Ikea. They refuse to accept that I return these junk blinds via mail, so I have to drive 3 hours to my nearest store to get them returned. I have 2 of the Fyrtur blinds and they work way better and seem to be better quality.