The cord broke in just 1.5 years. :(RavneetAfter 1.5 years of use (about twice a day) one of the three blinds we bought, has started becoming unbalanced- crooked after closing about 60%. The right-hand side of blind keeps on closing all the way, while the left-hand side jams mid-way, making it unbalanced/ crooked. No amount of completely opening and closing it, works (the fix for unbalanced blind as per the manual). Little bit of Google/Reddit search shows that this is a common problem - one of the two cords gets damaged and jams.
Otherwise, all blinds are/were working great with voice control as well as with their remotes. I recharged their batteries just 3-5 times in the last 1.5 years. Blackout is perfect (except from their top side), insulation is mediocre. But their operational life is clearly the worst, less than 1/10th of our previous blinds.
In loveLoulouEveryone that’s saw it wanted it too
Malfunction after 1 year VanessI bought 3 of these, within 6 months, one started pulling up unevenly. Now, the other 2 have followed suit. They don’t go down all the way and they sit at an angle. It seems there’s something wrong with the strings inside. I need new blinds now and won’t be buying these again. Buyer beware.
Simply fabulous MakenzieGreat product
Great Smart Blinds!WalkerI bought 4 of these for my bedroom windows over a year ago and they have been mostly great. They were the most affordable blackout smart blinds I could find compatible with Apple HomeKit. I have only had to charge them twice, and they go up/down at least once a day on schedule. All but one of them have been very reliable. One of them was a bit buggy. I reset it multiple times, so I returned it after a month, but I have had no issues since then with any of them. Seems like if you get a bad one, you'll find out and be able to swap out within the return policy.
Too SmallSatishI need something that is 94 inch tall.
Excellent blinds that are a great value for the moneyChetI purchased 2 blinds for our bedroom windows. Once I had all the necessary parts, installation was easy. The blinds look great and have been working quite well!
I did run into some issues along the way.
(1) One of the blinds was missing the box which includes the rechargeable battery, charger, remote, mounting hardware, etc. The other blind was missing the 2032 cell battery for the remote. I assumed the remote battery must not be included until I received the missing parts for the first blind. Unfortunately the replacement box was missing the back cover for the remote. Fortunately I was planning to have 1 remote control both blinds so didn't need to use the 2nd remote. I contacted IKEA support about the missing parts from the first blind. The agent was very helpful and shipped the missing parts promptly!
(2) I watched videos on IKEA's website & Youtube see how to program a single remote to control both blinds since the included paper instructions weren't very easy to follow.
1 year in and they're working great.ScottReally 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 $$AdriaI 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.JohnThis 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 SoftwareAustinI’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.
PerfectMasonThey 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 brokeHinaThe 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 enoughRobThis 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 glitchesJillI 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 weeksDanielThe 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 bothAntonellaThe 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”!