In July 2021, an IKEA product was rated “poor” by Stiftung Warentest.
The item has already disappeared from the range - and others will follow.
Hofheim / Wallau - Stiftung Warentest examined kitchen fittings from various manufacturers in July, including models from Grohe, Obi, Hornbach, Globus, Bauhaus Hansgrohe, Blanco, Franke and IKEA.
The result: the “Nyvattnet” fitting from IKEA was rated “poor”.
The furniture store shows itself to be insightful and reacts immediately.
IKEA test: Stiftung Warentest has examined this
The product testers wanted to find out in their faucet test which faucet supplies good drinking water. For this purpose, they examined a total of 15 different kitchen fittings over a period of 16 weeks. The focus was particularly on pollution with metals and semi-metals such as lead, nickel and arsenic. The test results of the 15 products were very different: The judgments ranged from “good” to “poor”.
IKEA received an overall rating of “poor”.
With the “Nyvattnet” kitchen faucet, which costs around 100 euros, the testers were able to determine increased nickel values even after 16 weeks of use.
These were above the permitted limits for drinking water in Germany.
This placed the Swedish furniture store next to last in the test.
The company reacted promptly and took the product out of the range as a precaution.
This was confirmed by IKEA against
The kitchen faucet will be subjected to an internal test.
There are also other changes at the Swedish furniture company.
As the video shows, IKEA will drastically reduce its product range due to delivery bottlenecks.
The “Nyvattnet” kitchen faucet is therefore not the only product that is disappearing from the shelves:
Bauhaus and Hornbach do "good" - Globus and Obi "satisfactory"
The kitchen fittings from Bauhaus and Hornbach performed well in the test.
They received the rating “good” and were also among the cheaper models between 69 euros and 75 euros.
Globus and Obi only achieved an overall rating of “satisfactory” with their equally inexpensive models in the price segment from 48 to 58 euros.
Immediately after commissioning, the stagnant water in the items from Globus and Obi contained more lead than permitted by law.
Only after using it for around twelve weeks did the lead levels fall below the permitted drinking water limit values.
The Stiftung Warentest includes an important tip in its test: it recommends that the water run briefly first in order to remove the stagnant water from the pipe.