Thinking of Buying Ikea’s smart blinds? Check out this long-term review after 5 months.

Thinking of Buying Ikea’s smart blinds? Check out this long-term review after 5 months.

TL;DW/R:

The Good

Overall, I am still impressed with the build quality for the price point. I was expecting them to feel and look cheap and they have held up well in the last 4 months. The FYRTUR blackout blind does a good job at blocking out light when they closed and the KADRILJ shade lets enough light in whilst giving you privacy.

I reported previously that the frame does not rattle or move around when they are in operation and the motor is quiet enough. None of this has changed since I have installed them and had time to settle in.

The speed at which they open and close is superb and I like the fact if you have multiple blinds connected you can operate them independently. I also like the fact Ikea has included a remote to operate the blinds as this gives you an extra option along with control for visitors.

The setup process has improved, and this was clear after I installed the 5 FYRTUR blackout blinds upstairs. However, there is still room for improvement with the user experience side of things.

The latest addition of HomeKit support is a great addition which gives you further control for users of Apple’s smart home platform. The joy of saying “hey, Siri” “close the blinds” is great.

The bad

But, based on my experience with the IKEA smart blinds, they are still let down by the software. The setup process is still not perfect despite firmware updates. I have also found the app clunky and not user friendly.

Published at Mon, 13 Apr 2020 09:23:53 +0000

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