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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 1,600 US prices • 14,000 expert & user reviews • 1,700 product comparisons • 12 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Magic Chef MCM770

3 Reviews

$65.88

Freestanding
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700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$260
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
#2

88

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Magic Chef MCM990

24 Reviews

$44.00

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25.4L
Info
Info
$330
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
#3

88

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Magic Chef MCM1611

45 Reviews

$114.09

Freestanding
Info
1,100W
Info
45.3L
Info
Info
$410
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#4

85

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Whirlpool WMH31017

42 Reviews

$139.00

Integrated
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1,000W
Info
48L
Info
Info
$370
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#5

85

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Daewoo QT3R

8 Reviews

$69.97

Freestanding
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600W
Info
14L
Info
Info
$220
Over 10 years
Apr 2017
#6

83

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Russell Hobbs RHM2064R

203 Reviews

$93.29

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
Info
Info
$300
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
#7

83

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Avanti MO7103SST

$77.99

Freestanding
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700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$260
Over 10 years
Jan 2013
#8

83

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Panasonic NN‑SN966S

$215.20

(Unknown)
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1,250W
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62L
Info
Info
$460
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#9

82

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Panasonic NN‑SN936

$149.00

Freestanding
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1,250W
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62L
Info
Info
$460
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#10

82

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Panasonic NN‑SN736

$174.86

Freestanding
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1,250W
Info
45L
Info
Info
$460
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#11

82

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Sharp SMC1131CB

$113.08

Freestanding
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1,000W
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37L
Info
Info
$370
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
#12

82

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Magic Chef MCM1110B

$88.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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31.1L
Info
Info
$370
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#13

82

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Russell Hobbs RHMM701C

365 Reviews

$77.74

Freestanding
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700W
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17L
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Jul 2015
#14

82

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Panasonic NE‑1025F

$221.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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23L
Info
Info
$370
Over 10 years
Jan 2016
#15

81

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Daewoo KOR9GPBR

88 Reviews

$59.00

Freestanding
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900W
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26L
Info
Info
$330
Over 10 years
Jun 2015
#16

81

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Russell Hobbs RHRETMM705C

142 Reviews

$84.22

Freestanding
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700W
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17L
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Info
(Unknown)
Jul 2015
#17

81

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Russell Hobbs RHEM2301B

220 Reviews

$129.58

Freestanding
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800W
Info
23L
Info
Info
$300
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#18

81

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Samsung MS23F301

157 Reviews

$110.14

Freestanding
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800W
Info
23L
Info
Info
$300
Over 10 years
Jul 2016
#19

81

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Swan SM22130BN

27 Reviews

$97.18

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$300
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#20

81

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Tower T24017

31 Reviews

$98.48

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
Info
Info
$300
Over 10 years
Jun 2018

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What Are The Best Microwave Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every microwave and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated microwave brand is Panasonic with an average rating of 90%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

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Panasonic Microwaves 74 $149 - $283
90%
247 reviews
#2
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Samsung Microwaves 74 $109 - $444
88%
1,973 reviews
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Hotpoint Microwaves 58 $130 - $130
87%
373 reviews
#4
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Whirlpool Microwaves 71 $139 - $411
87%
80 reviews
#5
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Bosch Microwaves 62 $140 - $1,200
85%
276 reviews
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Daewoo Microwaves 51 $59 - $121
84%
197 reviews
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Smeg Microwaves 24
81%
16 reviews
#8
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 43 $77 - $240
81%
4,037 reviews
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AEG Microwaves 20 $649 - $681
81%
28 reviews
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Sharp Microwaves 50 $114 - $320
80%
765 reviews
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Neff Microwaves 34 $1,290 - $1,290
78%
48 reviews
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Siemens Microwaves 26 $256 - $256
77%
19 reviews
#13
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LG Microwaves 35 $102 - $107
23%
5 reviews
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Severin Microwaves 22
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Candy Microwaves 20

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$193.09
Better Kagoo
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$106.99
$86 cheaper
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$174.21
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$106.99
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$90.70
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$194.37
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Better Kagoo
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$88.11
$51 cheaper
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$38 cheaper to
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$139.00
Better Kagoo
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Samsung
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$110.14
More popular
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RHRETMD706
$103.66
$6 cheaper
Cheaper to run
by £47 over
five years
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Panasonic
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$174.86
Better brand
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$139.00
$36 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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NN-SU656
$149.95
Better Kagoo
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11.52L bigger
interior
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MT09V0W
$88.11
$62 cheaper
Five months
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18% cheaper to
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years
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
Six months
newer
16% bigger
interior
capacity
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Panasonic
Compact Inverter Microwave
$174.21
$86 cheaper
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by $19 over
five years
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Samsung
MS23K3555E
$193.09
Better brand
More popular
11 months newer
VS
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Hotpoint
MWH301B
$129.59
$64 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
19% bigger
interior
capacity
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Panasonic
NN-SN966S
$215.20
$33 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Breville
the Quick Touch
$247.98
Newer by 11
months
12% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Emerson Radio
MW9255B
$79.98
$8 cheaper
$38 cheaper to
run over five
years
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MCM1110
$88.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 23
months
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam function?
AThis is a way of cooking foods using bursts of hot steam rather than direct heat or microwaves. It's a more delicate form of cooking, best suited to vegetables, dumplings and even pasta.
QWhat is combination cooking on a microwave?
AThis involves using both the microwave and oven or grill functions of the appliance simultaneously - frequently the microwaves are used to cook the food quickly, while the grill crisps and browns the top.
QWhat is a rotisserie?
AA rotisserie spit is a special rotating skewer available as an add-on for some premium microwaves. It allows you to spit-roast chicken and meat in the microwave - meaning the appliance can be used to cook many more dishes.

Microwave Buying Guide

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

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Capacity

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity, measured in litres (L). The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

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This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

Microwave Retailers, Prices and Features

Microwave Prices

In total we found 101 microwaves ranging from $44 to $1,290. A new microwave costs on average $231 and 80% of microwaves are priced between $85 and $649. The Magic Chef MCM990ST is the cheapest microwave at only $44, and Neff C15MS22N0 is the most expensive at $1,290.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Neff microwaves start at $1,290 and their most expensive microwave costs $1,290. The highest average microwave price out of all brands is Neff microwaves with an average price of $1,290.

The average price of AEG microwaves is $665 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands. AEG microwaves start at $649 and their most expensive microwave costs $681.

Bosch microwaves start at $140 and their most expensive microwave costs $1,200. The average price of Bosch microwaves is $485 which is the third highest average price of all microwave brands.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 50 expert reviews and 12,455 user reviews for microwaves and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top rated microwave brand is Panasonic with an average rating of 90%. The second best brand is Samsung with 88% and the third best brand is Hotpoint with 87%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 128 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is over 4 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Walmart for whom we found 27 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 11 current microwave offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

We looked at the release dates for new microwaves over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any clear pattern. In January 2019, nine new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. 40 new microwaves were released in May 2018 making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. In 2017 most new microwaves were released in April, with 68 new microwaves released that month.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

New microwaves drop in price by an average of 8% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

That means that on a typical microwave costing $229 you could save on average $17 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Case Designs

The case design of the microwave shows whether it is meant to be free standing, or designed to be built into fixtures unobtrusively.

The most common case design amongst new microwaves is freestanding. We found 717 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. The second most common case design amongst new microwaves is integrated. We found 77 microwaves that are integrated microwaves.

Microwave Powers

'Microwave Power' denotes how strong the cooking power of the microwave is, measured in watts (W).

Comparing all microwaves, the microwave powers range from 220W to 3,300W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 900W to 1,000W. The Samsung MC28H5013AS, which is on sale for $179.03, has the biggest microwave power and is a 1,400W microwave. The Zanussi ZFM15100SA, which is on sale for $139.55, has the smallest microwave power and is a 500W microwave.

A higher power level means that food cooked in the microwave will cook quicker and more efficiently.

Interior Capacities

'Interior Capacity' is how much the microwave can hold, measured in litres (L).

The interior capacities of microwaves range from 1.5L to 62L. The interior capacities of the majority of microwaves range from 22L to 26L. The Panasonic NNSN936B, which is available at $149.00, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 62L capacity microwave. The Sharp R1514T, which sells for $320.00, has the smallest interior capacity and is a 1.5L capacity microwave.

A bigger capacity means that the microwave is capable of holding - and therefore cooking - more food at once.

Available Colours

Amongst new microwaves, the most common colour is black. We found 460 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured. We found 453 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured, making stainless steel the second most common colour amongst new microwaves.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Microwaves?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer it shows the total number of microwaves where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 119 of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Microwaves for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for microwaves by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of microwave prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's microwave prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 93% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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