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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 2,100 US prices • 13,000 expert & user reviews • 1,700 product comparisons • 10 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1
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Samsung ME83X

6 Reviews

$188.68

Freestanding
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800W
Info
23L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
May 2014
#2
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Panasonic NN‑SD745S

1 Review
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$175.37

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
45L
Info
Info
$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#3
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Whirlpool WMH31017

42 Reviews

$2,046.00

Integrated
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1,000W
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48L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#4
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Bosch HMT72M450B

73 Reviews

$165.80

Freestanding
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800W
Info
17L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
Apr 2010
#5
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Bosch HMT84M451B

53 Reviews

$240.41

Freestanding
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900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
$340
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
#6
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Bosch Serie 8 BFL634GB1B

5 Reviews

$698.37

(Unknown)
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900W
Info
21L
Info
Info
$340
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
#7
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Daewoo KOR9GPBR

88 Reviews

$69.99

Freestanding
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900W
Info
26L
Info
Info
$340
Over 10 years
Jun 2015
#8
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Breville the Quick Touch

76 Reviews

$274.95

Freestanding
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1,100W
Info
35L
Info
Info
$420
Over 10 years
Aug 2017
#9
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Magic Chef MCM1611ST

45 Reviews

$91.72

Freestanding
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1,100W
Info
45.3L
Info
Info
$420
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#10
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Bosch HMT75G451B

80 Reviews

$257.00

Freestanding
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800W
Info
17L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
Apr 2010
#11
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Magic Chef MCM990ST

24 Reviews

$74.00

Freestanding
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900W
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25.4L
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$340
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
#12
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Bosch CMG633BB1B

21 Reviews

$1,259.36

(Unknown)
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1,000W
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45L
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$380
Over 10 years
Dec 2014
#13
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Bosch CNG6764S6B

$2,220.02

(Unknown)
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1,000W
Info
45L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Jan 2016
#14
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AEG MBB1756DEM

16 Reviews

$624.48

(Unknown)
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800W
Info
17L
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$310
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
#15
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Avanti MO1108SST

$98.10

Freestanding
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1,000W
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31L
Info
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$380
Over 10 years
Jan 2011
#16
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Miele M6160TC

4 Reviews

$1,899.00

(Unknown)
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900W
Info
46L
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Info
$340
Over 10 years
Feb 2014
#17
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Magic Chef MCM770W

3 Reviews

$64.99

Freestanding
Info
700W
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19.8L
Info
Info
$270
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
#18
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Bosch Serie 8 CFA634GS1B

$1,019.98

(Unknown)
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900W
Info
36L
Info
Info
$340
Over 10 years
May 2016
#19

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Magic Chef MCM1110ST

$94.89

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
31.1L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#20

78

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Magic Chef MCM1310W

$99.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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36.8L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Mar 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.

Rank Brand Number of Microwaves Price Range Average Rating
#1
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Panasonic Microwaves 72 $111 - $234
90%
247 reviews
#2
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Sharp Microwaves 55 $110 - $499
89%
486 reviews
#3
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Hotpoint Microwaves 56
88%
230 reviews
#4
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Daewoo Microwaves 49 $70 - $70
87%
197 reviews
#5
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Whirlpool Microwaves 71 $2,046 - $2,046
87%
80 reviews
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Samsung Microwaves 73 $189 - $450
87%
1,756 reviews
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Smeg Microwaves 22
87%
16 reviews
#8
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Bosch Microwaves 59 $166 - $2,220
87%
275 reviews
#9
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 40
86%
3,982 reviews
#10
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Neff Microwaves 31 $1,265 - $1,265
85%
48 reviews
#11
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Siemens Microwaves 25 $260 - $618
78%
14 reviews
#12
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LG Microwaves 31 $110 - $110
21%
4 reviews
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Severin Microwaves 22 $170 - $255

Trending Microwave Comparisons

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Sharp
R-21LCF
$185.00
$20 cheaper
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SN966S
$204.73
Better brand
34L bigger
interior
capacity
Newer by seven
months
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$185.00
Better Kagoo
Score
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SD745S
$175.37
$10 cheaper
Better brand
One more award
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Panasonic
NN-SN936W
$180.23
$1,866 cheaper
Better brand
Bigger interior
capacity
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,046.00
Better Kagoo
Score
11 months newer
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$79.99
$30 cheaper
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
Bigger interior
capacity
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$110.00
Better Kagoo
Score
11 months newer
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Zanussi
ZBM17542XA
$336.98
Cheaper to run
by $76 over
five years
VS
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$185.00
$152 cheaper
Newer by four
years
Better Kagoo
Score
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Bosch
BFR634GS1
$698.37
$1,201 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Miele
M6160
$1,899.00
Bigger interior
capacity
Eight months
newer
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Bosch
CNG6764S6
$2,220.02
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Neff
C15MS22N0
$1,265.30
$955 cheaper
Better brand
Newer by five
months
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$185.00
Better brand
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SN936W
$180.23
Bigger interior
capacity
Eight months
newer
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$79.99
$1,966 cheaper
$38 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,046.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 10
months
A lot bigger
interior
capacity
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Sharp
R-200
$143.84
$306 cheaper
Better brand
11% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Samsung
MC28M6055
$449.90
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
23% bigger
interior
capacity
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Panasonic
NN-SN936W
$180.23
Bigger interior
capacity
VS
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Magic Chef
MCM990
$74.00
$106 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 18
months
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Panasonic
NN-SN736
$150.35
$1,896 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,046.00
Better Kagoo
Score
11 months newer
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Sharp
R-200
$143.84
$35 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Severin
MW 7890
$179.24
Two years newer
Cheaper to run
by $38 over
five years
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Panasonic
NN-SU656
$110.55
Better Kagoo
Score
11.52L bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$79.99
$31 cheaper
Five months
newer
18% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Bosch
CMG633BB1
$1,259.36
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
A lot bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Siemens
BF525LMS0
$618.20
$641 cheaper
Three years
newer
Cheaper to run
by $76 over
five years
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Zanussi
ZBM17542XA
$336.98
$113 cheaper
11% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Samsung
MC28M6055
$449.90
Better Kagoo
Score
Six years newer
Better brand
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Bosch
HMT84M451
$240.41
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Exquisit
MW802
$141.48
$99 cheaper
Newer by eight
months
22% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Panasonic
NN-SN686SR
$157.29
$1,889 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,046.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 11
months
23% bigger
interior
capacity
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Haier
HMC1035SESS
$121.99
$28 cheaper
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SN736
$150.35
Better Kagoo
Score
Eight months
newer
Bigger interior
capacity
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Samsung
MC28M6055
$449.90
$49 cheaper
Better brand
Six months
newer
VS
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Sharp
R-1874
$499.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger interior
capacity
$19 cheaper to
run over five
years
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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

The price range of microwaves is from $50 to $2,221 and in total we found prices for 75 microwaves. On average, a new microwave costs $364 and 80% of microwaves are priced between $87 and $758. The most expensive microwave that we found is the Bosch CNG6764S6 at $2,220, and the cheapest is the Avanti MO7103SST at only $51.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Whirlpool microwaves range in price from $2,046 to $2,046, and the highest average microwave price out of all brands is Whirlpool microwaves with an average price of $2,046.

The average price of Miele microwaves is $1,899 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands. Miele microwaves start at $1,899 and their most expensive microwave costs $1,899.

The third highest average microwave price out of all brands is Neff microwaves with an average price of $1,265. Neff microwaves range in price from $1,265 to $1,265.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 31 expert reviews and 11,701 user reviews for microwaves and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of microwave. Panasonic is the top rated microwave brand with an average rating of 90%. Sharp is the second best brand with 89% and Hotpoint is the third best brand with 88%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 75 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Walmart with 33 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Walmart when it comes to microwaves. Appliances Connection is the third biggest retailer with 24 current offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

Most new microwaves tend to be released between March and April. That means that most of the latest microwave technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. Last year most new microwaves were released in March, with 33 new microwaves released that month. In April 2017, 68 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. 115 new microwaves were released in October 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, microwaves drop in price by 8% on average. That means a saving of $28 on a typical $364 new microwave if you wait 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 678 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. We found 52 microwaves that are integrated microwaves, making this the second most popular case design amongst new microwaves.

Microwave Powers

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

The microwave powers of microwaves range from 500W to 3,600W. The microwave powers of most microwaves range from 900W to 950W. The microwave with the biggest microwave power is the Panasonic NNSN936W, which is a 1,250W microwave and is available at $180.23. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Orbegozo MI 2018, which is a 700W microwave and can be purchased for $239.58.

A higher power level 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).

Comparing all microwaves, the interior capacities range from 1.5L to 62L. The interior capacities of most microwaves range from 22L to 26L. The microwave with the biggest interior capacity is the Panasonic NN-SN966S, which is a 62L capacity microwave and is priced at $209.66. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the Sharp R-1514, which is a 1.5L capacity microwave and is priced at $249.00.

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

Available Colours

The most popular colour amongst new microwaves is black. We found 424 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured. Stainless steel is the second most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves. We found 417 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured.

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. 66 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. 88% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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