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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 1,100 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 MCM770B

3 Reviews

$41.00

Freestanding
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700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$270
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
#2

88

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Magic Chef MCM990ST

24 Reviews

$89.99

Freestanding
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900W
Info
25.4L
Info
Info
$340
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
#3

88

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Magic Chef MCM1611ST

45 Reviews

$99.99

Freestanding
Info
1,100W
Info
45.3L
Info
Info
$420
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#4

86

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Whirlpool WMH31017HS

42 Reviews

$139.00

Integrated
Info
1,000W
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48L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#5

85

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Daewoo QT3R

8 Reviews

$70.78

Freestanding
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600W
Info
14L
Info
Info
$230
Over 10 years
Apr 2017
#6

83

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Panasonic NE‑1025F

$221.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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23L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Jan 2016
#7

83

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Avanti MO7103SST

$50.93

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$270
Over 10 years
Jan 2013
#8

83

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Magic Chef MCM1110B

$89.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
Info
31.1L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#9

83

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Swan SM22130BN

27 Reviews

$98.30

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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Info
$310
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#10

83

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Panasonic NN‑SN736

$169.99

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
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45L
Info
Info
$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#11

83

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Panasonic NN‑SN966S

$215.20

(Unknown)
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1,250W
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62L
Info
Info
$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#12

82

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Sharp SMC1131CB

$89.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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37L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
#13

82

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Russell Hobbs RHEM2301B

220 Reviews

$124.52

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#14

82

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Russell Hobbs RHM2064R

177 Reviews

$86.51

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
#15

82

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Russell Hobbs RHRETMD706B

84 Reviews

$125.83

Freestanding
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700W
Info
17L
Info
Info
$270
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#16

82

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Akai A24006R

22 Reviews

$98.30

Freestanding
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700W
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20L
Info
Info
$270
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#17

81

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Panasonic NN‑SN936

$161.58

Freestanding
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1,250W
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62L
Info
Info
$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#18

81

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Samsung MS23F301TAK

181 Reviews

$122.57

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
23L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
Jul 2016
#19

81

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Bosch HMT72M450B

73 Reviews

$142.89

Freestanding
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800W
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17L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
Apr 2010
#20

81

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Magic Chef MCM1310W

$99.82

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.

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Panasonic Microwaves 74 $137 - $284
90%
247 reviews
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Hotpoint Microwaves 60 $129 - $129
88%
348 reviews
#3
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Samsung Microwaves 74 $121 - $450
87%
1,748 reviews
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Whirlpool Microwaves 71 $139 - $554
87%
80 reviews
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Bosch Microwaves 62 $135 - $2,160
85%
275 reviews
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Daewoo Microwaves 50 $70 - $141
83%
197 reviews
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Smeg Microwaves 24
81%
16 reviews
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 43 $74 - $239
81%
3,970 reviews
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AEG Microwaves 20 $646 - $679
81%
28 reviews
#10
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Sharp Microwaves 50 $90 - $538
80%
765 reviews
#11
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Neff Microwaves 34 $1,285 - $1,285
78%
48 reviews
#12
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Siemens Microwaves 26 $254 - $254
77%
19 reviews
#13
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LG Microwaves 34 $100 - $168
23%
5 reviews
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Trending Microwave Comparisons

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Samsung
MS23K3555E
$195.32
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
30% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$98.95
$96 cheaper
One month newer
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Panasonic
Compact Inverter Microwave
$174.21
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
17% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$98.95
$75 cheaper
Two years newer
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Panasonic
NN-SN966S
$215.20
$45 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
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Russell Hobbs
RHM1714
$87.16
Better brand
15% bigger
interior
capacity
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Daewoo
QT3R
$70.78
$16 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
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Panasonic
NN-SN936
$161.58
Better brand
Bigger
interior
capacity
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$139.00
$23 cheaper
One year newer
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
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NN-SD745S
$199.99
$60 cheaper
Better brand
One more award
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ZBM17542XA
$330.30
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R-21LCF
$260.00
$70 cheaper
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CMXG 25DC
$352.79
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MS23K3555E
$195.32
$157 cheaper
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MCM990
$89.99
Better brand
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11 months newer
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DMW7700BLDB
$60.00
$30 cheaper
Cheaper to run
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$84.46
$14 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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LG
NeoChef
$98.95
One year newer
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Samsung
ME83X
$316.50
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by £47 over
five years
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHM3003
$168.11
$148 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are appreciably
better
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SN936
$161.58
$98 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$84.46
$55 cheaper
$38 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$139.00
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
Newer by 11
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Samsung
MS23F301
$122.57
More popular
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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Russell Hobbs
RHRETMD706
$125.83
Cheaper to run
by £47 over
five years
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Samsung
MS28J5255
$183.51
Eight months
newer
Bigger
interior
capacity
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Panasonic
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$174.21
$9 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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Bosch
CNG6764S6
$2,174.49
Better brand
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Neff
C15MS22N0
$1,293.69
$881 cheaper
Newer by six
months
Cheaper to run
by $38 over
five years
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Samsung
MS28J5255
$183.51
$133 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Candy
CMXG20D
$316.50
Newer by three
years
Cheaper to run
by £140 over
five years
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Candy
CMXG20D
$316.50
16 months newer
36% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Breville
the Quick Touch
$247.98
$69 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
30% 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 10
months
12% 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 $41 to $2,161 and in total we found prices for 112 microwaves. On average, a new microwave costs $249 and 80% of microwaves are priced between $84 and $554. The Bosch CNG6764S6 is the most expensive microwave that we found at $2,160, and the Magic Chef MCM770W is the cheapest at only $41.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

The highest average microwave price out of all brands is Neff microwaves with an average price of $1,285. Neff microwaves range in price from $1,285 to $1,285.

The average price of AEG microwaves is $662 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands. AEG microwaves range in price from $646 to $679.

Bosch microwaves range in price from $135 to $2,160, and the average price of Bosch microwaves is $536 which is the third highest average price of all microwave brands.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 40 expert reviews and 12,116 user reviews for microwaves and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of microwave. Panasonic is the top rated microwave brand with an average rating of 90%. Hotpoint is the second best brand with 88% and Samsung is the third best brand with 87%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 138 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is over 5 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?

Most new microwaves tend to be released between April and May. If you want the latest microwave technology you may want to consider waiting until April 2020. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current microwaves cheaper in April once the latest models have been released. In 2018 most new microwaves were released in May, with 41 new microwaves released that month. 68 new microwaves were released in April 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. In October 2016, 109 new microwaves were released 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.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $20 on a typical $249 new microwave 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 frequently found case design amongst new microwaves is freestanding. We found 715 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. The second most popular case design amongst new microwaves is integrated. We found 75 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 microwave with the biggest microwave power is the Samsung MC28H5013AS, which is a 1,400W microwave and is on sale for $179.35. The Daewoo QT3R, which sells for $69.66, has the smallest microwave power and is a 600W microwave.

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).

Across the range of microwaves, the interior capacities range from 1.5L to 62L. The interior capacities of the majority of microwaves range from 22L to 26L. The microwave with the biggest interior capacity is the Panasonic NNSN966SR, which is a 62L capacity microwave and is available at $215.20. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the Sharp R1514T, which is a 1.5L capacity microwave and is on sale for $331.57.

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

Available Colours

We found 454 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured, which makes black the most popular colour amongst new microwaves. The second most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves is stainless steel. We found 448 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. 130 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. 94.2% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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