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#1

90

Magic Chef MCM1611

31 Reviews
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$109.99

Freestanding
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1,100W
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45.3L
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$420
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
The best rated microwave under $500, with low running costs and a great spec.
#2

89

Magic Chef MCM990

24 Reviews
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$69.99

Freestanding
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900W
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25.4L
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$340
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
A low cost and highly rated freestanding microwave, with a very good spec and very low running costs.
#3

89

Magic Chef MCM770

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$63.29

Freestanding
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700W
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19.8L
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$270
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
The highest rated microwave under $100, with a great spec.
#4

87

Danby DMW7700BLDB

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$63.44

Freestanding
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700W
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19L
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$270
Over 10 years
Apr 2017
A very economical to run and bargain price freestanding microwave, with a very good spec.
#5

87

Magic Chef MCM1110

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$85.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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31.1L
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$380
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
An excellent value for money and fully featured freestanding microwave, with low running costs.
#6

87

Avanti MO7103SST

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$80.90

Freestanding
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700W
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19.8L
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$270
Over 10 years
Jan 2013
A bargain price and very economical to run freestanding microwave, with a great spec.
#7

87

Samsung ME16K3000AB

44 Reviews
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$175.10

Freestanding
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1,000W
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45L
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$380
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
A huge interior capacity and low cost freestanding microwave, with low running costs and excellent user reviews.
#8

86

Panasonic NN‑SN936W

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$192.00

Freestanding
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1,250W
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62L
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$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
An excellently reviewed and top-value freestanding microwave, with a great spec and one of the biggest interior capacities around.
#9

85

Magic Chef MCM1310W

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$102.98

Freestanding
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1,000W
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36.8L
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$380
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
A low cost and fully featured freestanding microwave, with low running costs.
#10

85

Whirlpool WMH31017

42 Reviews
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$109.25

Integrated
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1,000W
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48L
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$380
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
A top-value and positively reviewed integrated microwave, with low running costs and an enormous 48L interior capacity.
#11

84

RCA RMW733‑BLACK

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$63.49

Freestanding
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700W
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19.8L
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$270
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
A bargain price and stunningly economical to run freestanding microwave, with a great spec.
#12

84

Avanti MO1108SST

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$115.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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31L
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$380
Over 10 years
Jan 2011
An excellent value for money and fully featured freestanding microwave, with low running costs and many owner recommendations.
#13

84

LG NeoChef

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$130.00

Freestanding
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1,150W
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23L
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$440
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
A fully featured and low cost freestanding microwave, with average running costs.
#14

83

Avanti MT12V0W

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$104.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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34L
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$380
Over 10 years
Nov 2017
An affordable and fully featured freestanding microwave, with low running costs.
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#15

82

Panasonic NN‑SD745S

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$200.93

Freestanding
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1,250W
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45L
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$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
An excellent value for money and award winning freestanding microwave, with average running costs and one of the biggest interior capacities on the market.
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#16

82

Avanti AVAMO1450TW

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$124.97

Freestanding
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1,000W
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39.6L
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$380
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
An affordable and gigantic interior capacity freestanding microwave, with low running costs and a very good spec.
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#17

81

Panasonic NN‑SN736

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$174.86

Freestanding
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1,250W
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45L
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$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
A top-value and fully featured freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and a huge 45L interior capacity.
#18

81

Panasonic NN‑SN686SR

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$168.99

Integrated
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1,200W
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34L
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$460
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
A low cost and positively reviewed integrated microwave, with moderate running costs and a very good spec.
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#19

81

Swan SM40010

57 Reviews
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$141.24

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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$310
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
A classic and cheap freestanding microwave, with a great spec and very low running costs.
#20

81

Avanti MT09V1B

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$90.98

Freestanding
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900W
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25.48L
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$340
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A bargain price and fully featured freestanding microwave, with low running costs.

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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 Sharp with an average rating of 89%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

Rank Brand Number of Microwaves Price Range Average Rating
#1
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Sharp Microwaves 51 $116 - $741
89%
6,410 reviews
#2
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Samsung Microwaves 71 $89 - $546
89%
5,412 reviews
#3
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 39
88%
11,597 reviews
#4
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Panasonic Microwaves 67 $111 - $233
87%
9,920 reviews
#5
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Daewoo Microwaves 46 $109 - $109
79%
2,349 reviews
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Bosch Microwaves 55 $682 - $1,137
74%
1,043 reviews
#7
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Hotpoint Microwaves 50
71%
629 reviews
#8
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Neff Microwaves 30 $1,247 - $1,247
65%
448 reviews
#9
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Whirlpool Microwaves 65 $79 - $79
63%
261 reviews
#10
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Siemens Microwaves 25
49%
63 reviews
#11
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LG Microwaves 31 $130 - $345
36%
29 reviews
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Smeg Microwaves 21 $2,947 - $2,947
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Severin Microwaves 20 $263 - $295

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$249.95
17% cheaper to
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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 69 microwaves ranging from $58 to $2,947. A new microwave costs on average $343 and 80% of microwaves are priced between $85 and $686. The cheapest microwave that we found is the Magic Chef MCM770 at only $58, and the most expensive is the Smeg MI20XU at $2,947.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Smeg microwaves range in price from $2,947 to $2,947, and the average price of Smeg microwaves is $2,947 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands.

Miele microwaves start at $1,799 and their most expensive microwave costs $1,799. The second highest average microwave price out of all brands is Miele microwaves with an average price of $1,799.

Neff microwaves start at $1,247 and their most expensive microwave costs $1,247. The third highest average microwave price out of all brands is Neff microwaves with an average price of $1,247.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 40 expert reviews and 41,942 user reviews for microwaves and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top three microwave brands are Sharp, Samsung and Russell Hobbs. Sharp has an average rating of 89%, Samsung has an average rating of 89% and Russell Hobbs has an average rating of 88%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 69 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, Walmart for whom we found 32 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is Appliances Connection with 16 current microwave offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any prominent trend in the release month for new microwaves. In April 2017 68 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. October was the biggest month in 2016 for new microwaves, with 126 new microwaves released that month. In 2015 most new microwaves were released in July, with 101 new microwaves released that month.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

New microwaves drop in price by an average of 9% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new microwave costing $343, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $30.

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 popular case design amongst new microwaves is freestanding. We found 629 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. We found 347 microwaves that are integrated microwaves, making this the second most frequently found case design amongst new 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 500W to 3,600W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 900W to 950W. The Panasonic NN-SN966S, which is on sale for $215.20, has the biggest microwave power and is a 1,250W microwave. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Danby DMW7700BLDB, which is a 700W microwave and is available at $66.12.

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).

The interior capacities of microwaves range from 13L to 62L. The interior capacities of the majority of microwaves range from 22L to 26L. The Panasonic NN-SN966S, which currently retails for $215.20, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 62L capacity microwave. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the OK. OMW 2212 B, which is a 17L capacity microwave and is available at $236.90.

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

Available Colours

Black is the most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves. We found 389 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured. We found 387 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured, making this the second most frequently found 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. 56 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. 81.2% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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