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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 • 11 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

90

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Magic Chef MCM770W

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 MCM990

24 Reviews

$64.00

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

88

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Magic Chef MCM1611ST

45 Reviews

$115.28

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

85

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Daewoo QT3R

8 Reviews

$66.71

Freestanding
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600W
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14L
Info
Info
$230
Over 10 years
Apr 2017
#5

84

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Russell Hobbs RHM2064R

200 Reviews

$78.84

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
#6

84

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Russell Hobbs RHMM701C

369 Reviews

$69.13

Freestanding
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700W
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17L
Info
Info
$270
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#7

83

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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
#8

83

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Swan SM22030ON

663 Reviews

$94.31

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#9

83

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Whirlpool WMH31017

42 Reviews

$119.00

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

83

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Russell Hobbs RHFM2363S

185 Reviews

$131.36

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
23L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#11

83

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Avanti MO7103SST

$50.93

Freestanding
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700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$270
Over 10 years
Jan 2013
#12

83

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Magic Chef MCM1110B

$59.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
Info
31.1L
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$380
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#13

83

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Panasonic NN‑SN686SR

$136.84

(Unknown)
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1,200W
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34L
Info
Info
$460
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#14

82

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Panasonic NN‑SN736

$174.86

Freestanding
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1,250W
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45L
Info
Info
$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#15

82

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Panasonic NN‑SN966S

$199.35

(Unknown)
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1,250W
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62L
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$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#16

82

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Bosch HMT72M450B

73 Reviews

$132.22

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

82

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Russell Hobbs RHRETMM705C

142 Reviews

$78.84

Freestanding
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700W
Info
17L
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Info
$270
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#18

82

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Bosch HMT84M451B

53 Reviews

$173.47

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
$340
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
#19

82

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Sharp SMC1131CB

$62.95

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
37L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
#20

82

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Daewoo KOR9GPBR

88 Reviews

$69.99

Freestanding
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900W
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26L
Info
Info
$340
Over 10 years
Jun 2015

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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 77 $137 - $267
90%
247 reviews
#2
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Hotpoint Microwaves 60 $121 - $142
87%
349 reviews
#3
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Whirlpool Microwaves 73 $119 - $472
87%
80 reviews
#4
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Samsung Microwaves 73 $109 - $450
87%
1,735 reviews
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Bosch Microwaves 62 $132 - $2,174
84%
275 reviews
#6
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Daewoo Microwaves 50 $67 - $111
83%
197 reviews
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Sharp Microwaves 56 $63 - $309
81%
765 reviews
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Smeg Microwaves 23
81%
16 reviews
#9
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 42 $69 - $322
80%
3,976 reviews
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Neff Microwaves 34 $1,293 - $1,293
77%
48 reviews
#11
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Siemens Microwaves 26 $212 - $256
76%
19 reviews
#12
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LG Microwaves 33 $79 - $102
30%
4 reviews
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Severin Microwaves 22 $357 - $357

Trending Microwave Comparisons

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Samsung
MS23K3555E
$180.74
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
30% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$78.95
$102 cheaper
Two months
newer
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Panasonic
Compact Inverter Microwave
$173.39
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
17% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$78.95
$94 cheaper
Two years newer
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SN966S
$199.35
$61 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
Better Kagoo
Score
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SD745S
$200.93
$59 cheaper
One more award
Better brand
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Panasonic
NN-SN936
$161.58
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$119.00
$43 cheaper
One year newer
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Russell Hobbs
RHM1714
$72.77
15% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Daewoo
QT3R
$66.71
$6 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 21
months
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Zanussi
ZBM17542XA
$330.36
Cheaper to run
by $76 over
five years
VS
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
$70 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
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Candy
CMXG 25DC
$347.44
A little bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Samsung
MS23K3555E
$180.74
$167 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
13 months newer
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Magic Chef
MCM990
$64.00
Better Kagoo
Score
10 months newer
21% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Danby
DMW7700BLDB
$65.00
Cheaper to run
by $76 over
five years
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$84.47
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$78.95
$6 cheaper
One year newer
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$84.47
$35 cheaper
$38 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$119.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Newer by 11
months
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Samsung
MS28J5255
$169.81
$105 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
23% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Candy
CMXG20D
$274.50
Newer by three
years
Cheaper to run
by £140 over
five years
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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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Bosch
CNG6764S6
$2,179.00
Better brand
VS
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Neff
C15MS22N0
$1,293.92
$885 cheaper
Newer by six
months
Cheaper to run
by $38 over
five years
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Zanussi
ZBM17542XA
$330.36
Better brand
VS
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Swan
SM40010
$217.38
$113 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
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Samsung
ME83X
$310.94
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by £47 over
five years
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHM3003
$169.81
$141 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
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Daewoo
KOR1N0
$97.03
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
21% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$78.95
$18 cheaper
Newer by four
years
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Samsung
MS23F301
$109.16
More popular
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHRETMD706
$110.44
Cheaper to run
by £47 over
five years
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Panasonic
NN-SU656
$138.38
Better brand
11.52L bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$84.47
$54 cheaper
Five months
newer
18% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Candy
CMXG20D
$274.50
16 months newer
36% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Breville
the Quick Touch
$247.98
$27 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
30% bigger
interior
capacity
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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 128 microwaves ranging from $41 to $2,174. A new microwave costs on average $249 and 80% of microwaves are priced between $76 and $450. The most expensive microwave that we found is the Bosch CNG6764S6 at $2,174, and the cheapest is the Magic Chef MCM770W at only $41.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Neff microwaves range in price from $1,293 to $1,293, and the highest average microwave price out of all brands is Neff microwaves with an average price of $1,293.

AEG microwaves range in price from $351 to $683, and the second highest average microwave price out of all brands is AEG microwaves with an average price of $561.

The third highest average microwave price out of all brands is Bosch microwaves with an average price of $543. Bosch microwaves range in price from $132 to $2,174.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 40 expert reviews and 12,159 user reviews for microwaves and used this information to evaluate 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 Hotpoint with 87% and the third best brand is Whirlpool with 87%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 102 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 34 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 12 current microwave offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

March to April is the most common period for new microwaves to be released in. March was the biggest month last year for new microwaves, with 33 new microwaves released that month. The biggest month in 2017 for new microwave releases was April, with 68 new microwaves released that month. In 2016 most new microwaves were released in October, with 116 new microwaves released that month.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, microwaves drop in price by 8%.

A typical new microwave costs on average $249. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $19.

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.

We found 708 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves, which makes this the most common case design amongst new microwaves. Integrated is the second most popular case design amongst new microwaves. We found 74 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 500W to 3,300W. The microwave powers of most microwaves range from 800W to 950W. The Samsung MC28H5013AS, which is available at $168.79, has the biggest microwave power and is a 1,400W microwave. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Zanussi ZFM15100SA, which is a 500W microwave and currently retails for $142.66.

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 most microwaves range from 22L to 26L. The microwave with the biggest interior capacity is the Panasonic NNSN936B, which is a 62L capacity microwave and is available at $161.58. The Sharp R1514T, which is priced at $308.70, 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

The most common colour amongst new microwaves is black. We found 457 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured. The second most popular colour amongst new microwaves is stainless steel. We found 442 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. 101 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. 99% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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