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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 1,300 US prices • 14,000 expert & user reviews • 1,800 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

90

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Magic Chef logo

Magic Chef MCM770

18 Reviews

$65.99

Freestanding
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700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$250
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
#2

87

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Magic Chef MCM1110B

329 Reviews

$85.99

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
31.1L
Info
Info
$360
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#3

87

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Magic Chef MCM1611

45 Reviews

$125.71

Freestanding
Info
1,100W
Info
45.3L
Info
Info
$400
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#4

85

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Whirlpool WMH31017

42 Reviews

$99.99

Integrated
Info
1,000W
Info
48L
Info
Info
$360
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#6

85

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Daewoo QT3R

8 Reviews

$78.00

Freestanding
Info
600W
Info
14L
Info
Info
$220
Over 10 years
Apr 2017
#7

83

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Avanti MO7103SST

$77.99

Freestanding
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700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$250
Over 10 years
Jan 2013
#8

83

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Russell Hobbs RHM1727RG

$97.50

Freestanding
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700W
Info
17L
Info
Info
$250
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
#9

83

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Panasonic NN‑SN936

$139.99

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
62L
Info
Info
$450
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#9

82

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Bosch HMT72M450B

73 Reviews

$135.26

Freestanding
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800W
Info
17L
Info
Info
$290
Over 10 years
Apr 2010
#10

82

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Panasonic NE‑1025F

$221.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
23L
Info
Info
$360
Over 10 years
Jan 2016
#12

81

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Russell Hobbs RHMM701C

367 Reviews

$74.44

Freestanding
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700W
Info
17L
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Jul 2015
#13

81

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Swan SM22030ON

660 Reviews

$98.19

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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Info
(Unknown)
Jul 2015
#14

81

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Panasonic NN‑SN736

$174.86

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
45L
Info
Info
$450
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#15

81

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Tower T24017

31 Reviews

$90.80

Freestanding
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800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$290
Over 10 years
Jun 2018
#16

81

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Swan SM22130BN

27 Reviews

$91.36

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$290
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#17

80

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Panasonic NN‑SN966S

$215.20

(Unknown)
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1,250W
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62L
Info
Info
$450
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#19

80

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Bosch HMT84M451B

53 Reviews

$177.46

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
$330
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
#19

79

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Akai A24006R

22 Reviews

$91.41

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$250
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#20

79

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Daewoo KOR6M5RR

$84.05

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$290
Over 10 years
Apr 2017

79

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Russell Hobbs RHRETMD806R

$85.31

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
17L
Info
Info
$290
Over 10 years
Nov 2016

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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 76 $175 - $245
90%
246 reviews
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Samsung Microwaves 78 $338 - $442
88%
2,122 reviews
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Whirlpool Microwaves 72 $95 - $497
86%
80 reviews
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Hotpoint Microwaves 57
86%
427 reviews
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Sharp Microwaves 50 $110 - $560
85%
486 reviews
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Bosch Microwaves 63 $148 - $1,041
84%
276 reviews
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Daewoo Microwaves 51 $80 - $135
83%
197 reviews
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 49 $89 - $271
82%
4,100 reviews
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Zanussi Microwaves 24 $144 - $334
82%
22 reviews
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Smeg Microwaves 25
81%
16 reviews
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AEG Microwaves 22 $704 - $839
81%
28 reviews
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Neff Microwaves 35 $1,333 - $1,333
77%
48 reviews
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Siemens Microwaves 29
77%
19 reviews
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Beko Microwaves 20
71%
262 reviews
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LG Microwaves 37 $100 - $102
23%
5 reviews
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Severin Microwaves 22 $307 - $307
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Candy Microwaves 20 $343 - $442

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$291 cheaper
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$676.18
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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

We currently list 69 microwaves ranging from $50 to $2,200. On average, a new microwave costs $301 and 80% of microwaves are priced between $80 and $693. The Magic Chef MCM990ST is the cheapest microwave at only $50, and Miele M7140TC is the most expensive at $2,200.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Miele microwaves start at $2,200 and their most expensive microwave costs $2,200. The average price of Miele microwaves is $2,200 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands.

The average price of Neff microwaves is $1,333 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands. Neff microwaves start at $1,333 and their most expensive microwave costs $1,333.

The third highest average microwave price out of all brands is AEG microwaves with an average price of $771. AEG microwaves range in price from $704 to $839.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 53 expert reviews and 12,773 user reviews for microwaves and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of microwave. Panasonic is the top rated microwave brand with an average rating of 90%. Samsung is the second best brand with 88% and Whirlpool is the third best brand with 86%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 78 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is over 7 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Overstock for whom we found 11 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is Walmart with 6 current microwave offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

November to January is the most common period for new microwaves to be released in. For the latest microwave features you may want to think about waiting until November 2020. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current microwaves cheaper in November once the latest models have been released. Last year most new microwaves were released in January, with 11 new microwaves released that month. In November 2018, 42 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. 68 new microwaves were released in April 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, microwaves drop in price by 7%.

That means a saving of $19 on a typical $296 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.

Freestanding is the most popular case design amongst new microwaves. We found 731 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. We found 449 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).

Across the range of microwaves, the microwave powers range from 500W to 3,300W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 800W to 950W. The microwave with the biggest microwave power is the Gastroback 42813, which is a 1,400W microwave and currently retails for $191.85. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Zanussi ZFM15100SA, which is a 500W microwave and can be purchased for $144.26.

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 67L. The interior capacities of the majority of microwaves range from 20L to 24L. The Panasonic NN-SN936, which can be purchased for $209.99, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 62L capacity microwave. The Sharp R1514T, which is priced at $358.28, 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

We found 485 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured, which makes black the most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves. Stainless steel is the second most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves. We found 482 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. 72 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. 92.3% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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