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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 810 US prices • 22,000 expert & user reviews • 1,800 product comparisons • 51 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Case Design
Microwave Power
Interior Capacity
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Running Cost
Release Date
#1

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Magic Chef logo

Magic Chef MCM770W

53 Reviews
10 power levels
10 power levels

$46.20

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$210
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
#2

87

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Magic Chef logo

Magic Chef MCM1110B

553 Reviews
Big interior capacity 10 power levels Convection cooking 
Big interior capacity
10 power levels
Convection cooking

$45.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
31.1L
Info
Info
$300
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#3

83

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Magic Chef logo

Magic Chef MCM990ST

90 Reviews
Big interior capacity 11 power levels Convection cooking 
Big interior capacity
11 power levels
Convection cooking

$99.99

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25.4L
Info
Info
$270
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
#4

83

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Panasonic logo

Panasonic NN‑SN936

 
Huge interior capacity 10 power levels Child lock 
Huge interior capacity
10 power levels
Child lock

$159.95

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
62L
Info
Info
$370
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#5

83

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Panasonic NNSN736B

 

$149.95

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
45L
Info
Info
$370
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#6

83

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Panasonic NNSN966SR

 

$215.20

Integrated
Info
1,250W
Info
62L
Info
Info
$370
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#7

82

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Whirlpool WMH31017HZ

42 Reviews

$179.00

Integrated
Info
1,000W
Info
48L
Info
Info
$300
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#10

81

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Panasonic NE1025F

 

$245.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
23L
Info
(Unknown)
Info
$300
Over 10 years
Jan 2016

77

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Sharp SMC1131CB

 

$109.99

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
37L
Info
Info
$300
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
#8

82

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Igenix IG2081S

6 Reviews

$83.45

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$240
Over 10 years
Jan 2019
#9

82

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Avanti MO7103SST

 

$88.99

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$210
Over 10 years
Jan 2013
#13

81

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Panasonic NNSD372SR

 

$179.95

Freestanding
Info
950W
Info
22.6L
Info
Info
$280
Over 10 years
Jun 2017
#11

81

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Tower T24021

50 Reviews

$111.27

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$240
Over 10 years
Nov 2018
#15

81

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Panasonic NNSU696SCR

 

$119.95

Integrated
Info
1,100W
Info
36L
Info
Info
$330
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#14

81

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Panasonic NNSU656WCR

 

$119.95

Freestanding
Info
1,100W
Info
37L
Info
Info
$330
Over 10 years
Jun 2016
#12

81

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Tower T24017

74 Reviews

$103.62

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$240
Over 10 years
Jun 2018
#16

80

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Swan SM22030ON

772 Reviews

$109.82

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$240
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
#19

79

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Magic Chef MCM1310W

 

$109.99

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
36.8L
Info
Info
$300
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
#17

80

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Swan SM22130BLN

42 Reviews

$104.26

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$240
Over 10 years
Oct 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 89%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

Rank Brand Number of Microwaves Price Range Average Rating
#1
Panasonic Microwaves 80 $120 - $245
89%
218 reviews
#2
Hotpoint Microwaves 60
87%
545 reviews
#3
Samsung Microwaves 81 $333 - $437
86%
3,361 reviews
#4
Daewoo Microwaves 57 $96 - $116
86%
346 reviews
#5
Whirlpool Microwaves 75 $179 - $179
85%
90 reviews
#6
Bosch Microwaves 63 $165 - $1,855
84%
301 reviews
#7
Smeg Microwaves 30
83%
34 reviews
#8
Russell Hobbs Microwaves 50 $139 - $139
83%
7,222 reviews
#9
AEG Microwaves 22
81%
28 reviews
#10
Sharp Microwaves 52 $110 - $650
81%
974 reviews
#11
Zanussi Microwaves 23
79%
31 reviews
#12
Siemens Microwaves 29 $985 - $1,579
76%
21 reviews
#13
Kenwood Microwaves 21
74%
2,140 reviews
#14
Neff Microwaves 36
73%
61 reviews
#15
Severin Microwaves 23 $374 - $374
73%
171 reviews
#16
Beko Microwaves 20
72%
443 reviews
#17
LG Microwaves 37 $90 - $102
63%
43 reviews
#18
Candy Microwaves 24
49%
32 reviews

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$75.99
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$40 cheaper to
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NN-SN936
$159.95
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years
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are marginally
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SM22036
$145.83
$33 cheaper
Better brand
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T24021
$111.11
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SMC1131CB
$109.99
32% bigger
interior
capacity
Whirlpool
WMH31017
$179.00
More customers
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Overall reviews
are a little
better
User reviews
are a little
better
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MCM990
$99.64
$79 cheaper
Better brand
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SM22030
$109.66
$69 cheaper
Better brand
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$179.00
18 months newer
More customers
recommend it
User reviews
are better
Sharp
R-21LCF
$299.95
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
Panasonic
NN-SN936
$159.95
$140 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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WMH31017
$179.00
$1,240 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More customers
recommend it
VS
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MCM1611
$1,419.46
Better brand
Newer by 16
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WMH31017
$179.00
Better Kagoo
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newer
19% bigger
interior
capacity
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$109.99
$69 cheaper
Better brand
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$118.05
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$7 cheaper
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$1,179.90
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R-1874
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$530 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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$118.05
Better brand
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are better
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$111.11
$7 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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years
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BFL634GB1
$739.98
$839 cheaper
Better brand
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Score
VS
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CF634AGS1
$1,578.90
Newer by 16
months
15L 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.

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.

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 $40 to $3,699 and in total we found prices for 66 microwaves. The average price of a new microwave is $431 and the 80% of microwaves are priced between $89 and $1,180. The cheapest microwave that we found is the Haden Perth at only $40, and the most expensive is the Miele H6500BM at $3,699.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Miele microwaves range in price from $2,199 to $3,699, and the average price of Miele microwaves is $2,733 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands.

The second highest average microwave price out of all brands is Siemens microwaves with an average price of $1,282. Siemens microwaves range in price from $985 to $1,579.

Bosch microwaves start at $165 and their most expensive microwave costs $1,855. The third highest average microwave price out of all brands is Bosch microwaves with an average price of $823.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 73 expert reviews and 19,700 user reviews for microwaves and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of microwave. Panasonic is the top rated microwave brand with an average rating of 89%. Hotpoint is the second best brand with 87% and Samsung is the third best brand with 86%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is Overstock. We found 11 current microwave offers from Overstock. The second biggest retailer is Factory Outlet Store with 7 offers. That means Overstock is much bigger than Factory Outlet Store when it comes to microwaves. eBay is the third biggest retailer with 3 current offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

We looked at the release dates for new microwaves over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any evident pattern. Last year most new microwaves were released in June, with 27 new microwaves released that month. In January 2019, 28 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. The biggest month in 2018 for new microwave releases was November, with 43 new microwaves released that month.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

New microwaves drop in price by an average of 6% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $25 on a typical $421 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.

We found 780 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves, which makes this the most frequently found case design amongst new microwaves. The second most common case design amongst new microwaves is integrated. We found 482 microwaves that are integrated 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 most microwaves range from 800W to 950W. The microwave with the biggest microwave power is the Gastroback 42813, which is a 1,400W microwave and can be purchased for $204.58. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Avanti MO7103SST, which is a 700W microwave and is priced at $88.99.

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 most microwaves range from 20L to 24L. The Panasonic NNSN966SR, which is on sale for $215.20, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 62L capacity microwave. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the Sharp R-1514, which is a 1.5L capacity microwave and sells for $399.99.

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

Available Colours

We found 505 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured, which makes stainless steel the most popular colour amongst new microwaves. The second most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves is black. We found 490 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black 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 Overstock. 8 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 Overstock. 72.7% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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