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Compare the Best MicrowavesNovember 2020

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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 1,500 US prices • 17,000 expert & user reviews • 1,800 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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Case Design
Microwave Power
Interior Capacity
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Release Date
#1

90

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Magic Chef logo

Magic Chef MCM770B

15 Reviews
10 power levels
10 power levels

$46.20

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$200
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
#2

86

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Magic Chef logo

Magic Chef MCM1611ST

45 Reviews
Big interior capacity 11 power levels Child lock 
Big interior capacity
11 power levels
Child lock

$107.29

Freestanding
Info
1,100W
Info
45.3L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#3

86

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Magic Chef logo

Magic Chef MCM1110B

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

$29.99

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
31.1L
Info
Info
$290
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#4

86

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Magic Chef logo

Magic Chef MCM990ST

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

$77.51

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25.4L
Info
Info
$260
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
#5

85

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Whirlpool WMH31017HS

42 Reviews

$189.00

Integrated
Info
1,000W
Info
48L
Info
Info
$290
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#6

82

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Panasonic NNSN736B

 

$129.95

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
45L
Info
Info
$360
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#7

82

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Panasonic NNSD372SCR

 

$118.95

Freestanding
Info
950W
Info
22.6L
Info
Info
$270
Over 10 years
Jun 2017
#8

82

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Panasonic NNSN966SR

 

$215.20

Integrated
Info
1,250W
Info
62L
Info
Info
$360
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#9

82

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Panasonic NNSN936B

 

$139.99

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
62L
Info
Info
$360
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#10

82

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Panasonic NNSU656W

 

$149.95

Freestanding
Info
1,100W
Info
37L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
Jun 2016
#11

81

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Tower T24021

24 Reviews

$106.35

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$230
Over 10 years
Nov 2018
#12

81

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Avanti MO7103SST

 

$88.16

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$200
Over 10 years
Jan 2013
#13

81

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Swan SM22070CN

218 Reviews

$132.94

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
$260
Over 10 years
Feb 2019
#14

81

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Russell Hobbs RHRETMM705B

142 Reviews

$86.40

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
17L
Info
Info
$200
Over 10 years
May 2020
#15

81

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Panasonic NE1025F

 

$238.99

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
23L
Info
Info
$290
Over 10 years
Jan 2016
#16

80

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Sharp SMC1131CB

 

$98.99

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
37L
Info
Info
$290
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
#17

80

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Russell Hobbs RHM2064B

202 Reviews

$93.05

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$230
Over 10 years
May 2020
#18

80

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Russell Hobbs RHMM701R

372 Reviews

$132.94

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
17L
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Jul 2015
#19

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Russell Hobbs RHMD804CP

5 Reviews

$106.35

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
17L
Info
Info
$230
Over 10 years
Feb 2017

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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 79 $119 - $239
89%
218 reviews
#2
Samsung Microwaves 79 $133 - $882
87%
2,589 reviews
#3
Hotpoint Microwaves 60
87%
488 reviews
#4
Whirlpool Microwaves 74 $119 - $365
87%
80 reviews
#5
Bosch Microwaves 63 $158 - $1,284
85%
274 reviews
#6
Daewoo Microwaves 51 $90 - $173
84%
195 reviews
#7
Russell Hobbs Microwaves 50 $78 - $291
82%
4,654 reviews
#8
Smeg Microwaves 25
81%
16 reviews
#9
Zanussi Microwaves 23 $344 - $344
81%
22 reviews
#10
Sharp Microwaves 52 $110 - $568
80%
765 reviews
#11
AEG Microwaves 22 $303 - $885
78%
47 reviews
#12
Neff Microwaves 35
77%
48 reviews
#13
Siemens Microwaves 29
77%
19 reviews
#14
Kenwood Microwaves 21
74%
2,134 reviews
#15
Severin Microwaves 23 $320 - $320
73%
171 reviews
#16
Beko Microwaves 20
72%
295 reviews
#17
LG Microwaves 36 $82 - $102
23%
5 reviews
#18
Candy Microwaves 21 $363 - $469

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$173.94
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CMXG 30DS
$455.72
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$97.94
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$133.80
Better Kagoo
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years
Much better
overall reviews
Russell Hobbs
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$200.70
$241 cheaper
Better brand
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five years
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MC28M6055
$441.90
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by five
years
Much better
user reviews
Zanussi
ZBM17542XA
$343.56
Cheaper to run
by $76 over
five years
VS
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R-21LCF
$259.00
$85 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
Swan
SM22030
$105.64
$83 cheaper
Better brand
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
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WMH31017
$189.00
Better Kagoo
Score
19 months newer
More customers
recommend it
Sharp
R-21LCF
$259.00
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
Panasonic
NN-SN936
$139.99
$119 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Panasonic
NN-SN736
$129.95
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Bigger
interior
capacity
VS
LG
NeoChef
$73.79
$56 cheaper
One year newer
$38 cheaper to
run over five
years
Panasonic
NN-SN736
$129.95
$59 cheaper
Better brand
VS
Whirlpool
WMH31017
$189.00
Better Kagoo
Score
One year newer
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
Swan
SM22030
$105.64
User reviews
are moderately
better
Overall reviews
are moderately
better
VS
Russell Hobbs
RHM2031
$104.36
Better Kagoo
Score
Four years
newer
Better brand
Haier
HMC1035SESS
$121.99
$12 cheaper
5L bigger
interior
capacity
VS
Russell Hobbs
RHEM2301
$133.80
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
Better brand
Severin
MW 9285
$319.90
$149 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Candy
MIC201EX
$468.78
11% cheaper to
run over five
years
Whirlpool
WMH31017
$189.00
Better Kagoo
Score
33% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
Magic Chef
MCM990
$97.94
$91 cheaper
Better brand
Six months
newer
Haier
HMC1035SESS
$121.99
Cheaper to run
by $38 over
five years
VS
Magic Chef
MCM1611
$107.29
$15 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
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.

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 $43 to $3,699 and in total we found prices for 85 microwaves. A new microwave costs on average $298 and 80% of microwaves are priced between $85 and $568. The most expensive microwave that we found is the Miele H6500BM at $3,699, and the cheapest is the Magic Chef MCM1110B at only $43.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

The highest average microwave price out of all brands is Miele microwaves with an average price of $2,949. Miele microwaves range in price from $2,199 to $3,699.

The average price of Bosch microwaves is $783 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands. Bosch microwaves range in price from $158 to $1,284.

AEG microwaves range in price from $303 to $885, and the average price of AEG microwaves is $594 which is the third highest average price of all microwave brands.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 55 expert reviews and 15,177 user reviews for microwaves and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top rated microwave brand is Panasonic with an average rating of 89%. The second best brand is Samsung with 87% and the third best brand is Hotpoint with 87%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 86 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is over 3 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Walmart for whom we found 23 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 November and January. That means that most of the latest microwave technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. 29 new microwaves were released in January 2019 making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. In 2018 most new microwaves were released in November, with 43 new microwaves released that month. In April 2017, 67 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

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

That means a saving of $18 on a typical $293 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 764 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. Integrated is the second most common case design amongst new microwaves. We found 466 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 230W to 3,300W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 900W to 1,000W. The Gastroback 42813, which is on sale for $201.52, has the biggest microwave power and is a 1,400W microwave. The Daewoo QT3R, which can be purchased for $172.93, has the smallest microwave power and is a 600W microwave.

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).

Across the range of microwaves, the interior capacities range from 1.5L to 67L. The interior capacities of the majority of microwaves range from 20L to 24L. The Panasonic NN-SN936, which is available at $139.99, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 62L capacity microwave. The Sharp R-1514, which is priced at $359.99, 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 frequently found colour amongst new microwaves is black. We found 501 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured. We found 496 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured, making stainless steel 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. 77 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. 89.5% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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