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#1

90

Magic Chef MCM990B

44 Reviews
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$62.70

Freestanding
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900W
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25.48L
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$310
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
The best scoring microwave under $100, with very good features and very low running costs
#2

86

Panasonic NN‑SN936W

17 Reviews
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$189.00

Freestanding
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1,250W
Info
62L
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$440
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
A top-value and excellently reviewed freestanding microwave, with great features and a giant 62L interior capacity
#3

86

Brentwood Sunbeam

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$67.74

Freestanding
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700W
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19L
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$240
Over 10 years
Aug 2017
An affordable and very popular freestanding microwave, with great features and extremely low running costs
#4

84

Whirlpool WMH31017

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$79.00

Integrated
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1,000W
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48L
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$350
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
A huge interior capacity and best selling integrated microwave, with an astonishingly reasonable price and low running costs
#5

83

Avanti MO1108SST

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$115.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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31L
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$350
Over 10 years
Jan 2011
A fully featured and bargain price freestanding microwave, with low running costs and many positive recommendations
#6

83

Breville the Quick Touch

12 Reviews
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$249.95

Freestanding
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1,100W
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35L
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$380
Over 10 years
Aug 2017
The highest scoring microwave under $1,000, with satisfactory running costs and great features
#7

83

Magic Chef MCM1611B

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$94.83

Freestanding
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1,100W
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45.3L
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$380
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
A low cost and fully featured freestanding microwave, with average running costs and one of the biggest interior capacities on the market
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#8

83

Avanti MT09V0W

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$70.03

Freestanding
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900W
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25.48L
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$310
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A fully featured and bargain price freestanding microwave, with low running costs
#9

83

Panasonic NN‑SU696S

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$109.00

Integrated
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1,100W
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36L
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$380
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
A low cost and best selling integrated microwave, with ok running costs and great features
#10

82

Avanti MT09V1B

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$74.59

Freestanding
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900W
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25.48L
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$310
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A fully featured and sensationally cheap freestanding microwave, with low running costs
Save $117
#11

82

LG NeoChef

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$99.99

Freestanding
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1,150W
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23L
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$400
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
A low cost and fully featured freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs
Save $13
#12

82

Panasonic NN‑SN966S

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$198.00

Integrated
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1,250W
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62L
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$440
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
An enormous interior capacity and very popular integrated microwave, with ok running costs and very good features
#13

82

Emerson Radio MW9255B

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$77.44

Freestanding
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900W
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25.4L
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Info
$310
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
An affordable and very economical to run freestanding microwave, with very good features
#14

81

Avanti MT09V3S

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$77.43

Freestanding
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900W
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25.48L
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$310
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A fully featured and excellent value for money freestanding microwave, with low running costs
#15

81

Sharp R‑21LCF

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$195.00

Freestanding
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900W
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20L
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$350
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
A fully featured and top-value freestanding microwave, with low running costs
Save $19
#16

81

Avanti AVAMO1450TW

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$108.17

Freestanding
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1,000W
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39.6L
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$350
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A fully featured and affordable freestanding microwave, with low running costs
Save $40
#17

81

Daewoo KOR1N0

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$65.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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31L
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Info
$350
Over 10 years
Apr 2014
A low cost and fully featured freestanding microwave, with low running costs
#18

80

Samsung ME16K3000AB

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$82.77

Freestanding
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1,000W
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45L
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Info
$350
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
A bargain price and fully featured freestanding microwave, with satisfactory running costs and one of the biggest interior capacities on the market
Save $82
#19

80

Emerson Radio MWG9115SB

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$94.11

Freestanding
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900W
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20L
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$380
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
A fully featured and low cost freestanding microwave, with satisfactory running costs
#20

80

Emerson Radio MW1338SB

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$96.07

Freestanding
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1,100W
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36.8L
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$380
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
A stunningly cheap and fully featured freestanding microwave, with alright 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 Bosch 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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Bosch Microwaves 55 $696 - $2,209
90%
2 reviews
#2
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Neff Microwaves 30
90%
1 review
#3
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 32
88%
6,284 reviews
#4
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Samsung Microwaves 64 $170 - $555
88%
3,369 reviews
#5
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Panasonic Microwaves 61 $100 - $198
87%
4,325 reviews
#6
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Sharp Microwaves 47 $200 - $750
87%
950 reviews
#7
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Hotpoint Microwaves 43 $260 - $260
85%
4 reviews
#8
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Daewoo Microwaves 39 $65 - $65
85%
518 reviews
#9
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Whirlpool Microwaves 53 $79 - $79
79%
199 reviews
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Siemens Microwaves 25 $2,219 - $2,219
74%
11 reviews
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LG Microwaves 28 $110 - $218
24%
9 reviews

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$65.00
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$189.00
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$249.95
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$216.63
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$337.95
£43 cheaper to
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MC28H
$273.99
$64 cheaper
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$237.74
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£64 cheaper to
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$2,208.95
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$1,254.80
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$554.90
$700 cheaper
£43 cheaper to
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$79.00
$15 cheaper
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$1,214.28
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$389.12
$825 cheaper
10% cheaper to
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$696.16
$1,003 cheaper
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$1,699.00
Significantly
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$298.90
30% cheaper to
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$89.95
$209 cheaper
14% bigger
interior
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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 91 microwaves ranging from $62 to $2,897. The average price of a new microwave is $388 and the 80% of microwaves are priced between $85 and $750. The most expensive microwave that we found is the Smeg MI20XU at $2,897, and the cheapest is the Magic Chef MCM990B at only $63.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

The highest average microwave price out of all brands is Smeg microwaves with an average price of $2,897. Smeg microwaves range in price from $2,897 to $2,897.

The second highest average microwave price out of all brands is Siemens microwaves with an average price of $2,219. Siemens microwaves range in price from $2,219 to $2,219.

Miele microwaves start at $1,699 and their most expensive microwave costs $1,699. The average price of Miele microwaves is $1,699 which is the third highest average price of all microwave brands.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 23 expert reviews and 17,412 user reviews for microwaves from across the internet and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of microwave. Bosch is the top rated microwave brand with an average rating of 90%. Neff is the second best brand with 90% and Russell Hobbs is the third best brand with 88%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 66 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon US with 33 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon US when it comes to microwaves. Walmart is the third biggest retailer with 16 current offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

We couldn't see any noticeable pattern in the release dates for new microwaves over the last 3 years. The biggest month last year for new microwave releases was April, with 56 new microwaves released that month. 128 new microwaves were released in October 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. July was the biggest month in 2015 for new microwaves, with 106 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 6%. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $22 on a typical $388 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.

The most frequently found case design amongst new microwaves is freestanding. We found 558 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. Integrated is the second most common case design amongst new microwaves. We found 306 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 3,600W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 900W to 950W. The microwave with the biggest microwave power is the Sharp RE-SS8C-B, which is a 1,430W microwave and currently retails for $316.65. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Zanussi ZFM15100SA, which is a 500W microwave and currently retails for $144.99.

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 13L to 62L. The interior capacities of most microwaves range from 18L to 22L. The microwave with the biggest interior capacity is the Panasonic NN-SN966S, which is a 62L capacity microwave and is available at $198.00. The Sharp RE-S5E, which is on sale for $364.95, has the smallest interior capacity and is a 15L capacity microwave.

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

Available Colours

We found 368 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured, which makes this the most common colour amongst new microwaves. We found 362 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured, making this the second most popular 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. 57 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. 86.4% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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