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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 1,100 US prices • 14,000 expert & user reviews • 1,700 product comparisons • 11 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1
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Avanti MO1108SST

$150.15

Freestanding
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1,000W
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31L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Jan 2011
#2
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Magic Chef MCM770W

3 Reviews

$41.00

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
19.8L
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Info
$270
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
#3
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Panasonic NN‑SD745S

1 Review
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$200.93

Freestanding
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1,250W
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45L
Info
Info
$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#4
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Whirlpool WMH31017

42 Reviews

$139.00

Integrated
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1,000W
Info
48L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#5
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Magic Chef MCM1611W

45 Reviews

$88.60

Freestanding
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1,100W
Info
45.3L
Info
Info
$420
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#6
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Magic Chef MCM990ST

24 Reviews

$64.00

Freestanding
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900W
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25.4L
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Info
$340
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
#7
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Samsung MS23F301TAS

172 Reviews

$112.60

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
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$310
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
#8
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Samsung MC32J7055CT

25 Reviews

$249.01

Freestanding
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900W
Info
32L
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Info
$340
Over 10 years
Dec 2015
#9
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Russell Hobbs RHM2064C

199 Reviews

$89.52

Freestanding
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800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
#10
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Swan SM22070CN

218 Reviews

$106.81

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
Info
Info
$340
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#11
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Russell Hobbs RHM2574

13 Reviews

$156.40

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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Info
$340
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
#12
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Russell Hobbs RHM2563

84 Reviews

$125.12

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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$340
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#13
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Sharp R270SLM

279 Reviews

$93.83

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
Info
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$310
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#14
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Russell Hobbs RHFM2001B

15 Reviews

$106.35

Freestanding
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700W
Info
19L
Info
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$270
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
#15
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Swan SM22130BN

27 Reviews

$93.83

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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$310
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#16
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CDA VM230SS

4 Reviews

$236.50

(Unknown)
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900W
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25L
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$340
Over 10 years
Apr 2015
#17
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Bosch Serie 8 CFA634GS1B

$1,016.01

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900W
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36L
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$340
Over 10 years
May 2016
#18
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Samsung MS23K3555EW

21 Reviews

$186.44

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
Aug 2017
#19
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Samsung MC32K7055CK

92 Reviews

$311.57

Freestanding
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900W
Info
32L
Info
Info
$340
Over 10 years
May 2019
#20
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Russell Hobbs RHMM701C

374 Reviews

$81.32

Freestanding
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700W
Info
17L
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$270
Over 10 years
Jul 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 $120 - $276
90%
247 reviews
#2
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Hotpoint Microwaves 60 $126 - $147
87%
349 reviews
#3
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Samsung Microwaves 73 $113 - $450
87%
1,735 reviews
#4
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Whirlpool Microwaves 73 $376 - $539
87%
80 reviews
#5
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Bosch Microwaves 61 $137 - $1,075
84%
275 reviews
#6
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Daewoo Microwaves 50 $63 - $100
83%
197 reviews
#7
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Smeg Microwaves 23
81%
16 reviews
#8
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Sharp Microwaves 55 $63 - $321
81%
765 reviews
#9
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 42 $69 - $333
80%
3,946 reviews
#10
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Neff Microwaves 34 $1,314 - $1,314
77%
48 reviews
#11
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Siemens Microwaves 26 $260 - $260
75%
16 reviews
#12
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LG Microwaves 31 $110 - $110
30%
4 reviews
#13
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Severin Microwaves 22 $161 - $351

Trending Microwave Comparisons

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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
$109.99
$63 cheaper
Two years newer
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Samsung
MS23K3555E
$186.44
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
30% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$109.99
$76 cheaper
Two months
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
$264.54
Better brand
34L bigger
interior
capacity
Newer by seven
months
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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
$217.38
$43 cheaper
Better brand
One more award
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Candy
CMXG 25DC
$350.46
A little bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Samsung
MS23K3555E
$186.44
$164 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
13 months newer
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$84.34
$26 cheaper
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
Bigger interior
capacity
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$109.99
Better Kagoo
Score
11 months newer
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Zanussi
ZBM17542XA
$334.54
Cheaper to run
by $76 over
five years
VS
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
$75 cheaper
Newer by four
years
Better Kagoo
Score
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Samsung
ME83X
$313.88
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by £47 over
five years
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHM3003
$163.91
$150 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
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Samsung
MS23F301
$112.60
$7 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHRETMD706
$120.00
More popular
Cheaper to run
by £47 over
five years
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Samsung
MS28J5255
$175.17
$102 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
23% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Candy
CMXG20D
$276.72
Newer by three
years
Cheaper to run
by £140 over
five years
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Candy
CMXG20D
$276.72
16 months newer
36% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Breville
the Quick Touch
$247.98
$29 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
30% bigger
interior
capacity
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Samsung
MC28M6055
$449.90
$82 cheaper
Better brand
Six months
newer
VS
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Sharp
R-1874
$532.25
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger
interior
capacity
$19 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Zanussi
ZBM26642
$312.83
Better Kagoo
Score
Much better
user reviews
Slightly bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHBM2503
$231.48
$81 cheaper
Better brand
13 months newer
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Panasonic
NN-SN936
$161.58
Bigger interior
capacity
VS
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Magic Chef
MCM990
$64.00
$98 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 18
months
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Russell Hobbs
RHM1714
$87.58
Better Kagoo
Score
15% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Daewoo
QT3R
$67.43
$20 cheaper
Newer by 21
months
Better user
reviews
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Panasonic
NN-SU656
$124.00
Better Kagoo
Score
11.52L bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$84.34
$40 cheaper
Five months
newer
18% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Panasonic
NN-SN966S
$264.54
Better brand
31% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Breville
the Quick Touch
$247.98
$17 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 10
months
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
Better brand
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SN936
$161.58
$98 cheaper
Bigger interior
capacity
Eight months
newer
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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 132 microwaves ranging from $41 to $1,314. The average price of a new microwave is $218 and the 80% of microwaves are priced between $69 and $376. The Magic Chef MCM770W is the cheapest microwave at only $41, and Neff C15MS22N0 is the most expensive at $1,314.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Neff microwaves range in price from $1,314 to $1,314, and the highest average microwave price out of all brands is Neff microwaves with an average price of $1,314.

The average price of AEG microwaves is $513 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands. AEG microwaves range in price from $363 to $662.

Whirlpool microwaves range in price from $376 to $539, and the third highest average microwave price out of all brands is Whirlpool microwaves with an average price of $451.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 42 expert reviews and 12,140 user reviews for microwaves and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of microwave. Panasonic is the top rated microwave brand with an average rating of 90%. Hotpoint is the second best brand with 87% and Samsung is the third best brand with 87%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 75 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Walmart with 33 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Walmart when it comes to microwaves. Appliances Connection is the third biggest retailer with 24 current offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

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

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

On average microwaves drop in price by 8% in the first 6 months after release. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $17 on a typical $218 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.

Amongst new microwaves, the most frequently found case design is freestanding. We found 702 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. We found 72 microwaves that are integrated microwaves, making this the second most common 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 Samsung MC28H5013AS, which sells for $174.60, 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 is priced at $144.94.

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).

The interior capacities of microwaves 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 NNSN966SR, which is a 62L capacity microwave and currently retails for $204.91. The Sharp R1514T, which is priced at $320.68, 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

Amongst new microwaves, the most common colour is black. We found 452 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured. The second most popular colour amongst new microwaves is stainless steel. We found 439 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. 66 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. 88% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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