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#2

89

Magic Chef MCM1611

3 Reviews
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$105.80

Freestanding
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1,100W
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45.3L
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$380 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
An astoundingly cheap and positively reviewed freestanding microwave, with great features and one of the biggest interior capacities around
#3

88

Magic Chef MCM770

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$67.55

Freestanding
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700W
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19.8L
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$240 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
A low cost and very economical to run freestanding microwave, with great features
#4

88

Avanti MO7103SST

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$66.47

Freestanding
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700W
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19.8L
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$240 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Jan 2013
An affordable and phenomenally economical to run freestanding microwave, with great features
#5

87

Sharp R‑1874

11 Reviews
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$526.21

Freestanding
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850W
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31.1L
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$300 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Jan 2017
The top rated microwave under $1,000, with very low running costs and a reasonable price
#6

86

Magic Chef MCM1110

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$79.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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31.1L
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$350 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
An astonishingly cheap and fully featured freestanding microwave, with low running costs
#7

86

Samsung ME16K3000AB

842 Reviews
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$89.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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45L
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$350 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
A stunningly highly rated and top-value freestanding microwave, with great features and a huge 45L interior capacity
#8

86

Panasonic NN‑SN936W

18 Reviews
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$199.99

Freestanding
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1,250W
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62L
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$440 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
A very popular and giant interior capacity freestanding microwave, with a good price and great features
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#9

85

Sharp SMC1131CB

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$80.09

Freestanding
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1,000W
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37L
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$350 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
A fully featured and breathtakingly cheap freestanding microwave, with low running costs
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#10

85

RCA RMW733‑BLACK

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$63.49

Freestanding
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700W
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19.8L
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$240 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
A great value for money and very economical to run freestanding microwave, with great features
#11

85

Magic Chef MCM1310W

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$102.98

Freestanding
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1,000W
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36.8L
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$350 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
A fully featured and affordable freestanding microwave, with low running costs
#12

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 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
A giant interior capacity and low cost integrated microwave, with low running costs and very good features
#13

83

Avanti MO1108SST

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$106.17

Freestanding
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1,000W
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31L
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$350 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Jan 2011
A low cost and fully featured freestanding microwave, with low running costs and many owner recommendations
#14

83

Panasonic NN‑SN736

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$159.74

Freestanding
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1,250W
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45L
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$440 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
A best selling and good value for money freestanding microwave, with satisfactory running costs and one of the biggest interior capacities around
#15

83

Panasonic NN‑SD745S

18 Reviews
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$170.35

Freestanding
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1,250W
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45L
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$440 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
A best selling and award winning freestanding microwave, with average running costs and one of the biggest interior capacities around
#16

82

Panasonic NN‑SN686SR

6 Reviews
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$133.34

Integrated
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1,200W
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34L
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$420 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
An affordable and best selling integrated microwave, with moderate running costs and very good features
#17

82

Avanti MT12V0W

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$104.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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34L
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$350 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Nov 2017
A bargain price and fully featured freestanding microwave, with low running costs
#18

82

LG NeoChef

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$121.49

Freestanding
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1,150W
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23L
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$400 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
A fully featured and very cheap freestanding microwave, with average running costs
#19

81

Avanti AVAMO1450TW

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$144.67

Freestanding
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1,000W
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39.6L
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$350 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A fully featured and very cheap freestanding microwave, with low running costs and a huge 39.6L interior capacity
#20

78

Panasonic NN‑SN966S

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$199.35

Integrated
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1,250W
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62L
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$440 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
A cheap and good spec integrated microwave, with moderate running costs and a massive 62L interior capacity
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84

Panasonic NN‑SU656

7 Reviews
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$114.63

Freestanding
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1,100W
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37L
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$380 / 10 years
Over 10 years
Jun 2016
A very popular and enormous interior capacity freestanding microwave, with alright running costs and great features

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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 Smeg with an average rating of 90%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

Rank Brand Number of Microwaves Price Range Average Rating
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Smeg Microwaves 20 $2,947 - $2,947
90%
1 review
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Sharp Microwaves 50 $80 - $741
89%
6,964 reviews
#3
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Samsung Microwaves 66 $85 - $388
89%
5,301 reviews
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 38
88%
11,598 reviews
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Panasonic Microwaves 67 $109 - $216
87%
9,589 reviews
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Hotpoint Microwaves 47
87%
630 reviews
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Bosch Microwaves 55 $693 - $2,200
84%
925 reviews
#8
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Daewoo Microwaves 40 $70 - $70
83%
2,352 reviews
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Neff Microwaves 30 $1,261 - $1,261
82%
448 reviews
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Whirlpool Microwaves 60 $79 - $79
80%
219 reviews
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Siemens Microwaves 25
75%
64 reviews
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LG Microwaves 31 $116 - $336
60%
33 reviews

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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 84 microwaves ranging from $35 to $2,947. The average price of a new microwave is $326 and the 80% of microwaves are priced between $79 and $693. The Smeg MI20XU is the most expensive microwave that we found at $2,947, and the Morphy Richards Accents is the cheapest at only $35.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

The average price of Smeg microwaves is $2,947 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands. Smeg microwaves range in price from $2,947 to $2,947.

Miele microwaves start at $1,799 and their most expensive microwave costs $1,799. The average price of Miele microwaves is $1,799 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands.

The average price of Neff microwaves is $1,261 which is the third highest average price of all microwave brands. Neff microwaves range in price from $1,261 to $1,261.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 38 expert reviews and 41,774 user reviews for microwaves and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top three microwave brands are Smeg, Sharp and Samsung. Smeg has an average rating of 90%, Sharp has an average rating of 89% and Samsung has an average rating of 89%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 71 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon US with 47 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon US when it comes to microwaves. Walmart is the third biggest retailer with 31 current offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

We couldn't see any noticeable trend in the release dates for new microwaves over the last 3 years. April was the biggest month in 2017 for new microwaves, with 58 new microwaves released that month. The biggest month in 2016 for new microwave releases was October, with 126 new microwaves released that month. In 2015 most new microwaves were released in July, with 101 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. On a typical new microwave costing $326, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $26.

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 603 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves, which makes freestanding the most popular case design amongst new microwaves. We found 336 microwaves that are integrated microwaves, making integrated 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).

The microwave powers of microwaves range from 500W to 3,600W. The microwave powers of most microwaves range from 900W to 950W. The Sharp RE-SS8C-B, which can be purchased for $523.85, has the biggest microwave power and is a 1,430W microwave. The IRIS OHYAMA IMB-FM18-5, which currently retails for $311.95, has the smallest microwave power and is a 600W microwave.

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).

Comparing all microwaves, the interior capacities range from 13L to 62L. The interior capacities of most microwaves range from 18L to 22L. The Panasonic NN-SN966S, which is available at $215.20, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 62L capacity microwave. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the Sharp RE-S5E, which is a 15L capacity microwave and is available at $364.95.

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

Available Colours

We found 378 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured, which makes black the most popular colour amongst new microwaves. Stainless steel is the second most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves. We found 377 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. 54 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. 76.1% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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