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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 2,400 US prices • 12,000 expert & user reviews • 1,700 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1
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Samsung ME83X

6 Reviews

$314.96

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
23L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
May 2014
Child
Lock
Built-in
Display
Turntabl-
e
Reheat
Function
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#2
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Bosch CFA634GS1

$1,015.92

Integrated
Info
900W
Info
36L
Info
Info
$340
Over 10 years
May 2016
Built-in
Display
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#3
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Bosch BFL634GB1

5 Reviews

$695.59

Integrated
Info
900W
Info
21L
Info
Info
$340
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
Grill
Built-in
Display
Turntabl-
e
Inverter
Technolo-
gy
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Panasonic NN‑SD745S

1 Review
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$175.37

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
45L
Info
Info
$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
Child
Lock
Defrost
Function
Built-in
Display
Turntabl-
e
Delayed
Start
Timer
Reheat
Function
Keep
Warm
Function
Convecti-
on
Cooking
Inverter
Technolo-
gy
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Whirlpool WMH31017

42 Reviews

$179.99

Integrated
Info
1,000W
Info
48L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
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Magic Chef MCM770

3 Reviews

$65.30

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$270
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
Defrost
Function
Turntabl-
e
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Features
#7
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Samsung ME16K3000AB

44 Reviews

$199.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
45L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#8
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Daewoo KOR9G

78 Reviews

$69.99

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
26L
Info
Info
$340
Over 10 years
Jun 2015
Child
Lock
Defrost
Function
Built-in
Display
Turntabl-
e
Reheat
Function
Convecti-
on
Cooking
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AEG MBB1756

$621.99

Integrated
Info
800W
Info
17L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
Grill
Child
Lock
Defrost
Function
Built-in
Display
Turntabl-
e
Reheat
Function
Crisp
Maker
Keep
Warm
Function
Convecti-
on
Cooking
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Features
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Magic Chef MCM1611

31 Reviews

$119.98

Freestanding
Info
1,100W
Info
45.3L
Info
Info
$420
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
Child
Lock
Defrost
Function
Built-in
Display
Turntabl-
e
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on
Cooking
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Avanti MO1108SST

$115.99

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
31L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Jan 2011
Defrost
Function
Turntabl-
e
Convecti-
on
Cooking
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Magic Chef MCM990

24 Reviews

$89.99

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25.4L
Info
Info
$340
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
Defrost
Function
Built-in
Display
Turntabl-
e
Reheat
Function
Convecti-
on
Cooking
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Siemens iQ700

9 Reviews
No prices
found
Integrated
Info
900W
Info
21L
Info
Info
$340
Over 10 years
Jan 2016
Grill
Built-in
Display
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Features
#14

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Magic Chef MCM1110

$91.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
31.1L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
Defrost
Function
Built-in
Display
Turntabl-
e
Reheat
Function
Convecti-
on
Cooking
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Features
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Panasonic NN‑SN736

$150.35

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
45L
Info
Info
$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
Child
Lock
Weight
Sensor
Defrost
Function
Built-in
Display
Turntabl-
e
Delayed
Start
Timer
Reheat
Function
Keep
Warm
Function
Convecti-
on
Cooking
Inverter
Technolo-
gy
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Features
#16

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Magic Chef MCM1310W

$99.99

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
36.8L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
Defrost
Function
Built-in
Display
Turntabl-
e
Reheat
Function
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Features
#17

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Sharp R‑1514

$318.77

Integrated
Info
1,000W
Info
1.5L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Jun 2017
Turntabl-
e
More
Features
#18

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Sharp SMC1131CB

$121.14

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
37L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
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Panasonic NN‑SN936W

$199.99

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
62L
Info
Info
$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
Child
Lock
Defrost
Function
Built-in
Display
Turntabl-
e
Delayed
Start
Timer
Reheat
Function
Keep
Warm
Function
Convecti-
on
Cooking
Inverter
Technolo-
gy
More
Features
#20

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Sharp R‑21LCF

$260.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
28L
Info
Info
$380
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
Defrost
Function
Built-in
Display
More
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 Panasonic with an average rating of 90%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

Rank Brand Number of Microwaves Price Range Average Rating
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Panasonic Microwaves 67 $99 - $234
90%
246 reviews
#2
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Sharp Microwaves 56 $121 - $636
88%
395 reviews
#3
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Whirlpool Microwaves 72 $129 - $129
88%
77 reviews
#4
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Samsung Microwaves 72 $159 - $450
87%
1,588 reviews
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Daewoo Microwaves 47 $70 - $130
86%
153 reviews
#6
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Hotpoint Microwaves 56
86%
183 reviews
#7
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 40
86%
3,130 reviews
#8
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Smeg Microwaves 21
86%
1 review
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Neff Microwaves 31 $1,266 - $1,266
85%
48 reviews
#10
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Bosch Microwaves 55 $211 - $1,027
84%
48 reviews
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Siemens Microwaves 25 $389 - $389
82%
19 reviews
#12
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LG Microwaves 31 $103 - $227
8%
3 reviews
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Severin Microwaves 22 $210 - $259

Trending Microwave Comparisons

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Panasonic
Compact Inverter Microwave
$162.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
17% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$102.99
$60 cheaper
Two years newer
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$185.00
Better brand
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SN966S
$186.13
34L bigger
interior
capacity
Newer by eight
months
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Panasonic
NN-SN936W
$199.99
Better brand
Bigger interior
capacity
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$129.00
$71 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
11 months newer
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Siemens
iQ700
$389.00
$1,510 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Miele
M6160TC
$1,899.00
Bigger interior
capacity
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Bosch
BFR634GS1
$695.59
$1,203 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Miele
M6160TC
$1,899.00
Bigger interior
capacity
Eight months
newer
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$185.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SD745S
$175.37
$10 cheaper
One more award
Newer by eight
months
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Samsung
MC28H5013AW
$351.90
Better brand
Newer by four
months
15% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$185.00
$167 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$80.98
$22 cheaper
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
Bigger interior
capacity
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$102.99
Better Kagoo
Score
11 months newer
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Samsung
MC28H5013AW
$351.90
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by $150 over
five years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SN936W
$199.99
$152 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
A lot bigger
interior
capacity
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Panasonic
NN-SU656
$99.00
Better Kagoo
Score
11.52L bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$80.98
$18 cheaper
Five months
newer
18% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$80.98
$48 cheaper
$38 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$129.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 10
months
A lot bigger
interior
capacity
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Panasonic
NN-SN736
$150.35
Better brand
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$129.00
$21 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
11 months newer
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Sharp
R-200
$201.90
$248 cheaper
Better brand
11% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Samsung
MC28M6055
$449.90
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
23% bigger
interior
capacity
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$185.00
$15 cheaper
Better brand
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SN936W
$199.99
Bigger interior
capacity
Eight months
newer
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Haier
HMC1035SESS
$121.99
$28 cheaper
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SN736
$150.35
Better Kagoo
Score
Eight months
newer
Bigger interior
capacity
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Panasonic
NN-SU656
$99.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
A lot bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$102.99
Newer by 16
months
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Samsung
MC28H5015
$368.90
$327 cheaper
Better brand
Newer by 15
months
VS
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Bosch
BFL634GB1
$695.59
Better Kagoo
Score
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Orbegozo
MI 2017
$239.69
$210 cheaper
£94 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Samsung
MC28M6055
$449.90
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
8L bigger
interior
capacity
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Samsung
MC28M6055
$449.90
$83 cheaper
Better brand
Six months
newer
VS
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Sharp
R-1874
$532.95
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger interior
capacity
$19 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Siemens
iQ700
$389.00
Better Kagoo
Score
10% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$129.00
$260 cheaper
19 months newer
Better brand

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 80 microwaves ranging from $50 to $1,899. A new microwave costs on average $302 and 80% of microwaves are priced between $87 and $636. The Avanti MO7103SST is the cheapest microwave at only $51, and Miele M6160TC is the most expensive at $1,899.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

The average price of Miele microwaves is $1,899 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands. Miele microwaves start at $1,899 and their most expensive microwave costs $1,899.

The second highest average microwave price out of all brands is Neff microwaves with an average price of $1,266. Neff microwaves range in price from $1,266 to $1,266.

The average price of Bosch microwaves is $683 which is the third highest average price of all microwave brands. Bosch microwaves start at $211 and their most expensive microwave costs $1,027.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 27 expert reviews and 9,830 user reviews for microwaves and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top rated microwave brand is Panasonic with an average rating of 90%. The second best brand is Sharp with 88% and the third best brand is Whirlpool with 88%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 75 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, Walmart for whom we found 36 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is Appliances Connection with 24 current microwave offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

The most common period for new microwaves to be released in is between March and April. For the latest microwave technology you may be best waiting until March 2019. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current microwaves tend to drop off when the next models are released. In March 2018, 32 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. The biggest month in 2017 for new microwave releases was April, with 68 new microwaves released that month. In 2016 most new microwaves were released in October, with 123 new microwaves released that month.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, microwaves drop in price by 8% on average. On a typical new microwave costing $302, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $24.

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 popular case design amongst new microwaves is freestanding. We found 664 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. We found 371 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).

The microwave powers of microwaves range from 500W to 3,600W. The microwave powers of most microwaves range from 900W to 950W. The microwave with the biggest microwave power is the Panasonic NN-SD745S, which is a 1,250W microwave and is priced at $175.37. The Zanussi ZFM15100SA, which can be purchased for $146.76, has the smallest microwave power and is a 500W 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 1.5L to 62L. The interior capacities of the majority of 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 priced at $186.13. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the Sharp R-1514, which is a 1.5L capacity microwave and is priced at $318.77.

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

Available Colours

The most common colour amongst new microwaves is black. We found 412 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured. We found 410 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured, making this the second most common 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. 67 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. 89.3% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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