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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 990 US prices • 14,000 expert & user reviews • 1,700 product comparisons • 13 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Magic Chef MCM770B

3 Reviews

$41.00

Freestanding
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700W
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19.8L
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$270
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
#2

87

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Magic Chef MCM1611ST

45 Reviews

$109.99

Freestanding
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1,100W
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45.3L
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Info
$420
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#3

87

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Magic Chef MCM990ST

24 Reviews

$55.00

Freestanding
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900W
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25.4L
Info
Info
$340
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
#4

85

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Daewoo QT3R

8 Reviews

$68.49

Freestanding
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600W
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14L
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$230
Over 10 years
Apr 2017
#5

84

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Russell Hobbs RHMM701R

362 Reviews

$76.10

Freestanding
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700W
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17L
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Info
$270
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#6

84

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Russell Hobbs RHM2064R

180 Reviews

$91.32

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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$310
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
#7

83

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Russell Hobbs RHRETMM705C

142 Reviews

$82.44

Freestanding
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700W
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17L
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$270
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#8

83

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Bosch HMT72M450B

73 Reviews

$138.27

Freestanding
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800W
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17L
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$310
Over 10 years
Apr 2010
#9

83

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Daewoo KOR9GPBR

88 Reviews

$69.99

Freestanding
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900W
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26L
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$340
Over 10 years
Jun 2015
#10

83

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Swan SM22030ON

684 Reviews

$101.47

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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$310
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#11

83

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Whirlpool WMH31017

42 Reviews

$109.00

Integrated
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1,000W
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48L
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$380
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#12

83

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Avanti MO7103SST

$50.93

Freestanding
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700W
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19.8L
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$270
Over 10 years
Jan 2013
#13

83

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Swan SM22130BN

27 Reviews

$93.81

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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$310
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#14

82

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Magic Chef MCM1110W

$75.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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31.1L
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$380
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#15

82

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Samsung MC28H5013AS

243 Reviews
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$176.32

Freestanding
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1,400W
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28L
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$340
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#16

82

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Panasonic NN‑SN736

$174.86

Freestanding
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1,250W
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45L
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$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#17

82

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Sharp SMC1131CB

$86.62

Freestanding
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1,000W
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37L
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$380
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
#18

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Panasonic NN‑SN936

$161.58

Freestanding
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1,250W
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62L
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$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#19

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Panasonic NN‑SN966S

$199.35

(Unknown)
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1,250W
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62L
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$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#20

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Bosch HMT84M451B

53 Reviews

$181.40

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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$340
Over 10 years
Mar 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.

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Panasonic Microwaves 77 $137 - $279
90%
247 reviews
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Hotpoint Microwaves 60 $148 - $148
87%
348 reviews
#3
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Whirlpool Microwaves 73 $109 - $493
87%
80 reviews
#4
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Samsung Microwaves 73 $119 - $450
87%
1,731 reviews
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Bosch Microwaves 62 $138 - $2,155
84%
275 reviews
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Daewoo Microwaves 50 $68 - $106
83%
197 reviews
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Sharp Microwaves 56 $87 - $537
81%
765 reviews
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Smeg Microwaves 23
81%
16 reviews
#9
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 42 $76 - $235
80%
3,974 reviews
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AEG Microwaves 20 $379 - $677
80%
28 reviews
#11
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Neff Microwaves 34 $1,282 - $1,282
77%
48 reviews
#12
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Siemens Microwaves 26 $181 - $254
76%
19 reviews
#13
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LG Microwaves 34 $102 - $120
30%
4 reviews
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Samsung
MS23K3555E
$189.01
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
30% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$119.65
$69 cheaper
Two months
newer
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Panasonic
Compact Inverter Microwave
$174.21
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
17% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$119.65
$55 cheaper
Two years newer
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
Better Kagoo
Score
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SN966S
$199.35
$61 cheaper
Better brand
34L bigger
interior
capacity
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Russell Hobbs
RHM1714
$191.39
Better brand
15% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Daewoo
QT3R
$68.49
$123 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 21
months
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Panasonic
NN-SN936
$161.58
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$109.00
$53 cheaper
One year newer
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Panasonic
NN-SD745S
$200.93
$59 cheaper
One more award
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$84.46
$35 cheaper
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LG
NeoChef
$119.65
One year newer
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Zanussi
ZBM17542XA
$328.81
Cheaper to run
by $76 over
five years
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R-21LCF
$260.00
$69 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Candy
CMXG 25DC
$352.42
A little bigger
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capacity
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Samsung
MS23K3555E
$189.01
$163 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
13 months newer
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Magic Chef
MCM990
$55.00
$7 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Danby
DMW7700BLDB
$61.57
Cheaper to run
by $76 over
five years
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Samsung
ME83X
$315.22
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by £47 over
five years
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHM3003
$177.58
$138 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are appreciably
better
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CDA
VM130
$227.06
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Siemens
FF513MMW0
$181.65
$45 cheaper
Newer by four
years
Better brand
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Zanussi
ZBM17542XA
$328.81
Better brand
VS
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Swan
SM40010
$227.32
$101 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SN936
$161.58
$98 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Bosch
CNG6764S6
$2,167.03
Better brand
VS
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Neff
C15MS22N0
$1,289.25
$878 cheaper
Newer by six
months
Cheaper to run
by $38 over
five years
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$84.46
$25 cheaper
$38 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$109.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Newer by 11
months
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Samsung
MS28J5255
$177.58
$127 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
23% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Candy
CMXG20D
$304.10
Newer by three
years
Cheaper to run
by £140 over
five years
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Panasonic
NN-SN936
$161.58
Bigger
interior
capacity
Better brand
VS
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Magic Chef
MCM990
$55.00
$107 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 18
months
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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

The price range of microwaves is from $41 to $2,155 and in total we found prices for 119 microwaves. A new microwave costs on average $241 and 80% of microwaves are priced between $84 and $450. The Bosch CNG6764S6 is the most expensive microwave that we found at $2,155, and the Magic Chef MCM770W is the cheapest at only $41.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

The average price of Neff microwaves is $1,282 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands. Neff microwaves start at $1,282 and their most expensive microwave costs $1,282.

AEG microwaves start at $379 and their most expensive microwave costs $677. The second highest average microwave price out of all brands is AEG microwaves with an average price of $567.

The average price of Bosch microwaves is $475 which is the third highest average price of all microwave brands. Bosch microwaves start at $138 and their most expensive microwave costs $2,155.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 41 expert reviews and 12,134 user reviews for microwaves and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top three microwave brands are Panasonic, Hotpoint and Whirlpool. Panasonic has an average rating of 90%, Hotpoint has an average rating of 87% and Whirlpool has an average rating of 87%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 147 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Walmart with 30 offers. That means eBay is over 4 times bigger than Walmart when it comes to microwaves. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 8 current offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

The most common period for new microwaves to be released in is between March and April. If you want the latest microwave features you may want to consider waiting until March 2020. Also the price of the current microwaves may drop off just before the latest models are released in March. Last year most new microwaves were released in March, with 35 new microwaves released that month. In April 2017, 68 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. The biggest month in 2016 for new microwave releases was October, with 113 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 8%.

A typical new microwave costs on average $241. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $19.

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 popular case design is freestanding. We found 710 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. Integrated is the second most common case design amongst new microwaves. We found 73 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 220W to 3,300W. The microwave powers of most microwaves range from 900W to 1,000W. The Samsung MC28H5013AS, which is available at $176.32, has the biggest microwave power and is a 1,400W microwave. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Daewoo QT3R, which is a 600W microwave and sells for $68.49.

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 22L to 26L. The microwave with the biggest interior capacity is the Panasonic NNSN936B, which is a 62L capacity microwave and can be purchased for $161.58. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the Sharp R1514T, which is a 1.5L capacity microwave and sells for $331.57.

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 frequently found colour is black. We found 456 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured. Stainless steel is the second most popular colour amongst new microwaves. We found 445 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. 139 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. 94.6% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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