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Compare the Best MicrowavesOctober 2020

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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 1,500 US prices • 2,500 expert & user reviews • 1,800 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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Case Design
Microwave Power
Interior Capacity
Available Colours
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Release Date
#1

90

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Magic Chef logo

Magic Chef MCM1611ST

3 Reviews
Big interior capacity 11 power levels Child lock 
Big interior capacity
11 power levels
Child lock

$128.74

Freestanding
Info
1,100W
Info
45.3L
Info
Info
$300
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#2

88

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Whirlpool logo

Whirlpool WMH31017HS

42 Reviews
Huge interior capacity
Huge interior capacity

$94.99

Integrated
Info
1,000W
Info
48L
Info
Info
$280
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#3

86

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Sharp logo

Sharp SMC1131CB

 
Big interior capacity
Big interior capacity

$103.49

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
37L
Info
Info
$280
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
#4

85

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Magic Chef logo

Magic Chef MCM1110ST

 
Big interior capacity 10 power levels Convection cooking 
Big interior capacity
10 power levels
Convection cooking

$99.99

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
31.1L
Info
Info
$280
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#5

85

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Panasonic logo

Panasonic NNSN736B

 

$129.95

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
45L
Info
Info
$350
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#6

85

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Panasonic NNSD372S

 

$169.73

Freestanding
Info
950W
Info
22.6L
Info
Info
$260
Over 10 years
Jun 2017
#7

84

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Panasonic NN‑SU656

 

$148.33

Freestanding
Info
1,100W
Info
37L
Info
Info
$300
Over 10 years
Jun 2016
#8

84

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Panasonic NNSN966S

 

$196.77

Integrated
Info
1,250W
Info
62L
Info
Info
$350
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#9

84

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Russell Hobbs RHEM2301B

21 Reviews

$125.76

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
23L
Info
Info
$220
Over 10 years
Nov 2018
#10

83

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Avanti MO7103SST

 

$79.99

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$190
Over 10 years
Jan 2013
#11

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Panasonic NE1025F

 

$243.99

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
23L
Info
Info
$280
Over 10 years
Jan 2016
#12

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Magic Chef MCM1310W

 

$91.19

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
36.8L
Info
Info
$280
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
#13

83

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Russell Hobbs RHRETMM705R

31 Reviews

$83.84

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
17L
Info
Info
$190
Over 10 years
May 2020
#14

82

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Magic Chef MCM990ST

 

$77.51

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25.4L
Info
Info
$250
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
#15

81

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Russell Hobbs RHM1727RG

 

$82.57

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
17L
Info
Info
$190
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
#16

81

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Panasonic NN‑SN936

 

$209.99

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
62L
Info
Info
$350
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#17

81

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Russell Hobbs RHM1714B

 

$76.21

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
17L
Info
Info
$190
Over 10 years
May 2020
#18

81

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Magic Chef MCM770B

 

$62.00

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$190
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
#19

80

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Russell Hobbs RHMD804CP

 

$88.92

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
17L
Info
Info
$220
Over 10 years
Feb 2017

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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 LG with an average rating of 91%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

Rank Brand Number of Microwaves Price Range Average Rating
#1
LG Microwaves 36 $102 - $150
91%
1 review
#2
Panasonic Microwaves 76 $75 - $244
90%
246 reviews
#3
Whirlpool Microwaves 72 $95 - $522
89%
55 reviews
#4
Samsung Microwaves 79 $127 - $442
88%
356 reviews
#5
Sharp Microwaves 50 $106 - $563
86%
139 reviews
#6
Hotpoint Microwaves 57
85%
15 reviews
#7
Bosch Microwaves 63 $151 - $1,276
85%
175 reviews
#8
Russell Hobbs Microwaves 50 $75 - $280
83%
633 reviews
#9
Neff Microwaves 35
77%
46 reviews
#10
Siemens Microwaves 29 $272 - $272
75%
9 reviews
#11
Beko Microwaves 20
68%
60 reviews
#12
Daewoo Microwaves 51 $88 - $165
60%
26 reviews
#13
Zanussi Microwaves 24 $250 - $343
57%
1 review
#14
Smeg Microwaves 25
#15
Severin Microwaves 22 $316 - $316
#16
AEG Microwaves 22 $749 - $749
#17
Candy Microwaves 20 $363 - $468

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$176.77
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
17% cheaper to
run over five
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LG
NeoChef
$149.95
$27 cheaper
Two years newer
Russell Hobbs
RHM1714
$77.04
$90 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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years
VS
Daewoo
QT3R
$166.93
£47 cheaper to
run over five
years
Samsung
MS23F301
$128.39
Better Kagoo
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User reviews
are slightly
better
Overall reviews
are a lot
better
VS
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RHM2076
$111.93
$16 cheaper
More popular
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R-21LCF
$260.00
$94 cheaper to
run over five
years
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NN-SN966S
$196.77
$63 cheaper
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NN-SN936
$139.99
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interior
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$75.99
$64 cheaper
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$200.93
$59 cheaper
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$111.93
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$115.56
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Much better
overall reviews
Swan
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$101.38
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run over five
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$75.99
$25 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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18 months newer
Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
Panasonic
NN-SN936
$139.99
$120 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
Samsung
MS23F301
$128.39
Better brand
More popular
User reviews
are better
VS
Swan
SM22030
$101.38
$27 cheaper
Newer by five
months
Whirlpool
WMH31017
$75.99
$14 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
33% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
Magic Chef
MCM990
$89.99
Better brand
Six months
newer
Cheaper to run
by $37 over
five years
Panasonic
NN-SN686SR
$169.95
Better Kagoo
Score
9L bigger
interior
capacity
VS
Russell Hobbs
RHM2574
$139.95
$30 cheaper
Better brand
25% cheaper to
run over five
years
Panasonic
NN-SN736
$129.95
Better brand
VS
Whirlpool
WMH31017
$75.99
$54 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
11 months newer
Bosch
BFR634GS1
$1,005.90
Better brand
10% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
Whirlpool
WMH31017
$75.99
$930 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
Panasonic
Compact Inverter Microwave
$176.77
Better brand
$19 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
Whirlpool
WMH31017
$75.99
$101 cheaper
Newer by two
years
Better Kagoo
Score
Swan
SM3080N
$109.13
$82 cheaper
More popular
User reviews
are better
VS
Bosch
HMT84M451
$191.34
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
A bit better
overall reviews
Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Six months
newer
16% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
Panasonic
Compact Inverter Microwave
$176.77
$83 cheaper
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by $26 over
five years
Bosch
BFR634GS1
$1,005.90
Better brand
VS
Sharp
R-1874
$563.40
$443 cheaper
Two years newer
10.1L bigger
interior
capacity
Magic Chef
MCM1110
$89.99
$12 cheaper
Newer by 21
months
Better brand
VS
Sharp
SMC1131CB
$102.33
Better Kagoo
Score
5.9L bigger
interior
capacity
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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.

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.

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

Microwaves range in price from $54 to $3,699 and in total we found prices for 94 microwaves. On average, a new microwave costs $321 and 80% of microwaves are priced between $80 and $708. The cheapest microwave that we found is the RCA RMW733-BLACK at only $55, and the most expensive is the Miele H6500BM at $3,699.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

The average price of Miele microwaves is $2,699 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands. Miele microwaves start at $2,199 and their most expensive microwave costs $3,699.

The average price of AEG microwaves is $749 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands. AEG microwaves start at $749 and their most expensive microwave costs $749.

The third highest average microwave price out of all brands is Bosch microwaves with an average price of $695. Bosch microwaves range in price from $151 to $1,276.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 18 expert reviews and 2,447 user reviews for microwaves and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top three microwave brands are LG, Panasonic and Whirlpool. LG has an average rating of 91%, Panasonic has an average rating of 90% and Whirlpool has an average rating of 89%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 96 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is over 6 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Walmart for whom we found 16 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 11 current microwave offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

The most common period for new microwaves to be released in is between November and January. If you wait until November 2020 then you might be able to get better features on your microwave. Also the price of the current microwaves may drop off just before the latest models are released in November. In 2019 most new microwaves were released in January, with 29 new microwaves released that month. The biggest month in 2018 for new microwave releases was November, with 42 new microwaves released that month. In April 2017, 67 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

On average microwaves drop in price by 7% in the first 6 months after release.

That means that on a typical microwave costing $316 you could save on average $21 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 common case design is freestanding. We found 749 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. Integrated is the second most common case design amongst new microwaves. We found 455 microwaves that are integrated 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 microwave with the biggest microwave power is the Gastroback 42813, which is a 1,400W microwave and is on sale for $200.33. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Daewoo QT3R, which is a 600W microwave and sells for $165.28.

A higher power level means 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 67L. The interior capacities of the majority of microwaves range from 20L to 24L. The microwave with the biggest interior capacity is the Panasonic NN-SN936, which is a 62L capacity microwave and currently retails for $209.99. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the Sharp R-1514, which is a 1.5L capacity microwave and currently retails for $359.99.

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

Available Colours

We found 493 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured, which makes this the most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves. We found 484 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. 89 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. 92.7% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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