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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 2,400 US prices • 14,000 expert & user reviews • 1,700 product comparisons • 10 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1
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Magic Chef MCM1611W

45 Reviews

$97.54

Freestanding
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1,100W
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45.3L
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Info
$420
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#2
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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
#3
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Sharp R664

80 Reviews

$288.00

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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$310
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#4
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Sharp R764

7 Reviews

$418.00

Freestanding
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800W
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25L
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$310
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#5
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Avanti MO1108SST

$115.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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31L
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Info
$380
Over 10 years
Jan 2011
#7
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Panasonic NN‑SD745S

1 Review
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$195.35

Freestanding
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1,250W
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45L
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$480
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#8
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Whirlpool WMH31017

42 Reviews

$2,010.20

Integrated
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1,000W
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48L
Info
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$380
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#9
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Samsung ME83X

6 Reviews

$316.81

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
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Info
$310
Over 10 years
May 2014
#10
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Igenix IG2860

9 Reviews

$95.42

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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Info
$310
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
#11
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Russell Hobbs RHM2079A

16 Reviews

$90.32

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
Info
Info
$310
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#12
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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
#13
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Breville the Quick Touch

76 Reviews

$247.98

Freestanding
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1,100W
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35L
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$420
Over 10 years
Aug 2017
#14
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Bosch HMT72M450B

73 Reviews

$166.58

Freestanding
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800W
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17L
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$310
Over 10 years
Apr 2010
#15
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Bosch HMT84M451B

53 Reviews

$181.91

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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$340
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
#16
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Bosch Serie 8 BFL634GB1B

5 Reviews

$698.56

(Unknown)
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900W
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21L
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$340
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
#17
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Russell Hobbs RHEM2301S

220 Reviews

$127.20

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
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$310
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#18
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Swan SM40010

72 Reviews

$227.96

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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$310
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
#19
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Russell Hobbs RHFM2363B

187 Reviews

$145.05

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
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$310
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#20
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Daewoo QT3R

8 Reviews

$68.65

Freestanding
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600W
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14L
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$230
Over 10 years
Apr 2017
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Bosch HMT75G451B

80 Reviews

$176.88

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

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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 77 $120 - $279
90%
247 reviews
#2
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Hotpoint Microwaves 59 $127 - $291
87%
349 reviews
#3
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Samsung Microwaves 73 $176 - $450
87%
1,764 reviews
#4
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Whirlpool Microwaves 73 $380 - $2,010
87%
80 reviews
#5
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Bosch Microwaves 61 $138 - $1,220
84%
275 reviews
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Daewoo Microwaves 50 $63 - $91
83%
197 reviews
#7
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Smeg Microwaves 23
81%
16 reviews
#8
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Sharp Microwaves 55 $63 - $952
81%
765 reviews
#9
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 40 $70 - $316
80%
3,949 reviews
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Neff Microwaves 34
77%
48 reviews
#11
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Siemens Microwaves 26 $259 - $259
75%
16 reviews
#12
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LG Microwaves 31 $89 - $111
30%
4 reviews
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Severin Microwaves 22 $162 - $162

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
$88.99
$84 cheaper
Two years 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
$186.99
$73 cheaper
Better brand
34L bigger
interior
capacity
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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
$195.35
$65 cheaper
Better brand
One more award
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Panasonic
NN-SN936
$161.58
$1,849 cheaper
Better brand
Bigger interior
capacity
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,010.20
Better Kagoo
Score
11 months newer
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Bosch
BFR634GS1
$698.56
$1,200 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Miele
M6160
$1,899.00
Bigger interior
capacity
Eight months
newer
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$84.34
$5 cheaper
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
Bigger interior
capacity
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$88.99
Better Kagoo
Score
11 months newer
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Panasonic
NN-SU656
$141.98
Better Kagoo
Score
11.52L bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$84.34
$58 cheaper
Five months
newer
18% cheaper to
run over five
years
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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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Samsung
MC28M6055
$449.90
Better brand
Six months
newer
VS
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Sharp
R-1874
$399.00
$51 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger
interior
capacity
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Panasonic
NN-SN736
$120.00
$1,890 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,010.20
Better Kagoo
Score
11 months newer
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Sharp
R-372
$362.00
Better brand
VS
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Daewoo
KOR9G
$69.99
$292 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
10 months newer
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Panasonic
NN-SN966S
$186.99
$61 cheaper
Better brand
31% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Breville
the Quick Touch
$247.98
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 10
months
12% cheaper to
run over five
years
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LG
MS2044VS
$111.51
Newer by 11
months
12% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Beko
MOF23110X
$101.76
$10 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$84.34
$1,926 cheaper
$38 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,010.20
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 10
months
A lot bigger
interior
capacity
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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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Avanti
MT09V1B
$84.08
$5 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$88.99
Newer by 11
months
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Russell Hobbs
RHM1727RG
$89.06
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
Cheaper to run
by £47 over
five years
VS
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Daewoo
KOR6M5RR
$81.38
$8 cheaper
Better brand
14% bigger
interior
capacity
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Panasonic
NN-SN686SR
$136.84
$1,873 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,010.20
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 11
months
23% bigger
interior
capacity
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Kenwood
K25MSS11
$50.00
$20 cheaper
Newer by one
month
VS
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Daewoo
KOR9G
$69.99
Marginally
better user
reviews
Marginally
better overall
reviews
A bit bigger
interior
capacity
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Panasonic
NN-SU656
$141.98
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
A lot bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$88.99
$53 cheaper
Newer by 17
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

In total we found 133 microwaves ranging from $46 to $3,249. On average, a new microwave costs $253 and 80% of microwaves are priced between $70 and $399. The Miele H6500BMSS is the most expensive microwave that we found at $3,249, and the Magic Chef MCM770W is the cheapest at only $46.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Miele microwaves range in price from $1,899 to $3,249, and the average price of Miele microwaves is $2,574 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands.

The average price of Whirlpool microwaves is $844 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands. Whirlpool microwaves start at $380 and their most expensive microwave costs $2,010.

AEG microwaves range in price from $367 to $625, and the average price of AEG microwaves is $496 which is the third highest average price of all microwave brands.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 37 expert reviews and 12,142 user reviews for microwaves and used this information 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 Hotpoint with 87% and the third best brand is Samsung with 87%.

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 33 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is Appliances Connection with 24 current microwave offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

Most new microwaves tend to be released between March and April. In March 2018, 33 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. April was the biggest month in 2017 for new microwaves, with 68 new microwaves released that month. 116 new microwaves were released in October 2016 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 $253 you could save on average $19 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.

We found 699 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves, which makes this the most popular case design amongst new microwaves. The second most common case design amongst new microwaves is integrated. We found 71 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 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 Sharp R24AT, which is a 1,900W microwave and is priced at $952.10. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Daewoo QT3R, which is a 600W microwave and is available at $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).

The interior capacities of microwaves range from 1.5L to 62L. The interior capacities of most microwaves range from 22L to 26L. The Panasonic NNSN936B, which can be purchased for $161.58, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 62L capacity microwave. The Sharp R1514T, which is priced at $320.30, 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

We found 449 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured, which makes this the most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves. Stainless steel is the second most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves. 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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