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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 790 US prices • 23,000 expert & user reviews • 1,900 product comparisons • 51 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Magic Chef MCM1611ST

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

$69.99

Freestanding
Info
1,100W
Info
45.3L
Info
Info
$320
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#2

89

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Magic Chef MCM1110B

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

$60.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
31.1L
Info
Info
$290
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#3

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Magic Chef MCM770B

61 Reviews
10 power levels
10 power levels

$46.20

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$200
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
#4

86

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Whirlpool logo

Whirlpool WMH31017HS

42 Reviews
Big interior capacity
Big interior capacity

$179.00

Integrated
Info
1,000W
Info
48L
Info
Info
$290
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#5

85

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Panasonic NNSN736W

 

$139.00

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
45L
Info
Info
$360
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#6

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Avanti MO7103SST

 

$88.99

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$200
Over 10 years
Jan 2013
#7

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Igenix IG2081S

6 Reviews

$109.35

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$230
Over 10 years
Jan 2019
#8

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Sharp SMC1131CB

 

$109.99

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
37L
Info
Info
$290
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
#9

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Panasonic NE1025F

 

$199.99

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
23L
Info
(Unknown)
Info
$290
Over 10 years
Jan 2016
#10

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Magic Chef MCM990ST

90 Reviews

$99.99

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25.4L
Info
Info
$260
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
#11

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Swan SM22030GN

795 Reviews

$107.92

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$230
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
#12

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Swan SM22036

361 Reviews

$164.03

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$230
Over 10 years
May 2017
#13

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Panasonic NN‑SN936

 

$209.99

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
62L
Info
Info
$360
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#14

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Swan SM22130BN

44 Reviews

$102.46

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$230
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#15

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Panasonic NNSN966S

 

$215.20

Integrated
Info
1,250W
Info
62L
Info
Info
$360
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#16

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Tower T24017

74 Reviews

$136.69

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$230
Over 10 years
Jun 2018
#17

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Panasonic NNE27JWMBPQ

 

$109.35

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$230
Over 10 years
Jun 2020
#18

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Sharp R‑1514

 

$370.14

Integrated
Info
1,000W
Info
1.5L
Info
Info
$290
Over 10 years
Jun 2017
#19

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Tower T24019S

60 Reviews

$136.69

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$230
Over 10 years
May 2020

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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 88%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

Rank Brand Number of Microwaves Price Range Average Rating
#1
Panasonic Microwaves 81 $111 - $317
88%
218 reviews
#2
Samsung Microwaves 86
88%
3,469 reviews
#3
Hotpoint Microwaves 60
86%
628 reviews
#4
Daewoo Microwaves 58
86%
346 reviews
#5
Bosch Microwaves 63 $165 - $1,855
84%
479 reviews
#6
Whirlpool Microwaves 78 $179 - $179
84%
96 reviews
#7
Russell Hobbs Microwaves 51
83%
7,465 reviews
#8
Smeg Microwaves 30
82%
38 reviews
#9
AEG Microwaves 22
81%
34 reviews
#10
Sharp Microwaves 53 $110 - $370
80%
1,023 reviews
#11
Zanussi Microwaves 23 $154 - $154
79%
31 reviews
#12
Siemens Microwaves 29 $593 - $899
77%
22 reviews
#13
Kenwood Microwaves 21
74%
2,147 reviews
#14
Severin Microwaves 23 $357 - $357
73%
393 reviews
#15
Neff Microwaves 36
73%
61 reviews
#16
Beko Microwaves 20
71%
432 reviews
#17
LG Microwaves 38 $80 - $102
62%
43 reviews
#18
Candy Microwaves 24
47%
48 reviews

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$10 cheaper
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$330.45
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$102.25
Cheaper to run
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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

In total we found 64 microwaves ranging from $46 to $3,499. The average price of a new microwave is $412 and the 80% of microwaves are priced between $80 and $1,116. The cheapest microwave that we found is the Magic Chef MCM770B at only $46, and the most expensive is the Miele H6500BM at $3,499.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Miele microwaves range in price from $1,999 to $3,499, and the average price of Miele microwaves is $2,599 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands.

Bosch microwaves start at $165 and their most expensive microwave costs $1,855. The second highest average microwave price out of all brands is Bosch microwaves with an average price of $775.

Siemens microwaves start at $593 and their most expensive microwave costs $899. The third highest average microwave price out of all brands is Siemens microwaves with an average price of $746.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 80 expert reviews and 21,429 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 88%. The second best brand is Samsung with 88% and the third best brand is Hotpoint with 86%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 63 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Overstock with 11 offers. That means eBay is over 5 times bigger than Overstock when it comes to microwaves. A J Madison is the third biggest retailer with 3 current offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

We looked at the release dates for new microwaves over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any clear pattern. In 2020 most new microwaves were released in June, with 29 new microwaves released that month. 28 new microwaves were released in January 2019 making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. In November 2018, 44 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, microwaves drop in price by 4% on average.

A typical new microwave costs on average $403. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $17.

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 794 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves, which makes freestanding the most frequently found case design amongst new microwaves. Integrated is the second most popular case design amongst new microwaves. We found 484 microwaves that are integrated 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 3,300W. The microwave powers of most microwaves range from 800W to 950W. The Panasonic NNSD745S, which is priced at $200.93, has the biggest microwave power and is a 1,250W microwave. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Zanussi ZFM15100SA, which is a 500W microwave and is on sale for $154.47.

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).

Across the range of microwaves, the interior capacities range from 1.5L to 80L. The interior capacities of the majority of microwaves range from 20L to 24L. The Panasonic NNSN966S, which currently retails for $215.20, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 62L capacity microwave. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the Sharp R-1514, which is a 1.5L capacity microwave and is available at $370.14.

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 stainless steel. We found 507 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured. We found 504 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured, making this the second most frequently found 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. 61 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. 96.8% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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