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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 1,500 US prices • 14,000 expert & user reviews • 1,700 product comparisons • 12 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

90

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Magic Chef MCM770

18 Reviews

$65.99

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$250
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
#2

88

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Magic Chef MCM1611

45 Reviews

$119.99

Freestanding
Info
1,100W
Info
45.3L
Info
Info
$390
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#4

85

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Daewoo QT3R

8 Reviews

$66.44

Freestanding
Info
600W
Info
14L
Info
Info
$210
Over 10 years
Apr 2017
#5

84

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Whirlpool WMH31017

42 Reviews

$134.99

Integrated
Info
1,000W
Info
48L
Info
Info
$360
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#6

83

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Avanti MO7103SST

$77.99

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$250
Over 10 years
Jan 2013
#7

83

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Panasonic NN‑SN966S

$215.20

(Unknown)
Info
1,250W
Info
62L
Info
Info
$440
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#8

83

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Panasonic NN‑SN936

$139.99

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
62L
Info
Info
$440
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#9

83

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Panasonic NN‑SN736

$174.86

Freestanding
Info
1,250W
Info
45L
Info
Info
$440
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
#10

82

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Magic Chef MCM1110B

$84.99

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
31.1L
Info
Info
$360
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#11

82

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Bosch HMT72M450B

73 Reviews

$134.13

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
17L
Info
Info
$280
Over 10 years
Apr 2010
#12

81

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Daewoo KOR9GPBR

88 Reviews

$72.99

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
26L
Info
Info
$320
Over 10 years
Jun 2015
#13

81

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Sharp SMC1131CB

$116.19

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
37L
Info
Info
$360
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
#14

81

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Samsung MS23F301TAS

183 Reviews

$104.58

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
23L
Info
Info
$280
Over 10 years
Jul 2016
#15

81

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Russell Hobbs RHEM2301B

220 Reviews

$116.89

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
23L
Info
Info
$280
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#16

81

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Akai A24006R

22 Reviews

$92.28

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$250
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#17

81

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Swan SM22130BN

27 Reviews

$92.28

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$280
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#18

81

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Russell Hobbs RHMM701C

368 Reviews

$73.82

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
17L
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Jul 2015
#19

81

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Tower T24017

31 Reviews

$91.66

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
20L
Info
Info
$280
Over 10 years
Jun 2018
#20

81

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Bosch HMT84M451B

53 Reviews

$175.97

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
$320
Over 10 years
Mar 2015

80

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Panasonic NE‑1025F

$221.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
23L
Info
Info
$360
Over 10 years
Jan 2016

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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 74 $140 - $221
90%
247 reviews
#2
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Samsung Microwaves 76 $104 - $442
88%
1,988 reviews
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Hotpoint Microwaves 58
87%
387 reviews
#4
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Whirlpool Microwaves 71 $135 - $494
87%
80 reviews
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Bosch Microwaves 62 $134 - $952
84%
276 reviews
#6
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Daewoo Microwaves 51 $66 - $137
83%
197 reviews
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Smeg Microwaves 24
81%
16 reviews
#8
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 43 $74 - $227
81%
4,033 reviews
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AEG Microwaves 20 $653 - $678
80%
28 reviews
#10
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Sharp Microwaves 50 $116 - $534
80%
765 reviews
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Neff Microwaves 34
77%
48 reviews
#12
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Siemens Microwaves 26
76%
19 reviews
#13
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LG Microwaves 36 $99 - $102
23%
5 reviews
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Severin Microwaves 22 $301 - $301
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Candy Microwaves 20 $323 - $418

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$174.22
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
17% cheaper to
run over five
years
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LG
NeoChef
$99.00
$75 cheaper
Two years newer
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RHM1714
$86.13
Better brand
15% bigger
interior
capacity
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QT3R
$66.44
$20 cheaper
Newer by 21
months
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Samsung
MS23F301
$104.58
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Better Kagoo
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are slightly
better
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$110.00
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$120.00
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$88 cheaper to
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Better Kagoo
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$134.99
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20% cheaper to
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$324.04
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$120.00
$204 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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$88.21
$11 cheaper
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LG
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$99.00
One year newer
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Magic Chef
MCM990
$55.00
$21 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Danby
DMW7700BLDB
$75.99
Cheaper to run
by $70 over
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LG
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$99.00
$72 cheaper
Newer by one
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Cheaper to run
by £120 over
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Samsung
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$171.05
Better Kagoo
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One more award
Better brand
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MT09V0W
$88.21
$47 cheaper
Better brand
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$134.99
Better Kagoo
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BFL634GW1
$667.95
Better brand
10% cheaper to
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AMW 730
$490.99
$177 cheaper
Newer by nine
months
25% bigger
interior
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Samsung
ME83X
$324.26
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by £47 over
five years
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Russell Hobbs
RHM3003
$159.96
$164 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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User reviews
are appreciably
better
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$120.00
$20 cheaper
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Panasonic
NN-SN936
$139.99
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
Bigger
interior
capacity
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Emerson Radio
MW9255B
$86.98
$38 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Magic Chef
MCM1110
$84.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 23
months
Better brand
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Akai
A24006R
$92.28
$17 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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Tower
T24021
$108.90
Three months
newer
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Panasonic
NN-SN966S
$215.20
$172 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Breville
the Quick Touch
$387.50
Newer by 11
months
12% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Russell Hobbs
RHM2076
$110.00
More popular
Better brand
User reviews
are better
VS
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Swan
SM22070
$110.74
Better Kagoo
Score
Much better
overall reviews
5L bigger
interior
capacity
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Samsung
MC28H5015
$337.90
$50 cheaper
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by $74 over
five years
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Breville
the Quick Touch
$387.50
15 months newer
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.

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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 $55 to $952 and in total we found prices for 92 microwaves. A new microwave costs on average $216 and 80% of microwaves are priced between $80 and $494. The cheapest microwave that we found is the Magic Chef MCM990ST at only $55, and the most expensive is the Bosch CFA634GS1 at $952.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

The highest average microwave price out of all brands is AEG microwaves with an average price of $665. AEG microwaves range in price from $653 to $678.

The average price of Bosch microwaves is $389 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands. Bosch microwaves start at $134 and their most expensive microwave costs $952.

The third highest average microwave price out of all brands is Candy microwaves with an average price of $382. Candy microwaves start at $323 and their most expensive microwave costs $418.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 50 expert reviews and 12,491 user reviews for microwaves and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top three microwave brands are Panasonic, Samsung and Hotpoint. Panasonic has an average rating of 90%, Samsung has an average rating of 88% and Hotpoint has an average rating of 87%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 111 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Walmart with 29 offers. That means eBay is over 3 times bigger than Walmart when it comes to microwaves. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 11 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 obvious trend. In January 2019, nine new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. 40 new microwaves were released in May 2018 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.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

On average microwaves drop in price by 8% in the first 6 months after release.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $16 on a typical $213 new microwave 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.

The most frequently found case design amongst new microwaves is freestanding. We found 720 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. The second most frequently found case design amongst new microwaves is integrated. We found 79 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 220W to 3,300W. The microwave powers of most microwaves range from 900W to 1,000W. The Samsung MC28H5013AS, which currently retails for $170.40, has the biggest microwave power and is a 1,400W microwave. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Zanussi ZFM15100SA, which is a 500W microwave and sells for $138.91.

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 62L. The interior capacities of the majority of microwaves range from 22L to 26L. The Panasonic NNSN966S, which can be purchased for $215.20, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 62L capacity microwave. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the Sharp R1514T, which is a 1.5L capacity microwave and sells for $320.00.

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

Available Colours

We found 464 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured, which makes black the most common colour amongst new microwaves. The second most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves is stainless steel. We found 455 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. 102 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. 91.9% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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