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Zanussi ZBM26642XA

21 Reviews

$312.60

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900W
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25.4L
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$340
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
#3
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Magic Chef MCM770W

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
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AEG MBE2658SEM

12 Reviews

$361.37

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900W
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26L
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$340
Over 10 years
Jun 2017

78

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CDA VM230SS

4 Reviews

$236.33

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900W
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25L
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$340
Over 10 years
Apr 2015

77

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AEG MBB1756DEM

16 Reviews

$658.28

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800W
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17L
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$310
Over 10 years
Feb 2017

77

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CDA VM130SS

8 Reviews

$211.32

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900W
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25L
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$340
Over 10 years
Apr 2015

81

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Kenwood K25MSS11

358 Reviews

$50.00

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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$340
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#1
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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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$340
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
#6
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Magic Chef MCM1611W

45 Reviews

$69.99

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

78

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Kenwood K25MMS14

336 Reviews

$200.06

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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$340
Over 10 years
Jul 2015

78

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Swan SM40010N

72 Reviews

$224.07

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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$310
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
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Swan SM3090N

47 Reviews

$319.00

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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$310
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
#11

83

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Swan SM22030ON

672 Reviews

$100.02

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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$310
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Jul 2015
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Swan SM22130BN

27 Reviews

$93.77

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

81

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Swan SM22070CN

218 Reviews

$106.73

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900W
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25L
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$340
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Jul 2015

80

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Swan SM3080N

71 Reviews

$106.27

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800W
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20L
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$310
Over 10 years
Mar 2015

81

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Beko MOC20100W

106 Reviews

$58.71

Freestanding
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700W
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20L
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$270
Over 10 years
Dec 2015
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Akai A24006R

22 Reviews

$78.76

Freestanding
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700W
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20L
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$270
Over 10 years
Oct 2016

79

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Igenix IG2860

9 Reviews

$93.77

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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$310
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
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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

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Candy
CMXG 25DC
$350.46
A little bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Samsung
MS23K3555E
$186.31
$164 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
13 months newer
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Samsung
MS28J5255
$175.04
$102 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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23% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Candy
CMXG20D
$276.72
Newer by three
years
Cheaper to run
by £140 over
five years
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Zanussi
ZBM17542XA
$334.33
Cheaper to run
by $76 over
five years
VS
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
$74 cheaper
Newer by four
years
Better Kagoo
Score
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$84.34
$7 cheaper
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
Bigger interior
capacity
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LG
NeoChef
$90.99
Better Kagoo
Score
11 months newer
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Panasonic
NN-SN936
$161.58
Bigger interior
capacity
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Magic Chef
MCM990
$64.00
$98 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 18
months
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Candy
CMXG20D
$276.72
16 months newer
36% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Breville
the Quick Touch
$247.98
$29 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
30% bigger
interior
capacity
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Panasonic
NN-SU656
$149.11
Better Kagoo
Score
11.52L bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$84.34
$65 cheaper
Five months
newer
18% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Zanussi
ZBM26642
$312.60
Better Kagoo
Score
Much better
user reviews
Slightly bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHBM2503
$231.31
$81 cheaper
Better brand
13 months newer
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Panasonic
NN-SN966S
$215.20
$33 cheaper
Better brand
31% bigger
interior
capacity
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Breville
the Quick Touch
$247.98
Better Kagoo
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Newer by 10
months
12% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Russell Hobbs
RHM2076
$68.77
$38 cheaper
More popular
Better brand
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Swan
SM22070
$106.73
Better Kagoo
Score
5L bigger
interior
capacity
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$84.34
$55 cheaper
$38 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$139.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 10
months
A lot bigger
interior
capacity
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Swan
SM40010
$224.07
£47 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Daewoo
KOR9G
$69.99
$154 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
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Orbegozo
MI 2017
$239.56
$210 cheaper
£94 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Samsung
MC28M6055
$449.90
Better Kagoo
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Three years
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8L bigger
interior
capacity
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Magic Chef
MCM1110
$59.99
$29 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Newer by 20
months
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Daewoo
KOR9LBK
$88.77
£94 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Kenwood
K25MSS11
$50.00
$19 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Montpellier
MMW25CTKB
$68.76
16 months newer
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Russell Hobbs
RHFM2363
$142.53
$58 cheaper
Better brand
£47 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Kenwood
K25MMS14
$200.06
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are slightly
better
Overall reviews
are a lot
better
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Bosch
HMT75M421B
$136.29
Better brand
VS
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Swan
SM22130
$93.77
$43 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 19
months
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Kenwood
K25MMS14
$200.06
Better Kagoo
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20% bigger
interior
capacity
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Russell Hobbs
RHFM2001
$106.27
$94 cheaper
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Slightly better
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Samsung
MS28J5255
$175.04
$36 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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CDA
VM130
$211.32
£47 cheaper to
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$121.99
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$120.00
Better Kagoo
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Eight months
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Bigger interior
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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

We currently list 132 microwaves ranging from $41 to $2,201. On average, a new microwave costs $233 and 80% of microwaves are priced between $69 and $413. The most expensive microwave that we found is the Bosch CNG6764S6 at $2,201, and the cheapest is the Magic Chef MCM770W at only $41.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Neff microwaves start at $1,309 and their most expensive microwave costs $1,309. The average price of Neff microwaves is $1,309 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands.

AEG microwaves range in price from $361 to $658, and the average price of AEG microwaves is $510 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands.

Bosch microwaves start at $136 and their most expensive microwave costs $2,201. The third highest average microwave price out of all brands is Bosch microwaves with an average price of $476.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 41 expert reviews and 12,163 user reviews for microwaves and used this data 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

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?

The most common period for new microwaves to be released in is between March and April. Last year most new microwaves were released in March, with 33 new microwaves released that month. The biggest month in 2017 for new microwave releases was April, 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?

In the first 6 months after release, microwaves drop in price by 8% on average.

That means a saving of $18 on a typical $233 new microwave if you wait 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 702 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. The second most frequently found case design amongst new microwaves is integrated. 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).

The microwave powers of microwaves range from 500W to 3,300W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 800W to 950W. The Samsung MC28H5013AS, which is priced at $173.81, 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 currently retails for $144.46.

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 the majority of 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 available at $320.77, 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

Black is the most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves. We found 453 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured. Stainless steel is the second most common colour amongst new microwaves. We found 441 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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