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Magic Chef MCM770B

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

77

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CDA VM230SS

4 Reviews

$269.68

(Unknown)
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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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CDA VM130SS

8 Reviews

$230.97

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900W
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25L
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$340
Over 10 years
Apr 2015
#2

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Magic Chef MCM1611ST

45 Reviews

$113.25

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

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Magic Chef MCM990ST

24 Reviews

$55.00

Freestanding
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900W
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25.4L
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$340
Over 10 years
Mar 2018

75

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Swan SM40010N

72 Reviews

$231.23

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

80

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Swan SM22030CN

658 Reviews

$103.22

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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(Unknown)
Jul 2015
#9

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Swan SM22130BN

27 Reviews

$96.76

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

80

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Swan SM22070CN

218 Reviews

$116.12

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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(Unknown)
Jul 2015

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Swan SM3080N

71 Reviews

$109.67

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

80

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Akai A24006R

22 Reviews

$96.76

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

75

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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

78

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Beko MOC20200R

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$89.42

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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$310
Over 10 years
Jul 2017

62

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Candy MIC211EX

$376.99

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800W
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21L
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$310
Over 10 years
Mar 2018

64

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Morphy Richards Accents

$154.83

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800W
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20L
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$310
Over 10 years
Oct 2016

72

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Avanti AVAMO1450TW

$157.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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39.64L
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$380
Over 10 years
May 2012

61

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Emerson Radio MW1338SB

$104.98

Freestanding
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1,100W
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36.8L
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$420
Over 10 years
Feb 2017

63

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Emerson Radio MW9255B

$78.98

Freestanding
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900W
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25.5L
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$340
Over 10 years
Feb 2017

61

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Tower T24021W

$116.12

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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(Unknown)
Jan 2017

73

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RCA RMW733BLACK

$54.99

Freestanding
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700W
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19.8L
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$270
Over 10 years
Feb 2017

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Avanti
MT09V0W
$86.98
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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LG
NeoChef
$90.99
One year newer
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Zanussi
ZBM17542XA
$328.34
Cheaper to run
by $76 over
five years
VS
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$260.00
$68 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
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Magic Chef
MCM990
$55.00
$21 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Danby
DMW7700BLDB
$75.99
Cheaper to run
by $76 over
five years
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Candy
CMXG 25DC
$352.79
A little bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Samsung
MS23K3555E
$192.26
$161 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$86.98
$32 cheaper
$38 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$119.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Newer by 11
months
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Zanussi
ZBM17542XA
$328.34
Better brand
VS
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Swan
SM40010
$231.23
$97 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
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Samsung
MS28J5255
$180.64
$136 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Candy
CMXG20D
$316.50
Newer by three
years
Cheaper to run
by £140 over
five years
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Samsung
MC28H5015
$345.90
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by $76 over
five years
VS
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Breville
the Quick Touch
$247.98
$98 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
15 months newer
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Panasonic
NN-SN966S
$215.20
$33 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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Russell Hobbs
RHM2076
$126.96
Better brand
User reviews
are better
£47 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Swan
SM22070
$116.12
$11 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Much better
overall reviews
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Panasonic
NN-SU656
$138.38
Better brand
11.52L bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$86.98
$51 cheaper
Five months
newer
18% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Candy
CMXG20D
$316.50
16 months newer
36% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Breville
the Quick Touch
$247.98
$69 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
30% bigger
interior
capacity
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Swan
SM22030
$103.22
$36 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
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Daewoo
Manual Microwave Oven
$139.14
Better brand
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Panasonic
NN-SN936
$161.58
Bigger
interior
capacity
Better brand
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Magic Chef
MCM990
$55.00
$107 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 18
months
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Emerson Radio
MW9255B
$78.98
$38 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Magic Chef
MCM1110
$76.16
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 23
months
Better brand
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Whirlpool
AMW 439/IX
$411.62
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
$57 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Candy
CMXG 30DS
$401.18
Newer by 19
months
Bigger
interior
capacity
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Zanussi
ZBM17542XA
$328.34
$122 cheaper
11% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Samsung
MC28M6055
$449.90
Better Kagoo
Score
Six years newer
Better brand
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Swan
SM40010
$231.23
$1,935 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
$76 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Bosch
CNG6764S6
$2,166.65
Better brand
User reviews
are appreciably
better
10 months newer
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Bosch
HMT75M421B
$135.46
Better brand
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Swan
SM22130
$96.76
$39 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Newer by 19
months
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Candy
CMXG 25DC
$352.79
49% bigger
interior
capacity
Cheaper to run
by $38 over
five years
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Sharp
R-1514
$331.57
$21 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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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 $41 to $2,167 and in total we found prices for 109 microwaves. On average, a new microwave costs $251 and 80% of microwaves are priced between $87 and $554. The most expensive microwave that we found is the Bosch CNG6764S6 at $2,167, and the cheapest is the Magic Chef MCM770W at only $41.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Neff microwaves range in price from $1,289 to $1,289, and the highest average microwave price out of all brands is Neff microwaves with an average price of $1,289.

The second highest average microwave price out of all brands is AEG microwaves with an average price of $664. AEG microwaves range in price from $648 to $681.

The third highest average microwave price out of all brands is Bosch microwaves with an average price of $553. Bosch microwaves start at $135 and their most expensive microwave costs $2,167.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 40 expert reviews and 12,134 user reviews for microwaves and used this data 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 88% and the third best brand is Samsung with 87%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 130 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is over 10 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Walmart for whom we found 12 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 March and April. If you want the latest microwave technology you may want to consider waiting until March 2020. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current microwaves cheaper in March once the latest models have been released. In March 2018, 35 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. In 2016 most new microwaves were released in October, with 110 new microwaves released that month.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

New microwaves drop in price by an average of 8% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

That means a saving of $20 on a typical $251 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.

Amongst new microwaves, the most frequently found case design is freestanding. We found 709 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. We found 74 microwaves that are integrated microwaves, making this the second most frequently found case design amongst new 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 220W to 3,300W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 900W to 1,000W. The Samsung MC28H5013AS, which currently retails for $179.36, has the biggest microwave power and is a 1,400W microwave. The Daewoo QT3R, which is available at $69.67, has the smallest microwave power and is a 600W microwave.

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).

Across the range of microwaves, the interior capacities range from 1.5L to 62L. The interior capacities of the majority of microwaves range from 22L to 26L. The microwave with the biggest interior capacity is the Panasonic NNSN966SR, which is a 62L capacity microwave and is on sale for $215.20. The Sharp R1514T, which can be purchased for $331.57, 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 452 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured, which makes this the most common colour amongst new microwaves. We found 448 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. 123 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. 94.6% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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