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#1

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Magic Chef MCM770W

15 Reviews
10 power levels
10 power levels

$46.20

Freestanding
Info
700W
Info
19.8L
Info
Info
$210
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
#2

88

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Magic Chef MCM1110B

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

$29.00

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

85

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Magic Chef MCM990ST

64 Reviews
Big interior capacity 11 power levels Convection cooking 
Big interior capacity
11 power levels
Convection cooking

$77.51

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

83

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Avanti MO7103SST

 

$77.99

Freestanding
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700W
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19.8L
Info
Info
$210
Over 10 years
Jan 2013
#14

81

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Swan SM22130GN

27 Reviews

$69.99

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

80

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Swan SM22070GRN

218 Reviews

$75.00

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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$260
Over 10 years
Feb 2019

79

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Magic Chef MCM1310W

 

$108.28

Freestanding
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1,000W
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36.8L
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$290
Over 10 years
Mar 2018

78

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Igenix IG2081S

1 Review

$82.02

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

78

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Igenix IG2083

 

$88.85

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

77

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Avanti MO1108SST

1 Review

$153.31

Freestanding
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1,000W
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31L
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$290
Over 10 years
Jan 2011

77

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Avanti MT12V0W

 

$115.98

Freestanding
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1,000W
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34L
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$290
Over 10 years
Nov 2017

75

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Magic Chef MCM1611W

45 Reviews

$1,419.46

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

73

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Medion MD 15644

 

$267.90

Freestanding
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700W
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17L
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$210
Over 10 years
Oct 2016

73

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Miele M6160TC

4 Reviews

$2,199.00

Integrated
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900W
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46L
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Info
$260
Over 10 years
Feb 2014

72

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Danby DMW7700BLDB

 

$75.99

Freestanding
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700W
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19L
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$210
Over 10 years
Apr 2017

72

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Miele H6500BM

 

$3,699.00

Integrated
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1,000W
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43L
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$290
Over 10 years
Oct 2017

72

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Medion MD 14482

1 Review

$325.90

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

71

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Avanti AVAMO1450TW

 

$166.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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39.64L
Info
Info
$290
Over 10 years
May 2012

71

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Miele M7140TC

 

$2,300.00

Integrated
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900W
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46L
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$260
Over 10 years
May 2020

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Trending Minor Microwave Brands Microwave Comparisons

Magic Chef
MCM990
$89.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
11 months newer
VS
Danby
DMW7700BLDB
$75.99
$14 cheaper
Cheaper to run
by $78 over
five years
Swan
SM22070
$75.00
$48 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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17% bigger
interior
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RHM2031
$123.03
Better brand
16 months newer
User reviews
are marginally
better
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SM22130
$69.99
$19 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
Igenix
IG2083
$88.85
Two years newer
Haier
HMC1035SESS
$121.99
$1,297 cheaper
Cheaper to run
by $39 over
five years
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Magic Chef
MCM1611
$1,419.46
Better Kagoo
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years
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Russell Hobbs
RHM2076
$102.52
More popular
Better brand
User reviews
are better
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SM22070
$75.00
$28 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
Whirlpool
WMH31017
$179.00
More customers
recommend it
Overall reviews
are better
User reviews
are better
VS
Magic Chef
MCM990
$89.99
$89 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
Russell Hobbs
RHM1714
$95.69
Two years newer
Better brand
User reviews
are better
VS
Magic Chef
MCM990
$89.99
$6 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Overall reviews
are appreciably
better
Bosch
BFR634GS1
$1,069.90
$1,129 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Miele
M6160
$2,199.00
Bigger
interior
capacity
Avanti
MO1108SST
$153.67
$25 cheaper
Better brand
VS
Whirlpool
WMH31017
$179.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by seven
years
Much better
user reviews
Avanti
MO1108SST
$153.67
Bigger
interior
capacity
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Russell Hobbs
RHM2064
$102.52
$51 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
10 years newer
Magic Chef
MCM990
$89.99
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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Sharp
SMC1131CB
$78.99
$11 cheaper
24% bigger
interior
capacity
Magic Chef
MCM1110
$29.00
$50 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 21
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Sharp
SMC1131CB
$78.99
5.9L bigger
interior
capacity
Medion
MD 15644
$267.90
Cheaper to run
by $210 over
five years
One month newer
VS
Panasonic
NN-SD745S
$200.93
$67 cheaper
One more award
Better Kagoo
Score
Emerson Radio
MW9255B
$81.98
$39 cheaper to
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MCM1110
$29.00
$53 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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MO7103SST
$77.99
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DMW7700BLDB
$75.99
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WMH31017
$179.00
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MT12V0W
$115.98
$63 cheaper
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MCM1310W
$108.28
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Sharp
SMC1131CB
$78.99
$29 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$190.00
$136 cheaper
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MD 14482
$325.90
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20% cheaper to
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MO7103SST
$77.99
$101 cheaper
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WMH31017
$179.00
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capacity
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MO1108SST
$153.67
$51 cheaper
4% bigger
interior
capacity
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RHM3003
$205.06
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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

Microwaves range in price from $29 to $3,699 and in total we found prices for 79 microwaves. A new microwave costs on average $415 and 80% of microwaves are priced between $78 and $1,191. The cheapest microwave that we found is the Magic Chef MCM1110B at only $29, and the most expensive is the Miele H6500BM at $3,699.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Miele microwaves range in price from $2,199 to $3,699, and the average price of Miele microwaves is $2,733 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands.

Siemens microwaves range in price from $987 to $1,635, and the average price of Siemens microwaves is $1,311 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands.

Bosch microwaves range in price from $163 to $1,860, and the third highest average microwave price out of all brands is Bosch microwaves with an average price of $1,022.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 59 expert reviews and 15,187 user reviews for microwaves and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top rated microwave brand is Panasonic with an average rating of 89%. The second best brand is Samsung with 87% and the third best brand is Whirlpool with 87%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 66 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Walmart with 26 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Walmart when it comes to microwaves. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 11 current offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

We couldn't see any obvious pattern in the release dates for new microwaves over the last 3 years. 26 new microwaves were released in June 2020 making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. The biggest month in 2019 for new microwave releases was January, with 29 new microwaves released that month. November was the biggest month in 2018 for new microwaves, with 43 new microwaves released that month.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

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

A typical new microwave costs on average $407. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $24.

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 772 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. We found 474 microwaves that are integrated microwaves, making integrated the second most popular case design amongst new 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 230W to 3,300W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 900W to 1,000W. The Gastroback 42813, which sells for $206.10, has the biggest microwave power and is a 1,400W microwave. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Daewoo QT3R, which is a 600W microwave and can be purchased for $178.42.

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 67L. The interior capacities of the majority of microwaves range from 20L to 24L. The Panasonic NNSN936B, which currently retails for $34.99, 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 can be purchased for $359.99.

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

Available Colours

Black is the most common colour amongst new microwaves. We found 506 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured. Stainless steel is the second most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves. We found 505 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. 60 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. 90.9% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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