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Belling FMR2080S

12 Reviews
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Freestanding
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800W
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18L
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£370
Over 10 years
Sep 2015

83

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Igenix IG2070

21 Reviews

£49.99

Freestanding
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1,150W
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20L
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£540
Over 10 years
Nov 2015
£200 Voucher

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AEG MBE2658SEM

12 Reviews

£289.00

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900W
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26L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jun 2017
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Zanussi ZBM26642XA

21 Reviews

£192.00

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900W
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25.4L
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£420
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
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Beko MGF20210X

5 Reviews

£66.00

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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£370
Over 10 years
Feb 2017

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Magic Chef MCM770W

3 Reviews

£52.95

Freestanding
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700W
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19.8L
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£330
Over 10 years
Oct 2017

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Baumatic BYMM204SS

4 Reviews

£139.99

Integrated
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800W
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20L
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£370
Over 10 years
Jul 2017
#19

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New World UIM600

14 Reviews

£204.00

Integrated
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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Nov 2017
£200 Voucher

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CDA VM230SS

4 Reviews

£158.98

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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Apr 2015
£200 Voucher

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Hoover HMC440TVX

5 Reviews

£250.00

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900W
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44L
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£420
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Jun 2015
£200 Voucher

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AEG MBB1756DEM

16 Reviews

£330.24

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800W
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17L
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£370
Over 10 years
Feb 2017

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Baumatic BMIC4625M

14 Reviews
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900W
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25L
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£420
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Jul 2015
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CDA VM130SS

8 Reviews

£126.90

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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Apr 2015
#18

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Kenwood K25MSS11

358 Reviews

£84.99

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#8

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Magic Chef MCM1611ST

45 Reviews

£105.10

Freestanding
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1,100W
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45.3L
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£520
Over 10 years
Dec 2018

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Kenwood K25MB14

317 Reviews

£84.00

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900W
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25L
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£420
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Jul 2015

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Kenwood K25MMS14

336 Reviews

£79.98

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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015

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Kenwood K25MW14

218 Reviews

£79.99

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
Voucher

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Swan SM40010N

72 Reviews

£60.93

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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£370
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
£200 Voucher

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Beko MGC20100S

26 Reviews

£46.00

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700W
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20L
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£330
Over 10 years
Apr 2016

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Kenwood
K30CSS14
£129.99
19% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Samsung
MS23H3125A
£69.99
£60 cheaper
Better brand
Overall reviews
are a little
better
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Kenwood
K30CSS14
£129.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Hotpoint
2621
£116.10
£14 cheaper
Better brand
10 months newer
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Russell Hobbs
RHM2362
£69.99
£14 cheaper
Better brand
£47 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Kenwood
K25MB14
£84.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Marginally
better user
reviews
Marginally
better overall
reviews
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Bosch
CMG676BS6B
£1,075.17
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger
interior
capacity
10% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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De Dietrich
DME1195GX
£849.00
£226 cheaper
Newer by 14
months
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Samsung
MS23H3125A
£69.99
£14 cheaper
Better brand
11% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Kenwood
K25MB14
£84.00
Newer by four
months
2L bigger
interior
capacity
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Swan
SM22090COPN
£89.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Cheaper to run
by £47 over
five years
VS
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Sharp
R244
£89.00
Better brand
Bigger
interior
capacity
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Samsung
MS28J5215A
£99.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Two months
newer
VS
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Kenwood
K25MMS14
£79.98
£19 cheaper
A bit better
user reviews
A bit better
overall reviews
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Caso
MCG 30 chef
£330.21
Bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Whirlpool
MCP 349 SL
£194.57
£136 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Seven years
newer
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Kenwood
K23MFW15
£109.99
Newer by 22
months
Cheaper to run
by £94 over
five years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SD25H
£109.00
Better brand
User reviews
are better
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Russell Hobbs
RHM2064
£63.97
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Logik
L20GS14
£59.98
£4 cheaper
Three years
newer
User reviews
are appreciably
better
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Kenwood
K30CSS14
£129.99
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are a bit
better
Overall reviews
are a bit
better
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHM3003
£123.97
Better brand
Newer by eight
months
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Samsung
MW3500
£148.99
Better brand
VS
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Kenwood
K23MFW15
£109.99
£39 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are appreciably
better
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Sharp
R274
£63.99
£20 cheaper
Better brand
User reviews
are a little
better
VS
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Kenwood
K25MB14
£84.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger
interior
capacity
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Whirlpool
MCP 349 SL
£194.57
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by £47 over
five years
VS
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AEG
MBE2658
£188.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Four months
newer
Bigger
interior
capacity
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Russell Hobbs
RHM2017
£66.37
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Much better
overall reviews
VS
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Swan
SM22080
£49.99
£16 cheaper
User reviews
are better
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Miele
M6012
£500.00
A little bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Bosch
BFL554MS0
£409.00
£91 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Five years
newer
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Amica
AMM20BI
£129.00
£46 cheaper
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-CT56
£175.00
Newer by six
years
Better Kagoo
Score
21% bigger
interior
capacity
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Whirlpool
AMW 834
£516.00
Better Kagoo
Score
15% bigger
interior
capacity
10% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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KitchenAid
KMQFX33910
£399.00
£117 cheaper
Two years newer
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Bosch
CFA634GS1
£429.99
£450 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Two years newer
VS
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Miele
M6160
£879.99
10L bigger
interior
capacity
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Kenwood
K30CSS14
£129.99
10% cheaper to
run over five
years
Bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Samsung
MS28J5215A
£99.00
£31 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
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

Microwaves range in price from £23 to £1,999 and in total we found prices for 622 microwaves. On average, a new microwave costs £251 and 80% of microwaves are priced between £63 and £539. The Miele H6500BM is the most expensive microwave that we found at £1,999, and the Sharp R1874T is the cheapest at only £24.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

The average price of Fisher & Paykel microwaves is £1,025 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands. Fisher & Paykel microwaves start at £800 and their most expensive microwave costs £1,250.

The average price of Miele microwaves is £998 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands. Miele microwaves range in price from £500 to £1,999.

KitchenAid microwaves range in price from £499 to £1,249, and the third highest average microwave price out of all brands is KitchenAid microwaves with an average price of £909.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 39 expert reviews and 12,195 user reviews for microwaves and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of microwave. Panasonic is the top rated microwave brand with an average rating of 90%. Hotpoint is the second best brand with 87% and Whirlpool is the third best brand with 87%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 649 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, AO for whom we found 283 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 250 current microwave offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

Most new microwaves tend to be released between March and April. The biggest month in 2018 for new microwave releases was March, with 33 new microwaves released that month. April was the biggest month in 2017 for new microwaves, with 68 new microwaves released that month. 114 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?

On average microwaves drop in price by 2% in the first 6 months after release.

That means that on a typical microwave costing £251 you could save on average £5 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.

We found 706 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves, which makes freestanding the most frequently found case design amongst new microwaves. The second most frequently found case design amongst new microwaves is integrated. We found 72 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 500W to 3,300W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 800W to 950W. The Smeg SF4101MS, which is on sale for £899.00, has the biggest microwave power and is a 3,300W microwave. The Zanussi ZFM15100SA, which currently retails for £127.96, has the smallest microwave power and is a 500W 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).

The interior capacities of microwaves range from 1.5L to 62L. The interior capacities of most microwaves range from 22L to 26L. The Zanussi ZKK47902XK, which is priced at £375.00, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 51L capacity microwave. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the Hotpoint MWH1331B, which is a 13L capacity microwave and currently retails for £67.00.

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

Available Colours

The most common colour amongst new microwaves is black. We found 455 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured. The second most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves is stainless steel. We found 443 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. 388 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. 59.8% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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