Microwave ovens

We’ve tested standard microwaves, as well as models that grill.

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We've tested 32 models for cooking performance and ease of use.

We've tested 32 microwave ovens.

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Overall score breakdown

Overall score includes:

Cooking performance (70%)

Based on cooking broccoli, defrosting mince and a whole chicken, and reheating quiche. If models have a grill we also grill toast.

Ease of use (30%)

We check how easy it is to use the controls, see through the door during cooking and how easy the microwave is to clean.

Running costs ($/year)

Are calculated on reheating a plated meal once a day (with electricity costs at 26¢/kWh).

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Microwave buying guide

Before investing in a microwave, make sure you know what to look for.

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