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Last updated: 24 June 2019

We test standard microwaves of different sizes from brands like Panasonic, LG, Sharp and more.

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Our lab test results will tell you:

  • which microwaves are best at defrosting, reheating and cooking a range of foods
  • which are easy to use
  • what features they come with such as sensor cook/reheat, auto cook and auto reheat
  • how much each microwave will cost to run
  • the dimensions and volume of each microwave
  • brand reliability and satisfaction figures

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands perform best and are the most efficient. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

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    Auto cook

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    Automatic functions prompt you to enter the weight and type of food for the microwave to calculate the cooking time.

      Auto reheat

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      Automatic functions prompt you to enter the weight and type of food for the microwave to calculate the reheating time.

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        • Overall score
        • CHOICE buy
        • Cooking performance score
        • Ease of use score
        • Cooking vegetables score
        • Defrosting mince meat score
        • Defrosting a whole chicken score
        • Reheating score
        • Grilling score
        • Brand reliability score
        • Brand satisfaction score
        • Useable cavity dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
        • Volume (L, measured)
        • Annual standby cost (30c/kWh)
        • Running costs ($)
        • Good points
        • Bad points
        • Notes
        • Brand
        • Model
        • Price
        • Built-in type
        • Turntable or flatbed
        • Status
        • Vent position
        • Venting space
        • External dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
        • Useable shelf (turntable) area (cm)
        • Inverter
        • Grill
        • Sensor
        • Auto cook
        • Auto reheat
        • Adjust time during cooking
        • Number of power levels
        • Delayed start or pre-set cooking
        • Multi-stage cooking
        • Kitchen timer (stand-alone)
        • Wattage (W)
        • Contact

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