Best Microwaves

One of life’s little conveniences, a reliable microwave means you don’t have to be a kitchen connoisseur to enjoy comforting hot food at home. Whether you’re making instant noodles, using your microwave as a rice cooker or simply reheating food, a microwave can quickly become an essential everyday appliance you wonder how you ever lived without. Continue reading...

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$48 to $4,499
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56L
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303 mm
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335 mm
757 mm
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700 W

Based on 2,906 reviews
Ariston MWA33B

Ariston MWA33B

4.8  (42)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $699
  • Capacity31L
Amy T.
Amy T.
 
Ariston MWA25B

Ariston MWA25B

4.8  (42)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $349
  • Capacity25L
ANDREIA M.
ANDREIA M.NSW
 
Kmart Anko 20L Microwave

Kmart Anko 20L Microwave

3.8  (176)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $52
  • Capacity20L
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jaiden s.
jaiden s.
 
Is there anyway to fix?It just displays UPC when I press start then stops then when I leave it for a few minutes it says fail and it won’t let me do anything else
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LG NeoChef MS4296

LG NeoChef MS4296

3.5  (406)
 Summary
  • Capacity42L
  • Turntable Diameter360 mm
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$279Bing Lee
Jdk
JdkQLD
  Verified MS4296OBSS
Extremely disappointedNeo chef 3 years old and badly rusted out. MS42960MBS
Do not buy!!
Samsung MS6104 / ME6104

Samsung MS6104 / ME6104

3.7  (73)
 Summary
  • Capacity28L
  • Turntable Diameter318 mm
Angie B
Angie BNSW16 posts
  ME6104ST
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Breville Quick Touch

Breville Quick Touch

3.4  (226)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $429.95
  • Capacity34L
Alex Miller
Alex MillerNSW
  Quick Touch
LG NeoChef MS2596

LG NeoChef MS2596

3.4  (143)
 Summary
  • Capacity25L
  • Turntable Diameter292 mm
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Natalie P.
Natalie P.NSW
  MS2596OW
Stops heating every 6-12 monthsHave had this microwave fixed several times under warranty and its just stopped heating again! Now no longer under warranty. Lady at the appliance repair shop told me last time I picked it up that they have this model coming into be repaired often with the same issue. Do not buy this microwave. Show details
Panasonic NN-SF574S

Panasonic NN-SF574S

3.2  (291)
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  • Capacity27L
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Geoff M
Geoff MMelbourne2 posts
 
Display too dimCan’t read the display seems to be no way to make it brighter. We have natural light in our room. Taking the microwave back. Show details
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Samsung ME6144

Samsung ME6144

3.3  (150)
 Summary
  • Capacity40L
MASO
MASO3 posts
  ME6144ST
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Hey Maso, I am so sorry to hear about the poor experience you have had. I would love to take a look into this further for you. I have reached out to you via private message, please respond when you can.

Kind Regards,

Brian
Samsung AU

Whirlpool 25L Crisp & Grill Microwave

Whirlpool 25L Crisp & Grill Microwave

4.2  (26)
 Summary
  • Capacity25L
  • Turntable Diameter280 mm
Linda Stevenson
Linda Stevenson4 posts
  MWC25BK
Whirlpool extra crisp and grillThis whirlpool microwave takes a long time to heat food, and it burns food , you need gloves to get the food out, it melts utensils, worst microwave I have ever owned, bought a cheaper brand one, which I should have done in the first place Show details
Panasonic NN-SF564W / NN-SF564WQPQ

Panasonic NN-SF564W / NN-SF564WQPQ

3.3  (111)
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  • Capacity27L
  • Turntable Diameter340 mm
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Will
WillBrisbane31 posts
  Verified NN-SF564W / NN-SF564WQPQ
Will
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Samsung MS32J5133B

Samsung MS32J5133B

3.4  (85)
 Summary
  • Capacity32L
  • Turntable Diameter318 mm
Cabmeow
CabmeowNSW22 posts
  Verified MS32J5133BT
Samsung ME6124

Samsung ME6124

3.2  (135)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $219
  • Capacity34L
  • Turntable Diameter345 mm
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Clint
ClintVIC3 posts
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Worst microwave I've ownedWe bought 3 of these at the same time, one for the kitchen, 1 for the cinema and 1 for work and every one of them it garbage. You can't see through the door and it doesn't cook anything in a reasonable amount time. Even packaged foods, if the packet says 7 minutes you will need 10 minutes. Save your money and buy one from Aldi. Show details
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LG Neochef MS2336DB

LG Neochef MS2336DB

3.5  (47)
 Summary
  • Capacity23L
  • Turntable Diameter292 mm
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$219Bing Lee
S K.
S K.3 posts
 
Waste of money- broken after two yearsPurchased the LG Neochef 1000W Smart Inverter Microwave in March 2022. It has since stopped heating food despite the 10 year smart inverter warranty. Would not recommend. Show details
Panasonic NN-ST665B

Panasonic NN-ST665B

3.2  (69)
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  • Capacity32L
  • Turntable Diameter340 mm
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Michael R H.
Michael R H.
 
2nd thoughtsWe have had our microwave for a few years, and now showing H97 fault.
After reading through the feedback, really need a second thought over replacement. Show details ·  1
Ariston MWA23B

Ariston MWA23B

4.6  (13)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Capacity30L
marko.popovic
marko.popovicNSW
 
Best ever!Best microwave I've ever used.
Cooks evenly without a spinning dish and uses a knob for convenience.
Too bad it's discontinued now. I hope Ariston's next model will include a knob like this one because I love the convenience of just turning to set the time and pushing the big knob to start. Show details
Westinghouse WMF4102

Westinghouse WMF4102

3.4  (35)
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  • Capacity40L
  • Turntable Diameter345 mm
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$259Bing Lee
Saydie
SaydieNSW
  WMF4102BA
DisappointedOf course this microwave suddenly started sparking two months after warranty ran out. I thought Westinghouse would be a great product. The bigW microwave I replaced it with at half the price has a two year warranty .It pays to shop around and don’t just trust a brand Show details
Kmart Anko 25L

Kmart Anko 25L

3.4  (30)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $85
  • Capacity25L
Molly M.
Molly M.
 
Noisy but good lookingIt Looks good and decent price. Noisy when operating tho. Show details ·  1
Samsung MS40J5133BT

Samsung MS40J5133BT

3.0  (64)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Capacity40L
  • Turntable Diameter360 mm
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gregnles
gregnlesWA25 posts
 
Terrible microwaveDefinitely would not recommend. Door doesn’t open easily. Had numerous problems with it stopping and starting. Also would stop part way through cooking. Had it in for service and was told there is nothing wrong with it, if I bring it in again I will be charged. Show details
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LG MS4266

LG MS4266

2.8  (85)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $349 to $399
  • Capacity42L
  • Turntable Diameter360 mm
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biggsy
biggsy33 posts
  MS4266OSS
more throw away junkdoes not cook or heat as well as the 30 year old philips it replaced,just out of warranty the digital display started loose it's ability to display numbers, so now if you are just heating,every beep is thirty seconds. just more throw away rubbish, won't bother with another one.
LG NeoChef MJ3966

LG NeoChef MJ3966

3.0  (44)
 Summary
  • Capacity39L
  • Turntable Diameter360 mm
Lifinia H.
Lifinia H.QLD
  MJ3966ABS
Great while it lastedIt worked great untill it was 3 years old, then started sparking and stopped heating Show details
Samsung MS23K3513AS

Samsung MS23K3513AS

3.3  (25)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199
  • Capacity23L
  • Turntable Diameter288 mm
CamoDuck
CamoDuckQLD6 posts
 
Dead new microwave within 4 months!Had the microwave for 4 months, and the power supply unit die. Thinking I can get a replacement unit, instead Samsung want to sent the unit to repair. Now I don't have a microwave unit to use at home for the week(s) while the unit is being repaired.
I have paid for a microwave but now I don't have a microwave to use for unknown period of time. Show details
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Sharp R30A0S / R30A0W

Sharp R30A0S / R30A0W

4.2  (11)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $209 to $219
  • Turntable Diameter315 mm
MamaMaria
MamaMariaNSW5 posts
  R30A0W
Great buy!The Sharp R30A0W microwave was a great buy for my budget in a time of need. An ffordable product which is pleasant on the eye, has easy and useable functions giving 750 watts of even heating, hasn't had an effect on food textures and is compact for my bench space.

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Panasonic NN-CF770M

Panasonic NN-CF770M

2.5  (84)
 Summary
  • Capacity27L
Lorraine T.
Lorraine T.NSW
  Verified NN-CF770M
So very disappointing4 months old now paying for its transportation for repair Show details
Panasonic NN-ST64JW

Panasonic NN-ST64JW

3.2  (21)
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  • Capacity32L
  • Turntable Diameter340 mm
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Alan
AlanQLD8 posts
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Panasonic NN-ST34HBQPQ

Panasonic NN-ST34HBQPQ

3.8  (12)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $167
  • Capacity25L
  • Turntable Diameter288 mm
Alan
Alan4 posts
 
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Hi Alan, we are sorry to here you feel this way, we will certainly pass on your feed back to the appropriate team for review. Also if you have any other issues or concerns please call us on 132600 and we will be happy to assist you.

Thanks

Breville The Combi Wave 3 in 1 BMO870

Breville The Combi Wave 3 in 1 BMO870

2.9  (23)
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  • Capacity32L
  • Turntable Diameter315 mm
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Dion S.
Dion S.VIC
 
Sharp R-330E

Sharp R-330E

3.1  (17)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $239 to $249
  • Capacity28L
  • Turntable Diameter315 mm
rebel1957
rebel1957WA
  R-330EW
not value for moneylasted less than a year, now will not heat food, and Of course I can"t find the receipt Show details
Sharp SM327FH

Sharp SM327FH

2.8  (23)
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  • Capacity32L
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Terry R.
Terry R.NSW
 
Not impressedOven blew up 2 days out of warranty.luckily Gerry replaced with a new one .still makes the same popping sounds as the last one when cooking. Not overly confident it’s going to last Show details
Big W Brilliant Basics Compact Digital Microwave

Big W Brilliant Basics Compact Digital Microwave

4.3  (8)
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$48RRP
georgia
georgiaport macquarie2 posts
 
I have been happy using it in a care homeProbably had it 2 or 3 yrs the push handle door opener is getting stuck and I see rusting at bottom of frame otherwise happy I probably will get another if available as many support workers use it and don't want to confuse them or the person we care for Show details

A Samsung microwave in a corner of the kitchen countertop

Image credit: Samsung

Types of microwaves

Conventional microwaves

Conventional microwaves

Conventional microwaves are standard or traditional microwaves. Small microwaves of the conventional, benchtop variety can be the most cheap microwaves to buy.

These microwaves work by emitting waves that cause water molecules in the food or drink to heat up, which cooks or warms it. Some models come with basic pre-programmed settings for cooking specific foods, like microwave potatoes or popcorn. Simply press a button and let your microwave take care of the rest.

Pros
Conventional microwaves are more affordable than convection ovens.
A suitable choice if your primary uses are heating, defrosting and re-heating food.
Pricier models include handy extra settings and accessories, such as the best microwave of 2020 Award Winner, the Ariston MWA25B, with its grill function and crisping plate.
Cons
Conventional microwaves have a more limited range of functions than a convection microwave oven.

Convection microwave ovens

Convectional microwaves

Also known as a combination ovens, these microwaves function as a regular microwave and mini convection oven in one appliance.

A convection microwave oven combines regular microwave technology with a heating element and fan to deliciously brown and crisp your food.

Pros
Convenient if you’re renting and your home doesn’t include an oven.
Cheaper and takes up less space than a traditional full-size convection oven.
A speedy way to brown and crisp food that’s faster than oven cooking.
More efficient than turning on a full-sized oven for small amounts of food.
Often comes with removable racks that you can take out and clean.
Cons
More expensive than their conventional cousins, as they use a more advanced heating/cooking method. However you can still find models under $250, like those listed below.

Inverter microwaves

Inverter technology has become something of a trend in microwave marketing. A regular microwave uses a magnetic coil or transformer to alternate between short bursts of 100% power for half the time and 0% power for the other half to achieve a medium setting.

An inverter microwave uses an inverter to heat food at 50% power for the duration of the cooking time. This allows food to be cooked more evenly and thoroughly, avoiding microwave ‘hot spots’ and undercooked food.

While inverter technology does offer more effective and efficient cooking and heating, it will make a model more expensive. It’s also not a compulsory feature to having a good quality microwave.

Benchtop microwaves

Both conventional and convection microwaves are available in benchtop and built-in designs, in a variety of styles and colours.

A benchtop model, as its name suggests, sits on your kitchen bench or counter. It plugs into a power outlet, and is therefore easy to set up soon after purchase. You can choose a smaller model to maximise on available bench space, and a benchtop model is cheaper than a built-in microwave.

Built-in microwaves

What is a built-in microwave, and should you get one?

A built-in microwave is integrated into your kitchen as a fixture rather than a stand-alone microwave that sits in a cabinet or on a bench.

If kitchen aesthetics are a top priority and you have the extra cash, a built-in microwave can look sleek and streamlined.

If you’re having your kitchen renovated, you can select a microwave design that co-ordinates with your new oven, kettle and coffee machine. Black microwaves, along with stainless steel, tend to be the most popular colour options. You can even install all your appliances into a single wall for bonus presentation points.

How much does a built-in microwave cost?

A built-in microwave is dearer than a countertop model, and can set you back anywhere from $500 to $3000.

You’ll have to factor in extra costs for installation and creating a custom-built cavity for your microwave to sit in. Make sure to also follow the manufacturer's recommendations on how much extra space to leave around the microwave's sides, and on top, for adequate ventilation).

If you covet the look of a built-in microwave but want to save on installation costs and other expenses, a microwave trim kit is an option. However, not all models are compatible with trim kits, and priced at $150 to $500, such a kit could cost as much as your new microwave itself.

Other factors to consider when buying a microwave

Size and capacity

Microwaves are available in small, medium and large sizes. Size and capacity are closely related; usually, the larger the capacity of a microwave, the larger it will be in size.

When selecting a suitably sized microwave, consider two important factors: Firstly, how much kitchen bench space you have available to house your new appliance, and secondly, how many people will be using the microwave.

If you don’t have much bench space, a small microwave that’s unobtrusive might be your ticket. As a benchmark, an average-sized microwaves measures around 50cm wide, 30cm high and 40cm deep. Don’t forget to account for extra room for ventilation – about 10 cm around the sides, and 20cm on top of your microwave.

Here's a rough size guide for choosing the right microwave:

  • 20-50L: Overall range of available capacity for a microwave.
  • 20-32L: Capacity for most benchtop microwaves.
  • 20-25L: Suitable for a two-person household.
  • 25L and above: Suitable for a family or household with four people or more.

Also consider the size of the food dishes you’ll be regularly placing inside the microwave. If the microwave-safe Tupperware or serveware you’d normally doesn’t fit on the appliance tray or flatbed, you’ll waste time and effort always switching out contents. If you’re buying in-store, you can even take in a dish and experiment with different microwave sizes.

Wattage

The amount of power a microwave uses is measured in watts. A higher wattage equates to faster and more evenly cooked food.

Most models range from 700-1200 watts. 900 watts is a good number to look out for as a benchmark for a standard countertop model, if you’re mainly using it to heat, re-heat and defrost food.

If you’re constantly cooking large family meals in a microwave, a model 900 watts or higher could be more convenient. Higher watts means a higher price though, so factor this into your decision if relevant.

Features

Microwaves often have extra features that make them easier to use or better at heating or cooking food quickly.

  • Pre-set programmes: Available for all sorts of foods, such as potatoes, pizza, pasta, and even carrots, popcorn and porridge. Look for programmes with food types you commonly eat.
  • Multi-stage programs: Will defrost, cook, then slightly cool, without you having to press any extra buttons.
  • LCD dials and screens: These can be particularly handy at night. Even if your model doesn’t have this feature, make sure the controls and dials are clearly visible and user-friendly.
  • Automatic defrost: Taking the guesswork out of defrost times, simply select the weight and type of food to be defrosted, and let the microwave calculate the exact time.
  • Quick start/Boost: Delivers a half minute or full minute burst of power at 100%, especially useful for defrosting stubbornly frozen foods.
  • Sensor cooking: Often available in higher-end models, a sensor lets you input food weight and type, then assesses vapours and moisture level to adjust the heat level automatically.
  • Child lock: A safety feature that can grant you peace of mind if you have young children in the house.
  • Self-cleaning: Some models of convection microwave ovens feature a self-cleaning function for the catalytic or pyrolytic liners, which absorb grease.
  • Rotating trays: With conventional microwaves, models with flatbeds are easier to clean than those with rotating trays, which have curved edges. Make sure your rotating-tray model doesn’t have took many nooks and crannies that could become food traps.

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