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Microwave Rating Sources

Total of 11 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
As of November 2013
Recommended Microwave Ovens
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentThe ConsumerReports.org website has ratings for more than 55 countertop and 80 over the range microwaves. Most of these models have been subjected to detailed tests, but a few are evaluated based on their similarity to the tested models. Microwaves are rated on how quickly they heat water, how evenly they reheat and defrost food, their noise level and their ease of use. Editors also compare the reliability of several microwave brands as measured in a reader survey.
2. Good Housekeeping
October 2010
Microwave Reviews
by Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute
Our AssessmentGood Housekeeping Research Institute experts test 21 countertop microwaves and rate them with letter grades. Each microwave also receives a brief write-up summarizing its pros and cons. No microwave earns an A, but none does worse than a C-plus. However, there's no description of the testing methods used, so it's hard to tell how hard these machines had to work for their grades.
3. HomeDepot.com
As of November 2013
Microwaves
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com sells more than 200 microwave ovens, and several models have hundreds of user-written reviews. We found four countertop microwaves and four over the range microwaves that receive very high overall ratings from 100 users or more. However, some of the top-rated microwaves have been recently discontinued by the manufacturer, so it's not clear how much longer they will be available.
4. BestBuy.com
As of November 2013
Microwaves
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentSearching the microwave reviews at BestBuy.com is a bit awkward. There are more than 400 microwaves sold here, and their listings are split up into several pages -- full-size, midsize, over the range and so on. Also, there are multiple listings for the same model in different colors. On the plus side, there are several microwaves with 100 reviews or more. Also, the site provides a helpful list of the most popular features of each model.
5. Sears.com
As of November 2013
Microwaves
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentThere are more than 500 listings for microwave ovens at Sears.com, but many of these are duplicate pages for the same model in different colors. Over the range microwaves receive the most reviews: we found several with high ratings from 100 users or more. By contrast, few countertop microwaves have more than 25 reviews. Sears.com is the best source of information on Kenmore microwaves, sold exclusively through Sears, but no Kenmores earn top ratings.
6. ABT.com
As of November 2013
Microwaves & Microwave Ovens
by Contributors to ABT.com
Our AssessmentThis online appliance retailer sells a wide variety of microwaves. We found both countertop and over the range units with strong overall ratings from 100 users or more. However, several of the best-rated models are officially discontinued, so it's not clear how long they'll remain available at this site. Whirpool, GE and LG are the top-rated brands here for both countertop and over the range microwaves. We did not find any recommendations for built-in microwaves.
7. Amazon.com
As of November 2013
Microwaves
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentYou can find nearly 150 microwave ovens at Amazon.com, most of them countertop models. Although most microwaves receive only a few reviews from users, several have 100 or more. Panasonic and Sharp are the clear leaders: four countertop microwaves from Panasonic and two from Sharp receive high overall ratings from at least 150 users. We did not find any recommendations for over the range or built-in microwaves.
8. Walmart.com
As of November 2013
Microwaves
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com sells mainly inexpensive countertop microwaves. We found more reviews here than at most other sites; there are a dozen models with high ratings from at least 100 users. The top-rated microwave oven on the site is the Magic Chef MCM1110W, a product not covered in any professional sources. This site is somewhat difficult to navigate, so it's best for checking reviews on a specific microwave rather than seeking out the top-rated machines.
9. Viewpoints.com
As of November 2013
The Best Microwave Ovens: Microwave Oven Reviews & Ratings
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com is a review site that hosts ratings for hundreds of consumer products, including microwave ovens. However, most microwaves get only a handful of ratings, and model numbers aren't listed for some units. In addition, many of the listed microwaves are now discontinued. We found only two current models with high ratings from at least 25 owners.
10. Buzzillions.com
As of November 2013
Microwave Oven Reviews
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com compiles owner-written reviews from online appliance retailers, including ABT.com and BestBuy.com. Model numbers are not always listed, however, so it is not always clear just which product is being reviewed. If you want a general overview of user opinion about a specific microwave, Buzzillions.com is a good source. However, since you can find the same reviews at individual retailer sites, we have relied on those sites to count product recommendations.
11. Which? magazine
As of November 2013
Microwave Reviews
by Editors of Which?
Our AssessmentWhich? magazine, the British equivalent of ConsumerReports.org, tests microwaves regularly. Currently, there are test results for 97 microwaves on the magazine's website. Testing is thorough and reports are detailed, but none of the rated models is available in the U.S. However, there is some useful information about features and how to choose the best microwave.
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