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How much does a microwave cost?

$50 – $500 Countertop microwave
$150 – $600 Over-the-range microwave
$400 – $2,000 Built-in microwave

A microwave costs $100 to $600 on average, depending on the brand, type, features, and size. Microwave oven prices are $50 to $500 for countertop models and $150 to $600 for over-the-range types. Built-in microwave prices are $400 to $2,000. Microwave installation costs $100 to $400.

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Reviewed and approved on February 22, 2021, by Tom Grupa and 5 expert appliance installers on HomeGuide.

Microwave cost

The average cost of a microwave is $100 to $600. In comparison, a new microwave costs $50 to $500 for countertop models, $150 to $600 for over-the-range types, and $400 to $2,000 for built-in. Our buying guide covers microwave prices by brand, type, and size.

Average microwave cost - chart
Average microwave cost - chart

Average cost of microwave
National average cost $350
Minimum cost $50
Maximum cost $3,500
Average range $100 to $600

New microwave cost by type

The following table compares the types of microwaves by price and features:

New microwave cost by type - chart
New microwave cost by type - chart

Microwave prices
Type Price range Pros and cons
Countertop $50 – $500
  • Popular and affordable
  • No installation required
  • Versatile placement
  • Easy replacement
  • Takes up counter space
  • No ventilation system
  • Fewer features available
Over-the-range $150 – $600
  • Saves counterspace
  • Includes venting & lighting
  • Needs professional install
  • Collects grease
  • Requires precise fit
Built-in $180 – $2,000
  • Customize to match other appliances
  • Blends in with the cabinetry
  • More installation choices
  • Frees up counterspace
  • Requires professional install
Drawer $1,000 – $1,400
  • Safe and convenient
  • Easily accessible to everyone
  • Entry models are more expensive
  • No convection cooking or turntable functions
  • Hardest type to install
Combo oven $2,500 – $3,500
  • Combination wall unit with a microwave and traditional oven
  • Built into the wall or cabinetry
Convection $180 – $800
  • Internal fans circulate heat evenly
  • Cooks faster with more cooking options
  • Available in countertop, over-the-range, and built-in models

*Microwave cost only. Installation adds $100 to $400+.

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Countertop microwave cost

A countertop microwave costs $50 to $500 on average, depending on the cooking capacity, wattage, and features. High-end countertop models cost up to $1,100 for top brands and models with convection-cooking features.

Countertop microwave cost by size - chart
Countertop microwave cost by size - chart

Countertop microwave cost
Size (cubic feet) Watts Average cost
Small (0.5 - 1.0) 700 – 1,100 $50 – $150
Medium (1.1 - 1.5) 800 – 1,400 $70 – $400
Large (1.6 - 2.2) 950 – 1,600 $110 – $500
  • No installation required
  • Easy to replace or move
  • Takes up counter space
  • Typically come with fewer features

Over-the-range microwave cost

An over-the-range microwave costs $150 to $600 on average, with high-end models costing up to $1,800. Over-the-stove microwaves are 18” to 36” wide and require a precise fit and professional installation.

Over-the-range microwave oven installed in residential home
Over-the-range microwave oven installed in residential home

  • Venting options include recirculating the air through a charcoal filter back into the house or connect the unit to external venting ducts.
  • Models with a high cubic-feet-per-minute fan power produce better airflow.

Built-in microwave cost

A built-in microwave costs $400 to $2,000 on average, depending on the type and size. Built-in microwaves are the best types for saving counter space and blending in with the cabinetry. However, they require professional installation by a carpenter.

Built-in microwave cost
Type Price range Features
Standard $180 – $3,500
  • Either custom build into cabinets or with a trim kit.
  • Blends in with the cabinetry
  • Customize to match other appliances
Drawer $700 – $1,800
  • Convenient access
  • Install in the lower cabinet, kitchen island, or below a wall oven
  • No convection cooking or turntable function
Combo oven $2,350 – $7,000+
  • Combination wall unit with a microwave and traditional oven
  • Built into the wall or cabinetry

Built-in microwave installed above oven
Built-in microwave installed above oven

Cost of convection microwave oven

A convection microwave costs $180 to $800 on average, or up to $3,500 for the largest high-end models. The internal fans and additional heating elements inside circulate hot air evenly for faster cooking like a traditional oven.

  • Available as countertop, over-the-range, and built-in models.
  • Cooking options include roasting, baking, broiling, and crisping.

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Microwave prices by brand

Microwaves cost $50 to $3,500 depending on the brand, size, and microwave type. Good microwave oven brands like an LG microwave oven costs $130 to $800, and GE microwaves cost $80 to $3,500. The top brands tend to use fingerprint-resistant stainless steel, which is more durable than aluminum.

Microwave prices by brand
Brand Price range
Avanti $60 – $200
Black+Decker $75 – $370
Whirlpool $120 – $900
Panasonic $85 – $650
Kenmore $70 – $500
Magic Chef $55 – $340
Samsung $130 – $600
LG $130 – $800
Bosch $400 – $2,100
Kitchen Aid $500 – $2,300
Frigidaire $125 – $1,400
GE $80 – $3,500
Toshiba $80 – $500
Viking $570 – $2,350
Amana $200 – $2,000

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Microwave buying guide

A good microwave costs $100 to $600 on average, depending on the type, size, features, and capacity. Consider the following factors when choosing a good microwave:

  • Budget – Countertop microwaves are the cheapest, have the largest selection, and don’t require installation. Over-the-range and built-in models cost more, have better features, and require professional installation.
  • Size and location – A countertop microwave is the easiest to move, while over-the-range and built-in models save counter space.
  • Wattage – Most units have 800 to 1,200 watts of power. High-wattage microwaves cook faster but cost more.
  • Capacity – Microwaves have capacities of 0.5 to 2.2 cubic feet total, while most are 1 to 2 cubic feet.
  • Features – Advanced features like convection-cooking mode, inverter precision cooking, defrosting, and child lock increases the price.
  • Warranty – Get free repairs or replacements within 1 to 12 months under most warranties. Some credit card consumer-protection programs also extend warranties.

Microwave sizes guide

Over-the-range microwaves are 18” to 36” wide and require an exact fit. Countertop microwaves are 12” to 27” wide and fit in multiple places. The kitchen’s layout and family size determine which size microwave is best.

The following is a microwave size comparison table based on type:

Microwave size chart
Type Width Height Depth
Countertop 12” – 27” 10” – 14” 10” – 21”
Over-the-range 18” – 36” 10” – 18” 15” – 18”
Built-in 18” – 31” 12” – 20” 13” – 25”

Cooking capacity is the microwave’s interior size:

  • 5 to 1.0 cubic feet is compact to small or dorm size
  • 0 to 1.6 cubic feet is standard family-size or full size
  • 8 to 2.0+ cubic feet is extra-large
Upgrading to a larger microwave typically requires more power and increased fees in electrical work before installation.

Compare microwave features

Most new microwaves come with many features, options, and smart functions. Microwave oven features to look for include:

  • Smart sensor cooking – Detects steam and automatically adjusts the cooking time and power accordingly to stop food from burning.
  • Auto defrost – Instantly estimates the thawing time and cooking temperature.
  • Quick keys and presets – Save pre-programmed settings for one-touch cooking tasks and reheating.
  • Smart / Wi-Fi connected – Allows wireless microwave control through a smart device, digital assistant, or voice control.
  • Child-safety lock– Prevent accidental use by locking the microwave with a key code.
  • Charcoal filters (over-the-range microwaves) – Purify grease, smoke, and odors from the stovetop range below.
  • Turntable trays and racks – Easy-to-clean removable trays rotate the food for even heating, or stack food for cooking multiple dishes.
  • Power rating– Most units have 800 to 1,200 watts of power. High-wattage microwaves cook faster but cost more. Most units come with 10 power levels and multi-stage cooking.
  • Cooking capacity – Microwaves range from capacities of 0.5 to 2.2 cubic feet.

Built-in vs. over-the-range microwaves

Both over-the-range and built-in microwaves save counter space, need a precise fit, and require professional installation.

  • Over-the-range microwaves replace the stove’s exhaust hood for kitchen ventilation.
  • Built-in microwaves go inside the wall or cabinetry.
  • Microwave-drawer models replace any drawer.
Built-in vs. over-the-range microwaves
Type Pros Cons
Over-the-range
  • Built-in lighting for the range below
  • Vents heat, fumes, and odors from the cooking range
  • Collects grease
  • Built-in fans have lower capacity than range hoods
  • Harder to reach
Built-in
  • Customized look
  • Matches other appliances
  • High-quality models
  • Comes with advanced features
  • Expensive
  • Reduces cabinet space
  • Requires professional installation
  • Needs cabinet customization to install

Where can I buy a microwave?

The best places to buy a microwave are home improvement stores like Best Buy, Sears, Lowe's, and Home Depot for the largest selection. A microwave at Walmart costs $50 to $365 but has fewer models to choose from than other stores.

Where to buy a microwave
Store Price range
Best Buy $55 – $2,700
Sears $55 – $3,400
Lowe's $40 – $3,500
Home Depot $55 – $1,400
Walmart $50 – $365
Target $50 – $430
Menards $45 – $1,200
Amazon $60 – $1,200

Microwave installation

Microwave installation costs $100 to $300 for an over-the-range microwave or $220 to $580 for a built-in microwave, not including the price of the microwave unit.

Microwave installation cost - chart
Microwave installation cost - chart

  • Electrician or handyman prices are $50 to $100 per hour for labor.
  • Adding a new electrical outlet costs $150 to $600
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When to repair or replace a microwave oven?

Microwave repairs cost $100 to $300 on average, depending on the model and repair type. If the microwave is high-end, less than 5 years old, and needs minor fixes, then repairing the unit is more cost-effective. Replace microwaves almost 10 years old with multiple defects.

Microwave oven repair or replace
Repair when: Replace when:
  • Broken parts: door handle, roller guide, spinning glass plate, microwave feet on countertop models
  • Light not working when the door opens
  • Door-switch issues
  • Cracked or broken door seal
  • Older than 10 years
  • Loud buzzing or rattling noises
  • Sparks, smoke, or burning smells
  • Magnetron fails
  • Heating or cooking takes longer than normal
  • Control panel malfunctions
A free repair or replacement is possible within 30 days to 1 year if the microwave is still under warranty. Some credit card consumer-protection programs also extend the warranty.

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Frequently asked questions

Best low-cost microwave oven

The best affordable countertop microwaves cost $75 to $170 with features like cooking presets, basic timers, and cooking power of 900 to 1,100 watts. Low-cost countertop microwaves with convection cooking and air frying cost $200 to $400.

How long does a microwave last?

Microwaves last 7 to 10 years on average, depending on usage and maintenance. All microwave types need regular cleaning and degreasing of the grease filters for optimum performance.

Extend the microwave’s lifespan by:

  • Never heating metals inside the microwave
  • Closing the door gently
  • Never running the microwave with nothing inside
  • Letting only a qualified technician do microwave repairs
  • Keeping the microwave plugged into a surge protector
  • Maintaining space for air circulation around the microwave
  • Always turning on an over-the-range microwave’s exhaust fan when cooking on the stovetop below

How much does it cost to use a microwave per minute?

The cost to run a microwave is less than $0.01 per minute or $0.10 to $0.13 per hour on average, depending on local electricity rates. Microwaves also use some power to stay in standby mode and operate the digital clock, which costs an additional $4 to $6 annually.

Cost to use a microwave
Daily usage (minutes) Electricity cost per year
5 $3 – $5
15 $11 – $14
30 $22 – $28
60 $45 – $55

*Based on a 1,200-watt microwave.

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Hiring a microwave installation service

Electricians, general contractors, and appliance technicians from local home improvement stores install microwaves. When searching for an appliance installer nearby, look for professionals with:

  • Certified appliance-technician training
  • Years of experience in microwave installations
  • Competitive pricing that’s not the most expensive or cheapest out of 3 or more different estimates
  • Excellent customer reviews on HomeGuide, the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and Google
  • A contractor’s license and insurance
  • Labor warranties
  • Knowledge of local building codes for microwave installation heights over the range

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