Money may not be able to buy happiness, but it can allow you to afford some of the best and brightest—or at least most powerful—microwaves in the market.
The most expensive microwave doesn’t necessarily mean the best microwave, but it’s likelier you’ll get the models with the most features, services, and benefits if you pay a bit more cash for such devices.
What are the top 11 most expensive microwave units out there?
1. Furrion FMCM15-SS (about $600)
The Furrion FMCM15-SS is a 1.5 cubic feet OTR Convection Microwave Oven. It’s also the most expensive microwave on this list.
- 6 pounds.
- 5 kilowatts.
- Stainless steel.
- 300 CFM ventilation fan.
- Longevity and quality control issues.
Measurements: It has 1.5 cubic feet of interior space and the dimensions of 33.27 x 19.29 x 20.08 inches.
The Bottom Line: It’s decent if expensive OTR with quality control issues that dropped its user ratings down quite a lot.
2. GE Profile PEB9159SJSS (about $500)
The GE Profile PEB9159SJSS is a 22-inch countertop convection microwave oven. It’s made of stainless steel.
- 38 pounds.
- Stainless steel.
- 1-kilowatt power.
- It has a convection and microwave mode.
- Not worth its price since some units lasted only 3 years or even 18 months.
Measurements: The GE Profile PEB9159SJSS measures 20 x 21.1 x 12.1 inches and has a 1.5 cubic feet capacity.
The Bottom Line: Its longevity is also in question just like Furrion despite costing upwards of $500+.
3. Sharp SMC1585BW (about $500)
The white-painted Sharp SMC1585BW is a convection microwave with 1.5 cubic feet of capacity.
- 900 watts of power.
- It has popcorn and beverage presets and auto defrost.
- It has a convection mode, microwave mode, and combo mode.
- Some units only last 4 months, which is a waste of $400.
Measurements: It has a capacity of 1.5 cubic feet and measures 19 x 24.7 x 14.9 inches.
The Bottom Line: Although it’s made by a reputable company, it suffers quality control issues like GE and Furrion.
4. Frigidaire FGMV17WNVF (about $300)
The Frigidaire or FRIGIDAIRE FGMV17WNVF Over-the-Range Microwave Oven comes with a 1.7 cubic feet capacity and 1 kilowatt of power.
- It’s huge and its capacity reflects it.
- It still saves space due to being an OTR.
- It’s made of sturdy stainless steel instead of aluminum.
- It’s a pretty heavy microwave of its class at 60 pounds.
Measurements: It measures 15.03 x 29.88 x 16.41 inches in terms of size dimensions and has 1.7 cubic feet of capacity.
The Bottom Line: This OTR microwave belongs in this list because of its myriads of features like having 9 power levels, sensor cooking features, 30 preset options, and an easy wipe interior. It’s indeed a worthwhile purchase despite its pricey cost.
5. Panasonic NN-GN68KS (about $300)
The Panasonic NN-GN68KS is a 2-in-1 countertop microwave oven that doubles as a broiler. It also evenly cooks with its inverter technology.
- Inverter tech.
- Broiler mode.
- 1 kilowatt of power.
- Smart genius sensor.
- Bumping on the device activates SENSOR mode cooking.
Measurements: 15.8 x 20.7 x 12.2 inches in size dimensions and 1.2 cubic feet of capacity.
The Bottom Line: Although the device has a 2-in-1 function (broiler and microwave), its design flaw of activating Sensor Mode cooking compromises its quality.
6. Sharp R-21LCFS (about $250)
The Sharp R-21LCFS is an easy-to-maintain microwave with an auto-cancel timer, heating time guide, simple operation, and spacious interior.
- 1 kilowatt.
- Auto-cancel timer.
- Weighs 37 pounds.
- Heating time guide.
- Some units don’t last for more than 8 months.
Measurements: It measures 21 x 16 x 12 inches and has a capacity of 1 cubic feet.
The Bottom Line: It’s a great microwave with its own heating time guide and auto-cancel timer. However, certain units have longevity issues.
7. Panasonic NN-SN766S (about $250)
The Panasonic NN-SN766S has 1,250 watts, 1.6 cubic feet capacity, Genius Sensor, and Inverter Technology. This countertop doubles as a built-in microwave.
- 25 kilowatts.
- 32 pounds in weight.
- Compact design with smart cooking settings.
- At least one unit only lasted 15 months.
Measurements: It measures 12 x 19.1 x 21.8 inches in size dimensions and 1.6 cubic feet capacity.
The Bottom Line: This microwave device only costs $260 yet has more features than the $600 unit.
8. Panasonic NN-SN936B (about $250)
The black microwave Panasonic NN-SN936B is Amazon’s Choice in Countertop Microwave Ovens by Panasonic. It’s renowned for its genius sensor and inverter tech.
- Keypad input.
- Inverter technology.
- 25 kilowatts of power.
- It’s basically just a larger NN-SN766S.
Measurements: It has 2.2 cubic feet of capacity as well as 19.44 x 23.88 x 14 inches in dimension.
The Bottom Line: This is the highest-rated microwave on this list by thousands of users despite being the 7th most expensive microwave on this list.
9. Panasonic NN-SN966S (about $250)
The Panasonic NN-SN966S is mostly known as the cyclonic inverter. It also offers 1.25 kilowatts of power, a genius sensor, and stainless steel construction.
- Genius sensor.
- 25 kilowatts of power.
- Touchscreen and Cyclonic Inverter.
- At least one unit has the power going dead randomly.
Measurements: It measures 19.44 x 23.88 x 14 inches and has a 2.2 cubic feet interior.
The Bottom Line: The stainless steel silver microwave shares many of the specs of NN-SN936B plus a cyclonic inverter and touchscreen. It’s rated lower due to quality control issues though.
10. Toshiba ML2-EC10SA(BS) (about $200)
The stainless steel ML2-EC10SA(BS) Countertop Microwave Oven is a high-grade convection microwave with decent specs like 1 kilowatt of power and 1.0 cubic feet of capacity.
- 1 kilowatt of power.
- It’s capable of crisping.
- It comes with an LCD display, mute mode, and a smart sensor.
- There are people complaining it’s a fire hazard.
Measurements: Measures about 20.47 x 20 x 12.83 inches and has 1.0 cubic feet of capacity.
The Bottom Line: This high-spec convection microwave has all the bells and whistles of a quality microwave but has a lower user score due to people claiming it’s a fire hazard.
11. Panasonic NN-SN67KS (about $200)
The 1.2 cubic feet capacity Panasonic NN-SN67KS is a compact microwave oven that comes complete with popcorn button, turbo defrosts, 30 Sec. button, sensor cooking, and 1.2 kilowatts of power.
- 2 kilowatts of power.
- Made of strong aluminum.
- It has an auto sensor and preset buttons.
- Some units failed after only 3 months of use.
Measurements: It measures 1.2 cubic feet in terms of capacity and 15.8 x 20.7 x 12.2 inches in terms of size dimensions.
The Bottom Line: The Panasonic NN-SN67KS is the “cheapest” microwave on this list yet it’s also among the highest-rated and probably penny for penny gives you the most bang out of your buck.
The most expensive microwave on this list is the Furrion Microwave Oven. The best-rated microwave on this list is Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN936B. That just goes to show that in the end, the most expensive microwave isn’t necessarily the best one on the list.