The price range for microwave ovens is very wide, with some costing as low as $50 and others over $700. Microwaves are generally considered cheap when they are sold for $100 or less. For this price range, one can find only countertop models with small or medium capacities of under 1.5 cu. ft; the average price for over-the-range models, for example, is over $300.
According to users, inexpensive microwaves are more reliable and of higher quality that more expensive models on average. It isn't a surprise that users also feel they are really getting their money's worth with these products, giving them above-average value scores. There is a great selection of inexpensive microwaves from bargain brands such as West Bend and sunbeam, with many higher-end brands (like GE) offering models in this price range as well.