Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven Review

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Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven Review
Bottom Line

The Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven gets a lot of love from both experts and owners. Though it lacks convection, it uses infrared technology to cook as quickly and perfectly as a convection toaster oven, testing reveals. Reviewers also love its funky, almost space-age design. The only consistent complaint we see is that it has a small capacity, however, since plenty of owners bought it precisely because it is small, we have to consider that a wash.

ProsCooks quickly and evenly, No preheating necessary, Small footprint, Easy to use; cleanConsLow oven height, No dedicated broil feature

Breaking it down

Performance

Convection-quality cooking, without convection. In one professional test, the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven held its own against a field of convection toaster ovens, all of which cooked food faster than traditional toaster ovens. It needs no preheating, instantly reaching whatever temperature you set it to. Instead of convection, this Panasonic toaster oven uses infrared technology that users say does a beautiful job, in particular, of browning and putting a crust on food. The NB-G110 also cooks through very well, leaving no cold or frozen spots even in tough challenges -- like a frozen block of lasagna. Quite a few reviewers wish it had a dedicated broil function, but most have found various ways around that.

Ease of use

Very simple. We saw no complaints from users about any ease-of-use issues with the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven. All say it's very simple and intuitive; and the six pre-sets for toast, waffles, rolls, pizza, quick cook and hash browns make it even easier. In one professional test, it received an Excellent rating for ease of use. It has an on/off button and you have to turn it on before you use it -- which is unusual -- and then you need to remember to turn it back off. However, it does have an auto shutoff that turns off the heat when the cooking is done. To clean, just wipe down with a wet cloth.

Appearance/durability

Small capacity. Possibly the most important thing to know about the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress is that it's a compact toaster oven. In fact, the only real complaint we saw about this appliance is that it's small, with a cavity that has limited height. It cannot cook a whole chicken (even a small one), or bake anything larger than about 9-inches in diameter. However, while that's a "con" in the eyes of some owners, even more say that's a "pro" and why they opted for this toaster oven in the first place -- it takes up less space in their kitchen. Most love the looks of the NB-G110 too, describing it as "funky," "space-aged," or "high tech." It comes in white (Est. $130) and silver, but not stainless; rather, what's described as a "glittery" silver. We saw no real durability complaints; however, the NB-G110 was only released in January 2013. For what it's worth, quite a few reviewers say the previous version of this oven -- the Panasonic NB-G100, which was discontinued way back in 2006 -- is still going strong after 10-plus years.

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Our Sources

1. TheSweetHome.com

The Best Toaster Oven, Brendan Nystedt, Sept. 29, 2015

The Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress takes over the top spot from the Breville BV800Xl in this year's report update. Brendan Nystedt says the Panasonic, “…evenly toasts bread, bakes cookies, and brings frozen foods to life as well as (and sometimes better than) competitors that cost significantly more.”

2. ConsumerReports.org

Panasonic FlashXpress NB-G110P, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

Editors of ConsumerReports.org test a variety of toasters and toaster ovens, including the Panasonic FlashXpress NB-G110P. Ratings are determined by the ovens' cooking performance on various foods, as well as ease of use.

3. CNET

Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven review , Megan Wollerton, Sept. 8, 2013

The Panasonic FlashXpress is thoroughly reviewed here, ultimately earning a 4-star rating. Megan Wollerton notes that it's a bit on the small side, the buttons are “fiddly” and the cook times require some trial and error. However, she notes that it cooks faster than other toaster ovens and performs very well on a wide variety of foods. It even outdid some pricier ovens.

4. Amazon.com

Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven, Silver, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2015

The Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 from more than 1,250 owners. There are many comments about how well it cooks, toasts and reheats with absolutely no drying out of food. There are very few complaints, but the main one seems to be that it's too small. However, many others say they bought it for that very reason.

5. Walmart.com

Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven with Double Infrared Heating, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2015

Around 150 owners give the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress an overall rating 4.7 stars out of 5; 93 percent would recommend the toaster oven to a friend. Owners praise its ability to cook a variety of foods well, and say it cooks faster than a conventional oven.

6. Reviewed.com

Panasonic's Toaster Oven Creates Fast Food Actually Worth Eating, Matthew Zahnzinger , Jan. 11, 2013

Matthew Zahnzinger wrote this review of the Panasonic NB-G110P after visiting the 2013 CES Show (a consumer electronics trade show). He notes that this toaster oven is a re-launch of a popular, discontinued model, and, while he doesn't test it himself, he gives the NB-G110P a thorough overview.