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Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Review

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Price: $89 - $130

The Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress is the perfect toaster oven for those that want their food ASAP. Its double infrared heating system will have your food ready in no time, which is why this oven has so many fans raving its the best there is.

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With its super fast cooking ability, the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress has an army of raving fans (almost cult like) that is only comparable to those found in love with the Smart Oven.  Its infrared heating system allows for much faster cooking and is perfect for those on-the-go people.

However, while there are definite advantages with quick cooking and many positives things to say about this oven, there are few things that should be considered before buying.  Read the full review below for more details.

Features and Specifications

  • 1300 watt toaster oven
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 13″ x 12″ x 10.25″
  • Silver color (not stainless steel)
  • Convection: NO
  • 4 slice capacity
  • Double infrared heating – no preheat is necessary
  • Preset functions: Toast, Waffle, Roll, Pizza, Quick, and Hash Brown
  • Temperature range: 250°F – 500°F
  • Interior light
  • Digital touchpad controls
  • Timer – up to 25 minutes
  • Oven tray included
  • Removable front access crumb tray
  • Weight: 7.5 pounds
  • Polarized 2 prong plug

Video Demo of Cooking Pizza in the Panasonic NB-G110

Aesthetics

If there is any area for improvement with this oven, it is in the looks department.  This is one toaster oven that you probably won’t be buying for how awesome it looks. While it does have somewhat of a futuristic appearance and is clean looking, it lacks the polished look of a high-end oven.  The cube-like unit is housed in a silver color casing that is not made of stainless steel.

Toasting and Cooking

One thing that the Panasonic NB-G110P does very well is cook items incredibly fast.  Compared to other toaster ovens, this one cooks food about 40% faster.

It achieves this quick cooking by using a double infrared heating system that provides instantaneous heat, which eliminates the need for preheating. With typical countertop ovens, you must wait for the oven to reach temperature before cooking your food.  With the NB-G110P Flash Xpress, however, all you need to do is insert your item(s), push the desired function, and wait for it to finish.  This is a real time saver and huge reason why people love this oven and are such raving fans of it.

Some of the areas that this unit performs particularly well in are the following:

  • Toasting – all types of bread (bagels, English muffins, etc.).
  • Pizza – this oven can fit up to a 9″ pizza. Note: Be careful what frozen pizzas you buy as many are larger than 9 inches, which is a bit of a bummer for this oven.
  • Small frozen foods (chicken fingers, biscuits, French fries, breaded cheese sticks, etc.)
  • Reheating various foods

In terms of baking, this countertop oven is limited.  Due to its small size, many items that you may be used to cooking in your toaster oven, might not fit in this one.  For example, you probably won’t be baking any cakes, cookies, pies, or chickens in this oven.  Although you can do so, it would have to be on a smaller scale than what you are accustomed to.  Therefore,  if you typically cook those types of items, then you should look for a larger oven.

Additionally, there is a bit of learning curve that you should be aware of when using this oven.  Because it cooks so fast, any existing cooking recipes will be useless to use as they are meant for temperature and times in a normal oven.  You will need to experiment a little at first to find what times work best for what you are cooking.

Tip: It is a good idea to write down the cooking setting used for each item that you cook.  That way you’ll have the data as a reference for future use and be able to determine what may work best for new items.

Below are few standard cooking times for your reference.  The results will vary depending on which shade level is used.

  • Toast = 2-3 minutes
  • Frozen waffles = 4-5 minutes
  • French fries = 4-6 minutes
  • Frozen pizza = 12 minutes
  • Reheated rolls = 2-3 minutes

Using the NB-G110 Flash Xpress Oven

To operate and use the Panasonic Flash Xpress is pretty simple.  There are 6 different preset functions (shown below) to choose from.  Each cooking function will automatically calculate the correct cooking time.

NB-G110P Flash Xpress Controls

To start, simply press the Power off/on button, then select the function, and lastly choose which level of brownness you want – 5 levels of darkness.  Once the browning level is set, the NB-G110P will use it for the next item you cook, unless manually changed or the unit is unplugged.  If no browning level is selected, then the medium setting will be used.

You may also choose not to use the presets and just use the regular oven mode.  To cook food with the timer, press the Power off/on button, then push the side arrows until you reach the desired temperature (250°F – 500°F), and lastly push the up and down arrows to adjust the timer (up to 25 min. max).  If your food requires more than 25 minutes, you will need to repeat the process just mentioned.  After use, the buzzer will sound and the power will automatically shut off.

It should be noted that the back of the unit tends to heat more so than the rest.  For example, if the oven is full with 4 slices of toast or some large slices of bread, the edges of the bread that are facing the back of the unit may become darker or burned. Therefore, your food should be centered.

Tip: When cooking a full tray of items, rotate your food halfway through cooking to avoid burning the rear items.

In addition to heating more in the back, there is also a tendency for the bottom of the unit to cook faster than the top. This may require you to turn the food over before the time is up to get the desired result.

One feature that is very convenient and something customers love is the slide out rack.  The rack is hinged to the door so that when opened, it automatically slides out.  This is very handy and makes taking out hot items much easier.  The downside with the rack, however, is that it is not adjustable, so there is no way to lower or raise it.

This toaster oven is also easy to clean.  The rack is easy to take out, and there is a front access crumb tray that makes taking out fallen food particles painless.

For more detailed instruction on how to use the Panasonic NB-G110P, see the user manual.

Accessories

A removable crumb tray, oven rack, and oven tray are provided with this unit.   All are pretty standard – nothing special.

Customer Wishes and Complaints

One of the biggest complaints found with this oven is the brightness of the infrared light.  While some people didn’t mind it and even liked it, others found it to be too bright.

There were also a few reports of the unit arriving damaged.  Therefore, it appears the company could do a better job of packaging the unit to protect it better when shipping.

As previously mentioned, the back of the oven as well as the bottom will cook food faster than other areas.  Therefore, certain items may need you to rotate or flip to get better results.  This added effort is an inconvenience to some.

One thing customers would have liked to have had is a timer that goes beyond 25 minutes.  If your food requires more time than 25 minutes, then you must be there ready to start another cycle.

Additionally, customers would have preferred that the power cord be located in the back of the unit and not the side.

Lastly, this toaster oven doesn’t really broil.  If you use this feature a lot, another oven would be better for you.

Summary

What the Panasonic NB-G110P does well, it does very well.  And that is toast and cook things rapidly.  It leaves a small footprint, which is great when there isn’t a lot of free counter space, but it also limits what you can cook in it.  If you are primarily looking for a way to make quick toast, toasted sandwiches, or small frozen foods, then this would be an excellent option.  However, if your looking for something to use more as an oven, there are better alternatives out there that will give you more options as to what you can cook in it.

Pros

  • Super fast cooking – with infrared heating there’s no need for preheating
  • Automatic slide out rack – makes taking out hot items much easier
  • Longevity – many reports of this oven still going strong after 5-10 years of use, which is rare with toaster ovens these days
  • Simple to use interface
  • Small footprint – controls are located below the unit, which saves space
  • Heats evenly – not perfect as the back of the oven heats a bit more, but pretty darn good
  • Great for reheating food
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Limited use – small size limits what you can cook in it
  • Bright light – the infrared light is liked by some, but for others it is too bright
  • Tendency for the back of the oven to cook more than the rest
  • Timer only goes up to 25 minutes
  • Not good for broiling

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3 Comments/Reviews

  • Mondoman says:
    3 stars

    I’m torn on this Panasonic flash oven model. I’ve owned two over the past decade, and loved them while they still worked, using them at least once a day!

    However, each has had a heating element burn out after a few years; it isn’t replaceable, but I kept using the second oven for another year and a half until finally its power switch broke.

    The first oven cost me less than $50 a decade ago; the second was almost double that four years ago. Now in 2014, the price is triple that of my first one, and knowing that it will likely only last a few years, I’ll be trying a more reasonably-priced model from a different maker.

  • Peggy says:

    I had the toaster oven in my newly renovated kitchen and I loved the way it worked!
    The oven kept causing troubles with the breaker box – I’d have to keep resetting the breaker in the box in the cellar. My electrician said that it heats up too hot and is dangerous and that he would not own one so I got rid of mine.

    • Christopher says:

      its only 1300w, if the breaker blows then something else is plugged in in another plugin on the same line. a 15amp outlet should be able to handle 1800w i think. If your electrician cant figure it out get another one. You cant blame it heating up and blowing the breaker is other appliances are overloading the circuit.

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