Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Toaster Oven Review

Panasonic FlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven with Double Infrared Heating, Crumb Tray and 1300 Watts of Cooking Power - 4 Slice Countertop Toaster Oven - NB-G110P (Stainless Steel)

The Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress toaster oven is different from others on the market. It may look like an Easy Bake Oven on the outside, but on the inside, it uses infrared light to make toast and cook delicious foods.

Compared to other toaster ovens, this model is on the smaller side, so it is a little limited in terms of what you can cook. It also doesn’t have a convection feature.

When I first started my research, I thought it was far too expensive for its size. However, the more I researched it, the more I realized why so many people love this toaster oven, and why people often buy more than one.

If you’re looking for a toaster oven where you can cook an entire chicken, this isn’t the model for you and I would recommend the Cuisinart TOB-60N1. But, if you’re just looking for something to reheat leftovers, cook small frozen pizzas, waffles, and other frozen foods – and you want to cook them super fast – read on to find out how this appliance might just suit all your needs.

Panasonic NB-G110P Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions:
Length = 13 inches
Width/Depth = 12 inches
Height = 10.25 inches

This toaster oven is small but tall. Because of its height, it’s best to avoid placing this on a kitchen counter under a cabinet. Toaster ovens need space above and around it so there’s sufficient airflow so it doesn’t become a fire hazard. It’ll also help make sure the heat it emits won’t discolor your walls or cabinet.

Panasonic recommends leaving at least 4-inches of space around each side and the back, as well as 6-inches of space above it, so this is important to consider before purchasing.

Interior Dimensions:
Length = 10.2 inches
Width/Depth = 9.8 inches
Height = 4.1 inches

Small outside means it’s even smaller on the inside. With the space between the rack and the roof of the toaster oven only reaching around 4-inches, you’re limited to what you can cook. Some people love how small it is and think it’s perfect, others returned it for a larger model, like the BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S, for example, which can fit a whole chicken in it.

Weight
7.5 pounds

This toaster oven is pretty lightweight, so it shouldn’t be much problem to move around your kitchen, should you need to.

How much food can I cook in it?

Toast – 4 slices
Bagels – 2 to 4 bagels, depending on size
Baking dish size – 9.5 inches x 9.5 inches
Pizza size – 9-inch pizza
Open-faced sandwiches – 1 to 2, depending on size
Chicken size – Chicken parts, not a whole chicken

Although small, there’s so much you can cook in the Panasonic NB-G110P. As long as the food isn’t very tall, lots of people have had great results cooking potatoes, burritos, small pizzas… french fries, hash browns, waffles… sausages, hot dogs, and the obvious – toast!

However, it’s important to be aware that Panasonic warns against cooking foods that splatter grease, like burgers and steaks. The grease splatters can land on the heating elements and cause a fire.

Panasonic NB-G110P Design Review

Made from stainless steel, the exterior of the Panasonic NB-G110P toaster oven has a brushed look to it.

Cord Length
With a cord length of 36inches, many consumers have found it strangely placed. Normally, the cord would come out the back, which is like most toaster ovens. But Panasonic has placed this cord on the side, near the front. It’s not very pretty to look at, but it can be placed so it’s not completely unsightly.

It’s hard to say why Panasonic decided to place the cord in such a way; it could simply be a safety feature to make sure the cord doesn’t melt from the heat of the toaster oven. Because of its awkward placement, it may be harder to find a space for the appliance in your kitchen.

The Panasonic NB-G110P is a two-prong plug that is polarized. This means one prong is wider than the other so you can’t accidentally plug it in the wrong way. It’s a safety feature which is common across lots of makes and models of toaster ovens and it protects users from electric shocks.

Cooking Features

Convection
There’s no convection feature with this toaster oven.

Convection features work by circulating hot air throughout the toaster oven for a quicker, more even bake. It can also be used to cook foods like pizza more evenly while ensuring your pizza crusts stay crispy. If you’d like a toaster oven with a convection feature, try the Cuisinart TOA-60 – this model also has an airfryer.

Heating Elements

3 elements

Unlike other toaster ovens, the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress uses infrared light to cook food. The three elements are made with a combination of quartz and ceramic.

Heating elements made from quartz are better than others because they heat up a lot faster. Not only that, but quartz heating elements also respond quickly to changes in temperature and prevent hot spots.

How the heating elements work
– Bottom-near infrared element – located in the middle and heats the surface of food.
– Top-front-near infrared element – found close to the door and heats the surface of food.
– Top-rear-deep infrared element – located near the back and penetrates food to heat the inside.

How infrared heating technology works in the Panasonic NB-G110P Toaster Oven
The aim of infrared cooking is to cook food evenly, however, the back tends to get hotter than the front (learn more about this in the Temperature Range section). But, the advantage of infrared cooking is that the elements don’t need to be preheated. All you need to do is set the right temperature, put your food in and it’ll start cooking.

It heats up fast and cooks fast, saving you precious time – perfect for those evenings when you just want something quick for dinner!

But, just how fast is the Panasonic NB-G110P at cooking? Well, according to Panasonic, it cooks food up to 40% faster than traditional toaster ovens – and this has been backed up by plenty of owners of this model. In fact, I read so many reviews about how fast food cooks in this model!

The heating elements are a little like lightbulbs and can be replaced if they go out for around $20 (this price may vary after time of writing). The good news is that the elements don’t often need replacing, as many owners have said they’ve had their toaster oven for more than 9 years and never needed a replacement.

These elements are completely exposed with no protection, such as shields or rods, so it’s very important to take care when moving the toaster oven, otherwise, they may break.

IMPORTANT
The manual clearly states that staring at the near-infrared light (the top front element) for extended periods of time can cause eye injury. This is a cause for concern if you have any children or grandchildren, as they may want to watch the food as it cooks in the toaster oven, so it’s important children are kept at a safe distance if you choose to purchase this appliance.

Rack Positions

This toaster oven has only one rack position.

Its interior is very shallow which is why there can’t be multiple positions. This is quite inconvenient for some people, but it still does a great job of cooking with this one rack position. Because there are various cooking functions, only one rack position is necessary to cook food properly, so multiple rack positions probably aren’t necessary.

However, if you’d like an appliance with up three rack positions, try the BLACK+DECKER TO3280SSD.

Temperature Range

250° F to 500° F

This temperature range is great for cooking, but not for keeping foods warm, as the lowest setting is too hot. If you were to put food inside this toaster oven to stay warm before it’s served, you’d probably end up overcooking it instead.

I’ve found that the back of the oven gets a lot hotter than the front when cooking, so foods cook quicker on the half that is in the back. To avoid this, some foods may need to be rotated halfway through cooking to make sure it cooks evenly. It’s not a massive dealbreaker, but it can be a bit of a pain.

Warming Tray
There are some toaster oven models out there that you can use the top as a warming tray with a bamboo cutting board like the Breville BOV800XL, but this is not one of them. Panasonic advises not to place anything on top of this appliance while it’s in use.

Watts

1300 watts

The maximum watts usage this appliance will reach is 1300, but actually, it may use less. This is because the infrared lights cycle on and off during the cooking process.

This model could be the most cost-efficient of all toaster ovens because it cooks much faster than the rest with the use of infrared heating technology.

The average watts for a toaster oven is between 1200 and 1500, so this model is in the middle.

It costs around 12 cents per 1000 watts per hour of usage. Higher watts will preheat quickly whereas lower watts will take longer. A model with higher watts may end up saving you money as it won’t be on for as long as a model with lower watts.

Controls and Settings

LCD Display
The Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Toaster Oven has no LCD display.

Controls
Most toaster ovens have all of their controls on one side of the machine, but this model has its controls on the bottom, under the door.

Most of the buttons have an illustration on them, clearly indicating what each button should be used for – like toast, waffles or pizza, for example. Unlike other models on the market, the keypad remains cool to the touch while the appliance is in use.

As you select functions, the keypad beeps. Some people have found this annoying because it makes noise in the morning when they want to be quiet so other people in the household aren’t woken up.

Temperature Control Options
To cook your food, you can choose the time and temperature yourself, or you can choose from the preset cooking functions.

You can select the temperature on the keypad and can choose from 8 temperature options, from 250° F to 500° F. Most toaster ovens sold in the US enable you to choose temperatures like 325° F or 350° F. However, on this model, the temperature options are 355° F and 390° F.

I researched into this and found out why the temperatures are like this. If you look at the keypad, you’ll see that the temperature is indicated in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. When you choose a temperature, it’s calibrated for Celsius, not Fahrenheit. That’s why the correlating Fahrenheit temperatures aren’t what most US consumers believe to be “normal” temperatures.

There have been plenty of complaints about this, but it doesn’t have to be an issue. For this model, the difference in recommended cooking temperatures and the temperatures you can choose is different by 5 to 15 degrees. All you need to do is lower the cooking time by a few minutes to make up the difference.

You’ll find that a lot of trial and error is needed to work out the ideal cooking time for your food, but this happens with lots of toaster ovens. So far, I haven’t found a toaster oven where it doesn’t take a bit of time or temperature adjustments to get the cooking just right.

Toast Darkness Adjustment
This model has five levels of toast darkness options. The shade of your toast is easy to choose – simply adjust the Shade control to the left or right on the keypad. Again, it may take you a few tries before you find the right Shade options for your taste.

Panasonic NB-G110P Preset Cooking Functions

This model has 6 preset cooking functions. Unlike most toaster ovens, this appliance doesn’t have presets like Bake, Broil and Roast. Instead, you have the following.

Bread:
– Toast
– Waffle Frozen
– Roll Bread

Food:
– Pizza Frozen
– Quick Reheat
– Hash Brown Frozen

To use these preset cooking functions, all you need to do is press one of the 6 preset functions and then press the Shade Control buttons to set your desired level of darkness. Then, the toaster oven automatically calculates the ideal cooking time and temperature.

It is a little bit of an odd method, but you’ll get used to it. The Shade Control button is there to choose the darkness level/shade of your toast, but it’s also for inputting the size of the food you’re cooking. LIGHT is a small amount of food, MEDIUM is a normal food amount, and DARK is a large food amount.

Confusing, right? Don’t worry though, most users find it confusing but get used to it after a while.

Timer
This product has a countdown timer, clearly showing the amount of cooking time remaining that’s displayed in 30 second increments.

If you choose the preset functions, you don’t need to select the time as this is already calculated for you. But, if you set your own temperature, you’ll also need to set the timer to your desired amount.

You can set the timer for up to 25 minutes, so if you want to cook something for longer, you’ll need to reset it after the initial 25 minutes is up.

The timer setting goes up in 30 second increments. That means, if you want to cook something for 10 minutes, you have to press the up button 20 times. However, if you want to cook something for closer to 20 minutes, you don’t then have to press it 40 times. What you do instead is press the down button and it will start at 25minutes, then you can press the down button to get it to 20 minutes. A great feature!

If you want to change the cooking time during a cooking cycle, you can only do this on certain cooking functions. If you were to choose one of the PRESET cooking functions, you wouldn’t be able to change the timer during the cooking cycle. But, if you select the time and temperature yourself and not a preset function, you can add time or reduce time.

If you have current recipes that take over 25 minutes to cook, you may be surprised by how quickly they cook in this toaster oven. Many users have found frozen dishes that usually take 55 minutes to cook in a regular oven can be reduced down to a 25 minute cooking time in this toaster oven. So, this may be possible for you, you may just need to play around with times a bit.

Additional Features

Alarm
When the cooking is done, the alarm will beep three times – a little like a microwave. This is a great feature to tell when your food is ready.

Always On
Unlike other models, there’s no Always On option with this microwave. However, this is a good thing, especially if you have kids, as you don’t need to worry about it being left on indefinitely by accident and causing a hazard.

Automatic Shutoff
When cooking is done, the heating elements will turn off automatically, but the whole machine will not. This means you have to press the Power On/Off button when the cooking is done to completely power off the machine.

It’s easy to tell if the power has been left on, because there’s a light just to the left of the Power On/Off button.

I think that the power is left on so that the machine is ready for another cycle of cooking if you want to put something else in straight after a meal has just been cooked in it.

Auto-eject Rack
The Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Toaster Oven is fitted with a rack that automatically ejects when you open the door. This means you don’t have to pull it out yourself and it can be easily removed to clean it.

Crumb Tray
This model is fitted with a removable crumb tray to make cleaning easy. The crumb tray is located underneath the body of the toaster oven.

Door
The door is made of glass and has a black pattern on it. It also has a handle that stays cool even when you have food cooking.

Exterior Temperature During Cooking
You’ll find that with pretty much every toaster oven, the exterior gets very hot – and the same can be said for the Panasonic NB-G110P. This is why manufacturers recommend leaving around 4inches of space around the toaster oven so the heat doesn’t affect any other appliances.

In Use Light
There’s no dedicated ‘in use’ light in this model, however, it does have a light on the temperature setting. This stays on while in use.

Interior Light
Yes, this model has an interior light… kind of. It’s not like a normal interior light because it’s actually the top near-infrared light that cooks the food and doubles as an interior light. To temporarily turn the light on so you can see your food without opening the oven door, you can press the ‘LIGHT’ button.

It’s important not to stare at this light. In the manual, it clearly states that staring at the near-infrared light can cause damage to your eyes. This is particularly troubling around young children, as they tend to be fascinated with kitchen appliances, even more so if it lights up.

If you do have young children, it’s important to keep them away from this appliance when it’s in use. Or you may find that you want to avoid this toaster oven altogether because of the risk.

Because the heating elements cycle on and off while cooking to help your food bake evenly, the internal lights flicker on and off as well. This process is normal, but it may be irritating to some buyers.

Non-stick Interior
Its interior has a non-stick coating to make cleaning easier. When cleaning, it’s important to avoid abrasive sponges or sprays as this can damage the non-stick coating and make it harder to clean in the future.

Under Counter Mount
This appliance can’t be mounted under a cabinet.

Wire Rack Stopper
On this model, the wire rack is connected to the door so the rack will auto-eject and it will be prevented from accidentally being pulled all the way out. This is a great safety feature because it’ll stop you from spilling hot food if you were to accidentally pull the rack out completely.

Accessories

Included Accessories
One 9.5inch x 9.5 inch baking pan with removable rack.

This pan is a little flimsy and stains easily, but it can still be used.

Most toaster oven racks have horizontal bars going all the way across the rack, but this one is different. This rack is made up of small squares that can be difficult to clean.

Video Demonstration

Warranty

The warranty for the Panasonic NB-G110P is one year.

After reading many reviews, I found that there weren’t many people who contacted Panasonic, but the ones that did had a bit of a bad experience with their customer support.

For example, one person’s bulb on their toaster oven went out and they asked Panasonic to send a replacement bulb. Panasonic refused to do this and insisted the customer ship her toaster oven to them so they could replace it themselves.

Panasonic were willing to help, just not in a way that was efficient for the owner of the toaster oven. This is probably because brands like Panasonic don’t want to send out replacement parts unless they’re certain the original part has been broken.

On the plus side, there were plenty of reviews saying how they had kept their Panasonic NB-G110P for 9 years or more. So, for most owners, it’s an incredibly durable machine!

Pros and Cons

Pros
– Durable (lots of owners have owned their toaster oven for 9years+)
– Heats up fast due to the infrared elements
– No preheating needed because the infrared elements heat the interior so quickly that you can put your food straight in
– Fast cooking (cooks up to 40% faster because of the infrared heating elements)
– Six preset functions, each represented by an illustrated button
– Small in size. This is a pro depending on your needs. What’s small for one person may be the perfect size for another
– Reheat function replaces your microwave
– Food tastes better reheated in a toaster oven than a microwave

Cons
– No Auto Shutoff (the cooking cycle stops, but the power stays on. To turn it off completely, you have to press the Power Off/On button)
– Cord comes out the side near the front, not near the back
– Pretty expensive considering it only has basic features
– Quite small, may not be ideal for bigger families that want to cook full meals in it
– Only one rack position
– 25 minute maximum cooking cycle (you have to reset the timer to cook food for longer)
– Uneven heating. The back of the oven tends to get hotter than the front, so you may have to rotate food to prevent burning or overcooking one side
– Poor customer support (Panasonic isn’t very good with getting back to customers who have trouble within their warranty)

Price

Compared to other models on the market, this product is quite pricey – especially considering it only has basic features. A feature it’s missing, I think, is the convection function. However, this model appears to be a favorite and among its buyers. After the original appliance has died, many consumers have decided to purchase another one of the exact same model. This just goes to show how much this model is loved despite its lack of convection feature.

Customer Reviews and Ratings

In terms of customer reviews, this product has one of the highest overall ratings on Amazon. People love this toaster oven and many say that it has lasted for almost an entire decade.

This really just goes to show how durable this product is. In fact, Panasonic actually brought out an earlier model of this product years ago but discontinued it. Then, when Panasonic brought back onto the market just a few years ago, people rejoiced because they were able to replace their older models.

People are particularly enthusiastic about this kitchen appliance. So many reviewers have expressed how much they love this toaster oven. Even consumers who bought the older model said that they had never had a problem with it, not even a blown heating element.

Final Thoughts

The Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven is small but mighty. Initially, I thought this toaster oven was a bit too small to be a popular model. However, I’ve found out quite the opposite. It cooks a variety of foods and it does so well. It’s ideal for people who don’t have a really large family to cook for. For singles, couples without kids, retired people, students living in dorms – this small size toaster oven is ideal.

Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Toaster Oven Review

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