Panasonic Toaster Oven – Buyer’s Guide
Review Score: 7.4 out of 10
The Panasonic Toaster Oven (NB-G110p Flash Xpress) is a quirky yet capable microwave toaster oven combo that impressed me with its speed, accuracy and cooking performance.
In fact, the Panasonic performed better than many of the more expensive models from Breville, Cuisinart and Samsung.
This superior performance is thanks to its use of infrared technology which quickly heats and cooks your food.
The styling is somewhat “retro” and it has a weird temperature setting which shows both centigrade and fahrenheit.
If you can get past that you’ll probably fall in love with it as I did and, over time, the odd features and design will actually become part of its appeal.
I would recommend the Panasonic Toaster Oven to anyone in the market for a microwave toaster oven combo.
It’s particularly suitable if you are looking for a smallish sized appliance, plan to cook a maximum of one or two servings, or are looking for a competitively priced option that also performs well.
Panasonic is the pioneer of utilizing infrared heating technology in microwave toaster ovens.
Unlike toaster ovens that use heating elements and microwave ovens that use electromagnetic wave, the Panasonic Toaster Oven uses infrared technology to quickly heat and cook food.
Panasonic Toaster Oven Design and Features
In terms of style, the Panasonic Toaster Oven is unlikely to win any awards as its design looks somewhat dated.
If you are looking for a stylish, stainless-steel microwave toaster oven combo then this is definitely not the right choice.
But, you know what, it’s sturdily built and over time the quirky design of the Panasonic actually grew on me and now I kinda like it.
That said, no appliance is without its faults and the Panasonic Toaster Oven is no exception.
For instance, the temperature dial is odd-looking (think old am/fm radio tuner) which in itself I could live with.
What I didn’t like is the fact that if you want to cook in fahrenheit you get odd temperatures such as 390 deg F because the dual-scale is primarily oriented to celsius.
This is something I feel Panasonic could have fine-tuned for sales in the United States.
Not a dealbreaker but slightly irritating nonetheless.
What I did like is the fact that it has a cooking range from 250 to 500 degrees fahrenheit giving plenty of flexibility to cook a heap of different food types.
The main selling point of this model is its proprietary double infrared heating technology which, unlike a traditional toaster oven, eliminates the need to preheat whilst retaining the versatility of toasting and baking foods.
The Panasonic Toaster Oven cooks up to 40% quicker than traditional toaster ovens and removes preheating for fast cooking.
It has the following presets whic make cooking your food a cinch: Toast, Reheat Roll, Frozen Pizza, Frozen Hash Brown, Frozen Waffle and Quick Reheat.
It also comes with a 9″ by 9″ cooking pan, removable crumb tray, non-adjustable cooking rack, interior light and a limited one year warranty.
Panasonic Toaster Oven Performance
One big issue I have with buying a microwave tosater oven combo is that many of the models lack power and can be very slow to cook your food.
I had no such issues with the Panasonic Toaster Oven thanks to its double infrared heating system, in fact you have to be careful the first time you use it not to burn your food!
It is really easy to operate, especially if you use a preset. With only one rack height there is no risk of placing your food too close or far away from the heating elements.
All you have to do is place your food in the oven, select the appropriate preset and hey presto!
While testing the Panasonic Toaster Oven we cooked frozen pizza, toasted bread, roasted chicken drumsticks and made frozen waffles.
Here’s a summary of how it performed:
The frozen pizza preset worked superbly with nicely melted cheese, evenly cooked and the crust was neither too hard nor too chewy.
One thing to be aware of is that the largest pizza you can cook with the Panasonic is a 9″ pizza.
If you plan on cooking 12″ pizzas then you could consider the Oster toaster oven.
The Panasonic was the best performing microwave toaster oven combo for making toast.
It can cook up to four slices at one time and I found that each of the four slices was evenly toasted when using the light, medium and dark settings.
Performance was extremely consistent and the Panasonic never gave me burnt toast.
After several attempts I managed to successfully cook the chicken drumsticks.
The two things that threw me off a little in the beginning were:
- The fact that I could not select exactly the temperature I wished in fahrenheit (as discussed above) and
- Due to the outstanding cooking performance of the Panasonic I actually discovered that you need to cook a little under the suggested cooking time or you’ll end up burning your chicken drumsticks.
In my case the recommended cooking time was 50 minutes but by experimentation I found the optimum cooking time was 40 minutes.
Once I had this figured out the Panasonic again performed well and cooked some delicious chicken drumsticks!
Cooking perfect frozen waffles was a cinch thanks to the dedicated preset function.
The waffles were cooked perfectly and all it took was the touch of a button.
- Cooking Performance
- Great Value
- Easy to Use
- Compact Design
- Outdated design
- Limited capacity
Like most microwave toaster oven combinations, the Panasonic is not perfect..
If you can look past the retro design and quirky control panel though then this is a great choice which will outperform many of it’s pricier competitors.
Of all the microwave toaster oven combos we tested, in my humble opinion none of them performed so much better that the large price disparity seemed worth it.
Not only is it great value for money, but the Panasonic Toaster Oven is a great space-saver which is often am important consideration for most folks.
Overall, the Panasonic ToasterOven is one of the few models that offer no compromise when it comes to choosing a microwave toaster oven combo.
It doesn’t require a long time to preheat like a microwave oven, and thanks to the double infrared heating system it is capable of toasting food and browning just as well as a traditional toaster oven.
Unless you have a particular need for a larger toaster oven to cook 12-inch pizzas, need a toaster oven that can steam cook or require a modern, stylish design, I’d buy the Panasonic Toaster Oven before any of the other models we tested.