Pros / It has a digital display screen and an internal light.
Cons / It's very expensive.
Verdict / This toaster didn't perform well in our tests and its many quirks make using it a frustrating experience.
The Panasonic FlashXpress NB-G110P is an odd little device that performs poorly and has too many limitations to make the purchase worthwhile. It also happens to be one of the most expensive toaster ovens in our review, which isn't warranted considering there are much better options on the market.
Panasonic sells this unit for roughly $150, which has it tie with the Breville BOV450XL for being the most expensive in our comparison. We were able to find it for around $108 on Amazon, but this is still a lot more expensive than the unit is worth.
The interface is confusing and has random preset temperature settings. For instance, when we tried to do our cookie test, we discovered that we couldn't set the oven to 350 degrees, the closet temperature options were 320 and 355 degrees. This limitation could easily get annoying when you are following instructions. This was the only oven that had an interior light so you could watch the cooking process. The light flashes on its own or you can use the light button to see the state of your food. It became irritating as it flashed on and off with no reason, often making us turn our heads to see if something was wrong. Had it just been an included light button instead of the random flashing, this would have been a welcome feature.
The bread and bagel slices didn't toast evenly. The right side of the toaster came out lighter than the right with the middle section receiving the most even coloring. When we cooked our frozen burrito, we discovered that the included baking pan has a grooved surface. This can be a nice feature when it is wanted, but it can make your food stick strangely or mold into an odd shape when it isn't wanted. There were no other broiling or baking pans included so you have to use it. You cannot adjust the rack positioning so we had to use the one offered.
After setting the temperature and timer to the settings indicated on the cookie dough package and in the toaster oven manual, we placed the dough balls inside. When the timer let up, the cookies were very overdone on the outside and half raw on the inside. We had to cook them a little longer in order for them to get fully cooked but by then the outside was crispy and undesirable. Similarly, the pizza turned out very crunchy and dried out with the cheese having turned brown and the pepperoni singed in places.
When we set the device to 355 degrees, the interior measured at 356, making it one of the most accurate toaster ovens in our comparison. The temperature range goes between 250 and 450 degrees, but as previously stated, you must use the predesignated temperatures (which are pretty random) instead of being able to specify any temperature you want.
The interface includes six food preset buttons, which include Toast, Waffle, Roll, Pizza, Quick and Hash Brown. The timer is very wonky in that it can only be set up to 25.5 minutes, making it the shortest timer in our comparison. When you open the door, the inner tray ejects, making it so you don't have to reach your hands as far into the hot interior. You will find the surfaces easier to clean as it has a non-stick interior. Unfortunately, removing and replacing the tray for cleaning is very difficult as you have to fiddle with a spring and the hooks keeping the rack in place.
Panasonic covers this toaster oven with a one-year warranty which is average for toaster ovens this size. When we measured the exterior of the device, the back reached 145, making it the second hottest oven in this comparison. The sides and top reached 166 degrees, which is also one of the hottest temperatures. You'll want to make sure not to have anything touching this unit while it operates to prevent burning. The handle does maintain a relatively cool temperature so you won't have to worry about burning yourself when opening the door.
The Panasonic FlashXpress NB-G110P is a small toaster oven that is more complicated than it should be. The wonky interface, complex tray removal and high temperatures make this a less than desirable option. For all of the limitations and lack luster results it creates, the high price is completely unwarranted if not a huge turn off.