The next item that The Viewpoints reviewed was the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven, Silver. The toaster oven touts the following features:
- “FlashXpress” double Infrared Light cooks up to 40-percent faster than conventional toaster ovens
- Automatically calculates the cooking time for Bread, Frozen Foods and Reheating, so guessing is eliminated, Digital Timer
- 6-menu illustrated preset buttons for easy of use
- Instant heat eliminates preheating for quick cooking (Temperature Settings 250 – 500 Degree F)
- Meaures 10 1/4″ (H) x 13″ (D) x 12″ (D), 7.5 lbs, Silver
Over All Impression
Once I opened the box I was concerned the toaster oven would fall apart if I dropped it. It seemed to be made out of lightweight materials. But then I chastised myself for judging the product before I used it. Never judge a book by its cover, right?
I read through the instruction manual and the one thing that stood out to me was found on page 9 of the instruction manual. ‘Do not stare at the near-infrared ray heater for a long time. It could cause injury to our eyes.’ I am not a toaster oven developer but I was wondering if they knew this was a possible danger why did they have the glass on the front to transparent? Why weren’t more steps taken to protect the consumer?
The light is beyond bright!! They were not joking on this caution. I was concerned to have my children around the toaster oven when it was in operation as there eyes were on level with the toaster oven. As with all children they are loving bright flashy things so of course they were drawn to the toaster oven like moths to a flame. I would not recommend this to anyone with small children in the house.
The shade controls were nice but keep in mind that different products have different sugar contents in them and toast and caramelize at different rates. In the 3 weeks I have had this product I have yet to find a setting that will work for my toasting needs.
We made mini pizza bites for dinner one night. I found that even though the tray was not over crowded or near capacity, the product was not evenly heated through. We used the toaster oven as an oven, setting it to the desired temp and then setting the timer. I did find that the best option for pizza bites was the ‘frozen hash brown’ button. Who would have guessed?!
The biggest success I had was making fresh pizza. I lined the tray insert with foil and sprinkled it with corn meal and we had great success. It was nice not to have to heat up my big gas oven to make pizza. This was a positive for the toaster oven.
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I did make a chicken breast in the toaster oven. Just to see what would happen. I sliced a raw chicken breast in half length wise, marinated it and cooked it just as I would in the regular oven in a stoneware baking dish. I had success and it was faster than the oven if you were to include the oven heating and the bake time. But I don’t think I would want to try a full size chicken breast. I think the half width breast was just right for this application.
I baked the chicken breast in the toaster oven for 20 minutes on the 425 setting. There was more smoke than I was expecting but that could be because of the oil I has used to marinate the chicken was cooking off. The small confined space might have made the spattering and smoke more prevalent. In my opinion there was poor ventilation on the toaster oven. On a positive note the color on the toaster oven chicken was better than the gas oven and the chicken was cooked in less time. The gas oven chicken took an additional 10 minutes plus time for the oven to heat.
I did bake potatoes in the toaster oven and they were a success. Just a few pokes in the potato to vent the steam and they were set to go. Much easier, quicker and less heat than using my big gas oven.
- Here is an example of the shades of toast that the toaster oven produces. I did use whole grain bread. I am sure you will have different results depending on what variety of bread you use for your toast. I did find that there was little carry over with the consistency of toasting when it came to toast vs. bagel vs. English Muffin. I wasn’t able to find a happy medium to leave the depth of color set for all 3. In the morning I am not remembering what each toast level is suppose to be for each item. The brain is just not function that much that early! Where as I know that in my traditional toaster setting 2 will give me my desired toast color for all 3.
- No one got hurt. I would caution purchasing this product if you have small children or anyone who is at eye level with a kitchen counter. The super bright light is blinding. I am not an optometrist but I would dare to say this light is definitely a danger to a persons vision. Kids don’t know to look away so parents be aware. The sides of the toaster oven got extremely hot as well. We used it with plenty of room around the toaster oven as not to damage anything in the surrounding area and to give a greater buffer zone for wandering fingers. A buffer of space is not how I would like to use my counter space, especially for housing a small kitchen appliance.
- Over all I would not be purchasing this toaster oven. There just wasn’t enough fabulous things about it that would make me want to purchase it or gift it.The size took too much of my valuable counter space. The light that cycled on and off was such a distraction. I know that it is called out in the instruction manual that it is normal for the light to cycle on and off. Regardless it was a distraction. The biggest draw back for me was the super bright light. It was
- There is a caution in the instruction manual not to stare directly into the light. But while it was in my kitchen the kids were like deer caught in the headlights. There was no looking away. I was concerned for the safety of their eyes. But if you are in a household that does not have little children or a person who is at eye level with the counter this may not be a problem for you. I can’t overlook safety so this is will not be a purchase for my house.
- While reviewing the toaster oven the Today Show had a segment on preparing a gourmet meal in a toaster oven. I thought this would be a great opportunity to share it with you.