The Panasonic Flash Xpress countertop oven uses double infrared cooking technology which removes the need for preheating and can drastically speed up cooking time. While not the best looking oven on our list, it is one of the most highly rated units by owners who just love what this little oven can deliver. It is not as versatile as some other ovens, but what it does it does very well.
Where this unit really seems to excel is toasting, heating and reheating. It performs these cooking tasks extremely quickly with everything done pretty evenly. While it can cook, bake and broil, but these are not the strong suits of this unit. It is not going to replace your full sized oven for these tasks, nor does it measure up to other ovens on our list in these aspects, but it is still a great addition for any kitchen.
Dimensions: 13 x 12 x 10.2 inches
Capacity: 4 Slices of Toast, 9” pizza
Temperature Range: 250 – 500 Degrees F
Infrared Light Cooking Technology: This provides heat immediately so there is no need to wait for it to preheat like traditional ovens. This also enables cooking times to be reduced so recipes with designated cooking times will probably have to be adjusted. This is something most users quickly become used to as it can cook food more evenly in a fraction of the time.
Easy Controls: This unit comes with easy to use controls with six available pre-set cooking modes (toast, pizza, waffle, hash brown, quick and roll). The oven automatically calculates how much time will be needed for each type of food setting. It also has any easy to read digital display and an adjustable timer up to 25 minutes.
Removable Crumb Tray: This feature makes clean up a lot easier. The tray is accessible from the front and it can even be removed while the oven is cooking, unlike most other ovens.
Interior Light: Lets you view whatever is in the oven while cooking
What Do Owners Love About The Flash Xpress?
Even Heating: This is one aspect that receives the highest marks from owners. They love how it performs on toast, bagels, hash browns and pizza. Everything that goes in the oven seems to be cooked on both sides perfectly.
Quick Heating: Not only does it cook evenly, it does it in a hurry. Users rave about how little time it usually takes as compared to other toaster ovens they have used in the past.
Easy Clean Up: Users typically find this oven quite easy to clean. The crumb tray that is able to be removed from the front is super convenient and owners are quite pleased with this aspect of the unit.
Controls: While a few people did not care for the controls, most find them precise and easy to use. They also liked the way that the unit beeps to signal when cooking is done.
Value: Owners are generally quite satisfied with what this oven can do for what they paid for it. It can do a lot of what they use their microwave, toaster and in some cases their oven, and it can do it quicker.
What Could Be Better?
Size: Some owners wish that it was a little bigger inside as some items they liked to cook were not able to fit.
Baking & Broiling: Users were not generally happy with the oven’s performance in these areas and recommend that if you need an oven to cook a chicken or broil a pork chop that you look for a different option.
Looks: It is not the most modern looking kitchen appliance. It is silver in color, but it is not stainless steel.
Who Should Buy This Toaster Oven?
If you are in the market for something that can handle toast, waffles, bagels, snacks, pizzas and frozen foods and turn them out perfectly and fast, then the Panasonic Flash Xpress is a great choice.
If you are looking for an oven to compliment your existing cooking appliances, then this unit may be perfect for you. It can heat, re-heat and toast amazingly well.
Who Should Not Buy This Toaster Oven?
If you are looking for a countertop oven to replace a lot of the smaller cooking, baking and broiling tasks of your full sized oven, then this unit is probably not the best option. Convection toaster ovens rate better overall for a wider variety of cooking tasks. The Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven would be a better choice.
If you are in the market for a better cooking alternative then the Panasonic Xpress is a smart option. It constantly receives high marks and recommendation rates from customers who have bought this oven and use it on a regular basis. If you need a simple and durable oven for your kitchen, this should be a model that deserves your consideration. Check out the video below for some more information what what this oven can do.