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Panasonic FlashXpress vs Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices Toaster Oven Side-by-Side Comparison

Panasonic FlashXpress vs Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices Toaster Oven. A digital unit isn’t necessarily better than an analog one.

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Panasonic FlashXpress vs Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices Toaster Oven

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The comparison between the Panasonic FlashXpress (NB-G110P) and the Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices(31344DA) shows that a digital toaster oven isn’t necessarily much better than an analog one. The former has a slightly higher score overall but we don’t think that was enough to justify it being twice the price of the latter.

The Panasonic has a unique auto-pull rack mechanism. Unfortunately, we did not find it to be significantly more convenient than the basic rack on the Hamilton. In addition, the auto-pull rack stopped us from maximizing the cooking chamber's already limited space.

The Hamilton has a neat roll-top door that can make bringing food in and out easier and also save some counter space. Other than that, the oven only has two analog control dials for the timer and temperature.

The FlashXpress has a number of cooking presets that are typical in a Japanese appliance, but they aren’t so useful. Moreover, the oven’s timer and temperature range aren’t flexible enough to actually be convenient. We do appreciate the interior light which is rare in a small unit though.

Despite its not-so-high power output, the Panasonic could reach and maintain a very high temperature so its cooking times are much shorter than its peers. This allowed it to score big against the Hamilton in baking pizza, whole chicken, and fries. However, this strength when combined with a limited toast setting resulted in a much less desirable outcome than the Hamilton’s when toasting bread.

Pros & Cons

  • Energy-efficient quartz and ceramic heating elements
  • High-contrast digital display
  • Internal lighting available
  • Sturdy construction
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • Cool-touch door handle
  • Convenient slide-out crumb tray
  • Lightweight and small size
  • Durable alloy steel casing
  • Cool-touch door handle
  • Simple control knobs
  • Stay-on feature
  • Quartz heating elements with safeguards
  • Energy-saving
  • No safety mechanism for the door
  • Having only one tray level
  • Not particularly budget-friendly
  • No convection fan
  • No internal lighting
  • No safety mechanism for the door

Key Specs

Dimensions
L12.6 x W11.81 x H10.24 inches
L15.75 x W11.93 x H8.39 inches
Weight
6.9 lbs (3.1 kg)
6.9 lbs (3.1 kg)
Control Type
LCD + 14 buttons
2 control knobs
Temperature
250°F - 500°F
200°F - 450°F
Timer
1 minute - 25 minutes
1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
Cooking Functions
6
Not available

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$153.64
$53.49

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.6
6.3

Toast

6.0
6.7
Panasonic FlashXpress Digital Small Toaster Oven Toast Test
Panasonic FlashXpress Digital Small Toaster Oven ToastFrom left to right, 16 pieces of toast for the top and bottom of two toast levels including medium and darker.
The top and bottom of the best four pieces of toast from the Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven.
On the left are the top and bottom of four pieces of toast from the first batch, and on the right are from the second batch.
Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices Toaster Oven Toast Test
 Hamilton Beach easy reach 4 slices toaster Toast From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for the top and bottom of three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker.
The top and bottom of the best four pieces of toast from the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach Roll Top Toaster Oven.
On the left are the top and bottom of four pieces of toast from the first batch, and on the right are from the second batch.
Function
Toast
Toast
Number of Slices
4
4
Toast Level
1/5
Medium
Cooking Time
2m 20s
5m
Second Batch
2m 11s
5m
Convection
No
No

Pizza

7.3
6.6
Panasonic FlashXpress Digital Small Toaster Oven Pizza Test
Panasonic FlashXpress Digital Small Toaster Oven PizzaA toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a baking pan.
Two slices of oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top of one another.
Two hands break apart a slice of pizza with cheese, meat, onions, and green bell peppers on top baked using a toaster oven.
Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices Toaster Oven Pizza Test
 Hamilton Beach easy reach 4 slices toaster PizzaA toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a baking pan.
Two slices of oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top of one another.
Two hands break apart a slice of pizza with cheese, meat, onions, and green bell peppers on top baked using a toaster oven.
Function
None
Bake
Temperature
460°F
450°F
Cooking Time
3m
6m
Convection
No
No

Whole Roasted Chicken

7.1
6.6
Panasonic FlashXpress Digital Small Toaster Oven Whole Roasted Chicken Test
Panasonic FlashXpress Digital Small Toaster Oven Whole Roasted ChickenA whole roasted chicken using the Panasonic NB-G110P Oven backside up on a grooved silver baking pan on a white background.
A whole roasted chicken using the Panasonic NB-G110P Oven belly up on a grooved silver baking pan on a white background.
A tray of whole toaster oven roasted chicken. The thermometer has two probes inside the chicken and displays 196°F and 198°F.
A hand holding a pulled-apart roasted chicken thigh. In the background is the chicken on a grooved silver baking pan.
Eight pieces of a carved chicken including two carcass halves, two breasts, two wings, and two thighs on a baking pan.
Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices Toaster Oven Whole Roasted Chicken Test
 Hamilton Beach easy reach 4 slices toaster Oven Whole Roasted ChickenA whole roasted chicken using the Hamilton Beach 31344DA backside up on an oven rack and baking pan on a white background.
A whole roasted chicken using the Hamilton Beach 31344DA belly up on an oven rack and baking pan on a white background.
A tray of whole toaster oven roasted chicken. The thermometer has two probes inside the chicken and displays 174°F and 183°F.
Eight pieces of a carved chicken including two carcass halves, two breasts, two wings, and two thighs on a baking pan.
Two hands pulling apart a roasted chicken thigh. In the white background is the rest of the roasted chicken on a baking pan.
Function
None
Bake
Temperature
355°F
350°F
Cooking Time
1h 10m
1h 20m
Convection
No
No

Baked French Fries

6.1
3.6
Panasonic FlashXpress Digital Small Toaster Oven Baked French Fries Test
Panasonic FlashXpress Digital Small Toaster Oven Baked French FriesPieces of baked french fries using the Panasonic NB-G110P Toaster Oven on a silver baking pan on a white background.
A close-up of pieces of baked french fries using the Panasonic NB-G110P Oven on a silver baking pan on a white background.
Twelve pieces of broken-up baked french fries are stacked on top of pieces of whole fries on a grooved silver baking pan.
Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices Toaster Oven Baked French Fries Test
Pieces of baked french fries using the Hamilton Beach 31344DA Toaster Oven on a silver baking pan on a white background.
A close-up of pieces of baked french fries using the Hamilton Beach 31344DA on a silver baking pan on a white background.
Eight pieces of broken-up baked french fries are stacked on top of pieces of whole fries on a silver baking pan.
Function
None
Bake
Temperature
425°F
400°F
Cooking Time
25 m
26m
Convection
No
No

Design

Overall Design Scoring
6.0
5.1

In the Box

A box, the silver Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven, a user manual, an oven rack, and a baking pan.
A box, the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach Roll Top Toaster Oven, a user manual, an oven rack, and a baking pan.

Exterior

5.0
5.0
A closed front of the Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
A closed front of the Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
The front of a closed silver Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven has a control panel and the left has holes.
The back and right sides of the Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven have holes. The back has two buffers.
The top, front, and right sides of the Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven on a white background.
On a white background, the bottom of the Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Toaster Oven has a slide-out crumb tray and 4 stands.
A closed front of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Roll Top Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
A closed front of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Roll Top Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
 Hamilton Beach easy reach 4 slices toaster Oven ExteriorThe front of a closed Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach Toaster Oven has a control panel and the right has holes.
The back of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach Roll Top Toaster Oven has a power cord, two buffers, and holes.
The top, front, and right sides of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach Roll Top Toaster Oven on a white background.
On a white background, the bottom of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA has four stands, holes, and carrying handles on the sides.
Weight
6.9 lbs (3.1 kg)
6.9 lbs (3.1 kg)
Length
12.6" (32.0 cm)
15.8" (40.0 cm)
Width
11.8" (30.0 cm)
11.9" (30.3 cm)
Height
10.2" (26.0 cm)
8.4" (21.3 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Color
Silver
Silver
Door Handle
Cool-touch
Cool-touch
Tray Indicators
No
No
Crumb Tray
Slide-out
Removable

Control Panel

The Panasonic NB-G110P’s control has an LCD and 14 buttons for temperature, timer, shade, 6 functions, light, and power.
The control panel of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Roll Top Toaster Oven has 2 control knobs for temperature and timer.
Type
LCD + 14 buttons
2 control knobs
Temperature
250°F - 500°F
200°F - 450°F
Timer
1 minute - 25 minutes
1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
Indicator Light
Yes
Yes
Status Bar
No
No
Light Toggle
Yes
No
Convection Toggle
No
No
Rotation Toggle
No
No
Automatic Preheat
No
No
Audio Cues
No
No

Cooking Functions

Panasonic NB-G110P has 6 functions: Toast, Frozen Waffle, Reheat Roll, Frozen Pizza, Quick Reheat, and Frozen Hash Brown.
The control panel of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Roll Top Toaster Oven has 2 control knobs for temperature and timer.

Interior

5.0
2.0
The upper quartz ceramic heating element inside the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Express Compact Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber.
The upper quartz ceramic heating element inside the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Express Compact Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber.
Panasonic FlashXpress Digital Small Toaster Oven InteriorThe shining interior light on the cooking chamber ceiling of the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Express Compact Toaster Oven.
The rack-pulling mechanism and bottom quartz ceramic heating element inside the Panasonic NB-G110P Oven’s cooking chamber.
 Hamilton Beach easy reach 4 slices toaster Oven InteriorThe Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber has 2 quartz heating elements with guars and 2 guide rails.
 Hamilton Beach easy reach 4 slices toaster Oven InteriorThe Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber has 2 quartz heating elements with guars and 2 guide rails.
The Hamilton Beach 31344DA has 1 bottom heating element with a guard and 2 guide rails on its right cooking chamber wall.
The opened roll top door and upper heating element with a guard of the silver Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Toaster Oven.
Heating Elements
2 quartz
2 quartz
Convection Fan
No
No
Lighting
Yes
No
Tray Levels
1
2
Rotisserie
No
No
Safety Hook
Yes
No

Power Cord

 A two-pronged plug power cord of the silver stainless steel Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven.
A two-pronged plug power cord. In the background is the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach Roll Top Toaster Oven.
Length
3.1 ft (0.9 m)
34.6" (88.0 cm)
Type
2-prong plug
2-prong plug
Power
1300
1200
Rated Output
120
120

Accessories

A stainless steel baking rack of the silver Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven on a white background.
A stainless steel baking rack of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach Roll Top Toaster Oven on a white background.
Length
10.6" (27.0 cm)
11.0" (27.9 cm)
Width
9.4" (24.0 cm)
9.3" (23.5 cm)
Height
1.2" (3.0 cm)
1.0" (2.5 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Build Quality

7.0
7.0
The front of an opened Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Toaster Oven with a slide-out crumb tray, oven rack, and baking pan.
The front of an opened Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Toaster Oven with a removable crumb tray, baking pan, and oven rack.

Capacity

An opened front of the Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven with interior measurements on a white background.
An opened front of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Roll Top Toaster Oven with interior measurements on a white background.
Length
11.0" (28.0 cm)
11.0" (27.9 cm)
Width
9.8" (25.0 cm)
9.84
Height
9.1" (23.0 cm)
7.5" (19.0 cm)

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
4.9
5.5

User Control

7.0
6.0

Ease of Use

3.0
5.0
Panasonic FlashXpress Digital Small Toaster Oven Ease of Use
Panasonic FlashXpress Digital Small Toaster Oven Ease of Use 1

Cleanability

6.5
6.0
The cleaned upper quartz ceramic heating element with a permanent black stain of the Panasonic NB-G110P FlashXpress Oven.
Permanent stains on the Hamilton Beach 31344DA’s upper heating element guard, cooking chamber’s ceiling, and casing’s top.
Permanent stains on the Hamilton Beach 31344DA’s upper heating element guard, cooking chamber’s ceiling, and casing’s top.
The cleaned baking pan of the silver Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach with Roll Top Door Toaster Oven.