Infrared + Toaster = PG-13 Parenting Product Pick

By Kathy Zucker

Sometimes 4.5 stars only apply to a segment of society. In this case, the segment without young children.

The Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven received rave reviews at It was so popular that it took six weeks to arrive, showing up on my doorstep two weeks after Hurricane Sandy flooded homes and businesses in my community of Hoboken, New Jersey. I was excited to test the toaster, especially in post-disaster circumstances. With Thanksgiving approaching, I anticipated making hors d’oeuvres and heating bread rolls in the oven.

We never made it that far. One week after the toaster arrived, after escalating complaints from family members, my husband insisted I remove the Flash Xpress and reinstate our regular toaster. Why? Because blindingly bright infrared light + fascinated toddler = potential blindness. You can read my complete review at the Viewpoints website, but my fellow panel members with young children were united in their concerns about the infrared light that heats the toaster.

Who could benefit from the Flash Xpress? College students living in dormitories, deployed military members in tight quarters, and seniors in assisted living. Basically, anyone who does not have access to a full kitchen. The oven is an excellent countertop substitute for a full-size oven – you can actually cook with this product. However, for those of us with young children, that infrared light is a deal breaker.

Read – Sandy Substitution: Skip the Oven

Watch – Panasonic Flash Xpress Toaster: The Viewpoints Blogger Reviews Panel Hangout

I received a sample Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven. Currently sold for $120 at Amazon, the Flash XPress has been given to a family whose house was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

Kathy Zucker, accidental entrepreneur and mother of three young children, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. See what Kathy is up to at her blog and on Twitter @KathyZucker.

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