Caution. Heating Element Catches Fire
This toaster worked okay for me for quite some time and toasts quite evenly at 500W (10 minutes or so). At 1000W I could cook sliced sweet potatoes and grill raw chicken meat. But I didn't have a good experience making toasts at 1000W. The toasts I make can get really burnt on the underside at 1000W. I sometimes use 750W if I am heating up other types of breads and pastries that I took right out of the freezer other than regular white bread. Also, when I make toasts I always buy 6-slice loaves and the slices are thicker than the 8-slice loaves. They seem to toast quite well at 500W in about 8-10 minutes. There are two heating elements in this toaster. One at the top and one at the bottom. I don't use the tray that usually comes with these toasters when I make toasts and the heating element at the bottom of this toaster is stronger than the heating element at the top of the toaster. Recently I heated up some fried meat (I think it was chicken) and I did not use the tray while heating it up. The oil from the fried meat was dripping over the heating element at the bottom of the toaster and at some point the heating element caught fire. This happened just once and I imagine it can happen again in the future, making this toaster a potential fire hazard if you are not wary of it. This was not the first time I heated fried meat in this toaster and I didn't notice anything unusual previously because I simply wasn't expecting this sort of thing to happen. I like the Panasonic brand and I also have their rice cooker, which I found very satisfactory. However, I am unable to recommend their toaster at this price and at this safety level which isn't very safe at all. I am now thinking of purchasing another toaster which is safer since I enjoy using these toasters to heat up fried foods.