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Frozen pizza is one of those foods that’s just so convenient to have on hand for emergency snacking. It's also great for meals when more complicated cooking just doesn’t fit the schedule. Cooking a frozen pizza is simple, and some might even fit in your toaster oven, so when the parents are out for the evening, teens, older kids, or the babysitter can easily cook a pie for an after-school snack or an evening treat.
They’re versatile, too. When you’ve got a few frozen pizzas in the freezer, you can easily customize them for individual tastes by adding extra toppings, cheese, or a drizzle of hot sauce to suit your taste. While you can certainly find frozen pizzas at your local grocery store, sometimes the brands and varieties you love best aren’t available, so buying online makes sense. You can stock up on those favorites, so they’re handy any time you want them.
The downside to buying frozen foods online is that shipping can be a bit expensive since the products need to arrive quickly in order to stay frozen all the way to your door. To offset some of that shipping cost, these are sold in larger quantities, so make sure you’ve got plenty of freezer space before the pies arrive—either that, or have the oven preheated and ready to cook for a crowd.
Best Overall: DiGiorno Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese
Crust is crispy on outside, chewy on inside
Good ratio of sauce to cheese
Easy to prepare and cook
Some say it's hard to distinguish between the four cheeses
DiGiorno makes many different varieties of frozen pizza, but this pie wins for its rustic-looking, hand-tossed crust, its sauce made from crushed vine-ripened tomatoes, and its delicious blend of four types of cheese (fontina, mozzarella, parmesan, and Pecorino Romano). Also, with just crust, sauce, and cheese, you have the option of dressing it up with your family's favorite toppings, from anchovies and pepperoni to pineapple and ham. However, picky eaters can rest assured that it's just as delicious baked plain. In fact, many of the reviewers who rated this pizza highly were those with kids who are typically picky with their pizzas.
"Cooking frozen pizza in a super hot oven is my favorite way to cook it. Is it bad to ignore the directions? I also always add extra cheese because I’m a fiend." — Heather Ramsdell, Editorial Director
Best Deep Dish: Lou Malnati's Chicago-style Deep Dish Pizzas
Ships from Chicago
Great customer service
Flavorful sauce and cheese
A bit small for a deep-dish pizza
These are authentic deep dish pizzas, straight from Chicago and ready for baking. This combo includes six cheese pizzas and six with pepperoni, but other combinations are also available, as well as fewer pizzas—but we think the 6-pizza option is the best value. The pizzas are 9 inches in diameter, which is smaller than standard frozen pizzas, but the thickness makes up for it.
When ordering, these will ship on the next available Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, for delivery in two days, so they arrive frozen and ready to stash in the freezer. This includes an aluminum pizza dish for baking the pizza, but some users noted that they used a heavier pizza pan, which they felt produced even better crust results.
Deep dish pizza is completely different from most and has an interesting history. We can tell you all about it, so you’ll sound like a pizza expert on the next pizza night.
Best Variety Pack: Nutrisystem Pizza Party 3-Pack
Nutrisystem may not be the first name you think of when frozen pizza is mentioned, but it's certainly a brand expert when it comes to frozen foods. This three-pack includes pizzas in three different varieties: Italian Sausage and Turkey Pepperoni Pizza, Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pizza, and a Pepperoni Pizza Melt. Several reviewers say the pizzas and melts are very flavorful, though some do note that they like to add more of their own toppings to the pizzas.
If those don’t appeal, Nutrisystem has a range of other pizza flavors, as well. These are small pizzas at less than 6 inches in diameter if you'd rather purchase them individually.
Best Cauliflower Crust: CALI'FLOUR Cauliflower Pizza Crusts
Contains simple ingredients
Cali-flour Foods is making a name for itself in the world of cauliflower pizza crusts. This single box includes two super-thin cauliflower crusts you can top and bake at home. The original Italian version includes herbs to give it extra flavor, but a plain version and one with jalapeno are also available for variety. Reviewers rated this pizza highly for being made of only a short list of simple ingredients. The single pack is great when you’re trying this out, but if you’re already a fan, there are three-packs and six-packs, each with two crusts per box.
Best Mini Pizzas: Williams Sonoma Mini Pizzas, Set of 6
Variety of flavors
Can be frozen up to six months
Quick to cook
Smaller than most personal pizza sizes
When no one can agree on pizza toppings, this set of six mini pizzas can be the perfect answer. Each 8-inch pizza can feed one hungry diner, or cut the pizza in half and serve with a salad or a side to feed two people.
This includes one vegetable pizza with tomato sauce and cheese, one classic Margarita pizza, one Mediterranean pizza with chicken breast and feta cheese, one pepperoni pizza, one Hawaiian pizza, and one barbecue chicken pizza. The pizzas ship frozen and can keep for six months in the freezer. Cooking is simple since they cook from frozen right on the oven rack for 8-12 minutes at 425 degrees.
Best NYC Pizza: Joe's Pizza New York Pizza Best Seller, 2 Pack
New York style pizza
Handmade to order
Only two flavors to choose from
Rumor has it that the secret to real New York pizza is the water used in the crust, but we can’t confirm that. Joe’s Pizza is popular with New York natives and visitors—it's the classic style with the super-thin crust that folds in half for the perfect bite. This includes two 14-inch pizzas that each serve two or three people; one pizza is plain cheese and the other includes pepperoni.
These are handmade to order then frozen for shipping. While the pizza may begin to thaw in transit, it’s suggested that it should be stored in the freezer and baked from frozen (or just slightly thawed) on the middle oven rack for 10-13 minutes at 425 degrees.
Best Gluten-Free Personal Pizza: Banza Chickpea Frozen Pizza Crust
Alternative to vegetable crusts
Four different flavors
No bigger variations
Pricier compared to other brands
This gluten-free pizza offers an alternative to a vegetable crust—it's made from chickpeas! This variety pack of four pizzas includes two four-cheese pizzas, one Margherita pizza, and one roasted veggie pizza. Each pizza weighs about 10 ounces, which the box claims is two servings.
This is also available in other combinations, and the chickpea crusts are also available without toppings, for those who want to create their own favorite pizza combinations. These bake from frozen right on the oven rack at 400 degrees for about 13 minutes, depending on the variety. Reviewers said that if they didn’t know better, they would think this is a pizza crust made with wheat flour.
Best with Truffles: Urbani Truffles Truffle Pizza
Pizzas are handmade by Italian chefs
Quick to cook
Not your usual pizza, this one is topped with truffles for a special treat. The truffles are supplied by Urbani, which is known for its truffle products. Urbani partnered with an Italian frozen pizza company to create this special pizza, and it's perfect for a night when you want to splurge a little in the comfort of your own home. Choose from cherry tomato and truffle, mushroom and truffle, and artichoke and truffle options.
Our pick for the top frozen pizza is DiGiorno Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese: its hand-tossed crust is the perfect balance of a crispy exterior and chewy interior. Plus, picky kids love the taste. If you're of the deep dish persuasion, try Lou Malnati's Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizzas. These pies come directly from Chicago, and many say they're the closest they've had to the real thing.
What to Look for When Buying Frozen Pizza
There are typically three types of crusts: thin crust, thick crust, and deep dish style. A delicious crust has a crispy exterior and a chewy exterior. (The thinner the crust, the crispier it should be; the thicker, the chewier.) These also come in other varieties, such as cheese stuffed, whole grain, cauliflower, and vegan. Usually, thinner crusts have fewer calories.
Arguably the make-or-break factor is the stretchiness of the cheese, as well as whether there is enough of it in proportion to the sauce. The cheese flavor shouldn't be bland, but it should also not overwhelm the flavor of the sauce. If you're a cheese lover, you might want to purchase a pizza topped with a blend of two or more cheeses.
A classic tomato sauce should be tangy, fresh tasting, and not too sweet. It should also not overwhelm the cheese, or you'll end up with a saucy pizza. If you choose a pizza topped with a strong cheese or a blend of cheeses, you'll want a robust sauce that can stand up to those flavors.
Can other toppings be added to a frozen pizza?
Throw on some extra cheese or other toppings, including fresh chopped peppers, onions, mushrooms, chicken, spinach, tomatoes, pepperoni, ham, sausage, or whatever you like on your pizza.
Should you use a pizza stone when cooking a frozen pizza?
Using a pizza stone—or if you don't have one, a baking sheet—will not only help make the crust crispy but will make it easier to get the pizza in and out of the oven.
Can you cook frozen pizza in other ways besides the oven?
You don't have to use the oven to cook a frozen pizza. Throw it in the air fryer, on a grill, and even in a smoker.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Donna Currie has been a big fan of pizza since she was a wee little foodie. She has sampled pizzas from innumerable restaurants in many states, has made her own crusts and sauces and baked them in the oven, on the grill, and in a pizza oven. She is also a big fan of frozen pizza for those inevitable nights when she hasn’t started cooking and she’s too hungry to wait much longer, and she’s sampled a wide variety from her local stores as well as online sources.