The 8 Best Pizza Ovens of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Ooni Koda Outdoor Pizza Oven at williams-sonoma.com

"With super-high heat, this can cook pizza in 1 minute."

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Italia Artisan Pizza Oven at Amazon

"A propane-fired pizza oven with brick oven results."

Best for Wood-Fired Pizza: Ooni Karu Wood and Charcoal-Fired Pizza Oven at ooni.com

"The Ooni baking stone retains heat for a perfect crust every time."

Best Splurge: Roccbox Portable Wood and Gas Pizza Oven at williams-sonoma.com

"The design and efficiency of the Roccbox make it a standout product."

Best Budget: Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven at Walmart

"Cooks in half the oven-baking time with heat from the top and bottom."

Best Portable: Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven at williams-sonoma.com

"Can achieve heat up to 700 degrees and cook a pizza in about 5 minutes."

Best for Indoor Pizza: Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo Pizza Oven at williams-sonoma.com

"It can reach 750 degrees and cook a pizza in about 2 minutes."

Best Grill Insert: only fire Universal Stainless Steel Pizza Oven Kit at Amazon

"Designed to work inside a gas grill with the lid open while it provides a perfect space for cooking pizza evenly."

  • 01 of 08

    Best Overall: Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven

    ooni-koda

    Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

    Excellent

    It couldn’t be easier. Just turn on the gas, and in about 15 minutes, the Ooni Koda pizza oven can reach temperatures of up to 932 degrees, or you can turn the heat control dial down for a lower, slower cook. With super-high heat, this can cook pizza in 1 minute, so you can feed a whole party in no time at all. It’s also great at searing steaks and chops, roasting vegetables, and more.

    This is also an attractive oven with a sleek design, no chimney, and three legs that keep it stable on any surface. The body is powder-coated cold-rolled steel with stainless steel accents. When it’s time to store or travel, the legs fold down. This comes with a stone baking board for the perfect pizza crust. This oven can handle pizzas up to 13 inches if your aim is good (the pizza stone is 13 1/4 inches wide). If you need more space, it has a bigger brother that can handle pizzas up to 16 inches and can also be converted to run on natural gas.

  • 02 of 08

    Runner-Up, Best Overall: Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven

    Camp Chef

    Courtesy of Amazon

    If you want brick oven results without a brick oven, this propane-fired pizza oven has you covered, with a double-layered ceiling that keeps heat inside and cooks the top of the pizza properly at the same time the crust browns.

    This preheats quickly, so you’ll be ready to cook in about 15 minutes, and it gets hot enough to cook a pizza in eight minutes or less with the 17,000 BTU burner. In fact, you might want to turn the heat down just a little from the maximum to avoid incinerating the pizza while you pop open a beverage.

    This has a built-in ignition valve and temperature adjustment, so you can turn the heat up or down to find the ideal temperature. A built-in temperature gauge lets you check the internal air temperature, and the ventilated door lets you keep the hot air in or ventilate it if it gets too hot.

    The exterior is stainless steel for easy cleaning, and it will never rust. This includes a 20 x 13-inch cordierite ceramic pizza stone, a regulator for the propane, and a five-foot hose so you can attach a bulk propane tank. You can cook pizzas up to 13 inches in diameter. If you want something larger, you can fit an oval or rectangular pizza that’s as wide as the 20 inch stone.

  • 03 of 08

    Best for Wood-Fired Pizza: Ooni Karu Wood and Charcoal-Fired Portable Pizza Oven

    Ooni Karu Wood and Charcoal-Fired Portable Pizza Oven

    Courtesy of Ooni

    There’s something about the flavor of wood-fired cooking that makes it incredibly appealing. The Ooni Karu can scratch that itch since it runs on wood or charcoal, just like many barbecue grills. Grab some hickory or mesquite or maple wood for their unique flavors, or load up charcoal snatched from the grill for heat and smoke without the woodiness. The oven is ready to cook in about 15 minutes and can reach 932 degrees if you need the heat.

    The body is stainless steel with ceramic fiber insulation, so it holds the heat in, while the Ooni baking stone retains heat for a perfect crust every time. The included pizza stone is 13 inches in diameter for family-sized pizzas, or you can toss in smaller individual ones as the family tops their own. They bake in about a minute, so no one will be waiting long.

    A chimney baffle controls the heat by adjusting the oxygen flow for high heat or for low and slow cooking. A port on the back makes it easy to add more fuel for longer cooking sessions or to add new wood for different flavors. When it’s time to move or store, the legs fold down for a smaller footprint. A gas burner adapter is also available for separate purchase, to convert it to use propane.

  • 04 of 08

    Best Splurge: Roccbox Portable Wood and Gas Pizza Oven

    Roccbox pizza oven
    Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma.
    Good

    Frequent hosts of pizza parties will delight in the Gozney Roccbox pizza oven. That’s because this portable oven—which can be powered by either gas through a propane hook-up or with wood—can turn out a pizza every 90 seconds. The oven works fast because it reaches scorching hot temperatures of more than 900°. 

    Retractable legs and a carrying strap allow you to bring the party to a park, your backyard, or a friend’s house, since moving the device is easy. (Do note, though, that carrying it around is a bit of a workout—the oven’s weight tops 50 pounds).

    The oven has a built-in thermometer so you can gauge the temperature, and is sold with a pizza peel so you can easily slip pizzas in and out of the oven. Its dual heating options are handy: you may prefer the flavor that comes with a wood-fired oven, but you can’t beat the convenience of a propane hook-up. And, the oven is ideal for cooking other foods that benefit from a high temperature (like meats and fish) as well—not just pizza. 

    Even though the price point may be a bit higher, the design of the Roccbox coupled with its efficiency makes it a standout product that's worth every penny.

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  • 05 of 08

    Best Budget: Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven

    Presto pizza oven

    Courtesy of Walmart

    If you prefer cooking your pizza indoors, but you don’t want to heat up your huge oven and your kitchen, this pizza oven does the job—and it’s fun to watch. It cooks pizza in about half the time oven-baking would take, whether you’re making a frozen pizza or your own homemade version. The pizza tray rotates continuously to bake the pizza evenly without burning. It heats from both top and bottom, and the heating elements can be controlled separately, so if the crust is browned before the cheese is gooey, you can turn up the top heat and turn down the bottom heat.

    A timer turns off the heat automatically, so you can walk away without worrying about a burned pizza, and an audible signal will alert you that your pizza is done. The pizza tray is removable and has a nonstick coating for easy cleaning. This can cook pizzas up to 12-inches in diameter.

  • 06 of 08

    Best Portable: Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven

    Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven

    Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

    The folks at Pizzacraft know what they’re talking about when it comes to pizza, and they’ve created a handy gas-fired cooker that can achieve heat up to 700 degrees and cook a pizza in about 5 minutes. It’s safe for use on any surface, so you can put it on your deck, a picnic table, or your truck’s tailgate. It’s designed to use the large 20-pound propane tanks, but an adapter is available to use it with 1-pound tanks for better portability.

    A moisture vent at the top releases steam from cooking, eliminating unpleasant sogginess. The domed lid is designed to reflect the heat so the top of the pizza cooks at the same rate as the bottom—meaning the cheese will be perfect and the bottom won’t burn. This has a 14-inch stone, but the opening is a bit narrower, so the maximum pizza size is about 13 inches.

  • 07 of 08

    Best for Indoor Pizza: Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo Pizza Oven

    Breville smart pizza oven

    Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

    With an indoor pizza oven, you don’t need to worry about weather, fire, or lighting conditions. Sure you can bake a pizza in your standard oven or countertop oven, but those can’t reach the temperatures required for authentic pizza. That’s where this oven from Breville shines since it can reach 750 degrees and cook a pizza in about 2 minutes—so you can have pizzas for family movie night or keep them coming for big parties. It is well insulated, so the exterior stays as cool as possible, despite the super-high heat.

    The pizza stone is designed to produce the essential char you’d find on wood-fired pizza while radiant heat provides the attractive leopard-spotted crust and convection heat handles perfect cooking of the cheese and toppings. Unlike ovens that only allow overall temperature control, this one allows separate control of the heating elements for more or less heat on the top or bottom for custom cooking options. 

    Like other smart Breville appliances, this has easy-to-use settings, so it’s simple to choose frozen thin-crust pizza, deep dish, or a wood-fired style pizza, while it’s also possible to customize the settings to get the perfect results for any pizza style and personal preference. This includes a stainless steel pizza peel for sliding pizzas in and out of the oven and a carbon steel pan with a removable handle for thicker pies.

  • 08 of 08

    Best Grill Insert: only fire Universal Stainless Steel Pizza Oven Kit

    If you have a gas-fired grill, maybe you don’t need another outdoor appliance just for pizza. This insert is designed to work inside a gas grill—with the lid open—while it provides a perfect space for cooking pizza evenly on the top and bottom. The base is 17 inches square, so it’s wise to measure your grill to make sure it fits. The included pizza stone is 14 inches, and a 13 1/2 inches-wide pizza peel is included to get the pizza neatly in and out of the oven. 

    The oven is made from stainless steel with a double-walled roof to keep the heat in, and it has a thermometer on one corner, so you can check the internal temperature easily. Since this relies on the grill for its heat source, the maximum temperature will depend on the power of the grill. A similar kit is also available for gas grills.