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Homemade pizza is often fun to make and delicious to eat, but a kitchen oven can't quite recreate restaurant pizza that's made in pizza ovens reaching 800-plus degrees Fahrenheit. This is where a pizza oven comes in handy.
After rigorous testing, the best overall pick is the Ooni Koda 12 Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven. This gas oven is easy to use, portable, and kicks out a cooked pizza in 60 seconds! For an indoor model, check out the Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo, which mimics wood-fired pizza ovens with incredible results.
A good pizza oven is able to reach high temperatures without the long preheating times and extensive cleanup that standard kitchen ovens require. Plus, a pizza oven is often far more versatile than the name implies. It can be used to achieve perfectly seared steaks, roasted fish with extra-crispy skins, flavorful veggies, and more.
There's a wide range of pizza ovens available on the market, from brick, gas, or wood-fired outdoor ovens to indoor countertop models. Some are small and portable, and some will make quite a statement in your backyard. After evaluating the market, we chose 21 models to test side by side in our Lab. We made dozens of pizzas in a variety of styles, evaluating for consistency in results. We also measured preheat time and maximum temperatures. Each pizza oven was rated on assembly, heat control, performance, and portability. Because we know home chefs use pizza ovens in a variety of ways—and to get even more hands-on observations—we also sent several models to our experienced at-home testers for further review.
Here are the best pizza ovens, according to our tests.
Best Overall: Ooni Koda 12 Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven
Cooks pizza in 60 seconds
No assembly required
Can be tricky to rotate pizza
Ooni is a major name in pizza ovens, so it's no surprise the brand sits at the top of our list. The Ooni Koda 12 is one of Ooni's less expensive models, but after thorough testing both in The Lab and at home, we deemed it our best overall choice for a variety of reasons. First, it couldn’t be easier to set up and use. Take it out of the box, open the legs, and you're ready to go.
This is 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. Our testers found that it was easy to transport, weighing just under 30 pounds. When it’s time to store or travel, the legs fold down. It comes with a stone baking board for the perfect pizza crust, which can handle pizzas up to 13 inches (the pizza stone is 13 1/4 inches wide).
In Lab testing, the Ooni Koda 12 took 15 minutes to reach the recommended temperature. The manufacturer states it takes 15 minutes to reach 950 F, and although we measured the back of the oven at 830 F in that time frame, we felt that was plenty hot and one of the quickest preheat times of all the ovens we tried. With super-high heat, the Ooni Koda 12 can cook pizza in 1 minute, which we found true when cooking our whole wheat pie. The supreme pizza we made took just 30 seconds longer.
We also evaluated its consistency in producing multiple pizzas back to back with evenly melted cheese and perfectly cooked toppings. Our testers noted that there is a slight learning curve in turning your pizza for evenness, but using a smaller peel helped a lot. This cooks pretty evenly, but you have to turn the pizza every 20 seconds, or it burns. Getting the hang of turning takes a second, but it's easy to make the pizzas once you do.
Going beyond pizza, our home tester used it to cook whole fish, steak, lamb chops, pineapple, tomatoes, corn, sweet potatoes, beets, and other veggies and was happy with all of the results. For pizza and more, our home tester called this oven "an exceptional oven at a reasonable price."
It's not fully weatherproof, but it's easy to move out of inclement weather, and cleaning is simple. Ooni offers a three-year warranty if you purchase directly from its site.
If you need more space, this model has a bigger brother, the Ooni Koda 16, that can handle pizzas up to 16 inches and can also be converted to run on natural gas. It performed similarly well in Lab testing compared with the Koda 12, but it takes longer to heat up and is more expensive.
Temperature Range: Up to 950 F | Heat Source: Propane gas | Max Pizza Size: 13 inches | Weight: 29 pounds | Dimensions: 15.7 x 11.6 x 24.8 inches
"The pizza puffed nicely and came out with great char and a crispy crust. The cheese was nicely melted."
Best for Indoor Pizza: Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo Pizza Oven
Mimics wood-fired ovens
Multiple pizza settings
Manual control for infinite options
With an indoor pizza oven, you don’t need to worry about the weather, fire, or lighting conditions, so they are often easier and more convenient than outdoor options. Unlike a standard oven or countertop oven, this Breville pizza oven can reach 750 F, the temperature required for authentic pizza. It is well-insulated, so the exterior stays pretty cool to the touch, despite the super-high heat, although there will be some smoking.
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. It’s also possible to customize the settings to get the perfect results for any pizza style and personal preference. In Lab testing, we successfully baked a frozen pizza in 15 minutes using the oven's preset option and achieved fantastic results—nicely browned crust and golden brown cheese. Our home tester successfully baked everything from frozen pizza to a thin Margherita pizza to a pan pizza layered with cheese and a meaty Bolognese. You won't get quite the same smoky flavor as a wood-fired grill, but for ease and convenience, the Breville cannot be beat.
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; convection heat perfectly cooks the cheese and toppings. Unlike ovens that only allow overall temperature control, this one has separate controls for the top and bottom heating elements for custom cooking options. Our tester used these controls to make nachos and dubbed the Breville "the ideal nacho machine."
It comes with 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. While the metal peel works for removing pizzas from the oven and is sufficient for frozen pizzas, our home tester said dough sticks no matter how much cornmeal you use, so she recommends a wooden peel. The oven itself is attractive enough to leave on the counter, and while it's on the larger side for a toaster-oven style oven, it's still simple enough to move or store on a shelf.
Temperature Range: Up to 750 F | Heat Source: Electric | Max Pizza Size: 12 inches | Weight: 45.6 pounds | Dimensions: 22.3 x 21.4 x 18.9 inches
"The pizza cooked evenly and the bottom is crusty and brown. The toppings were nicely rendered and the cheese had some great golden brown spots."
Best for Wood-Fired Pizza: Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven
Cooks pizza in under a minute
Burns wood or lump charcoal
Gas adapter available
Burns through fuel quickly
Needs attention during cooking
Can take a while to preheat
There’s something about the flavor of wood-fired cooking that makes it incredibly appealing, and the Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven can deliver since it runs on wood or charcoal, just like many barbecue grills. You can grab some hickory, mesquite, and maple wood for their unique flavors or load it with charcoal. It can also be used with gas if you purchase the gas burner (sold separately). In both Lab and home testing, this pizza oven delivered delicious results.
Setup is easy, but because of the multi-fuel feature, there are a few more components to keep track of than other models. The body is stainless steel with ceramic fiber insulation, so it holds in the heat, while the included Ooni baking stone retains heat for a perfect crust every time.
While the manufacturer says this oven can get up to 950 F in just 15 minutes, we found it took quite a bit longer. However, once heated, the oven held the temperature well and cooked the pizzas evenly as long as you turn them often (every 15 seconds). Supreme pizzas, whole wheat pizzas, and veggie pizzas were cooked to perfection in our testing. Pizzas can be cooked in as little as 45 seconds!
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. There's a small learning curve and ways to play around with controlling the temperature, like moving the pizza from the back of the oven to the front, but both Lab testers and our home tester described cooking with this oven as pure fun. And, if you want to go beyond pizza night, our home tester successfully baked cornbread and grilled hot dogs.
When it’s time to move or store, the legs fold down for a smaller footprint, and it's lightweight enough to move easily. Ooni offers a three-year warranty if you purchase directly from its site.
Before the Ooni Karu, there was the Ooni 3, which offered similar wood-fired pizza capabilities. The Ooni 3 was one of the first cost-effective pizza ovens available to the public, which helped launch the high-quality homemade pizza revolution we see now. It was discontinued at the beginning of 2020 to make way for two more advanced models, the Karu and the Fyra. For those who still own the Ooni 3 and are interested in the gas burner connection, the same attachment can be used as the one for the Karu 12.
Temperature range: Up to 950 F | Heat Source: Wood, charcoal, or propane gas | Max Pizza Size: 12 inches | Weight: 26.4 pounds | Dimensions: 30.31 x 15.75 x 31.5 inches
"The pizza cooks very easily! The crust is evenly browned and nicely charred. The cheese melted beautifully!"
Best Splurge: Gozney Dome Pizza Oven
Dual fuel offers cooking options
Built-in thermometer and probe jacks
Lengthy preheating time
When you want a high-end pizza oven but don’t want to build an actual brick oven in the backyard, the Gozney Dome can step up to the plate. It has a wide opening that can handle larger pizzas (15 or 16 inches), although the largest pizzas might be more difficult to place and keep far enough from the flames. The dual-fuel oven can burn propane gas or wood, and the oven has an integrated thermometer that makes it easy to check the internal temperature.
The Gozney Dome is a heavy beast, weighing 128 pounds, so it will take two people to lift it safely onto a table or cart. While Gozney’s cart is a separate purchase, it’s recommended since it’s built to hold the oven’s weight, and the four casters allow the oven to be repositioned. The oven comes mostly assembled, but you have to place the included battery in the digital display, and then a short burn-in is required before first use.
In Lab testing, it took 45 minutes to reach max temperature, so you will want to plan ahead with this model. Because the oven is so big, you can play around with where you place your pie depending on how close to the heat you want it. After 45 minutes, it was 750 F at the back of the oven, 720 F in the front, 900 F on the left side, and 700 F on the right. Its size also makes it easy to rotate the pizza.
While it takes a while to heat up, the results are worth it, according to both Lab and home testers. It's definitely a splurge but fun to use. You can cook a thinner, minimally topped pizza in just around 30 seconds! Our home tester found cooking with gas to be slightly easier, but she loved the smoky flavor that cooking with wood provided. In testing, we saw consistent results from both methods as well as with all kinds of pizzas.
Not just for pizza, this can be used for other baking or roasting projects, and it comes with two probe thermometers that plug into jacks on the front of the oven. Coming later this year are accessories that will make the oven even more versatile.
Temperature Range: Up to 950 F | Heat Source: Wood or gas | Max Pizza Size: 16 inches | Weight: 128 pounds | Dimensions: 26 x 24.8 x 28.8 inches
"The pizzas are beautiful, well cooked, and delicious!"
Best for Grill: Onlyfire Universal Stainless Steel Pizza Oven Kit
Includes 14-inch stone
Easy to clean
Not as much char as standard pizza ovens
If you have a gas-fired grill, maybe you don’t need another outdoor appliance just for pizza. The Onlyfire Pizza Oven Kit is an insert that is designed to work inside a gas grill—with the lid open. It provides a perfect space for cooking pizza evenly on the top and bottom, which is something you can't do by simply throwing a pizza on the grill grates or on a pizza stone on the grill. The base is 17 inches square, so it’s wise to measure your grill to make sure it fits, but assembly couldn't be easier—pull it out of the box and stick it on the grill.
The insert 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. Our Lab testers and home tester agreed that this insert provides much better results than cooking a pizza on a grill by itself. It took about 15 minutes to reach 690 F at the front of the oven, and we found that the pizza stone held the heat well. This is a low-and-slow option for pizzas. In testing, cook times were longer than with other ovens (it took us 9 minutes to cook a supreme pizza), but we found the bake to be consistent, and the results were desirable.
Our home tester used the Onlyfire kit with her Weber grill as well as a smaller pellet grill with no problems. The included pizza stone is 14 inches, and a 13.5 inches-wide pizza peel is included to get the pizza neatly in and out of the oven. It's also easy to turn the pizza while cooking.
While our home tester found that this kit was a much better option than trying to cook a pizza directly on the grill, she warned there is a learning curve and was disappointed in the lack of directions. It's worth noting our Lab testers did not report the same issues.
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 charcoal grills.
Temperature range: Max grill heat | Heat Source: Gas grill | Max Pizza Size: 14 inches | Weight: 10 pounds | Base Dimensions: 17 x 17 inches
"It's very easy to maneuver the pizza, and you don't have to turn it as frequently as you do with a typical pizza oven."
Best Budget: Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven
Timer with alert
Top and bottom adjustable heating elements
Lightweight and portable
Doesn't cook at extreme temperatures
If you prefer cooking your pizza indoors, but don’t want to heat up your oven and your kitchen, the Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Pizza Oven does the job—and it’s fun to watch. The major selling points of this model are its budget-friendly price and portability.
The pizza tray rotates continuously to bake the pizza evenly without burning. It heats from both the 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.
In Lab tests, it took a while to heat up, and there was some inconsistency in the browning of the crust, but the cheese melted well, and the pepperoni on the frozen pizza cooked up nice and crispy. We like that 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.
You may have noticed a couple of versions of the Presto Pizzazz when browsing for secondhand models. While the packaging and finishes have changed a little bit from time to time, the pizza maker and its controls have stayed essentially the same with every model.
Temperature Range: Unspecified | Heat Source: Electric | Max Pizza Size: 13 inches | Weight: 7.68 pounds | Dimensions: 15.25 x 14.25 x 10.25 inches
"This pizza oven is small—looks like a mixer almost—is very lightweight and easy to take anywhere."
Best Multipurpose: Cuisinart 3-in-1 Pizza Oven Plus
Can be used as a grill and griddle
Easy to use
Produces even cooking every time
If you are looking to get the most out of your outdoor pizza oven, the Cuisinart 3-in-1 Pizza Oven Plus offers versatility, portability, and performance—and it's one of the more affordable options on the list. In addition to making pizzas with the included 13-inch cordierite pizza stone, this Cuisinart oven functions as a grill with 260 square inches of cooking space or a griddle with 233 square inches of space. Even with all of that functionality, our Lab testers were most impressed with how easy this model is to use as a pizza oven and the consistency of the final pies.
In testing, it took 15 minutes to reach 600 degrees Fahrenheit at the front of the oven. It features a nice oven-style opening with a lid that folds down, and our testers found it easy to turn the pizzas, which you only have to do once halfway through cooking. This means there is minimal babysitting of your pizzas, but you'll still end up with evenly cooked cheese and crisp crust.
When you want to move on to searing steaks, cooking hamburgers, or frying eggs, there's a dual-hinged lid you can flip up and down and integrated storage space for keeping the grill grate and griddle plate.
Our one complaint with this appliance was the setup, but after it was assembled it's incredibly easy to use. While it isn't the lightest pizza oven on the list, you should be able to pack it up in the car for camping trips, tailgating, and more.
Temperature Range: Up to 700 F | Heat Source: Gas | Max Pizza Size: 13 inches | Weight: 45 pounds | Dimensions: 25 x 20 x 17.5 inches
"This oven is so easy to use. You can't mess it up. It cooked evenly, with a nicely puffed crust and golden and crisp bottom."
The Ooni Koda 12 Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven is our top pick because of its one-of-a-kind combination of consistently authentic results, portability, and eye-catching design. It outperformed the other models in Lab testing and comes at a reasonable price. If you're looking for an indoor option, we recommend the Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo Pizza Oven. It offers versatile temperature control and simple-to-use settings and produced excellent results in both Lab and home testing.
How We Tested
After researching top-rated pizza ovens from popular brands, including newcomers and tried-and-true favorites, we sent 21 models to our dedicated Lab to test side by side. We looked at a variety of price points, sizes, and fuel types and included both indoor and outdoor models in our testing. Dozens of pizzas were cooked, including plain cheese and fully loaded pies, to test for consistency in back-to-back bakes. We also measured max temperature, preheat time, and baking time. For our indoor models, we cooked frozen pizza according to package instructions. Each pizza oven was rated on assembly, heat control, performance, and portability.
Additionally, we sent several pizza ovens to our experienced at-home testers so they could put them through the paces in their backyards and kitchens. Beyond pizza making, they tested out their versatility and used them for searing meat, grilling fish, roasting vegetables, and more. They also evaluated maintenance and portability to assess whether these appliances truly should earn a spot at your home.
Other Options We Tested
- Ooni Karu 16: This is the newer, larger version of the Karu 12, which we ranked Best for Wood Fired Pizzas. The Karu 16 performed well in Lab testing, but it takes much longer to heat up than the Karu 12 due to its size. We also found we got the best results cooking low and slow—with higher temperatures our results were inconsistent. Because of the additional price and the fact that it takes two people to move, we'd choose the Karu 12.
- Ooni Frya 12: If you're looking for a wood pellet pizza oven, the Ooni Frya 12 is definitely an option. In testing, it produced evenly cooked pizza with nice charring and a gorgeous crust. You do have to pay attention and make sure the flame is where it should be and that there is enough wood at all times. We also found it was on the slower end for cooking times. Setup and operation are definitely more complicated than with gas models. In the end, we decided we preferred Ooni's other offerings, but if you love the smell of a campfire, that's exactly what you'll get with this one—and the pizzas taste good, too.
- Gozney Roccbox: Before Gozney released the Dome, the brand was known for its design-forward Roccbox pizza oven, which can be used with gas or wood. We tested the Roccbox in the Lab, and it received high marks for its heat control and performance. In fact, it took just 15 minutes to reach max temperature, compared with the lengthy 45-minute preheat time of the Dome. Our home tester also produced authentic Neapolitan pies in 1-3 minutes, and the results were even and delicious. Its portability, however, is lacking at over 60 pounds, and the price seems steep for what you're getting. If you really want to splurge and are looking for a sturdily built backyard pizza oven that you don't need to move a lot, we're giving the nod to the Dome. And if you want something smaller and portable, we found there are much more affordable options with equal performance to the Roccbox.
- Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven: This oven was featured on a previous version of this roundup because it received a rave review from one of our home testers. However, in Lab tests, its performance was lacking compared with the competition. Our home tester and Lab testers agreed that there is a serious learning curve with this oven, and it's very easy to end up with undercooked or burnt sections of pizza. It's also bulky. So while you might be able to make better pizza than you would in your home oven, there are much more effective and easier-to-use pizza ovens on our list.
What to Look for When Buying a Pizza Oven
Location and Size
Before considering anything else, you should decide where you’re going to put your pizza oven and how much space you have to comfortably use it. If you live in an apartment or home with limited outdoor space, chances are you need a smaller electric indoor oven. Electric ovens typically accommodate up to a 12-inch pizza and take up a moderate amount of counter space while in use.
If you can invest in an outdoor pizza oven, you have a lot more options. Most pizza ovens covered here simply require a stable wood, metal, or stone surface large enough to put your oven on without risk of toppling over. The overall size of the oven will depend largely on how big the cooking area inside the oven is. On average, most pizza ovens can comfortably accommodate a 12- to 13-inch pizza, while larger models can handle up to 16-inch pizzas.
With pizza ovens, you want the hottest one you can afford. Ideally, you want to cook your pizza at 750 F or higher. An authentic Neapolitan pizza is traditionally cooked in a wood-fired oven at a minimum of 800 F and is finished in 60 to 90 seconds. That might sound extreme, but remember that most of those pizzas are made in large, brick wood-fired ovens that churn out hundreds of pizzas a day. You can get pretty close to that at home with several outdoor models designed to burn wood, reaching temperatures 800 to 900 F.
To help retain heat and achieve those high temperatures, many ovens have an insulated or double-layered ceiling to keep heat concentrated in the oven. Some ovens have dual-heating elements on both the top and bottom of the oven to help regulate the baking of both the crust and toppings.
While many pizza ovens include the claim that heat is distributed evenly throughout the oven, you will likely still need to rotate the pizza once or twice while it bakes—even for pizzas that only cook for a minute or two. It will take just a few tries to get used to handling a pizza peel to move your dough around.
Almost all small and medium-sized pizza ovens on the market today have a streamlined contemporary look with a stainless steel finish and an interior pizza stone baking surface. Some models come in black or gray instead of silver, but most do not have a variety of color options.
The heat source in smaller pizza ovens is most often at the back of the oven. Ovens with an open flame typically allow the flame to extend part of the way across the oven roof to directly heat a greater portion of the pizza. The oven has a vaulted roof that is meant to imitate the heating pattern of traditional brick ovens.
Pizza ovens are turned on with an ignition knob for gas-powered ovens, which usually includes a dial to control the flame output. Wood- and charcoal-fired ovens use a starter and are match-lit like their grill cousins. Electric pizza ovens are typically set to a specific time or temperature with a dial and have an indicator light to alert you when it has finished preheating.
Several small pizza oven models have collapsible legs and detachable parts for when you want to make pizzas or barbecue at the park, on a camping trip, or at a friend’s backyard cookout. Portable pizza ovens are designed to quickly assemble and disassemble and usually come with a carrying bag to keep everything together. While the oven you choose may be portable, keep in mind that it might not necessarily be light. Some portable ovens are as little as 25 pounds, while some can weigh up to 50 pounds.
Pizza ovens come in a wide range of prices, depending on their versatility or convenience. Small gas-powered outdoor ovens can cost $300 to $400 on the lower end of the spectrum and around $700 for a wood and gas combination oven. You can expect to get years of use from these ovens, similar to investing in a high-quality grill.
Indoor and electric pizza ovens can also vary widely in price, from the conveniently priced Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven, which costs around $50, to the Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo Pizza Oven, which runs closer to $1,000.
Most pizza ovens come with a one-year warranty, while a few offer extended warranties of up to three years. You can expect your pizza oven to last for many years, but if you find that it needs repair after the warranty expires, some companies offer replacement parts, and local professional kitchen equipment repair services are likely able to help.
Types of Pizza Ovens
Propane and Gas
Gas-fueled ovens should be used exclusively outdoors and are generally considered the easiest pizza ovens to use with fantastic results. With a gas connection, the oven heats up faster than a wood oven, reaching the highest required temperatures for excellent pizza-making. Many people prefer the easier cleanup with a gas pizza oven due to less ash and wood debris.
Gas ovens can either be connected easily to a propane tank or a natural gas connection. If opting for a natural gas connection, the gas line should be installed by a professional to avoid any issues.
Wood and Charcoal
Like gas ovens, wood and charcoal ovens should be used outdoors only. For many, nothing compares to the taste of a wood-fired or char-grilled meal. Maple, hickory, and mesquite are popular wood-burning choices, all imparting different smoked flavors to your pizzas and roasted dishes. Once you’ve got the fire going and at the optimal heat, there’s some effort to maintain it, but most wood-burning model pizza ovens make it easy to add more wood.
Many wood-fired contemporary pizza ovens have interchangeable components that make switching from wood to gas simple. This versatility comes with a cost, though—bringing the price of the ovens up to $700 or more, plus the cost of the additional components. For outdoor cooks who want it all, a hybrid oven is worth the price.
Electric pizza ovens are made for indoor countertop use. There is a heating unit at the bottom of the pizza oven and often a second heat source at the top of the oven. The top heat source increases the overall temperature output and means you can regulate the cooking of the crust and toppings independently.
If you already have a gas-powered grill, you might consider trying a pizza oven grill insert before buying a separate oven entirely. With the same basic cooking techniques at play, a grill insert is constructed with a pizza stone base and a double-walled roof to retain heat inside the oven. The only difference is that your grill is providing the heat source from below instead of an independent heat source.
Based in Scotland, Ooni is a popular international brand that exclusively makes pizza ovens. In 2012, owners Kristian Tapaninaho and Darina Garland launched a Kickstarter campaign that funded the creation of the first-ever portable pizza oven, and Ooni has only grown from there. Now Ooni has five pizza oven models and a line of accessories that includes a variety of pizza peels, griddle plates, pizza cutters, carrying bags and covers, and more.
Gozney, founded by pizza enthusiast Tom Gozney, makes both traditional and contemporary pizza ovens for home and commercial kitchens. Based out of the UK, the portable Roccbox gained international popularity with its ultra-modern design, median price point, and versatility as a hybrid wood or gas-fueled oven. Roccbox comes in a lime green color, in addition to the more ubiquitous gray, for those looking for some colorful expression while churning out excellent piping hot pizzas. More recently, Gozney came out with the Dome pizza oven.
While not as widely known as some small kitchen appliance brands, Presto has a wide range of convenient countertop cooking appliances in niches that other brands don’t always provide, including canning kits and cookers, indoor smokers, and turkey fryers. Beginning in 1905, Presto made its name producing pressure canners and, eventually, the first “saucepan-style pressure cooker.” Today, Presto continues to find new ways to create kitchen appliances at affordable prices for almost any household.
If you’re a coffee enthusiast, you probably know Breville as the luxury brand of home café appliances, but its list of kitchen appliances doesn’t stop there. Breville has branched out to create an impressive line of countertop machines, including food processors, juicers, griddles, bread and ice cream makers, and technologically advanced wine decanters. The uniform brushed stainless steel finish creates a consistent look across their entire product line, which is chock-full of premium equipment.
Onlyfire has created a small range of products focused on taking your current grilling equipment and making it more adaptable. Its products include pizza oven inserts and kits, rotisserie motors and attachments, fire pit parts and materials, and grill accessories for a wide variety of grill types. Most of its products are reasonably priced for outdoor cooking enthusiasts looking to add some special gear to their collection without going overboard.
Pizza ovens have the benefit of extremely high heat, which makes it easier to clean your pizza oven when you’re finished cooking. Say that some cheese melted off the side of your pizza while it was baking—the high-temperature oven will likely incinerate any bits left inside. Once the oven has cooled enough to handle the pizza stone, you’ll simply need to wipe it off and return it to the oven. If there is an especially tough mess left behind, you may need to gently scrub it out with a soft metal grill brush while the oven is still warm. At no point should you soak the pizza stone in water or wash it in the dishwasher. Stones are sensitive to water, which will make them brittle and prone to cracking. The outside of your oven can be washed with soapy water and a sponge after it has been turned off and cooled.
Some pizza ovens come with accessories to make your pizza making easier; in other cases, you may want to pick up additional accessories. First, you’ll want to make sure you can judge the temperature of your pizza oven. If you’re using an outdoor oven, check and see if it has a built-in thermometer. If not, you should pick up an infrared thermometer to easily and safely take the temperature of the inside of the oven without having to actually reach inside the oven.
A peel may seem intimidating if you’ve never used one before, but they’re much easier to handle than you may imagine—and a must for inserting and removing your pizza from an oven. Many ovens come with a peel made to fit the specific size of that oven. Peels are made of wood or metal and can be perforated to help clear excess flour from the bottom of your pie. There is also a smaller round peel designed to turn your pizza while inside the oven.
When your pizza is cooked and has cooled for just a moment, it’s time to slice it up. Pizza cutters come in two main styles: the classic pizza cutting wheel and the rocking pizza cutter. The rocking cutter is usually a little sharper than a wheel cutter and can slice perfectly even pieces. Unfortunately, it can only cut pizzas as large as it is long and can get unwieldy or difficult to store when it's over 12 inches. The cutting wheel is compact, less expensive, and can slice through pizzas of any size. You’ll want to pay attention to how evenly you’re slicing your pizza, and you may need to use a little more force to get through thick crusts or heavy toppings.
How hot does a pizza oven get?
Some pizza ovens claim to reach temperatures of over 900 F. These ovens are typically gas-fired, although some wood-fired ovens can also reach very high temperatures. Most outdoor pizza ovens heat up to temperatures from 700 to 800 F, while most indoor electric pizza ovens heat up to temperatures from 600 to 750 F.
How does a pizza oven work?
Pizza ovens are built differently than conventional home and restaurant ovens. They are typically compact, with a stone base and a domed roof. The stone base retains heat to help cook the bottom of the pizza easily, while the tight domed roof conducts heat over and around the top of the pizza to promote even cooking. The design of a pizza oven is meant to retain and optimize as much heat as possible, which makes it cook at temperatures much hotter than conventional ovens.
While some pizza ovens may have a removable door on the front to help retain heat, many do not. Pizza ovens are able to maintain their high temperatures by keeping the front opening relatively small. The high oven temperature makes it possible to cook multiple pizzas in quick succession without losing much heat between pizzas.
Pizza ovens are heated in a variety of ways, including propane gas, wood, charcoal-fired, or electric. Most pizza ovens built for home use are made for the outdoors because it’s generally safer to use higher-heat equipment outside.
What can you cook in a pizza oven?
Pizza ovens are obviously made for cooking pizzas at very high temperatures, but they’re more versatile than you might expect. Most pizza ovens come with temperature controls making it possible to cook other foods at high temperatures without scorching them. This can be ideal for anyone interested in baking breads, like sourdough and focaccia and dough-based pastries, that respond well to higher-temperature ovens like those found in professional bakeries.
These high-temperature ovens are also great for quickly roasting vegetables, as well as meats, including chicken, steaks, ribs, and sausages; many people enjoy the smoked flavor that wood-fired pizza ovens impart to these foods. Side dishes and meats that can be cooked in a cast iron or ceramic skillet are ideal for cooking in a pizza oven. Foods with excessive oils and fats should not be cooked directly on the surface of the oven to avoid grease seeping into the stone. Try a variety of hardwoods to see which smoked flavor you like the best. Good options include maple, oak, walnut, hickory, and ash.
What is a pizza oven stone made of?
Most traditional pizza stones are made with clay or ceramic that has been fired at high temperatures and can retain and withstand the heat of the ovens. The insulation properties of clay stones are ideal, but the stones themselves must be treated with care to avoid cracking.
Oven stones are also made of cast iron and cordierite, which can withstand more wear and tear than traditional clay and ceramic stones. Regardless of which stone material you choose, almost all of the options are heavy and require special care when cleaning.
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Donna Currie is a food writer, product tester, and author of the cookbook Make Ahead Bread. She's made more than her fair share of pizza—in the oven, on grills, and with dedicated pizza makers—and personally tested the Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo Pizza Oven, Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven, and Onlyfire Pizza Oven Kit for this roundup, in addition to some pizza stones if you're looking for one of those.
This roundup was updated by Jenny Kellerhals, who also wrote the accompanying pizza oven buying guide. After a decade in NYC pastry kitchens, Jenny has finally learned how to balance yeasted dough recipes and baking intuition to perfect her favorite pizza dough.