Homemade pizza is delicious and fun to make, but your home oven (and even your outdoor grill) will never replicate the incredibly high temperatures needed for the kind of charred, bubbly crust and browned cheese and toppings you get from proper restaurant pizza. That kind of heat calls for a professional-level brick oven, often custom-built and costing many thousands of dollars.
Or it did, until 2012. That’s when Ooni launched the first of its high-temperature pizza ovens designed for home use. These babies get to well over 900 degrees and can cook a full-size pizza in 60 seconds, just like the wood-fired ovens used for traditional Neapolitan pizza. The Ooni name has quickly become legendary among pizza fans, and in our Lab testing of pizza ovens, its Koda 12 took the top spot. (Another Ooni, the Karu 12, was our favorite wood-burning pizza oven.)
If you were considering climbing on the Ooni train, now’s a perfect time. For Black Friday, the company is offering 20 percent off on every model now through Tuesday, November 29 at 8 am PDT. (That’s $80 off the Koda and Karu 12!) Read on for the best Ooni pizza oven models to buy to take advantage of this sale.
Ooni Koda 12 Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven
Our favorite all-around model, the Koda 12 hooks up to a standard propane cylinder, pre-heats in 15 minutes, and cooks a 13-inch pizza in 60-90 seconds. The included stone baking board helps hold and distribute the heat evenly, but the whole setup weighs only 30 pounds, with fold-down legs that make it surprisingly easy to transport.
With heat this high and cooking this fast, the technique takes a bit of practice; you have to rotate the pizza frequently for best results. Thankfully, Ooni has free recipes and video tutorials for each of its models to help you get started. And if you want to really jump in to pizza-making, Ooni offers paid online courses in collaboration with the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, Italy’s official certification body for authentic pizza. (Those are also 20 percent off for Black Friday!)
“This little pizza oven can dole out Neapolitan pies like no other.” — Pete Scherer, Product Tester
Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven
Cooking pizza over a wood fire adds an unmistakable hint of smoke and charred crust you can’t really get any other way. The Ooni Karu is essentially the same as the Koda, but it has a chimney and firebox to use wood or charcoal as fuel. It worked equally well as the Koda in our tests, though it does go through a lot of fuel to keep up its high temperatures. The Karu is more versatile than its cousin, however: With a burner adapter (also on sale!), it can use gas instead of wood, while the Koda can’t do the reverse.
“I've made good pizzas before, but ones from the Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven were stellar. Aside from producing delicious pizzas, it was fun and easy to start and stoke the fires. Although it's a splurge, I definitely recommend it.” — Donna Currie, Product Tester
Ooni Fyra 12 Portable Wood-Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven
If you’re a grilling and smoking fan with a wood pellet–powered grill, the Fyra 12 might be the choice for you. It has a gravity-fed hopper to automatically feed pellets into the firebox, with all the same design features and performance as the other models. It’s actually the most portable Ooni, as it weighs in at just over 20 pounds, even lighter than the Koda or Karu 12.
Ooni Koda 12 Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven
A larger version of the Koda 12, this gas-powered oven can handle a 16-inch pizza, but it also has a design upgrade: Two sets of burners set in an L shape make it so you only have to turn the pizza once to cook completely. Its larger interior can also handle foods like breads and meats.
Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven
The wood-burning Karu 16 is of course larger than the Karu 12, but it also has a glass door that helps hold in heat and lets you monitor your pizza (or bread, or steak) while it cooks. The model incorporates a built-in digital thermometer, so you don’t need any extra tools to know how to regulate your fire, either. Like the smaller Karu, it can also work with gas if you buy an adapter.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
The Spruce Eats commerce writer Jason Horn has been writing about food, drinks, and how to make them for more than 15 years, and has been cooking and eating pizza for longer than that. The Lab tested pizza ovens just slightly before he was hired, to his neverending chagrin.
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