6 Best Pizza Ovens for Home Use
Making pizza is fun and what’s more the whole family can participate! Whether you have the perfect recipe to make pizza dough, buy ready prepared frozen dough or an entire frozen or fresh pizza, the performance of your oven will contribute towards the authenticity and style of your pizza. Whilst it’s not essential to own a pizza oven, they are gaining in popularity, and will get you in the pizza making mood and are the ideal excuse for a party!
From large outdoor pizza ovens that turn your garden into an al fresco pizzeria to smaller portable and countertop models, there is a model for every pizza lover. Best of all, it’s always pizza season and you can enjoy them all year round.
Get ready for a crispy stuffed crust pizza with your favourite toppings and perfectly melted cheese! Browse our selection of pizza ovens and see which one’s for you!
List of best Pizza ovens for home
- Best overall – Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven
- Best for indoor – Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo Pizza Oven
- Best rotating: Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven
- Best budget – Betty Crocker Countertop Pizza Maker
- Best portable – Camp Chef Artisan Outdoor Pizza Oven
- Best multipurpose – Cuisinart 3-in-1 Pizza Oven Plus
Things to consider before buying
Indoor or outdoor
The first and most important decision is the location. Do you have a big garden and want to situate it outdoors? Or do you live in an apartment with only a small balcony or perhaps you don’t have any outdoor space? Depending on where you wish to locate your oven will determine the size purchased. There are many outdoor models available in a variety of sizes, as well as some good countertop models for indoor use.
Heat is another important factor. Traditional wood fired pizza ovens heat up to over 700°F (350°C) so you will need your home pizza oven to have enough power and the correct surroundings to allow it to become as hot as possible. Good insulation of the oven helps to reach those high temperatures, and some models have dual-heating on the top and bottom of the oven.
Much depends on the space you have and the size of the oven you choose, but nowadays, most pizza ovens are streamlined and have a contemporary look. Black or grey are the standard colours, and some come with a vaulted roof to imitate traditional brick ovens.
Having a pizza oven in a small apartment is great but it also means that it needs to be stored after use. Small pizza ovens are either countertop models or they have collapsible or detachable legs which makes it portable for use at a picnic or on a camping trip. Keep in mind that portable pizza ovens are not always lightweight, and some weigh up to 50 pounds (20 kilos)
The price of a pizza oven can vary hugely depending on the above-mentioned features. As with grills and barbecues, most are sturdy enough and will last for years, but your budget and how often you use it will determine your decision.
Types of pizza ovens
Gas for outdoors
Pizza ovens fuelled with gas are easy to use and heat up quickly. They can reach the high temperatures a pizza oven requires and are easy to clean after use.
Wood and charcoal for outdoors
It is logical to use wood and charcoal ovens outdoors only. This traditional way of cooking pizza adds taste to the result, but the ovens are usually large, and it takes time to get the fire going to achieve the perfect heat. Cleaning up takes longer compared to a gas pizza oven.
Hybrid for outdoors
As with barbecues, pizza ovens also come in hybrid models which can switch from wood or charcoal to gas, but these come at a higher price. In our opinion this oven is only worth it if you are a pizza making addict!
Electric for indoors
An electric pizza oven is easy to use and clean. These models are usually smaller for countertop use, and don’t require much storage space.
Overview of best pizza ovens at home
Best overall – Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven
Ooni is a well-known brand when it comes to pizza ovens. This gas powered outdoor model is not the most expensive in the range, but it ticks all the boxes. Set up is easy by pulling out the three legs. This gas powered unit has a built in ignition switch with adjustable heat control. It fires up in 15 minutes and cooks 12″ pizzas in under two minutes by the turn of a dial.
It takes a little practice but rotating the pizza every 20 seconds ensures even cooking. Besides pizza, this oven can also be used to roast meat, fish and vegetables with good results. The oven is best stored inside as it is not 100% weatherproof.
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Best for indoor – Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo Pizza Oven
You never have to worry about weather conditions with an indoor pizza oven. This Breville countertop model is not the cheapest but reaches temperatures of up to 750 °F (400°C) which is much hotter than a regular home oven. The pre-set function buttons are convenient to use and settings such as ‘frozen,’ ‘thin crust,’ ‘New York style,’ ‘darker’ or ‘lighter’ are all available. You can of course choose the manual way to cook your pizza. As this model is very well-insulated, the exterior stays cool enough to touch, but some smoking might develop.
A frozen pizza is ready in about 15 minutes using this oven’s pre-set option. You will never reproduce the exact flavour of a wood-fired pizza oven, but the pizza stone produces the essential char. Separate controls for the top and bottom heating elements ensure all pizza is cooked through resulting in the perfect crust, well-cooked toppings and evenly melted cheese. This model comes with a metal peel, but we recommend using a wooden peel to slide the pizza in and out the oven to avoid damage.
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Best rotating: Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven
As pizza is popular all year round, baking indoors is a welcome option. This budget-friendly model is portable and with a rotating tray, it bakes the pizza evenly.
Both the tray and the top have heating elements which can be controlled separately to bake foods from both sides, or a timer can be set. This timer alerts you when ready and shuts down the heat automatically when finished. The removable non-stick baking pan is easy to clean and store.
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Best budget – Betty Crocker Countertop Pizza Maker
This indoor pizza maker functions in a similar way to a sandwich press and bakes a pizza without the need of an oven. This model heats quickly and is also deep enough for thick crust pizza or to make quiches, pancakes, and quesadillas. The non-stick surface is easy to clean. A great choice if you are on a budget.
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Best portable – Camp Chef Artisan Outdoor Pizza Oven
This open-faced outdoor pizza oven cooks like a traditional wood-fired brick oven with fully adjustable heat and cooks all styles of pizza, including artisan, pre-made, and frozen pizzas.
The ceramic stone cooks a perfect crust, leaving the inside moist and fluffy and a built-in temperature gauge reaches up to 700°F (370°C.) This model weighs 30 lbs (13kg) and is delivered with an Italia Pizza Oven Cooking Guide with recipes. Install this pizza oven in a sheltered area out of wind as temperature drops quickly due to the lack of a door.
Best multipurpose – Cuisinart 3-in-1 Pizza Oven Plus
This Pizza Oven Plus offers not only the pizza oven function, but also a griddle and grill. It is versatile, portable, and performant while still affordable.
It takes only 15 minutes to reach 600°F (315°C) and a fold down door keeps the heat steady inside. Pizzas need to be rotated only half way through baking to result in an evenly cooked crust.
The dual-hinged lid flips up when grilling and griddling and the integrated storage shelf is handy for storing the grill and griddle when not in use.
Assembly can be challenging but it’s a one-time task and it is worth noticing that this pizza oven is one of the lightest in its category.