My readers know that I enjoy nothing more than authentic Neapolitan-style pizza. This means it’s crisp, has a charred crust, piping hot toppings, and beautifully blistered cheese. If you can relate, you know that our home ovens can’t produce this quality of pizza. The good news? Pizza ovens are easy to use and more affordable to buy than ever before.
Let’s take a look at the best pizza ovens for 2021.
While my pastime involves cooking pizza for friends and families, I have recently enjoyed helping others find the best pizza oven for their outdoor kitchen. I’ve tried many ovens from several well-known brands like Ooni, Gozney, and DeliVita. Yet, I’ve found that the right one depends on a few things like heat source, portability, style, and price. Therefore, the right oven for my needs won’t be the right option for you.
This is why I’ve developed this buyer’s guide: to help you narrow down the competition and find the perfect pizza oven for you. Let’s dive right in.
|Ooni Karu 12/16 Pizza Oven||Read Review||5.0||Check Prices|
|Ooni Fyra Pizza Oven||Read Review||4.8||Check Prices|
|Gozney Roccbox Pizza Oven||Read Review||4.7||Check Prices|
|DeliVita Pizza Oven Mega Guide||Read Review||5.0||Check Prices|
|Ooni Pro Pizza Oven||Read Review||4.8||Check Prices|
|Oxford Barbeques Pizza Oven||Read Review||4.7|
|G3 Ferrari G10006 Delizia Pizza Oven||Read Review||4.8|
With an Ooni Karu Pizza Oven, you won’t have to settle for anything less than quality pizza. You’ll enjoy the rich flavour brought forward by this wood-fired pizza oven, and its sleek design that blends in nicely with any setting.
Ooni Fyra is the successor of the Ooni 3 model – the world’s first portable pizza oven fuelled by wood pellets. Unlike the Ooni 3, the Fyra has a taller hopper that holds more fuel for a long burn. It also has a viewing hole and is a bit less heavy than the 3.
The Gozney Roccbox is an award-winning pizza oven and for a good reason. It’s restaurant-grade capabilities and portability make it a top seller on the market. Gozney is a reputable brand that designs and manufactures outdoor ovens. These ovens allow individuals to cook restaurant-quality pizzas from the comfort of their homes!
The DeliVita pizza oven is the UK’s top home wood-fired pizza oven for good reason. It’s the closest thing you can buy to a real pizzaiolo’s oven without needing clay bricks and tonnes of cement.
Ooni continues to outperform each version of their oven. Just when I thought the Ooni 3 was the best that Ooni could do, the Ooni Pro came along and proved everyone wrong. This larger and more diverse oven has helped pizza lovers foster their love of cooking homemade pizzas.
If you’ve always wanted to serve Italian style pizzas at your barbeques, now you can! With the Oxford Barbeques Pizza Oven, you’re sure to impress guests and family with your cooking. No doubts, this outdoor appliance will take your get-togethers to the next level!
Available in red or black, this G3 Ferrari indoor pizza maker is well ahead of its rivals.
One of its biggest selling points is the fact that it can reach up to 390°C, unlike a lot of other indoor ovens. This is seen as an ideal temperature for pizza making, as it results in a crispy base and even cooking in a short time.
The best pizza oven for your outdoor kitchen isn’t the most expensive, the prettiest one, or the one with the most features. It all comes down to the individual and what they want.
Here are the top things to look for in a pizza oven:
Do you want a wood, gas, electric, or charcoal oven? The heat source you go with will definitely affect the taste of your meal. Personally, I love wood-fired ovens because they offer the best flavour; however, some prefer gas ovens since they’re easier to use and clean. I’ll go more into depth on each heat source in the next section.
How portable do you need your oven to be? If you plan on keeping it in one place, you can go with any pizza oven in terms of portability. However, if you enjoy fresh pizza on your camping trips or want to take it to your friends’ BBQ from time to time, make portability a priority.
Let me also say that if you plan to keep your oven in one place, I suggest investing in a cover for when it’s not in use. This will help maintain it and require less cleaning next time you use it.
If you’re in the market for a pizza oven, surely you’ve given thought as to where you want to put it, right? Will it sit in your garden, backyard, patio? Regardless of where you plan to put it, you want to measure the available space. This will determine how big of an oven you can buy. The last thing you want is to have it delivered to your home to find out it doesn’t fit in its designated spot, or you could have gone with a bigger option.
The size will also be a reflection of the capacity. Some ovens fit up to 3 pizzas while others can only cook one at a time. The benefit, however, is that ovens like the Ooni Karu can cook pizza in a matter of seconds (60 seconds to be exact). This means no one will be left waiting.
Now, ovens with larger capacities are great if you plan on cooking other foods like pasta, cookies, or meats. You can place these foods in the oven alongside your pizza.
Outdoor pizza ovens are usually made with a stainless steel exterior and stone interior. However, this will vary depending on the heating source. Since most follow this similar pattern, consider size, texture, and shape.
The price of your oven will be a reflection of the factors mentioned above (heat source, size, design, etc.). You can obtain a pizza oven anywhere from £100 to £1,000.
Keeping the above in mind will help you make an informed shopping decision. But before I go, I want to go over the different types of pizza ovens to better familiarise you.
Gas pizza ovens are popular because of how easy they are to operate. The cooking process is as simple as turning them on, letting them heat up, and cooking your food. They are also easier to clean than wood-fired ovens since there is no ash or log remains to dispose of.
For the best flavour, I always recommend a wood-fired oven. This is going to offer the most authentic cooking experience and lead to a smoked pizza flavour that’s hard to achieve with other fuel types. The downside? They are among the most expensive.
If you’re an avid traveller, a portable pizza oven is for you. Go with something that is lightweight and takes little space in your car. My favourite option is the Gozney Roccbox as it can be fuelled with either gas or wood.
Charcoal or BBQ pizza ovens are commonly associated with New York Style pizzas. It uses either wood or coal to burn a fire for cooking on. They cook pizza fast offering a slightly smoky taste.
You can also roast veggies, bake fish, or slow cook meats using your BBQ oven.
The biggest difference between BBQ and wood-fired pizza ovens is the temperatures reached. Wood-fired ovens can reach higher temperatures. However, BBQ ovens make great ovens, grills, and smokers.
By now I hope you have a good understanding of the different types of pizza ovens and which one is best for you. And, if you haven’t done so already, check out my top picks. I offer a variety of picks ranging in fuel source, price, size, and more.