Ooni Koda 12/16 Pizza Oven

5.0/5.0
By Robert Parsons June 16, 2021
Looks / Appearance 5.0 / 5.0
Functionality 5.0 / 5.0
Ease of use 5.0 / 5.0

Pros

  • – Portable 
  • – Ready to cook in 15-20 minutes
  • – High temperatures up to 500°C
  • – No assembly required 

Cons

  • – High Demand, so availability may be thin!
  • – Only works on gas

Ooni was formerly known as Uuni. They changed the spelling of their name after realizing it was being pronounced differently all around the world. Changing it to “Ooni” aligned with the phonetic spelling and solved this problem.

This brand was founded in 2012 and, since then, has manufactured several quality products. A customer favourite is the Ooni Koda Pizza Oven. Shoppers have the option of choosing between the 12 or 16. What’s the difference? We’ll cover this and more within this comparison review.

Ooni Koda 12 Overview 

The Ooni Koda 12 is an award-winning portable oven. It’s ideal for anyone who enjoys entertaining guests and family with delicious pizza anyplace, anytime. At a low weight of 9.25 and foldable legs, you can easily pack this bad boy up and take it with you anywhere you go. 

The Koda 12 heats up quickly and has ready-to-serve pizza in as little as 60 seconds. It’s also capable of roasting meat, fish, and veggies. Users love the flame-cooked flavour brought forward by the Ooni Koda. A one-of-a-kind experience, you can’t go wrong with this gas-powered pizza oven.

Specifications

  • – Weight: 9.25kg
  • – Cooking Surface: 13¼″ x 13¼″ (337 x 337mm)
  • – Indoor/Outdoor Use: Outdoor use only
  • – Material: Powder-coated carbon steel shell
  • – Fuel: Gas  
  • – Temperature: Reaches 500°C in just 15 minutes
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Ooni Koda 16 Overview 

The Ooni Koda 16 is also a portable pizza oven meant for outdoor use only. It is ready to use straight out of the box. All you need to do is flip open the foldable legs, attach the baking stone, and connect it to a gas tank. The fact that it’s gas-fuelled offers three important benefits:

  • – Ease. You can use it right out of the box.
  • – Control. Adjust heat easily with the heat control dial.
  • – Convenience. No messy clean-ups after cooking.
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Once the oven is preheated, you’ll have ready-to-eat meals in as little as 60 seconds. It has the same temperature controls as the version 12 (500°C), the biggest difference being that it takes 5 minutes longer to preheat due to its larger size. It’s also not as portable as the 12 because of its naturally larger size. The bright side is it has a larger baking stone that fits up to a 16” pizza.

I guarantee this will be a hit at any social gathering. It’s also a great way for family and friends to get involved. Have your kids or guests create their own pizzas and watch them cook to perfection only a minute later.

Specifications 

  • – Weight: 18.2kg
  • – Cooking Surface: 16″ (406.4mm)
  • – Indoor/Outdoor Use: Outdoor use only
  • – Material: Powder-coated carbon steel shell
  • – Fuel: Gas
  • – Temperature: Reaches 500°C in just 20 minutes
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Which Version of the Ooni Koda is Right For Me?

The version that’s right for you will depend on a few things. First of all, how important is portability to you? Both models are portable; however, the Ooni Koda 16 is about double the weight of the Ooni Koda 12. Its larger size is due to the bigger cooking surface of 16 inches and makes it a bit less portable than the 12.

Another important factor to take into consideration is cooking times. While both have ready-to-eat pizzas in 60 seconds, the Koda 16 takes 5 minutes longer to pre-heat. It does, however, cook larger pizzas!

If you are someone who wants to make pizza at the beach, camping trip, or your friend’s cookouts, you may benefit more from the Ooni Koda 12 since it’s lighter (easier to transport). If weight isn’t a concern and you prefer a larger cooking surface, go with the Ooni Koda 16.

Our Verdict

The Ooni Koda is at the top of my list for several reasons. It’s compact, heats up quickly, is easy to use, and doesn’t fall short in the looks department. It’s an award-winning outdoor pizza oven for many great reasons, and Ooni decided to create the 16 for those who prefer a slightly larger option. 

 

A great value for your money, this pizza oven is sure to take your cooking, family dinners, and outdoor parties to the next level. All that’s left to do is try it for yourself.

 

Pros

  • – Portable 
  • – Ready to cook in 15-20 minutes
  • – High temperatures up to 500°C
  • – No assembly required 

Cons

  • – High Demand, so availability may be thin!
  • – Only works on gas