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Which Ooni pizza oven should I buy? The best Ooni ovens, tested by experts

Ooni pizza ovens are incredibly popular, and we can see why. These are our top picks and the best models to buy.

An Ooni Fyra 12 Pizza oven loaded with a pizza
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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: Ooni Karu 16
3. Best wood-fired: Ooni Fryra 12
4. Best gas: Ooni Koda 12
5. Best indoor: Ooni Volt 12
6. Ooni alternatives
7. How to choose
8. How we test

Ooni are everywhere at the moment and this popular brand shows no signs of slowing down. With so much marketing and press coverage you'd be forgiven for thinking that Ooni pizza ovens are little more than hype.

However, there's a reason Ooni are taking up number one, number two and even number three spot in our guide to the best pizza ovens. Unless there are some big shake ups over the next few months, our tests have shown that they're quite simply the best pizza oven brand around. 

We've tested plenty of pizza ovens and several Ooni ovens. With quite a few Ooni models with similar-sounding names, we've have pitched some of Ooni's top ovens against each other to reveal which Ooni oven is best. 

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As Head of eCommerce, Alex makes sure our readers find the right information to help them make the best purchase. After graduating from Cambridge University, Alex got his start in reviewing at the iconic Good Housekeeping Institute, testing a wide range of household products and appliances. He then moved to BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, assessing gardening tools, machinery, and wildlife products. Helping people find true quality and genuine value is a real passion.

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The best Ooni overall

The best pizza oven we've tried

Specifications

Fuel type: Wood and gas
Exterior dimensions: 33 x 32 x 20 inches
Cook surface: 16.7 x 16.7 inches
Best type of pizza: Speedy Neapolitans

Reasons to buy

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Window for easy viewing
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Very speedy heating
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Extra large capacity
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Multiple fuel types

Reasons to avoid

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Window got a little smoky
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Gas burner costs extra
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No accessories included
Buy it if

✅ You live in a large household: this has large capacity
✅ You want authentic flavors: this achieves an unrivalled smoky taste
✅ You're new to pizza ovens: the integrated takes the guesswork out of cooking

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're short on space: this could be overkill
❌ You'll cook mostly on gas: this burner costs extra
❌ You're on a budget: this is a more expensive option

The bottom line

🔎 Ooni Karu 16: this is the best pizza oven you can buy. That's all you need to know.

We could talk about how great this pizza oven is all day. Not only is it the best Ooni on the market, it's the best pizza oven in the world. You don't even need to take our word for it, because this is officially endorsed by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana - the True Neapolitan Pizza Association. If you want an oven given a rare nod from proper Neapolitan pizzaiolos, this is the one to get.

Our Managing Director Jason Orme says that there is 'nothing like the pizzas that come out of the Karu 16'. It makes perfect pizzas with charred crusts and gooey melted cheese.

It has a huge 16-inch capacity and runs off both gas and wood fuel, delivering both for the speed and convenience of gas cooking or the smoky flavors of a traditional wood-fired pizza. There's a responsive digital thermometer and a see-through door so you can check your pizza as it cooks. 

While it cooks on two different fuels, gas fuel isn't fitted as standard, so it's an extra expense. We also aren't fans of the fact that essential accessories like pizza peels and pizza cutters aren't included. 

Read more: Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven review

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
SpacePlenty of room ★★★★★
SpeedReally quick to warm up and start cooking★★★★★
Easy to useVery easy especially with app★★★★★
ValueExpensive★★★

The best wood-fired Ooni

Best wood-fired pizza oven

Specifications

Fuel type: wood
Exterior dimensions: 29.1 x 15.4 x 28.5 inches
Cook surface: 13.2 inches
Best type of pizza: Traditional Neapoloitan

Reasons to buy

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Intuitive to use
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Portable and compact to store
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Hot and ready to cook in 15 minutes
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Simple gravity-fed wood hopper 
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Delicious authentic wood fired pizza

Reasons to avoid

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Requires more attention than the gas alternative
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Accessories aren't included
Buy it if

✅ You need easy storage: this is portable and compact
✅ You want smoky flavors: this wood-fired option gives an authentic, charred crust
✅ You need speed: this can be hot and ready to go in just 15 minutes

Don't buy it if:

❌ You prefer cooking on gas: this only uses wood pellets
❌ You're on a budget: you have to buy all the accessories, including the peel and slicer separately
❌ You want a hands-off model: the fire needs tending to

The bottom line

🔎 Ooni Fyra 12 for authentic Italian flavors, you won't find a better model. Although, this is incompatible with gas and doesn't come with extras

If you want your pizza journey to achieve absolute authenticity, you need a wood-fired oven. They make pizzas that taste like a different product to store-bought pies and, if we're being critical, they taste a little better than pizzas from gas ovens too. Cooking with flames means that you char the crust, create leopard spots on the base, and can beautifully brown cheese.

At the risk of sounding like an Ooni sponsor, we give the Fyra our 'best wood fired pizza oven' accolade, against all other brands, in a heartbeat. It easily overcomes the common complications faced with other wood-fired pizza ovens: it's easy to set up, because the instructions are clear and the app is loaded with tips for your everything from your pizza wood pellets to dough. It's simple to add wood and control the temperature, and the fast heat up time means it's ready to go in just 15 minutes.  

When it came to the all-important taste test, this was unbelievable. The pizzas our experts made looked the part, with spotting, browning, and charring in all the right places. Even better, it tasted the part too, each bite was packed with intense, smoky flavors.

It's worth noting that the Fyra, just like the Karu, doesn't come with a pizza peel or slicer. Other pizza ovens include these as extras almost by deault, because you won't get far without either. 

Read more: Ooni Fyra 12 review

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
SpaceGood capacity and it's portable too★★★★★
SpeedReally quick to warm up and start cooking★★★★★
Easy to useMore tricky than gas, but still straightforward★★★★
ValueAccessories cost extra★★★★

The best gas Ooni

Best gas pizza oven

Specifications

Fuel type: Gas
Exterior dimensions: 24.4" x 15.5" x 11.7"
Cook surface: 12"
Best type of pizza: Pepperoni

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use
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Compact and portable
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Heats up in 15 minutes
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Pizzas cook fast
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Produces excellent crust

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn’t give an authentic wood smoke flavor
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No door to keep heat in
Buy it if

✅ You're new to pizza ovens: gas is easier than wood fire to control
✅ You want a portable option: this can be packed up from your patio and taken on trips
✅ You need speedy cooking: this is ready to go in 15 minutes

Don't buy it if:

❌ You want traditional flavors: this won't taste smoky or charred
❌ You're super safety conscious: this doesn't have a door, so could cause burn and blisters if you're not careful
❌ You're cooking meats: this doesn't have a thermometer integrated, so it's harder to monitor

The bottom line

🔎 Ooni Koda 12 this is the best gas pizza oven on the market. It's easy to use, but doesn't quite hit those wood-fired flavors

The Koda 12 is the easiest Ooni to use. You save on all the hassle of swapping fuel types or lighting charcoal and just plug in your propane. After that, it heats up in 15 minutes and can cook a pizza in a respectable two minutes. 

It excelled on test, making near-perfect cheese and tomato and  pepperoni pizzas, as well as an indulgent garlic bread. The worry with gas ovens is that you can't achieve a good crust, but this model achieved excellent charring. 

This lightweight oven is one of Ooni's lighter ovens, so it's easy to move around the garden and store. 

The only thing preventing this oven from a perfect taste test is the problem of all gas-fuelled outdoor cooking. By comparison with charcoal, this oven tastes almost sterile. It's wonderfully charred but it's missing the je ne sais quoi of smoky flavour you get with wood pellets. This model would also hugely benefit from a door. It makes it easier to load the pizza but means that it's easy to drop heat. 

Read more: Ooni Koda 12 review

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
SpaceGood capacity★★★★★
SpeedHeats up in 15 minutes★★★★★
Easy to useEasy to use, but doesn't have a door or thermometer★★★★
ValueAccessories cost extra★★★★

The best indoor Ooni

4. Ooni Volt 12

There's no competition: this is the best indoor pizza oven

Specifications

Fuel type: Electric
Exterior dimensions: 24.2” x ” x 20.8” x 10.9”
Cook surface: Stone

Reasons to buy

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Indoor cooking
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Simple fuel source

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Large
Buy it if

✅ You'll use this all year round: this is safe indoor and outdoor
✅ You want quick cooking: this reaches high temperatures in next to no time
✅ You want simple fuel: this plugs into a simple socket

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're on a budget: this is incredibly expensive
❌ You want authentic flavors: without a wood fire this won't taste smoky or charred
❌ You're short on space: this has a large footprint

The bottom line

🔎 Ooni Volt 12 incredibly versatile, this can be used inside and outside. It's expensive and bulky, but worth it if you'll use this all year round

There was only one indoor pizza oven on the market until this launched earlier this year - the Breville Pizzaiolo. In my preview of the Volt 12, I compared the specs on both machines and found that the Volt reaches a higher temperature. It also has an innovative 'boost' function which hikes up the temperature when you open the oven door, preventing any sudden loss of heat and making it much faster to turn around lots of pizza in one go. 

When we finally got it on test, it made delicious pizzas, and we found the boost button helpful for hosting pizza parties. They're a little sanitised compared to the rest of the market, but it's about as close as you can get to flame-licked leopard spotting you get in a wood or gas oven. 

However, the biggest draw is that this oven works both indoors and outdoors. No other pizza oven on the market can do that. It brings an unparalleled versatility to entertaining that other ovens - even the Karu 16 - won't be able to match. 

At an eye-watering $999, this is the most expensive Ooni oven available. You'll also need a lot of counter space, because the 24.2” x ” x 20.8” x 10.9” dimensions take up plenty of room. 

Read more: Ooni Volt 12 review.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
SpaceGood capacity, but quite bulky★★★★
SpeedReally quick★★★★★
Easy to useStraightforward and simple★★★★★
ValueExpensive★★★