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Best pizza ovens 2024: tried and tested by experts

These are the very best pizza ovens for home chefs

One of the picks for best pizza oven, the Gozney Dome S1, cooking a pizza.
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Best pizza ovens 2024: Jump Menu

1. The list in brief ↴
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Best pizza oven overall: Ooni Karu 16
3. Best wood-fired pizza oven: Ooni Fyra 12
4. Best budget pizza oven: Solo Stove Pi Pizza Oven
5. Best indoor and outdoor oven: Ooni Volt 12
6. Best indoor pizza oven: Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo
7. Best-looking pizza oven: Gozney Dome S1
8. Best gas pizza oven: Ooni Koda 12
9. Fastest pizza oven: Gozney Roccbox
10. Best large pizza oven: Alfa Nano Pizza Oven
11. How we test
12. Meet the team
13. FAQs

The best pizza oven will guarantee the tastiest slice this side of Italy. Simulating the smoky flavors of a traditional stone oven, the best pizza ovens help you to make restaurant-quality pizza in your backyard. Not only that, but you can use them to roast meats and vegetables, and even bake desserts. 

As we head towards warmer weather and longer evenings, you might find yourself longing for a pizza oven to make dinner al fresco. You could opt for a wood-fired pizza oven for that authentic Neapolitan flavor or a gas oven for energy efficiency. If you couldn't fit one in your yard, you could pick up a pizza oven that's certified safe for indoor use. But with so much on the market, it's easy to feel spoiled for choice. 

As a professional product tester, I've had hands-on experience with all the best garden gear, and I think a good pizza oven could give the best grills a run for their money. I've tested all the latest and greatest models from Ooni, Gozney, and Breville, and I've found the nine best pizza ovens to suit every style of garden and size of budget.  

To help you compare and contrast, I've assessed each pizza oven against the same criteria: cook time, ease of assembly, price, and the all-important taste test. I've also identified which oven is best for making which sorts of pizza so that you know where to shop for traditional Neapolitans and deep-dish pies.

The quick list

We'll dig into the specifics further down. For now, these are all the best pizza ovens, at a glance.

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Best pizza oven 2024

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Best pizza oven overall

The best pizza oven we've tried

Specifications

Fuel type: Wood and gas
Exterior dimensions: 33 x 32 x 20"
Cook surface: 16.7 x 16.7"
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

We love the Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven. It's a generously sized oven that won't be easy to store, but it's surprisingly lightweight and perfect for propping up in an outdoor kitchen. 

When it comes to taste, our tester Jason found that there is 'nothing like the pizzas' made in the Karu 16. It's the best pizza oven he's ever tried, and it's the first pizza oven recommended for domestic use by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, the international authority on Neapolitan pizza. 

This oven cooks with a Cordierite pizza stone with a 16-inch cooking area for large pies. The door has a unique hinge feature which makes it easy to pivot your pies as they cook. There's also a window to watch your pizza as it cooks. However, this was a little smoky as it cooked. 

Perhaps the best feature is the built-in digital thermometer, which shows the fluctuations in temperature as your pizza oven is cooking. This is perfect for consistency between different pizzas. You can also switch between gas and wood fuel, opting for either the speed and convenience of gas cooking or the smoky flavors of a traditional wood-fired pizza. 

However, bear in mind that the Ooni gas burner is sold separately. Like all Ooni pizzas, essential tools like a pizza peel and pizza cutter aren't included as standard. It's heavy, so it needs two people for assembly. Most of all, it's a little pricey.

There are more details in our Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven review.

Best wood-fired pizza oven

Best wood-fired pizza oven

Specifications

Fuel type: Wood
Exterior dimensions: 29.1 x 15.4 x 28.5"
Cook surface: 13.2"
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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No accessories included

Wood-fired pizza ovens create a smoky flavor and charred crust that isn’t achievable in an ordinary convection oven. The Ooni Fyra 12 comes in at number 2 as the best wood-fired pizza oven on the market. 

Wood fuel can be daunting, but the Fyra 12 is easy to set up and use. This is thanks to clear instructions and a handy app packed with recipes for doughs and sauces. 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.  

The Ooni Fyra 12 makes a perfect Neapolitan pizza in two minutes. Our expert tester Helen found 'a crispy puffed-up crust with lightly charred patches' that cooked in just two minutes. You aren't limited to pizza, either – Helen also found great results when experimenting with roast garlic potatoes, lamb, and asparagus. 

Like all wood-fired ovens, the Fyra 12 needs more care and attention than gas-powered ovens. You'll need to monitor the wood pellets as they reach temperature and stoke them to maintain the right heat. 

It's also worth knowing that Ooni doesn't include accessories like a pizza peel or pizza slicer with their ovens. While the Fyra is the best-value Ooni, it costs an extra couple hundred dollars if you want all the bells and whistles, such as specialized wood pellets and a thermometer

You can find more details in our Ooni Fyra 12 review

Best budget pizza oven

The best budget pizza oven

Specifications

Fuel type: Wood or gas
Exterior dimensions: 20 x 15"
Cook surface: 12"
Best type of pizza: Small wood-fired pizzas

Reasons to buy

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Heats up and cooks quickly
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Wood-fired and gas-fired options
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Great pizza
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Low cost

Reasons to avoid

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High-maintenance
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Needs fire starters

This Pi Pizza Oven is one of the cheapest pizza ovens we've tested, and it's great for beginners. Assembly is a matter of minutes: all you need to do is lay the cooking bricks, insert the fuel grate and ash pan, and you're good to go. 

Our favorite feature sounds small, but it makes a big difference: a guard that protects you from throwing your pizza too far back in the oven. The hardest part of mastering a pizza oven is launching your pie, and it's easy to throw your pizza right to the back of the oven when it will squish and burn. The guard will stop this from happening.

The resulting pizzas were easy to make and tasted delicious. Our tester struggled to make the pizzas as fast as they were being eaten. They were easily among the best we've tested.

But while the taste is flawless, the Pi Pizza Oven is a little high-maintenance. You'll need to use a specific type of wood: kiln-dried, one inch wide, and five inches long. You'll also need a small fire starter to start the flames. 

It's a bit less accessible than an Ooni, which allows you to top up fuel and check on your fire from the back of the machine. This oven is equipped to make 12" pizzas, but ours came out at around 10" with a bit of room at the edges. These are perfect for small gatherings but may be slow for big groups. You can speed up the process by cooking with gas, but you must buy the gas attachment separately. 

You can find more details in our Solo Stove Pi Pizza Oven review.

Best indoor and outdoor pizza oven

The only pizza oven in the world for use both indoors and outdoors.

Specifications

Fuel type: Electric
Exterior dimensions: 24.2 x 20.8 x 10.9"
Cooking surface: Cordierite baking stone
Best type of pizzas: Neapolitan

Reasons to buy

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Foolproof design
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Surprisingly heatproof 
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Heats up fast
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Maintains consistent temperature 
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No assembly needed

Reasons to avoid

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Large and heavy
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No wood-fired flavor
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Expensive

We were excited when Ooni launched the Volt 12 earlier this year, because it's the only pizza oven in the world you can use indoors and outdoors. It's as safe to use on a countertop as it is outdoors. 

It's simple to operate. Unlike most of the other pizza ovens on this list, you don't need to mess around with propane or chop firewood – you plug it into the socket and you're good to go. By indoor oven standards, it's also fast to heat; Ooni recommends a preheat time of 20 minutes but our tests found that it reaches temperature in around 15 minutes, and cooks pizza in two This speed is coupled with an innovative 'boost' button, which maintains the temperature when the door is open. That means you can turn out pizzas one after the other without waiting for the oven to heat back up. 

It makes pretty great pizzas, but like the Breville Pizzaiolo below, it's missing the depth you get from a wood- or gas-fired oven. It doesn't give the same sort of leopard spotting or smoky flavor. However, it cooks on a cordierite baking stone, so it's still much more authentic than just baking your pies in an induction oven. 

However, the big caveat here is the price. This will cost you a thousand dollars, which is a lot to spend on pizza. To be fair, the Breville Pizzaiolo below is usually the same price, and you can't use it outdoors, but it's still expensive. What's more, like other Ooni products, the Volt 12 doesn't include a pizza peel or slice, so you have to buy them separately. As an electric oven, it mimics wood-fired pretty well but it's still missing the smokiness you need for a true Neapolitan pizza. It also weighs in at 39 lbs, so while you can move it between your kitchen and your yard, you won't want to do it too often. 

You can find more details in our Ooni Volt 12 review

Best indoor pizza oven

The best indoor pizza oven

Specifications

Fuel type: Electric
Exterior dimensions: 18.1 x 18.5 x 10.6"
Cook surface: : 12 x 12"
Best type of pizzas: Any, including frozen pizzas

Reasons to buy

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Indoor pizza oven achieves 750°F 
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Can cook any type of pizza, including frozen 
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Easy to use with pre-set buttons

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks the authentic smoky flavor that comes from a wood-fired oven

For a quick and easy pizza night, you need the Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo. This electric pizza oven is designed for indoor use, so it's the perfect option for apartment dwellers or people without a yard. 

This countertop oven was the first domestic oven to reach 750°F. That means it can cook a 12-inch pizza in just two minutes. The Element iQ smart system regulates power so that the oven mimics the type of heat generated in a brick oven. This gives that leopard-spotted charred finish you usually get from a wood-fired pizza oven. 

There are dedicated settings for different types of pizza, covering New York, pan, thin and crispy, or frozen pizzas. While you can control the temperature and heating element, our expert preferred the pre-set features which kept the process almost fool-proof.  Though this indoor marvel comes close, it still can't recreate the smokiness that marks a traditional Neapolitan. It's also one of the most expensive ovens we've tested. 

You can find more details in our Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo review.

Best-looking pizza oven

6. Gozney Dome S1

The best-looking pizza oven

Specifications

Fuel type: Propane gas
Exterior dimensions: 24.96 x 24.72 x 28.74"
Cook surface: 7.48 x 18.50 x 21.65"
Best type of pizza: Authentic Neapolitan

Reasons to buy

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Quick
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Capacious
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Versatile

Reasons to avoid

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On the more expensive side
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Lots of the accessories sold separately

We recently tested the Gozney Dome S1 and we can't stop talking about it. This multifunctional machine made some of the best Neapolitan pizza we've ever tasted, as well as a crisp calzone, crunchy peppers, and tender chicken thighs. 

We loved the original Gozney Dome, and on paper it seems that this update won't live up to its high standards. The S1 is marginally smaller and a little less versatile: it only runs on propane gas. However, the Gozney Dome S1 is also $500 cheaper than its predecessor, which makes it a far better option than its predecessor. 

One of the best things about the Gozney Dome S1 is its energy efficiency. This oven turns out near-perfect pizzas in 60 seconds flat. There's enough space inside to accommodate at least two pizzas at the same time, which is ideal for pizza parties or quick mid-week cookouts.

The Gozney Dome S1 features an in-built precision temperature gauge to help you monitor and maintain internal conditions. The control system is highly sensitive, and takes a little getting used to, but affords you total authority over your oven. Your Gozney Dome S1 should arrive with all the essentials, from the gas hose to the flue funnel, but you'll have to pay extra for the Placement Peel.

There are more details in our Gozney Dome S1 review.

Best gas pizza oven

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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Lacks authentic wood smoke flavor
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No door to keep heat in

If some of these ovens sound like too much hassle, then the Ooni Koda 12 could be for you. Instead of charcoal, it runs off gas, so all you need to do is plug in your propane and you're good to go. It heats up in 15 minutes and cooks your pizza in two.

Our expert tester used the Koda 12 to make an excellent cheese pizza, a perfect pepperoni pie, and an indulgent garlic bread. Although most gas ovens can't create a crispy crust, this model achieved excellent charring, and it's especially good at baking thin-crust pizzas. 

This oven can make more than just pizza. Our tester used it with a cast iron skillet to make delicious grilled chicken and roasted vegetables. The Koda 12 is lightweight, too, so it's easy to move and store. 

The biggest issue with this oven is the lack of a door. It makes it easier to load the pizza but much harder to regulate the temperature. The Koda 12 is also missing the bonus features of Ooni's Karu 16, such as a built-in thermometer.

You can find more details in our Ooni Koda 12 review

Fastest pizza oven

The fastest pizza oven

Specifications

Fuel type: Gas and wood (wood burner attachment sold separately)
Exterior dimensions: 16.3 x 21 x 18.6"
Cook surface: 12.4 x 13.4"
Best type of pizza: Homemade, especially Neapolitan

Reasons to buy

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Includes a professional pizza peel and carry strap 
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Silicone cover makes it safe-to-touch 
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Capable of cooking a Neapolitan pizza in one minute

Reasons to avoid

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Wood burner attachment sold separately 

If you know that you want to cook with gas, go for the Gozney Roccbox. It's easy to set up and arrives on your doorstep already assembled. It's pretty heavy, but portable, too, with a long Velcro strap. You can pick it up, set it down, and start cooking straight away. 

The Roccbox is wrapped in green or gray silicone, which means the outside of the oven is safe to touch, even as the inside reaches 950°F. This is one of the highest temperatures on the test and means that the Roccbox cooks the fastest of any oven on the test, finishing a pizza in little over a minute. What's more the pizza we made was delicious, with great leopard-spotting. 

As portable ovens go, this one is pretty heavy, though it has retractable legs. When unfolded, you can easily attach the gas burner to the underside. It runs on gas, though Gozney also sells a detachable wood burner as an additional accessory, which we found less powerful than cooking with gas. 

We found the wood hopper a little lacking if you want to get a proper roaring fire going. The gas never left us short on power and was a lot faster to get started. 

You can find more detail in our Gozney Roccbox review.

Best large pizza oven

The best large pizza oven

Specifications

Fuel type: Wood
Exterior dimensions: 29 x 22 x 19"
Cook surface: Unlisted
Best type of pizza: Authentic wood-fired pizza

Reasons to buy

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Cooks professional-quality pizza
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Heats up quickly
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Well-made 
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Attractive and functional design
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Choose between gas or wood fired

Reasons to avoid

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Takes time to get used to
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Will take up a lot of space in your home
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Two-person assembly required

This traditional-looking pizza oven comes with all the modern conveniences. It has a stainless steel cooking chamber and four oven floor firebricks. 

The ALFA Nano is pizza-party-friendly, thanks to two thick layers of ceramic fiber insulation which prevents the outside from burning up. This might be important if you have young children, or if you just want to avoid burns and blisters. 

The mouth of the oven maintains the heat of the cooking chamber, while also making it easier to turn the pizza during cooking. It has a 15-inch opening, but a much larger capacity inside for bigger pies, so while ALFA recommends cooking one pizza at a time, our tester found that you can just about fit two smaller pies. If you want even more capacity, Alfa Forni also makes ovens that can hold up to five pizzas at once, but this model, the Alfa Moderno, available at BBQ Guys, is very expensive.

The pizzas are delicious, but as a true wood-fired pizza oven it takes a few attempts to master. The biggest downside is the size. While it means you can cook two pizzas at once, it will dominate your patio or deck. It's also pretty expensive for a relatively basic pizza oven.

You can find more details in our ALFA Nano Pizza Oven review.

How we test

Ooni Karu 16 with a fresh pizza

(Image credit: Millie Fender)

We tested these ovens by making a lot of pizza and putting them through taste tests. I know − it's a hard life being a product reviewer. We tried dozens of cheese pizzas, pepperoni pizzas, and put-on-as-many-toppings-as-possible pizzas, as well as garlic breads, flat breads, and focaccia. 

We pushed these ovens beyond the limits of dough, roasting chicken and vegetables to test their versatility. We timed how long it took each oven to reach temperature and cook a pizza so that we could assess their energy-efficiency, as well as the ease of ignition. 

We pay close attention to the look of each oven to see which spaces it will suit. We also consider the nitty-gritty details like assembly, storage, and maneuverability. We judge all of this against price and warranty, to make absolutely sure that the ovens we recommend are the best value for money.  

You can find more information on our testing process in our how we test guide.

Meet the team

Jason Orme
Jason Orme

Jason is Managing Director of Homes & Gardens, and a number of other home and interiors websites and magazines. He has worked in homes media for over 20 years, appearing in all the mainstream national newspapers as well as many specialist magazines, including Homebuilding & Renovating, which he edited for 12 years.

Jason reviewed the Ooni Karu 16, and found that it is 'by some distance the leading pizza oven of its type available. For a pizza oven of this size and spec – a real crossover between the pro models and consumer-friendly versions – it’s very intuitive and easy to use.'

helen mccue
Helen McCue

Helen is a trained home economist with a 20-year career in appliance reviews. She is a freelance writer specializing in home appliance reviews, but she’s most at home when trying out the latest kitchen and cooking gadgets.

She tested the Ooni Fyra12  in her own backyard and found that 'even a novice cook will be able to achieve good results'. 

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie is Head of Reviews at Homes & Gardens and has reviewed a number of the pizza ovens in this guide. With a lot of trial and error, she's discovered exactly what an oven needs to make the best pizza. Millie tested the Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo in her kitchen at home. 

Alex Temblador
Alex Temblador

Alex Temblador is a Contributing Editor at Homes & Gardens. She writes on a wide variety of topics for H&G, and has tested everything from vacuum cleaners to fitness equipment and pizza ovens in the name of product research. 

Alex reviewed the Gozney Dome, a versatile outdoor oven that allows at-home cooks to use gas or wood to create everything from pizzas to salmon, steaks, and vegetables. She says 'Gozney made a smart move when they created the Dome...it retains heat like few products can'.

kaitlin madden interiors editor
Kaitlin Madden

Kaitlin is Executive Editor at Homes & Gardens. She is also the co-founder of the The Finish, an interior design start-up which offers home decorating services on demand.

Kaitlin reviewed a number of the pizza ovens in this guide, including the Solo Stove Pi. She thinks this oven makes better pizzas 'than anything you've ever cooked at home'.

How to buy a pizza oven

When shopping for a pizza oven, there are a few key points to consider. 

Fuel type and flavor
What fuel you use determines the taste of your pizza, the time it takes for the oven to heat up, and the necessary cleaning measures, as well as any additional costs of running your oven. 

Wood-fired ovens often produce the best-tasting pizza, infusing a smoky, charred flavor into the crust, cheese, and toppings. Some fruitwood can add a slightly sweet taste. A bag of wood chunks costs $5-$15 per bag (depending on what size you buy), so it’s fairly affordable. However, it will require some clean-up and a bit of a learning curve. Lighting and maintaining a fire is sometimes easier said than done. No matter your fire-starting skills, it will take 10-15 minutes for the fire to get to the right temperature to cook. 

Charcoal provides a pretty similar cooking experience and flavor profile to wood. Again, you can buy a bag of charcoal fuel for around $5-$15. Most quality pizza ovens will have a tray that catches the ash for easy disposal, but like wood, it does take some time for the oven to reach the right temperature.

Gas pizza ovens are easy to use and tend to be a little cheaper, but they don't bring the same smoky flavour that wood and charcoal pizza ovens bring.  

Electric pizza ovens are great, but they're usually designed for indoor use only. Keep in mind that, like gas, electric pizza ovens can't quite achieve that authentic smoky flavor you get from wood and charcoal.  

pizza oven on a deck

The ALFA pizza oven on test

(Image credit: Future)

Cook time
If you purchase a high-quality pizza oven, such as the ones featured here, you can expect your pizza to cook in as little as 1 minute and as long as 10 minutes. That's a whole lot quicker than a pizza delivery service. Busy families might appreciate a gas or indoor electric pizza oven, which heats quickly and requires far less prep and clean-up time. 

Size
Smaller, lighter ovens like the Gozney Roccbox are often portable. You can easily pack them in your car and take them to a friend's house or out on a camping trip. If you’re working with a small patio, or no patio at all, then you might be better off with an indoor pizza oven. 

Best pizza oven FAQs

Are wood-fired pizza ovens better than gas?

For that authentic Italian taste, you need a wood-fired oven. Gas pizza ovens are great, and they can create a leopard-spotted charred crust, but they can taste a little sterile by comparison. 

With that said, gas ovens are far easier to use. There's no tricky, time-consuming ignition of wood pellets. All you need to do is hook up your gas and start cooking. 

How do I stop my pizza from sticking?

A light dusting of flour or cornmeal should create a barrier between your dough and the stone, which makes it much easier to turn and remove your pizza from the pizza oven. 

Can you use a pizza oven indoors?

Yes, if you're using an indoor pizza oven. You should never use a wood-fired or a gas pizza oven inside, because the smoke will ruin your kitchen. The best and safest indoor pizza ovens are the