5 of the best pizza ovens for making your own pie at home
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Pizza ovens are climbing in popularity, and you know why? Because homemade pizza crafted with your favorite toppings always tastes better than delivery. Whether you prefer plain cheese, pepperoni, a mix of veggies or even Connecticut’s polarizing clam pizza, it’s easy to make at home. Well, it’s easy to make if you have one of these five pizza ovens. The best pizza ovens heat up fast, cook fast and cook evenly.
When you think of a pizza oven, you may think of the wood-burning type. Those will definitely add a smokey, delicious flavor to your pie. But many of the pizza ovens on this list are multi-fuel, meaning they can also use charcoal or gas.
That said, how is a pizza oven different from a regular oven? For starters, pizza ovens reach much higher temperatures than conventional ovens — up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit. The extra heat makes the best crust, the kind that’s crispy on the outside and moist and chewy inside. This high heat also cooks pizza in as little as 60 seconds. The faster it cooks, the less dry it tastes. And if you use a wood-fired oven, the woodsmoke adds to the flavor.
Pizza ovens are easy to use and require little to no cleanup since you use them outside. Take a look below at five of the best pizza ovens you can use to make the best pizza of your life. That’s not even an exaggeration. Soon, you’ll be kneading your own dough and trying out new flavor combinations to share with friends and family. (Psst! Try cooking a steak in a pizza oven as well. Trust me, it’s delicious.)
1. Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven, $399
If you’ve researched pizza ovens, you know about Ooni. It’s arguably the most popular pizza oven brand, and the Karu Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven is one of its more affordable options. You can fuel it with wood pellets, charcoal or propane gas. It’s lightweight, so you can take it to a tailgate or easily move it indoors for the winter. Most importantly, it reaches 950 degrees Fahrenheit in 15 minutes and cooks pizza in as little as 60 seconds. Additionally, its stainless steel body is insulated, and it has an extra thick baking stone and a patented flame keeper for maximum heat retention.
2. BIG HORN OUTDOORS Wood Pellet Pizza Oven, $199 (Orig. $219.99)
If you like the taste of wood-fired pizza but don’t want to spend a lot, this pizza oven is a solid buy. More than 740 Amazon shoppers give it a five-star rating and call it a great pizza oven. It heats up to 860 degrees Fahrenheit within 18 minutes and cooks pizza in 90 seconds or less. You can also use it for cooking steaks, burgers, fish, vegetables and more.
3. Cuisinart Grill Top Pizza Oven Kit, $179.95
If you don’t have the space for another appliance, this Cuisinart grill top pizza oven may be for you. The stainless steel oven box features a cordierite pizza stone for a crisp, bubbly crust. You can use it on almost any grill, and its integrated thermometer will display the temperature (up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit). It also comes with an aluminum pizza peel for transferring pizza from the grill to the table.
4. Gozney Roccbox, $499
Another popular pizza oven is the Roccbox by Gozney. Many people compare it to Ooni’s because it’s portable and multi-fuel capable. It also reaches up to 950 degrees Fahrenheit to cook pizzas fast. However, the Roccbox is different in that it has a safe-touch silicone jacket around the outside to protect anyone around the oven from getting burned. You can choose gray or green silicone. It also comes with a detachable propane gas burner.
5. Solo Pi Pizza Oven, $439.99 (Orig. $624.99)
Solo Stove is a popular, smokeless fire pit that comes in multiple sizes. But the brand also sells grills and campfire stoves so you can cook foods over an open flame. But what about pizza? Well, the brand released its Solo Pi Pizza Oven in early 2022. The pizza oven uses wood or gas to heat up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit, and its durable stainless steel body will last the test of time. Truly — the Solo Stove Pi Pizza Oven comes with a lifetime warranty.
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