For the ultimate homemade pizza, it’s hard to beat the results from a dedicated pizza oven. It can achieve much higher temperatures than your regular oven at home, which means you can cook a pizza in a minute or two, instead of having to wait 20 minutes. The flash cooking process means that the base becomes lovely and crusty, just like the ones you get in a pizzeria.
But there’s a lot to consider when choosing the right one, including whether to get an indoor or outdoor one. And if outdoors, whether stand-alone, portable, or over the barbecue. Here’s what you need to know.
- Indoor vs. Outdoor: The first thing you’ll need to think about is where you’re going to use your pizza oven. Indoor models are all electric and you will need suitable counter top space to use them. The good thing about them is that they’re all-weather devices, so you can enjoy great pizza any time. For outdoor ovens, you’ll obviously need space in your garden, but they can be more fun to use and are great for al fresco dining.
- Style: There are three main styles of outdoor pizza ovens: barbecue top, portable, and stand alone. The standalone options are usually bespoke for your garden, but the barbecue top and portable ones are widely available off-the-shelf. Barbecue top ones are generally much cheaper, but you’ll need to make sure it will fit on your existing barbecue grill. The portable ones require a bit more space in your garden and usually need a bit of assembly.
- Fuel: For outdoor pizza ovens, deciding on what fuel to go for is another important consideration. Gas is easy to control and you can turn it on or off with a flick of the switch, so there’s never any wasted fuel. But it’s hard to beat the distinct flavors of wood and coal-fired pizzas—although you will need to be cooking for quite a few people to make it worthwhile.
Our Picks for the Best Pizza Oven on Amazon
Top pick overall: Mimiuo Portable Wood Pellet Pizza Oven
Small and Portable
This option is perfect for anyone with a garden backyard or who likes to travel and cook for friends. After a 10-15 minute pre-heating period, food cooks in one minute thanks to high temperatures. Mimiuo
This set will transform your existing barbecue, and it also comes with a thermometer to let you know the temperature is just right. It also comes with a stainless sleeve, handles, and aluminum pan.
Budget pick: La Hacienda BBQ Pizza Oven
No Assembly Required
This is designed with carry handles for easy transportation and it’s ready to use within 10 minutes.
Premium pick: Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven
This top-end option can achieve temperatures of 500 degrees Celcius for extra fast cooking.
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