Everyone loves the taste of an authentic wood-fired pizza, and with the right pizza oven you can ditch the delivery apps and start making your own. So which one should you choose? We've compiled a list of our top picks and answered some common questions about buying a pizza oven.
Best wood-fired pizza oven
Ooni Fyra 12
- Easy and quick to operate yet still produces an authentic wood-fired taste
- Portable and can be stored away
- Minimal mess and easy to clean
- Burns through fuel very quickly
- Smaller size (12" pizzas) may not be suitable for everyone
The Ooni Fyra 12 is a simple and lightweight pizza oven that uses hardwood pellets instead of logs, making it much easier to operate, maintain and clean while still delivering a great wood-fired taste. Its high temperature of around 400 degrees Celsius means it can cook pizzas in 1-2 minute, after spending around 15 minutes heating up. While its small size is super convenient for portability and storage, it does mean that it can only accomodate 12" pizzas.
Best multi-fuel pizza oven
Ooni Pro 16
- Extremely versatile, with the option to use gas, wood or charcoal fuel
- Also great for cooking other meals besides pizza
- Compact and portable for a 16" pizza oven
- Higher price point
- Burns through fuel quickly
The Ooni Pro 16 is versatile pizza oven that makes a great choice for outdoor cooking enthusiasts. With its multiple fuel options and temperature control, it can be more than just a pizza oven - it's perfect for breads, meats, fish and more.
Bear in mind that the gas burner is sold separately, so only wood and charcoal fuel can be used out-of-the-box with no additional accessories.
Best indoor pizza oven
Breville The Smart Oven Pizzaiolo
- High temperature to mimic wood-fired pizza style
- Compact design for indoor countertop use
- Multiple pizza settings
- Expensive price point
- Some customers find it annoying to clean
- The stone has broken or cracked for some customers
Not everyone has the option or the desire to set up an outdoor pizza oven, so Breville's The Smart Oven Pizzaiolo is a great countertop alternative. This electric pizza oven has settings for a variety of pizza styles including New York, thin and crispy and "wood-fired" plus a manual control option to choose the heat for different areas of the pizza. This rich array of features does come at a cost however, with a price point of approximately $1k.
Best cheap pizza oven
Jumbuck Torino Woodfire Pizza Oven
- Portable unit with wheels
- Cooking rack also suitable for barbeques
- Temperature not quite as high as more premium options
- Needs some assembly
- Some customers had issues with the build quality
The Jumbuck Torino is a charcoal fuelled pizza oven and BBQ that comes in under $200 and achieves a traditional smoky flavour. However, there is a trade-off in that the maximum temperature tends to be under 350 degrees, compared to other pizza ovens which can reach between 400 and 500 degrees.
Best gas powered pizza oven
Ooni Koda 12
- Compact, portable design
- Produces a perfect puffy crust texture
- There can be an initial learning curve to avoid burning pizzas
- 12" size is not for everyone - however there is also a 16" model
The Ooni Koda 12 is similar to the aforementioned Ooni Fyra 12, except this one uses gas fuel instead of wood. Setup and cleaning are both quick and painless, making this an ideal option for those looking to enjoy homemade pizzas without much preparation or cleaning up time.
Best pizza oven brands
Ooni boasts fantastic customer reviews for their versatile range of modern pizza ovens including both gas and wood models. They offer different sizes for both 12" and 16" pizzas, which can be useful for customers with larger or smaller families, or space and storage constraints.
How to choose the right pizza oven
What's the difference between a pizza oven and a standard oven?
A pizza oven can reach much higher temperatures than a standard oven, allowing for a shorter cooking time which helps to create the unique puffy texture of a traditional pizza. A pizza oven can also infuse your pizza with a delicious wood-fired flavour that you won't get in an ordinary oven.
Can I cook anything else in a pizza oven?
Pizza ovens are also great for baking bread, plus you can generally use them to cook most things that you can cook in a regular oven. However, if cooking pizza isn't your main use case then it probably isn't worth getting a specialised pizza oven.
Is a wood-fired or a gas powered pizza oven better?
A gas powered pizza oven is usually faster to heat up, simpler to operate, and requires less cleaning. However, wood-fired pizza ovens generate the unique smoky flavour of a traditional pizza, and are also more fun to gather around on a cold night! There are also models which offer multiple fuel options, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds.