Best Outdoor Pizza Ovens

Updated December 2019
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Buying guide for best outdoor pizza ovens

Last Updated December 2019

Even bad pizza is good, or so the saying goes, but why put up with subpar pizza when you can make incredible pies in your own yard? Outdoor pizza ovens probably cost less than you think, and even fairly basic models can produce pizza to rival that found in your local pizzeria for a fraction of the cost. An outdoor pizza oven gives you another al fresco cooking option for when you don't feel like grilling, and it’s always a huge hit at garden parties or family gatherings.

A pizza oven is a fairly large purchase, so it's important to think about what you want from yours. Perhaps the biggest decision is the fuel type. Do you want the authentic flavor you can only get from a wood-burning pizza oven, the convenience of a gas oven, or the option to use a variety of different fuels? Other factors to consider include the size and weight of the oven, its maximum temperature, and the type of cooking surface.

We’ve done the research for you, so read on for our full guide to outdoor pizza ovens and see some of our favorites.

You can find outdoor pizza ovens that come with pizza peels and other useful accessories. Check what's included before you buy these items separately.

Key considerations

Fuel

Wood: Outdoor pizza ovens that use wood as the fuel give you that authentic smoky flavor that you can only get from a pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven. However, it does require some effort to keep the wood burning at the correct temperature. You can find ovens that use wood pellets rather than kindling, but they don't tend to give that distinct wood-fired flavor.

Gas: Gas is a far more straightforward fuel source for outdoor pizza ovens. You simply need to attach a gas tank to your oven, set the temperature or flame strength, and leave the oven to it. The flavor might not be quite as complex, but some users are willing to sacrifice that for ease of use.

Charcoal: Less common (but not unheard of) are charcoal-fired outdoor pizza ovens. Some types of pizzas, such as New York and other American pizza variations, are most authentic when cooked in a charcoal oven.

Size

Consider both the external size and the size of the interior cooking area of any outdoor pizza oven you're considering. Many smaller ovens can only cook pizzas of up to 12 or 14 inches, but you can find some larger ovens that can accommodate pizzas of 16 to 18 inches. Some compact options are designed to be portable and may have folding legs to make them even easier to carry.

Weight

Some outdoor pizza ovens are extremely heavy, while others are quite lightweight. If your pizza oven will be remaining in one spot in your yard, the weight doesn't matter too much, but if you'd like a portable option, it should be light enough to easily carry.

Neapolitan made simple

Pizza fans probably know that Naples is home to some of the best pizzas in the world, so people are always trying to recreate those elusive Neapolitan pies at home. The Napoli Outdoor Pizza Oven lets you come as close to this as possible without shelling out several thousand dollars on a hand-built brick pizza oven. Use real wood kindling for the most authentic approach, or you can choose to cook with wood pellets, charcoal, or gas.

Outdoor pizza oven features

Stone floor: Pizza ovens with a stone cooking floor tend to give you a crisp base with some slightly charred spots.

Smoker: Some gas outdoor pizza ovens have a smoker function to give you a slightly smoky flavor like you might get with a wood-burning pizza oven.

Cover: Outdoor pizza ovens sometimes come with a waterproof cover to keep them in good condition even in poor weather.

EXPERT TIP

A sprinkling of semolina on your pizza peel will keep the dough from sticking, making your pizza easier to slide into the oven.


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Accessories

You'll need a handful of accessories to go with your new outdoor pizza oven. Here are a few we'd recommend.

Wooden pizza peel: Ironwood Gourmet Napoli Pizza Peel

A wooden pizza peel is great for sliding pizzas into your pizza oven, since raw dough doesn't grip the textured surface like it does on aluminum peels. This pizza peel is made from pure acacia wood and measures 196 square inches.

Aluminum pizza peel: Kitchen Supply Aluminum Pizza Peel

While wooden peels are perfect for sliding pizzas into the oven, aluminum options are better for retrieving and turning pizzas without mishap. The thin edge of the aluminum peel is easier to get between the crust and the cooking surface.

Heatproof gloves: Grill Heat Aid Extreme Heat-Resistant Gloves

It doesn't take much to get a nasty burn from a pizza oven that reaches 700°F to 900°F. These heat-resistant gloves protect hands against temperatures up to 932°F.

Infrared thermometer: Etekcity Infrared Thermometer

Any aspiring pizzaiolo knows that temperature is of great importance when cooking pizza. If your oven is too hot or too cool when you put the pizza inside, you'll get underwhelming results. This infrared thermometer can take the temperature inside your oven from a safe distance.

Some portable outdoor pizza ovens include a carrying case to make transporting them easier.

Outdoor pizza oven prices

Outdoor pizza ovens range in price from $100 to $5,000 and up.

Inexpensive: Basic outdoor pizza ovens cost between $100 and $200. These are usually powered by gas tanks with no other fuel options available.

Mid-range: These pizza ovens cost roughly $200 to $500. At this price you'll find wood-fired ovens and multi-fuel options that give you a choice of wood, gas, charcoal, or pellets.

Expensive: High-end outdoor pizza ovens cost around $500 to $1,000.

Premium: You can have a custom-built brick pizza oven installed in your yard for around $3,000 to $5,000 and up.

EXPERT TIP

Outdoor pizza ovens tend to cook pizzas quickly at a high heat, so you'll need to stretch your pizza dough fairly thin in order for the base to cook through.


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Tips

  • Experiment with your pizza dough recipe. The dough recipe is what makes the difference between a pizza that's decent and one that's exceptional. Long proofing times tend to produce more complex flavors. Play around with your recipe until you get the pizza just the way you like it.
  • Read the instruction manual carefully. All outdoor pizza ovens operate differently. Knowing how to use yours properly will help avoid any mishaps on its first outing, so read the instructions before you fire it up.
  • Consider the number of pizzas you want to make in a row. Some pizza ovens drop in temperature significantly after making each pie and require a few minutes’ rest in between. This can be an issue if you plan to make lots of pizzas one after the other.
  • Avoid overloading your pizza with toppings. This can prevent pizzas from cooking through as quickly and leave you with a soggy, doughy base. Less is more when it comes to pizza toppings.

Pies to be proud of

The Pizzacraft PizzaQue makes excellent pies at an affordable price. With a maximum temperature of 700°F, it isn't quite hot enough for Neapolitan pizzas, but it's still far hotter than a standard home oven and produces enough heat to crank out New York pizzas as well as several other styles. It can accommodate pizzas up to a maximum of 14 inches wide and cooks them in five minutes or less.

Other products we considered

You may have already examined our top five outdoor pizza ovens, but there are some other great options available if none of those meet your requirements. The Ooni Pro Multi-Fueled Outdoor Pizza Oven is a larger version of the standard Ooni that can cook pizzas of up to 16 inches. The multi-fuel approach lets you cook with wood, wooden pellets, charcoal, or gas. If you prefer to cook deep-pan pizzas, consider the Cuisinart Alfrescamore Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven. The lower cooking temperature lends itself better to thicker crusts, which, in an extremely hot oven, won't cook all the way through before the exterior burns. The warming tray is useful when you're making a couple of pizzas you want to serve at the same time. The Mr. Pizza Pizza Oven runs from a gas tank only. It might not give you the most authentic results, but it cooks pizzas quickly and easily, reaching temperatures of up to 900°F, hot enough to make an excellent pizza.

Consider the best type of outdoor pizza oven for the style of pizza you want to make. For instance, Neapolitan pizzas need a wood-fired oven that reaches temperatures of at least 905°F.

FAQ

Q. How long will my outdoor pizza oven take to cool after use?
A.
If you're using a portable pizza oven away from home, you'll probably want to know how long it takes to cool before it's safe to pack up. This varies between models, but most are cool enough to safely handle within 30 minutes to an hour.


Q. How do I clean my pizza stone?
A.
Pizza stones are highly porous, so you should never wash one with dish soap or any other kind of detergent. You can clean yours with water, but you must ensure it dries thoroughly before its next use. However, we'd generally just recommend scraping off any stuck-on debris and allowing the high heat inside the pizza oven to kill any bacteria. If possible with your model of outdoor pizza oven, you can flip the stone every time you use it, so you get a "clean" side with each use.


Q. Is there a way to keep pizzas warm until they're all ready to eat?
A.
Some outdoor pizza ovens have a warming drawer to keep one pizza warm while you cook another. However, we prefer to serve each pizza as soon as it's ready. Pizzas are much better served straight out of the oven, and since many pizza ovens cook pies in under two minutes, the next person in line won't be waiting long for their food, or you can cut pizzas up and share them with the group.

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