Best pizza ovens 2021: the top pizza ovens for your yard

Find the pizza oven that fits your budget and needs with our picks of the best pizza ovens for your yard

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Choose the best pizza oven for your yard with our top picks from Ooni, Gozney, and more. A pizza oven will rival your favorite pizza place in making delicious and authentic pizza pies from scratch. What's more, these pizza ovens can pre-heat and be ready to go in as little as 15 minutes, and offer cooking times for as little as 2 minutes. 

Many of the best pizza ovens in our guide have been reviewed hands-on by members of the GardeningEtc team, and you can even click through to read our thorough reviews of how we used them in our own yards. 

Pizza ovens typically come with wood-fuelled designs, meaning you can either use wood pellets or firewood to heat the pizza stone at the bottom of the oven to give you a crispy pizza base and delicious melted mozzarella. There are also some gas-powered pizza ovens that work much like the best grills. They ignite with the touch of a button and you can fully adjust the temperature by simply turning a dial to limit or increase the amount of gas that's being burned inside the pizza ovens. 

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1. Ooni Fyra Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven

Best wood pellet pizza oven: portable and easy to use

Specifications
Fuel: Wood pellet
Cook surface: 13.2 x 22 in
Dimensions: 26.7 x 18.9 x 9.8 in
Reasons to buy
+Portable+Mimics smoky flavor of wood-powered oven+Ready to cook in 15 minutes+Wood pellets leave behind less mess
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t include a carry strap or accessories

Wood pellet grills changed the barbecue game. Now that genius technology has entered the pizza dome with the Ooni Fyra. Reviewed hands-on by the Gardeningetc team, the Ooni Fyra Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven is our top pick of the best pizza ovens. 

You can’t beat the flavoring of a wood-fired pizza, but it takes time and care to start a fire, keep it going, and then clean up the mess after. Ooni has simplified the process by adding a gravity-fed pellet hopper to their Ooni pizza oven which feeds hardwood pellets to the flame and creates that delicious wood-fired charred flavoring. 

In just 15 minutes, the oven reaches 950 degrees and can cook a Neapolitan pizza in one minute. A 20-lb bag of wood pellets offers about 2-3 hours of cook time. Wood pellets leave behind much less ash than wood.

Best yet? You can take this pizza oven near and far (it’s portable!) and share with friends the innovation of a wood pellet pizza oven. 

Gardeningetc rating 5 out of 5 stars – read our Ooni Fyra pizza oven review for more details. 

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2. Gozney Roccbox

Best pizza oven for compact design: pick and choose your fuel type with this stylish design

Specifications
Fuel: Gas and wood (wood burner attachment sold separately)
Cook surface: 12.4 x 13.4 in
Dimensions: 16.3 x 21 x 18.6 in
Reasons to buy
+Includes a professional pizza peel and carry strap +Silicone cover makes it safe-to-touch while cooking+Capable of cooking a Neapolitan pizza in one minute
Reasons to avoid
-Wood burner attachment sold separately 

The Gozney Roccbox may look small but it packs a big punch of high-quality pizza-making power. This restaurant-grade pizza oven has a stone floor and can reach up to 950 degrees which you can monitor with the built-in thermometer. Even so, the silicone exterior makes it safe to touch throughout the cooking process. 

With heat like that, you can cook a 12-inch Neapolitan pizza in just 60 seconds. A gas burner attachment is the default and it’s designed to replicate a wood flame. However, if you want the wood-fire pizza experience you’ll have to purchase the wood burner attachment (which is well worth it!). 

Roccbox does save you some ‘dough’ by including a pizza peel in the box which makes it easy to get the pizza in and out of the oven. When you’re done using the pizza oven outdoors, you can retract the legs, loop the Velcro carrying handle around the middle, and carry it inside or to your next pizza-making destination. 

Gardeningetc rating 4 out of 5 stars

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3. Ooni Karu 12 Outdoor Pizza Oven

Best multi-fuel pizza oven: a multi-cooking outdoor oven

Specifications
Fuel: Charcoal, wood, wood pellet
Cook surface: 12.5 x 13.5 in
Dimensions: 24 x 14 x 10.5 in
Reasons to buy
+Fast heating +Lightweight design+Easy to re-fuel
Reasons to avoid
-Gas burner sold separately 

If you’ve ever tasted a woodfired pizza, you know the taste is unbeatable. Our pick for the best multi-fuel pizza oven is the sleek and stylish Ooni Karu 12 Outdoor Pizza Oven. It doesn't come with the gas attachment, so you'll need to buy it in addition to the oven if you do want it, but we enjoyed using just wood in this oven and the removable wood container makes it easy to empty out when the cooking is done. 

Unlike the Ooni Fyra, the Karu has a removable door that covers the front of the oven. We enjoyed this, because it kept the internal temperature of the oven more even, and wasted less fuel. The chimney at the top has a vent to allow air in and out to keep the fire going when you're cooking with wood, and when you're done, simply close the vent and add the stopper to the top of the oven to keep it safe from the rain. 

With a cordierite stone floor, a 12-inch pizza will achieve a great crispy texture on the bottom. The Karu is compact, with legs that fold away and a removable chimney that can be stored inside the cooking cavirt. This means you can make it a part of your outdoor kitchen or pop it into the trunk and cook a top-quality pizza anywhere you go.

Gardeningetc rating 5 out of 5 stars – read our Ooni Karu pizza oven review for more details. 

Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven

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4. Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven

Best gas pizza oven: cooking with gas makes everything easier

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Cook surface: 13.25 x 20 in
Dimensions: 15 x 26 x 16 in
Reasons to buy
+Portable+Built-in temperature gauge+Can run on a 1-lb or standard propane tank
Reasons to avoid
-Only reaches 700 degrees so will take a little longer to cook 

The Camp Chef Italia Pizza Oven has all the best design aspects. It bakes like a brick oven and is easy to move, has a built-in temperature gauge, and 17,000 BTU burners and heat plates. 

What makes this pizza oven special is that it can run on a 1-lb disposable propane bottle or a standard bulk propane tank. While that might not seem ‘special,’ it is when you consider how the 1-lb disposable propane bottle is much more affordable and takes up less room than a bulk tank. 

Fuel aside, this pizza oven can reach up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit in 15 minutes. It will take anywhere from three to 10 minutes to cook a pizza through. With a double layered ceiling, the pizza will cook like it’s in a brick oven. The built-in valve ignition and micro-adjust valve makes starting the fire and adjusting the temperature quite easy. 

BakerStone Original Box Kit Pizza Oven

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5. BakerStone Original Box Kit Pizza Oven

Best pizza box for the grill: simply place this pizza stone on the grill for that pizza oven effect

Specifications
Fuel: Use with any grill on hand
Cook surfacce: 15 x 15 in
Dimensions: 21.4 x 6.18 x 16.3 in
Reasons to buy
+Compact and affordable+Can turn any grill into a pizza oven +Includes a pizza peel and pizza turner
Reasons to avoid
-Must have a grill to use the box -Will take 2-4 minutes to cook a pizza

Most people love the versatility of a grill, and while pizza ovens can bake other foods besides pizza, they can take up space and aren’t entirely necessary – especially if you purchase the BakerStone Original Box Kit Pizza Oven. This box converts most charcoal, pellet, and the best gas grills into a pizza oven. 

It basically raises the temperature of the grill so that the oven box reaches temperatures of 600-800 degrees, which allows you to cook a gourmet pizza in two to four minutes. Since it’s a compact box, you can easily take it camping or on vacation, and it won’t require any additional clean up beyond that which is required of the grill itself. 

The kit also includes a wooden pizza peel and metal pizza turner so you can have a true at-home pizza-making experience. 

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6. Ooni Koda Outdoor Pizza Oven

Best portable pizza oven: ideal for packing away and taking on trips

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Cook surface: 12 inch
Dimensions: 15.7 x 11.6 x 24.8 in
Reasons to buy
+Smoke-free and ash-free+Extra fast heating +Very portable
Reasons to avoid
-No thermometer

The Ooni Koda Outdoor Pizza Oven is gas-powered. It runs on a propane tank, and takes just 15 minutes to heat up. You can control the heat with ease using the control dial at the back of the oven, and because it's gas-powered, you can be confident that your oven won't lose heat after prolonged use. 

It comes fully assembled, so all you need to do is fold out the legs and get started. It can sit on outdoor tables and thanks to the lack of a chimney, it is also easy to pack away into your car for trips and travel. 

One of the major perks of gas pizza ovens is that you won't have to clear away any messy ash and pellets after use. The gas burns smoke-free, so if you see any smoke, you'll know your pizza is getting charred! 


What else can I cook with a pizza oven? 

If you’re more practical-minded, you might be wondering why you should spend your money on a pizza oven. It only makes pizza, right? Wrong. You can actually cook a lot of different items in a pizza oven making it a versatile culinary product. 

Some pizza ovens will include a small pamphlet of recipes in the packaging, while others have a host of recipes on their website or pizza oven apps. Until you buy your own, check out all the amazing things you can cook in a pizza oven below, and head over to our pizza oven recipes for more inspiration. 

Bread

Perhaps it comes as no surprise that you can cook different types of bread in a pizza oven. You can cook everything from garlic bread to sourdough, focaccia, and rolls. However, it will require some finessing and making sure you adjust the pizza oven to the right temperature. For instance, naan and garlic bread need to be cooked at 750 degrees or hotter, while sourdough and ciabatta need to be baked at temperatures of 400-450 degrees. While you can cook some breads in a wood fired pizza oven, a gas pizza oven might be better to control the temperature. 

Meats

You can absolutely cook meat in a pizza oven – like a seared steak! You’ll need something to hold the meat, such as a cast iron pan. Like bread, how you want to cook the meat and which meat you cook will require certain temperatures. If you want to grill shrimp or a steak, you’re going to need to get the pizza oven to reach temperatures of 540-600 degrees. Roasting a fish or turkey will require temperatures of 450-540 degrees. Pulled pork or ribs will require a slow cooking process at temperatures of 210-250 degrees. 

Vegetables

Just like meats, you’ll need a dish that can handle the heat of a pizza oven. Blistered shishito peppers, Mexican street corn (elote), and even roasted zucchini can be prepared in your pizza oven. Vegetables don’t need a lot of heat so when the pizza oven gets down to 550-600 degrees you can start putting in bulky vegetables like squash or potatoes. Make sure to rotate the tray and the vegetables so they can be cooked on all sides by the fire. 

Desserts 

Sweet tooth lovers will be happy to know that they can bake plenty of desserts – beyond a dessert pizza – in a pizza oven. Cinnamon rolls, carrot cake, and even cobbler can all be baked at temperatures of 320-400 degrees.

There's top tips on how to use a pizza oven in our guide. 

Which is the best pizza oven?

In our opinion, the best pizza oven you can buy is the Ooni Fyra. It gets the balance right between affordability and amazing quality, as we found when testing it. For a more premium option we also love the Gozney Roccbox. 

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Alex Temblador
Alex Temblador

Alex Temblador is a Dallas-based award-winning author and freelance writer that has covered home, design, architecture, and art in publications like Real Homes, Gardeningetc, Home & Gardens, Dwell, Architectural Digest, Artsy, Neighborhoods.com, Culture Trip, among many others. She recently bought her first home, a green Sears & Roebuck house that's over 100 years old, sits on half an acre of land, and features a stunning wraparound porch, original hardwood floors, pocket doors, and a butler pantry. Alex loves to test products for Gardeningetc, Real Homes, and Homes & Gardens buying guides and reviews which has helped to expand the richness of her first-time homeowner life – she has tested everything from hedge trimmers to hot tubs. The Mixed Latinx writer can usually be found working or relaxing in her outdoor spaces.