Best pizza oven 2022: for outdoor cooking at home

We've tried and tested the best pizza ovens to find the top choice for your budget and fuel preference – including Gozney, Ooni, and more

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Is any backyard truly complete without adding one of the best pizza ovens into the mix? We think not, and so we've been hard at work putting bestselling outdoor pizza ovens from Gozney, Ooni, and more, to the test.

From the ease of set-up to pre-heating times and the length of time it takes to cook your pizza from scratch, as well as testing for a crispy pizza base and deliciously melted mozzarella, we've put these models through their paces, reviewing wood-fired, gas-fired, and multi-fuel options that will get your Margherita toasted to perfection. 

What's more, these pizza ovens open up plenty more alfresco dining options than just pizza, with many of them perfectly equipped to cook meat and fish dishes too, giving some of the best grills a run for their money. 

They're such good all-rounders that they make a brilliant addition to any outdoor space, so read on to discover the cream of the crop, as tried and tested by the Gardeningetc team.


Best pizza ovens

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The Ooni Fyra Portable Outdoor Pizza OvenGold badge

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Best wood-fired 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

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Portable
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Mimics smoky flavor of wood-powered oven
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Ready to cook in 15 minutes
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Wood pellets leave behind less mess

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn’t include a carry strap or accessories

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 its Ooni Fyra pizza oven which feeds hardwood pellets to the flame and creates that delicious wood-fired charred flavoring. 

As one of the leading brand names in the world of pizza ovens, we were keen to put this Ooni model to the test, and we can confirm we only have good things to say. Not only is it affordable, but it's also easy to use, looks great, is portable, heats up fast – in 15 minutes the oven can reach 950 degrees and can cook pizza dough in just 60 seconds – and it makes incredible tasting pizzas, too.

A 20-lb bag of wood pellets offers about 2-3 hours of cooking time (with the wood pellets leaving behind much less ash than wood), and with its stainless-steel body, this pizza oven holds heat very well. It features a custom-designed fuel tray to allow maximum airflow, and we found it easy to clean. The lightweight design also has foldable legs and a detachable chimney and pellet hopper for easier storage. 

It doesn't include accessories or a carry strap, but other than that this wood-fired pizza oven ticks all of our boxes.

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


The Ooni Karu 12 Outdoor Pizza OvenGardeningetc Reviewed and Rated badge

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Best multi-fuel pizza oven: cook with gas, charcoal or wood

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

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Versatile fuel options
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Fast heating 
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Lightweight design
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Easy to re-fuel

Reasons to avoid

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Gas burner sold separately 

Ooni also impressed us with the sleek and stylish Ooni Karu 12 Outdoor Pizza Oven, which fast became our top pick for best multi-fuel pizza oven.

Larger and more expensive than the Ooni Frya pizza oven, the multi-fuel Ooni Karu gives you three times more versatility, allowing you to slow cook with charcoal, create an authentic wood-fired pizza, or embrace the convenience of gas. 

That said, it doesn't come with the gas attachment as standard, so you will need to buy this separately to use that functionality, which is a little disappointing considering its higher price tag. However, we did find the oven temperature easier to control when fuelled by gas, so it's a worthwhile investment in our books.

In terms of practicality, the Ooni Karu is as easy as it gets to use. Keep an eye on your pizza as it cooks and spin every 20 seconds or so for that perfectly cooked crust and bubbly mozzarella, or close the door to save on fuel and keep the oven temperature even. Assembly is a breeze, so you can have it up and running in a matter of minutes. And, like the Fyra, you can either buy a bespoke portable table for your Ooni to live on or place it on an existing surface in your garden. It weighs only 12kg, so it's perfectly portable. 

Whether this pizza oven is the right one for you really comes down to whether you want that gas fuel versatility – if you're happy using wood pellets – then the  Ooni Fyra is the better value for money.

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


The Gozney Dome outdoor oven in creamGold badge

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3. Gozney Dome

Best outdoor oven that can cook pizza and more

Specifications

Fuel: Gas or wood (and wood pellet attachment available)
Cook surface: 18.5 x 21.6 in
Dimensions: 26 x 24.8 x 28.8 in

Reasons to buy

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A versatile outdoor oven for serious backyard chefs
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Built-in digital thermometer
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Can steam, roast, smoke and bake
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Good range of accessories available to turn this into an outdoor kitchen
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Great heat retention

Reasons to avoid

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Would benefit from a taller 'mouth'
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Big and heavy

You will spend big bucks on the Gozney Dome, but if you are a serious outdoor chef, it gives you so much more versatility than a regular pizza oven. Sure, it cooks an amazing pizza in no time at all, thanks to reaching (and retaining) temperatures of up to 950 degrees farenheit, but it also smokes, steams, roasts and bakes. So if you love to cook and entertain outside, then you really can make every meal alfresco.

You can use gas or wood with this oven, and if you prefer, there is a wood pellet attachment too. Thanks to some very durable and high-quality materials, the thermal retention is great with all fuels, so even after the fire has died down, you can keep on cooking with residual heat. This does make the oven rather heavy – and we very much consider it a more permanent garden fixture – but you can invest in a trolley with wheels to make it more portable. 

We cooked everything from steak to fish, veggies, and, of course, pizza in this oven with amazing results using gas and wood. Our only complaint is that we would have liked the oven opening to be a little taller so we could cook a whole chicken or turkey in there! It's arguably the best outdoor oven that we've tested, but it is an investment, so we think the Ooni options above will suit you better if you already have a grill or smoker you love.

Gardeningetc rating 4.75 out of 5 stars


The Gozney Roccbox pizza ovenSilver badge

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4. 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

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Includes a professional pizza peel and carry strap 
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Silicone cover makes it safe-to-touch while cooking
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Capable of cooking a Neapolitan pizza in one minute

Reasons to avoid

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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 authentic 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 which you don't get with Ooni's. We also loved the look of this oven and appreciated the choice of colors, so it ticks a lot of boxes aesthetically. 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


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

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Compact and affordable
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Can turn any grill into a pizza oven 
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Includes a pizza peel and pizza turner

Reasons to avoid

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Must have a grill to use the box 
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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. We think it is an affordable way to get a taste of at-home pizza if you don't have room for a separate pizza oven but do have a good grill to put into greater service.

We are currently testing this pizza oven to update this review.


Ooni Koda Outdoor Pizza Oven

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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

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Smoke-free and ash-free
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Extra fast heating 
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Very portable

Reasons to avoid

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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! 

We are currently testing this oven and will update our review when finished.


How to choose the best pizza oven

Firstly, you need to decide how often you think you will use a pizza oven at home. The prices range from a couple of hundred dollars, into the thousands so you will want to ensure you get a good cost per use.

If this is your first foray and you are wondering are pizza ovens worth it, try one like the Bakerstone grill attachment that works well on the grill. Alternatively, choose an affordable wood-fired oven like the Ooni Fyra which makes pizza a bit of an event and is something different from your average barbecue night.

For those who love cooking outdoors and don't already have an up and running outdoor kitchen, the Gozney Dome is a great choice. As it can do everything a smoker and pizza oven can do, and so much more, it could be the center of your alfresco dining set up and while pricey, replaces the need for other cooking options. After all, the list of what you can cook in a pizza oven is long, making something like this option a versatile culinary product. 

Fuel type
This is a biggy. Multi-fuel options will always offer the greatest versatility and are much easier to use if you find wood-firing a bit labor intensive. However, they come at a greater cost so we recommend them for beginners and pros, but only if you know you want to use your oven a lot, or you will be using it to feed groups which is much easier with a gas option. 

If you aren't bothered about the taste of wood-fired pizza (who are you?) save some dollar on a multi-fuel and just choose gas. They are fast, easy to use and you can get more pizzas out in a short time with better temperature regulation than wood. 

For us though, a wood-fired pizza is the holy grail. The taste you get from wood firing on a stone is so unforgettable and, in our eyes, worth the extra effort. They are usually the most affordable too, so you can splash out on heat guns, fancy peels and other pizza oven accessories to level up your pizza experience. It is more involved, but if pizza party night is an event for you, a wood-fired pizza oven is going to make it feel more authentic.

Size
Most pizza ovens offer a 12 or 16-inch cooking surface. The Gozney Dome has slightly more room, but you can't cook anything wider than 18 inches in it.

As pizza ovens can cook a pizza so quickly, we find a 12 inch oven is ample for most pizza oven recipes. And, if everyone wants to customize their toppings, doing lots of smaller pizzas will serve you well. However, if budget allows, reaching for a 16-inch oven offers you the potential to go bigger – and will be welcomed by hungry hoards.

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


Black Friday pizza oven deals

As much as we love a pizza oven, we love a pizza oven, even more, when there's some money off, and the good news is that Black Friday – with its opportunity to save big on thousands of items – is just around the corner. 

This year Black Friday falls on Friday 25th November 2022, and we'll be bringing you all of the top savings in our best outdoor deals round-up – hopefully including some great pizza oven deals. 

Got your heart set on an Ooni? We don't blame you, and our Ooni pizza oven deals page will alert you to any Black Friday savings on these bestselling designs. 


How we test pizza ovens

The Gardeningetc team and their reviewers will never say no to a hot slice of pizza, so it is never hard to find someone to put an oven to the test. The pizza ovens are sent by the manufacturers (usually free of charge, though we will buy any we can't get hold of via loan or gift) to be tested over several weeks. These are no out of the box and done reviews – we want to try every function and cook a few different things in them to really get an idea of their scope.

Often, we are allowed to keep the oven after review which is good news for us and our pizza-loving friends. This means we can let you know how durable it is over time and update our reviews as needed.

Every pizza oven we test will be measured on a few key areas. Firstly we look at how easy it is to set up and light. Then we of course test the pizza cooking results. If the oven is suited to other dishes, we will cook a selection of other meals in it. And we also like to test how easy it is to clean the pizza stone and oven outer. 

If the oven offers other selling points, such as being portable, we will try this out too. Finally, as the oven will be spending a lot of time out in our yard as we host, we judge how it looks.

Find out more about how Gardeningetc tests products.