The best pizza ovens: gas, wood fire and hybrid pizza ovens for making the perfect pizza
We spoke to our friends at BBC Good Food to find out all about the best outdoor pizza ovens you can buy online for the crispiest, tastiest homemade pizzas.
Cook up restaurant-style pizzas at home with your very own outdoor pizza oven, ideal for entertaining guests on summer evenings or having instead of your takeaway treat.
Simple to set up and easy to use, most pizza ovens function using several fuel types, including gas, charcoal or wood pellets, and will produce thin and crispy authentic pizzas in just seconds. Heat up and pop your ready-to-go pizza in for a speedy, flame-fired, stone-baked dough, perfect for alfresco nights.
We spoke with our friends at BBC Good Food, who are experts in all things cooking, to get some tips on what to look for when buying an outdoor pizza oven, and used their expert advice to help pull together our list of the best ones to buy online. You can read their insights at the bottom of this page.
The best outdoor pizza ovens at-a-glance:
- Best fast pizza oven: Ooni Karu 12 Outdoor Pizza Oven
- Best multifunctional oven: Dellonda Portable Wood-Fired 14" Pizza Oven
- Best multi-fuel pizza oven: Fresh Grills Outdoor Pizza Oven
- Best portable pizza oven: Bertello Outdoor Pizza Oven
- Best simple pizza oven: Roxxbox Gozney Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven
- Best BBQ pizza oven: La Hacienda BBQ Pizza Oven
- Best gas-powered pizza oven: Ooni Koda 12 Gas Pizza Oven
- Best durable pizza oven: Big Horn Outdoor Pizza Oven
The best outdoor pizza ovens
Best fast pizza oven: Ooni Karu 12 Outdoor Pizza Oven
For stone-baked pizzas and more
Cook Neapolitan-style pizzas in just 60 seconds with this speedy pizza oven. Reaching up to 500°C in 12 minutes, it is ready to go, making the perfect addition to your outdoor space.
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This pizza oven has multiple fuel options for the ultimate experience - cook with wood for a flame-cooked taste, charcoal for a slower, lower burn, or gas for a low-maintenance option. It is lightweight and portable at only 12kg and can also be used to cook meats, fish and vegetables.
Best multifunctional oven: Dellonda Portable Wood-Fired 14" Pizza Oven
With accessories included
Rustle up your pizza in approximately one minute, or use this versatile pizza oven to cook fish, meat and vegetables for all your hungry family and friends.
Choose from either charcoal or sustainable wood pellets to fuel this pizza oven, switch on, and it will be ready to use in just 10-15 minutes. The design is portable and easy to move around outdoors, featuring hinged legs and a removable chimney for quick installation.
Best multi-fuel pizza oven: Fresh Grills Outdoor Pizza Oven
Wood-fired pizza at home
Serve up authentic 12" pizzas from this outdoor pizza oven, ready to eat in just about 60 seconds. You can also use it for meats, veggies and bread-baking.
Simply add fuel, whether hardwoods, charcoal or wood pellets, and use the built-in oven thermometer to wack up the heat for crispy-based results. The steel construction is durable, withstanding high cooking temperatures, and the oven comes with accessories, including a pizza paddle, pizza stone and outdoor cover.
Best portable pizza oven: Bertello Outdoor Pizza Oven
Compact but powerful
Small, lightweight and ultra-portable, take this pizza oven on the move with you and set it up in any outdoor situation for freshly baked, alfresco pizzas.
Choose between charcoal, wood, pellets or a gas burner attachment (sold separately) to fuel this pizza oven and cook your pre-prepared pizzas at up to 500°C for high-quality, crusty results. Featuring a wide and deep cooking surface for large pizzas, with the option to use it for other foods.
Best simple pizza oven: Roxxbox Gozney Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven
Ready to use at home and on the go
Featuring a thick stone floor and deep insulation, this pizza oven will heat up quickly and cook your pizzas, and other foods, in just about 60 seconds.
This pizza oven requires very little set-up, just unfold the retractable legs, attach the gas burner and get baking your homemade creations. This pizza oven has a specially designed SafeTouch silicone jacket to reduce the risk of skin burns, is simple to fold away for convenient storage, and includes a carry case for portability.
Best BBQ pizza oven: La Hacienda BBQ Pizza Oven
A nifty outdoor accessory
Turn your BBQ into a pizza oven with this premium accessory, designed to sit on top of the grill, heat up rapidly and be ready for use in approximately 10 minutes.
Compatible with gas or charcoal barbecues, you can bake bread, cookies, vegetables and meats as well as your artisan pizza in this handy pizza oven, made with insulated stainless steel for a premium, high-quality cook. Featuring an easy-to-read temperature gauge and carry handles for hassle-free transportation.
Best gas-powered pizza oven: Ooni Koda 12 Gas Pizza Oven
Compact and convenient
Connect up to a gas tank, ignite the burner and set it to your desired heat level to produce flame-cooked pizza in one minute using this pizza oven.
Simple to use, unfold the legs and pop your pizza in to enjoy a stone-baked dish from the comfort of your own garden. This pizza oven has ceramic fibre insulation for efficient cooking and is suitable for other foods when teamed up with one of Ooni’s multiple cooking accessories.
Best durable pizza oven: Big Horn Outdoor Pizza Oven
Simple and fast
Preheat this pizza oven for 18 minutes using wood pellets to fuel it up, and bake your Neapolitan-style pizza in 90 seconds or less. This oven also doubles up to roast meat and vegetables.
Made from a high-quality stainless steel structure, this is a durable option for regular use outdoors and is built to last. This pizza oven will cook up crispy wood-fired creations in efficient timing and is lightweight and easy to clean.
Everything you need to know about outdoor pizza ovens
We spoke to our friends at BBC Good Food, who helped explain what to look for in an outdoor pizza oven, the different types, and how to choose the best one for you.
What to look for in an outdoor pizza oven?
When choosing between the different outdoor pizza ovens, take into account the following:
- Storage: consider the space you have available.
- Set up: take ease of set-up into consideration when buying, and work out the best place to put your pizza oven for use. Also, consider an area that best allows for the smooth launching of your pizzas, plus plenty of surface space to both build your pizzas and plate them up once cooked.
- Accessories: take a look at which accessories your chosen pizza oven comes with.
- Fuel type: some will be gas-fuelled, others need wood, or it may be a multi-fuel.
What are the different types of outdoor pizza ovens?
There are gas pizza ovens and wood-fired pizza ovens. Our friends at BBC Good Food helped explain the difference between the two types:
Gas pizza ovens
Gas-fired pizza ovens are generally cleaner to use, as there is no need to sweep up any ash after use.
They're also quicker to heat up than their wood-fired counterparts. Gas-fired pizza ovens work similarly to a gas hob and have a dial to control the flame, which not only gives you greater control over the cook of the pizza but also means you're able to use the oven for other items too.
However, you, of course, need to buy gas, and if you don't have a bottle already, the initial payment for the bottle can push the price up further.
Wood-fired pizza ovens
If you're after an authentic flavour, a wood-fired pizza oven is the only choice. The burning wood pellets impart a delicious smoky flavour that simply can't be achieved by cooking with gas.
Another plus for wood-fired pizza ovens is the fact that you don't need to buy a gas canister, as wood pellets can be picked up pretty easily from supermarkets or online. Wood-fired models do require some practice, though, as they can be a little more difficult to handle when it comes to controlling the temperature.
Multi-fuel pizza ovens
If you can't make up your mind or you like the sound of what both fuel types offer, then opt for a multi-fuel model. Whilst you won't be able to cook with gas and wood at the same time, we feel the two fuel types are ideal for different situations.
You can cook with gas when you're entertaining and want to churn out consistently tasty pizzas for a crowd. For chilled-out evenings with your nearest and dearest, you can use wood and take your time.
How to choose the best pizza oven?
Pizza making is an art, and having the right oven can make all the difference. In this section, we'll take a look at the various types of pizza ovens available - from portable options to those that work on barbecues. Whether you're looking for a freestanding option, a hybrid, or a barbecue-friendly oven, we've got you covered.
Portable pizza ovens
If you have a small garden and don't plan to cook pizza that often, a portable pizza oven would suit your needs. Brands including Gozney, Ooni and Firepod dominate this market and have some impressive ovens in their ranges.
These pint-sized pizza gadgets can often reach high temperatures to rival larger ovens, they can be stored indoors or in a shed, offer excellent cooking results and are very easy to use.
Freestanding pizza ovens
If you think you'll be making pizza regularly and have the garden to accommodate one, a larger pizza oven might be the best option for you. These large ovens don't have to be built-in (this is where costs really start to mount up).
You can buy freestanding, large pizza ovens that can be moved around but have ample capacity to cook more than one pizza at a time. These usually have protective covers, so you can leave them out all summer, although you may have to shell out for the cover separately.
Hybrid pizza ovens
Hybrid pizza ovens double up as a barbecue, or in some cases, vice versa.
Barbecue pizza accessories
On the subject of barbecues, one affordable way to make pizzas at home in your garden is to buy a barbecue accessory, such as a pizza stone or box that sits on top of your gas or charcoal barbecue. They, too, can reach impressive temperatures to achieve the desired stone-baked flavour and finish.
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Cordelia Aspinall is a Digital Writer for Immediate Media, working across brands including The Recommended, RadioTimes.com, MadeForMums and BBC Gardeners’ World. She has previously worked and written for digital publications including Condé Nast Traveller, The Evening Standard, Cosmopolitan, and several other lifestyle brands.