The best pizza ovens for cooking indoors and out 2023
Want to cook pizza in your garden? We reviewed freestanding, portable, indoor and barbecue-top pizza ovens to bring you our top buys for cooking outdoors, including gas and wood-fired ovens.
This guide is regularly updated with new models that have been tried and tested by BBC Good Food reviews experts. Given the popularity of the best pizza ovens, we regularly check that the models we feature are still in stock. Only top-rated models make it onto this list. Those that feature are included based on impressive performance during testing. For the most recent round of testing, we teamed up with Gardeners' World, the experts on all things outdoors. The latest models were tested and reviewed by Lydia Anderson.
Making pizza at home is no longer the notoriously tricky endeavour it used to be. One of the most versatile foods around, pizza offers huge scope for personalisation, depending on taste and dietary requirements. With a pizza oven, you can compete with restaurants that have trained dough slingers and powerful ovens.
The market for the best pizza ovens for home use is thriving, and a quick online search results in multiple products of various shapes, sizes and functionality. Domestic models can now reach the 400C+ temperatures needed for achieving classically mottled, puffy crusts and bubbling toppings in under 2 minutes.
When it comes to safety, pizza ovens are no more risky than charcoal barbecues, especially when they come with accessories such as wooden or metal paddles for loading and removing pizzas. Pizza parties are the new summer barbecues, and with the right pizza-making tools and accessories, like cast iron cookware, you can cook side dishes and puddings, too.
Ooni and Gozney are two of the most familiar names, with wide ranges of portable, gas and wood-fired pizza ovens to choose from, but they're not alone. And, you don't necessarily need a garden – indoor pizza ovens are now widely available for use on kitchen countertops. Many brands also offer pre-made dough and ingredients that you can order for delivery to your door. You'll even find gluten-free dough options available.
The cost of an at-home pizza oven can range wildly: you can easily pay over £1000 for a larger outdoor pizza oven, but if you don't have that to spend, there are more wallet-friendly options, with some just under £200. A pizza peel is an essential tool, and the best pizza ovens will come with them as standard.
So, how do you cut through the noise to find the best pizza oven for you? Discover our tried-and-tested picks of the best pizza ovens below.
You'll notice some of the pizza ovens in this list feature tried-and-tested badges and some don't. Only our top picks tested in 2023 qualify for the 2023 tried-and-tested badge, but this doesn't mean we recommend the other models any less. In fact, those models held their own against some of the newest models now available on the market. Discover all our recommendations of the best ovens below.
Find out more about how we test products and discover our collection of triple-tested pizza recipes for making delicious pizza at home, from a simple margherita or sourdough pizza with a wonderfully chewy crust, to a spinach & blue cheese pizza. We'll guide you through how to make pizza from start to finish, and recommend some of the best pizza tools and accessories for making the process simpler. Discover more with our reviews section.
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- Best pizza ovens at a glance
- Best pizza ovens to buy in 2023
- How we tested pizza ovens
- What to look for in a pizza oven
- Gas pizza oven vs wood-fired pizza oven
- How to choose the best pizza oven
Best pizza ovens at a glance
- Best pizza oven: Witt Etna Rotante pizza oven, £699
- Best blow-out pizza oven for versatility: Gozney Dome pizza oven, £1,799
- Best compact gas-fired pizza oven: Cozze 13" gas pizza oven, £236.93
- Best mess-free pizza oven: Ooni Volt 12, £799
- Best investment indoor pizza oven: Sage the Smart Oven Pizzaiolo, £729.95
- Best investment pizza oven: Delivita pizza oven, from £1,430
- Best multi-fuel pizza oven: Ooni Karu 16 pizza oven, £699
- Best pizza oven for small spaces: Ooni Koda 12 pizza oven, £299
- Best compact wood-fired pizza oven: Dellonda 14 portable wood-fired pizza oven, £169.98
- Best budget pizza oven for a BBQ: La Hacienda stainless steel BBQ pizza oven, £79.99
- Best portable pizza oven for beginners: Gozney Roccbox pizza oven, £319.20
- Best countertop pizza oven for indoor use: Optima Pizza Express Napoli, £169 (currently out of stock)
Best pizza ovens to buy in 2023
The BBC Good Food reviews experts proved batches of our basic pizza dough and took to the BBC Good Food garden to test pizza ovens from a broad spectrum of brands. Read on to discover which of the best pizza ovens you should buy.
Witt Etna Rotante pizza oven
- Available from Amazon (£699)
Best pizza oven
- Unique rotating pizza stone
- Fantastic results
- Booster burner
- Large and heavy
- Short warranty
- No temperature gauge
Star rating: 5/5
This pizza oven is the first of its kind, due to its innovative rotating pizza stone that takes the guesswork out of pizza-making and removes the need for manually turning dough. It is without doubt the easiest pizza oven to use that we've ever tested.
It's a large unit that requires space to use and store, boasting a sleek design that's available in four colours.
Assembly is simple with two people. Once connected to the gas (butane), it lights like a gas hob – simply press and hold the flame and ignition buttons together – and heats to temperature in 15 minutes. The lack of a temperature gauge is a glaring omission to this model, but the instructions for launching your first pizza are clear and accurate, if followed.
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Our 16-inch pizza cooked in just under 2 minutes (despite the brand's claims that it can be done in 60 seconds), which is very quick. We yielded the best results when launching into a 500C oven, then turning the flames down to medium-low. The results were near-perfect, with a risen, mottled crust and oozy, slightly browned toppings.
The price point is bumped up by the hidden essentials of gas and batteries to get started, plus a pizza peel – a must for safely loading and unloading your dough. For some reason, one isn't included in the hefty price. However, if you have the budget and your heart set on a gas-fired model, this is an excellent choice for fail-safe homemade pizzas every time.
Read the full Witt Etna Rotante pizza oven review
Gozney Dome pizza oven
Best blow-out pizza oven for versatility
- Professional restaurant-standard pizza oven
- Wide range of accessories available
Star rating: 4.5/5
This giant sold out in under eight hours during its first launch and we can understand why. It's a professional-grade pizza oven, built in miniature for using, storing and enjoying at home in the garden and is one of the most futuristic pieces of garden cookware on the market. The dual-fuel model enables you to cook with either gas or wood for that authentic smoky, outdoor flavour. You're offered immense precision thanks to an internal digital thermometer and the two probe meat thermometers are useful for cooking large joints of meat.
Although it's sophisticated, you still need a pizza oven to do the basics well and smart design features such as the broad oven mouth made adding and removing the pizzas simple, with the outer staying cool during cooking. The finished pizzas had the textbook mottled crust, bubbly and cooked in under two minutes.
If you have the space, the funds and the passion for homemade pizzas, this is a must-have pizza oven.
Read our Gozney Dome pizza oven first look review.
Cozze 13" gas pizza oven
Best compact gas-fired pizza ovens
- Quick cooking
- Minimal fuss
- Temperature gauge
- Cools quickly
- Very narrow mouth
- Lots of polystyrene packaging
- Accessories not included
Star rating: 4/5
One of the stand-out features of the Cozze is its versatility to run off either propane or butane gas. Design-wise, it's a looker, and compact to store and use, standing at just 29cm tall. It's an excellent choice of pizza oven if you don't have much space to play with in your outdoor area.
There's not much room for error in the small cavity of this pizza oven, which requires some precise and confident dough-tossing using a pizza peel (which needs to be bought separately), but it's easy to master. Flame coverage is even across the oven roof, which helps create evenly cooked toppings with minimal dough-turning. Our 13" pizza only required one turn.
During testing, this model took 25 minutes to heat and just 2 minutes to cook our pizza, which had a classic mottled crust. We were thoroughly impressed with its cooking ability, but the model would be best suited to those who have used a pizza oven before, or anyone who's up for a potentially messy challenge.
Read our full Cozze 13" pizza oven review
Ooni Volt 12 pizza oven
Best mess-free pizza oven
- Minimal plastic packaging
- Easy to set up
- Can be used as a standard oven
- Large and heavy
- Condensation gathered in temperature dials
- Smoky to use indoors
Star rating: 4/5
This pizza oven is another first of its kind – it can reach 450C internally without being fuelled by wood or gas. It's also Ooni's first indoor-suitable oven. It plugs into the mains, meaning you dodge any risk of running out of fuel mid-bake, plus the mess and expense of it.
Ooni products are reliably sleek and sturdy in design, and the Volt 12 is no exception, with a matte shell, tempered glass door and well-engineered controls that are responsive to change. It also offers user-friendly extras, like an interior light to help take the guesswork out of pizza-making. The size means this model won't sit on a standard kitchen countertop, so a dedicated space would be required to ensure a safe perimeter around the oven. However, there's ample space in the cavity, meaning it can be used like a standard oven for cooking joints of meat and vegetables.
It took 20 minutes to heat, and once we'd nailed the temperatures, our pizza took 2 minutes 30 seconds to cook, resulting in a brilliantly puffy crust, well-cooked base and nicely browned toppings. But, this model gets very smoky, as excess flour and wayward toppings burn off the stone. You really need to have the right ventilation for using this pizza oven to avoid fire alarms being set off in your kitchen. However, for year-round, delicious homemade pizza, this is a great one to consider. And, it's excellent for outdoor use, provided there's not risk of rain!
Read our full Ooni Volt 12 review
Optima Pizza Express Napoli pizza oven
- Available from Pizza United (£169)
Best countertop pizza oven for indoor use
- Suitable for indoor countertop use
- No bigger than a slow cooker
- Materials feel a bit flimsy, but perform well
Star rating: 4.5/5
Designed and produced in Italy, the Optima Pizza Express Napoli pizza oven is the real deal, packed into one countertop model that’s safe for use indoors. In fact, it plugs into the mains and produces 450-degrees of heat thanks to its pair of heating elements.
The lid lifts up with a heat-proof handle to reveal a refractory stone. Two wooden pizza paddles are included in the box for safely adding your dough and removing the pizza from the hot stone.
Our pizza took four and a half minutes with the lid down to cook during testing. It had a crisp, puffed-up crust, the middle cooked through properly and there was no sogginess from the topping. We gave the pizza itself 9/10 stars.
This is excellent value for money and a practical option for making great pizza if you lack a garden, balcony or safe storage for a more industrial, outdoor option.
Read our full Optima Pizza Express Napoli pizza oven review.
Sage the Smart Pizzaiolo
Best investment indoor pizza oven
- Great if you don't have outdoor space
- Pizza peel and pan included
- Large footprint
- Difficult to clean
Star rating: 4.5/5
The Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo is an indoor benchtop pizza oven, claiming to provide ‘brick oven performance at a fraction of the cost’. The sleek metal oven looks like an oversized microwave and sits happily on a countertop or kitchen island to be plugged in to the mains – no outdoor space required. The Smart Oven Pizzaiolo reaches 400C, enabling you to cook pizza in just 2 minutes. There are seven preset modes for all styles of pizza (from New York to deep dish or even frozen), plus a manual mode to choose your own cooking method, where you can customise the temperature, timings and even the direction of heat.
The oven also comes with a heavy round pizza stone that you slot inside the oven to bake the pizzas directly on, plus a long-handled metal pizza peel and a round metal tin to make a deep-dish pizza. The oven takes around 20 minutes to heat up once plugged in and can cook one pizza at a time.
On the 'wood-fired' method, we were seriously impressed with the results of our pizza – cooked at 400C, the pizza was ready in just two minutes and had a crisp leopard-spotted crust and perfectly melted cheese.
This model is certainly an investment oven, but ideal if you're a homemade pizza fan lacking outdoor space.
Read our full Sage the Smart Oven Pizzaiolo review.
Delivita The Chilli Red pizza oven
Best investment pizza oven
- Restaurant-quality results
- Temperature retention
- High price
Star rating: 4.5/5
If you want to keep costs low, cover your eyes now. If you're looking to blow the budget, Delivita offers high-end outdoor cooking equipment that produces stunning results.
Its Chilli Red pizza oven is stylish, high-quality and, most importantly, makes incredible pizza. If you want an actual wood-fired oven rather than a barbecue add-on or pizza-only cooking contraption, this is hard to beat.
One of our favourite things about the Chilli Red is the ability to make tandoori chicken, sourdough bread, a side of salmon and naan, as well as pizza. All were beautifully charred, smoky and succulent.
It's also technically portable, weighing under 30kg, which is staggering for an oven with such superlative cooking quality. A big outlay, but a purchase that should serve you well for years to come and take outdoor cooking to the next level.
Read our full Delivita The Red Chilli pizza oven review.
Ooni Karu 16 pizza oven
- Available from Ooni (£699, plus three-year warranty), Amazon (£699), John Lewis & Partners (£699) and Lakeland (£559.20).
Best multi-fuel pizza oven
- Flexible cooking options
- Incredibly quick cooking
- Compact footprint
- High price
- Essential extras need to be bought separately
Star rating: 4.5/5
The latest model from pizza oven favourites Ooni, the Ooni Karu 16 is undoubtedly an investment purchase but could be worth the money if you plan to make the most of it.
With the ability to be operated using either wood, charcoal or gas (although the gas burner needs to be bought separately), this oven offers flexibility to suit you, plus potential to cook more than just pizza. The oven holds a generous 16" pizza and is simple to assemble and operate. Added extras move the Karu 16 on from previous models, such as the helpful digital thermometer and glass door to keep an eye on your pizza as it cooks.
The highlight was the super quick cooking time (pizzas ready in under 1 minute) and Italian pizzeria-worthy results.
Read our full Ooni Karu 16 pizza oven review.
Ooni Koda 12 pizza oven
Best pizza oven for small spaces
- Collapsible legs
- Tricky to turn the pizza
- Doesn't come with a pizza peel
Star rating: 4.5/5
A smaller version of Ooni’s Koda 16 pizza oven, the Koda 12 is a small and compact gas-powered pizza oven.
With or without the stone, this model is lightweight, making it easy to move around or travel with. It’s easy to set up too, simply flip out the three legs that sit flush to the underside, slot in the stone and attach the pipe to a propane gas canister.
A single strip of fire runs along the back of the pizza oven, the ferocity of the flame is adjusted using the dial at the back. This model has a relatively small letter-box opening, so launching your pizza requires some precision. But once cooked, our 12-inch pizza had a pillowy, leopard-spotted crust, a crisp base and perfectly melted cheese on top.
Read our full Ooni Koda 12 pizza oven review.
Dellonda portable 14" pizza oven
Best compact pizza oven
- Fuelled by hardwood pellets, charcoal or hardwood
- Heatproof handles
- Pizza peel included
- Cover not included
- Took a long time to heat up
Star rating: 4.5/5
Thanks to its folding legs, this simple pizza oven was safe to use on a standard garden table and compact when dismantled for storage. It requires two meters around it during use but this could be achievable even on a balcony.
All the parts come packed within its main cavity so set-up was a simple affair of unpacking the components before screwing on handles, unwrapping the pizza stone, slotting on its chimney and adding the door. A sturdy pizza peel was included and had a long handle for keeping hands away from hot surfaces.
It took a time to fully heat. Once lit, we needed to refill the wood pellets tray twice before the pizza oven got up to the right temperature for cooking and we kept a close eye on the pellets for regular top-ups. A thermometer on its door tracked the temperature well. Once loaded, the pizza dough took ten minutes to cook – relatively slow. However, the crust was nicely browned and bubbled away.
La Hacienda stainless steel BBQ pizza oven
- Available from Amazon (£64.99)
Best budget pizza oven for a barbecue
- No assembly
- Works on your barbecue
- Easy to store
- Large barbecue required
- No accompanying peel
Star rating: 4/5
A reasonably-priced buy for those with limited space, this portable oven by Hacienda is 40 x 35 cm, which means you’ll need a good sized barbecue to add it to.
We used a barrel-shaped charcoal model, but it would also fit square or oblong gas model, and a large round charcoal barbecue – be sure to check dimensions before you buy.
Thanks to the pizza stone, the results from this pint-sized oven are similar to those achieved by a much larger gadget. The housing channels the heat around the pizza so the top cooks as well as the base with impressive finished results.
Particularly user-friendly is the temperature dial – rather than having a numerical increments, it's sectioned into 'warm', 'ideal' and 'hot'. We found that cooking on the hot-side of 'ideal' achieved the best pizza.
Read our full review of the La Hacienda BBQ pizza oven review.
Gozney Roccbox pizza oven
- Available from: Gozney (£399)
Best portable pizza oven for beginners
- Easy set-up
- Excellent pizza results
- Small oven space
Star rating: 4/5
The Roccbox is an investment, but for the price you get a pizza oven with an impressive build quality and foolproof functionality.
Gozney is a premium brand and the structure of the Roccbox lives up to this. There are no flimsy or shoddy elements to this talking-point gadget.
The finished pizza is restaurant-grade, even if you are new to the art of dough-slinging. However, it is less portable than other small pizza ovens, like some of those by Ooni. It’ll involve a little effort to move it around since it weighs in at a not-exactly-featherlight 20kg.
But if you really like pizza and will use the oven regularly, invest in the protective cover and leave it out all summer so you can fire up the gas easily and have pizza within minutes.
Read our full Gozney Roccbox pizza oven review.
Other pizza ovens tested and rated
- Best portable pizza oven: Ooni Koda 16 Pizza Oven, £479
- Best entry level pizza oven for entertaining: Fresh Grills Premium pizza oven, £229.99
- Best pizza oven for BBQ: Vango Camp Chef pizza oven, £124.95
- Best pizza oven for families: Igneus Classico pizza oven, £875
- Best wood-fired pizza oven: Woody Oven pizza oven, £249.99
How we tested pizza ovens
We tested a range of portable, freestanding and barbecue-top pizza ovens. We included gas- and wood-fired pizza ovens, plus outdoor cooking gadgets that double up as pizza ovens, including wood burners and stoves.
We used our basic pizza dough recipe to test the ovens and used manufacturers instructions around fuel. We received boxed pizza ovens and built them using instruction manuals. We also checked the size of the pizza oven cavity to see if there was any extra space for addition pieces of cookware or food, like roasting tins and cast iron skillets.
Our reviews experts tested 25 pizza ovens across budget, mid-range and luxury brands to bring you this list of the ones we'd buy ourselves. Each model was scored against standardised criteria and marked out of five on the following core aspects: overall build quality, performance and cooking results, ease of build, use, safety and value for money. These scores determined the overall star rating of each pizza oven.
- Overall build quality: Pizza ovens are investment purchases and therefore should be built to last. They also need to be able to hold and maintain the high temperatures required for cooking pizza.
- Cooking results: the ultimate criteria – we scored the finished pizzas out of 10.
- Ease of build and use: We timed how long it took to build the oven and rated the instruction manual. We then assessed how easy it was to use the oven.
- Safety: Pizzas require incredibly high temperatures to cook so we looked for excellent insulation and safety features to make using the pizza oven easy to use.
- Value for money: If the price didn't feel right, it didn't make it into our best list.
We also made notes on the following criteria:
- Fuel source and ease of use: How easy is it to get cooking? Is the fuel source easy to add and efficient? We looked for ovens that were intuitive to use, scoring accessories, too.
- Storage and handling: How easy is it to move ovens claiming to be portable? How quickly do the ovens cool down and are they safe to handle?
What to look for in a pizza oven
- Budget: start by setting your budget – but know that more money does not always mean a better pizza. If you're looking to spend a few hundred pounds, ignore large, built-in stone ovens as these complex products are very expensive, usually costing at least £500.
- Storage: consider the space you have available. The smallest pizza ovens we've tested are the BBQ-top models, which thanks to their small, boxy size, can easily be stored in a garage, shed or even inside somewhere. A number of the models on this list have easy foldaway legs, meaning they too will take up very little room when not in use. Some of the larger models we've tested will need to be kept outside in all weathers, in this case, a cover is an absolute must.
- Set up: we took ease of set up into consideration when testing each of these pizza ovens. Whilst you should take this into consideration when buying, we also suggest working out the best place to put your pizza oven for use. We spoke to the reviews experts at Gardeners' World who said, "it’s best to place your pizza oven wherever you’ve put your social areas, to save you carrying pizzas up and down the garden. They can look fantastic on modern garden tables and make an excellent focal point for entertaining. Pizza ovens are safest on stone or concrete patios, but with some heat-proof material underneath they should be perfectly safe on wooden decks too. Site your pizza ovens a few metres away from fire hazards like fences and low-hanging branches. Make sure there’s open space above your oven for smoke to escape and you’re good to go". Also consider an area that best allows for 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. In our eyes, a pizza peel is an essential, but some brands don't provide these as standard, and this will be an additional cost.
- Fuel type: some will be gas-fuelled, others need wood, or it may be a multi-fuel. Indoor pizza ovens plug into the mains so don't need any other means of generating heat.
Gas pizza oven vs wood-fired pizza oven
Gas or wood-fired, which do you choose? There's no definite answer to this question as its simply a matter of preference. That being said, the two fuel-types do make for very different cooking and eating experiences. So it really is down to you to work out what you want from your new pizza oven. And don't forget, electric and indoor pizza ovens are also available.
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.
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.
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. 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, use wood and take your time.
How to choose the best pizza oven
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'll probably 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. Generally speaking, we found gadgets that are specifically designed for making pizzas alone produce the best cooking results for the task at hand.
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.
These barbecue-top products win on the storage front but can't always be classed as pizza ovens in the strictest sense. However, to demonstrate the range of DIY pizza tools available for a wide range of budgets, we've included our favourites in this list.
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