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Best Pizza Ovens for 2023, All Tested by Us


ooni koda oven with pizza being pulled out

The Ooni Koda 12 is the best pizza oven for most people.

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What’s the best pizza oven for 2023?

Based on our testing of seven models, the reliable and fairly priced Ooni Koda 12 is the best pizza oven for 2023, but there are other models we liked and also recommend. 

At-home pizza ovens are all the rage. Pizza lovers across the country are finding out how easy — and cheap! — it is to make pizza in these superhot gas- and wood-powered ovens. Pizza ovens are also fast, with most cooking pizza in under five minutes, often in more like two or three. If you’re looking for an excellent oven to pull pies from this summer, we tested several — and ate a whole lot of slices — to find the best pizza ovens for 2023. 

Best pizza ovens for 2023

ooni koda pizza oven

Ooni

The versatile gas-powered Koda is portable, weighing just 20 pounds, and it’s easy to operate. It ignites in seconds and reaches the coveted 900 degrees Fahrenheit — the optimal temperature for cooking killer pizzas — in less than 15 minutes.

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Gozney

The Roccbox made a flurry of excellent pizzas in under two minutes per pie. The rotund Roccbox is easy to set up, and it reached 900 degrees F in under 13 minutes. It runs on gas as default, but a wood burner attachment can be purchased as an extra (we only tested it using gas).

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Ooni Fyra Pizza oven

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Wood pellet pizza ovens tend to be a bit cheaper than gas-powered ones, but they also require a bit more manual labor. The Fyra retails for $349 but can often be found on sale for less than $250, making it the most budget-friendly model on our list.

halo versa pizza oven

Halo

At $550, the Versa is considerably pricier than the Ooni models, but it has two advantages that make it worth the cost: The rotating pizza stone eliminates the need to manually adjust your pies. And the unique liftable lid provides unparalleled access.

Alpha Nano Pizza Oven

Alpha

Alpha’s smallest oven, the Nano, is larger and heavier than any of the other ovens on this list. But it’s beautiful and sturdy, can accommodate larger pies and makes excellent, evenly cooked pizzas in just a few minutes.

Other pizza ovens we tested

Solo Pi Pizza Oven: Another solid pizza oven that’s sturdily built and fast to cook, but more expensive than the Ooni Koda. 

Ooni Karu: Ooni’s multifuel pizza runs on wood, charcoal or gas via an adapter, making it a good option if you plan to regularly use more than one fuel source to cook pizzas.

ooni koda oven with pizza being pulled out

The Ooni Koda 12 is the best overall pizza oven for the price.

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How we evaluated pizza ovens 

We hand-tested all of the ovens on this list over the course of several months, assessing build quality and how easy they were to set up and connect to a fuel source. 

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A picturesque pie pulled from the hot chamber of the Alpha Nano.

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We cooked a minimum of three pizzas in each, following the manufacturers’ guidance on time, temperature and technique. Ovens were scored on their ability to produce crispy crust and toppings that were fully cooked and cheese that was evenly melted. We also took notes on how long each oven took to cook a pizza. Spoiler alert: None of these ovens take more than five minutes to bake even a large pie. 

We also evaluated the ease with which the ovens attached to their fuel source and how intuitive the dials and controls were. Finally, we looked out for any ovens that were particularly difficult to break down or clean after use. 

Top pizza ovens compared

Ooni Fyra Ooni Koda 12 Gozney Roccbox Halo Versa Alpha Nano
Weight 22 lbs. 20.4 lbs. 60 lbs. 44 lbs. 125 lbs.
Max pizza size 12 in. 12 in. 12 in. 16 in. 19 in.
Max temp 950 F 950 F 950 F 950 F 1,000 F
Fuel source Wood pellets Gas Gas or wood Gas Gas
Price $349 $319 $499 $550 $1,999
Peel included No No Yes No Yes

Buying guide: What to look for in a pizza oven

Fuel type

gozney oven on table

The Gozney is an excellent oven, but heavier than the average model at 60 pounds. 

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Home pizza ovens run on either gas, charcoal or wood. Propane and natural gas pizza ovens can be connected quickly, ignite instantaneously and heat up in just a few minutes. They also burn clean, with less smoke and little mess to clean up. 

Wood and charcoal ovens, in contrast, need to be loaded (and sometimes reloaded) and take longer to heat up; also, an even temperature is trickier to maintain. They also make a bigger mess, leaving behind ash and soot.

And though you may assume wood-fired pizza ovens would impart a smoky flavor, the pies are not in the oven long enough to absorb much of that wood flavor. 

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The Alpha Nano is the largest oven of all the models we tested, allowing you to roast whole chickens and other food that won’t fit inside most home pizza ovens. 

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Size and portability

If you have a dedicated space for your oven, a larger, heavier model should work. If you’ll be looking to store it away between uses or move it around regularly, a more portable oven is a better choice.

Accessories 

One accessory you’ll definitely need for your new pizza oven is a pizza peel. This unique paddle-shaped tool allows you to safely slide a pizza in and out and rotate it for even cooking. Remember, these ovens get as hot as 950 degrees so you don’t want to take any chances with a shaky spatula or tiny tongs. 

The other accessory you’ll likely want to invest in is a cover, especially if you plan to leave it out in the elements between uses. Some pizza ovens come with a custom cover, but many don’t. 

Someone uses an Ooni pizza peel to slide a pepperoni pizza out of an Ooni pizza oven set up on a metal tabletop.

A pizza peel is the most critical accessory for making pies at home.

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Best pizza oven FAQs

How long do pizzas take to cook in a pizza oven?

This depends on the size of the pizza and how hot you have your oven turned up to. But most modern at-home pizza ovens cook pizzas in less than five minutes, often as quickly as two or three. 

Can you make other food in a pizza oven?

You can make much more than pizza in an at-home pizza oven. Because the ovens get so hot, they’ll sear steaks and burgers without overcooking the inside. You can also make crispy potatoes, roasted chicken, vegetables and fish in about half the time it would take in a standard oven.

Is a pizza oven worth it?

Pizza ovens have become one of the buzziest home kitchen appliances for a reason. They work extremely well, are easy to use and turn out pizzeria-quality pies with just a little practice. A good pizza oven can also be had for as little as $250, making them a worthy investment for a pizza lover. 

How hot should a pizza oven get?

Most pizza ovens crank up to a scorching 900 degrees F. That heat allows the pizza to cook, crisping the bottom and crust and melting the toppings without drying out the inside. 

How do you clean a pizza oven?

The pizza stone is likely the part of the oven that will need cleaning regularly. Because most pizza ovens have stones that are attached, you’ll have to wait until the oven cools and wipe the inside of the cooking chamber and pizza stone surface with a wet rag. Avoid the use of soap since any residual could affect the flavor of future food. For stubborn bits, Ooni makes a pizza oven grill brush for $30, but your existing grill brush will also do the trick. If the stone can be removed, wait for it to cool and run it under hot water and scrub it with soap, as needed.

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