by | Sep 3, 2020 | Outdoor Fun, Reviews, Z

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2020 @ 10:33 am.

What's the best outdoor pizza oven? Yes, we consider ourselves pizza enthusiasts—and what's better than pizza baked in an oven that can reach the high temperatures required to get that crust crispy? We surveyed our readers who own outdoor pizza ovens for their favorites. Then we did 9 hours of additional research, looking at real world tests of outdoor ovens. Here are the models we'd recommend.

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Best Budget-Friendly Oven

Cooks pizzas in 90 seconds
This popular, affordable pizza oven cooks best with propane—unfortunately, the gas burner is a separate additional purchase. And there is quite a learning curve! But it certainly is fun for pizza-loving kiddos.

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Best Budget-Friendly Oven: Bertello Outdoor Pizza Oven

As extreme pizza enthusiasts, let us present you our credentials. Yes, we’ve eaten pizza in Naples, Italy, the very birthplace of pizza. And we’ve dined on New York’s finest thin crust, from one the last coal-fired pizza ovens in the country. We’ve even tried our hand at working a wood fired pizza oven in Tuscany (the results weren’t pretty, however).

So when it came to researching outdoor pizza ovens, we feel rather confident in our source knowledge!

To find the candidates for best pizza oven, we first surveyed the pizza oven enthusiasts among our parent readers. We took their top suggestions and then got to work—we did several hours of additional research, comparing features and real-world tests.

If you decide to invest in an outdoor pizza oven, here are a few tips from pizza oven owners:

  1. An infrared thermometer is most helpful. These affordable gadgets can measure the temperature of the pizza stone. You want the stone itself to be hot enough to cook a pizza, not just the oven itself! An infrared or non-contact thermometer lets you do this safely—just be sure to get one that can measure temps up to 1000 degrees (some models stop at 600).
  2. Some ovens that are dual fuel require additional accessories to work. If you want to use propane with some ovens, you may have to separately buy an accessory burner.
  3. Pizza peels are sometimes included with the oven . . . and sometimes not.
  4. A small fan to circulate air into an outdoor pizza oven is helpful. Uneven cooking is one common complaint with these ovens—a small fan helps evenly disperse the heat.

 

For the best budget-friendly oven, we would recommend Bertello’s Outdoor Pizza Oven. Yes, this is the oven you might have seen on an episode of Shark Tank. As a result of that publicity, this oven has taken off in popularity. But is it worth the expense? Here are the pros and cons:

What We Liked

• Works with wood, wood pellets, charcoal and propane (although the gas burner is an additional accessory purchase).

• Fun for kids! Kids + pizza + outdoor oven = fun times! 

• Works best with propane, in our opinion. Based on our review of real world testing of this oven, we think propane provides the most consistent cooking temperatures—and the best results.

• Great for camping.

• Cooks a pizza in just 90 seconds. Yes, that is seconds!

• Includes pizza stone.

• Heats up to 930 degrees!

What Needs Work

• Uneven cooking. This oven’s major drawback is uneven heating—where the pizza middle doesn’t get cooked, but the crust burns. Since the back of the oven is the heat source, you have to constantly rotate (every 15-20 seconds) the pizza for a good outcome.

• Learning curve! This oven works well, but it will take some trial and error to get it right.

• Doesn’t work as well with fuels other than propane (in our opinion). . . which requires another accessory purchase!

• Doesn’t include a pizza peel.

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Best Versatile Pizza Oven

Includes pizza stone and peel
Loved this well-made wood-fired oven, which works well AND is easy on the wallet. Nice built-in thermometer and wheels for portability. Adjustable chimney flue helps control temp.

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Best Versatile Pizza Oven: U-MAX Outdoor Pizza Oven Wood Fire

Making pizza in an outdoor oven is fun . . . but what if you want to grill other food like hot dogs or chicken? Most outdoor ovens are basically optimized for pizza, but we found one quality option that is versatile enough in design to grill more than just pizza: U-MAX’s outdoor oven.

Yes, this is a wood-fired oven—and it works well, according to readers we surveyed for this article. Here’s more:

What We Liked

Affordable.

• Includes pizza stone AND pizza peel.

• Nice smokey taste.

• Easy to assemble.

• Built-in thermometer.

• Adjustable flue can control heat. Yes, this oven works up to 700 degrees.

• Wheels make it portable.

• 2-level cooking chamber.

What Needs Work

• Heavy. This stove weighs in at just under 50 lbs.—that’s much more than the Bertello oven (29.3 lbs.). Yes, it has wheels—but if you have to put this in the back of a pickup for a camping trip, be sure to ask for help from your stronger buddies.

• No option for other fuels. This stove just works with wood.

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Best Upgrade Pizza Oven

Includes cordierite pizza stone
Pricey but well-made pizza oven. Built-in thermometer and retractable legs are key features. Makes amazing pizza with charred crust in just 60 seconds.
$292.45

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Best Upgrade Pizza Oven: Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven

If you want to splurge on a excellent quality pizza oven, we’d recommend Camp Chef’s Italia Artisan Pizza Oven. Yes, it is pricey—but it works with propane straight out of the box. (The Bertello oven at the top of this article can work with propane, but requires you to purchase a separate gas burner accessory . . . and that total price puts the Bertello in the same ballpark as the Camp Chef).

How well does this oven do at making pizza? The answer: amazing!

Here’s why we think it is a worthy upgrade:

What We Liked

• Quickly heats up to cooking temperature. Based on our review of field tests, this oven is quicker to heat up than others on the market.

• Cooks evenly.

• Great for pizza—but you can use it for bread and baked potatoes as well.

• Easy to use and set up. Unlike other pizza ovens that have steep learning curves, this one is quite easy to use.

• Includes pizza stone.

• Stainless steel construction.

• Built-in valve ignition.

• Cover available (extra purchase).

What Needs Work

• Could be easier to clean.

• Heavy (47 lbs.).

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Best Splurge Pizza Oven

Includes pizza peel, stone, gas burner
Pricey but well-made pizza oven. Built-in thermometer and retractable legs are key features. Makes amazing pizza with charred crust in just 60 seconds.
$499.00

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Best Splurge Pizza Oven: ROCCBOX by Gozney Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven

This pricey but good quality pizza oven has one key advantage over others we researched: it definitely looks more attractive! With it stainless steel oval-shaped body and legs, this oven has that spacey, new century modern vibe. And it doesn’t disappoint in performance, with the ability to use either wood or gas.

Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Built-in thermometer.

• Retractable legs make it portable.

• Dual fuel capable (but wood burner is extra purchase).

• Body is insulated to avoid burns.

• Quick! Can make a pizza in 60 seconds.

• Best pizza results with propane, based on our research of real-world tests.

What Needs Work

• Pricey.

• Heavy at 62 lbs. Yes, this pizza oven is pitched as portable . . . but it is definitely a two-person job to move it!

• Requires 1.5 hours to cool down before moving. That’s an important to factor if you want to use this oven for tailgating.

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