Best Outdoor Pizza Ovens: Top 10 Picks to Impress Your Guest

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    High quality construction and easy to use
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    Use Gas, Charcoal, Wood, or Pellets for authentic wood fire and gas brick oven pizza
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    Cook impressively. Cook at over 930 degrees Fahrenheit (500 Celsius) 
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    Great value for your money

Pizza is a fascinating food. There are few so versatile and universally appealing in the entire world. Some chefs dedicate their entire lives to the craft of the perfect pizza; ratios of sauces, topping, temperature variants, crust consistency and thickness…the list goes on practically forever.

Making pizza at home is a great way to get started on a hobby that could last you a long (and tasty lifetime), and what better way than in your own wood fire oven? Today we’re going to take a look at some excellent pizza ovens you can setup in your own backyard and also go over some of the major criteria for choosing this particular item.

How Do I Choose The Outdoor Pizza Oven?

Choosing a pizza oven is easier than you might think, with a fairly limited number of special features to look for. Pizza ovens are simple devices and are carried by their raw performance, which is mostly evident in the construction and materials than anything else. The better materials it’s made of, and the better it’s put together, the better the oven.

Insulated Construction

In general steel is the preferred material for basic construction. It’s sturdy, relatively lightweight, and has decent heat retention. Better models will have an outer layer of some other material to improve insulation, with silicone and ceramic being the materials of choice. The former will severely reduce heat radiation and make it a bit safer to touch, while ceramic will add an extra layer of retention (but it will still be very hot on the exterior, as ceramic is an excellent heat conductor).

Size and Portability

Lightweight is something important to note. Even many excellent pizza ovens are designed to be relatively portable, and the average weight is about 30 lbs, or even less in some cases. Less weight will also make it easier to set on softer ground, like grassy back yards, clay, or soil instead of needing to be placed on some kind of concrete table or car port.

The design should be domed and allow for great ventilation via a chimney or smoke port. This is every important, a you don’t want pizza to be TOO smoky or moist. Crust should come out crisp and lightly charred and smoky, not blackened with soot or soggy to the touch.

Better ventilation without sacrificing heat retention is the best way to achieve this, and each model has its own methods. The general rule of thumb is to stay away from anything that thinks simply venting smoke out the front is sufficient; by the time it rolls out of the domed and lidded interior the smoke has already severely flavored the pizza. If you are planning to have a kitchen outside, check out our Outdoor Kitchen Ideas.

Prize

The price is a major thing to consider. Many excellent pizza ovens (even our top choice) are quite reasonably priced at or below $300. This makes them quite affordable, especially if you intend to use it regularly and get your money’s worth. Some models are significantly more expensive, and most of these are built-in models (which require a dedicated countertop and must be installed, never to be moved again).

These built-in ovens are high performance but exorbitantly expensive, making them poor options for all but the most enthusiastic outdoor chefs, and even then a built-in grill or other cookery range is likely to be more practical and cost efficient in the long run.

Top 10 Best Outdoor Pizza Ovens Reviews For 2019

Napoli Wood Fire and Gas

This is a top notch, affordable, and portable compact outdoor pizza oven.

What We Liked

  • Versatile Heating: This can be used as both a wood fire oven and a gas roaster. This both makes it easier to fire up when using it as a wood fire oven (and makes maintaining the temperature simpler and a bit more hands off), while giving you a bit of an option to use it as a quick gas oven for foods you don’t necessarily want or need to use wood for.
  • Compact: Small design makes it easy to move around when you need it, while being sturdy enough that you don’t have to worry about damaging it if you’re even a little bit careful with it. This is not just the best product overall I could find, but the best portable outdoor pizza oven I’ve seen as well. Despite the small overall size, it is perfectly proportioned for restaurant style pizzas.
  • Great Design: The oven overall is very stably built, and is perfectly portioned to retain heat for quickly and evenly cooking food, particularly pizza.
  • Accessories: Comes with everything you need to get started, save for the wood for cooking. This includes a cordierite stone, a scoop, and a fuel tray for whatever the fuel of your choice is (charcoal, wood pellets, wood chips, etc.).
  • Price: Surprisingly affordable for such a high quality outdoor pizza oven.

What We Didn't Like

  • Maximum Heat: This pizza oven heats up to a whopping 930 degrees Fahrenheit. While not a drawback in itself, it is worth mentioning, as most pizza recipes you’ll find will assume your oven is heated to around 800 degrees. This intense heat difference means you’ll need to do some trial and error to figure out the proper cooking time for this oven.

Ooni 3 pizza maker

This pizza oven looks a bit wonky, but has solid performance to make you overlook that.

What We Liked

  • Heat and Smoke Dispersion: This model’s chimney is great at providing a steady, even heat and a minimum of smoke to the food itself, ensuring your food will taste good and never “charcoal-y”.
  • Electric Start: The electronic ignition makes this oven incredibly simple to start up, and it heats up blazing fast. It can hit temperatures over 900 degrees Fahrenheit in less than 10 minutes.
  • Fast Cooking: It takes more time to heat this oven up than it does to cook with it, with pizzas up to 13” cooking in around 60 seconds. You throw the food in and are practically scrambling to take it right back out to enjoy your hot, filling meal.
  • Portable: The Ooni 3 is compact and lightweight, weighing under 30 lbs and being compact enough to easily lift and store (the chimney folds up and clips to the oven for easy movement). This make sit perfect for taking over to friend’s houses and family gatherings for quick pizza (and pretty much anything else you can think of to cook) any time.

What We Didn't Like

  • Thin: The shell is a bit thin, making me leery of moving it long distances; it appears quite easy to dent and the chimney especially is worrisome with how tall it is, making it a bit top heavy even with its inherently low center of gravity. I would recommend only using the Ooni 3 in a wind shielded area, as a strong enough wind could blow this oven over.
  • Name: A minor nitpick, but I’m not actually certain this is called the “Ooni 3”. All product info swaps between Ooni and Uuni as if they’re interchangeable, making it a bit harder to search for this product.

Pizzacraft PC6500 PizzaQue

This is a great “camp oven” style pizza oven.

What We Liked

  • Propane Powered: While obviously wood fired foods taste a lot better, the convenience of propane can’t be overstated. This makes this pizza oven perfect for taking on camping trips or to other remote locales where electricity is unavailable and you may not have the space to store something that burns wood.
  • Size: While compact in size and relatively lightweight at only 25 lbs, it has enough room to cook a 14” pizza or other foods of similar size. It’s surprisingly spacious for such a small looking package , and works for pretty much any food you could want (within reason).
  • Fast Cooking: Cooks a good sized pizza in about 6 minutes, and heats up in only 15. While not as blindingly fast as other models, this is still very good for a machine of this size and price. Getting food for the whole camping group in about 20 minutes isn’t half bad.
  • Price: This model comes at a great price, being about half what you’d pay for the top model.

What We Didn't

  • Lack of Accessories: This model doesn’t come with any of the usual accessories besides the cordierite pizza stone, meaning you’ll have to shell out a bit extra for a pizza peel and similar necessary accessories.
  • Heat: This one only heats up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit, which besides making the cooking slower, also affects the quality of the food a bit. Not too much, but enough to be noticeable as compared to a better wood fired model.

Pizzacraft PC6000 Pizzeria Pronto

This is a solid budget option, in a nicely compact package.

What We Liked

  • Propane Powered: This is another great camp oven that runs on propane, making it easily portable and able to be set up pretty much anywhere, without the tedium of gathering wood or a reliance on electricity.
  • Lightweight and Portable: A compact design and light 26 lb weight makes this oven very easy to move around and store in camping gear and other packed bags where space might be at a premium.
  • Starter: The starter is matchless, meaning you don’t need to fiddle around with lighting the pilot. This makes the Pizza Pronto easy to use and lacks the danger of burning your fingertips like a lot of other propane or natural gas fueled cooking devices are.
  • Overall Design: The venting is very good on this one, with the overall dome being great at trapping in the right amount of heat while venting the necessary amount of moisture to keep the food from getting soggy. It cooks quickly and is easy to use, making it a very good product for beginners and travelers.

What We Didn't Like

  • Heat: A max heat of 700 degrees is a bit below what you’d expect for a full sized outdoor pizza oven. It’s unavoidable with the change in fuel, but is definitely a downside as compared to our winner or similar portable wood fired ovens.
  • Lack of Accessories: This pizza oven lacks vital accessories like a pizza peel which are necessary for cooking, and artificially inflates the cost over some other models that include these accessories in the price of admission. While the price is still a bit lower than some other models at a base, the gap is definitely lowered by needing to buy extra necessary supplies.

Cuisinart CPO-600 Alfrescamore

If you want a more modern looking pizza oven, Cuisinart is the way to go. While a bit more expensive than some other models, it also has quite a few great features.

What We Liked

  • Overall Design: This is a great pizza oven with a design almost like a panini press or something similar. It’s easy to move and use, with a pair of handy handles and a surprisingly steady base, with a spacious interior (143 square inches of cooking space, enough for a 13” pizza). While not my absolute favorite, it’s quite nice to have.
  • Accessories: This comes with everything you need to get started, from a cordierite stone to a pizza peel, and even a smoker cup.
  • Quick Assembly: Snaps together int under 10 minutes if following the easy to read instructions.

What We Didn't Like

  • A quick preface to this section: while there are just as many listed downsides as upsides, they are all minor gripes in the grand scheme; don’t let the NUMBER of complaints dissuade you from purchase.
  • Price: This one runs a bit more than the top models, likely because of the second drawback.
  • Electric: This one is an electric oven, with a 15, 000 BTU burner. While electric ovens are obviously nice enough to have (I use one every day), it makes it unsuited for both camping (like the propane models) and less appealing as a dedicated backyard oven, given wood fire is so much better for cooking with.
  • Weight: It boasts itself as being lightweight “under 40 lbs”. This actually makes it a bit heavier than most of the ovens on this list, oddly enough.
  • Ventilation: While not terrible, this oven lacks any dedicated ventilation method, and that can lead to some moister pizzas. I list this as a half-complaint, as some people like a softer crust.

ROCCBOX Portable

This is a great, if flawed and expensive model. It’s a bit hard to gauge the quality with this mixed bag.

What We Liked

  • Tripod: I really like the height of this one in the feet. It makes it a bit easier to get pizzas in and out of the oven, and it having 3 legs instead of 4 makes it a bit steadier on uneven ground. The legs are also retractable, making it a bit easier to move around when you need to.
  • Fuel Source: This one can run on both gas and wood, giving you a bit of extra versatility in cooking. Wood fired cooking is great for many things, but for just as many more, propane or natural gas burners work just as well, and are way easier to use. It’s great for quickly cooking baked goods you don’t necessarily want a smoky flavor to, or vegetables.
  • Thermometer: Thermometer is accurate and conveniently placed on the exterior of the oven.
  • Shell: The outer shell is silicone lined. This serves three purposes, all great: it gives the shell a bit more protection, improved heat retention, and (as a result of that second one) makes it less likely to burn you. Plus it makes the exterior look a lot nicer than plain unpainted steel.

What We Didn't Like

  • Price: This is the big deal breaker for me. The quality is undeniable; in pure performance, design, and construction it’s probably the best on this list. But this thing is over twice as expensive as every other model on the list, making it difficult to recommend for anything short of the dedicated pizza enthusiast; even then, I think our winner is still plenty good enough.

Forno Venetzia FVP200R

This is a pretty great built-in model, with a high price, though it’s relatively reasonable for what you get.

What We Liked

  • Overall Design and Materials: This is a sizable and well shaped built-in pizza oven. This needs to be installed, but the increased quality of the individual materials more than makes up for the increased hassle and cost. The domed roof and overall outer shell is thick and sturdy, with a great chimney. The steel is thick and well insulated, with a quite nice oak handle, and the thermometer is conveniently placed and accurate.
  • Size: This oven is huge, being large enough to cook two personal pizzas at once (roughly 12 inches apiece). You have 480 square inches of cooking space to work with, which is to put it in perspective about the size of the average “tube shaped” grill.
  • Insulation: The steel shell is double insulated with ceramic coating, massively increasing its insulative properties. It can reach very high temperatures as a result, and cooks food swiftly and thoroughly. The chimney can optionally be stoppered if you want an extra smoky flavor as well, allowing for “low and slow” cooking over long periods of time for smoked meats and similar recipes.

What We Didn't Like

  • Price: While a fair price for what you get, it should be note that this model costs about 10 times what our winner costs. It’s worth it, but only for someone who really wants a dedicated outdoor oven. This makes it hard to recommend, but also hard to deny it’s a very good oven, and it would be difficult to drive the price any lower, so it’s fair for what it is.

Camp Chef Artisan

This is a unique model among the others here, and a good very cheap alternative to most of the others on this list.

What We Liked

  • Unique Design: This is just an oven chamber. It has no heating mechanism in itself and requires some other kind of fuel source to function. It functions with something like a brazier, range stove, or something of that nature. It’s designed to trap that heat and funnel it into cooking pizza on the stone, and it’s really good at that. A bit simplistic, but it’s perfect for what its trying to accomplish.
  • Price: This is about a third of the price of our winner and some of the other top models above, which is fitting for something that has a third of the features, if that. It’s great as something to pick up if you already have a nice camp stove or grill and want something to throw on there once in a blue moon to make pizza without keeping a dedicated pizza oven crowding up your storage for the other 360 days a year you aren’t using it.

What We Didn't Like

  • Lack of Features: As mentioned, this has about a third of the features of another model. It has poor ventilation for one, with no chimney or other exceptionally placed outlet for smoke. This leads to somewhat moister food, which can run the gamut between fine and terrible depending on what you’re cooking. The only real outlet is the front, which has no door, and certainly makes it easy to get food in and out, but also doesn’t let you seal heat inside like some other models do. This leads us to:
  • Heat Retention: This is as basic as it gets; it’s not double insulated with ceramic or silicone or anything like that, it’s raw steel. Steel isn’t the worst at keeping heat in, but it’s not the best either, and given the already indirect nature of heating, this oven can take a while to heat up, reaches lower max temperatures than the best models, and can require some finagling to KEEP it hot for the duration of cooking, which is likely to be longer than the under 5 minutes of most models.

Alfresco Countertop

This is more if you want a full sized outdoor oven than something just for pizza. It’s a huge investment, but quite good.

What We Liked

  • Size: This gives you a huge 30 x 30 x 24 (width, depth, height) area to use. That totals up to 456 square inches of cooking space, enough for a 14 inch pizza or several other smaller items at once.
  • Construction: The shell is high quality stainless steel and very durable, which is good because this oven is not at all portable. It’s going to be a permanent fixture of your back yard. The ventilation is arranged in a way so as to keep the control panel cool at all times, which is great.
  • Heat: This oven heats up to a massive 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and keeps that heat locked in, while venting enough moisture to crisp the food up nicely.
  • Light: A built in halogen light lets you see the interior to tell what’s cooking and how well even when you’re cooking in the dark (which is probably going to be a lot of the time).

What We Didn't Like

  • Price: The price for this oven is frankly insane. It costs 20 to 25 TIMES what our winner costs, and I really don’t think it’s worth it for what is, in all honesty, just an oven. You could buy a whole range top stove and oven combo, in high quality, for something in the ballpark of $1000 to $2000, much less over three times that, for something that is going to be overall far less versatile of a cooking device. If the bottom product here wasn’t also bafflingly expensive and just an inferior model of another product, it would be a shoe-in for the worst I’ve come across for this kind of product.

Ooni Pro

An older Ooni model that is quality, but is definitely flawed, and quite expensive.

What We Liked

  • High Heat: This oven, much like its newer model, heats up to 923 degrees Fahrenheit. It does so in 20 minutes instead of under 10, but still cooks your pizzas up hot and ready in about a minute. This gives it a crispy, smoky crust without even giving it a chance to get soggy.
  • Heat Dispersal: The chimney here likewise disperse heat and smoke as well as the newer model, providing just the right amount of smoke for flavor and venting the rest.
  • Durable: Thicker plates of steel than the newer model makes it durable and hard to damage.

What We Didn't Like

  • Bulky: This thing weighs nearly 70 lbs and beyond the weight, is hard to move due to the chimney design, being an awkward, tall hexagon that doesn’t conveniently fold like the new version.
  • Price: This thing is absurdly expensive, costing about double what the newer model costs, which makes it impossible to recommend. Objectively this is a good pizza oven, but not nearly good enough to justify the increased cost over a vastly superior model. The pricing on this pizza oven is completely baffling to me.

Final Verdict

Napoli Wood Fire and Gas

The Napoli model is by far the best bang for your buckhere. It’s a great wood fired model with a good design and a quite reasonable price. If you want a camp stove, the PIzzacraft Pizzaque. The rest of the options are going to depend on your budget.

The Forno Venetzia is great but expensive, and a lot of the others are way too expensive for what they offer. Overall, the pizza ovens on this list are fairly good, but many are severely flawed, it’s all about how you rate those flaws and how much merit you pull from them for it.