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Invest in the best pizza oven for a summer full of garden parties and home-cooked treats. Many of the top pizza ovens you can buy come with portable designs and multi-fuel options, so there really is an outdoor pizza oven (or even an indoor option) for every home. We have been fortunate enough to put some of these pizza ovens to the test in our own gardens, so not only is this a list of the best pizza ovens you can buy right now, but there are also pizza oven reviews to help you get started.

For more outdoor cooking options check out the best BBQs

Iconic pizza oven brands include Ooni and Delivita, but you may find it a bit of a struggle to get your hands on one when shopping right now. We’ve also found some top picks for making a permanent feature piece in your garden or simply transforming your barbecue into something a little more multi-functional.

As for why to buy a pizza oven, we think there’s nothing better for entertaining in the summer. For a start, these pizza ovens can heat up in a matter of minutes and cook pizza after pizza in only 60 seconds. They’re also very easy to clean once cooled down, and storage won’t be a problem for the colder months. You can find gas-fired pizza ovens for easy ignition or opt for a traditional wood-fired pizza oven for a slice of authenticity. This can deliver a perfect Neopolitan or Margharita that will defeat even your favourite pizzeria, and the cooking process is seriously fun for the entire family.

Where to buy a pizza oven for summer 2021

Few things disappear faster than some freshly baked pizza at a garden party, but even though there was no partying in 2020 it was virtually impossible to grab any of the best pizza ovens at top retailers. Our premium pick, the DeliVita Outdoor Pizza Oven, can be found right now at Cuckooland in a range of colours and sizes. As for Ooni pizza ovens, you may struggle to get your hands on one right, but we’ve found some brilliant alternatives from Woody and WPPO Le Peppe.  We’ll keep you posted as the restocks roll out, so you can grab the best pizza oven ahead of the summer.

Best pizza ovens 2021


1. WPPO Le Peppe Multi-Fuel Deluxe Stainless Steel Outdoor Pizza Oven

Best pizza oven to buy right now

WPPO Le Peppe Multi-Fuel Deluxe Stainless Steel Outdoor Pizza Oven

Fuel: Wood, charcoal, wood pellets
Colour:
Black, red
Pizza size:
12-inch

Available in a striking hot red or a classic matte black finish, the Le Peppe Wood-Fired pizza oven does a lot more than just cook delicious pizzas. You can also use charcoal and wood pellets in this oven, making it suitable for grilling and slower cooking.

There’s also a built-in thermometer at the top of the oven which is a valuable feature for telling when your oven is ready without the use of an external thermometer or gauge. The legs fold out for transportation, and the chimney has a lid that prevents any rain from entering.

2. Woody Wood Fired Pizza Oven

Best wood-fired pizza oven

Fuel: Wood
Colour:
Stainless steel
Pizza size:
12-inch

Get the look with the Woody Wood Fired Pizza Oven. It’s got an in-built temperature gauge and because the legs and chimney are hinged, it’s highly portable. The oven comes with a pizza peel, which is a must for putting your pizza in and removing it safely when it’s cooked, and it’s also ready to cook within 15 minutes.

The Woody Wood Fired Pizza Oven has a maximum temperature of 480°C, which for an exclusively wood-fired oven is pretty good. The chimney makes it a great multipurpose option, and you can use the Woody for smoking and more.

3. La Hacienda BBQ Pizza Oven

Best pizza oven for BBQs 

best pizza oven La Hacienda BBQ Pizza Oven

Fuel: BBQ
Colour:
Alloy steel
Pizza size:
12-inch

The double-insulated La Hacienda BBQ Pizza Oven can be placed on your BBQ and used to cook pizza, flatbreads and other treats on the built-in stone. It can be placed on gas and charcoal barbecues and heated through for an authentic wood-fired effect. The dimensions are 35 x 35 x 15 cm, and it weighs nearly 8kg, but the handles on the side mean it will be difficult to lift until cooled fully.

If you want a cheap pizza oven for your garden BBQ, go for this one. It’s easy to store and the wood-fired stone will give you that leopard-print Neopolitan pizza crust you’re craving.

4. Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo

Best indoor pizza oven

Fuel: Electric
Colour:
Stainless steel
Pizza size:
12-inch

The Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo is a seriously smart indoor pizza oven. It can heat up to 400 degrees and cook authentic Neopolitan-style pizzas as well as deep dish and even frozen pizzas. When we put this pizza oven to the test and were seriously impressed by how fast it cooked our pizzas, as well as the evenness of the cooking. Although it’s electric, the Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo gives you the experience of authentic wood-fired pizza but without the stress of firing up an outdoor oven. The immediate advantage of this is that you can enjoy fresh cooked pizza all year around, and no weather can rain on your pizza party.

The obvious downside of the Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo is the high price, but when you consider that it plugs right in, comes with a pizza peel, and doesn’t need a thermometer to tell if it’s hot enough to cook your pizza perfectly, it’s an unmissable option. If you want the best pizza oven to take the stress out of judging the heat and timing of your cooking, this five star option is the one for you.

Ideal Home’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars

See our full Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo review

5. Flamemaster Kettle 18-inch BBQ

Best combo BBQ pizza oven

Flamemaster Kettle 18-inch BBQ

Combine your BBQ with a pizza oven extension, and save money while you do it. The Flamemaster Kettle 18-inch BBQ is a smart and versatile BBQ with a pizza oven extension. This features a pizza stone and a lid extension that acts to insulate the top of the BBQ.  You can even turn your pizza using a peel, just like the pros.

When you’re done with the extension you can simply lift it away using the handles, and resume with barbecuing other side dishes. A reasonably priced multitasker.

6. Gardeco Pizzaro

Best traditional pizza oven

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Fuel: Wood-fired
Colours:
Clay
Pizza size:
Cook three pizzas at once!

Nothing says authentic quite like cooking pizza in a clay oven. This stylish design consists of a cooking dome and chiminea made from traditional, crack-resistant clay, which is guaranteed for 5 years against cracking due to thermal shock.

The rustic oven cavity needs to be heated from within first. One firing is then good for cooking two to three pizzas, one at a time.

7. Ooni Koda

Best gas pizza oven

best pizza oven Ooni Koda

Fuel: Gas
Colour:
Stainless steel
Pizza size:
12-inch, 16-inch

You can buy the Ooni Koda in either a 12-inch or 16-inch size, so there’s an option for those with more space and one for a more portable option. The legs fold away for easy storage and there’s a dial to control the temperature. It really couldn’t be easier. Another thing we like is that the gas burner comes included. You’ll have to pay extra for this if you buy the Ooni Fyra, whereas the Koda is ready to go right out of the box.

As with the rest of the Ooni range you can cook your pizza in only 60 seconds, and it heats up fast to reach as much as 500 degrees in only 15 minutes.

8. Ooni Karu

Best multi-fuel pizza oven

Ooni Karu

Image credit: Ooni

Fuel: Gas, wood or charcoal
Colour:
Stainless steel
Pizza size:
12-inch

Go from stone-cold to stone-baked in just 10 minutes! The Ooni Karu is powered by fast-burning wood pellets that get the oven temperature up to 500°C, and it takes just 60 seconds to cook up a heavenly Hawaiian pizza – you can’t ask for better timing when it comes to entertaining.

What’s more, the removable chimney and foldable legs make it easy to sling in the boot of the car and take it wherever you may be required to host a pizza party. With an optional gas attachment, the Ooni Karu is also a great choice for those who want the style of a conventional wood fired pizza oven with more versatility. You can even cook using charcoal, which is perfect for smoking any extras for those who don’t fancy a pizza. We loved using the gas attachment when the weather wasn’t quite as warm, as it heats the oven up faster and means the wind is less of an issue.

The oven is slightly lager than the Fyra but still very portable, and we found that its multi-use offering made it a great choice for those who like the idea of authentic wood-fired pizza but want the backup option of something more sturdy. The gas attachment takes less than a minute to install, and turns on like a gas barbecue.

Ideal Home’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars

9. DeliVita Outdoor Pizza Oven

Best posh portable pizza oven

Best-pizza-oven-Delivita

Fuel: Wood-fired
Colour:
Multiple
Pizza size:
12-inch

Enjoy pizza anywhere and any way you want it with this transportable oven. Handmade in Yorkshire, it’s one of the most beautiful ovens out there. When we put this pizza oven to the test it impressed us with its beautiful exterior and sturdy design. Heating the oven was easy, we just made a jenga-style tower of wood and lit it before leaving it for about half an hour to come to the desired temperature of 450°C.

The DeliVita comes in a gorgeous range of colours and can make 12-inch pizzas in just a minute. Its exterior is waterproof and it also comes with a cover, meaning you can leave it outside after use if you wish. It is a little on the heavy side at 30kg, so not the best for travelling, but there’s no denying the authentic feel of that crackling wood and the our finished pizzas was restaurant-quality.

Ideal Home’s rating: 4 out of 5 stars

11. Ooni Fyra

Best pizza oven for even cooking

Ooni Fyra

Image credit: Ooni

Fuel: Wood 
Colour:
Black and steel
Pizza size:
12-inch

Our tried and tested top pick,  this pizza oven gets the balance right when it comes to affordability and quality. We found that it takes a few tries to get the perfect pizza, but once you’ve got the hang of turning the pizza as it cooks you’ll have evenly-cooked and authentic Italian pizza, whenever you want!

The Ooni Fyra is easy to clean, you just need to empty the fuel tray at the back of the oven and wipe down the pizza stone. Its legs fold out for use on wooden, steel or stone tables, and the chimney twists off so you can store it inside the oven itself and take it on the go.

When we put the Fyra to the test it delivered perfectly cooked pizza in 60 seconds, as promised. There’s no temperature gauge but you’ll get the hang of identifying when the oven is heated up after a few attempts. This pizza oven makes the process easy and straightforward, and it’s guaranteed to be used all through the summer.

Ideal Home’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars

12. Morso Forno Oven

Best pizza oven to heat your garden

Best-pizza-oven-Morso

Fuel: Gas or wood
Colours:
Cast iron
Pizza size:
16-inch

As much a garden sculpture as it is a pizza baker, this oven comes from Danish stove experts Morso. It’s big enough to double as a garden heat source in the evenings. While it’s not exclusively marketed as a pizza oven, the Morso Forno certainly has all the charm and style of the best pizza ovens. It comes with a double coated cast iron exterior and can be used to smoke or grill as well as bake delicious pizzas.

Weighing nearly 100kg, this certainly isn’t a portable pizza oven. But with its sculptural finish and hardy cast iron design, we doubt you’ll want to move it anyway.

Buy now: Forno outdoor oven, £999, Morso

How to buy a pizza oven – everything you need to know

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Image credit: Morso

Check the weight of your pizza oven

Pizza ovens – particularly clay or brick ovens – can be VERY heavy and tricky to manoeuvre without equipment or a team of helpers. It’s always worth looking at the weight before you order, and check that if it is a beast, that the supplier will move it into position for you.

Related: Best fire pits 2021 – from fire bowls to chimineas, here are our top picks 

Alternatively, pick a design on wheels that you can move around the garden. 

Know your fuels

Pizza is traditionally cooked in a wood-fired oven for that signature smoky flavour. However, some pizza ovens have gas burners that will get your oven cavity up to temperature much quicker. Charcoal and pellet burners are other options.

The temperature of your oven will peak somewhere between 400 and 500 degrees C, and the better your oven maintains its temperature, the more pizzas you can produce from one ‘firing’.

Best-pizza-oven-Sandtex

Image credit: Sandtex

Note the cooking times

A small oven will take anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes to heat up (around 10 if you’re using gas, and closer to 20 if you’re opting for pellets or charcoal. Larger ovens can take anything up to an hour. You’re typical pizza will take around six minutes to cook, though remember to turn it for an even bake.

The smallest gas-powered ovens, however, can do the job in as little as 60 seconds. Every oven is different, but it won’t take long to ‘learn’ its optimal cooking time.

Treasure those little extras

A temperature gauge is handy, as you’ll always know when you’re ready to cook. A few ovens come with a pizza paddle designed to fit the cavity perfectly, though this is the exception rather than the rule.

Look out for models with griddles, as then you’ll be able to use your oven as a barbecue and not have to own two separate outdoor cookers.

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Image credit: Joanna Henderson

Get an authentic base

‘For a 10-inch pizza with an authentic thin base, roll out a piece of dough just larger than a golf ball, certainly no bigger,’ says Digital Editor (and pizza aficionado) Amy Cutmore. ‘Also, don’t go too crazy with your toppings – overloading can cause your pizza not to cook properly.’

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