Best outdoor pizza ovens 2024: Tested and rated

The best outdoor pizza ovens let you make delicious pies in minutes, right from the comfort of your backyard. Just like you'll find in a pizzeria, these ovens can reach temperatures of up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit, so you get crispy, leoparded crusts with chewy insides, and nice, bubbling cheese and tomato sauce in less time than it takes to order takeout.  

Ever since the first Ooni arrived on the scene, pizza ovens have soared in popularity; now, you can find models that run on wood pellets, charcoal, electric, and gas — and in various sizes and features. 

We've tested over a dozen pizza ovens, slinging pie after pie into each, to see how easy they are to set up, how quickly they get up to temperature, and how well they can cook up pizzas, bread, calzones, and even steaks and other food. 

Interested in tossing some dough at an outdoor pizza oven? Let’s slice and dice through the best models that we've tested. 

Recent updates

Gozney has introduced two new gas-fired outdoor pizza ovens, the Arc and the Arc XL. Both have a similar design to the Gozney Dome S1, but have a slightly different burner design that the company says will produce more consistent results. The Arc ($699) can fit pizzas up to 14 inches in diameter, while the Arc XL ($799) can handle pies up to 16 inches. Both will be available for sale starting March 6 at Gozney.com.

The quick list

The best outdoor pizza oven

The best overall outdoor pizza oven

Specifications

Type: Wood, charcoal, propane, natural gas
Size: 32 x 19.6 x 33 inches
Weight: 60 pounds
Cooking Surface: 16 inches
Heating Capability: Up to 950 degrees F

Reasons to buy

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Can use wood, charcoal, pellets, or gas
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Makes great pizzas
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Built-in thermometer
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Larger oven lets you cook more things

Reasons to avoid

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On the heavy side
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Door latch can be a little finicky

With its large cooking area, ability to use a variety of fuel sources and general overall excellence, the Ooni Karu 16 is the best outdoor pizza oven we've tested. At $800, it's not cheap — though not the most expensive model we've tested — but it's the most versatile oven we've used. (If you want a deeper dive into Ooni's models,  check out which Ooni pizza oven is best for you.) The larger chamber of the Karu 16 also means you can cook stuff other than pizza, such as bread or other taller items.

We found it was easy to load wood into the Karu 16's fire box and keep the oven humming along at 900 degrees Fahrenheit, and the built-in thermometer made it easy to keep tabs on how hot it was inside. The Karu 16's glass door also let us check at a glance how our pizzas were cooking, another nice touch. There's really not much we didn't like about the Karu 16 — it's on the heavy side, so you won't want to move it around a lot — but you should be as pleased with the results as we were.

Read our full Ooni Karu 16 review.

Best budget pizza oven

Best budget pizza oven

Specifications

Type: Wood pellets
Size: 29.1 x 28.5 x 15.4 inches
Weight (unboxed): 22 pounds
Cooking Surface: 13.2 inches
Heating Capability: Up to 950 degrees F

Reasons to buy

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More portable than other ovens
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Adds wood flavor to pizzas
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One of the least expensive pizza ovens

Reasons to avoid

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Tougher to control temperature than in propane models
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No thermometer

If you want to make excellent pizzas in your backyard, but don't want to spend more than $300, the Ooni Fyra is the best pizza oven to get. It runs on wood pellets — the same as used in grills like the Traeger Ironwood 650 — but can still reach temperatures upwards of 950 degrees (we measured more than 1,000 degrees on occasion). And, its small size and 22-pound weight make it easy to pack up and take with you virtually anywhere.

A feed tube in the back of the oven lets you pour in pellets to keep the fire going. It’s a little harder to control the temperature than with propane-powered ovens — you have to nudge the flue damper tiny bits to get the temperature you want — but the Fyra turned out nicely leoparded Neapolitan-style pizzas in around 90 seconds. 

The Fyra is also the least expensive of Ooni's ovens — and one of the cheapest pizza ovens overall — so it won't burn a hole through your wallet while it's cooking your pies.

Read our Ooni Fyra review.

Best for beginners

Best for beginners

Specifications

Fuel Type: Propane
Size: 20.5 inch diameter x 15.5-inch height
Weight (unboxed): 29.7 pounds
Cooking Surface: 13 x 3.5 inches
Heating Capability: Up to 950 degrees F

Reasons to buy

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Easy to set up
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Simple controls
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Gets very hot

Reasons to avoid

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Propane hose could be longer

If you're new to making your own pizzas, you want an oven that's easy to use and doesn't cost too much; that's why we think the Solo Stove Pi Prime is the best pizza oven for beginners. At $349, it's one of the cheaper ovens around, and it's incredibly simple to set up and operate. Simply place the stone inside the oven and connect a propane tank, and you're ready to go. 

We liked that its gas control knob was on the front, so you could adjust the flame without fuss. It gets really hot — It could bake a pizza in as little as 90 seconds, yet you can dial the temperature down enough to sear steaks so that they're perfectly charred on the outside, with a nice medium rare finish on the inside. While more advanced pizzaiolos may prefer the versatility of ovens that can use wood and charcoal, those just starting on their journey will appreciate the Pi Prime's simplicity, as we did.

Read our full Solo Stove Pi Prime review.

Best propane-only oven

The Best propane-only outdoor pizza oven

Specifications

Type: Propane
Size: 25 x 23.2 x 14.7 inches
Weight: 40 pounds
Cooking Surface: 16 inches
Heating Capability: Up to 950 degrees F

Reasons to buy

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Minimal setup
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Easy to use
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Large cooking area
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Simple temperature controls

Reasons to avoid

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Accessories (like a peel) sold separately
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No built-in thermometer

Ooni has seen booming business for its line of outdoor pizza ovens, some of which operate on gas, and others a combination of gas and wood. The Koda 16 is the larger of its two propane-powered Koda models — with a 16-inch cooking area vs. the Koda 12’s 12-inch cooking area — and for its ease of setup, relatively lightweight construction, no-fuss functionality, large cooking space, and powerful L-shaped flame, we felt it’s the most versatile, family-friendly model for cooks who might want to experiment with different pie sizes, as well as cooking other non-pizza items in the oven. That why it took home the Tom's Guide 2022 Award for Best pizza oven

Because of the L-shaped heat source, pizzas cooked near the back left corner of the oven took only a couple of minutes to come out perfectly charred and bubbly. And unlike other ovens with a singular flame or radiant heat, you really only need a turn or two of a pie to get an evenly cooked crust.

Read our full Ooni Koda 16 review.

Great for parties

The Best Outdoor Pizza Oven for Parties

Specifications

Type: Propane
Size: 21 x 16.3 x 18.6 inches
Weight (unboxed): 44 pounds
Cooking Surface: 13.4 x 12.4 inches
Heating Capability: Up to 950 degrees F

Reasons to buy

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Minimal setup
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Modern design and color options
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Comes with strap for portability
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Easy-to-read thermometer
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Silicone exterior stays cooler than other ovens
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Wood-fired option available

Reasons to avoid

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Among the most expensive of the group
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Difficult to cool down once the temperature is high

Gozney is known for its professional-grade pizza ovens — and the Roccbox puts the pro-level know-how to use for home cooks. Its sleek, modern, almost space-age shape and choice of two exterior colors (slate gray or olive green) make it the top choice for design lovers. Because the Roccobx doesn’t take up a lot of space, it’s a powerful option for those with a smaller outdoor patio and limited storage space — and because it just looks cool, it’s a also great option for impressing guests at pizza parties.

By putting the gas source at the back of the dome-shaped oven, pizzas get a nice char both on the top and the bottom, cooking in only a matter of minutes. We also really liked the height of the dome, which made it easy to see inside without bending down, and the compact, perfectly shaped stainless steel peel made sliding pies in and out of the oven relatively effortless.

Read our full Gozney Roccbox review.

Best grill attachment

Best Pizza Oven for Grill Masters

Specifications

Type: Propane
Size: 22.2 x 21.7 x 17.7 inches
Weight (unboxed): 47.6 pounds
Cooking Surface: 15 x 13-3/4 inches
Heating Capability: Up to 900 degrees F

Reasons to buy

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Five-sided stone baking chamber reaches high temperatures quickly
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Radiant heat gives pies a nice char
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Two gas knobs give more control over temperature
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Top baking box can be pulled off and used on the grill

Reasons to avoid

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Most complex assembly
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Two-part oven feels less stable than others

The BakerStone Pizza Oven Box pulls double duty: Since it was originally designed as a box to place on a grill, you can actually detach the top portion from the bottom “firebox” and do your pizza-cooking on a grill. The interior of the oven, composed of five sides of pizza stones, performed surprisingly well when up against the open-flame Ooni Koda and Gozney Roccbox. Because the five stones maintain and radiate a lot of heat, the pizzas we made came out with a good amount of char and were cooked evenly.

We also liked that there are two gas burners within the firebox, which each have their own knob, so you can really experiment with the heat of each side of the oven. Gaze into a hole on either side of the firebox, and you can see the flames flickering away, giving a good idea of the heat they’re generating. Plus, an easy-to-read thermometer on top of the pizza box lets you keep an eye on your temperature levels while you’re cooking.

Read our full BakerStone Pizza Oven review.

Best dual-fuel oven

Professional-grade dual-fuel oven

Specifications

Type: Propane, wood
Size: 28.8 x 26 x 24.8 inches
Weight (unboxed): 128 pounds
Cooking Surface: 21.7 x 18.5 inches
Heating Capability: Over 900 degrees Fahrenheit

Reasons to buy

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Can cook with wood or gas
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Built to commercial specifications
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Highly versatile
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Modern design and thoughtful functionality

Reasons to avoid

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Much more expensive than other outdoor pizza ovens
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Not portable

The Gozney Dome is the much larger, much more versatile, and much more expensive brother to the company's Roccbox. Weighing in at 128 pounds and retailing for $1,499 ($1,799 for the dual-fuel option), this pizza oven can't be moved easily, but it can cook with both wood and propane, and its large opening means you can cook more than just pizzas in this oven.

Despite its size, we liked the look of the Gozney Dome, as well as the fact that it could get up to scorching hot temperatures and stay there for as long as we were slinging pies. And, the pizzas it made were impressive: great charring all around, and just two minutes from start to finish. If you can swing the price, it's worth the dough. 

Read our full Gozney Dome review.

Best-looking oven