See that photo above? That's me, testing out one of the best pizza ovens. As the U.S. editor-in-chief for Tom's Guide, I spend way too much time looking at spreadsheets and dealing with the minutiae of running one of the biggest tech sites around. But, I do get to do some pretty cool stuff, like reviewing pizza ovens.
Typically, I'll make at least a dozen pizzas in an oven to see how quick it is to get ready, how fast it returns to temperature, and how well it bakes a pie. But many of the best pizza ovens cost a lot of dough, so if you're in the market, the week after Cyber Monday is still a good time to pick one up at a discount.
For instance, the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Oven is now $299 from $399 — that's a $100 saving.
But if that deal is too rich for your blood — much like an extra helping of that pepperoni-and-sausage slice — here are some other great deals on pizza ovens to whet your appetite.
- Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven: was $349 now $244 @ Amazon
- Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Oven: $299 @ Amazon
- Solo Pi Prime: $299 @ Solo Stove
- Ooni Koda 16: $479 @ Best Buy
- Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo: $799 @ Amazon
Cyber Week pizza oven deals
Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven: was $349 now $244 @ Amazon
The Ooni Fyra 12 was the pizza oven that first got me hooked. This a wood-pellet-powered pizza oven that can reach temperatures of 950º F, and fit pies up to 12 inches in diameter. It measures 29 x 28 x 15.5 inches when assembled, and weighs just 22 pounds, which makes it great for taking on camping trips and tailgates. At $244, this is the lowest price I've seen on this oven.
Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Oven: was $399 now $299 @ Amazon
Lowest Price! Our editor Kate Kozuch tested this outdoor electric oven, and loved it for its versatility and ease of use. Not only can it make great pizzas, but its internal size and temperature controls also make the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Oven ideal for smoking wings and many things in between. It's at its lowest price right now at Amazon for Cyber Monday.
Solo Pi Prime: was $349 now $299 @ Solo Stove
I think the Solo Pi Prime is the best pizza oven for newbies; this propane-powered oven is easy to set up and has a temperature-control knob right on the front. Yet, it also gets plenty hot for Neapolitan pies (900+ degrees Fahrenheit), so you can make pizzas with the best of them. Right now, it's $50 off.
Gozney Roccbox: was $499 now $399 @ Amazon
Our favorite pizza oven not made by Ooni is currently 20% off on Amazon. This attractive oven comes in silver or green, and gets up to a blazing 950 degrees Fahrenheit. We're also fans of its built-in thermometer.
Price check: $399 @ Gozney (where you can get it in multiple colors)
Ooni Koda 16: was $599 now $479 @ Best Buy
If you want to make large 16-inch pizzas without the fuss, this is the best pizza oven to get. It runs on propane only, but features an L-shaped burner, so you don't have to rotate your pizza as much while it's in the oven. It's one of the reasons we rated it so highly in our Ooni Koda 16 review.
Ooni Karu 16: was $799 now $633 @ Ooni
Sweet deal! My favorite pizza oven overall is currently $160 off. I love the Karu 16 for its large capacity, ability to use multiple fuel sources, built-in thermometer and the glass window on the front that makes it easy to see your pizza cooking. Check out our Ooni Karu 16 review to learn more.
Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo: was $999 now $799 @ Amazon
Sometimes, it's a little too cold to make pizzas outside. That's where this electric oven comes in. It can get as hot as 900 degrees on the inside, so you can still get those great crusts — all from the comfort of your kitchen. And, it has settings for other pizza types, too. Check out our Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo review to see if this is the model for you.
What to look for when buying a pizza oven
If you're new to the world of outdoor pizza ovens, there are a few things you need to consider before buying one.
This is how the oven heats up. There are four main types of fuel used with most pizza ovens: Wood, wood pellets, propane, and electricity.
Of these, propane and electricity are the easiest to use — just plug in the oven to an outlet or hook it up to a gas tank, and you're ready to go. Wood pellets are probably the next easiest. Once they get started, they burn at a consistent temperature; you just have to remember to keep feeding them into your oven. Last, some pizza ovens can burn chunks of wood; this can add a nice flavor to your pizzas, but it's the hardest to maintain, as you have to keep an eye on the wood to make sure it's burning at a consistent temperature.
The majority of pizza ovens will come in one of two sizes: 12 or 16 inches. Not surprisingly, the larger the oven, the more it will cost, but the more you'll be able to feed people in one go. (A pizza oven will require a few minutes between each pie so that the pizza stone can get back up to temperature).
In order to complete your pizza-making setup, you'll need some extra gear. Here are four items that I think are essential to making great pizza at home.
- Pizza peel: To get the pies in and out of the oven; this New Star Foodservice Restaurant-Grade Wooden Pizza Peel currently costs $24 at Amazon.
- Digital scale: Making good pizza dough requires precise measurements. The OXO Good Grips 11-Pound Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display is $55 at Amazon and worth every penny.
- Laser thermometer: You'll need one of these to measure the internal temperature of the oven. The Etekcity Infrared Thermometer can record temps up to 1,130 degrees F and costs $19 at Amazon.
- Stand mixer: If you're making your own dough, you'll need a quality mixer. I own the KitchenAid 7 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer, which is great for big batches of dough, and it's on sale for $499 at Amazon.
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Michael A. Prospero is the U.S. Editor-in-Chief for Tom’s Guide. He oversees all evergreen content and oversees the Homes, Smart Home, and Fitness/Wearables categories for the site. In his spare time, he also tests out the latest drones, electric scooters, and smart home gadgets, such as video doorbells. Before his tenure at Tom's Guide, he was the Reviews Editor for Laptop Magazine, a reporter at Fast Company, the Times of Trenton, and, many eons back, an intern at George magazine. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College, where he worked on the campus newspaper The Heights, and then attended the Columbia University school of Journalism. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, electric scooter, or skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine, smoker, or pizza oven, to the delight — or chagrin — of his family.