I love this outdoor pizza oven and it’s $70 off in Amazon’s Big Spring Sale

Solo Stove Pi Prime Pizza Oven shown cooking a pizza outdoor
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One of the advantages of being the U.S. Editor-in-chief for Tom's Guide is that I get to test some pretty cool stuff, like some of the best pizza ovens. My family and my neighbors all look forward to me baking a number of pies to see how well these ovens perform. But, pizza ovens aren't cheap, which is why it's worth waiting for a deal like this one. 

Currently, you can get the Solo Stove Pi Prime for $279 on Amazon, a savings of $70 off its regular price. This is the lowest price we've seen for an outdoor oven that's both easy to use and makes great pizzas. 

Solo Pi Prime: was $349 now $279 @ Amazon
Price check: $349 @ Walmart | $349 @ Best Buy

Solo Pi Prime: was $349 now $279 @ Amazon
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 $70 off.
Price check: $349 @ Walmart | $349 @ Best Buy

In my Solo Stove Pi Prime review, I really liked how easy it was to set up and control the oven. Since it runs off propane, all you need to do is hook up a tank. A knob on the front is used to both light the oven and control the temperature, and because the oven has an open mouth, it's really easy to see the level of the flames.

As with all pizza ovens I've tested, the Pi Prime needs a good 20 minutes to really heat up its corderite base, but after that, it can make pizzas in as little as 2 minutes. You really have to pay attention, as it'll burn your pie easily. 

The Pi Prime can fit pizzas up to 12 inches in size, which isn't as large as some other pizza ovens, but is otherwise fairly standard. 

Other equipment you might need

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 don't necessarily need one of these to measure the internal temperature of the oven, but it helps to know when the pizza stone is ready to go. 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 $549 at Amazon — $50 off its regular price.
Mike Prospero
U.S. Editor-in-Chief, Tom's Guide

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.