Which is the best pizza oven for me?
Despite them all essentially doing the same job, every pizza oven on the market varies slightly from its competitors.
Think about whether you want only to use it for the preparation of pizzas, or whether you would like it to act as a barbecue or traditional oven as well. You also have to consider the fuel type and ensure this is readily available for you, as well as whether you would like to take the pizza oven anywhere (such as camping or to a friend’s house every so often).
How much do you want to spend? How many people will you be commonly cooking for?
There are three broad types of fuel available for pizza ovens
- Charcoal – In the form of briquettes or rocks. They get a lot hotter than other forms of fuel, so are good for getting up to temperature. It is best to use wood later to maintain the heat or add flavouring.
- Wood – The most common option. Commonly in the form of kindling, pellets or silver birch logs. Offers the best tasting, traditional pizza with a smoky flavour.
- Gas – Requires gas bottles. Generally, more readily available and easier to transport. They do take longer to heat though, so constant temperature monitoring is essential.
While pizza ovens cook their contents quickly, you must ensure it heats up to the optimum temperature before you start to use it. This can take a while but is needed for even heat distribution.
Always keep an eye on the temperature during cooking. If it starts to drop, you may need to add more fuel.
Many pizza ovens currently on the market are portable, as they have a separate cooking chamber and stand. This allows you to take it with you if you go on holiday, for a day at the beach or want to use it while caravanning or camping.
A lot of these portable models also double up as barbecues, meaning you are very flexible with what you can cook each night. There could also be the possibility to cook things like eggs and bacon on the pizza stone or griddle, so you aren’t limited to cereal for breakfast.
Most can be set on almost any surface, whether it be a table, concrete or grass.
Don’t worry if you’d prefer to use your portable pizza oven with a stand if in the back garden – most models have separate stands available, as well as covers for storage.
What is the ideal temperature to bake a pizza?
485°C is commonly the best temperature to bake a fresh wood-fired pizza. You should also cook it for no longer than a minute and a half.
All of the pizza ovens we have featured will reach a temperature of at least 500°C.
What tools do I need?
You will likely need a pizza peel and an ember rake to ensure an even and perfectly prepared surface. You may also need a pizza stone.
Optional extras include covers for when the oven isn’t in use, a carry bag if it is transportable, and any extra baking dishes or grills if you would like to use your appliance as a traditional oven or barbecue occasionally.
Not all ovens come with any additional extras, so it is worth researching into what is available and how much these items will be in addition to the cost of your basic oven.
Can I use my pizza oven indoors?
It isn’t recommended due to the smoke produced and high temperatures required.
However, gas ovens do not generally produce smoke so could be suited to a more enclosed area such as under an awning or tent, if you won’t be using wood during the cooking process.
There are also electrical pizza ovens available, but many argue they don’t produce the authentic wood-fired taste which a dedicated pizza oven should offer.
Which companies make the best pizza ovens?
Uuni and Igneus are our top picks, and continuously top lists of the best pizza ovens available. They offer models of different sizes and for different requirements, such as portability and fuel type.