Notoriously tricky to get right for such a simple-seeming dish, perfect pizza at home is possible due to a new glut of high-quality and affordable home pizza ovens.
They may not help you make and shape the perfect pizza dough, but once you’ve nailed it, they will cook damn fine pizzas in a matter of minutes. Say goodbye to disappointing takeaways and start making your own pizzas at home with these pizza ovens to suit all budgets.
And don’t worry if you don’t have outdoor space: there are plenty of kitchen countertop options too.
Take a look at this list of some of the best home pizza ovens currently available and give Gabriele Bonci, Franco Pepe and the other stars of Chef’s Table: Pizza a run for their money.
Ooni Frya 12
This wood pellet-fired, portable pizza oven is one of a range from the highly-rated Ooni brand, which includes gas and dual fuel options. We love the Frya though for its sleek and functional design, and the wood-fired, stone-baked flavour of the 12-inch pizzas you can cook in it. At just 10kg (22lbs) it’s also perfect for whipping out on a camping trip. Ooni makes outdoor cooking easy.
Gozney’s Roccbox is gas-fired, though there is the option to buy a detachable wood burner if you’d like dual fuel. Edging towards the premium end of the home pizza oven market, it’s more expensive and heavier than the Ooni, but the quality of the pizzas will have you feeling like a pro dough-slinger. The built-in thermometer also ensures that your pizzas hit the oven at the perfect moment (the Roccbox reaches a maximum temperature of 500°C/932°F).
There’s premium and then there’s premium. This beautiful restaurant-grade pizza oven from Gozney is the real deal and an investment piece for the serious outdoor cook. Simple controls enable you to monitor temperature and switch easily between gas and wood-fired on the dual fuel model. Pitched as a general use outdoor oven, the Gozney Dome is also ideal for cooking and imbibing meats and vegetables with a smoky, summertime flavour.
La Hacienda BBQ Pizza Oven
The La Hacienda BBQ Pizza Oven is a simple and inexpensive piece of kit that allows you to cook pizzas and more atop your BBQ. With no assembly required this is an open-the-box-and-go oven that heats up quickly and produces crispy-bottomed pizzas, hassle-free. They may take longer to cook than with some of the other home pizzas ovens, but as an entry level, easy-to use oven, La Hacienda is a safe bet. UK only.
The wood-fired Classico, from Yorkshire, England-based brand Igneus has room to cook two average-sized stone-baked pizzas at a time, making it ideal for a family pizza party. They’re at the higher end price-wise and Igneus only sells through retailers in the UK, UAE, France, Romania and Scandinavia currently, but if you can get your hands on one, you (and the kids) won’t be disappointed. No one will go hungry while you’re loading up your next peel.
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Optima Pizza Express Napoli
Home pizza-making doesn’t necessarily require outdoor space, with a number of good quality counter-top pizza ovens on the market. The affordable Optima Pizza Express Napoli is a great way to start with home pizza-making. Mains-powered, it can reach up to 450°C/842°F, with a refractory stone to ensure a crispy bottom. Italian-made, with a bright, retro design, it makes for an eye-catching addition to your kitchen.
Sage the Smart Oven Pizzaiolo
Sage’s (Breville’s outside the UK and Europe) offering for the indoor pizzaiolo sits at the higher-end price wise, but for that you get a polished-looking pizza oven that will fit seamlessly into your kitchen set-up. This versatile oven allows you to cook different styles of pizza (New York, deep pan, even frozen) in as little as two minutes, with precise controls that even allow you to control the direction of the heat.