Best pizza ovens 2021 – outdoor pizza ovens from Ooni, DeliVita and more

Find the best pizza oven for your garden in 2021 with our reviews of wood fired, gas and electric pizza ovens for indoor or outdoor use
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  • Looking forward to a summer of entertaining and alfresco dining? The best pizza ovens will help you step up your game, with authentic wood-fired ovens and foolproof gas and electric options. We’ve reviewed some of the best pizza ovens you can buy ahead of summer 2021, including top brands like Ooni and DeliVita. We even put an indoor pizza oven to the test, meaning there are even options for use through the winter months.

    For more outdoor cooking options check out the best BBQs

    The best pizza oven can heat up in as little as 10 minutes, and deliver perfectly cooked Neopolitan pizza in just 60 seconds. They can also be used for smoking meat and searing steaks and scallops, so this outdoor cooking essential is more versatile than you may think!

    Where to buy a pizza oven for summer 2021

    Few things disappear faster than some freshly baked pizza at a garden party, but even though there was no partying in 2020 it was virtually impossible to grab any of the best pizza ovens at top retailers. Our premium pick, the DeliVita Outdoor Pizza Oven, can be found right now at Cuckooland in a range of colours and sizes. The long-awaited Ooni pizza oven restock also took place recently, and for a (probably) limited time you can get your hands on the Ooni Fyra and the Ooni Karu for making 16 or 12 inch pizzas in your garden. We’ll keep you posted as the restocks roll out, so you can grab the best pizza oven ahead of the summer. Struggling to find your desired Ooni in stock? Check out the selection at Lakeland.

    Best pizza ovens 2021


    1. Monster Shop Pizza Oven Outdoor Grill

    Best pizza oven you can buy right now

    Monster Shop Pizza Oven Outdoor Grill

    Fuel: Wood 
    Colour:
    Black and steel
    Pizza size:
    12-inch

    The Monster Shop Pizza Oven Outdoor Grill is a mighty standalone grill that’s always a popular choice with Amazon buyers. Included in that price you’ll get a pizza peel, pizza cutter and ash drawer for easy cleaning.

    Because it’s on wheels you can take it in and out of the shed or garage with relative ease. It’s also capable of smoking or cooking things like bread and large cuts of meat slow and low. The included temperature dial goes up to 700 degrees, and it’s also possible to use charcoal as a fuel source thanks to the fuel shelf.

    2. Oxford Barbecues Gourmet Pizza Oven

    Best pizza oven for BBQs 

    Oxford Barbecues Gourmet Pizza Oven

    Fuel: BBQ
    Colour:
    Alloy steel
    Pizza size:
    12-inch

    The double-insulated Oxford Barbecues Gourmet Pizza Oven can be placed on your BBQ and used to cook pizza, flatbreads and other treats on the built-in stone. It can be placed on gas and charcoal barbecues and heated through for an authentic wood-fired effect. The dimensions are 35 x 40 x 15 cm, and it weighs nearly 6kg, but the handles on the side mean it will be difficult to lift until cooled fully.

    If you want a cheap pizza oven for your garden BBQ, go for this one. It’s easy to store and the wood fired stone will give you that leopard-print Neopolitan pizza crust you’re craving.

    3. Dellonda Portable Wood-Fired Pizza Oven

    Best wood-fired pizza oven

    Dellonda Portable Wood-Fired Pizza Oven

    Image credit: Dellonda

    Fuel: Wood
    Colour:
    Stainless steel
    Pizza size:
    12-inch

    Get the look with the Dellonda Portable Wood-Fired Pizza Oven. It’s got an in-built temperature gauge and because the legs and chimney are hinged, it’s highly portable. The oven comes with a pizza peel, which is a must for putting your pizza in and removing it safely when it’s cooked, and it’s also ready to cook within 15 minutes.

    The Dellonda Portable Wood-Fired Pizza Oven has a maximum temperature of 350 – 380°C, which for an exclusively wood-fired oven is pretty good. The chimney makes it a great multipurpose option, and you can use the Dellonda for smoking and more.

    4. Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo

    Best indoor pizza oven

    Fuel: Electric
    Colour:
    Stainless steel
    Pizza size:
    12-inch

    The Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo is a seriously smart indoor pizza oven. It can heat up to 400 degrees and cook authentic Neopolitan-style pizzas as well as deep dish and even frozen pizzas. When we put this pizza oven to the test in our Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo review and were seriously impressed by how fast it cooked our pizzas, as well as the evenness of the cooking. Although it’s electric, the Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo gives you the experience of authentic wood-fired pizza but without the stress of firing up an outdoor oven. The immediate advantage of this is that you can enjoy fresh cooked pizza all year around, and no weather can rain on your pizza party.

    The obvious downside of the Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo is the high price, but when you consider that it plugs right in, comes with a pizza peel, and doesn’t need a thermometer to tell if it’s hot enough to cook your pizza perfectly, it’s an unmissable option. If you want the best pizza oven to take the stress out of judging the heat and timing of your cooking, this five star option is the one for you.

    Ideal Home’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    5. Gardeco Pizzaro

    Best traditional pizza oven

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    Fuel: Wood-fired
    Colours:
    Clay
    Pizza size:
    Cook three pizzas at once!

    Nothing says authentic quite like cooking pizza in a clay oven. This stylish design consists of a cooking dome and chiminea made from traditional, crack-resistant clay, which is guaranteed for 5 years against cracking due to thermal shock.

    The rustic oven cavity needs to be heated from within first. One firing is then good for cooking two to three pizzas, one at a time.

    6. DeliVita Outdoor Pizza Oven

    Best posh portable pizza oven

    Best-pizza-oven-Delivita

    Fuel: Wood-fired
    Colour:
    Multiple
    Pizza size:
    12-inch

    Enjoy pizza anywhere and any way you want it with this transportable oven. Handmade in Yorkshire, it’s one of the most beautiful ovens out there. When we put this pizza oven to the test it impressed us with its beautiful exterior and sturdy design. Heating the oven was easy, we just made a jenga-style tower of wood and lit it before leaving it for about half an hour to come to the desired temperature of 450°C.

    The DeliVita comes in a gorgeous range of colours and can make 12-inch pizzas in just a minute. Its exterior is waterproof and it also comes with a cover, meaning you can leave it outside after use if you wish. It is a little on the heavy side at 30kg, so not the best for travelling, but there’s no denying the authentic feel of that crackling wood and the our finished pizzas was restaurant-quality.

    Ideal Home’s rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    7. Ooni Fyra Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven

    Best pizza oven on the market

    Ooni Fyra

    Image credit: Ooni

    Fuel: Wood 
    Colour:
    Black and steel
    Pizza size:
    12-inch

    Our tried and tested top pick,  this pizza oven gets the balance right when it comes to affordability and quality. We found that it takes a few tries to get the perfect pizza, but once you’ve got the hang of turning the pizza as it cooks you’ll have evenly-cooked and authentic Italian pizza, whenever you want!

    The Ooni Fyra is easy to clean, you just need to empty the fuel tray at the back of the oven and wipe down the pizza stone. Its legs fold out for use on wooden, steel or stone tables, and the chimney twists off so you can store it inside the oven itself and take it on the go.

    When we put the Fyra to the test it delivered perfectly cooked pizza in 60 seconds, as promised. There’s no temperature gauge but you’ll get the hang of identifying when the oven is heated up after a few attempts. This pizza oven makes the process easy and straightforward, and it’s guaranteed to be used all through the summer.

    Ideal Home’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Buy the Ooni Fyra at Lakeland, £249

    8. Ooni Karu Outdoor Pizza Oven

    Best multi-fuel pizza oven

    Ooni Karu

    Image credit: Ooni

    Fuel: Gas, wood or charcoal
    Colour:
    Stainless steel
    Pizza size:
    12-inch

    Go from stone-cold to stone-baked in just 10 minutes! The Ooni Karu is powered by fast-burning wood pellets that get the oven temperature up to 500°C, and it takes just 60 seconds to cook up a heavenly Hawaiian pizza – you can’t ask for better timing when it comes to entertaining.

    What’s more, the removable chimney and foldable legs make it easy to sling in the boot of the car and take it wherever you may be required to host a pizza party. With an optional gas attachment, the Ooni Karu is also a great choice for those who want the style of a conventional wood fired pizza oven with more versatility. You can even cook using charcoal, which is perfect for smoking any extras for those who don’t fancy a pizza. We loved using the gas attachment when the weather wasn’t quite as warm, as it heats the oven up faster and means the wind is less of an issue.

    The oven is slightly lager than the Fyra but still very portable, and we found that its multi-use offering made it a great choice for those who like the idea of authentic wood-fired pizza but want the backup option of something more sturdy. The gas attachment takes less than a minute to install, and turns on like a gas barbecue.

    Ideal Home’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Buy the Ooni Karu at Lakeland, £299

    9. Ooni Pro Large Multi Fuel Outdoor Pizza Oven

    Best multi fuel pizza oven

    Ooni pro

    Image credit: Ooni

    Fuel: Wood, gas, charcoal
    Colour:
    Stainless steel
    Pizza size:
    16-inch

    The Ooni Pro is the much-awaited successor of the popular Ooni 3. It’s designed to work with wood pellets, firewood, gas and charcoal to deliver high-end pizza results, all for a pretty reasonable price. This pizza oven can handle 16 inch pizzas, so gather your friends and family and prepare to get sharing with this capable pizza oven.

    The Ooni Pro reaches 500 degrees in just 20 minutes, which given its large interior is a really quick turnaround. It can also be used to bake bread, grill fish, and achieve the perfect char on veggies. Dig it out for family barbecues and you’re sure to impress.

    10. Morso Forno

    Best pizza oven to heat your garden

    Best-pizza-oven-Morso

    Fuel: Gas or wood
    Colours:
    Cast iron
    Pizza size:
    16-inch

    As much a garden sculpture as it is a pizza baker, this oven comes from Danish stove experts Morso. It’s big enough to double as a garden heat source in the evenings. While it’s not exclusively marketed as a pizza oven, the Morso Forno certainly has all the charm and style of the best pizza ovens. It comes with a double coated cast iron exterior and can be used to smoke or grill as well as bake delicious pizzas.

    Weighing nearly 100kg, this certainly isn’t a portable pizza oven. But with its sculptural finish and hardy cast iron design, we doubt you’ll want to move it anyway.

    Buy now: Forno outdoor oven, £999, Morso

    11. Clementi Pulcinella

    Best family-size pizza oven

    Best-pizza-oven-CLEMENTI-Pulcinella

    Fuel: Wood-burning
    Colours:
    4 colours available
    Pizza size: 
    Three large sizes available

    Your local take-out has nothing on this mammoth 100cm x 80cm oven, which can cook up to five pizzas at a time in a speedy 90 seconds. It comes on a trolley stand so you can move it around the garden. If you’re after a proper brick pizza oven then this is a winner. It’s got a fire brick cooking area and an insulated oven for prolonged slow cooking.

    The Clementi Pulcinella is available for pre-order right now, but it does take around five weeks to fulfil.

    Buy now: Clementi Pulcinella, £2,490, ThePizzaOvenShop.com

    How to buy a pizza oven – everything you need to know

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    Image credit: Morso

    Check the weight of your pizza oven

    Pizza ovens – particularly clay or brick ovens – can be VERY heavy and tricky to manoeuvre without equipment or a team of helpers. It’s always worth looking at the weight before you order, and check that if it is a beast, that the supplier will move it into position for you.

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    Alternatively, pick a design on wheels that you can move around the garden. 

    Know your fuels

    Pizza is traditionally cooked in a wood-fired oven for that signature smoky flavour. However, some pizza ovens have gas burners that will get your oven cavity up to temperature much quicker. Charcoal and pellet burners are other options.

    The temperature of your oven will peak somewhere between 400 and 500 degrees C, and the better your oven maintains its temperature, the more pizzas you can produce from one ‘firing’.

    Best-pizza-oven-Sandtex

    Image credit: Sandtex

    Note the cooking times

    A small oven will take anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes to heat up (around 10 if you’re using gas, and closer to 20 if you’re opting for pellets or charcoal. Larger ovens can take anything up to an hour. You’re typical pizza will take around six minutes to cook, though remember to turn it for an even bake.

    The smallest gas-powered ovens, however, can do the job in as little as 60 seconds. Every oven is different, but it won’t take long to ‘learn’ its optimal cooking time.

    Treasure those little extras

    A temperature gauge is handy, as you’ll always know when you’re ready to cook. A few ovens come with a pizza paddle designed to fit the cavity perfectly, though this is the exception rather than the rule.

    Look out for models with griddles, as then you’ll be able to use your oven as a barbecue and not have to own two separate outdoor cookers.

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    Image credit: Joanna Henderson

    Get an authentic base

    ‘For a 10-inch pizza with an authentic thin base, roll out a piece of dough just larger than a golf ball, certainly no bigger,’ says Digital Editor (and pizza aficionado) Amy Cutmore. ‘Also, don’t go too crazy with your toppings – overloading can cause your pizza not to cook properly.’

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