Best pizza ovens 2021 – for your garden or outdoor space

Turn your back yard into a little slice of Italy with the best pizza oven 2021
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  • The pizza oven has become the cool way to cook al fresco. Usually powered by wood or gas, it’ll turn out a crispy margherita in a minute or two, but you’ll also be able to use it to slow-roast meat or bake artisan breads. Plus, it’ll look totally amazing on your patio. You can buy beautiful outdoor pizza ovens from premium brands such as DeliVita, or opt for something just as stylish but a little more affordable with one of Ooni’s many options. Even if you go for a portable pizza oven that can be placed on the barbecue, you’re sure to impress with a bespoke device for achieving that perfectly crispy pizza base.

    We’ve rounded up the best options on the market, whether you’re serious about cooking or just want a heavenly Hawaiian served up quicker than a Dominos delivery.

    For more outdoor cooking options check out the best BBQs

    Where can I buy the best pizza oven?

    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 Pro and the Ooni Karu for making 16 or 12 inch pizzas in your garden.

    Best pizza ovens 2021


    1. Ooni Karu Outdoor Pizza Oven

    Best budget pizza oven

    Ooni Karu

    Image credit: Ooni

    Fuel: Gas or wood pellet
    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.

    Buy now: Ooni Karu Pizza Oven at Selfridges

    2. 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.

    Buy now: Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo at AO

    3. 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.

    Buy now: Oxford Barbecues Gourmet Pizza Oven at Amazon

    4. 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.

    Buy now: Dellonda Portable Wood-Fired Pizza Oven at Amazon

    5. 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.

    Buy now: Ooni Pro Large Multi Fuel Outdoor Pizza Oven at Cuckooland.com

    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.

    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. That said, it’s under 30kg, so you may wish to take it on the go!

    Buy now: DeliVita Outdoor Pizza Oven at Cuckooland.com

    7. Gardeco Pizzaro

    Best traditional pizza oven

    Best-pizza-oven-Gardeco-Pizzaro

    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.

    Buy now: Gardeco Pizzaro at Amazon

    8. 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

    9. 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.

    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’.

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    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

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    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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