Best pizza ovens 2021: outdoor pizza ovens for a slice of summer

The best pizza ovens are here to make sure you have a summer like no other. Read our top 10 picks, with reviews of Ooni, Sage, Delivita and more
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  • The best pizza oven will get plenty of use in summer 2021. We have got some great weather to look forward to in the next few weeks, and nothing says summer like a pizza party. In our guide we’ve features some of the best pizza ovens that we’ve been fortunate to try hands-on, as well as top picks from Amazon and Robert Dyas that you can buy right now for speedy delivery and great deals.

    Most people want a wood-fired pizza oven, because it’s the most authentic way of making that classic Neapolitan-style pizza, complete with leopard-print crusts. Wood-fired ovens are easy to maintain, because you just continually feed in wood to maintain an even temperature as you cook your pizzas.

    For more outdoor cooking options check out the best BBQs

    There are also some brilliant multi-fuel pizza ovens available, with the option of pellets, charcoal, and even gas attachments to allow you to control the temperature completely. We’ve reviewed many of the top outdoor pizza ovens from Ooni and Delivita, and you can also check out a review of Sage’s smart indoor pizza oven for year-round use.

    While they’re not so good for cooking multiple dishes at once, the best pizza ovens are perfect for hosting garden parties and adding some flair to an alfresco event. Many can also fold away after use, and because most are designed to go on tabletops, you can store them very easily when the summer is over. Or, just keep cooking delicious pizza right through the winter! They’re also perfect for taking on camping trips, and if you choose to cook with charcoal you will be able to slow-cook meat and chargrill veggies as well as making some delicious Pizza Margherita.

    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. Right now our top pick, the Ooni Fyra Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven, is available at John Lewis thanks to a recent restock. Our premium pick, the DeliVita Outdoor Pizza Oven, can be found right now at Cuckooland in a range of colours and sizes. As for Ooni pizza ovens, if you struggle to get your hands on one right, we’ve found some brilliant alternatives from Woody and WPPO Le Peppe.  We’ll keep you posted as the restocks roll out, so you can grab the best pizza oven ahead of the summer.

    Best pizza ovens 2021


    1. Ooni Fyra Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven

    Best pizza oven overall

    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

    2. Monster Shop Pizza Oven Outdoor Grill

    Best freestanding pizza oven

    Monster Shop Pizza Oven Outdoor Grill

    Fuel: Charcoal
    Colour:
    Black
    Pizza size:
    12-inch

    The Monster Shop Pizza Oven Outdoor Grill is a fully freestanding pizza oven with an in-built smoker. With storage space for fuel and toppings built right in, this pizza oven comes on two wheels and while it can make delicious 12-inch pizzas, you can also use it for slow cooking and smoking meats and veggies.

    The price is amazing for the cooking capacity and visual appeal. It has an in-built thermometer and the powder-coated black exterior is striking and easy to wipe down.

    3. WPPO Le Peppe Multi-Fuel Deluxe Stainless Steel Outdoor Pizza Oven

    Best pizza oven for multi-cooking

    WPPO Le Peppe Multi-Fuel Deluxe Stainless Steel Outdoor Pizza Oven

    Fuel: Wood, charcoal, wood pellets
    Colour:
    Black, red
    Pizza size:
    12-inch

    Available in a striking hot red or a classic matte black finish, the Le Peppe Wood-Fired pizza oven does a lot more than just cook delicious pizzas. You can also use charcoal and wood pellets in this oven, making it suitable for grilling and slower cooking.

    There’s also a built-in thermometer at the top of the oven which is a valuable feature for telling when your oven is ready without the use of an external thermometer or gauge. The legs fold out for transportation, and the chimney has a lid that prevents any rain from entering.

    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 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

    See our full Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo review

    5. Flamemaster Kettle 18-inch BBQ

    Best combo BBQ pizza oven

    Flamemaster Kettle 18-inch BBQ

    Combine your BBQ with a pizza oven extension, and save money while you do it. The Flamemaster Kettle 18-inch BBQ is a smart and versatile BBQ with a pizza oven extension. This features a pizza stone and a lid extension that acts to insulate the top of the BBQ.  You can even turn your pizza using a peel, just like the pros.

    When you’re done with the extension you can simply lift it away using the handles, and resume with barbecuing other side dishes. A reasonably priced multitasker.

    6. 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.

    7. La Hacienda BBQ Pizza Oven

    Best pizza oven for BBQs 

    best pizza oven La Hacienda BBQ Pizza Oven

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

    The double-insulated La Hacienda BBQ 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 35 x 15 cm, and it weighs nearly 8kg, 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.

    8. Ooni Koda

    Best gas pizza oven

    best pizza oven Ooni Koda

    Fuel: Gas
    Colour:
    Stainless steel
    Pizza size:
    12-inch, 16-inch

    You can buy the Ooni Koda in either a 12-inch or 16-inch size, so there’s an option for those with more space and one for a more portable option. The legs fold away for easy storage and there’s a dial to control the temperature. It really couldn’t be easier. Another thing we like is that the gas burner comes included. You’ll have to pay extra for this if you buy the Ooni Fyra, whereas the Koda is ready to go right out of the box.

    As with the rest of the Ooni range you can cook your pizza in only 60 seconds, and it heats up fast to reach as much as 500 degrees in only 15 minutes.

    9. Ooni Karu

    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

    10. 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

    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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