10 great outdoor pizza ovens for your backyard

BEST OVERALL

We selected Ooni Karu as the best oven overall because it is small and lightweight; it is multifueled, and it has a patented heating system that allows you to cook a restaurant-grade Neapolitan pizza. On the downside, it has a bit of a learning curve; however, after you get adjusted to the oven, you’ll be baking pizza after pizza without an issue.

  • Multifueled – you can use wood, charcoal, and gas as a fuel source.
  • 1-minute pizza – your pizza will be ready in less than 60 seconds.
  • Portable – It only weighs 26,5lb (12kgs)
  • Optimal heat retention – It has its own patented flamekeeper for better heat retention.
  • The gas burner is sold separatelyAccording to most users, this is the main downside of the product.

So you want to bring the taste of Italy to your garden but don’t know what outdoor pizza oven is best for you? Look no further to find out.

Best outdoor pizza ovens

1. Ooni Karu

BEST OUTDOOR PIZZA OVEN

We selected Ooni Karu as the best oven overall because it is small and lightweight; it is multifueled, and it has a patented heating system that allows you to cook a restaurant-grade Neapolitan pizza. On the downside, it has a bit of a learning curve; however, after you get adjusted to the oven, you’ll be baking pizza after pizza without an issue.

  • Multifueled – you can use wood, charcoal, and gas as a fuel source.
  • 1-minute pizza – your pizza will be ready in less than 60 seconds.
  • Portable – It only weighs 26,5lb (12kgs)
  • Optimal heat retention – It has its own patented flamekeeper for better heat retention.
  • The gas burner is sold separatelyAccording to most users, this is the main downside of the product.

Things We Love

  • Many fuel options – With the Ooni Karu, you can choose among many fuel sources, such as real wood, charcoal, and gas, although you need to buy the gas burner attachment separately
  • Pizza in a minute – The oven delivers a powerful blast of searing flame to cook your pizza in only 60 seconds.
  • Portability – The oven is small and lightweight; with its 26.5lb (12 kgs), you can easily take it with you to any outdoor space.
  • Durable pizza stone – Cordierite is a long-lasting material plus excellent to spread the heat evenly.
  • Insulated door – The door of the Ooni Karu, along with its cool-to-touch glass-reinforced nylon handles, has had much positive feedback; customers have remarked that it helps to keep the heat inside the oven.
  • Optimal heat retention – It has a patented flamekeeper that retains heat for a long time.
  • Durability – It has been made with 430-grade stainless steel; hence, the oven has a long life, and it has a minimum risk of corrosion.

What’s Not to Like

  • Learning curve – The Ooni Karu is our best overall because it barely has a negative review; nevertheless, a few users stated that they needed some time to adjust to the product.
  • The gas burner is sold separately – According to some customers, the gas burner should be included in the purchase of the oven.

Our score: 4.8 out of 5

2. Ooni Koda 16

BEST OUTDOOR PIZZA OVEN FOR HOME

The Koda 16 is our pick for the best outdoor oven for home due to its large inside space, which makes it perfect for family dinners and gatherings. This model fits 16’’ pizzas easily, and it has a very stylish design that will improve the looks of your backyard. Some users have described it as expensive, but to be worth the investment.

Things We Love

  • Larger pizzas – The Ooni Koda 16 has a cooking surface of 16-inches to fit large 16’’ pizzas, which makes it perfect for your home.
  • Beautiful design – Buyers love its sleek silver finish along with hints of black on the pizza oven, stating that it looks elegant and fancy.
  • Heat retaining capability – It has a fiber-insulated interior that makes it retain heat efficiently.
  • Portable – Even though it is a more spacious model than most Ooni pizza ovens, you can still move it around with little effort – it weighs 40.1lb (18.2 kg). 
  • Compatible with propane and natural gas – With the gas conversion kit, you can fuel it with propane. Keep in mind that even though it also runs with natural gas, the natural gas conversion kit is not for sale yet, but it will be very soon.
  • L-shape flames – Customers are pleased with the L-shape flame emission technology because it makes sure that such a big oven heats up evenly and quickly.

 What’s Not to Like

  • It is pricey – Koda 16 includes new features that make it more expensive; so, although it is not affordable for everybody, all buyers have remarked that it is worth its price.

 Our score: 4.8 out of 5

3. Ooni Fyra

BEST OUTDOOR WOOD-FIRED PIZZA

Ooni Fyra is our pick for the best wood-fired oven because of its positive feedback regarding the cooking results – your pizza will have that delicious smoky flavor. The oven also provides optimal heat retention and consumes less energy, and it is easy to move around. Little negative feedback about it has been given, but according to a few buyers, the quality of the finish could be better.

What We Love

  • Minimal energy waste – The Fyra can go up to 932F in a matter of 15 minutes or less, using only wood pellets as fuel. At those intense temperatures, you will cook your pizza in just 60 seconds or less; this fast-cooking capability results in less usage of energy.
  • Cooking results – The oven reaches high temperatures in little time; therefore, the crust comes out crispy and the toppings perfectly melted; also, being a wood-fired oven, it gives the pizza an amazing smoky wood flavor.
  • Easy to move around – The whole oven only weighs 22 pounds, and even though it has a chimney and a pellet hopper, these are both detachable to become smaller. The legs are also foldable, so you will not have a problem storing it or taking it anywhere.
  • Reinforced handle – The handle has been reinforced with glass to avoid getting hot to touch.
  • Inside space – Even though it’s a small oven, the Fyra has a 13.7 inches wide cordierite stone that fits up to 13-inch pizzas inside.

What’s Not to Like

  • The finish quality could be better – A couple of users stated that the build quality is a little off so you can see gaps in the metal sheets and some loose rivets.

Our score: 4.8 out of 5

4. Pizza Party Ardore

BEST OUTDOOR GAS PIZZA OVEN

Ardore is just the best outdoor gas out there; yes, it might be pricey, but the results are beyond excellent. The oven is made in Italy, so its authenticity is unique. It reaches the highest temperatures (up to 1000°F), and it is a mobile oven. We didn’t select it as best overall because it is difficult to get in the U.S. – shipping fees are expensive, and it takes a while to be delivered since it is shipped straight from Italy.

Things We Love

  • Saputo stone – The famous “Biscotto” is the only stone available that can cook a pizza at 850°F for up to 90 seconds without burning the bottom of the pizza, thanks to its alluvial clay. These stones are handmade by Italian artisans in Naples, the birthplace of the Neapolitan pizza. Keep in mind that the Biscotto does not come included in the purchase of the oven and that you would need to buy it separately.
  • Thickest stone – The Saputo stone is 3cm (1.2’’) thick; therefore, its capacity to retain heat is superior, which results in better cooking.
  • Large interior – The cooking surface of the Ardore is the largest (15.75’’ x 15.75’); therefore, users have stated that they can manage their pizzas in a better way. Also, the oven has a wide opening, so it allows you to access the peel easily.
  • Warranty – It has a 2-year warranty that covers material and components that manifest construction defects; the warranty does not have coverage for the Saputo stone.
  • Highest temperature – The oven can reach the 1022°F (550°C), so you can imagine how crunchy the crust and how melted the topping of your pizza will be.

What’s Not to Like

  • Shipping time and fees – Since the oven is shipped from Italy, it might take a while to be sent; also, the product has shipping fees that add up to make the oven cost even more.
  • Basic design – Some users have stated that the design is too basic and not stylish at all; however, if the looks of the oven is not a priority to you, this shouldn’t be an issue.
  • Pricey Other pizza ovens are less expensive; still, the Ardore has much positive feedback regarding the cooking results, so if you can afford it, it will be worth it.

Our score: 4.7 out of 5

5. Ooni Koda

BEST PORTABLE OUTDOOR PIZZA OVEN

The Ooni Koda does not need any assembly, and it is as lightweight as possible, so it’s definitely our go-to oven for the best portable. This model also has a flamekeeper technology that will retain the heat for a longer time and will bake the crispiest pizza. The only negative review is regarding the pizza stone, which some users think it could be thicker.

Things We Love

  • No assembly needed – Flip the foldable legs, insert the pizza stone, connect the oven to a gas tank, and you are ready to use it.
  • Ultra-portable – The Koda does not have a chimney, so it’s the smallest of all Ooni ovens. It only weighs 9.25 kgs (20.4lb), and its measures are 62 x 40 x 18cm (24.4 x 15.7 x 7.1”); therefore, moving it requires no effort at all.
  • 12’’ pizzas – With its cordierite stone of 13 ¼ inches wide, you can cook pizzas up to 12’’ wide.
  • Easy maintenance – There are many positive reviews about how cooking with gas leaves minimal smoke, and there is no fuss in keeping it clean.

What’s Not to Like

  • Not the thickest stone – Only a few users pointed out that the 10 mm stone is too thin.

Our score: 4.8 out of 5

6. Camp Chef Italian Artisan Oven

BEST BUDGET PIZZA OVEN

If you are looking for a budget-friendly option to bake good 12’’ pizzas in your backyard, we recommend the Italian Artisan oven. It replicates the performance of a wood-fired brick oven, from its double-walled construction and specially designed burners to its ventilation and cordierite ceramic pizza stone. There are commercial units that cook faster and work better, but for the price, this is an exceptional value, and your pizzas will be delicious.

Things We Love

  • Easy to clean – Buyers have indicated that the stainless steel construction makes it easy to clean.
  • Size – The oven dimensions are 22.25’’ x 4.25’’, and it weighs 47lb (21,3kgs), so even though there are lighter ovens, you can still move it to your backyard with little effort.
  • Pizza and more – The stone dimensions are 13.25’’ x 20’’, so it is perfect for baking 12’’ pizzas and bread. Users have also roasted meat and chicken in it, and fit a 10’’ skillet to cook other foods; although, the handle will extend out of the oven.
  • Preheating time – It reaches 750-800°F in 15 minutes; afterward, you can bake Neapolitan pizza in less than 2 minutes and New York-style pizza in 3-4 minutes.
  • Gas hose includedCamp Chef pizza oven runs on a 1lb disposable propane bottle regulator, and it comes with a 5ft. adapter hose included that easily connects to a standard-sized propane tank.

What’s Not to Like

  • Thin stone – Many users have remarked that the stone is very fragile and susceptible to cracking from changing temperatures so fast, and they recommend reading the startup instructions carefully.
  • Keep the door closed while cooking – Buyers recommend doing this to avoid the bottom from cooking faster than the edge of the crust at the top and achieving an even cooking. One of the users also recommended buying a second stone to put on top, to solve this issue. Another reason why you should keep the door closed while cooking is to avoid letting the heat out and this way, reducing the cooking time of the next pie.
  • The regulator needs some adjusting – There has been negative feedback about the propane regulator; some users have indicated that after little use, the flames are the same whether you have it high or low. If adjusting the regulator does not work, you may need to replace it.

Our score: 4.5 out of 5

7. Gozney Roccbox

This Gozney oven also made it into our list because of its optimal heat retention that allows you to bake pizza after pizza in little time. It has an amazing design, and it works with both wood and gas, although the gas burner apparently works much better.

Things We Love

  • Insulation – Its steel layers and insulating jacket makes it perfect for retaining heat. Buyers state that they bake many pizzas in little time without having to wait between pizzas to let the stone heat up again.
  • Cool-to-touch – The outer silicone jacket reduces the risk of getting burned that often comes with metal bodied ovens. Besides being a safe touch, this feature also helps to insulate the oven core.
  • Rapid assembly – It is as easy as unboxing, hooking it up to a standard Propane LPG patio gas bottle, and ready to use.
  • Includes a pizza peel and a guide book – You will receive a pizza peel along with your purchase; also, you will find a manual with all the instructions you may need to shorten the learning curve.
  • Inbuilt thermometer – Unlike some ovens, the Roccbox comes with a thermometer. Customers find this appealing since it is perfect to know when the oven has reached top temperatures.
  • Two-color options – You can select among green and grey; people’s favorite is the green model.

What’s Not to Like

  • The wood system is tricky – The majority of buyers pointed out that it’s difficult to reach high temperatures with wood only, and that you have to add many chunks of wood to get there. A good option is to preheat the oven with propane gas and finish the pizzas with wood.

Our score: 4.6 out of 5

8. Forno Venetzia Pronto 500 FVP500

The Pronto 500 is a compact wood-fired oven designed in Italy. It is perfect for freestanding situations and moving around your patio due to its two fixed wheels and two swivel wheels. Many people that organize pizza parties or gatherings outdoors choose this oven because it is large enough to fit two pizzas, which makes the cooking process faster. On the downside, you should know that it is pricey, and the assembling may be tricky, although buyers state that it’s worth it.

Things We Love

  • Cooking area – You can accommodate two pizzas in it, thanks to its 13’’ H x 24’’ W x 30.25’’ D.
  • Place it on a countertop island – You can remove the oven from the cart for more versatility.
  • Top temperatures – The pizza oven can reach 800°F; therefore, you can cook a pizza in only 2-3 minutes.
  • Ceramic insulation – The oven is constructed with two layers of ceramic insulation for better heat retaining.
  • Easy maintenance – Customers find it a breeze to clean the stainless steel.
  • Design – All buyers have remarked the beautiful look of the oven, stating that their backyards look stunning with it.

What’s Not to Like

  • Assembly is needed – Some users have mentioned that the oven is difficult to assemble but well worth it.
  • Preheating time – Some customers have remarked that they have to wait approximately 25 minutes for the oven to reach 800°F; however, the wait is worth it because of the excellent cooking results.
  • The accessories are not included – The pizza tools don’t come with the oven; only the stainless steel cart with fixed and swivel wheels.

Our score: 4.7 out of 5

9. Summerset Outdoor Gas Oven

The Summerset Outdoor Oven runs on gas, and it features heavy-duty 304 stainless steel constructions for better quality. It includes a 16,000 BTU main burner, three cooking racks, and a convenient storage drawer. We recommend this model if you don’t want to take up much outdoor space but still want an oven that delivers 16’’ crunchy and delicious pizzas.

Things We Love

  • Electronic ignition – The electronic ignition makes the starting easy every time.
  • Large interior – You will have enough room for baking 16’’ pizzas and many other foods, such as meats and desserts.
  • Versatility – You can opt for the built-in version or the freestanding. The two side tables on the freestanding version fold in as needed, and it includes a very nice cover that is easy to put on and take off.
  • Fast preheat – There is much positive feedback about how quickly the oven reaches top temperatures.
  • No assembly – It is as easy as lift it out of the box and put it onto a counter.
  • Easy monitoring of food – Buyers like the window with a temperature gauge for easy food checking.

What’s Not to Like

  • Wooden peel – A few users mentioned that they would have preferred if the oven came with a metal peel instead of a wooden one; also, it’s apparently too small, and it can stick to the fresh dough.

Our score: 4.7 out of 5

10. Chicago Brick Oven 750 Mobile Stand Pizza Oven

If you’re a professional or at-home chef who’s looking to invest in a wood-fired mobile outdoor oven, the CBO-750 might be perfect for you. It features a custom-built cart with heavy-duty casters for high portability, and it is practical for patios or decks. It is expensive, but if you throw parties often and want to impress your family and friends with delicious smoky-flavored pizzas, and want an oven that will last for a lifetime, we recommend this model.

Things We Love

  • Entertain large crowds – With its 38’’ x 28’’ cooking surface, you will be able to cook many pizzas for your guests.
  • FlameRoll™ technology – It creates a vacuum for concentrated heat up to 1,000ºF. The high-performance design allows you to include radiant heat, convection, and conduction in your outdoor cooking repertoire.
  • Attractive design – There has been much positive feedback regarding the stylish design of the oven; you can choose among three hood colors, being copper the customers’ favorite.
  • Well insulated – The oven has an insulating design that creates a heating envelope, which allows reaching high temperatures while remaining cool on the outside.
  • Versatile – You can fire up anything, including grilled meats, pizzas, roasted vegetables, bubbling cheeses, and many more.
  • Fully assembled – The oven is delivered in a tall box, on a pallet, and it comes with wood ramps to roll it off the pallet. Users indicated that two people might be enough to move it and unbox it if the delivery person doesn’t help.

What’s Not to Like

  • Learning curve – Some users mentioned that it takes a while to get the hang of how to use it; however, once you have adjusted to it, you won’t regret your purchase.
  • Cover not included – There is some negative feedback about the cover not being included, especially when the oven is an expensive product.

Our score: 4.8 out of 5