Ooni Pizza Ovens: Can they cook the perfect pizza?
Best Overall: Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Pizza Oven
• Ready to use in seconds. You simply have to flip the foldable legs of the oven, insert the pizza stone, and connect to a gas tank.
• Use and move with ease. The Koda is also lightweight and small. It weighs 9.25 kgs (20.4lb) and its measures are 62 x 40 x 18cm (24.4 x 15.7 x 7.1”), which makes it easy to move around. This model does not have a chimney, so it’s the smallest of Ooni ovens.
• Large stone. With its cordierite stone of 13 ¼ inches wide, you can cook pizzas up to 12’’ wide.
Ooni is a Scottish company that launched the world’s first portable wood-pellet fired pizza oven in 2012 and since, it has been producing best outdoor pizza ovens to cook the best Neapolitan style pizzas.
Ooni is a reliable brand for outdoor ovens. From wood-fired flavor to gas-powered consistency; whether you want to make 12’’ or 16’’ pizzas, the range of portable ovens this brand offers is wide and you will be able to make restaurant-quality pizzas in all of them, in a matter of 60 seconds.
All of their products have a 3-year warranty if you order directly from their website, which gives customers a lot of confidence.
Ooni Koda is a small gas-powered pizza oven. It is the lightest of the Ooni models (9.25 kgs or 20.4 lbs), which makes it perfect for carrying around and taking to trips – I mean, packing another 9 kgs is barely anything. Unlike other small models such as the Fyra or the Karu, this one does not have a door; therefore, it makes it easier to see the pizza inside. Also; unlike the Fyra, it does not have a chimney, so it is the Ooni with the most minimalistic design.
So if you are looking for a small oven to move around and you are more into gas-fueled ovens (some users find gas more consistent to cook), this is a great option.
Ooni Fyra is Ooni’s less expensive model and it is wood-fired. It is also great for traveling because, after the Koda, it is the second lightest pizza oven, weighing only 10kgs (22lb). The Fyra uses a lot less fuel than most portable pizza ovens out there, so it’s a great option for energy-efficient people.
So if you are looking for a small oven that gives your pizza that wood-fired taste; and want the most budget-friendly option, this is the oven you.
Ooni Karu is a small multi-fueled pizza oven, a little bit heavier than the Koda or the Fyra – it weighs 26 lbs (12 kgs); however, it is still lightweight enough to move it in your backyard or for taking it on trips. Unlike the Fyra, this one has a patented Flamekeeper technology that allows the oven to retain heat, even when the door is not closed. With the Fyra, the door must be closed when cooking the pizza.
You will see that the Karu costs the same as the Koda; however, keep in mind that even though you can use both wood and gas as fuel with it, you have to buy the gas attachment separately, so at the end, the price goes higher in this one.
Still, if you rather have a small multi-fueled pizza oven to travel with, this is the best option for you.
The Ooni Koda 16 is a bigger and heavier oven but still a portable one – it weighs 40 lbs (18 kgs). It runs on propane gas; however, Ooni will soon release the Natural Gas burner kit, which will also be compatible with the Koda 16. This model cooks larger pizzas than the models above; with a cooking surface of 16’’, you can fit 16’’ pizzas and many other dishes as well.
Therefore, if what you are looking for is a gas-fueled pizza oven with a large space inside, we recommend this option. However, if you prefer a large pizza oven but you want a multi-fuel option, we suggest the Ooni Pro.
The Ooni Pro is a multi-fueled pizza oven with a larger cooking surface than the Koda 16. This one is 17.7’’, so you can not only fit large pizzas easily but also a cast-iron skillet or even a full turkey.
It is heavier than the Koda 16 (48.5 lbs against 40.1 lbs) and it is also more expensive. So we suggest the Koda 16 if you are okay with having only a gas-fueled oven; nevertheless, if you want a more spacious oven with the possibility of choosing among many fuel sources, and you can afford it, the Pro would be a better option.
Ooni Pizza Oven Reviews:
1. Best Portable Pizza Oven: Ooni Fyra Wood-Fired Pizza Oven
Ooni Fyra is an amazing wood-fired oven to cook Neapolitan-style pizzas in little time. It provides optimal heat retention and consumes less energy. It is also very practical to transport to places because you can detach its parts to make it smaller, and it is as lightweight as possible. Little negative feedback about it has been given but what some users have pointed out is that the oven emits intense temperatures and you cannot leave the pizza unattended not even for 10 seconds (although you should keep this in mind with all Ooni ovens). Also, according to a few buyers, the quality of the finish could be better.
- 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. High temperature creates a perfectly cooked crust and as we have mentioned above, the oven reaches high temperatures in little time and retains them.
- Ultra-portable. 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.
- Easy to use. It comes with a manual guide with all the tips you may need to use it properly, along with many recipes.
- Cool-to-touch handle. The door of the oven helps to retain the heat inside and the handle has been reinforced with glass so it doesn’t get hot – say goodbye to the oven mitt.
- Large surface. The Fyra has a 13.7 inches wide cordierite stone, which allows you to fit a 12-inch pizza in it. Many buyers have remarked that they have been able to fit even a 13-inch pizza inside.
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- It’s too powerful. This might feel a little contradictory, but some users have stated that the oven emits such amount of heat, that you need to be careful when cooking the pizza – forget about it for a few extra seconds and it can end up burnt.
- Accessories are extra. A few users have remarked that a pizza peel should come free with the oven, due to its price. However, none of the Ooni ovens come with a pizza peel included.
- 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
2. Ooni Karu Wood and Charcoal-Fired Pizza Oven
Ooni Karu is a very well built portable oven with a door that provides insulation. Its optimal heat retention is perfect to deliver the best pizza, just as the one you get from Italian restaurants. A few reviews stated that you need some time to learn how to use it; however, we can fully recommend it due to its cooking results, durability, and versatility of fuel sources.
- Many fuel options. This model can be fuelled by real wood or charcoal; and it is also gas compatible – you can separately purchase the Ooni Gas Burner attachment.
- Pizza in a minute. The oven delivers a powerful blast of searing flame to cook your pizza in 60 seconds or less.
- Portability. It weighs 26.5lb (12 kgs); therefore, it is really simple to take it with you to any outdoor space.
- Durable pizza stone. The baking board is made of cordierite, which is a long-lasting material plus excellent to spread the heat evenly.
- Insulated door. Many customers indicated that they prefer an oven with a door because they feel this helps to keep the temperature hot inside the oven. Some Ooni models, such as the Koda, don’t have a door. The door of the Ooni Karu along with its cool-to-touch glass-reinforced nylon handles has had much positive feedback.
- Optimal heat retention. It has its own patented flamekeeper, which retains heat for a long time. So you will be able to still cook even if the fire is out.
- Resists corrosion. The Ooni Karu is made out of stainless steel with a 430-grade metal; hence, the corrosion caused by the sun or rain is reduced.
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- It can be tricky to learn how to use it. Although there is little negative feedback in regards to the oven, some buyers stated that the oven is a bit of a learning curve but, well worth it.
- The gas burner is sold separately. According to some customers, the gas burner should be included in the purchase of the oven, since it is a pricey oven.
Our Score: 4.8 out of 5
3. Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Pizza Oven
Ooni Koda is an amazing option if you want a gas-powered outdoor pizza oven. It heats to 932F and cooks pizza in 60 seconds (or less). There is no assembly needed and it fits in any outdoor space. Even though it lacks a door, the heat is kept inside the oven thanks to the flamekeeper technology. The one negative point we found to be stated by a few people was regarding the baking stone, which they believe should be thicker; however, the majority of buyers are satisfied with the pizza stone of the Koda.
- Ready to use in seconds. You simply have to flip the foldable legs of the oven, insert the pizza stone, and connect to a gas tank.
- Use and move with ease. The Koda is also lightweight and small. It weighs 9.25 kgs (20.4lb) and its measures are 62 x 40 x 18cm (24.4 x 15.7 x 7.1”), which makes it easy to move around. This model does not have a chimney, so it’s the smallest of Ooni ovens.
- Large stone. 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.
- Adjustable heat control dial. Its usage is very simple since you can use the heat control dial to cook pizza in less than a minute. Also, users have stated that they tried roasted fish, vegetables, and steaks; all with great results.
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- The stone is not the thickest. A few reviews remarked that the stone could be thicker. For example; the Koda 16 has a 15mm baking board, while this model board is 10mm.
- It is not compatible with natural gas. Unlike the Koda 16, this model only runs on propane gas. It is compatible with large propane tanks as well as 1-pound tanks with the help of a separate gas adapter.
Our Score: 4.8 out of 5
4. Ooni Koda 16 Gas-Powered Pizza Oven
This model is a larger version of the original Ooni Koda and it also includes innovative features, such as the L-shape burner for even cooking and better heat retention. You can fit in 16’’ pizzas and the design is beautiful. However, it is important to mention that it is a pricey one. Still, users believe it is worth it and we recommend it if you are looking for a larger oven.
- 16-inch pizzas. As its name indicates, the Ooni Koda 16 has a cooking surface of 16-inches to fit large 16’’ pizzas, which makes it perfect for a pizza party.
- Stylish design. Buyers have remarked its sleek silver finish along with hints of black on the pizza oven, which gives it an elegant and fancy appearance.
- Heat retaining capability. Ooni Koda 16 has a fiber-insulated interior that makes it retain heat inside the oven in a greater way – It has been insulated around the shell with 20 mm of ceramic.
- Move it easily. The oven weighs 40.1lb (18.2 kg) and while it is a more spacious model, you could expect it to be heavier, but it is not. It is still a portable oven and you can move it around with little effort.
- Compatible with propane and natural gas. It is compatible with both propane and natural gas, using the Ooni natural gas conversion kit. However, for the natural gas conversion kit, you will have to wait for a little because it is not for sale yet, but it will be very soon. Nevertheless, it will be sold separately, so it doesn’t have to affect the purchase of your Koda 16 at the present being.
- 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. It consists of an L-shape burner that cooks pizzas in also 60 seconds, without the need to turn them around every now and then; if there was only a single, rear burner, the pizza would not cook evenly in this large model.
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- It is pricey. Koda 16 includes new features that make it more expensive than the models described above – it is not affordable for everybody.
Our Score: 4.9 out of 5
5. Ooni Pro Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven
Ooni Pro is the largest Ooni model. It is perfect for big families or people that make frequent gatherings outdoors. The oven cooks 16’’ pizzas and it runs with many types of fuel. On the downside, it has a bit of a learning curve and some users have mentioned that it doesn’t retain heat as well as other models.
- Versatile. You can use the spacious cooking surface to accommodate many types of food, besides pizza. Users have also cooked roast meats, bread, roasted vegetables, and casseroles; all positive feedback.
- Four types of fuel. You can cook your pizzas with wood and/or charcoal, and convert to pellets or gas using the Pellet Burner for Ooni Pro or Gas Burner for Ooni Pro.
- High heats. The insulated steel body and stone baking board mean optimum heat retention. It is ready to cook in 20 minutes.
- Portable. Ooni Pro weighs 48.5lb (22kg) and it is 13 x 19.29 x 31.1’’ (740 x 490 x 790 mm) in size; these measures make it transportable to places beyond your backyard, with ease.
- Pizza size. With a cooking surface of 17.7 x 17.7″, you can easily fit your 16’’ pizzas.
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- It can lose some heat. Some negative reviews remark that the design of this oven makes it difficult to reach and maintain top temperatures.
- The gas attachment is not included. A few users pointed out that given the price of the product, it should come with the gas attachment for free.
- It has a learning curve. This is the model that most buyers found difficult to learn how to use.
Our Score: 4.7 out of 5