Outdoor pizza ovens are a must-have if you love hosting alfresco dinner parties and enjoy quality pizzas all year long. Alfresco dining and outdoor grills are not the same without some good food and good friends - and what meal is more of a crowd-pleaser than pizza?
Whether you have a big garden or a small one with a BBQ, making a restaurant-style pizza from the comfort of your own home is a simple pleasure, there is an outdoor pizza oven for everyone. Of course, you can make pizzas in your oven, but is there anything really as satisfying as a signature smoky handmade pizza fresh from the wood-fired oven?
Black Friday deals on outdoor pizza ovens
We interrupt the regularly scheduled content to let you know that although Black Friday is over, there's still time to grab some last chance Black Friday deals on outdoor pizza ovens. These are the retailers that still have deals available or keep scrolling to continue reading our buyer’s guide.
30% off: Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven, WAS £299, NOW £209.30
20% off: Ooni Koda 12 Gas Powered Pizza Oven, WAS £349, NOW £279.20
Save £154: Gozney Dome, WAS £1,953, NOW £1,799
Save 74%: Stainless Steel Pizza Oven with Built-in Temperature Gauge WAS £236, NOW £50.15
20% off: Gozney Roccbox WAS £399, NOW £319.20
If this sounds like something you would love, we have made a list of the best outdoor pizza ovens, from fully-fledged dome outdoor ovens to portable pizza ovens to ones you can cook on your hybrid BBQ. Some pizza ovens have gas burners, and others are fueled by charcoal or wood pellets. The temperature of most ovens can reach 400 and 500 degrees, and the better your oven keeps its temperature, the more pizzas you can make in one session.
Best outdoor pizza ovens at a glance
• Best overall (Editor's choice): Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven- View on Ooni
• Best high-end portable outdoor pizza oven: DeliVita Pizza Lover's Collection Wood-Fired Portable Outdoor Oven - View on John Lewis
• Best outdoor gas pizza oven: Ooni Koda 12 Gas Powered Pizza Oven - View on Ooni
Best outdoor pizza ovens
Best overall (Editor's choice)
Ooni is a big hit with pizza lovers and kickstarted the trend of making pizzas in your garden. The
- Quick to cook
- Good insulation
- Wood burning only
Best outdoor pizza oven for fuel options
With folding legs and a handy carry case, the Gozney Roccbox is built for adventure. This outdoor
- The silicone jacket is excellent for protection
- Easy to transport
- Has two-fuel options.
- Can be tricky to use when cooking with wood
Best high-end portable outdoor pizza oven
This lovely outdoor oven is perfect for pizza lovers looking for a stylish appliance. The DeliVita
- Looks professional
- Available in different colours
Best outdoor gas pizza oven
Cooking outdoors with gas has never been so simple with the Ooni Koda. Featuring instant gas
- Good gas controls
- It may not taste as authentic
5. Gozney Dome
Best professional-grade outdoor pizza oven
Get your hands on the world's most in-demand oven. This award-winning oven has been engineered to
- Excellent for avid home cooks
- Large size
Best budget pizza oven to use on BBQs
Cater to the masses with this budget pizza oven from La Hacienda, which sits directly on top of
- It can be used on BBQs
- Handles are not heatproof, so it can be tricky to move
Best affordable outdoor pizza oven and charcoal BBQ
Love to show off your outdoor cooking skills? Then this valuable piece of kit is a reliable
- Affordable BBQ
- Pizza oven
- Reviews say it can be hard to assemble
The best outdoor pizza oven and BBQ
The Big Green Egg BBQ range comprises versatile ceramic grills that are guaranteed to be
- Works in all weathers
- Good investment for outdoor cooking fanatics
- Heavy to move
What types of outdoor pizza ovens are there?
Portable pizza ovens
If you have a small garden or make pizzas on occasion, these lightweight gadgets can often reach impressive high temperatures and feature foldable legs, meaning you can easily store them indoors.
Freestanding pizza ovens
If you absolutely love pizzas and want to enjoy restaurant-style pizzas from the comfort of your home, then you will get your money's worth out of a freestanding oven. These large ovens don't have to be built in, meaning it's usually a cheaper option and can also be moved around easily, so you to cook more than one pizza at a time. They often come with protective covers, too, so you can leave them out all summer long, no matter the weather.
Hybrid pizza ovens
Hybrid pizza ovens double up as an electric or gas BBQ, so you'll basically be getting two for the price of one - perfect if you love to cook outdoors and don't have loads of space. If you think you will BBQ and make pizzas equally, then this is a good choice, but keep in mind that appliances specifically designed for making pizzas alone produce the best cooking results.
So, without further ado, let's take a look at the best outdoor pizza ovens. From Ooni, Salter or Gozney, there's a deal waiting out there for you - so you can make restaurant-quality pizzas come rain or shine.
Outdoor pizza oven FAQs
Is it worth buying an outdoor pizza oven?
Of course, this comes down to preference, but outdoor ovens can cook pizza in just over a minute. At the end of the day, pizza ovens are not necessarily better at making pizza, but they are better at making thin-crust-style pizza.
Which is better, wood or gas pizza oven?
Although a gas-fired outdoor oven is faster and more practical than the wood-fired one, it doesn't have the same rustic charm (or flavour) as burning wood. A gas burner is more versatile and easier to power up, but if you are looking for authentic thin-crust stone-baked pizzas, then an oven with a wood-burning setting would be the best option.
Why does wood-fired pizza taste so good?
Wood-fired outdoor ovens cook pizzas quickly, and due to the hot environment, the moisture from the sauce, cheese and toppings burns off fast, preventing the crust from becoming soggy.
How long do pizzas take to cook in an outdoor oven?
A small oven can take anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes to heat up. Using a gas-fuelled oven can take around 10 minutes, whereas it is closer to 20 minutes if you use wood pellets or charcoal. Larger ovens can sometimes take up to an hour. The smallest gas-powered ovens are the quickest and, once heated, can cook a pizza in as little as 60 seconds. Every oven is different, but you'll understand the optimal cooking time with time.
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Ellen Kinsey is a senior health and wellness product writer for Modern Gardens specialising in sustainable living and healthy cooking. She lives and breathes all things food, travel and wellness.