When people are considering buying a pizza oven, there are essentially two choices. You can buy an outdoor pizza oven, or an indoor one. The indoor pizza ovens are more often referred to as pizza makers. That is what I will refer to these as in this review article. Otherwise it can be very easy to get confused. Let' start with the outdoor variety.
Best Outdoor Pizza Ovens
If you love making pizza, have a family to feed, or just enjoy having people around, then having your own outdoor pizza oven is just something special. Getting a takeaway Pizza is of course much easier and convenient, but nothing tastes as good as a home made pizza.
There are a few different types available. In this article we will cover off as many as we can. We have ignored some of the really bad ones available in the market. There are however some great choices and many available to suit all types of budgets.
Stone Baked or Wood Fired
Personally I much prefer the wood fired ovens. I think they offer a far better taste, and are also more traditional. Yes they require a little bit more work. For me though, it is just worth doing that to get exactly what I want.
Garden Outdoor Wood Fired Pizza Oven Stone Baked BBQ Barbecue Inc Peel Rake
The pizza oven shown above is one of the more popular buys in the UK. It measures 63 x 63 x 50 cm and weighs around 25 Kg. This one can cater for a 12" Pizza. The oven itself is made from Clay, and is pretty easy to use.
It takes about 20 minutes for the oven to heat up, and then you are good to go.This model comes with a waterproof canvas cover and the metal stand. To heat the oven you burn small pieces of dry wood in the back of the oven and then add some larger pieces of wood on top, when it has kindled.
You will start to feel the heat through the walls of the oven, and you should heat the oven until the temperature is high enough to start baking. That temperature should be around 350ºC or 660ºF.
Use some form of tongs to enter the wood in the back of the oven and to turn the pizza 180º, so the same part is not sitting close to the fire.
To get you started along with the oven, stand and cover, you also get a metal rake, 2 bags of wood and a pizza peel. That is enough to get you started. You do have to make one pizza at a time as this is a small oven. It is also a good idea to start the initial burning with fire lighters as that makes it fast and easy.
Buyer Rating out of 5 Stars
Average Cost = £130
Wood Fired Pizza Oven - Nonno Lillo
This is the full blown outdoor pizza oven. It will however set you back close to £900. It is however something that would truly set off any garden, deck or patio with an air of distinction.
I don't think we will disagree that this pizza oven looks amazing. The price though will scare the pants off most people including me. It is made from stainless steel, with a volcanic lava stone floor and a hammered copper finish. It is, as you might suspect, made in the home of pizza, Italy.
The Forno Allegro Nonno Lillo weighs 35 Kg so not as heavy as you may think. Two people could position this wherever you have decided to locate your oven.You can get it either in Anthracite or a hammered copper finish.
The Nonno Lillo comes with a wood caddy and chimney flue kit included. In my opinion high quality stainless steel is the perfect choice for outdoor cooking in the UK. We all know what the weather is like.
The solid oven floor base is cut from natural volcanic lava rock straight from Mount Etna. It does not get more traditional that that.
Buyer Rating out of 5 Stars
Average Cost = £850
There are many other ovens that can be located outside. The two I have shown above are in my opinion, two of the best that are currently available. Now though, I want to show you those types of smaller ovens, that can be used inside, or taken outside and used on the day when we are lucky enough to have good weather.
Best Interior Pizza Oven Makers
Manufacturers refer to these are Pizza ovens. Technically they are just that, though most normal people would refer to these as Pizza makers. Whatever you prefer to call them, I have shown a few of my favourite choices below.
G3 Ferrari G10006 Delizia Pizza Oven
What's not to like about this first offering. It has the name, it has the look and most importantly it makes great tasting pizzas.
It is expensive enough though at around £100 depending on where you make your purchase, but if you like making pizza at home, then this one makes a great choice.
Buyers rate it highly with 4.6 out of 5 star ratings, and it sells in its thousands.
The ideal temperature to cook a pizza at is around a whopping 390 degrees Celsius. Not many ovens can get up to that temperature. This pizza oven can, and also uses a stone plate to give that great crispy base. This one also comes with a timer.
Global Gourmet Electric Tabletop Pizza Maker
This is another great option. If you like the family to get involved, then this one allows you to make mini pizzas.
Priced at an affordable £35-50, depending on where you buy it, this one allows you to make up to 4 mini pizzas. Kids love using it, and it is also great if your family likes to have different toppings.
Buyers rate it highly with 4.7 out of 5 star ratings, and as I have said, very popular with children of all ages.
It is easy to use as it runs off electric. Plug it in, let it heat up and bake directly on the plates inside the table oven.
Pizza Oven Thermometers
Most outdoor ovens do not come with a thermometer. Personally I think they should, but that is just not the case. It is worthwhile buying one so as you know the right temperature to start baking your pizza.
The right temperature should be 350ºC or 660ºF. With a thermometer you can be 100% sure instead of guessing. There are plenty of choices for these, so should not be too difficult to pick one up.
They are not a necessity of course, but they are very useful.