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Portable Outdoor Pizza Ovens

A portable pizza oven that heats up to 700-plus degrees and turns your backyard into a pizzeria? It’s a pizza lover’s dream come true— but only if you buy the right model.

By Updated Jan. 8, 2021
UpdateJanuary 2021
Ooni, the manufacturer of our two favorite outdoor pizza ovens, recently released two new models. We tested both and highly recommend them. For detailed information on all four models from Ooni and the other pizza ovens we tested, see the model comparison chart at the bottom of the page.

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What You Need To Know

You can make great pizza in a home oven. But because the temperatures of most top out at 500 degrees, you can’t get truly professional-quality results. For that, you need a temperature of 700 degrees or more. One option is installing a dedicated pizza oven in your kitchen or backyard, but that’s both expensive and permanent. Enter portable pizza ovens, of which there are two types. Indoor pizza ovens are midsize electric appliances that sit on the kitchen counter and generally resemble a toaster oven or oversized waffle iron. In previous tests, we learned that good performance will cost you: The best model we found, the Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo, runs about $1,000. All the other models we tested performed no better than a home oven (and often much worse). Outdoor portable pizza ovens, which we hadn’t tested before, can be used in your backyard, at a tailgate, or at a campground. Instead of being powered by electricity, they’re fueled by propane gas and/or wood or charcoal. Cooking pizza outdoors presents its own set of challenges, but these ovens are an intriguing option for anyone who loves pizza or throwing parties.

To see if portable outdoor pizza ovens could allow us to make truly professional-quality pizza at home, we purchased six models, priced from about $260 to around $700, including models from the big-name pizza oven companies Roccbox and Ooni (formerly Uuni). All could be powered by propane. Three were multifuel models that also could be heated with wood fires, and two of those models could also be heated with charcoal. We baked dozens of thin-crust and Neapolitan-style pies, first using propane to heat all the models and then using wood and/or charcoal to heat the multifuel models. Our goal: a pizza oven that quickly and reliably got scorching hot, baked excellent pizzas in a variety of styles, and was simple and convenient to operate. 

Putting the Ovens Together

Before we started cooking, we had to assemble the ovens. Most were quick and easy to put together. One propane-only model came fully assembled, so all we had to do was unfold its legs and slide in its baking stone. The other two models that run on only propane required a bit more work, including installing their gas burners and placing the baking stones above them. The multifuel models also required some assembly, such as attaching a chimney or doors and securing their gas burners to the back of the ovens with screws. Some of those assembly instructions were a little unclear, but the models still weren’t difficult to put together. At most, they required just an Allen wrench or screwdriver and no more than 30 minutes of our time. 

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Good : 3 stars out of 3.Fair : 2 stars out of 3.Poor : 1 stars out of 3.

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Kate Shannon

Kate is a deputy editor for ATK Reviews. She's a culinary school graduate and former line cook and cheesemonger.