What’s the Best Pizza Oven?

This outdoor pizza oven is portable, inexpensive, and heats up to 900 degrees in 10 minutes! As homemade pizza experts, we think this one’s the best.

Pizza oven

On our honeymoon to Rome years ago, Alex and I fell in love with Italian artisan pizza. On the plane ride home, we vowed to become homemade pizza experts. And now ten years later, we’ve honed our craft. We’ve made more trips to Italy and interviewed artisan pizza experts to create our artisan pizza dough and sauce recipes, made and loved by people around the world. We’ve learned the ins and outs of pizza stones and pizza peels. But what about a pizza oven? Everyone knows true pizza experts need to invest thousands of dollars in an outdoor pizza oven, right? Wrong. We’ve found a pizza oven that’s high quality, inexpensive, and heats up lightening fast.

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Do I need an outdoor pizza oven?

First of all, do you even need an outdoor pizza oven? Well, yes and no. You can definitely make incredible artisan homemade pizza using your standard oven and a pizza stone. However: true artisan pizza is cooked at very high temperatures. Artisan wood fired pizza is cooked at around 900-1000 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes those beautiful black char marks on the crust. It perfectly melts the cheese and makes the crust crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. If you’re a true pizza connoisseur, you’ll probably want an outdoor pizza oven: not because it’s trendy, but because it makes really, really good pizza.

Uuni Pizza Oven | Ooni Pizza Oven

What’s the best pizza oven? The Uuni.

Now, Alex and I thought that we’d have to invest quite a bit of time and energy into making a pizza oven in our backyard. We were going to try to make one on the cheap with bricks, clay and one of those YouTube tutorials (a disaster waiting to happen). But, a few years ago our friend found a new pizza oven called the Uuni pizza oven. And our pizza game has never been the same. Now our family and friends literally beg us to have Uuni pizza nights (for real!). And several of our friends own Uuni ovens of their own after trying ours out.

The Uuni is an outdoor pizza oven that uses wood pellets as fuel. Here’s the crazy part: it heats up to the same temperature as a real wood fired oven. How hot is a pizza oven? 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. And the Uuni heats up to 900 degrees in just 10 to 15 minutes! This is huge because most wood fired ovens take hours to preheat.

The Uuni (also known as Ooni) is also a portable pizza oven, which is a huge plus. Why use a portable pizza oven? Well, for one you can put it away when you’re done, or bring it camping with you. More importantly, you don’t need to invest thousands of dollars in a permanent structure outside of your house. And the biggest plus: you don’t need to preheat the oven for hours and hours! Traditional brick and clay outdoor pizza ovens typically take a few hours to preheat, versus minutes with the Uuni. It’s truly a fantastic oven for the price, and we’ve never seen anything like it.

Uuni pizza oven review

Uuni pizza oven drawbacks

Of course we can’t have an Uuni pizza oven review without talking about down sides too! The technique for using this pizza oven does take a bit of time to master. Alex and I have had quite a few burned pizzas out of the Uuni! Alex has become very disciplined about the exact timing of cooking the pizza and how to turn it so it is evenly cooked. However, with a little dedication you can easily master cooking pizza in the Uuni. In a future post, we plan to share with you exactly how to cook a pizza in the Uuni, so you can learn from our mistakes!

Pizza oven for sale? Get the Uuni

Have we convinced you yet? This Uuni pizza oven for sale is the one we have at home:
Uuni 3 Pizza Oven $275

And here are the wood pellets that the Uuni uses for fuel: Smoking Pellets $37

If you have any questions about pizza ovens, please let us know in the comments below! We’ve been researching them for years and cooking with the Uuni pizza oven for two years. Let us know your thoughts!

Pesto pizza
Our Pesto Pizza recipe cooked in the Uuni pizza oven

Homemade pizza recipes

Now, once you’re outfitted with the right pizza oven, we’ve got you covered with homemade pizza recipes! Here are our resources for perfect homemade pizza:

  • Homemade Pizza for Beginners: Here are all our tips for the best homemade pizza in one place! As a note, you won’t have to get a pizza peel if you get the Uuni pizza oven: it comes with an aluminum pizza peel that can withstand the high temperatures.
  • Homemade Pizza Sauce: it takes just 5 minutes to whip up, and is so simple but the best pizza sauce you’ll taste.
  • Best Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe: our tried and true recipe people around the world have been making for years! It’s fluffy and chewy, and crispy on the bottom.
  • Food Processor Pizza Dough: if you’ve got a food processor, this one is a variation on the recipe above!

Pizza topping recipes

And here are a few of our favorite pizza toppings to get your wheels turning!

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    April 28, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Does the pizza oven come with everything you need besides the wood pellets? It looks like you have a ceramic pizza stone at the base of the oven? Does that come with the oven or did you purchase this on your own? Looking to purchase this for a gift and want to make sure they have everything they need!

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      April 28, 2020 at 9:09 pm

      Hi! Yes, it comes with everything but the pellets and firestarters to get the fire going. We also use a separate metal pizza peel, but one comes with the oven. Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Veronica Kibbee
    December 17, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Hi, could you share your timing/technique? I have a propane ooni but I can’t seem to get it right.

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      December 17, 2020 at 8:10 pm

      Hi! We use a laser thermometer to make sure the stone is in the 800F-900F range, then we place the pizza on the stone and cook 20-30 seconds until the back side is charred. Then rotate half a turn 15 seconds, then rotate 1-2 more times until all sides are cooked.

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