In days gone by, true pizza chef’s utilized wood or coal fire to heat cast-iron baking ovens for making traditional pizzas. Most commercial pizzerias still use a similar setup with ovens manufactured with steel components and either electrical or gas fired. Of course, having an oven like that isn't really practical although the best home pizza ovens can mimic those baking conditions in a variety of ways. Since there are both gas and electrically powered pizza makers available, you'll also have to decide which type is right for your lifestyle.
Any dedicated pizza oven will consume less energy than your regular kitchen oven. This is especially appealing if you throw pizza parties, have a large family to feed, or have simply have kids who enjoy a couple of pizzas per week. The more pizza baked, the greater the savings over using your kitchen oven to cook them in. Whether you’re preparing a frozen pizza, one you make from scratch, or a take-and-bake type, you’re likely to end up with a perfectly baked pizza with one of our following picks we’ve chosen.
Making pizza should be as hassle free as possible so we’ve ensured each of these pizza ovens will either have a non-stick surface if it’s a plate-type pizza maker, or a removable drip try if it’s modeled after a more traditional oven. Each pizza maker will be capable of reaching 400 degrees or higher to ensure baked crust, perfectly melted cheese, and fully cooked toppings. These picks are also all portable and depending on the type, you'll be able to set them up on a counter top, a patio, take them camping, or to even to the ball game for tailgating. Their portability also ensures that when you’re finished making pizza, you'll be able to store them in a convenient, out of the way place.
The Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven will cook a pizza in about 10 minutes, after a 15 minute initial warm-up. This natural gas powered pizza maker comes with a 13.25 by 20-inch pizza stone, which will hold a couple of 10 inch pizzas or an artisan pizza not larger than that size. Read Full Review
For the most authentic pizza possible that correctly imitates the way a brick oven cooks pizza, the Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven is the top of the pops. Nothing makes preformed or artisan pizzas as delicious as this. This pizza maker runs on natural gas, either from a small lantern cylinder which makes it incredibly portable (think camping, tailgating or any other outdoor activity) or you can hook it up to a bulk propane tank for RV's or patio cooking.
This outdoor pizza oven produces 17,000 BTU's of heat, making it capable of reaching about 700 degrees for nearly perfect crust and top cooking. The heat settings are adjustable and after about a 10-15 minute warming period, you'll be able to make pizza in less than 15 minutes. With a pizza stone included, you can cook a couple of 10 inch round pizzas inside. Alternately, if you like making artisan pizzas, you'll be good to go as long as they fit on the 13.25 by 20-inch stone. When it comes to pizza makers, you won't get better results than with the Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven.
The Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven is large enough to prepare 12-inch pizza, and since there’s no warm up period required, just throw in a frozen pizza and go. The unit’s two burners assure crisp crust, perfectly prepared toppings, and adjustable controls let you tailor the temps so your pizza comes out exactly the way you like it. Yum! Read Full Review
For cooking frozen pizza to perfection, the Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven is one-of-a-kind. Electrically powered and made to fit on virtually any counter top, this may be the perfect sleep-over or kid’s party pizza. With zero warm-up time needed, all you do is just put the pizza on the plate, turn it on and the unit instantly begins cooking, even if the pizza itself is frozen solid. This pizza maker is large enough to hold a single 12-inch pizza, and they will be done in less than 15 minutes. Nothing could be easier, and you can make pizza after pizza to satisfy the hunger of you and the gang.
The non-stick cooking plate is damp-wipe clean, it comes with two burners (one for the plate and one overhead to effectively melt the cheese and cook the toppings) and it's versatile enough to make other party favorites like wings, pizza rolls, and jalapeo poppers. Better still, it comes with a two year warranty, and if purchased at a department store you may be able to get an extended warranty for a few extra bucks. For the most fun when making a pizza, and one that the kids will love to watch rotating and cooking, the Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven is a winner.
The Betty Crocker BC-2958CR Pizza Maker is the easiest to use pizza maker here. It comes with an indicator light that goes on when it is ready to use and will make one 12-inch pizza at a time. It’s also versatile enough to make such things as giant cookies, omelets and roasted party mix. Read Full Review
For a more versatile pizza maker that can make a variety of items, including nachos, quesadillas, tostadas and even giant chocolate chip cookies, the Betty Crocker BC-2958CR Pizza Maker is a good choice.
After about a 10 minute warm-up to 400 degrees, the indicator light comes on to let you know this pizza maker is ready to prepare a 12-inch frozen pizza for you in about eight minutes. It's the easiest unit to use on our list; just open the top, put the pizza on the plate, close it up and that's all there is. While you'll need to monitor the cooking, the crust will come out crispy and the top will come out gooey. This appliance cleans up with a damp cloth as well as being lightweight and compact in size so it’s easy to store.
The Betty Crocker BC-2958CR Pizza Maker is the least expensive pizza maker on this list and it is also the simplest to use. If you want no-brainer pizza making, this will be your best choice.
The CuiZen PIZ-4012 Pizza Box Oven is the most uniquely designed (and fun) pizza maker on our list. The unit is made to resemble a pizza delivery box, and it will make a 12-inch frozen pizza in about 20 minutes time. If you have kids or are having a pizza party, this selection will certainly be a hit with both kids and adults alike. Read Full Review
Sometimes making pizza is all about the "fun factor," and no other pizza maker comes close to the CuiZen PIZ-4012 Pizza Box Oven in this regard. This electric pizza making oven is shaped and designed like a square pizza delivery box, which is large enough to hold a 12-inch frozen pizza. The top and bottom cooking elements work to make a crispy crust and a melted top, it rotates inside for even and complete cooking, and there’s even enough room inside for a rising crust pizza. This unit has a timer and a temperature gauge on the front, so all you have to do it set it and forget it.
This pizza maker takes the longest of our picks to prepare a pizza at just around 20 minutes or so, but the fun factor can't be overstated. Kids of all ages will love to make pizza in the "box" as well as the simple novelty and uniqueness of its appearance. The fact that this fun little unit turns out wonderfully cooked pizza makes the CuiZen PIZ-4012 Pizza Box Oven a keeper for any kitchen countertop.
The Blackstone 1575 Patio Oven is the biggest unit here and is capable of making a pizza up to 16 inches in diameter, or several smaller pizzas at one time. The 60,000 BTU's that this oven is capable of, means that overall temperature inside is adjustable up to an astounding 1000-plus degrees, which means you could, conceivably, make a pizza in under 1 minute. Read Full Review
If you’re someone who wants their pizza in a hurry (with emphasis on hurry), the Blackstone 1575 Patio Oven has you covered. This outdoor pizza oven runs on natural gas and puts out a tremendous 60,000 BTU's/1000 degrees of adjustable heat. At full pizza cooking power it will make a hot, fresh pizza ready to eat in just in under 1 minute! Plainly put, if you need to crank out pizzas in a hurry, nothing cooks them faster than this baby, right here.
The units pizza stone rotates as it cooks your pizza, with the rotating unit inside operating under either battery power or you can use the included AC adapter if an outlet is available nearby. You'll be able to make a big 16-inch pizza or several smaller or artisan pizzas inside the oven, whichever you prefer. Granted, this pizza maker may be a bit overkill for daily use, but it's considerable abilities cannot be denied for parties or other large social functions when you want a lot of pizza cooked fast. The Blackstone 1575 Patio Oven isn’t inexpensive, but it makes terrific pizza in no time at all.