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Small Kitchen Appliances

Best Pizza Maker

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.

Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven

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.

Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven

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 jalapeño 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.

Betty Crocker BC-2958CR Pizza Maker

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.

CuiZen PIZ-4012 Pizza Box Oven

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.

Blackstone Outdoor Pizza Oven

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.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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