Last updated: August 11, 2021

Welcome to our large pizza oven test 2021. Here we present all the pizza ovens we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best pizza oven for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a pizza oven.




The most important things in a nutshell

  • Garden pizza ovens enable you to bake pizzas in your own garden, just like at your favourite Italian restaurant, in a particularly crispy and tasty way. But you can also conjure up other culinary highlights with the universal garden oven.
  • Basically, there is a wide range of different ovens for the garden, which differ, among other things, in their material, their insulation, as well as their firing and heating method. But also alternatives like a pizza stone let you bring the Italian flair home.
  • While the traditional stone oven is convincing as a fixed installation, there are also mobile versions that can vary in size. Therefore, you will also find a comparatively large price range here.

Pizza Oven for the Garden: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a garden pizza oven

Who is a garden pizza oven suitable for?

In principle, a garden pizza oven is suitable for anyone who likes to eat pizza. For many, the absolute favourite dish, pizza brings Italian flair to the home garden with the help of the pizza oven.

The stone oven was already used thousands of years ago and is still the absolute classic for baking a pizza. (Image source: pixabay.com / tcameliastoian)

Traditional pizza ovens for the garden have a dome shape. Through the opening in the oven, air can flow in and circulate in the dome, thus lighting the fire particularly well. At the same time, the flue allows smoke gases to escape. One would think that for a garden pizza oven you should at least have a terrace or balcony, for some models even a garden, but there are now also models that you can simply take with you as soon as you plan a trip into the countryside. In this case, however, you may also need a power supply. If you now think that a conventional oven is also suitable, we can agree with you in principle, but you will notice the difference in taste after the first time you use a real garden pizza oven. So clearly that you will never want to change again, we promise. Temperature plays a big role in pizza baking. You should therefore be aware that fixed outdoor pizza ovens usually reach a higher temperature than smaller electronic ovens. However, the more massive and larger you want your garden pizza oven to be, the higher the costs.

The choice of garden pizza ovens is enormous - from the shape to the workmanship to the type of heating.

Therefore, caution and good research are also required here. However, it is clear that the right garden pizza oven can be found for everyone.

Which garden pizza oven variant is suitable for me?

As already mentioned, there are many different types of pizza ovens for the garden, and it is often difficult to keep track of them all. Don't worry, we'll help you find the right one. First of all, we should differentiate between fixed and mobile pizza ovens. Fixed ovens are only suitable for outdoor use and cannot be moved once they have been placed. Here, too, there are different designs, which we will explain in more detail in the decision section. Basically, however, these ovens reach higher temperatures and offer more space. Mobile pizza ovens can vary greatly in size. While there are small electronic versions, larger wood-fired ovens are also available. As with fixed pizza ovens, there are also stone and metal ovens, the aspects of which we will explain later. Electronic ovens are not dependent on the weather, as their compact size means they fit into any kitchen. They are also very easy to use - plug in the power cable and press the on button and you're ready to go. In addition, they heat up very quickly, but can only bake one pizza at a time and the taste is not comparable to a stone oven.

What size garden pizza oven should I buy?

If you want to buy a pure outdoor pizza oven, you have the free choice between slightly smaller, mobile and fixed, large pizza ovens. The following factors play an important role in the size of your oven.

To prepare your perfect pizza, there are several options. Which pizza oven best suits your needs depends on various criteria. (Image source: pixabay.com / Felix Wolf)

First of all, you should be aware that a fixed oven needs a lot of space. Safety distance from trees or bushes is important, you also need to protect the garden pizza oven from the weather. All this takes up space and the oven itself also needs room.

Cleaning should also not be neglected. A well-cleaned garden pizza oven will give you pleasure for a long time, but a larger oven also requires more cleaning.

Another important aspect to consider is the size of the interior. If you have a large family or like to invite friends over often, you will not be satisfied with a small mobile oven for the garden. In this case, large garden pizza ovens are more suitable, as they offer the necessary space to prepare at least two to three pizzas at the same time. Choosing the right size is essential - both for cooking and for choosing the perfect location for your pizza oven.

How much does a garden pizza oven cost?

There is a very wide price range between pizza ovens for the garden. The cost point differs depending on the quality, size and type of oven. The cheapest ones start at 50 euros, while you can pay up to 4,000 euros for luxury models.
Type Price
Electric oven Approx. 50 to 200 euros
Metal oven Approx. 200 to 1,000 euros
Stone oven Approx. 500 to 4,000 euros

Small electric ovens start at a price of 40 to 50 euros, although the size is of course decisive here. Metal ovens are in the region of 200 euros and up, although you can spend several thousand euros on particularly fine models. Stone ovens are the most expensive, but also the most massive pizza ovens. Small, mobile models can be bought for 500 euros and up, with most ovens costing over 1,000 euros. For large stone ovens, you can quickly pay three or four thousand euros. Of course, there are exceptions, which are expensive due to various special designs, whereby the manufacturers basically charge very different prices. Quality features such as the pizza stone or the insulation, which we will explain to you in the buying criteria, are sometimes decisive for these price differences.

What alternatives are there to a traditional garden pizza oven?

The classic pizza oven for the garden is, as already mentioned, a dome-shaped stone oven. This has its advantages and disadvantages, which you can read about in the decision section. However, there are also alternatives that you can use to bake your pizza:
Type Description
Metal oven The version closest to the stone oven. These ovens are characterised by their speed they are also suitable for preparing other dishes, such as tarte flambée or quiche.
Electric pizza oven The most compact type of pizza oven knows how to convince with its simple operation. Little cleaning effort and flexibility are among its strengths. But it lacks the authentic Italian flair.
Pizza stone The cheapest alternative to a pizza oven. Not to be disregarded, as handling is very simple. The stone is heated on the lower rack of your oven at maximum temperature - then you can start baking pizzas.
Oven It is also possible to bake a pizza in the oven without a pizza stone. With a good dough and the right toppings, you can make delicious creations. However, if you are a real gourmet when it comes to pizza, you will prefer a conventional pizza oven.

Decision: What types of garden pizza ovens are there and which one is right for you?

If you want to buy a pizza oven, there are several variants to choose from:

  • Stone oven
  • Metal oven
  • Electronic pizza oven

There are differences in handling, mobility and speed, among other things. All three options have their advantages, but also disadvantages. Depending on which aspects are more important to you, a different type of garden pizza oven is suitable for you. In this chapter, we would like to make the decision easier for you.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a stone oven?

The traditional pizza oven shines with its authenticity. The exterior cladding has a rustic look and is particularly convincing as a fixed installation, so you automatically feel like you're at your favourite Italian restaurant. The stone oven also scores with its perfect heat storage. In addition, it distributes the heat perfectly in the cooking space and at the same time the stones are very durable. Combined with a stone plate that extracts liquid from the pizza, the Italian dough patty becomes beautifully crispy and there are no soft spots in the middle.

Advantages
  • Durability
  • Authentic flair
  • Very robust
  • Good heat insulation and conduction
Disadvantages
  • No mobility
  • Takes a long time to heat up
  • Difficult to clean
  • High price

Disadvantages are the slow heating and the rather time-consuming maintenance. A stone oven needs to be cleaned properly and often, you can read about the treatment methods under Trivia. Mobile stone ovens are a great rarity, because the weight would be too high, so this oven would be the wrong option if you are looking for mobility.

What is a metal oven and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

More and more often you see pizza ovens made of metal, with stainless steel being the most common material. For the interior, the better models use fireclay bricks or cordierite.

Advantages
  • Mobility
  • Many different designs
  • Easy cleaning
  • Lower price
Disadvantages
  • Poor heat insulation
  • Not as robust
  • Can warp or bend

These heat-resistant stone plates conduct and store heat optimally. However, there are also metal ovens that are equipped with a metal plate on the inside; the advantage here is the enormously fast heat-up. A big advantage of the oven is that the high-quality material looks good and is also very easy to clean. The right metal makes your pizza oven resistant to heat or moisture, so you can leave it outside permanently. There are disadvantages when it comes to insulation. It can happen that the outer metal gets extremely hot and can lead to burns. Therefore, you must be careful if children or pets live in your household. Incorrect handling can also cause the metal to warp or bend.

What distinguishes an electronic pizza oven and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

These types of pizza ovens are easy to use and reach high temperatures in a short time, although they do not reach the maximum temperatures of stone or metal ovens.

Advantages
  • Mobility
  • Simple operation
  • Easy cleaning
  • Low price
Disadvantages
  • Little space
  • No Italian flair
  • Taste deficits

Disadvantages can clearly be found in the taste. It is precisely the aroma that we all know from our holidays in Italy that is missing here.

Electronic pizza ovens also fit into any kitchen because of their compact shape.

Furthermore, there is only room for one portion at a time, which makes a family meal impossible. On the other hand, it is weather-independent and can be used anywhere you find a power supply.

Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate garden pizza ovens based on these factors

In the following, we would like to show you criteria that you can use to decide between the many possible pizza ovens for the garden. These include:

  • Material/insulation
  • Heating mode
  • Firing
  • Maximum temperature
  • Preparation time

Material/insulation

As already mentioned, there are pizza ovens made of different materials, which differ in terms of weight, design and heat insulation. The most common garden pizza ovens are stone or iron. You can read about the individual advantages and disadvantages in our decision section, but here we will only give you a rule of thumb: Make sure that the base plate of your pizza oven is made of fireclay bricks or cordierite and that they are food-safe. Fireclay bricks from the industry are not recommended, as the risk that they may contain chemical residues is too high. Rock wool is suitable for insulation; it stores heat very well and reduces the number and size of hairline cracks in the material.

Type of heating

Stone and metal ovens are traditionally heated with wood.

The wood provides the classic aroma, but wood firing requires a great deal of sensitivity.

Especially in the beginning, it can be difficult to get a feeling for the right temperature. In addition, cleaning is much more time-consuming than with gas models. Wood-fired ovens can be fired directly as well as indirectly; you can find out how this works in the next purchase criterion. Alternatively, there are gas ovens that are heated exclusively with direct heat. These pizza ovens are more expensive than those with wood, but both the easy ignition and the simple temperature control speak for the gas version.

Wood firing is considered the traditional method of baking a pizza. (Image source: pixabay.com / mzter)

Cleaning after baking is also much easier, as neither ash nor soot remain. For the compact electronic pizza ovens, electricity is used, as the name suggests. Heating coils can be used to generate top and bottom heat, which is very easy to control. On the other hand, the high temperatures that you can achieve with wood or gas are not possible.

Firing

For traditional wood firing, there are two ways to get the stove up to temperature:

  • direct firing
  • indirect firing

For stone ovens in particular, direct firing is usually used. Here, the fire is lit directly in the baking chamber. This heats the floor, the walls and the air. As soon as the desired temperature has been reached, the fire is moved to the rear part of the oven. The food is baked in the front part, wood can then only be added with difficulty. The indirect firing method is often used for metal ovens. Here there are two chambers, the fire is lit in the lower chamber and the food is prepared in the baking chamber. The separate chambers make it easier to add wood and the food cannot come into contact with flames or ashes.

Maximum temperature

The right temperature is essential for pizza baking. Your garden pizza oven should reach a minimum temperature of between 350 and 450 degrees, which is the perfect temperature for preparing your pizza like an Italian. The maximum temperature is very high with stone ovens, which can easily reach 500 degrees. It is also possible to reach similar temperatures with metal ovens. With good electronic pizza ovens, temperatures of up to 400 degrees can be achieved.

Preparation time

The cooking time depends on the temperature to which you can heat your pizza oven for the garden. In general, the higher the temperature, the shorter the preparation time. However, if it takes a little longer and it gets a little chilly in the evening, we recommend that you take a jacket or jumper with you, as most ovens do not give off much heat. At extremely high temperatures, a pizza can be baked in as little as 90 to 120 seconds; the only important thing here is to be able to determine the temperature precisely. Therefore, we also recommend an infrared thermometer, as the temperature indicators on the oven doors are often relatively inaccurate.

Facts worth knowing about the topic of garden pizza ovens

How do I clean my garden pizza oven properly?

To enjoy your garden pizza oven for a long time, you should clean it after each baking session. It is best to use an oven brush to remove food residues from the fireclay brick, but you can also wash it with water. Only use soft cloths for this and no cleaning agent, as this would only damage the stone! For an intensive basic cleaning, simply heat your garden pizza oven to maximum temperature and let it burn for at least one hour. Dirt and food residue will simply burn off, so you can simply sweep the residue out. You should also clean the inside and outside of the chimney at regular intervals. Brushes made of natural fibres are perfect for stubborn dirt.

What accessories do I need?

There is a wide range of accessories available for the garden pizza oven, but we will give you an overview of three particularly important gadgets:

Gadget Description
Pizza cutlery The cutlery is important for the baking itself, but also for the maintenance. It usually consists of a pizza shovel, an oven brush and a poker.
Weather protection cover With this cover you can protect your pizza oven from the weather and make it winterproof. Of course, only necessary for pizza ovens without a roof.
Infrared thermometer As already mentioned, integrated temperature displays of pizza ovens are often inaccurate, so we recommend an infrared thermometer. With it you can measure the exact temperature at any point in the oven.

How do I determine the ideal location for my garden pizza oven?

The location plays an important role, especially with anchored pizza ovens. There are a few points you should consider: You should not place your oven too close to a wall, as this can lead to soot residues. You should also pay attention to the ground, a solid floor is just as important as a safe distance from trees and bushes. Last but not least, for the sake of good neighbourliness, it would be advisable not to build the stove too close to the neighbour's property.

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