• Ooni Modular Table: 4/5
  • Ooni Pizza Peels: 5/5
  • Ooni Turning Peel: 4/5
  • Ooni Infrared Thermometer: 5/5
  • Ooni Oven Cover: 5/5

Reviewing All Ooni Pizza Ovens - Worth the Hype?

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  • Ooni Modular Table: 4/5
  • Ooni Pizza Peels: 5/5
  • Ooni Turning Peel: 4/5
  • Ooni Infrared Thermometer: 5/5
  • Ooni Oven Cover: 5/5

Best For

Those with a tight budget, but high standards

STRENGTHS

  • Very affordable
  • Easily assembled
  • Extremely portable

WEAKNESSES

  • Buying all the essential accessories can be costly

PRICING PLANS:

Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven

£249

Ooni Koda 12 Gas Powered Pizza Oven

£299

Ooni Koda 16 Gas Powered Pizza Oven

£499

Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven

£299

Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven

£699

Making the perfect homemade pizza is impossible without a pizza oven, and the increased demand for home pizza ovens is proof enough that many have begun realising this. Ooni pizza ovens are very popular as of late, and people are asking ‘Are they really that good?’ or ‘Is it worth it getting one?’

Our Ooni pizza oven review will provide answers to these questions and more so you can decide once and for all whether you should get an Ooni pizza oven.

Ooni Pizza Oven: How Does It Work?

The first Ooni pizza oven saw the light of day in 2012 as the first-ever portable wood-fired oven. Currently, there are five Ooni ovens available on the UK market:

  • Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven
  • Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven
  • Ooni Koda 16 Gas Powered Pizza Oven
  • Ooni Koda 12 Gas Powered Pizza Oven
  • Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven

Now that you know what year was Ooni pizza ovens founded and what are the different oven models, you should also know they come in two sizes—there are 12-inch and 16-inch Ooni ovens, so you can choose one according to the space you have available. Users can choose between ovens fueled by wood pellets or propane gas, and two models have the ‘multi-fuel’ option—-we’ll go into more detail on this later.

The research for this review also revealed all the ovens have a stainless steel construction with a chimney, plus they’re equipped with a cordierite pizza stone. As they aren’t bulky, these ovens are easily portable, making them the perfect choice for home use. However, we have to note all Ooni ovens are intended for outdoor use only, as they produce an open flame to cook the pizza. In any case, outdoor pizza ovens are the preferred option these days.

Ooni Oven Main Features

Whenever we review a product, we always consider its features, and this Ooni pizza oven review for the UK market is no exception. Below, you’ll find the main features of Ooni pizza ovens reviewed!

Temperature

All Ooni ovens can reach a maximum temperature of 500°C, and they all need 15 minutes to reach it, except the Koda 16, which has a 20-minute heating time. Once the oven reaches the optimal pizza cooking temperature, cooking the pizza takes only 60 to 90 seconds, but the cooking time depends on the pizza size, the type of dough, the amount of toppings, and what type of pizza crust you’re going for.

Heat Distribution & Retention

Once the oven heats up to the maximum temperature, you’re ready to start popping pizzas. However, you need to keep in mind the heat distribution inside is uneven, so you’ll need to turn the pizza at least once in the short time it takes to bake.

This Ooni review also focused on the oven’s heat retention ability—Ooni users claim these ovens retain heat well due to the added insulation. After you shut down your Ooni oven, it needs at least an hour and a half to cool off before being cleaned or moved.

Fuel Options

We’ve already mentioned different models of the Ooni oven use different fuel sources—the Ooni Fyra 12 can be fueled exclusively by wood pellets, while the Koda 12 and the Koda 16 can only be fueled by propane gas and come with an attached gas burner. Now you may be wondering: which Ooni pizza oven is best?

Well, don’t forget the Karu 12 and the Karu 16 have the multi-fuel option, and can be fueled by wood, charcoal, or by gas, although the gas attachment has to be bought separately. Gas pizza ovens are cheaper and easier to maintain, and even if you’re a fan of wood-baked pizza, it’s good to have the option of using gas.

Portability

Ooni prides itself in the ovens’ portability—the Ooni Fyra and both the Ooni Koda 12 and Koda 16 have foldable legs, meaning they’re very compact and can be easily transported. Plus, these ovens don’t weigh too much (weight ranges from 9.25 to 18.2kg), so you should have no trouble lifting them.

On the other hand, the Karu 16 is heavier (28.4kg) and doesn’t have foldable legs, so you might have difficulty carrying it from point A to point B.

Accessories

This Ooni review would be incomplete without mentioning the many accessories that can be very useful when cooking with an Ooni oven. To make things easier for you, we’ll list the essential accessories and tell you when and why you may need them. Each accessory listed below is available on the Ooni website.

Ooni Modular Table

As you know by now, all Ooni ovens need to be used outdoors, and it’s advisable you get a modular table on top of which you’ll place the oven if you have nowhere else to put it. These tables come in two sizes: medium (£179.99) and large (£199.99), and if you’re really keen on making a professional pizza station, you can get a Table Customisation Kit, but this will cost you more than £400 regardless of the size of your table.

Ooni Pizza Peels

While writing this Ooni pizza oven review for our UK audiences, we concluded a pizza peel is a must if you own a pizza oven. At Ooni, you can choose from the classic Ooni Pizza Peel, the Perforated Pizza Peel, and the Bamboo Pizza Peel & Serving Board, with prices ranging from £29.99 to £54.99.

We recommend getting the Bamboo Peel for preparing the pizza and placing it in the oven (plus, it doubles as a serving board), and another peel for taking it out.

Ooni Pizza Turning Peel

Getting a turning peel is smart if you’re a beginner, since the oven gets very hot and you’ll have to turn the pizza once or twice during the 1-minute cooking time. The Ooni peel will make turning the pizza significantly faster and easier, and you can get one for £49.99.

Ooni Infrared Thermometer

When asking what can you cook in an Ooni pizza oven, the answer is—almost anything that comes to mind, as long as you get the temperature right! To do so, you need to buy yourself an infrared thermometer, unless you have the Ooni Karu 16 that comes with a built-in thermometer. For all other models, you can get the thermometer from the Ooni website for £34.99.

Ooni Oven Cover

If you plan on keeping the Ooni oven outdoors in all weather conditions, it’s smart to get an oven cover. Even though the Ooni ovens are made from stainless steel, they can still be damaged if not protected. You can get a cover for each Ooni model, and prices range from £39.99 to £44.99.

Ease of Use

Whenever you buy a household appliance, you want to have a seamless experience when using it. With an Ooni oven, you don’t even have to worry about assembly, as the ovens come almost readily assembled—just attach the legs, pop the stone in, and add the fuel. Then, use the built-in ignitor to light it up and wait for the oven to heat up.

The design is sleek and functional, so not only is this oven easy to use, but it’s also easy on the eyes!

Prices

When wondering which Ooni pizza oven is best and how to choose one that will best fit your needs, you need to consider the price. Luckily, Ooni ovens are more affordable than some other options, and you can see the prices for each model in the table below:

Ooni Oven Model Price
Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven £249
Ooni Koda 12 Gas Powered Pizza Oven £299
Ooni Koda 16 Gas Powered Pizza Oven £499
Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven £299
Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven £699

Customer Support

Another important aspect of each product or service is the customer support it offers, and Ooni doesn’t disappoint in this respect.

Customers can contact the Ooni team through the ‘Live Chat’ option or by submitting a ticket. There’s also a comprehensive FAQs section on the site, and users can track their orders if they enter the order number.

Alternatives

At this point, you know what can you cook in an Ooni pizza oven, what accessories you can get, and how much it will all cost you, but you may still want to look into some alternatives.

That’s why we’ve chosen the three best alternative options—Roccbox, Gozney, and Woody ovens—and compared them to Ooni. Check out the table below.

Ooni Roccbox Gozney Woody
Win  Very affordable Quick setup Built-in thermometer Doubles as a BBQ
Lose Some models lack a glass door More expensive Difficult to use Small fire basket
Best For Portability Restaurant-grade pizza Professional-grade pizza cooking Quick baking

Ooni ovens are the best choice for pizza lovers looking for an affordable pizza oven that churns out authentic pizzas.

Ooni Pizza Oven Review – Final Words

The Ooni pizza ovens are a great addition to every backyard, as they’re affordable, easily portable, energy-efficient, and easy to use.

Although there are variations from model to model, whichever Ooni oven you choose, you’ll definitely be turning out professional-style pizzas and enjoying yourself in the process.

Ooni Pizza Ovens At a Glance

Ooni Oven Features Best for Our Rating 
Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven Foldable legs; detachable chimney Authentic stone-baked, smokey pizza 4.5
Ooni Koda 12 Gas Powered Pizza Oven Extremely compact; comes pre-assembled Fitting into tight spaces 4.5
Ooni Koda 16 Gas Powered Pizza Oven One-turn cooking; 16-inch cooking surface Aesthetic addition to outdoor spaces 4.8
Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven Lightweight; moisture-absorbent Easy transport & heat retention 4.8
Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven Large cooking surface; glass door for better heat retention Baking large pizzas 4.0

 

FAQ

Is it worth buying an Ooni pizza oven?

Ooni ovens are affordable and they sport some great features, so we can confidently say it’s definitely worth getting an Ooni oven.

How long do Ooni ovens last?

The first Ooni ovens were produced in 2012, and many of them are still going strong at present. We can’t predict the future, but we can say a well-maintained Ooni oven should have no trouble lasting 10 years, or more.

Which is the most popular Ooni pizza oven?

The research for our Ooni pizza oven review revealed the most popular and well-beloved Ooni oven model is currently the Karu 16.

Are Ooni pizza ovens made in China?

Although they’re designed in Scotland, Ooni pizza ovens are manufactured in China.

Who is Ooni owned by?

The Ooni company is owned and operated by a husband and wife Kristian Tapaninaho and Darina Garland.

ABOUT AUTHOR

For me, keeping up with and sharing the latest news and events is crucial, since we live in a world that’s full of misleading information. Apart from being a full-time reader and writer, and a passionate music and caffeine addict, I love to spend my free time in the kitchen, trying new recipes I can indulge my senses in.