Ooni Pizza Ovens (Which one should you go for?)

Imagine being able to make homemade pizzas in less than 60 seconds, right in your backyard. Now imagine that those handcrafted pizzas are so incredibly delicious, your taste buds are convinced you are dining at an authentic pizzeria. We can confidently declare that once you get your hands on an Ooni pizza oven, your pizza making and devouring world will never be the same.

Top 3 Ooni Pizza Ovens

Pizza Oven

Features

Rating

Ooni Pro

  • Makes a crust to die for

  • Wood-oven taste

  • Very high build quality

Ooni Koda

  • Well worth it's low price

  • Heats up in 15-20 mins

  • Portable

Ooni Fyra

  • Portable size

  • Wood fired

  • Incredible results

Ooni Koda

Ooni Koda

Overall rating (1-5): 4.5
Price: $329
Portable: Yes
Includes: Stone baking board, propane tank gas regulator and hose, manual and Essentials Guide with tips and recipes
Time to heat up to baking degree: 15 minutes
Does the outside get hot?: Yes
Easy to use (1-5): 4.5
Build quality (1-5): 5
Best suited for: Neapolitan Pizza, New York Style Pizza, 12” pizzas

Our First Impressions of the Ooni Koda

Elegant and sleek are two words that most people wouldn’t expect to be used when describing a pizza oven. But the Ooni Koda is well-deserving of such a description. The powder-coat steel adds a futuristic element to the overall aesthetic. Its size is convenient and without a chimney, it looks like a pizza oven you would actually want to take with you.

Our Final Verdict

The design is sleek enough to be a conversation starter at your next gathering, but the pizzas you pull out of it will surely be at the center of attention. It takes 15 minutes to reach the desired temperature and then less than two minutes to cook a 12” pizza all the way through. Unfortunately, it can’t accommodate a pizza that is any larger. However, because of its size, when not in use, it’s easy to store.

The best part? You can easily clean the stone by scraping it with a decently sharp knife.

If you have little to no experience with pizza ovens or want an authentic pizzeria experience at home, the Ooni Koda is a must-have. The price is affordable and it certainly lives up to the hype.

Ooni Koda 16

Ooni Koda 16

Overall rating (1-5): 4.5
Price: $499
Portable: Yes
Includes: Stone baking board, propane gas tank regulator and hose, manual, and Essentials Guide with tips and recipes
Time to heat up to baking degree: 20 minutes
Does the outside get hot?: Yes
Easy to use (1-5): 4.5
Build quality (1-5): 5
Best suited for: Pizzas up to 16 inches, steaks, fish, and vegetables, 16” pizzas

Our First Impressions of the Ooni Koda 16

The Ooni Koda 16 is as big as the Ooni Pro and cooks just like the Ooni Koda. If you are a fan of either one, the Koda 16 feels like an upgrade that you didn’t even know you wanted.

Our Final Verdict

There isn’t much of a difference between the Koda and the Koda 16 other than size. But the larger cooking surface of the Koda 16 is what makes it worth spending the extra money. If you’re flying solo or cooking for two on a regular basis, the Koda will work just fine. But if you have a family to feed or plenty of friends to share pizza with, the Koda 16 is a must-have. We suggest trying other recipes with the Koda 16 to see what it can really do. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover that the Koda 16 is the new way to cook a steak.

Ooni Fyra

Ooni Fyra

Overall rating (1-5): 5
Price: $249
Portable: Yes
Includes: Stone baking board, manual and Essentials Guide with tips and recipes
Time to heat up to baking degree: 15 minutes
Does the outside get hot?: Yes
Easy to use (1-5): 5
Build quality (1-5): 5
Best suited for: Neopolitan-style pizza, 12” pizzas, meat, poultry, vegetables, or bread

Our First Impressions of the Ooni Fyra

Ooni hit it out of the ballpark with the Fyra. This portable pizza oven creates authentic stone-baked pizza in 60 seconds. The Fyra has a removable chimney and is light enough to take wherever you want to go. Best of all, the Fyra runs on energy-efficient, sustainably sourced wood pellets.

Our Final Verdict

The Fyra is a pizza lover’s favorite for many reasons. Starting with the reasonable price tag, Ooni created the ultimate at-home stone-baking experience for pizza lovers across the world. The Fyra uses a removable two-piece chimney with an adjustable air vent for temperature control. And speaking of temperature, it takes less than 20 minutes, start to finish, to heat up the Fyra and cook a pizza. All with energy-efficient, sustainably-sourced wood pellets. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Ooni Karu

Ooni Karu

Overall rating (1-5): 4.5
Price: $329
Portable: Yes
Includes: Stone baking board, manual, and Essentials Guide with tips and recipes
Time to heat up to baking degree: 15 minutes
Does the outside get hot?: Yes
Easy to use (1-5): 4.5
Build quality (1-5): 5
Best suited for: 12” pizzas

Our First Impressions of the Ooni Karu

What sets the Karu apart from the other Ooni pizza ovens is that the Karu is wood- and charcoal-fired oven. The Karu can be fueled by either one and is also compatible with gas if you purchase the attachment that is sold separately. In terms of fuel options, Karu offers the most. If its versatility you are looking for, the Ooni Karu offers it in a convenient, portable package.

Our Final Verdict

The oven is somewhat large in terms of portable pizza ovens, but the chimney can be removed and the three legs folded up to make it more convenient to store or travel with. To switch to or from gas, you only need a hex key. There’s even a dedicated space to keep your key so you don’t lose it when you’re not using it.

We enjoyed the versatility of the Karu and found that it performed just as well as its Ooni counterparts. It heats up fast and cooks evenly, regardless of the type of fuel you use. If you would rather not be tied down by one specific fuel type, you’ll especially enjoy the Karu.

Ooni Pro

Ooni Pro

Overall rating (1-5): 4
Price: $599
Portable: No
Includes: Stone baking board (2 parts), oven door with a built-in thermometer, pizza door with postbox-style entry, wood and charcoal burner tray, Manual, Essentials Guide, Allen key, Ooni Pizza Oven gloves
Time to heat up to baking degree: 20 minutes
Does the outside get hot?: Yes
Easy to use (1-5): 4
Build quality (1-5): 5
Best suited for: 16” pizzas, meat, poultry, bread

Our First Impressions of the Ooni Pro

The Ooni Pro is large but it’s impressive. In addition to having enough space for the oven itself, you’ll need extra space for the propane tank. It’s worth it to pay for the gas burner bundle if you’re going to go with the Pro, so your pizza oven experience remains as fast and versatile as Ooni wants it to be.

Our Final Verdict

The Ooni Pro has a hefty price tag, but it’s certainly an impressive addition for any household. You’ll find yourself wanting to cook anything and everything you can in it just to feel better about the price you paid. However, you’ll taste the difference once you use the oven to cook your go-to homemade pizza recipe. The crunch of the crust that reveals a still soft inner breading and gooey, tasty toppings is the reason you bought the Ooni Pro in the first place. If you have the chunk of money you will need to afford the Pro, you’ll be glad you spent it. Just be sure to say yes to adventurous cooking so you can make the most of it.

Ooni Products FAQ

Does the exterior of an Ooni pizza oven get hot?

Yes, the exterior of an Ooni pizza oven will get hot. Ooni recommends that customers treat all their pizza ovens as they would any other barbecue or outdoor cooking product. Customers have reported that quickly touching the exterior of the pizza oven is unlikely to burn you, but it’s far too hot to hold or grab with your bare hands.   

Can you use natural gas with an Ooni pizza oven?

No. All Ooni pizza ovens were designed to use with propane gas only.

Where are Ooni pizza ovens made?

All Ooni products are designed in Scotland, manufactured in China, and sold in the UK, EU, and the US.

 

Jessica BG