Jessica DeMay

Hands-on Review: Gozney Dome

Home cooks, professional chefs, and pizza enthusiasts all over the world have been buzzing about Gozney’s newest product since it was first introduced to the market. After spending three years in the development stage, the Gozney Dome was finally revealed.

Takeaways: The Gozney Dome is an elegant pizza oven, but if we had to choose between the Dome and Ooni's new flagship, we would go for the Ooni Karu 16.

In 2016, Gozney made waves with the Gozney Roccbox, an innovative portable pizza oven that was reportedly the world’s first home oven to reach 932 F (500 C). It was only a matter of time until Gozney would take things to the next level with an even more impressive appliance. If there is one thing everyone can agree on, from amateur cooks to professional chefs, it’s that the Gozney Dome is the latest must-have outdoor pizza oven.

The Dome seems to be Gozney's response to the Ooni Pro Multi-Fuel Oven, and we had been excited for the Dome for quite a while. But now we finally got to test it, and here is what we have to say.

How to Buy Your Own Gozney Dome

First things first, where to buy the Gozney Dome?

There will be two versions of the Gozney Dome available for purchase: the Wood version for $1299 or Dual Wood (gas) for $1499. Both models can fit comfortably on a standard-sized outdoor kitchen countertop. You can also purchase the Gozney Dome Stand for a free-standing setup and greater flexibility.

Gozney Dome Release Date

General Pre Sale starts on April 30, and Priority Pre Sale on April 28 only to those who have pre-registered in the priority sign-up. Only a limited number of Gozney Dome ovens will be available after the first release so if you want to get your hands on this impressive gadget, be sure to sign up on the Gozney website. 

Features

  • Professional-grade outdoor oven designed to be easy enough for beginners and impressive enough for professionals
  • Multi-fuel outdoor oven – choose wood-fired or dual fuel (wood and gas)
  • With the digital thermometer and two built-in meat probes, you get the most accurate temperature reading throughout – a feature that is especially useful when cooking steak
  • An innovative ventilation system allows you to control the airflow traveling under your wood-fire
  • 30mm stone floor and thick insulation allow the Dome to reach higher temperatures faster and retain heat for longer
  • Integrated steam injector creates more moisture in the oven when necessary
  • Accessory port makes it easy to connect a range of accessories to enhance your cooking experience
  • Easy clean-up with the ash removal tray
  • GozneyShield™ allows you to use your oven outdoors all year round – the ceramic-bonded outer coating is durable, water-resistant, and UV stable

Other Popular Ovens

Did you know that the Ooni Koda 16 has an "L-shaped" burner? You only have to turn the pizza once as opposed to four times with other ovens. The result is a perfectly cooked pizza with an authentic taste.

Dimensions

  • 26” H x 24.8” D x 28.8” W
  • 128lb (150lb with packaging)
  • Oven opening is 5.1” tall and 16.1” wide

What’s Included

  • Gozney Dome outdoor oven
  • Detachable flue and cap
  • Dock and accessory port
  • Digital thermometer, display unit, and batteries
  • 2 x temperature probes for checking the internal temperatures of food
  • Manual air regulation vent and ashtray module
  • Manual

The Dual Wood oven also includes:

  • Integrated gas burner and regulator
  • Ignition and flame regulation dial
  • 1 x stone floor puck to switch between wood and gas

Gozney Dome vs Ooni Pro

If you are looking for a home pizza oven, there are two superior options: the Gozney Dome and the Ooni Pro. With impressive features, ample cooking versatility, and sleek designs, both ovens take outdoor cooking to the next level. 

Deciding whether to buy the Gozney Dome or the Ooni Pro will likely come down to the few differences between them; most notably, the price. The Gozney Dome costs $1299 and the Ooni Pro costs $599. If price isn’t a factor, consider that while both are multi-fuel ovens, only the Ooni Pro can be used with charcoal. 

Both ovens reach a max temperature of 950 degrees and can be used to cook a variety of foods. The Ooni Pro reaches max temperature in just 20 minutes, while it takes the Gozney Dome nearly an hour. But only the Gozney Dome can be used in all weather conditions, including rain and snow. 

Regardless of which oven you decide to buy, you’re guaranteed to be more than satisfied with your purchase. 

Gozney Dome Ooni Pro
Oven Size 26 x 24.8 x 28.8” (66 x 63 x 73 cm) 28.8 x 19.2 x 30.7” (73 x 49 x 78cm)
Weight 128lb / 58kg 67.8lb / 37.8kg
Capacity 1 x 16” pizza Wood and charcoal (and gas with attachment sold separately)
Fuel Options Wood/wood and gas Wood and charcoal (and gas with attachment sold separately)
Warranty 1 year (extended to 5 if registered within first 90 days after receipt) 3 years
Max Temperature 950 degrees F (510 degrees C) 950 degrees F (510 degrees C)
Time to Reach Max Temp. 40 minutes 20 minutes
Construction Materials Stainless steel inner shell and the outer casing features a ceramic bonded coating. Calcium silicate insulation. Ceramic insulation wrap above the roof/vault and behind walls of oven. Cordierite stone floor. Brushed stainless steel body and ceramic fiber insulation
Safe for Indoor Use? If under canopy extraction No
Can It Be Used in Rain and Snow? Can be used in rain or snow. Cover when not in use. No
Special Features
  • Digital thermometer and two built-in meat probes
  • Air flow regulation
  • Integrated steam injector
  • Water-resistant outer coating
  • Reaches maximum temperature in 20 minutes
  • Dual airflow (chimney vent and oven ceiling vent)
  • Two doors, including one with a built-in thermometer
  • Gozney Dome outdoor oven
  • Detachable flue and cap
  • Dock and Accessory Port
  • Digital thermometer, display unit and batteries
  • 2 x temperature probes for checking the internal temperatures of food items
  • Manual Air Regulation Vent and Ashtray Module
  • Manual
  • Ooni Pro multi-fuel oven
  • 4 stone baking boards
  • Wood and charcoal burner
  • Heat-resistant gloves
  • Manual

What Makes the Gozney Dome Unique?

“The Dome is a wood-fired outdoor oven. It’s so much more than a pizza oven. There’s nothing like it available on the market today.” - Tom Gozney. 

The Gozney Dome was designed to be easy to use. Gozney promises its latest product offers the most cooking versatility and performance of any outdoor oven or BBQ on the market. When it comes to the Gozney Dome, the possibilities are endless. You can roast, steam, smoke, or bake. You can cook with wood or gas. You can cook impressively fast or low and slow. With this outdoor oven, you’ll feel like you have your very own restaurant right in your backyard.  

You can cook authentic Neapolitan Pizza at 950°F or close the Rope Sealed Door and use the Dome to smoke or slow roast meat. With the Integrated Steam Injector, you can bake sourdough bread. But that’s not all. With the accessory port and long list of accessories, you can easily tackle just about any recipe you desire.

Check out the video below by The Mad Pizzaiolo.

Cooking with the Gozney Dome

Just as promised, the Gozney Dome is impressively easy to use. The mouth of the oven is wide enough to make it easy to put food in the oven and take it out, including large pizzas and thick cuts of meat.

The Dome is likely to become your go-to gadget for baking bread, given how easy it is to maneuver the dough into the oven and remove the baked bread after it’s done. Plus, the revolutionary technology of the oven ensures that while the outside of your bread and pizza crust is crisp, the inside stays soft, light, and airy. When making pizza, your crust gets the perfect amount of crispiness, your toppings melt into the gooey perfection you expect from restaurant-quality pies.

The Dual Fuel model features a built-in gas burner, making it easy to switch between fuel types. The fire basket and specially designed accessories make building a fire easy. Keeping the fire going is also satisfyingly simple, as is the clean-up. The ash removal tray makes clean-up a breeze.

Our Thoughts

You guessed it, we absolutely love the Dome. We don't know what's left to improve on this oven. Apart from its size, it's absolutely perfect. And while it's slightly pricier than its competition, for the Pizza enthusiast this is an investment well worth every penny.

2 months later

We were very excited when we got this oven, so it's time to take a step back and re-evaluate how this oven actually performs. The Dome is huge and it's heavy. Due to its size, it takes a while to heat up. The price is high but justified.

But in the meantime, we got the chance to try out Ooni's new flagship, the Karu 16. The excitement from the Dome quickly faded as soon as we got the Karu 16 shipped to us.

Yes, the Dome is a 5-star oven, but the Karu 16 is cheaper, smaller, and it's much faster, it heats up in just 15 minutes. Besides, the Karu 16 is portable and comes with a beautiful glass door. Cooking your pizzas with the door closed results in much more even results.

Review: 5/5

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Jessica DeMay
Jessica is the lead content creator of Dishcrawl. She has lived in Italy (Napoli) for 7 years and has since become absolutely obsessed with pizza.
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