Jessica DeMay

Hands-on Review: Ooni Koda

Authentic Neapolitan-style pizza, made in your backyard in 20 minutes or less -- a bold claim from people who strive to sell portable pizza ovens. But when the Ooni Koda is put to the test, it not only does exactly as was promised but cranks out pizza so delicious you’ll have a hard time believing it wasn’t made in a pizzeria.

Ooni has been selling pizza ovens for years. In 2012, Ooni launched the world’s first portable gas pizza oven, forever changing the way people make pizza at home. You don’t have to be a professional chef to create a restaurant-quality pizza in your own backyard. All you need is an Ooni pizza oven and your favorite pizza ingredients.

Keep in mind that the Ooni Koda is a gas-only oven. If you want a wood-driven or multi-fueled oven, look into the new #1 Ooni oven - the Ooni Karu 16.


  • Heats quickly and cooks pizza in 60 seconds
  • No assembly required
  • Portable
  • Chic, attractive design

The Good & Bad

Good 👍

  • Heats quickly and cooks fast
  • Temperature is easy to control
  • No assembly required
  • Portable
  • Minimal clean-up

Bad 👎

  • Slight learning curve for those unfamiliar with cooking at high heat
  • More expensive than other outdoor pizza ovens
  • Significantly smaller than it's bigger brother Koda 16
  • May experience some difficulty rotating the pizza while it’s in the oven


There are many attractive features of the Ooni Koda to consider. First, the Ooni Koda provides extreme heat and speed, unlike any other pizza oven on the market. The Ooni Koda is ready to start cooking within 15 minutes. Second, the Ooni Koda is easy to use. To fire it up you simply turn a dial and because it uses gas rather than wood, there is minimal smoke and soot which means very little maintenance.

The Ooni Koda was specifically designed to provide unique, flame-cooked flavor, regardless of whether you are cooking pizza, meat, or vegetables. Plus it’s super portable which means you can share your restaurant-quality pizza with anyone, just about anywhere.

SummaryThe Ooni Koda preheats quickly, cooks fast, and is simple to use. Because it runs on gas, very little maintenance is required.

Ease of Use

What makes Ooni Koda a must-have for pizza fanatics is its ease of use. The Ooni Koda is ready to use right out of the box. There’s no assembly required which means you can get started making authentic Neapolitan pizza seconds after the pizza oven arrives at your door. Just flip down the foldable legs, place the stone baking board inside the oven, and connect the gas tank.

The Ooni Koda can be shipped right to your door. Each box includes an Ooni Koda gas-powered pizza oven, a Cordierite stone baking board, a propane tank gas regulator and hose, and an Ooni Koda Manual and Ooni Essentials Guide containing tips and recipes. All you need to provide is a propane tank and the pizza.

SummaryReady to go right out of the box, the Ooni Koda is one of the most user-friendly portable pizza ovens on the market.

Who is the Ooni Koda For?

While we wouldn’t recommend the Ooni Koda for use by children without adult supervision, this unique pizza oven is great for anyone to use, regardless of their experience with pizza ovens. The Ooni Koda was designed to make it easy for anyone to make restaurant-quality pizza at home. It may take some practice getting used to cooking at high temperatures, but it won’t take long at all to get the hang of it.

SummaryThe Ooni Koda is designed to allow anyone to make delicious pizza, even those with little to no experience using pizza ovens.

Build Quality and Design

The Ooni Koda was designed with portability in mind. At just 20.4 pounds, the Ooni Koda is a great option for pizza lovers who’d like to enjoy their craft while camping or having a barbecue with friends and family. The cooking surface is plenty large, giving you the ability to cook pizzas up to 13 inches.

Its unique design gives the Ooni Koda the ability to heat up quickly and retain heat. The oven is comprised of an insulated steel shell and includes a stone baking board. It utilizes a built-in patented flame keeper device that allows flames to roll down and onto your food. The adjustable heat control dial connected to the built-in gas ignition makes cooking with the Ooni Koda a breeze.

SummaryThe Ooni Koda weighs only 20.4 pounds, making it ultra-portable, but is properly insulated so that it can retain heat. Its impressively-sized cooking surface can accommodate pizzas up to 13 inches.


With the instant gas ignition, the Ooni Koda reaches cooking temperatures in 15 minutes or less and can reach temperatures up to 932°F (500°C). The oven’s high temperatures allow you to cook a pizza in just 60 seconds, but your options are limited to pizza. The Ooni Koda is also great for roasting fish, vegetables, and steak.

Because the Ooni Koda uses gas as its fuel source, there’s no smoke and no need to clean up ashes once you’re finished.

SummaryThe Ooni Koda reaches cooking temperatures in less than 15 minutes, with a maximum temperature of 932°F (500°C). At temperatures that high, you can cook a pizza in just 60 seconds.

Value for Money

The Ooni Koda is one of the more affordable Ooni pizza ovens. In terms of overall value for money, you would be hard-pressed to find a better option. It works fast, efficiently, and provides authentic, restaurant-quality pizza from the comfort of your backyard. Plus, it looks great. 

SummaryThe Ooni Koda is worth every penny.

Ooni Koda Specifications

  • Unboxed dimensions: 23.2 x 15.5 x 11.7” (59 x 39 x 29cm)
  • Unboxed weight: 20.2lbs (9.2kg)
  • Boxed dimensions: 18.1 x 11.1 x 28.3” (46 x 28 x 72cm)
  • Boxed weight: 29.7lbs (13.5kg)
  • Cooking surface: 13.2” (33cm)
  • 28mBar QCC1 regulator and hose included in the box
  • Commercial grade cold-rolled carbon steel shell with high-temperature resistant powder-coated finish
  • 10mm cordierite stone baking board
  • Hose: 0.92m hose
  • Hose outlet: 5/8” UNF – 18 Hose nozzle threaded terminal (comes fully assembled)
  • Regular inlet: QCC(HW-01) left-handed female thread
  • Bottle regulator: 2.8kpa (11Winch) propane regulator
  • Built-in Flame Safety Device (FSD): automatically cuts off the gas supply to Ooni Koda if the flame goes out while the gas supply is on
  • Compatible with large propane tanks and 1lb propane tanks with an appropriate adaptor
  • Maximum power: 4kWh (13648 BTU)
  • Not compatible with natural gas

About Ooni

Ooni was founded by Kristian Tapaninaho and Darina Garland, a husband-and-wife team that previously ran an education company that encouraged innovation, creativity, and problem solving within school communities. It was their passion for problem-solving that inspired them to create a gadget that solved one of their own problems.

Kristian enjoyed making pizza but was frustrated by his inability to recreate the restaurant-quality flavor he craved. He recognized the key component that was missing: high heat. Kristian then quickly discovered that the backyard wood-fired pizza ovens on the market were not only painfully expensive but bulky and difficult to use.

Kristian got to work transforming his idea into the world’s first-ever portable wood-fired pizza oven and thus Ooni was born. Kristian and Darina took the prototype and launched the first Ooni oven project on Kickstarter in November 2012. Not only did they quickly surpass their funding goal, but Ooni also caught the eyes of millions of people across the globe, resulting in swarms of supporters as well as retailer and media interest.

There are now six different Ooni pizza ovens available.

SummaryOoni was founded by a husband and wife team that wanted to create a way to make restaurant-quality pizzas at home. What began in 2012 as a project on Kickstarter quickly became one of the most popular portable pizza oven brands in the industry. There are now five different Ooni Pizza Ovens available.

Our thoughts

Overall, the Ooni Koda is a conveniently sized, portable, gas-powered oven that consistently churns out delicious pizza. Despite its smaller size, the Koda is still great for cooking other foods with an open flame, providing a flavor that you can’t get in an ordinary oven. While on the more expensive side, the Ooni Koda has proven time and time again to be worth every penny.

Review: 4/5

Update: One Year Later

Before the Ooni Koda was released, the Ooni Pro was our go-to pizza oven. The Ooni Pro transformed wood-fired cooking, so it was only a matter of time until Ooni unveiled a product that would have the same effect on the gas-fired pizza oven market. The Ooni Koda did just that. But after a full year of regular use, would the Ooni Koda be just as impressive? Here are my findings:

  1. It handles rain and snow just fine, but the black matte finish started losing some color. Make sure you get a cover if you're planning on leaving it outside.
  2. You have to turn down the heat once you insert the pizza; otherwise, the tight space will burn your pizzas. It might be a bit of a hassle at first, but once you get the hang of it, you'll start making perfect pizzas.
  3. It's very lightweight and probably the best portable oven I have tried to this date; this is the main thing that influences me to give it such a high score.
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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