Jessica DeMay

Ooni Pizza Ovens (Which One is the Best?)

Ooni Pizza Ovens make it easy to create restaurant-quality pizzas at home, but how do you know which Ooni is right for you? We took an in-depth look at three Ooni Pizza Ovens – Ooni Fyra, Ooni Koda, and Ooni Pro – to find out which one stands out from the others and which one is most worthy of your time and money.
New Ooni Karu 16
  • Reaches 950F in just 15 minutes
  • Hinged glass door with ViewFlame™ technology
  • Built in stone thermometer
Ooni Karu 16" Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven
Ooni Koda 16
  • Has the newer L-burner
  • Out-of-this-world results
  • Can run on natural gas
Ooni Koda 16" Gas Powered Pizza Oven
Ooni Koda 12
  • Very affordable
  • Heats up in 15-20 mins
  • Portable
Ooni Koda 12" Gas Powered Pizza Oven
Ooni Fyra
  • Very compact
  • Lightweight
  • Incredible results
Ooni Fyra 12" Wood Pellet Pizza Oven
Ooni Karu 12
  • Heats up in 15 minutes
  • Cool-touch handle
  • Built-in thermometer
Ooni Karu 12" Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven
Ooni Pro 16
  • Makes a crust to die for
  • Wood-oven taste
  • Very high build quality
Ooni Pro 16" Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven

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 will never be the same.

Oven Wood Gas Portable
Ooni Karu 16 Yes Yes Yes
Ooni Koda 16 No Yes Yes
Ooni Koda No Yes Yes
Ooni Fyra Yes No Yes
Ooni Karu Yes No Yes
Ooni Pro Yes Yes Yes

Which is the Best Ooni Pizza Oven?

The Best Ooni Pizza oven is Ooni Karu 16

Cooking with the Ooni Karu 16 is a truly magical experience. It heats up fast, cooks perfectly and doesn't burn the pizza. With the new ViewFlame™ glass window door, the Karu 16 makes the pizza making experience is remarkably satisfying.

Best Overall: Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Oven

Overall rating (1-5): 5
Price: $799
Portable: Yes
Includes: ViewFlame™ glass oven door, Cordierite pizza stone, Ooni Karu 16 chimney, Chimney cap, Burner tray & grate, Draft Defender Plate, Fuel hatch, Digital thermometer, Essentials guide
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: Pizzas up to 16 inches, steaks, fish, vegetables, bread

Read the full Ooni Karu 16 Review

Our First Impressions of the Ooni Karu 16

The Karu 16, the newest pizza oven by Ooni, is large enough to handle massive 16-inch pizzas and gives you the option to choose between cooking with wood, charcoal, or gas. The Ooni Karu 16 comes with new features like a digital front-mounted thermometer and a hinged, full-glass oven door. The oven heats to a whopping 932 degrees Fahrenheit (500C) in 15 minutes and can cook a 16-inch pizza in just 60 seconds. Within two minutes, the oven is reheated and ready to cook the next pizza, which means less waiting in between pizza bakes. At $799, the Ooni Karu 16 is the most expensive Ooni pizza oven, but its long list of innovate features and impressive performance make it worth every penny.

Our Final Verdict of the Ooni Karu 16

The Ooni Karu 16 isn’t a cheap appliance, but it features the most impressive, innovative technology you can find in a home pizza oven. Ooni pizza ovens have been flying off shelves and selling out online for a while now and the Ooni Karu 16 is expected to be the most popular model to date. Anyone, from beginners to professionals, can appreciate and enjoy cooking with the Ooni Karu 16, especially once they bite into the flame-cooked, restaurant-quality pizza it produces.

Best Propane Oven: Ooni Koda 16

Overall rating (1-5): 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): 5
Build quality (1-5): 5
Best suited for: Pizzas up to 16 inches, steaks, fish, and vegetables

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 of the Ooni Koda 16

While the difference between the Koda and the Koda 16 isn't huge, there are a few improvements. First, it uses the new L-shaped burner which cooks your pizzas more evenly. In other words, you only have to turn the pizzas once instead of three times. Another new feature is that the Ooni Koda 16 can run on natural gas, but you will need the separately sold Ooni Koda 16 Natural Gas Conversion Kit.

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.

SummaryThe Ooni Koda 16 has the large surface area of the Ooni Pro and cooks just like the Ooni Koda. This portable pizza oven runs on gas and can accommodate pizzas up to 16 inches.

Read the Ooni Koda 16 review

Best Day-to-Day Oven: 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 of the Ooni Koda

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.

SummaryThe Ooni Koda is a gas-powered pizza oven that is more portable and easier to store than the Ooni Pro. It heats quickly, cooks fast, and can accommodate pizzas up to 12 inches.

Read the full Ooni Koda Review

Best Compact: Ooni Fyra

Overall rating (1-5): 4
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 of the Ooni Fyra

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!

SummaryThe Ooni Fyra is a wood-fired, portable pizza oven and at $249, it is the most affordable Ooni Pizza Oven. The Ooni Fyra has a removable chimney for easy storage and is fueled by energy-efficient, sustainably-sourced wood pellets.

Read the full Ooni Fyra Review

Best Portability: 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 of the Ooni Karu

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.

SummaryThe Ooni Karu is the most versatile of all the Ooni Pizza Ovens. It is a wood- and charcoal-fueled oven that can also be fueled with gas if you purchase the additional attachment.

Read the full Ooni Karu Review

Best Wood Fire Oven: Ooni Pro

Ooni Pro

Note: the Ooni Pro 16 is completely sold out on Ooni's website and you can't pre-order it. If you can't wait, we strongly recommend the Ooni Karu 16. It's a gas fired oven which produces phenomenal results.

Overall rating (1-5): 5
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 of the Ooni Pro

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.

SummaryThe Ooni Pro is the largest Ooni Pizza Oven, but it’s an impressive appliance. For $599, you get an Ooni Pro that heats quickly, cooks fast, and can be fueled with wood or gas. Not to mention you can use it to cook a lot more than just pizza.

Read the full Ooni Pro Review

Ooni Products FAQ

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.
No. All Ooni pizza ovens were designed to use with propane gas only.
All Ooni products are designed in Scotland, manufactured in China, and sold in the UK, EU, and the US.
Hands down the Ooni Pro. It's a real wood fire oven, but if you prefer gas, you can use an Ooni Gas Burner (sold seperately).
Yes, you can use an Ooni oven in both rain and snow. But when you aren't using it, make sure you store it indoor to maintain it's condition.
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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