5 best outdoor pizza ovens under $500 for perfect pies at home

Kelsey Chapman
Thursday 13 May 2021 15:16
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We’ve all heard the old jokes about how “when you’re eating bad pizza, at least it’s still pizza,” yada yada, but that’s no excuse to accept bad homemade pizza when you can invest a little money for an outdoor oven for beautifully crisp crust, oozing cheese, and charred-to-perfection toppings every time on your own patio.

Outdoor pizza ovens are more popular than ever, and with good reason. They’re easy to use, often highly transportable, and with temperatures reaching 950 degrees Farenheit or more, the options for cooking are hardly limited to just pizza. We browsed the web for some affordable options for folks who aren’t able to drop thousands on a high-end, overly complex version, and we found a shocking number of great machines for under the $500 mark.

Keep reading to see which of that batch we found the most reliable, best-selling, and most attractive to bring home to your own outdoor space. Stunning stainless or hearth-like stone alike, find the best outdoor pizza oven for you.

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ROCCBOX by Gozney Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven - Gas Fired, Fire & Stone Outdoor Pizza Oven, Includes Professional Grade Pizza Peel

With this intense, professional-grade oven reaching temperatures of nearly 1000 degrees Farenheit, you’ll have the taste Italy at home with the flip of a paddle. It’s also portable, making it easy to transport should you need to haul it to a friend’s house for an unforgettable party.

It’s fueled by gas or wood, safe to the touch thanks to an insulated body, and it has retractable legs and detachable dual-fuel burners as well as an inbuilt thermometer. This one sets a high standard for other ovens to beat and does so for just under our $500 budget.

Le Peppe Portable Wood Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven in Red

Made of durable stainless steel with a double-walled oven, this fiery red option lets you use wood chunks, wood chips, pellets, charcoal briquettes or lump charcoal in its easy-to-light and easy-to-load chamber. While it runs most efficiently around 650 degrees F, it can reach 900 easily. A peephole lets you check in without letting heat out, and the removable chimney makes it easy to transport.

Ooni Koda Portable Gas Pizza Oven

This West Elm option is gas-powered only, so charcoal lovers might want to pick another. However, this compact cooker is easy to move, made of powder coated carbon steel with a cordierite stone baking board, and can cook a 12-inch pizza in a minute flat. It weighs just over 20 pounds, so consider this if you’re looking to transport on vacation or to the park for fresh pizzas anywhere–you’d be the hit of the family reunion!

PetraTools Mini Pizza Oven

Small patio havers rejoice: this mini-oven gives you the fresh, bubbling cheesy goodness you want from a pizza while taking up significantly less space and coming in at under $175.

Outside of simply looking gorgeous, this pizza oven offers ergonomic design for an easy in/out system for cooking pizzas, but you can also fire up a host of sides: vegetables, fish, sausage, and BBQ are just a few of the items mentioned in the suggested uses of the oven. One reviewer even suggests using it as a firepit on cold nights when you want to gather guests outdoors!

Stainless Steel Countertop Pizza Oven in Chrome

With this Deco Chef oven, you can cook with lump charcoal or hardwood pellets via the removable fuel tray. This is a creative bonus since different flavors of hardwood pellets will net varied and wondrous flavors, infusing your pizza with a personal touch your family and friends won’t find elsewhere.

It reaches a maximum temperature of 950 degrees and boasts easy assembly, and its 33 pound weight means you can move it fairly easily as needed.

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