5 Of The Best Portable Pizza Ovens
We all love a good takeaway pizza, don’t we? But how cool would it be to be able to turn your own home into a makeshift pizzeria? Very cool. Or very hot, actually. Some portable pizza ovens have the capacity to get up to 500°C. That might sound a little terrifying but it’s that heat that makes them so good at cooking pizzas in minutes and kissing their crusts with those lovely black Dalmatian spots.
Before we go any further, it’s probably wise that I add a few important caveats. Because these portable pizza ovens aren’t for everyone. Not only are they pretty expensive but they also require you to have a decent amount of outside space to set them up in. I’m writing this as someone who doesn’t have enough room in his flat for a clothes horse let alone an outside space that can fit a flame-breathing behemoth of an outdoor pizza oven. If you do have the financial capacity to afford one of these – and a garden big enough for the job – a portable pizza oven can be a really fun investment. It’s one of those nerdy bits of kit that’ll add an immense amount of joy to your life and cause you to spend hours of your life researching dough proving times and how to get the very best out of your crusts.
No one needs a portable pizza but if you want one, these are the best portable pizza ovens available. From the ones like Ooni and Gozney, which your Instagram algorithm has probably already adv
Just make sure you choose a good topping and don’t go covering your lovely home-cooked pizza in barbecue sauce and chicken. Unless you’re into that sort of thing. Just don’t tell me if you are. Anyhoo… thee are the best portable pizza ovens on the market.
60 seconds. That’s all the time it takes for the Ooni Koda to regurgitate a perfectly cooked pizza. You might think that an oven that gets up to 500°C takes a while to get to temperature but the beauty of this gas-powered pizza oven is that it gets hot in just 15 minutes. This is basically the most convenient pizza oven in existence. It only weighs around 10kg and means you can even bung it in the car with you when you want to show up your mate at their next garden gathering.
Why should I buy it? It’s convenient, portable, and performs like a dream.
Igneus Minimo Pizza Oven
The problem with most outdoor pizza ovens is that even though they're technically "portable", they're also a massive nuisance to move to and fro. That might not sound like the biggest deal but just imagine that a supermodel invites you round theirs for the night and asks you to bring a means of making wood-fired pizza with you. The Ingenus Minimo Pizza Oven (which weighs in at just 15kg) is the perfect pizza for that occasion. It might not be large but it more than makes up for its lack of size in its performance. The fact that it’s wood-fired and fuelled by small 6″ pieces of kiln-dried hardwood also adds a nice “wildman” element to the whole thing that shines through in the rustic char of the pizzas.
Why should I buy it? It's small and nimble yet still great at feeding a crowd.
Not only does the Gozney Roccbox have one of the coolest names out there (‘Roccbox’ sounds like the sort of club your hair metal-loving girlfriend would hit up on a Friday night) but it’s one of the best performing pizza ovens, too. The restaurant-grade portable pizza oven is ideal for your garden whatever the weather. The standard version is gas-powered but having the option to turn it into a wood-fired version gives you the choice of how nerdy you want to get. This is a serious bit of kit. But, boy, is it a lot of fun.
Why should I buy it? Because you’ve always dreamed of opening your own pizza joint and this is the closest you’re going to get, pal.
Sage Smart Oven™ Pizzaiolo
Science isn’t cheap and this Smart Oven from Sage is incredibly scientific. This is the pizza oven you should be looking at if you don’t have any outside space. Why? Because you can use this wondrous oven on your benchtop inside. Yep, that’s right this is a pizza oven that you can have in your poky flat. I don’t know how it works exactly but it basically replicates the effect that you’d get from a proper brick oven. All you need to know is uncooked pizzas go into this bad boy and thin, crispy, and beautifully cooked ‘zas come out.
Why should I buy it? It’s space-age tech that you can have sitting on your kitchen counter. Plus, it makes cracking pizza.
The Firepod Pizza Oven Mk3
When it comes to portability, it’s hard to find a pizza oven that’s nimbler than The Firepod. This cute little fella runs on propane gas, which means you’ll be ready to cook in under 10 minutes, but it’s also super easy to lug about with you. Unlike a lot of the other brands out there, The Firepod was started via a Kickstarter campaign and has a real sense of community around it. It’s like a friendly cult where all everyone wants to do is help each other make excellent pizzas. It even comes with heaps of essential accessories (like a pizza peel and pizza stone) to help you get started right away.
Why should I buy it? Because everyone wants to be the guy that shows up to the party with a pizza oven.