Ooni Pizza Ovens: All 6 Models Compared & Reviewed


In the last few years, OoniOpens in a new tab. has gone from a relatively unknown pizza oven manufacturer based out of Scotland to a global leader in affordable outdoor pizza ovens. Their goal has been to bring the power of a traditional wood-fired Neapolitan style pizza oven to homes around the world. For the most part, OoniOpens in a new tab. has accomplished this goal with quite a bit of fanfare and critical acclaim.

Ooni carries 6 different pizza ovens along with a various assortment of accessories. Ooni’s main selling point is that each of their pizza ovens is able to reach a maximum temperature of 950°F (500°C) in only 15 minutes. The biggest differences between each of their ovens is the size of the baking surface and the kind of fuel they use: wood, charcoal, propane and, in some cases, natural gas.

Recently, OoniOpens in a new tab. won major kudos when their Karu 16Opens in a new tab. became the first and only pizza oven to be “recommended for domestic use” by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Neapolitan pizza in Italy and around the world. The Karu 16 model is distinct among Ooni pizza ovens for its ability to use wood, charcoal and even gas all in the same oven.

OvenPriceWhat’s Good
Ooni Frya 12Opens in a new tab.$299Cheapest oven, wood-fired, light, classic 12″ Neapolitan
Ooni Pro 16Opens in a new tab.$599Large pizzas, multi-fuel (wood, charcoal, propane), mid-range price, large oven door
Ooni Koda 12Opens in a new tab.$349Cheapest propane oven, ultra-portable, sleek design, classic 12″ Neapolitan
Ooni Koda 16Opens in a new tab.$499Large pizzas, sleek design, propane, natural gas support, portable, thicker stone
Ooni Karu 12Opens in a new tab.$349Cheapest multi-fuel oven (wood, charcoal, propane), classic 12″ Neapolitan
Ooni Karu 16Opens in a new tab.$799Large Pizzas, multi-fuel (wood, charcoal, propane),
Ooni pizza ovens in a nutshell.

Domenic’s Pick: “The Ooni Koda 16 is a gas fueled oven with a baking surface big enough to make 16 inch pizza. Priced at $499, this oven is the obvious choice for anyone likes making larger pizza and who doesn’t specifically want to cook with wood or charcoal.Check out the Ooni Koda 16 here.Opens in a new tab.

There’s an Ooni oven for every preference and budget.

What Is Ooni?

OoniOpens in a new tab. was founded around 10 years ago in Scotland by husband and wife duo Kristian Tapaninaho and Darina Garland.

Like many aspiring home-based pizza makers, Kristian was running into the inevitable problems associated with making pizza in a home oven: namely, it’s not nearly hot enough. In the amount of time it takes to bake a pizza from start to finish in a home oven (10+ minutes), most people will end up completely drying out their crust. Compare that to the 90 seconds it takes to bake a pizza in a professional wood-fired oven.

And while there are tricks and workarounds for making delicious pizza in a home oven (which is what I write about on this website), it’s just not going to be the same as one made in a professional Neapolitan style pizza oven that reaches temperatures of 950°F (500°C).

That “leopard spotting” you see on professionally made Neapolitan pizza just cannot be reproduced in a domestic home oven. For this, you need extreme heat which usually only comes from a large industrial sized pizza oven, or very expensive, less than ideal, home kitchen models.

This is what a pizza looks like in a professional pizza oven like the Ooni.

Ooni Pizza Ovens Comparison

Ooni Koda 12Opens in a new tab.Ooni Koda 16Opens in a new tab.Ooni Frya 12Opens in a new tab.Ooni Pro 16 Opens in a new tab.Ooni Karu 12Opens in a new tab.Ooni Karu 16Opens in a new tab.
Price$349$499$299$599$349$799
Pizza Size (Max)12 inches16 inches12 inches16 inches12 inches16 inches
Fuel TypePropanePropane, Natural GasWoodWood, Charcoal, PropaneWood, Charcoal, PropaneWood, Charcoal, Propane
Weight (lbs)20.440.12248.526.562.6
Max. Temperature950°F (500°C) 950°F (500°C) 950°F (500°C) 950°F (500°C) 950°F (500°C) 950°F (500°C)
Stone Width0.4 inches0.6 inches0.4 inches0.6 inches0.6 inches0.6 inches
Baking Surface Area13×13 inches16×16 inches13×13 inches17.7×17.7 inches13×13 inches16.7×24.5 inches
Natural Gas AttachmentNoYes (sold separately)NoNoNoNo
Price Per Square Inch (Cooking Surface)$2.06$1.94$1.76$1.91$2.06$1.95
Ooni Pizza Ovens Compared

Most of this data is available online from other sources, but what I’ve done here that I think is interesting is compiled the cost of each oven per square inch of baking surface.

This information might be useful, or at least interesting, for those looking to see which oven provides the most baking surface for the price of the oven.

Ooni Pizza Ovens Are Fairly Priced By Size & Features

What I like about seeing the data like this is that it shows that while the ovens vary in price quite a bit, the price per square inch is very similar for each oven. This means that Ooni has priced their ovens very fairly based on the features and size. Having said that, let’s get into the data looking at the top 3 least expensive Ooni ovens based on price per square inch.

Max Pizza SizePrice Per Square InchBaking SurfaceFuelPrice
Ooni Frya 12Opens in a new tab.12 inches$1.7613×13 inchesWood$299
Ooni Pro 16Opens in a new tab.16 inches$1.9117.7×17.7 inchesWood, Charcoal, Propane$599
Ooni Koda 16Opens in a new tab.16 inches$1.9416×16 inchesPropane$499
These are the top 3 least expensive Ooni pizza ovens per square inch.

Not surprisingly, the Ooni Frya 12, the least expensive oven at $299, comes in at only $1.76 per square inch of baking surface. This means the Ooni Frya 12Opens in a new tab. will make you the most pizza for each dollar that you spend in total.

However, for this option you need to be OK with using wood exclusively (and the smoke it produces) as this oven does not support the more convenient and precise propane option. This oven is also not big enough to make a 16 inch pizza, so you’ll have to be OK with a standard Neapolitan sized 12 inch pizza.

At 2nd place, we have the Ooni Pro 16Opens in a new tab. pizza oven priced at $599 coming in at $1.91 per square inch of baking surface. Although Ooni Pro 16 is over twice the price of the Ooni Frya 12, it’s much bigger and much more versatile. This oven has a larger baking area, a thicker stone (which retains more heat) and gives you the choice of using either propane, wood or charcoal all in the same unit.

At 3rd place, we have the Ooni Koda 16Opens in a new tab. oven priced at $499. The Ooni Koda 16 is only a few cents more per square inch as compared to the Ooni Pro 16 but it has a slightly smaller baking area and uses propane exclusively. However, the Ooni Koda 16 is a full $100 cheaper than the Ooni Pro 16 making it 20% less expensive. That’s a big discount on a very similarly sized and featured oven.

Final Verdicts:

With all of that data out of the way, I’m going to subjectively rank each of the 3 least expensive ovens per square inch. This won’t necessarily tell you which oven is best fit for you, but it will give you an idea of which ones potentially give you the most value for your money based on the features that the average person will use most.

#1: Ooni Koda 16

Why: Large baking surface, mid-range price, propane only, smoke free.

#2: Ooni Frya 12

Why: By far the least expensive of all ovens, wood-fired.

#3: Ooni Pro 16

Why: Most versatile oven, largest baking surface, good value for the money, multi-fuel options.

#1 Ooni Koda 16: Best Fit For Most PeopleOpens in a new tab.

The Ooni Koda 16 is probably going to be the pizza oven of choice for most people out there. This oven has a baking surface large enough to make a full-sized 16 inch pizza and uses propane which is easiest and most convenient of all fuel types. Wood and charcoal have their benefits as well, but there’s a much steeper learning curve and propane allows you a lot of flexibility and precision in terms of how hot you want your oven.

Priced at $499, the Ooni Koda 16 sits right in the middle of the price range compared to all other Ooni ovens while delivering most of the benefits of the more expensive ones. Unless you really want the option to use charcoal or wood, or never plan on making a pizza larger than 12 inches, the Ooni Koda 16 is probably going to be a good fit for you.

The Ooni Koda 16 also gives you the flexibility to use it (outside) in high density areas since it doesn’t produce smoke that might irritate your family or neighbors.

#2 Ooni Frya 12: The Classic Neapolitan ChoiceOpens in a new tab.

If your primary goal is to make classic 12 inch Neapolitan style pizza in a wood-fired oven just like they do in Naples, the Ooni Frya 12 is the best choice.

Priced at only $299, the Ooni Frya 12 is by far the least expensive oven in Ooni’s entire pizza oven lineup. This oven is also the least expensive according to my own price per square inch scale as well, coming in at only $1.74 per square inch of baking surface.

While there will undoubtedly be a bit of learning curve getting used to lighting the oven with wood and adjusting the flame to your liking, the Ooni Frya 12 will allow you to make pizza as delicious and authentic as any other oven offered by Ooni for only $299. Just make sure you have an appropriate space to use this oven since it does burn wood and produces a light smoke.

#3 Ooni Pro 16: All The Bells & Whistles (If You Need Them)Opens in a new tab.

If you plan on pushing your pizza oven to the limit, the Ooni Pro 16 has all the bells and whistles of the most expensive ovens for a much lower price.

Priced at $599, the Ooni Pro 16 is more expensive than the other 2 on this price per square inch list, but it has all of the features of the most expensive oven Ooni offers. The only significant difference between the Ooni Pro 16 and the Ooni Karu 16 is the multi-fuel option and the extra $200 price tag.

For those of you who want to make large and small pizza using wood, charcoal and propane for fuel, the Ooni Pro 16 is the obvious choiceOpens in a new tab..

Ooni Pizza Ovens: Pros, Cons & Full Breakdown

Now that we’ve gone over in detail the 3 top choices according to my criteria, let’s get into the nitty gritty for the entire Ooni pizza oven lineup. Just because I chose to focus on the Ooni Frya 12Opens in a new tab., Ooni Koda 16Opens in a new tab. and Ooni Pro 16Opens in a new tab. above doesn’t mean one of their other ovens isn’t a better choice for you.

Ooni Koda 12 Gas Powered Pizza Oven

Pros:

Ultra-portable, clean and inexpensive.

Cons:

Can only make 12 inch pizzas and the stone is thinner than other options.

Ooni Koda 12 Gas Powered Pizza Oven

Domenic Vitulli

Price: $349
Fuel: Propane
Max Pizza Size: 12 inches
Heat-up Time: 15 minutes
Weight: 20lbs
Stone width: 0.4 inches
Foldable Legs: Yes
Max Temperature: 950°F (500°C)

Summary

The Ooni Koda 12 is a gas powered pizza oven capable of making pizzas up to 12 inches in size. Priced at $349, this oven is the lowest priced Ooni propane option, which probably makes it a good choice for many people.

This oven is very comparable in size and price to the Ooni Frya 12 which sells for $299 but that oven is fueled exclusively by wood. Wood is great and has many benefits, but your average backyard pizza maker probably just wants to light the oven and be done with it like you can with propane using the Ooni Koda 12.

The Ooni Koda 12 gives you the option of a small, portable oven that runs exclusively on propane. This means you can very easily take this oven wherever you are going and do not have to worry about cleaning up fuel residue (as with wood and charcoal) every time you use it.

4.7

Ooni Pro 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven

Pros:

Flexible fuel options (wood, charcoal or propane) fits large pizza, mid-range price, thick pizza stone, wide doors fits other dishes (roasts, etc.)

Cons:

Not very portable, legs don’t fold up, heavy.

Ooni Pro 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven

Domenic Vitulli

Price: $599
Fuel: Wood, Charcoal, Propane
Max Pizza Size: 16 inches
Heat-up Time: 20 minutes
Weight: 48.5lbs
Stone width: 0.6 inches
Foldable Legs: No
Max Temperature: 950°F (500°C)

Summary

The Ooni Pro 16 is easily the most versatile pizza Ooni oven capable of using 3 types of fuel and big enough to fit up to a 16 inch pizza. Priced at $599, the Ooni Pro 16 is the least expensive multi-fuel pizza oven for its large size.

The Ooni Pro 16 fits somewhere in between the Koda 16 and Karu 16 in terms of price and features. However, unlike those ovens, the Ooni Pro 16 features an extra tall opening height which is perfect for cooking other irregularly shaped items like chicken or beef roasts (in a pan, of course).

The Ooni Pro 16 is perfect for someone who wants to use their oven with different kinds of fuels for different occasions, as well as wants the ability to cook various kinds of foods besides pizza. But remember, those extra features come at the cost of weight (it weighs twice as much as some of the smaller ovens), so this oven is best for those who do not plan on moving it very often.

4.4

Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven

Pros:

Super portable, light weight, multi-fuel options, inexpensive.

Cons:

No option for larger pizzas, propane attachment sold separately.

Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven

Domenic Vitulli

Price: $349
Fuel: Wood, Charcoal, Propane
Max Pizza Size: 12 inches
Heat-up Time: 15 minutes
Weight: 26.5lbs
Stone width: 0.6 inches
Foldable Legs: Yes
Max Temperature: 950°F (500°C)

Summary

The Ooni Karu 12 is without a doubt the smallest, least expensive variant capable of using multiple types of fuel. Priced at only $349, this pizza oven packs a lot of value for the features it offers.

The Ooni Karu 12 is the little sibling of the much larger and more expensive Ooni Karu 16 priced at $799. Where the Karu 12 differs is in its much smaller size and weight, making a lot more portable. The biggest difference, however, between the Ooni Karu 12 and Ooni Karu 16 is the price tag – this oven is less than half the price of its bigger and heavier sibling ($349 vs $799).

If your objective is to make standard Neapolitan sized pizza (12 inches) in a multi-fueled oven that you can take anywhere, the Ooni Karu 12 oven is the obvious choice. And for only $349, you really cannot go wrong here.

4.8

Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven

Pros:

Least expensive oven, portable, gravity-fed wood pellet hopper.

Cons:

Wood-pellet fuel only.

Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven

Domenic Vitulli

Price: $299
Fuel: Wood
Max Pizza Size: 12 inches
Heat-up Time: 15 minutes
Weight: 22lbs
Stone width: 0.4 inches
Foldable Legs: Yes
Max Temperature: 950°F (500°C)

Summary

The Ooni Frya 12 is the least expensive pizza oven in the entire Ooni collection. Priced at only $299, the Ooni Frya 12 oven is the easiest and cheapest way to make authentic wood-fired Neapolitan style pizza right at home.

Weighing in at only 22lbs, the Ooni Frya 12 has two main things going for it: portability and affordability. The Ooni Frya 12 is the smallest Ooni oven that supports wood-pellet fuel and also the only oven priced less than $300.

With its unique gravity-fed wood-pellet hopper, the Ooni Frya 12 is one of the most efficient and least expensive wood-fired oven available to home based consumers.

I recommend this oven to anyone looking to bring an authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza oven home, or wherever else they are going, while spending the least amount of money doing so.

4.4

Ooni Koda 16 Gas Powered Pizza Oven

Pros:

Mid-range price, large baking surface, multiple gas options, sleek.

Cons:

Doesn’t support wood or charcoal.

With its huge set of features and great price, the Ooni Koda 16 gets my personal seal of approval! This oven’s large size and superior flame control makes it perfect for making large NYC style pizza at a lower heat as well as smaller Neapolitan style pizza at a higher heat without fussing around with wood or charcoal.

Ooni Koda 16 Gas Powered Pizza Oven

Domenic Vitulli

Price: $499
Fuel: Propane, natural gas
Max Pizza Size: 16 inches
Heat-up Time: 20 minutes
Weight: 40lbs
Stone width: 0.6 inches
Foldable Legs: Yes
Max Temperature: 950°F (500°C)

Summary

The Ooni Koda 16 is easily my personal favorite Ooni pizza oven. Priced at only $499, this oven brings nearly all of the features of the more expensive ovens while still being as sleek and portable as the smaller ones.

With a thick 0.6 inch cordierite pizza stone, large baking surface and weighing only 40lbs, the Ooni Koda 16 has almost everything you could want in a pizza oven. The Ooni Koda 16 is my pizza oven of choice and the oven that, in my opinion, exemplifies the blend of superior craftsmanship and affordability Ooni is known for.

The Ooni Koda 16 has all of the features that the other more expensive ovens have, except for wood and charcoal support, for nearly half the price in some cases. The Ooni Koda 16 is also the only oven to support natural gas, with a separately sold attachment, if that is something available to you. However, for most people, propane is going to be the easiest and most convenient choice anyways.

If you are interested in making authentic professional quality pizza in a large inexpensive oven (and do not care about using charcoal or wood) the Ooni Koda 16 is the obvious choice.

4.8

Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven

Pros:

Very versatile, can do everything other ovens can, includes a mounted thermometer, tall oven door.

Cons:

Very heavy, not portable, most expensive oven.

Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven

Domenic Vitulli

Price: $799
Fuel: Wood, charcoal, propane
Max Pizza Size: 16 inches
Heat-up Time: 15 minutes
Weight: 62.6lbs
Stone width: 0.6 inches
Foldable Legs: Yes
Max Temperature: 950°F (500°C)

Summary

The Ooni Karu 16 is the pizza oven for those who are not willing to compromise anything except portability and cost. Priced at $799, the Ooni Karu 16 is the most expensive pizza oven Ooni offers with the most robust set of features.

Compared to the rest of the Ooni pizza oven lineup, the Ooni Karu 16 pretty much has it all: an extra large baking surface, a tall opening for inserting different sized pans, multi-fuel options and even a mounted thermometer so you always know how hot your oven is. The only thing this oven does not have is the option for natural gas as that is exclusive to the Ooni Koda 16.

The Ooni Karu 16 is an excellent pizza oven that is sure to please almost everyone, but before you drop $799 on this oven make sure you understand and want all the extra features that it offers. To be honest, this oven offers nearly all of the same features as the Ooni Pro 16 which sells for $599 – a full $200 cheaper. What the Ooni Karu 16 offers that the Ooni Pro 16 does not is an extra large baking surface, a digital thermometer and a specially designed door window that allows you to see in while it is closed.

The Ooni Karu 16 is also over 20lbs heavier than the similarly featured Ooni Pro 16, so be aware that it is not nearly (or at least easily) as portable as other options. However, despite the higher price tag, the Ooni Karu 16 is only $1.95 per square inch of baking surface, so it is not overpriced compared to the other ovens as long as you want the features it offers.

4.4

How Ooni Compares To Other Pizza Oven Brands

Max Pizza SizePrice Per Square InchBaking SurfaceFuelPrice
Ooni Frya 12Opens in a new tab.12 inches$1.7613×13 inchesWood$299
Ooni Pro 16Opens in a new tab.16 inches$1.9117.7×17.7 inchesWood, Charcoal, Propane$599
Ooni Koda 16Opens in a new tab.16 inches$1.9416×16 inchesPropane$499
Bertello Pizza OvenOpens in a new tab.12 inches$1.7712.5×13.5 inchesWood, Charcoal$300
Ardore Pizza Party15 inches$4.2515.75×15.75LPG, Propane, Butane$1055
Gozney RoccboxOpens in a new tab.12 inches$3.2412.4×12.4Wood, Gas$499
These are the top 3 least expensive Ooni pizza ovens per square inch.

I’ve compared 3 of the least expensive Ooni ovens per square inch of baking surface to a few comparable pizza ovens from other brands.

As you can see, the only brand that comes close to matching Ooni price and features is the Bertello outdoor pizza oven. The Bertello pizza oven supports wood and charcoal and fits up to 12 inch pizzas for $300. This is very similar to the Ooni Karu 12Opens in a new tab. oven that sells for $349.

However, if you look at the Roccbox by Gozney or the Ardore Pizza Party ovens it’s not even comparable. These are fine ovens with lots of features that I’m sure make amazing pizza, but for the price you’re paying it makes a lot more sense to go with an Ooni oven instead.

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Related Questions:

Can Ooni Pizza Oven Be Used Indoors?

All Ooni pizza ovens are designed exclusively for outdoor use which means they cannot be used safely indoors. You should only use your Ooni oven in well ventilated outdoor space with at least a few meters between the oven any outside walls.

Can Ooni Pizza Oven Stay Outside?

Ooni pizza ovens are robustly designed and able to withstand things like rain and snow for short periods of time. However, it’s not a good idea to leave your Ooni oven outside indefinitely because this can slowly degrade the oven over time and reduce its working lifespan.

Is The Ooni Pizza Oven Worth It?

An Ooni pizza oven is well worth the cost if you have a desire to make professional quality pizza at home. The main benefit to a pizza oven like Ooni is its ability to get really hot really fast, which is exactly how pizzerias and restaurants make pizza that’s flaky and charred on the outside while still being soft in the middle.

Which Ooni Oven Should I Get?

My favorite Ooni pizza oven is the Ooni Koda 16 which has the benefits of being large, is powered by propane for precise flame control and is reasonably priced at $499. If, however, you’re looking for the least expensive Ooni oven, the wood-fired Ooni Frya 12 priced at $299 is a fine choice as well.

What Size Ooni Is Best?

Determining which Ooni is the best size for you really depends on how large of a pizza you plan on making. If you like standard sized Neapolitan pizza, you’ll do well with the 12 inch series ovens like the Ooni Karu 12, Ooni Koda 12 and Ooni Frya 12. If you prefer larger New York sized pizzas, you’ll need one of the 16 inch ovens like the Ooni Koda 16, Ooni Karu 16 and Ooni Pro 16 ovens

Which Ooni Makes The Best Pizza?

One of the best things about Ooni is that each of their ovens is capable of making an equally authentic and delicious pizza. This means that no single Ooni oven makes the best pizza compared to the others, rather it’s more about your own preferences. If you like Neapolitan style, you’ll be fine buying one of the smaller Ooni ovens. But if you like New York style pizza, you’ll need to pay a bit more for a larger Ooni oven.

Where Are Ooni Ovens Made?

Ooni is a global brand of pizza ovens made in China and designed in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

How Long Does It Take To Cook A Pizza In An Ooni Pizza Oven?

A Neapolitan style pizza cooked in an Ooni oven at maximum temperature (950F) will generally take about 60 seconds to fully cook. A New York style pizza, on the other hand, should be cooked at a lower temperature (500F-600F) and will therefore taking several minutes longer to cook.

Which Ooni Makes New York Style Pizza?

A New York style pizza can be cooked in any Ooni oven, but remember that unlike Neapolitan pizza, New York style pizza is cooked at a much lower temperature (500F-600F vs 950F). For this reason, I recommend using one of Ooni’s gas ovens, like the Ooni Koda 16, because the flame can be very easily and precisely adjusted unlike with wood or charcoal. This oven is also 16 inches wide which is only slightly smaller than a standard New York style pizza.

Which Ooni Pizza Peel Is Best?

Ooni sells several different kinds of pizza peels so finding the best one for you can seem like a challenge at first. The best Ooni pizza peel is going to be the one that’s large enough for the pizza you plan on making. If you plan on making 16 inch pizza, you’ll need a peel that’s at least 16 inches wide. I recommend the Ooni 16″ Pizza Peel for anyone with an oven larger than 12 inches so you have the option to make any sized pizza you want.

Which Ooni Is Better – Gas Or Wood?

Gas and wood-fired Ooni ovens each have their own strengths and weaknesses. The benefit of wood is the smoky flavor it adds to the pizza when it cooks, while the benefit of gas is ease of use and precise flame control.

Can Ooni Run On Natural Gas?

The Ooni Koda 16 pizza oven is capable of running on propane as well as natural gas with an optional attachment. This makes the Ooni Koda 16 one of the few pizza ovens on the market you can hook up to your own natural gas supply.

Can Ooni Karu Use Wood Pellets?

Yes, the Ooni Karu 12 and Ooni Karu 16 are both capable of using wood pellets, charcoal and propane.

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