Note: This is a comparative analysis of Ooni and Roccbox pizza ovens. If you’re looking for a review of the Roccbox specifically, you can find it here. Otherwise, keep on reading…
If you’re in the market for a new pizza oven, you’ve no doubt heard of Ooni and Gozney Roccbox. These two brands are some of the biggest and most well known domestic outdoor pizza oven manufacturers around.
Ooni and Roccbox are both pizza ovens that support gas, wood and charcoal fueling options. The Roccbox is a pizza oven priced at $499 and large enough for a 12 inch pizza, while Ooni sells a range of pizza ovens priced from $349-$799 with options for 12 inch and 16 inch pizza.
Bottom-line: For most people, the best pizza oven is going to be one of Ooni’s many reasonably priced options compared to the capable (but more expensive) Roccbox by Gozney. Depending on how you like your pizza, I recommend going with the Ooni Karu 12 or the Ooni Koda 16 for similar features and price to the Roccbox.
|Oven:||Price:||What I Like:|
|Ooni Fyra 12||$349||Cheapest oven, wood-fired, light, classic 12″ Neapolitan|
|Ooni Pro 16||$599||Large pizzas, multi-fuel (wood, charcoal, propane), mid-range price, large oven door|
|Ooni Koda 12||$399||Cheapest propane oven, ultra-portable, sleek design, classic 12″ Neapolitan|
|Ooni Koda 16||$599||Large pizzas, sleek design, propane, natural gas support, portable, thicker stone|
|Ooni Karu 12||$399||Cheapest multi-fuel oven (wood, charcoal, propane), classic 12″ Neapolitan|
|Ooni Karu 16||$799||Large Pizzas, multi-fuel (wood, charcoal, propane)|
|Gozney Roccbox||$499||Great insulation, nice look and excellent propane burner.|
While this pros and cons list might lean towards Ooni, it doesn’t mean Ooni is going to be the best choice for everyone. Let’s go over which Ooni ovens compare to the Gozney Roccbox, then discuss their cost and features to figure out which one is best for you.
Ooni Vs Roccbox In Numbers:
One of the main differences between Ooni and Roccbox is that Ooni sells 6 different pizza ovens while, currently, Gozney Roccbox only offers one. This makes things simple in terms of having fewer ovens to compare but can still be confusing if you don’t know which Ooni ovens are roughly equivalent.
To simplify this, I’ve limited the number of Ooni ovens to just the closest equivalents to the Roccbox in terms of price and features. Let’s take a look at those ovens now:
|Feature||Gozney Roccbox||Ooni Karu 12||Ooni Koda 16|
|Pizza Size (max)||12 inches||12 inches||16 inches|
|Fuel Type(s)||Wood, Charcoal, Propane||Wood, Charcoal, Propane||Propane|
|Max. Temperature||950°F (500°C)||950°F (500°C)||950°F (500°C)|
|Baking Surface Area||12.4×12.4||13×13 inches||16×16 inches|
|Price Per Square Inch (Baking Surface)||$3.24||$2.36||$2.33|
Update: Gozney now offers a second domestic pizza oven called the Dome. You can read my take on it here.
The Roccbox Is Most Similar To The Ooni Koda 16 and Ooni Karu 12
The two Ooni ovens that immediately come to mind when comparing to the Roccbox is the Ooni Karu 12 and the Ooni Koda 16. As you can see in the table above, the Ooni Karu 12 shares most of the same features as the Roccbox while the Ooni Koda 16 shares the same price with a slightly different set of features.
The Ooni Karu 12 has a 13×13 baking surface, room for a 12 inch pizza, and supports multiple fuel types. This makes it the most similar oven to the Gozney Roccbox in terms of features with the major exception being weight. The Roccbox weighs nearly twice as much as the Ooni Karu 12, weighing in at 44lbs compared to 26.5lbs for the Ooni.
The Roccbox is relatively small so all that extra weight mostly comes from the dense insulating layers that help the oven retain heat. This is a nice feature, as the Roccbox definitely does a good job at staying hot, but for most people this isn’t going to be a huge concern.
Considering a pizza cooks in as little as 90 seconds at 950°F (500°C), retaining heat for extended periods of time is probably not a big selling point for the Roccbox unless you plan on making dozens of pizzas in a row or using it commercially.
This compares to the Ooni Karu 12 (for example), which does all of the same things for a significantly lower price and nearly half the weight.
What is nice about having such dense insulating layers, however, is that the outside of the Roccbox remains relatively cool to the touch even at full temperature. It’s still hot, and you still want to keep your pets and children away from it, but compared to the Ooni, the Roccbox does a better job at keeping the outside surface from reaching skin-scalding temperatures.
|Roccbox (Gozney)||-Multi-fuel support (wood, charcoal, gas)||-Expensive compared to similar Ooni ovens|
|-Makes excellent pizza||-Very heavy|
|-Relatively cool outside surface||-Only room for 12 inch pizza|
|-Outside thermometer included||-Small opening makes rotating pizza difficult|
|-Thick insulation keeps temp consistent|
|Ooni Collection||-6 ovens to choose from||-Lots of overlapping features between ovens|
|-Larger 16 inch options||-Baking stone is on the thinner side|
|-Convenient wood pellet loading system||-Not all wood ovens use new wood pellet design|
|-Larger opening for easy pizza rotating|
Gozney Roccbox – One Oven To Rule Them All?
The Roccbox by Gozney is a one stop shop in terms of their pizza oven collection. As of writing, Gozney only offers the Roccbox compared to Ooni which currently offers 6 different pizza ovens to choose from. (Update: This has changed with the introduction of the Gozney Dome. Read about it here.)
Offering fewer choices can sometimes be helpful for prospective pizza oven buyers because it makes their product line clear and discernible. This is especially true when selecting from a single product!
The Roccbox Is A Great But Flawed Pizza Oven
The Roccbox by Gozney is a versatile outdoor pizza oven capable of using three different types of fuel (wood, charcoal and propane). The Roccbox is fully able to deliver wood-fired deliciousness at temperatures of up to 950°F (500°C) which makes it perfect for Neapolitan style pizza.
Despite the Roccbox’s ability to make amazing pizza, its main drawbacks are price and weight.
Priced at $499, the Roccbox has trouble competing with similar Ooni ovens at similar price points. And weighing over 44lbs, owners of the Roccbox might be reluctant to bring it places much further than their backyard.
I also don’t like recommending wood or charcoal pizza ovens that don’t have a chimney. A chimney improves air-flow and directs smoke away from the cooking area. This was an oversight in my opinion, but if you’re using propane it won’t be much of an issue.
In terms of quality pizza, however, the Roccbox delivers, and there are a few features it has that others do not such as an extra thick layer of insulation to prevent scalding temperatures on the outside surface and a built-in thermometer.
Let’s be clear about one thing first: with the Roccbox, you will be able to make top quality pizza as good as anything you can make in an Ooni or any other professional pizza oven. But with this point comes the crux of the issue and the reason why the Roccbox is so difficult to recommend.
If a pizza made in a Roccbox is no better or worse than one made in an Ooni, then why wouldn’t you buy an Ooni? It’s a valid question when you consider how near the Roccbox is in features and how far away it is in price compared to the Ooni Karu 12.
The only exception I can see to this, where the Roccbox might be preferable, is in commercial uses. Because the Roccbox is so thick and heavy, it does an excellent job retaining heat which makes it ideal for cooking many pizzas at a time, one after another.
The Ooni options, on the other hand, are lighter and less insulated. This means Ooni ovens lose heat more quickly than the Roccbox and so need to be “reheated” for a minute or two between each pizza. However, for most people who will only ever make 1-3 pizzas at a time, the extra insulation won’t be as important.
Wood Options Are More Difficult With Roccbox
While both the Roccbox and select Ooni options support wood, the two aren’t completely equal. The Roccbox has a traditional wood burner while the Ooni uses gravity fed wood pellets in addition to traditional wood. The wood pellets used by the Ooni are easier to load and burn more efficiently than the traditional wood-fired Roccbox.
The way the Roccbox works is by feeding small pieces of wood into the attached wood burner. Unless you buy your wood in small pieces you will most likely need to chop it up yourself. This task in itself will probably be too much of a hassle, and potentially dangerous, for most people.
As the fire continues to burn, you’ll need to feed more pieces of wood into the small slot on the back of the burner to keep the flame going. It can sometimes be difficult to cram the pieces in and if they’re not cut correctly they simply won’t fit in at all.
Once you’ve sourced appropriately sized pieces of wood and have your fire up and running, however, the burner works great in terms of heating up the Roccbox. As long as you let the flame heat the stone for long enough, you’ll have no trouble cooking up a perfectly made pizza. But – again – if the Roccbox and Ooni both make good pizza, what is the incentive to choose Roccbox when it’s more expensive and less convenient?
To get around some of the inconvenience of using wood, many Roccbox users use propane to get the oven to a nice hot temperature then switch to wood at the very end to add a smoky flavor to their pizza. This is a nice little trick but it would be nice if the wood wasn’t as much of a pain to get going in the first place.
Ooni’s Gravity Fed Pellets Are A Better Wood Burning Solution
Ooni has two methods for using wood in its ovens. The first is by slotting small pieces of hardwood into a compartment on the top of the unit, such as with the Ooni Karu 12 oven. This is similar to the way the Roccbox works but the wood is easier to load and the opening to slot the pieces in is bigger.
The second method Ooni uses is a unique gravity fed wood pellet solution. In my opinion, this is the best and most efficient way to use wood in a pizza oven. The way it works is by simply scooping up some wood pellets and pouring them into the fuel tray. You can top up the pellets by pouring more into the pellet hopper.
As the fire burns, extra pellets are gravity fed from the hopper into the fuel tray to keep the flame going as you cook. This is a really innovative and convenient solution that makes cooking with wood much easier than the traditional methods.
Currently, this option is only available on the Ooni Fyra 12 but I hope they add it to their other wood-fired ovens in the future.
Ooni: 6 Ovens To Choose From
Compared to Roccbox with its single oven offering, there are more decisions you’ll have to make when buying an Ooni. So far we’ve mentioned the Ooni Koda 16, Ooni Karu 12 and Ooni Fyra 12. Here’s what I love about each of those ovens:
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Ooni Pizza Oven Collection
Ooni offers 6 different pizza ovens of different sizes and feature sets. Which Ooni oven is best for you largely depends on what type of fuel you plan on using and how big you prefer your pizza. For NY style pizza, I recommend going the Oon Koda 16 which is large enough for a 16 inch pizza and can be easily temperature adjusted using propane. For Neapolitan style pizza, I recommend the Ooni Fyra 12 with its low price point and specialization in wood-fired cooking using its unique gravity-fed pellet design.
The Ooni Koda 16 is a 16 inch oven, meaning it can make up to a 16 inch pizza, and is fueled only by propane. So, if you’re looking for something fueled by wood or charcoal like the Roccbox, this oven isn’t for you. But I think for most people, propane is going to be a far more convenient option anyways.
The Ooni Koda 16 costs about the same as the Roccbox but is big enough for a New York City sized pizza (16 inches) and even has the option for using natural gas, something no other pizza oven has. Combined with its compact design and relatively light weight (40.1lbs), this pizza oven puts convenience and size front and center.
Tip: I recommend the Ooni Koda 16 for anyone who only intends to use gas and wants the ability to make large pizza.
The Ooni Karu 12 is probably the most similar Ooni oven to the Roccbox in terms of features. It’s big enough for a 12 inch pizza, standard Neapolitan size, and supports multiple fuel options.
The biggest difference between the Ooni Karu 12 and the Roccbox is cost. Priced at $349, the Ooni Karu 12 is around $150 cheaper for a nearly identical set of features and a much lighter weight (26.5lbs vs 44lbs).
To top it off, some of the same features shared by the Karu 12 and Roccbox are better designed on the Ooni. For example, the wood burner, as we discussed, has a wider opening and is easier to load wood into than the Roccbox.
Bottom Line: Between the Ooni Karu 12 and the Roccbox, there is no question that I would recommend Ooni.
I only mentioned the Ooni Fyra 12 briefly in the section on wood burning, but I think it’s worth highlighting further here. The Ooni Fyra 12 is the only Ooni oven, or pizza oven in general, that features a unique gravity fed wood pellet system.
Rather than slotting individual pieces of wood into your pizza oven, the Ooni Fyra 12 allows you to simply scoop wood pellets and pour them into a fuel tray. As the flame gets going, extra wood pellets stored in the hopper are automatically fed back into the fuel tray via gravity as you cook. This is a very innovative solution that makes cooking with wood much more convenient and efficient.
Note: If you plan on cooking mainly with wood, I absolutely recommend the Ooni Fyra 12 over the Roccbox. At half the price ($299) and with a much more convenient fuel system, it’s simply a better pizza oven.
All Ooni Pizza Ovens Compared
For the rest of Ooni’s pizza oven collection, check out the table below. You can also read my full in depth breakdown of all 6 Ooni ovens here.
|Ooni Koda 12||Ooni Koda 16||Ooni Fyra 12||Ooni Pro||Ooni Karu 12||Ooni Karu 16|
|Pizza Size (Max)||12 inches||16 inches||12 inches||16 inches||12 inches||16 inches|
|Fuel Type||Propane||Propane, Natural Gas||Wood||Wood, Charcoal, Propane||Wood, Charcoal, Propane||Wood, Charcoal, Propane|
|Max. Temperature||950°F (500°C)||950°F (500°C)||950°F (500°C)||950°F (500°C)||950°F (500°C)||950°F (500°C)|
|Stone Width||0.4 inches||0.6 inches||0.4 inches||0.6 inches||0.6 inches||0.6 inches|
|Baking Surface Area||13×13 inches||16×16 inches||13×13 inches||17.7×17.7 inches||13×13 inches||16.7×24.5 inches|
|Natural Gas Attachment||No||Yes (sold separately)||No||No||No||No|
|Price Per Square Inch (Cooking Surface)||$2.36||$2.33||$2.06||$1.91||$2.36||$1.95|
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Final Verdict: The Roccbox is an excellent pizza oven but it’s hard for it to compete with the Ooni pizza oven collection because of their robust set of features and relatively inexpensive price. If price is important to you and you don’t plan on using it for commercial purposes, I recommend going with Ooni.
- With six Ooni ovens to choose from, Ooni most likely has a set of features and price that you’ll like.
- Roccbox makes excellent pizza despite not being as competitive in pricing.
- If you want to make large pizzas using a simple propane oven, your best bet is the Ooni Koda 16.
- If you only plan on making smaller pizzas (up to 12 inches) using wood I recommend the Ooni Karu 12 or Ooni Fyra 12 for the best value.
- The Roccbox is better suited for commercial purposes due to its thick layers of insulation.
- The Roccbox works best as a propane oven than as a wood one due to some design limitations with the wood burner.
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Which Is Better Ooni or Roccbox?
While both the Ooni and Roccbox pizza ovens are capable of making excellent, authentic pizza, the Ooni is a better value. Ooni offers six different pizza ovens with similar features to the Roccbox for, in some cases, a significantly lower price.
Is Ooni Better Than Gozney?
Ooni and Gozney are both pizza oven manufacturers that carry a range of authentic wood, charcoal and gas fueled ovens. However, Ooni carries 6 different pizza ovens while Gozney currently offers only one. So, while one is not necessarily better than the other, Ooni offers more choices that are likely to satisfy whatever features and price points you’re looking for.
Is The Roccbox Any Good?
The Roccbox by Gozney is an excellent multi-fueled pizza oven priced at $499. While the Roccbox is capable of using wood, propane and charcoal, it excels as a propane fueled oven due to its innovative flame dispersing design.
Does Roccbox Use Wood?
The Gozney Roccbox is a multi-fuel pizza oven that can use wood, propane or charcoal. Wood used in the Roccbox must be cut quite small and thin in order to fit into its burner 2.0 unit.
Can You Use Gozney Roccbox In The Rain?
The Gozney Roccbox is fully waterproof and can be used during periods of light wind and rain. However, you should avoid using the Gozney Roccbox under extreme weather conditions for safety and mechanical reasons.
How Do You Fire A Roccbox?
To fire a Roccbox, first load the top compartment of the wood burner with small approximately 1×5 inch pieces of dry wood. Then, re-attach the burner to the Roccbox and use kindling to light the flame. Add more wood as required but do not remove the burner from the Roccbox when doing so.
Can Roccbox Get Wet?
The Roccbox is a waterproof pizza oven so feel free to use it in mild weather like rain or wind. However, make sure your pizza preparation area, particularly the pizza peel, stays dry so your pizza doesn’t stick upon launch into the oven.
Ooni ovens are also available on Amazon, however you won’t be able to take advantage of bundle offers available by buying directly from Ooni.