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With Ooni Pizza Oven having its 10th anniversary and the holiday season amongst us, I thought it would be a perfect time to review this ever-so-popular outdoor pizza oven that is taking over our social media streams and finding a special place in our hearts (and stomachs).

This could be the perfect Holiday gift for our ‘out of the box’ thinkers…. After all, who doesn’t love an authentic and awesome pizza cooked right from the comfort of your own home in a wood-fired pizza oven?

After doing our review of the best outdoor countertop pizza ovens, we wanted to take it one step deeper on the Ooni since we liked it so much. If you’re in the market for a pizza oven, you should definitely consider an Ooni Pizza Oven. Ooni pizza ovens are some of the best on the market, and they come in a variety of different models to suit your needs.

In this blog post, I will provide an unbiased review of the three Ooni Pizza Ovens: the good, the bad, the facts, and my overall take on what I’ve learned and share what is my favorite pizza oven.

I’ll also give you some tips on how to choose the right Ooni model for your needs. So read on to learn more and see what pizza oven is right for you!

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Ooni Pizza Ovens Logo

Let’s start with Ooni Pizza Ovens as a company. Started by a husband and wife duo in 2012, they’ve been gaining momentum for the last 10 years and have become a pizza oven staple and even earned the “best pizza oven” award by Wired.

Ooni is a Scotland-based company, with teams in the US and Europe as well. They strive to be innovative, passionate, and overall a value-driven company.

All of their pizza ovens come with a 60-day money-back guarantee plus a 1-year warranty. You can easily get a 3-year warranty should you register your pizza oven on their website!

All of the ovens are for outdoor use and get to 950 degrees! Great pizza comes out fresh from your outdoor pizza oven in 60 seconds.

I believe we have all come to know Ooni as a superior pizza oven by now. They are the first and only outdoor pizza oven to be ‘Recommended for Domestic Use’ by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, the acclaimed international authority on true Neapolitan pizza.

So you can be sure that with Ooni, you are getting an authentic pizza-eating experience.

What does Ooni Offer?

Ooni has 3 outdoor pizza ovens for us to choose from: The Karu (12-inch and 16-inch), The Koda (12-inch and 16-inch), and The Fyra.

They also have a complete accessory line for your outdoor pizza oven including a pizza peel, an infrared thermometer, fire starters, pizza stone, and a handy carrying cover etc.

PLUS, they have a handy one-stop shop grocery store for all those great pizza-making ingredients like dough balls, flour, canned tomatoes, and cute little bundles like New York and Detroit-style pizza bundles.

Their website includes recipes so you can make that perfect dough or sauce. There is even a nice cauliflower crust gluten-free pizza dough recipe that does great in your wood burning oven.

And the recipes go beyond cooking pizza. They have recipes for turkey, mashed potatoes, lamb chops, pork chops and shrimp to name a few that can all be cooked in your Ooni.

What are the 3 Different Ooni Pizza Oven Models?

Ooni has 3 differnt outdoor pizza oven designs: The Ooni Karu, Ooni Koda, and Ooni Fyra. All three ovens are designed for outdoor use and can reach up to 950 degrees Fahrenheit.  Let’s take a look at each.

The Ooni Karu 12 inch & Ooni Karu 16 inch Multifuel Pizza Oven

The Ooni Karu outdoor pizza oven is the most versatile of all their options.

Offered as a 12-inch and 16-inch pizza oven, they are a multi fuel pizza oven. What that means is that you can use them with wood, charcoal, propane gas, wood pellets or natural gas. The Karu also has a built-in thermometer so you can always monitor your temperatures while your pizza cooks.

The Ooni Karu outdoor pizza oven is ready to go out of the box and they’ve added a new feature for the Ooni Karu 16; a hinged door with a view, to boost visibility on those flame cooked toppings or any other food you decide to make. This is a great feature for those who want to keep an eye on their pizzas (or anything else) as they cook.

Let’s check out our two options as they do have some noticeable differences which I have starred for your visibility.

Ooni Karu 12

Ooni Karu 12
  • 26.5 lbs
  • Heats in 15 minutes
  • 950 degrees max temp
  • Pizza in 60 seconds
  • Brushed 430 stainless steel
  • 3.89” opening
  • Makes 12” pizza
  • Gas burner sold separately
  • $399

Ooni Karu 16

Ooni Karu 16
  • 62.5 Lbs
  • Heats in 15 minutes
  • 950 degrees max temp
  • Pizza in 60 seconds
  • Powder coated carbon steel & brushed steel design*
  • 5.71” opening*
  • Makes a 12” & 16” pizza
  • Built in Thermometer*
  • Hinged door w/View Flame*
  • Gas burner sold separately**
  • $799

The Ooni Karu doesn’t really need my endorsement as they’ve proven to be a leader in pizza ovens for quite some time, BUT, the Karu is my favorite model Ooni has to offer. I love the options of a multi-fuel oven and think that really seals the deal for me as I review all of their models!

I am a big wood-fired pizza girl, but also if I’m hosting guests for a pizza night, gas is the more efficient way to go. I am also a family of 6, so I’d invest in the larger Ooni Karu 16 so I can make a larger pizza. But, if the size of your pizza oven doesn’t matter, you can save the extra money and get all those awesome accessories for your Ooni!

Ooni Koda 12 & 16 Gas-Powered Pizza Oven

The Koda has 2 pizza oven sizes available to you: 12 inch & 16 inch. There are some differences between the two so make sure you review them thoroughly.

Both sizes are ready right out of the box, they offer an innovative L-shaped flame for one-turn cooking, a temperature dial for your ease in regulating the heat and, with all gas models, your cleanup is super simple since you don’t have any leftover residue.

As with all the Ooni models, the Koda 12 & 16 both get up to 950 degrees and make awesome pizza in under 60 seconds. Let’s check them out.

Ooni Koda 12

Ooni Koda 12
  • 20.4 lbs
  • Heats in 15 minutes
  • 950 degrees max temp
  • Pizza in 60 seconds
  • Powder coated carbon steel
  • 3.2” opening
  • Makes 12” pizza
  • Super compact w/foldable legs
  • $399

Ooni Koda 16

Ooni Koda 16
  • 40 lbs *
  • Heats in 20 minutes*
  • 950 degrees max temp
  • Pizza in 60 seconds
  • Powder coated carbon steel
  • 4.37” opening*
  • Makes a 12” & 16” pizza
  • Temperature control dial
  • $599

Overall the Ooni Koda doesn’t disappoint. Lighter weight than the Karu, this model is more portable and can truly fit in any place in your outdoor kitchen. The ease and efficiency of having only a gas burner not only makes your pizza cleaning a bit simpler but your ability to create a perfect pizza also a bit less trial and error as well.

The Koda pizza oven is sleek, ready to go out of the box, and a perfect companion for those wanting an authentic pizza right at home!

Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven

The Fyra is Ooni’s only Wood Pellet Pizza oven and is only offered in one size: 12 inches.

The Fyra pizza oven is the model for the “no-nonsense, live fire experience” and packs a punch with its flavors. It has a hopper for wood pellets that is automatic for effortless cooking.

Just like all of the Ooni models, the Fyra is ready to go in 15 minutes and reaches 950 degrees. The Ooni Fyra is the successor of the Ooni 3 pizza oven, which was the world’s very first portable, wood pellet pizza oven.

Let’s check its facts!

Fyra 12

Ooni Fyra 12
  •   22lbs                                                                           
  •   Heats in 15 minutes
  •   950 degrees max temp
  •   Pizza in 60 seconds
  •   Powder-coated carbon steel
  •   3.34” opening*
  •   Makes a 12” pizza
  •   Wood pellets
  •   6lbs of pellets will last 2-3 hours
  •   $349

There really isn’t anything not to love about the Ooni Fyra if you want that truly flavorful, perfectly charred, wood-fired pizza. Ultra-portable this would be a fantastic option to have at home, or take with you on the road! 

The authenticity of having that wood fired oven flavor will keep your family and guests coming back for more. The possibilities are endless nowadays with all the different options of pellets you can purchase.

It’s the lowest cost of all the Ooni Pizza Ovens making it a great choice for that perfect holiday gift.

What is the Ooni Upgrade System?

This is a pretty cool program to keep you in the Ooni Family.

If you are an Ooni oven owner, and you decide you either want to upgrade to a different model or just add another pizza oven to your kitchen, all you have to do is contact Ooni with your serial number, and once confirmed, they will give you 20% off your next outdoor pizza oven purchase. You don’t even need to send back your old pizza oven. Keep it, give it to a friend, whatever. It is a nice option to have!

Also, If you want to give the gift of Ooni, but are not sure which pizza oven they would like best, you can purchase an e-gift card on their website.

What is the Ooni Pizza Oven App?

Another cool option from Ooni…the Ooni Pizza Oven App.

The app has a handy pizza dough calculator to help you make that perfect dough. The app also has a recipes section for your quick and easy reference for great pizza. There is also a video section that shows how-to’s, making dough, and troubleshooting your Ooni.

How Does Ooni Compare to Other Pizza Ovens?

Wood Fired Pizza

Ooni is known for its high-quality, wood-fired pizza ovens. All of their models reach a temperature of 950 degrees, and they are all ready to go in 15 minutes or less. Ooni’s pizza ovens also have a very small opening, which allows for a quick cook time.

In terms of price, Ooni is very comparable to other pizza oven brands. However, Ooni does have a unique upgrade system, where you can receive 20% off your next purchase if you send in your old oven’s serial number.

Ooni also has its own app with a dough calculator and recipe videos.

Overall, Ooni is a great option for those looking for a high-quality, wood-fired outdoor pizza oven.

 

How To Care For Your Pizza Oven

When not in use, it is best to store your pizza oven in a dry place. If you live in a humid climate, it is best to store your oven in a covered area, like a patio or garage.

To clean your pizza oven, use a soft brush and warm water to remove any debris. Do not use harsh chemicals or abrasives, as this could damage the finish of your pizza oven.

It is best to keep your pizza oven well-seasoned by cooking with olive oil every time you use it. This will help to keep the pizza oven from rusting and will also add flavor to your pizzas.

If you follow these simple tips, your pizza oven will last for many years to come!

 

Conclusion

So, there you have it! A review of all three of Ooni’s newest models. The Fyra, the Karu, and the Koda. Each with their own set of features that are sure to please any pizza lover.

Which one is right for you? That really depends on what you are looking for in a pizza oven. Do you want portability? The Fyra is your best bet. Are you looking for a pizza oven that can handle large parties? Then the Karu 16 is the one you want. And finally, if you are looking for an easy-to-use pizza oven, then the Koda is perfect for you.

No matter which model you choose, you really can’t go wrong with any of Ooni’s amazing pizza ovens. So, grab your favorite toppings and get cooking!

I hope this helped in your search for the perfect Ooni pizza oven. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We are always happy to help.

Happy cooking!

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Melissa Hoopis

Melissa has been active her entire life.  Growing up riding horses since the age of 3, she is no stranger to the great outdoors.  She shows her horse competitively to this day and enjoys spending time camping with her family.