When I started on the Ooni pizza oven reviews I did not realize how popular cooking your own pizza outdoor has become.
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The Ooni website surprised me because it is actually called Ooni.com and I thought I landed on the wrong site at first. Almost called this the Ooni pizza oven review.
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3 Types of Ooni Pizza Ovens
At first glance, it is a little hard to figure out the Ooni models, but there are 3 pizza ovens and only the Ooni 3 comes in 2 versions and bundles, but more about that later. The Main Ooni Pizza ovens are:
The Ooni Koda is the most affordable and in my opinion the only one that performs this well in this price range.
The Ooni 3 can be purchased with a few bundles that can including wood-fired, gas fired or a combination of both. With optional accessories like a Pizza peel, cover, pellets, and more.
The Ooni pro is the third one I will have a good look at,
Let’s have a look at all the different models first and see what the differences are to help you decide what models fit your needs the best.
The limited Ooni Koda I looked at show that it is a gas-powered Pizza oven that gets really hot. There is no assembly required and it works right out of the box.
You can read my full Ooni Koda pizza oven review here.
All you have to do is flip the legs that are folded under the unit, attach it to a propane gas tank, place the pizza stone and fire it up.
According to the Ooni website, it takes 60 seconds to bake a perfect pizza with the Koda.
Preheating takes about 15 minutes and then you can use the dial to set the temperature for fish, vegetables, steak, and pizza.
The oven can reach temperatures up to 930 degrees Fahrenheit and that is about 500 degrees Celsius.
The price is just under $200 dollar and you will probably not find any other outdoor oven with all these options for that price.
The Ooni 3 pizza oven is probably the best seller from Ooni and I can see why that is.
This oven is able to cook restaurant-style pizza by using wood pellets. Because there is no gas burner it is even priced lower than the Koda with a price just around $275
You can read my whole Ooni 3 pizza oven review here.
Besides just the oven there are 2 more options available and Ooni calls them bundles. The bundles are:
- Ooni 3 wood-fired bundle
- Ooni 3 including gas burner
The Ooni Pro pizza oven comes with several options and is very versatile in use. Choose between wood or charcoal to fire it up and watch it get up to temperature in no time.
If you like to see these Ooni Pizza ovens in a video you can find them on our YouTube channel, or you can read my Ooni Pro pizza oven review here.
This outdoor oven is with its 16 inches a little bigger than the other 13 inch models.
Besides the option to burn wood or charcoal you can by as an extra option and that is the pellet burner or gas burner to make it even more options available to use this outdoor oven.
The Ooni Kary wood and charcoal-fired pizza oven is the latest addition to their arsenal of outstanding pizza ovens.
Some people wondered if the Ooni company needed to add a new model and I will compare all models and their features later to let you decide on this.
There are no many Ooni Karu reviews to find yet, so I had a good look at the few I could find and also at the Ooni website to find all the features.
What are the main features of the Karu
Compared to the other models the Karu comes with some new things like:
- Choose between wood or charcoal
- Easy to carry with its 26.5 Lbs.
- Fast warming up in about 15 minutes
- Add ons available
The available add-ons I mentioned are the Cover so you can keep it outside. Although I still recommend to take it in the garage or shed after use.
The gas burner to convert it to propane instead of wood and charcoal
They also mentioned the pizza peel but in my opinion, that is something you should have standard when you use pizza ovens like the Ooni’s.
What is included in the box
There is not much difference in the content of the box compared to the other models. The content is:
- Ooni Karu Pizza oven
- Stone baking board
- Manual and recipe book
Size and specifications
For the more technical readers, I will include all the specs here.
- 30 x 30 x 31.5 inches
- Weight 26.5 Lbs
- Ready for 13″ pizzas
- The baking board is made of Cordierite
- The Baking board is 0.6″ thick
- Made of 430 grade brushed stainless steel and glass-reinforced nylon.
Sometimes a video can explain a lot more that I can.
If you are ready to have a look at the price you can click here!
More Ooni pizza oven features
All ovens are insulated with ceramic fiber to keep the temperature as steady as possible. They also come with a Cordierite stone that will retain the heat very well.
Cast Iron Sizzler pan
If you like to cook meat, fish or vegetable in your Ooni oven you should have a look at the Sizzle pan.
This cast iron oval pan measures 9.7 x 5.6 x 1 inch and weighs 5.7 pounds. This shows the heavy-duty quality. It also comes with a cast-iron handle and a wooden base to set it on.
You can also look at our PizzaCraft pizza stone review if you like to see some other options.
Or maybe you have a Weber Kettle and like to make some pizza with the Kettle pizza kit I reviewed.
My opinion after doing the Ooni Pizza oven reviews
Overall I think you can not go wrong with an Ooni pizza oven. The quality is pretty good and so are most of the customer reviews.
It all depends on your personal preference if you should for the Ooni 3, Ooni Koda, or Ooni pro.
It mainly depends if you like to use wood, gas or pellets to fuel the oven and what kind of extras you like to add to your outdoor pizza oven arsenal.
I am just a little confused with the Uuni and Ooni labeling of their pizza ovens.
Whatever your choice is I believe that their ovens are all of high quality and perform very well.
If you have any experience with these ovens and have anything to add
Considerations Before Buying A Pizza Oven
Before buying an outdoor pizza oven there are a few things to take into consideration.
Although I write very positive about this brand in my Ooni pizza oven reviews you should think about the following before making your final choice.
What size pizza oven do you need?
I don’t know if there are more size pizzas or toppings to choose from. Think about what size you need for your family or guests you are inviting.
Pizza oven material
Stainless steel is the most commonly used material for pizza ovens. The reasons are obvious. They retain heat very well and will last for many years if maintained.
However, you might prefer an oven build as a whole or partial with bricks like the professional ovens.
Baking a pizza should not take long unless you like it to cook slowly, and this can only be achieved with an oven that reaches a high temperature.
Some ovens can reach temperatures up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. This will probably also ensure a fast heating up. Nobody likes to wait long for an oven to get hot.
What Fuel for a pizza oven
Basically the old pizza ovens were wood-fired and I guess it is hard to deny that a pizza baked in a wood-fueled oven taste great.
There is also the part of heating up that takes a lot longer with wood. Gas is a lot faster doing this.
There are hybrid pizza ovens that have the convenience of heating up fast with gas and use pellets or charcoal to ensure that nice wood-fired taste.
What type pizza oven do you need
There are built-in pizza ovens, countertop models, free-standing and portable pizza ovens.
The Ooni pizza ovens in this review are all basically portable pizza ovens and in my opinion, they have the advantage that you can store them in the garage or shed if not in use or in the wintertime.
Uuni is now Ooni
Since 2012 the name of these outdoor portable pizza ovens was Uuni. When the company started to grow they found that people had a little problem with that name.
Some had a problem pronouncing it and some spelling control software did an auto-correction to uni.
That was the reason for the company to change its name to Ooni. This means that their website, Facebook, and twitter also have been renamed.
For now, this will not affect the names of their pizza ovens but in the future, all products will be renamed to Ooni.
All new products are already being launched under this new name. The quality will remain the same did Ooni reassured me.
I hope you enjoyed my Ooni pizza oven review with their most popular models.
Enjoy finding your perfect Ooni pizza oven.
Eddie van Aken