Do you love a pizza that tastes like it’s fresh out of the oven but don’t want to heat up your house? Your best option may be countertop pizza ovens. With these, you can get the authentic taste of a pizza oven without spending a lot on electricity or gas. There are a variety of styles, so it’s easy to find one that suits your space, too.
When you look at countertop pizza ovens, there are a few factors to consider. They include:
- The size of the oven and its door
- The ability to use real wood in the oven
- The availability of options like Saputo stones, which allow the oven to get even hotter than with fire alone
Choose the Right Size
To start with, you need to know the size to buy. Measure your countertop or the space in your outdoor kitchen that you will want your countertop pizza oven to be. After you see your maximum size allowance, you can match that to a small, medium or larger pizza oven.
After this, remember to look at the oven’s capacity. Most people want to cook at least one pizza at a time. If you want two or three, you may need to get a bigger oven. For example, a 39-inch tall, 45-inch wide and 34-inch deep oven may have space for up to three 10-inch pizzas or two 12-inch pizzas, giving you space for everything you want to cook.
Choose an oven with a smaller door. The smaller the door, the more heat will stay inside and even.
Look for an All-Wood Option
There are some pizza ovens that work with electricity or gas, and they’re good. However, if you want an authentic tasting pizza, awood fired pizza oven is essential. Look for units that have metal wood holders (to prevent wood or ash from getting onto the pizzas). You also want to find a unit that has enough space to add a few small logs through the door; you don’t want to have to struggle to find small enough wood scraps.
Look for Available Accessories and Options
Finally, when you look at countertop pizza ovens, choose a unit with the right accessories and options for you. Do you want to cook at 850 degrees or more? You need Saputo stones for that. Do you want to have a mobile oven? Find one that you can buy a rolling cart for. Always review the accessories and options that come with (or can be purchased for) each pizza oven you may purchase.
These are a few things to consider as you go on the hunt for the perfect pizza oven. Keep them in mind, and you’ll love the unit you buy.