Pizza oven review - 07/2019

Pizza is one of the most popular dishes in the world. There are all kinds of variations, something for every taste is guaranteed. With a pizza oven, you can flexibly bake perfect pizzas at any time, even without a large oven. Since the oven is specially designed for the preparation of pizza, it is particularly crispy and also bakes faster than in a conventional oven.

We have tested 5 pizza ovens and paid special attention to handling, functionality and pizza quality. Our test winner is the Rosenstein & Söhne Pizza Maker with timer and stone oven plate: With its equipment and useful settings, it provides a delicious pizza experience. Our favourite with a test score of 8.3/10!

last modified: 14.10.2019, 14:19
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Our winner: Rosenstein & Söhne Pizza oven: Pizza maker with timer and stone oven plate Bestron APZ400 Pizza oven Melissa 16250069 Pizzaoven 3 in 1 Domo DO9177PZ My Express Pizza Maker Rosenstein & Söhne Pizzarette: Pizza oven with metal hood

Rosenstein & Söhne
Pizza oven: Pizza maker with timer and stone oven plate

Bestron
APZ400 Pizza oven

Melissa
16250069 Pizzaoven 3 in 1

Domo
DO9177PZ My Express Pizza Maker

Rosenstein & Söhne
Pizzarette: Pizza oven with metal hood

  • Timer
  • Special stone oven plate
  • Temperature adjustable
  • High-quality workmanship
  • Quick preparation
  • Large handle
  • Use as pizza oven and table grill
  • Temperature adjustable
  • Baking plate and grill plate
  • Separate on/off switch for both heating plates
  • Compact unit
  • Quick preparation
  • Use as a pizza oven and table grill
  • Large baking trays
  • Perfect for small snacks in convivial company
  • Incl. pizza spatula in different colours
  • Small pizzas can be removed individually from the device
  • Large device
  • Rapid wear and tear of the stone oven plate
  • Missing timer
  • Small preparation area
  • No timer
  • No temperature control
  • Unstable and rattling
  • No on/off switch (plug must be pulled out)
  • No temperature control
  • No timer
  • Not suitable for large pizzas
  • Complicated handling
  • Without timer
  • Temperature not adjustable

Special pizza oven with real stone oven plate for the preparation of delicious pizza.

Ideal 2-in-1 unit for use as a pizza oven and grill for meat, fish or vegetables.

Compact pizza oven and table grill in one unit with separate on/off switch for grill and baking plate.

With this pizza oven, you can measure temperature settings as well as a timer and an on/off switch.

An oven that is not suitable for large pizzas, but rather for small pizzas and snacks.

Quality of Pizza
Handling
Range of functions
Speed
Stability
Scope of delivery Pizza oven, stone oven plate, operating instructions Pizza oven, instruction manual Pizza oven, instruction manual Pizza oven, instruction manual Pizza oven, metal hood, 4 spatulas, operating instructions
Accessories Pizzastone - - - 4 spatulas with different colour accents
Size Ø 29 cm Ø 27 cm Ø 28 cm Ø 30 cm Ø 11 cm
Weight 3,65 kg 3,1 kg 3,3 kg 3,3 kg 1,73 kg
Height 18 cm 16 cm 14,5 cm 15 cm 16 cm
Width 34 cm 31 cm 32 cm 34 cm Ø 28 cm
Depth 41 cm 37,5 cm 39 cm 38 cm -
Power 1200 W 1800 W 1200 W 1450 W 1100 W
Preparation time 25 minutes incl. heating up 17 minutes incl. heating up 18 to 20 minutes incl. heating up 18 to 25 minutes incl. heating up 18 to 20 minutes incl. heating up
Timer Up to 30 minutes - - - -
Suitable for frozen pizza Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Use as table grill possible - Yes Yes Yes -
Recipe booklet - - 2 recipes in the operating instructions - 1 recipe for pizza dough in the operating instructions
Illuminated on-off switch - Yes Yes - Yes
Temperature regulation Infinitely adjustable temperature up to 220 degrees Infinitely adjustable temperature 100 to 230 degrees - - -
Control lamp Yes Yes - Yes -
Temperature levels Continuously variable 1: 100 degrees, 2: 150 degrees, 3: 230 degrees - - -
Packaging Good Good, many pictures Good Very good Good
Quality of instructions Good Very good Good Good Satisfactory
Manual language GER GER, FR, NL, GB, IT, ES GB, GER, DK, NO, SE, FI GB, GER, NL, FR, ES, CZ, SK GER, FR
Quality impression Good Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Good
Additional warranty - - - 2 years with voucher -
Test seal: Rosenstein & Söhne Pizza oven: Pizza maker with timer and stone oven plate, Rating 2.15
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Test seal: Bestron APZ400 Pizza oven, Rating 2.2
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Test seal: Melissa 16250069 Pizzaoven 3 in 1, Rating 2.35
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Test seal: Domo DO9177PZ My Express Pizza Maker, Rating 3
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Test seal: Rosenstein & Söhne Pizzarette: Pizza oven with metal hood, Rating 3.1
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Rosenstein & Söhne

Pizza oven: Pizza maker with timer and stone oven plate

Test seal: Rosenstein & Söhne Pizza oven: Pizza maker with timer and stone oven plate, Rating good

The Rosenstein & Söhne Pizza oven with stone top is perfect for making pizzas of any size. Pizzas in a standard size, mini pizzas and pizzas in American style can be easily prepared on the generous stone oven plate. Within 25 minutes, including warm-up time, you get a very well-prepared pizza. Especially due to the stone oven plate, the appliance looks comparatively high-quality and the workmanship makes a good impression.

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Rosenstein & Söhne - Pizza oven: Pizza maker with timer and stone oven plate

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  • You can't make big pizzas with all appliances. Models with a terracotta cap can only make mini pizzas with a small diameter.
  • A timer facilitates the operation of the pizza oven. Not every pizza oven has a timer, which is why in some cases you have to pay attention to the time yourself.
  • It is best to leave the pizza dough to stand overnight so that yeast and flour can spread optimally.
 

In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:

  • Handling
  • Outcome
  • Cleaning
  • Sturdiness
  • Scope of delivery

In order to be able to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the pizza ovens. In these, all appliances must bake 2 frozen pizzas and one pizza dough. First, the scope of delivery is checked, the devices are prepared according to the manufacturer's specifications and additional functions are checked. In the test runs, the pizza dough, salami pizza and pizza Hawaii are prepared according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

During the runs, the temperature of the baking plate and the outer casing of the device is measured with a thermal imaging camera. Special attention is paid to potential burn hazards. In addition, the warm-up time and the required baking time are stopped. The finished pizzas are distributed to several test persons. They evaluate the tan, taste and quality of the dough. During the entire test phase, handling, user-friendliness and stability are tested. Finally, the devices are cleaned.

thermal picture of  pizza oven
thermal picture of pizza oven

In order to rule out mistakes and to ensure the strain of everyday use, each test is carried out in several stages.

The test criteria are given percentages depending on their importance. The final score is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.

Product selection
Our product selection is based on an observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).

The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.

As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by these. The new products go through the same test as the already tested devices.

Crispy and tasty - With your own oven to the perfect pizza

Hardly any other meal is as widespread and popular worldwide as pizza. Gone are the days when the hearty food was baked exclusively in restaurants. Pizza ovens have long since found their place in many households. But how does such a pizza oven work, which variants are there and what should you pay attention to when buying?

There is a large selection of different pizza ovens
There is a large selection of different pizza ovens - Photo: © Photographee.eu adobestock

A pizza oven is a special form of an oven that can generate particularly high heat. In contrast to conventional ovens, whose temperature does not usually exceed 250 degrees Celsius, pizza ovens can generate a significantly higher temperature. The result is particularly crispy pizzas that are ready baked within a few minutes. Originally, pizza ovens were built of stone, but today they are made of a wide variety of materials, especially for home use. Most models are conveniently powered by electricity. However, there are also models that are designed for use in the garden and whose heat is generated by gas or wood.

If you are thinking about buying your own pizza oven, you must first decide on a model. This is not at all easy, because the market now offers a wide range of pizza ovens that differ greatly both in their mode of operation and in their appearance.

Pizza ovens with stone plate
Pizza ovens with stone slabs have proven to be the best models in the household to date. The decisive factor here is the integrated stone plate. This makes it possible to produce temperatures of up to 400 degrees Celsius and bake the dough evenly. The result is authentic pizzas, as the high temperature ensures a short baking process, while the base is still nice and crispy. The structure of most models is reminiscent of a kettle grill. The lower part of the pizza oven is equipped with a pizza stone, while the upper part resembles a hood, which is pushed over the pizza stone for the baking process. In this way, a high temperature can be achieved, as no heat can escape. A pizza oven with a stone plate also offers a great advantage in terms of speed: preheating usually only takes a few minutes. In addition, the high baking temperature ensures that the pizzas usually only have to be baked for about five minutes before they can be served.

Pizza ovens with terracotta hood
On the other hand, a pizza oven with a terracotta hood offers a slightly lower temperature. If you are looking to cook with friends or family, then these models are particularly interesting. In their construction, pizza ovens with terracotta hoods are more reminiscent of a raclette grill. Through several openings in the hood, several small pizza pans can be pushed into the pizza oven. Thus each guest can occupy and prepare his pizza individually. Like the pizza ovens with a stone plate, models with a terracotta hood have a short preheating time. They are usually ready for use after only ten minutes. Similarly little time passes until the small pizzas are ready baked in their pans. However, the decisive factor for the baking time is the number of pizzas that are to be prepared at the same time. Only if the pizza oven is as completely filled as possible can the baking time be adhered to. Otherwise, the pizzas need a few minutes longer before they can be eaten.

Outdoor pizza ovens
If you have a garden, a third variation of the pizza ovens is also possible. Outdoor pizza ovens not only look good, they also impress with very high temperatures. At first glance, most outdoor pizza ovens look like miniature models of real pizza ovens, but can keep up with them in terms of baking temperature. Up to 500 degrees Celsius ensure perfect pizza enjoyment. After a short preheating of about 15 minutes, the pizza can already be put into the oven. There it only takes two to five minutes until the pizza is ready. Similar to the pizza ovens with stone plate, only a large pizza can be baked at the same time. But the taste of the finished pizza is convincing all along the line.

If you are thinking about buying your own pizza oven, there are different criteria to consider. In addition to the maximum temperature that the pizza oven can produce, the size and the volume associated with it as well as possible accessories also play an important role.

Normally, the temperature when baking a pizza in a conventional oven is around 200 degrees Celsius. Although this is sufficient to bake both fresh pizzas and frozen pizzas, the taste usually suffers from the low temperature. Consequently, the pizza oven of your choice should be able to produce a higher temperature. It is therefore advisable to buy models that reach a baking temperature of at least 300 degrees Celsius. This is the only way to make the base as crispy as in a real pizzeria.

With regard to the size, the different versions of the pizza ovens must be considered separately. Pizza ovens with terracotta hoods, where several people can prepare their pizzas at the same time, are designed for baking smaller pizzas. Since these should also saturate, of course, it is advisable to fall back on ovens whose pizza pans have a diameter of at least ten centimetres. Outdoor pizza ovens or models with stone plates should be large enough to bake pizzas with a diameter of 32 cm. This is about the size of a pizza, as it is also offered by the Italians around the corner.

In addition, a pizza oven can differ greatly from other models in its range of functions and accessories. Beginners, in particular, should make sure that the pizza oven has a timer. So you can be sure that your pizza will be a success at all times. Accessories such as a baking tray, pizza lifter or grill rack should not be missing in the scope of delivery of a good pizza oven.

Nowadays the round pastry from Italy is known and loved all over the world. This is particularly impressive, as it is not so long since pizza began its triumphal march. Historians and archaeologists also assume that the first variants of pizza were not invented in Italy.

According to current scientific findings, it was rather the Greeks, more precisely the Etruscans, who prepared the first pizza-like pastries. Around 800 B.C. they are said to have begun to cover dough pancakes made of flour, water and salt with ingredients and to bake them on stones over an open fire. Around 200 BC Rome was occupied by the Etruscans. It was only in this way that the Italians first came into contact with the pita. Pita was at that time the Etruscan name for small dough flat cakes. In the course of time, the term pizza developed in Italy. However, since the dough pancakes at that time were only sparsely and mostly covered with food leftovers, the pizza was regarded for many centuries as a meal for poor people.

The first fundamental change to the recipe took place in the 16th century. Tomatoes were first brought to Europe from South America. Due to their bright red colour, they were initially considered poisonous. Out of necessity, farmers from the Naples region began to cover their pizzas with tomatoes. Today, this is considered the birth of the first real pizzas. At the beginning of the 20th century, the increasing emigration of the Italian population to America and parts of Europe contributed to the rapid spread of the pizza and its popularity to this day.

Pizza is one of the most popular dishes
Pizza is one of the most popular dishes - Photo: © GreenArt adobestock

The delicious pastries from the pizza oven are now available in many different varieties. In many European countries, it is less the classic toppings that enjoy great popularity. The Pizza Salami is clearly the most popular variant before all other pizzas. Behind it follows the pizza Speciale, which is covered with mushrooms and ham in addition to salami. It is followed by the Tonno pizza with tuna fish and the Hawaii pizza with ham and pineapple. In Italy, on the other hand, many people still swear by the basic ingredients of pizza. Some tomato sauce, basil, mozzarella and a little olive oil are enough for many people. In Germany, however, the Pizza Margherita only makes it to fifth place among the most popular pizza varieties.

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