We’re talking all things Ooni! Ever since we discovered the Ooni pizza oven, our pizza-lovin’ world has never been better: with Ooni, we make incredible homemade Neapolitan-style pizzas in less than 60 seconds right in our backyard!
It’s always been my dream to have a gorgeous wood-fired outdoor pizza oven in my backyard.
A little frivolous, maybe, but our Sunday night pizza dates have been one of the most treasured parts of our weekly routine ever since we got married. Plus, if you ask me there’s nothing better than having a reputation for making the best homemade pizza on the block…ya know?
My dream was quickly put on pause back when we bought our house in 2016 & learned that our lot isn’t big enough to install a full-fledged pizza oven (insert majorly sad face here -#SouthMinneapolisProblems!).
Luckily, the heartbreak was short-lived. Quickly thereafter we discovered Ooni, & ever since then our pizza-lovin’ & pizza-makin’ world has never been the same.
I’m super excited to share my Ooni pizza oven review today since I get so many questions about our Ooni whenever I share behind-the-scenes of our homemade pizza nights over on Instagram. Long story short? We are obsessed with our Ooni 3!
This post will walk you through everything there is to know about the Ooni pizza oven, including (click to jump to each section!):
- What is Ooni
- Ooni vs. Uuni pizza oven
- Ooni 3 vs. Ooni Pro
- Where to buy an Ooni (Uuni) pizza oven
- How to use an Ooni pizza oven
- How to clean an Ooni pizza oven
- Suggested outdoor pizza oven equipment
- & other plays well with butter pizza night tips & tricks
What is Ooni?
Ooni is a portable outdoor wood-fired pizza oven. We happen to think it’s the best outdoor pizza oven out there! You can learn more over on Ooni’s website, but here are a few of our favorite features:
- Ooni pizza ovens are incredibly lightweight. Unlike permanent brick or wood-fired pizza ovens, Ooni can easily be picked up & transported. You can make homemade pizza pretty much anywhere you want. (Seriously! More on that in a sec…)
- Its design is genius, & revolutionary! You can cook homemade pizza in 60 seconds or less! Specifically built for optimum airflow, Ooni pizza ovens can reach & maintain high temperatures north of 900 degrees F! When it comes to pizza, high temps are goooood. High temps help pizza dough quickly transform to a perfectly chewy-but-crispy crust, all while drawing any excess moisture out of any sauce, cheeses & toppings you have on your pizza. The result? Crispy crust, with no sogginess. A pizza lover’s dream!
- Ooni pizza ovens heat up very quickly. Depending on the model you have, it’ll reach 900+ degrees F in 10 minutes or less. (Less time than it takes to order pizza for delivery!)
- & they’re fueled by really accessible sources, such as wood pellets, propane gas, or even charcoal. If you have a grill on your patio, chances are you already have the fuel you need for an Ooni pizza oven! Plus, there’s no need to learn how to build or tend to a wood fire, which is really an art form in itself.
- & the best part? Ooni is super reasonably priced. With models starting at just $250, Ooni pizza ovens are a fraction of the cost to build & install a permanent wood-fired pizza oven.
Ooni vs. Uuni pizza oven:
Before we dive into things further, let’s quickly address the elephant in the room: what’s the difference between Ooni & Uuni?
The answer? Nothing! Ooni and Uuni pizza ovens are the SAME thing.
At some point last summer, Uuni pizza ovens changed the spelling of their name to Ooni. My guess is their original spelling may have proved difficult to pronounce in different markets around the world, so they changed things up.
Because the change was recent, you will still see Uuni pizza ovens, as well as Ooni pizza ovens, but fear not – they are the same, high-quality outdoor pizza ovens!
Ooni 3 vs. Ooni Pro:
Ooni makes a couple of different models, including the Ooni 3 and the Ooni Pro. While both are small, outdoor pizza ovens that will help you make in.sane. pizzas in your own backyard, they have some key differences. We own the Ooni 3, though we have some friends who own the Ooni Pro. After using both, I can honestly say that both are great!
Here are a few key differences between the Ooni pizza ovens:
- Size: The Ooni Pro is almost double the size of the Ooni 3. Ooni 3 is suitable for making 12-inch pizzas, while with an Ooni Pro you can make up to 16-inch pizzas or use it to make wood-fired meats or roasted veggies.
- Fuel: The Ooni 3 is fueled by wood pellets, while the Ooni Pro is a little more versatile. You can fuel an Ooni Pro with wood pellets, charcoal, or even propane gas.
- Portability: If you’re looking for a portable pizza oven, both are great options. The Ooni 3 is smaller & can be packed in its bag to easily take with you whever you want. The Ooni Pro is a bit larger and requires more to move it, though it is possible.
- Price: Because the Ooni Pro has more features, it has a bigger price tag! Ooni Pro runs at $599, while the Ooni 3 runs at $300.
Which Ooni pizza oven is right for you is really a matter of what you’re looking for in an outdoor pizza oven.
After using it for 2 years, we absolutely adore our Ooni 3. It’s a really great entry-level outdoor pizza oven.
The fact that our Ooni 3 is fueled by wood pellets is not a big deal for us since we always have some on hand for our Traeger grill. (Side note: while we don’t own one, Ooni now also sells gas burner attachments, which allow you to convert your Ooni 3 to be gas-powered, just like the Ooni Pro.) Plus its size is perfect for us, since so often we’re just cooking for 2 or hosting a pizza party where everyone makes their own personal pizzas anyway!
However, I am honestly considering upgrading to the Ooni Pro at this point! Despite the higher price tag, we’re really comfortable with using Ooni & we have so much fun with it that it would be awesome to be able to use it to make other wood-fired noms!
Where to buy Ooni (Uuni) pizza oven:
You can purchase Ooni outdoor pizza ovens at a number of places, including Ooni’s website. We bought ours off of Amazon, which was a total breeze. With our Prime membership, our Ooni arrived just 2 days later!
And don’t forget – depending on when it was built, you may see it labeled Uuni pizza or Ooni pizza on the side, but they are the same thing!
How to use an Ooni pizza oven:
Our favorite part about our Ooni pizza oven (other than the amazing pizza we make with it, obviously!), is the fact that it’s pretty darn simple to use!
- First, find a spot for your Ooni: Ooni’s design is pretty ingenious – the Ooni retains most of its heat, allowing you to place it on pretty much any surface (within reason, of course – be sure to reference your owner’s manual!). We set ours on our wooden deck table & it works like a charm!
- Light your Ooni: Depending on your model, this step will vary slightly. To light our Ooni 3, we first make sure to fill its pellet hopper with wood pellets, then use a propane blow torch to light them. Ooni’s site is a great resource, with a whole support section filled with how-to videos that walk you through things step-by-step.
- Assemble your pizzas: While the Ooni preheats, you can work on the most fun part: assembling your pizzas! You can check out this post for more details & tips for making pizza at home, plus some of our favorite combinations of pizza toppings. Get creative & have fun with it!
- Cook your pizzas: Use a pizza peel to transfer your assembled pies into the Ooni, one by one. The pizza will cook in about 1 minute – be sure to carefully rotate it halfway through to ensure both sides of the pizza cook evenly.
- Repeat! Continue cooking as many pizzas as you’d like. We suggest giving the Ooni a minute or two between pizzas to let the pizza stone come back up to temperature, ensuring all of your pizzas cook evenly & properly.
How hot is pizza oven?
When cooking pizza in a pizza oven, you want it hot, hot, HOT! High temps help pizza dough quickly transform to a perfectly chewy-but-crispy crust, all while drawing any excess moisture out of any sauce, cheeses & toppings you have on your pizza. The result? Crispy crust, with no sogginess. A pizza lover’s dream!
The Ooni pizza oven can reach temperatures north of 932 degrees F, which means you can cook a Neapolitan-style pizza in your Ooni pizza oven in 60 seconds or less!
How to clean an Ooni pizza oven:
Another great thing about Ooni pizza ovens is the fact that they’re really easy to care for – super low-maintenance!
- Exterior: Wipe your Ooni down every so often with stainless steel cleaner to keep it looking sparkly & fresh. Be sure to use non-abrasive materials when you’re cleaning its exterior to avoid scratches!
- Interior: Because the Ooni operates at such high temperatures, there is really no need to disinfect the cooking surface or the inside of the oven – the oven basically cleans itself!
One important disclaimer, however, is to be sure to wipe down the pizza stone within the Ooni prior to each use, a lesson we learned the hard way!!!
Last summer we made pizzas for my niece & nephew, & my poor nephew complained that his pizza tasted bad. Thinking he was just being a picky toddler, we ignored him. Later, Chris went to finish off my nephew’s pizza, since he refused to eat it himself, & we realized that the bottom of the crust was covered in burnt flour! Poor guy! His pizza was the first one we cooked, so any residual flour that was in the pizza oven from the last time we used it had burnt when the pizza oven was preheating & clung to his poor pizza’s crust.
We’ve learned the easiest way to avoid this is to quickly clean your pizza stone before you start cooking pizzas. While the Ooni is preheating, quickly & carefully clean off the pizza stone by using a pair of grilling tongs to pinch some wet paper towel. Run the wet paper towel around the pizza stone, & it’ll pick up any residual flour from the last time you made pizza. Easy peasy!
Other suggested outdoor pizza oven equipment:
While purchasing an Ooni pizza oven is certainly an investment, there are a couple of other tools we’ve come to really lean on as we’ve learned to use our Ooni. For us, the biggest mental hurdle to doing pizza night at home is it feeling overwhelming or difficult & just being easier to go out & grab a couple of pies at our neighborhood pizza joint instead.
These couple of tools have helped us really streamline our homemade pizza night process, keeping things really fun & really easy-just how pizza night should be!
- Wood Pellets: The Ooni 3 is fueled by wood pellets, which we always have on hand at our house for our Traeger grill. We love Traeger’s pellets! Their Hickory wood pellets are a great option if you’re looking for something a little more all-purpose; it lends a nice smoky-but-neutral flavor to pizzas. We really love using their Applewood pellets; they lend a more distinctly smoky flavor that we absolutely love on pizza!
- Propane Lighter: Really comes in handy when you’re firing up your Ooni! We like these standard propane fuel cylinders, with a long-neck torch. The lighter is powerful enough to quickly ignite the wood pellets, & the long neck attachment keeps your hands happily away from the flame.
- Thermometer: A digital thermometer really comes in handy when you’re trying to determine whether your Ooni is up to temperature. This point-and-shoot infrared thermometer is a staple in our kitchen! All you have to do is open the Ooni’s lid, point & read! It’s fast, precise, great quality & only $15!
- Small wooden pizza peels: The metal peel that comes with the Ooni pizza oven is admittedly not our favorite. It’s actually the only part of our Ooni experience we haven’t loved! Instead, we bought several of these peels & couldn’t love them more (we have size “large”). At a little more than $10 a pop, they’re very reasonably priced & the perfect size for our 10-inch pies. Plus, when we’re making a lot of pizzas at once, it’s really nice to be able to give everyone their own pizza peel & let them have a hand at assembling their own pizza without waiting around for their turn to use the 1 pizza peel.
- Semolina flour is a must! The key to making pizza on an Ooni pizza oven is being able to transfer it quickly from a pizza peel to the Ooni’s pizza stone. I dust our pizza peels with semolina flour before placing the crust on them & assembling the pizzas. Semolina flour has a coarse texture, which helps the pizza slide off the pizza peel very easily. Before you go to transfer the pizza into the Ooni, give the peel a little wiggle to make sure the pizza slides easily. If not, no big deal: carefully lift the edges of the pizza & sprinkle extra semolina flour under them – should work like a charm!
plays well with butter pizza night tips & tricks:
For more homemade pizza tips & tricks, be sure to check out this post. I give more details & tips for making pizza at home, plus some of our favorite combinations of pizza toppings. Get creative & have fun with it!
It’s obvious that we adore our Ooni pizza oven, but now I’m dying to know – do you have an Ooni or another type of outdoor pizza oven? Do you have any other questions about your experience with our Ooni 3 that I can help answer? Be sure to comment below – I can’t wait to chat!
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