Pizza ovens are all the rage this summer and we've been trying out some of the most popular pizza oven models to find out which ones are worth buying.
Shopping for a pizza oven isn't an easy task as there's a lot to take into account. As well as price, you've got to think about types, comparing brands and accessories, and not to mention the potentially daunting prospect of making your own pizza dough.
We've rounded up five key things to bear in mind if you're thinking of buying a pizza oven to help you work out if this is the perfect outdoor cooking experience for you. Read on to find out our expert advice.
Unfortunately, there's no such thing as 'just a pizza oven' - there are many different types to choose from and which one is right for you depends mostly on your personal preference.
The basic options are:
Prices for pizza ovens vary widel, depending on what type and size you go for - from less than £50 up to several thousand pounds.
You'll find that most portable pizza ovens cost around £200 to £300, so you'll need to be sure it's right for you before you buy.
Barbecue-top pizza ovens are often the cheapest - La Hacienda have options for less than £100, and Aldi and Lidl usually sell them seasonally for as little at £39.99. We recently tried out to find out how much of a bargain it is.
The priciest pizza ovens are usually freestanding brick pizza ovens. These are often custom made to fit your garden, and provide the perfect amount of insulation, ventilation and cooking space. , for example, costs a whopping £5,999.
Most small pizza ovens are made of metal, meaning that unless there's some sort of heat-resistant coating in place, the body of the oven can get extremely hot on the outside as well as inside.
This is something to be aware of if there will be children or pets around during cooking, so it's worth looking out for pizza ovens that have a heat-resistant body.
The Gozney Roccbox, for example, has a silicone casing that keeps it cool to the touch even when the oven is at peak temperature.
There are two essential accessories that you won't be able to use your pizza oven without - a pizza stone and a pizza peel.
It's definitely worth checking whether the pizza oven you're looking at comes with these accessories (especially the paddle) included, as many don't and are instead sold separately, sometimes at high prices.
Slightly scorched, bubbling Neapolitan-style pizzas are the name of the game with pizza ovens, and for these to cook perfectly you need to be conservative with your toppings.
If you like ultra-thick, fully loaded pizzas with tons of toppings, this may not be the cooking experience you're looking for. Less is often more with pizza ovens, as overloaded pizzas will likely come out soggy in the middle and burned on top.
A tomato base, slices of mozzarella, a few basil leaves, some garlic and a drizzling of olive oil will make for an ideal homemade pizza, for example.
If making the dough yourself sounds intimidating, you can always buy ready-made pizza dough from the supermarket - but the homemade stuff does taste better.