It’s hard to hate any food with the word “pie” in it. If someone says apple pie, that probably evokes images of warm bubbly fruit mixed with earthy spices, a delectable crust and the possibility of vanilla ice cream served as an accompaniment. We love ala mode. And, of course, there is its mouth-watering smell. A smell so revered that it is often used to lure buyers in purchasing a new home. Now close your eyes and think of the last time you had a slice of a pizza pie. The long stringy pieces of mozzarella with just the right amount of sauce. Doesn’t that conjure up feelings of comfort but in a way reminiscent of your college days?
But now that you are all grown up, how can you recapture that gooey goodness delivered to you via yeast and flour at home? While you could call for takeaway (we’re not judging) because you don’t have the space for a traditional pizza oven or pizza stone, you could also try turning your kitchen into a pizza paradise with a countertop pizza oven. Not sure where to begin? No worries, we’ve done the work and gathered all the details on the best countertop pizza ovens you can buy right now.
And best of all, every one of our options is affordable, with only the most expensive coming in a hair over $100. Take a look at our list of the best countertop pizza ovens below!
1. Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven
This is truly a non-traditional looking pizza oven. In fact, its rotating action is far more reminiscent of cooking gyros on a vertical rotisserie than one would expect of pizza. That being said, it can be fun to watch your food cook. The most impressive feature of the Presto Pizzazz is that the top and bottom heat are controlled separately, so if the cheese has melted, but the bottom isn’t cooked all the way through, you can adjust accordingly.
2. Sensio Bella 12” Pizza Maker
For a perfectly priced and great entry-level model, check out the Sensio Bella Pizza Maker. You can make fresh or frozen pizza on its nonstick surface or even quesadillas or omelets. It takes between 10-12 minutes to deliver a somewhat crunchy crust. Make sure to have your dough ready to go as the nonstick surface heats up pretty quickly.
3. Hamilton Beach Pizza
No matter what you are cooking, you want it to be easy peasy, and that is what the Hamilton Beach Pizza maker does. It takes the hassle out of making a pizza. First, you don’t have to worry about preheating, which cuts down on prep time. Also, this countertop pizza oven rotates, which allows for an even finish. And it is equipped with a timer, which is especially useful as you get used to customizing your creations to your taste.
4. MasterChef Pizza Maker
If you are someone who tends to like a thinner crust pizza, this countertop pizza oven is an excellent option. The viewing window allows you to watch as your pie is created. The MasterChef Pizza Maker has three temperature settings and is also suitable for making calzones, and let’s face it, dough with ricotta and mozzarella baked inside is a win.
5. Betty Crocker Pizza Maker
While the name Betty Croker is associated with boxed desserts, the brand also makes an affordable countertop pizza oven that is also a mini oven used to create other fun items such as quiches and croissants. Your pizza will be ready in a jiffy, so this machine is perfect for those times you need a meal pronto.