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Ooni vs Roccbox: Best Pizza Oven Comparison and Review

Jump to RecipeAn Ooni pizza oven and a Roccbox pizza oven.

There are so many options when looking for an at home pizza oven. The two most popular choices are probably the Ooni and Gozney (Roccbox). Both of these have great reviews and make delicious pizzas.

For pizza enthusiasts like myself you may want to upgrade your pizza set up to use one of these outdoor pizza ovens. There are many different sizes and styles to each of these so this will break down the main differences, what you should look for, and what might be right for you.

What is the difference between Ooni and Roccbox?

If you are looking for the best outdoor pizza ovens these are the two that will come up time and time again. They both reach high temperatures, have a portable design, and make great pizza.

The Ooni comes in many different sizes and styles while the Roccbox only comes in one model. Gozney, the maker or Roccbox, does have other pizza ovens but the Roccbox is the closest one to the Ooni.

Ooni and Roccbox Models

As mentioned above, the Roccbox comes in one model but it does have multiple colors. The Ooni comes in 7 different models. The best comparison to the Roccbox size and features is the Ooni Karu 12G. They are similar in size, temperature, fuel type, and price.

Ooni vs Roccbox Comparison

Size and Weight

The Roccbox is very compact and is large enough to make a 12” pizza. It is a little heavier than some of the Ooni models weighing in at 44lbs. The full size of the Roccbox is 16.3 x 21 x 18.6”.

The Ooni Karu 12G, which is the closest comparison, also makes a 12” pizza but is only about 34lbs. The size of the Karu 12G is ‎28.7"D x 16.4"W x 29.7"H.

If you want something that cooks a larger pizza you can look into the Ooni Karu 16. This one makes 16” pizza but it a little larger size and weighs about 62.6lbs.

Price

The price point on most of these pizza ovens is fairly similar. The Roccbox is a little pricier than comparable models of the Ooni but not by much. The Roccbox is currently $499.99 while the Ooni Karu 12G is $429.99.

Ooni also offers a less expensive version of the Karu that comes in at $299.99. This one is great if you are just wanting to test out a pizza oven but don’t want to drop a ton of money.

If you are looking at something larger like the Ooni Karu 16, that is closer to $799.99.

One this to note is that the Roccbox does come with a pizza peel while the Ooni you need to buy that separately so that does add on a little bit of extra cost.

Design

Both the Roccbox and the Ooni have sleek designs that look beautiful. The Roccbox design is slightly more compact and comes in 2 colors. The Ooni ovens come in a black color or fully stainless steel.

Ooni tends to have sharper edge design while the Roccbox is very round in shape. The style and design choice is more personal preference than anything.

Durability

Both are very durable pizza ovens and they can reach high heat with temperatures of 950°F.

Pizza Flavor

Each of these ovens get to very high temperatures, as high at 950°F. With that type of heat you will get a crispy crust on any pizza you cook in these. They both create restaurant-quality pizza and really take your homemade pizza to the next level.

Portability and Storage

Both of these portable pizza oven are made for easy storage. They take little time to set up and store. The Roccbox is more compact but slightly heavier. The Ooni Karu 12G is lighter but takes up a little more space.

Both have the added options of buying a cover. The Ooni Karu actually has a portable bag that makes it easier to carry, so if you are traveling with it this could come in handy for easy transport.

Before storing make sure to let the pizza oven cool down all the way as they can hold on to those higher temperatures.

Fuel Types

The Roccbox and the Ooni Karu 12G and 16 models have a multi fuel source, meaning they can work with gas or wood pellets. The Ooni Karu 12 (the least expensive one) only comes with the ability to do wood but you can get a gas burner attachment so it can work as a multi fuel oven as well.

If you are interested in cooking your pizza with wood pellets, here is a post all about what you need for making wood fired pizzas in the Ooni.

Having multi-fuel options is very nice so you can try out both. I typically use wood fired because I enjoy the process but the gas works much quicker and keeps a steady temperature. If you are cooking a lot of pizzas, using a gas powered pizza oven is much easier.

Ease of Use

Both of these pizza ovens have a learning curve to them, but once you get the hang of it you will be able to set it up and get it going in no time.

I don’t see any key difference in terms of set up and ease of use between the two.

Wood fired pizzas.

Cooking with the Ooni

I personally have cooked with the Ooni for years and love it. It is very easy to set up and get going. I love that there are so many accessories and add on to the Ooni brand to really customize your pizza cooking experience.

Cooking with the Roccbox

The Roccbox gets great reviews for being very simple to use and set up. It has a beautiful design, holds its temperature really well, and has a thicker cooking stone. I don’t think you can go wrong with this option.

Which is the best pizza oven for you?

The main difference is the style of the pizza oven, the size and weight, and price. They are very close in all of these categories but I would look at those as your main comparison.

My Overall Pick

The top pick for me is the Ooni Koda 12G. This Ooni model is close to the Roccbox but it is slightly lighter, making it easier to store and carry. It is slightly less expensive and has the ability to have so many add ons if you need.

Pizza Recipes That Can Be Used for Both

You can make so many different things in these pizza ovens but when it comes to the perfect pizza crust I love to use this wood fired Neapolitan style pizza dough recipe. I created it for the Ooni pizza oven but it would work great in the Roccbox as well.

Common Pizza Oven Questions

Can I use these inside?

No, these pizza ovens are meant for outdoor use only. If you want an indoor pizza oven look into an electric one like the Ooni Volt.

Can you leave these pizza ovens outside?

I recommend keeping them in a shed or garage when not in use especially if you live in a colder climate. If you leave it outside you will need to spend a lot more time cleaning it out before each use.

If you are looking for a pizza oven you can leave outside check out the Gozney Dome pizza oven.

Is a worth buying an outdoor pizza oven?

If you are looking to make pizzas a decent amount it is definitely worth it! I have found that it makes a huge difference in the pizzas I can make. It is also a fun thing to use with other people around and enjoy time outside.

If you don't think you will really use it that often it might not be worth the investment or space. If you are new to pizza making or you think you might want something indoors, I would suggest investing in a pizza steel or pizza stone instead. These are much cheaper and you can use them in your home oven. Here is a whole post about the differences between the pizza stone and steel.

What else do you need for making pizza in outdoor ovens?

Besides the actual oven and the dough you will need a few things to make the best best pizzas. You will need some type of pizza peel. The pizza peel will get the pizza in and out of the oven easily. Both Ooni and Gozney make one specifically for their ovens. The Roccbox actually comes with one.

You may also want an infrared thermometer to be able to check the temperature of the oven. This comes in handy when using wood-fired ovens since the temperature fluctuates so much. I like to use this thermometer. I also have a whole post on different thermometers and the best temperature to cook your pizzas at if you want to dive in further.

What about the Gozney Dome?

Gozney, the maker of the Roccbox does have another outdoor pizza oven. This one is called the Dome and it is a much higher quality, professional grade pizza oven. This is not a portable pizza oven like the Roccbox, but if you are looking for something with a built-in thermometer, extra durable and water resistant, and larger cooking surface you might want to check it out.

Where to Buy the Ooni and Roccbox

You can purchase the Ooni on their website or on Amazon. Same with the Roccbox. It is available on their website or on Amazon.

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Ooni Pizza Oven

Wooden pizza peel.

Wooden Pizza Peel

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