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Sometimes, getting your pizza delivered to you from your local pizza joint isn't satisfying enough. Maybe they've messed up your order one too many times, perhaps their prices have become too expensive as of late, or maybe you've just grown bored of the same menu options.
Well, have you ever thought that perhaps you could make your own pizza at home? If that's what you're interested in, here are five of the best countertop pizza ovens that might make you interested in starting your home-baked pizza adventure.
Best Countertop Pizza Ovens Reviews
Fusion 515FC Deluxe Pizza Oven
This 16-inch Fusion Deluxe pizza and snack oven from Tomlinson Industries is the first item on our list. It is an excellent choice for someone who is looking for something that isn't complicated and that will do the job well enough without causing any problems.
As we've stated, this option is rather straightforward as countertop pizza ovens go. It features an interior space of 16 inches in width, meaning you can fit most average-sized pizzas, and you can even squeeze in a few of the larger ones depending on how large "large" is for you.
The exterior dimensions are a good 30 inches by 25 inches by 13 inches in terms of length, width, and height, respectively. You might have to clear some space in your kitchen depending on how cluttered your countertops already are with other appliances.
Based on your needs and how tall the item is that you happen to be baking, there are two trays to choose from. The temperature range can go up to 500 degrees, so you'll be cooking pizzas in no time! It preheats quickly and can keep going for quite some time throughout the day. Some people have even kept it going 10 hours non-stop!
In terms of desired elements that we found lacking, there is very little that can be said, as this is a reasonably straightforward pizza and snack oven that doesn't try to complicate things with fanciful features. However, it is listed as a pizza and snack oven, and we've found that the opening to the oven is relatively small, making it only ideal for pizza and other flat foods and snacks.
Unfortunately, that means snacks like fries or nachos are a bit too tall. If you plan to expand your food options beyond pizza, this may not be the one for you. There is also an uncommon fault that seems to come from the manufacturer, and that is that the oven sometimes does not reach its maximum heat and takes much longer to bake.
Hamilton Beach Countertop Rotisserie Toaster Oven
Hamilton Beach is a popular brand that we've all heard of. This time, we are discussing their countertop toaster oven, which has many different features and capabilities! Here is a short review of what may perhaps be the item that should take first place on this list!
As you can see through the large viewing window on the front of this stainless-steel countertop oven, there are two large racks that are perfect for fitting two average, medium-sized, 12-inch pizzas one above the other. Included in this convection oven is a revolving, self-basting rotisserie that you can use for chickens that weigh up to 5 pounds.
This is a feature that is unique to this countertop oven compared to others on this list! The cooking knobs are all contoured for a comfortable grip and allow you to control the temperatures for the two cooking racks and switch between bake and broil with a two-hour shut off time.
As for some of the downsides, this toaster oven is not the best at toasting bread and the like, often drying it out and removing most of the flavor. Out of all the options on this list, it also has the biggest carbon footprint and drains the most power, meaning you will notice a spike in your power bill if you tend to use it often.
It should also be noted that while it has many different inserts like racks, baking trays, and a rotisserie, this oven won't be good at making cookies or cakes thanks to the embossing on said items.
Magic Chef Countertop Pizza Oven
Magic Chef is a brand name that is well-known in certain circles for its kitchen appliances. It is typically known for being dependable and convenient to use, so let's see how well the countertop pizza oven can hold up against what we know about the brand already, as well as the other pizza ovens on this list.
Compared to most other countertop pizza ovens, it can fit medium-sized, 12-inch pizzas comfortably, but nothing more. Thus, if you're looking for a pizza oven to bake larger, family-sized meals, this might not be the one you're looking for. However, if you're content with the size, you might find this to be an excellent choice as it seems to match the dependability that often comes with Magic Chef appliances.
The exterior dimensions are a snug 14.5 by 18.4 by 6.8 inches, which is length by width by height, respectively. The pizza oven has a single slot that comes with a slide-out chrome wire rack to keep your pizza on as it is baked from either an upper or lower heating element (or both). While baking, the oven has a simple display light that comes on while it is working and a 60-minute timer so that you can always keep track of the baking process.
In terms of features we felt were lacking, there are very few. The biggest concern is with the slot in which you slide your pizza. While the slot itself may be large, the rack is placed slightly higher up, so you'll be confined in terms of space and what you have on your pizza. You won't be using this oven for anything taller than most classic flat pizzas.
While it also comes with a 60-minute timer, many have had the same concern with the cooking times. While it certainly gets the job done, many users claim that it often takes quite some time to bake thick pizza crusts with a lot of toppings.
MasterChef Pizza Maker
Just like the one from the ever so popular eponymous show, MasterChef, this is a commercial variant for all of you who are fans of the show. With all of its features and the prestige that comes with being an officially licensed MasterChef product, let's see how it holds up against the other items on this list.
Unlike the rest of the countertop ovens on this list so far, this is a pizza maker that takes on an entirely different design that strays from the conventional "pizza on a sliding rack" design. Instead, this is more like a sandwich maker that opens on the top to reveal a round, non-stick baking stone that you lay your pizza on.
The pizza stone is wide enough to fit the average 12-inch pizza, and it also rotates to allow more even heat distribution. It's also detachable for easy cleaning. One massive advantage that the shape of this pizza maker has over the other pizza ovens on this list is that you are no longer as restricted when it comes to making taller pizzas.
Plus, you can even make calzones or quesadillas in there! With a simple viewing window on the top, you can watch the progress and end the baking process when it's just right.
As for the negatives, there are a few rare cases of a recurring factory default that occurs when baking. In these rare instances, the pizza maker often shuts off after a few minutes as if there were no power transferring to it, but this is a rare case that would allow you to make a return as per their return policy.
Another issue that some people have is that this pizza maker can take a long time to bake and often dries out your pizzas quickly depending on what you have on your pizza.
Commercial Chef CHQP12R Pizza Maker
Commercial Chef brings us another pizza maker similar in design to the MasterChef option. This is excellent news, as the "sandwich maker" design for pizza makers is often seen as a much better design for a few reasons. Let's dive into our pizza maker review and see how well this compares to the other pizza ovens and the similarly designed MasterChef pizza maker.
The Commercial Chef pizza maker follows the same design path as the MasterChef pizza maker, in that they both shy away from the standard oven design and opt for a flat, sandwich maker-esque design that opens at the top. Once opened, you'll find at the bottom of the lid and top of the base that there are non-stick baking plates.
These are different from the baking stones of the MasterChef design, but it is a difference that helps reduce the price a little. As with most pizza makers and ovens, it fits 12-inch wide pizzas and similar flat foods, but it is worth pointing out that it is a bit shorter in the interior, so you won't be cooking taller foods and pizzas without a little bit of mess or spillage.
However, it is also advertised as being able to cook and bake meals throughout the day, from breakfast frittatas to cookies for dessert. The exterior dimensions are a small 15.3 by 13.4 by 4.7 inches in length, width, and height, respectively. There is a simple light indicator to indicate when it is heated up and ready to bake and when it is on and working.
When it comes to features we didn't exactly approve of or that we found lacking, the size is both a blessing and a curse. While its small size makes storage an easy affair to deal with, it also means you're going to struggle with taller foods such as pizzas with loads of toppings. It also doesn't seem to have the MasterChef's rotation features which make baking a lot more evenly distributed as the pizzas often suffer from uneven distribution of heat.
The baking plates are also not detachable, so cleaning is much more difficult, and there is no viewing window for you to check if your food is cooked or not. There also isn't an on/off switch. It simply works from the moment you plug it in, so you have to be careful to remember to unplug it once you're finished, or you could cause serious problems.
To wrap up, let's discuss the best options on this list. We have to go with either the MasterChef, Hamilton Beach, or Magic Chef pizza makers/ovens. The Magic Chef is an excellent option if you're on a budget, while the Hamilton Chef has incredible versatility. The MasterChef option comes with prestige, as well as the best pizza-making capabilities.