Ooni Volt Review: This Pizza Oven Helps You Cook Perfect Pies Year-Round

Enjoy fresh pizza on demand—indoors or out! Read our review of the Ooni Volt electric pizza oven.

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Nothing compares to making a delicious pizza at home. By opting for homemade, you get to take that hot first bite sooner, instead of waiting for pick-up or delivery from a restaurant. Plus, there are endless opportunities for creativity when mixing and matching your favorite pizza sauces and toppings.

Ooni pizza ovens make it possible to craft restaurant-quality pizzas at home with gas, wood or pellets, and the Ooni Volt is their easiest option yet. This electric pizza oven can be set up inside or outside, depending on your space and the weather. As a professional baker and pizza enthusiast, I make pizzas in Amazon pizza ovens, including the Solo Stove Pi and Ooni Koda, at least once a week and was excited about the versatility of this new pizza oven. To see how the Ooni Volt performs, I put it to the test.

What is the Ooni Volt pizza oven?

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Ooni has developed a reputation for quality outdoor pizza ovens, including the brand’s beloved Ooni Koda outdoor pizza oven. None of Ooni’s products have been safe for indoor use, though—until now. The Ooni Volt is an all-electric pizza oven that can be used both inside and outside.

The oven is built with a powder-coated carbon steel shell. That, paired with a glass insulated door, makes a beautifully sleek black exterior. The 24×21-inch pizza oven can sit on a heat-safe surface in your kitchen or on your deck.

On the front of the oven, there are three dials to customize how your pizza cooks. The oven reaches 850 degrees, with a dial to adjust from 150 degrees all the way to those scorching temps. This dial has both Fahrenheit and Celsius markings. Moreover, there’s a timer dial, along with a dial to adjust the heat settings for both the pizza stone itself and the heat source up top. For added convenience, you can also consider these Ooni pizza oven accessories.

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Ooni Volt Features

This pizza oven truly is a plug-and-play device. It’s beautifully built with durable construction that provides great insulation to maintain that high temperature of 850 degrees. The powder-coated exterior keeps it weatherproof, while the glass door lets you see how the pizza is cooking. The dials are easy to turn, and the light-up function of each dial makes them simple to read. Although the door is heavy enough to provide excellent insulation, it’s not too heavy to open and close.

  • Fully electric
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • 13-in. cooking area
  • Automatic shut off after 45 minutes
  • Reaches temperatures up to 850°F
  • Weighs just under 40 pounds

How We Tested It

Assembling

The Ooni Volt comes in a large cardboard box and is well-packed to avoid shipping damage. Setting it up took only a few minutes. It’s simple to remove from the box, place on a heat-safe surface and plug in. It has a short power cord, which is great for indoor countertop use. However, I needed an extension cord while using it outdoors.

Once the pizza oven is set up, it’s important to do a “first cook” before baking an actual pie. Guided by the user manual, I turned the oven to 850 degrees and set the timer for 20 minutes in order to season the oven. It was at this point that I discovered that although the exterior is beautiful, the handle and dials are prone to smudge marks.

Preheating

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Once it’s time to cook a pizza, the oven is easy to turn on with the power switch on the side. Next to the three front dials, there is a power button to press as well.

After turning on the oven, adjust the middle dial to the preferred temperature, between 150 degrees and 850 degrees. It takes 15-20 minutes to heat up to the highest temperature. The numbers on the dial light up as the temperature increases so you know exactly where it’s at. The oven is very quiet throughout this whole process.

Cooking

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The Ooni Volt is designed for pizzas that are 12 inches or smaller. A pizza peel, an essential pizza-making tool, is not included, so you’ll need to purchase one separately. Once the oven is preheated, open the glass door to the oven, launch the pizza, then close the door.

Flouring the pizza peel before launching your homemade pizza into the oven is crucial. I discovered that flouring too liberally can cause a bit of smoke in this oven when it’s at the highest temperature.

While the pizza is cooking, adjust the top and bottom balance dial to control the pizza stone and top heating elements, which can be different temperatures. You can also set the dial to the middle for even heating on both the top and bottom. This customization is helpful for crafting different styles of pizza and getting your ideal cook.

While the pizzas were in the oven, I found little need for turning. Compared to a gas or wood-fired pizza oven, which necessitates frequent turning, the cooking process is more even in the Ooni Volt. However, it’s still important to keep watch in case there’s too much browning in one spot. The pizzas I cooked in this oven took between 90 seconds and three minutes to finish, depending on the toppings. Retrieving the pizzas from the oven was simple. After a short rest, it was time to cut the pizza with a pizza cutter or rocking cutter and dig in!

The oven is easy to use and provides a consistent cook on a pizza. In my experience, the finished product always had a sturdy base and pillowy crust. Be careful, though; the exterior of the oven gets hot while cooking, especially the front glass, and it takes up to two hours to fully cool.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fully electric
  • Indoor and outdoor use
  • Temperature and balance dial to customize pizza cook
  • Requires minimal turning

Cons

  • Costly
  • Short power cord
  • Prone to smudging

FAQ

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Can the Ooni Volt be used inside and outside?

Yes, plug in the electric Ooni Volt pizza oven in your kitchen or your backyard. Just make sure to place it on a heat-safe surface. Cook pizza inside when it’s raining or throw a summer pizza party to enjoy around your backyard fire pit.

How big is the Ooni Volt?

The Ooni Volt pizza oven is 24×21 inches and nearly 11 inches tall. The pizza oven weighs just under 40 pounds. The cooking surface is a square that measures just above 13 inches.

How many watts is the Ooni Volt?

The Ooni Volt is a 1600-watt all-electric pizza oven.

What Other Reviewers Had to Say

Plenty of excited customers have found the new electric pizza oven to be, well, electrifying!

“Outstanding control over the process of making your pizza,” says five-star reviewer Michael. “The result is always excellent!”

Pizza-lover Patti also gave this oven a five-star review. “We had a wood-fire Ooni and upgraded to the electric version and haven’t looked back,” she explains. “It heats up so fast and cooks even faster. It’s an amazing piece of equipment. We now can easily make pizza any night of the week, year-round.”

Final Verdict

The Ooni Volt is a powerful pizza oven that offers versatility by way of indoor and outdoor use. It does take up a bit of space, but it’s a great option if you want to make quality homemade pizzas in a variety of locations. With its electric power and adjustable heat sources, the Ooni Volt cooks pizza exactly to your liking.

Because the oven offers precise temperature control, it’s a great option for someone looking for a pizza oven that’s easy to use and requires little practice or experience.

It’s important to keep in mind that the oven should only ever be placed on a heat-safe surface with room around it. The oven and glass door get hot throughout the cooking process, and it takes a while to allow it to cool down.

Where to Buy the Ooni Volt Pizza Oven

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The Ooni Volt pizza oven retails for $999. Although the price tag is higher than that of some other outdoor pizza ovens, its all-electric design offers more versatility for use indoors. The pizza oven is sold on Ooni’s website, as well as on Amazon, Williams Sonoma and BBQ Guys. Keep an eye out for pizza oven deals this summer to snag a pizza oven for the best price.

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Molly Allen
A former bakery owner and event planner, Molly is now a freelance writer and editor specializing in food and beverage, lifestyle and party planning. She brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to Taste of Home readers, drawing on her former life at the bakery to explain the difference between cake and yeast doughnuts, how to make blue velvet cake and how to salvage burnt cookies. When Molly isn’t baking, she keeps an eye on the latest food trends and kitchen gadgets, and enjoys cooking outdoors on smokers and pizza ovens.