We Tried Ooni's New Indoor, Electric Pizza Oven

The Ooni Volt is the brand's first electric pizza oven.

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March 29, 2023

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Tested by Ginevra Iverson for Food Network Kitchen

When it comes to cooking at home, having the right equipment is the easiest way to elevate your experience. And if you love homemade pizza, the best way to up your game is by slinging pizzas in a pizza oven. If the only thing stopping you from jumping on this trend is not having enough outdoor space, Ooni just launched a new electric pizza oven that can be used both inside and out — and we got to give it a try.

What Is the Ooni Volt 12?

The Ooni Volt 12 is the brand's first electric oven that can be used indoors. Ooni’s multiple wood- and gas-powered ovens can only be used outside. As a result, the Ooni Volt 12 offers peak versatility that can fit almost any home set-up. Similar to the brand’s other models, this pizza oven heats up quickly, claiming to hit 850 degrees F in just 20 minutes (we agree, it’s quick and efficient!), and it can cook fresh, Neapolitan-style pizzas in as little as 90 seconds.

What Makes the Ooni Volt Different?

Unlike the other ovens, the Ooni Volt offers more temperature control. This electric oven has a top-heating element, which we found resulted in more evenly cooked pizzas, as well as the standard bottom-heating element or stone found in most outdoor pizza ovens. The front three knobs give you the option to set a specific temperature and adjust whether you want the heat to come more from the top or bottom, which gives you a lot more options when it comes to toppings.

However, you can only adjust the heating sources once the oven has come to temperature, which tends to drop back down once the oven’s door has opened. We found this to be a slight inconvenience, considering the pizza would start cooking while the oven came back up to temperature before we were able to re-adjust the heating source.

How Does It Work Indoors?

When testing the oven, we found that the Ooni Volt 12 didn’t start really smoking until about 45 minutes after heavy use (full disclosure, we made more than 20 pizzas back-to-back for a party!) — which probably won’t be standard practice for users. If you’re planning on serving a large party, we recommend taking this appliance outside where smoke isn’t a problem.

Photo c/o Williams Sonoma

Photo c/o Williams Sonoma

If you’re looking to regularly make pizzas for your household year-round, this is a great indoor option. It’s super easy to set up, and we found that the exterior barely emitted any heat, so you don’t have to worry about countertops or nearby appliances. Our one note of caution is that this oven pulls a lot of power, so be careful about other appliance-use to avoid blowing your fuse.

How Does It Compare to Other Pizza Ovens?

Compared to other indoor pizza ovens, the Ooni Volt 12 is more reasonably priced, easier to set up and more intuitive than others we’ve tested. When first using the oven, you only need to turn it on to let it season, and the three front knobs make it extremely user-friendly. Since you can control and pre-set the temperature, this oven also works for different pizza styles, like Detroit- and Grandma-style pizza, which require longer cooking times at a lower temperature.

When compared to outdoor pizza ovens (including Ooni pizza ovens), which have either a wood, gas or pellet heat source, you’ll need to decide whether flavor or convenience is most important to you. The only thing you’re missing with this oven is that smokey flavor of the open flame, which you’ll get with the wood- and pellet-fired ovens, like the Karu or Fyra.

Who Is the Ooni Volt 12 Good For?

After testing many pizza ovens on the market, we think the Ooni Volt 12 is a good oven for anyone who is looking for ease and reliability. The pizzas that came from this oven were consistent, evenly cooked and ready in no time. Even though you’ll miss out on a smokey, wood-fired flavor, this oven will still give you a nice char. Plus, you’ll get to use this year-around without leaving your house. That sounds like a win-win to us.

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