What are the differences between all the Ooni pizza ovens?

Ooni is currently one of the top manufacturers and suppliers of pizza ovens in the UK but looking at their range of six models can seem a little daunting if you are buying your first pizza oven and begs the question ‘which one is right for me?

In this article, I will attempt to untangle the different Ooni offerings so that you can understand the difference between your Kodas and your Karus, your Fyras and your pros.

Table of Contents

  1. What do the numbers at the end mean?
  2. The Fyra 12
  3. The Koda
  4. The Pro
  5. The Karu
  6. Summary

What do the numbers at the end mean?

All Ooni models have either a 12 or a 16 at the end of their name and this refers to the maximum sized pizza you can cook in the unit.

The Fyra 12, Koda 12 and Karu 12 have the cooking space for one 12 inch pizza.

The Pro 16, Koda 16 and Karu 16 have the cooking space for one 16 inch pizza.

The Fyra 12

Ooni Fyra 12

The Ooni Fyra 12 is the least expensive model in the Ooni range (£249) and is their only product that can only use wood pellets as its fuel (all other models have the capability to burn propane gas).

As noted before, the maximum size pizza you can fit into the Fyra is 12″.

The Fyra is very lightweight and easy to carry, weighing in at only 10Kg, which is just a shade heavier than the lightest Ooni (the Koda 12), which weighs 9.25Kg.

The reason that the Fyra 12 and Koda 12 are lighter than the other models is that they have a thinner cordierite pizza stone (10mm thick rather than the usual 15mm). Thicker pizza stones are more durable and have better heat retention and heat transfer, which means that the base of your pizzas will cook better with other models.

The Ooni Fyra 12 would be suitable for anyone that is buying their first pizza oven or is on a budget and wants to achieve that wood-fired taste.

The Koda

Ooni Koda 16

The Koda 12 (£299) and Koda 16 (£499) are Ooni’s propane gas-powered pizza oven options.

Pizza aficionados will argue that you can’t get the authentic taste of a pizzeria if you don’t use a wood-fired pizza oven. This may be true but you can cook a truly delicious pizza on gas. And, with gas, it is easier to control the temperature and there are no embers or ash to clean up at the end.

The maximum size of a pizza that can be cooked in the Koda 12 is, of course, 12″ and the Koda 16 can cook pizzas up to 16″.

Also, as noted before, the Koda 12 has a 10mm pizza stone making it much lighter (9.25Kg) than the Koda 16 (18.2Kg), which has a 15mm pizza stone. However, the thinner stone can impact the quality of the bake.

The Koda 12, like most Ooni pizza ovens, takes 15 minutes to get up to cooking temperature, however, the Koda 16 (along with the Pro 16) takes a little longer, needing 20mins.

The Koda models would be suitable for anyone that wants the ease and cleanliness of gas-powered cooking.

The Pro

Ooni Pro 16

The Pro 16 (£499) was Ooni’s first multi-fuel model, which means it can generate heat from gas, wood or charcoal (although wood/charcoal should not be used at the same time as gas). However, to use gas, a separate gas burner needs to be purchased for an additional £70 (unlike the Koda, which has the burner built-in).

Like the Koda 16, the Pro takes 20 minutes to reach cooking temperature, which is slightly longer than the 15 minutes required by the rest of the range.

The Pro is made from stainless steel which is not as durable or weatherproof as the powder-coated carbon steel that the Koda, Fyra and Karu 16 are made from, so this may not be a good option if you intend to leave it outside for long periods.

The Pro 16 would be a suitable option for anyone that wants a 16-inch model, with the option to choose between the authenticity of wood and the simplicity of gas but whose budget does not stretch to the £699 price tag of the Karu 16.

The Karu

Ooni Karu 16

The Karu 12 (£299) and Karu 16 (£699) are the newer multi-fuel Ooni offerings and have a maximum pizza size of 12″ and 16″ respectively.

The Karu 16 is built from a mixture of powder-coated carbon steel and high-grade stainless steel, making it more durable in outdoor environments. By comparison, the Karu 12 is made of just high-grade stainless steel.

Like the Ooni Pro 16, the gas burner for the Karu models must be purchased separately for around £80.

Both Karu models take 15 minutes to heat up to 400-500 degrees Celsius, which is the optimum cooking temperature for pizza.

The Karu 16 is the heaviest model in the range at 28.4Kg, which means it may be a bit bulky to carry around. The Karu 12 weighs in at 12 Kg.

The Karu 16 is the pinnacle of Ooni’s range and is the pizza oven that we would probably all choose if we had the budget. The Karu 12 provides a lot of the features of the Karu 16 at a more affordable price tag, but you do lose some build quality and capacity as the compromise.

Summary

I’ve summarised the main points of each model below:

  • Fyra 12 – entry-level, affordable, wood only, 12″ max pizza size
  • Koda 12 – gas only, easier, cleaner, less authentic taste, 12″ max pizza size
  • Koda 16 – gas only, easier, cleaner, less authentic taste, 16″ max pizza size
  • Pro 16 – affordable 16″ multi-fuel option
  • Karu 12 – affordable 12″ multi-fuel option
  • Karu 16 – top of the range, multi-fuel, expensive

I hope this guide has helped you to make sense of Ooni’s offerings 🙂