Ooni Karu

4.8/5.0
By Robert Parsons April 22, 2021
Looks / Appearance 5.0 / 5.0
Functionality 4.5 / 5.0
Ease of use 5.0 / 5.0

Pros

  • – Easy to transport
  • – Adjustable airflow for different cooking
  • – Reaches a high 932°F
  • – Extra-thick baking stone

Cons

  • – High contender among pizza oven buyers – limited availability.

While most people were worrying about the world ending back in 2012, a little-known Scandinavian pizza oven manufacturer was working on a product that would revolutionize pizza-baking as we knew it. Their name, formerly Uuni, is now Ooni. They launched the world’s first portable pizza pellet oven and, since then, have grown to become a leader in the pizza oven industry, innovating and advancing with every new model. 

The Ooni Karu exemplifies this. Cutting-edge, extremely powerful, and easy to carry – it’s a game-changer and elevates backyard kitchens across the board.

 

Who is this Pizza Oven For?

At home, you’ve used your trusty kitchen oven for many things. Thanksgiving dinners, family reunions, and everyday meals. It’s as simple as setting the temperature and popping in your food. 

With the Ooni Karu pizza oven, you get the same simplicity with double the power. Plus, it cleans itself. So, whether you’ve been cooking for 20 years professionally or your kids are your food critics, the Ooni Karu will help you serve up the high-quality dishes you’d expect from restaurants, right at home, and with no hassle.

Within this review, we’ll expand upon everything that makes Ooni Karu the expert cooking tool you didn’t know you needed. To make a more informed decision, read on!

 

Specifications

Weight: Ooni Karu weighs just over 26 lbs.

Dimensions: 30” x 15” x 31”

Indoor/Outdoor Use: This oven is intended for using outdoors.

Color Options: Crafted with beautiful and strong stainless steel.

Fuel: Charcoal or real wood. Also gas-compatible. 

 

Where can I use this oven?

When attending a friend or relative’s party, it’s typically best to make sure you don’t come empty-handed. Thanks to the lightweight build of the Ooni Karu, you can bring something better than a case of beer. Or you can bring both – they weigh about the same! Simply fold its legs, detach its chimney, and pop it in the available Ooni Karu carry bag. Hitting the beach, a park lunch, or a friend’s party will be so much more exciting with a portable, powerful pizza oven strapped to your shoulder. 

 

What makes this oven special?

The Ooni Karu uniquely offers the roaring power of much larger wood-fired ovens, plus portability to boot. Choose your fuel of choice – be it charcoal, wood, or gas – and within 10 minutes, your oven will be ready to serve up authentic, evenly cooked, mouthwatering pizza in just 60 seconds. 

Ooni engineers also equipped you with the versatility to create a range of dishes from roasted veggies and fresh bread to seared steak and wonderfully-cooked fish. This is thanks to its adjustable temperature, which you can easily control using the chimney baffle. Open it up for maximum firepower or close it for lower temperatures needed for slower cooking. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy quality food, bake after bake. 

 

Why should I buy this oven?

Aside from the amazing fact that Ooni Karu can help you produce incredible, authentic pizzas in 60 seconds, there’s much to be said about its other unique aspects. Ooni Karu features a custom-designed fuel tray, which helps maximize airflow and ultimately produce blazing firepower to cook top-notch pizzas while also making sure you don’t have to worry about cleaning excess ash. 

The 430-grade stainless steel body boasts fantastic insulation, and with the extra-thick stone cooking surface, you’ll enjoy expert heat retention that’s needed to create the quality food your friends and family will drool over.

Our Verdict

As far as pizza ovens go, the Ooni Karu is definitely one of our favorites. It’s lightweight and easily stored, which might make it seemingly meek. However, the opposite couldn’t be truer with its ability to reach an incredibly high 932°F in a quick 10-minute timeframe. If you’re looking for high-performing flame power, modern aesthetics, and consistent restaurant-quality foods, the Ooni Karu will be the perfect cooking companion for you!

 

Pros

  • – Easy to transport
  • – Adjustable airflow for different cooking
  • – Reaches a high 932°F
  • – Extra-thick baking stone

Cons

  • – High contender among pizza oven buyers – limited availability.