Ooni Koda 12/16

5.0/5.0
By Robert Parsons June 16, 2021
Looks / Appearance 5.0 / 5.0
Functionality 5.0 / 5.0
Ease of use 5.0 / 5.0

Pros

  • – Portable
  • – Reaches temperatures up to 932ºF
  • – Built-in Flame Keeper Device
  • – No assembly needed

Cons

  • – It’s award-winning, and a crowd favorite, so it might be sold out often.
  • – Only works on gas

In 2012, a pizza oven manufacturer named Ooni (formerly Uuni) released a first of its kind appliance – a portable pellet pizza oven.

Innovative and cutting-edge from the start, Ooni has only continued to step up its game and set new standards for high-quality pizza ovens since. This much is easy to see when you take a look at the expertly crafted, award-winning Ooni Koda Pizza Oven. 

In this comparison review, we will take a look at the Ooni Koda 12 and a newer model that recently came out – the Ooni Koda 16. What’s the difference between the two? Keep reading to find out!

Ooni Koda 12 Overview 

The Ooni Koda 12 is an award-winning portable oven ideal for amateurs, professional chefs, and everyone in between. It is perfect for anyone who loves pizza and enjoys making a quality pie FAST. In only 60 seconds, you’ll have a perfectly charred pizza ready to serve.

The most impressive part of the Ooni Koda isn’t the delicious pizzas it cooks up but how portable it is. Thanks to the folding legs and light weight of 20 pounds, you can easily pack up this bad boy and take it with you to the beach, on a camping trip, or your best friend’s BBQ. And, since it’s gas-fueled, you’ll enjoy an easy and convenient pizza-making experience.  

The Ooni Koda allowed us to reach temperatures up to 950ºF in as little as 15 minutes. This is impressive, especially for such a small pizza oven. It also did a nice job roasting meat, veggies, and fish. The Koda is one of the best pizza ovens we’ve ever tried, and we can’t wait for you to try it. 

Specifications

  • – Weight: 20.4 lbs
  • – Cooking Surface: 13.2”
  • – Indoor/Outdoor Use: Outdoor use only
  • – Material: Powder-coated carbon steel shell
  • – Fuel: Gas  
  • – Temperature: Reaches 500°C in just 15 minutes
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Ooni Koda 16 Overview 

The Ooni Koda 16 recently came out and has been all the talk lately. It offers the same features the 12 version does except for a few differences:

  • – It weighs double what the 12 does.
  • – It has a larger cooking surface (16.7”).
  • – It takes 5 minutes longer to preheat than the 12.
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While this is also designed to be a portable oven, some users find it a little too heavy to carry. However, it’s ideal for those that loved the Ooni Koda 12 but wish it was sold in a larger option. The cooking surface allows you to comfortably fit a 16” pizza, and it cooks it to perfection in as little as 60 seconds. We guarantee this pizza oven will be a hit at any social gathering.

Specifications 

  • – Weight: 40 pounds
  • – Cooking Surface: 16.7”
  • – Indoor/Outdoor Use: Outdoor use only
  • – Material: Powder-coated carbon steel shell
  • – Gas Fuelled?: Yes
  • – Temperature: Reaches 500°C in just 20 minutes 
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Which Version of the Ooni Koda is Right For Me?

The Ooni Koda 12 and 16 have several similarities. They look the same, are made with the same materials, and are both gas-fueled. The version that you need depends on a few things. 

First, how important is portability to you? While both versions are portable, the 16 weighs double what the 12 does. Ask yourself if you could comfortably pick up and transport a 40-pound oven.

The next thing you want to consider is cooking times. Do you care to wait an additional 5 minutes for your oven to preheat, or is time of the essence? The 12 is ready to use in 15 minutes, while the 16 takes 20 minutes to heat up.

And finally, do you prefer an oven with a 12” or 16” cooking surface? If you have a large family, perhaps the 16 inch Koda is a better choice. Also, keep in mind these pizzas are ready to serve in 60 seconds. If you plan to entertain guests and take personal orders, the 12” may be your best bet.

Our Verdict

As you’ve come to know in this Ooni Koda review, this award-winning pizza oven has a lot to love about it. Our favorite aspect, however, would have to be its compact, lightweight design. It’s easy to move and simple to store, making it a breeze to take along to visit family and friends. Impressing loved ones and sharing mouthwatering meals has never been so easy!

 

Pros

  • – Portable
  • – Reaches temperatures up to 932ºF
  • – Built-in Flame Keeper Device
  • – No assembly needed

Cons

  • – It’s award-winning, and a crowd favorite, so it might be sold out often.
  • – Only works on gas