The Cuisinart Indoor Pizza Oven is an indoor oven that can make pizzeria style pizza thanks to reaching a temperature of 700 degrees F. Read our full review of the Cuisinart Indoor Pizza Oven to see if it’s worth it for you.
We bought the Cuisinart Indoor Pizza Oven to see if it’s really worth it and we can say 110% without doubt, it is. Making pizza at home in your regular oven you can reach a high temperature of 550 degrees F and paired with a baking steel you can get a pretty decent pizza.. so why the need for an indoor pizza oven?
Cuisinart Indoor Pizza Oven Video Review
For me, it’s due to our family having food allergies. We are a dairy free and peanut free household. I craved a good slice of pizza and prior to buying and indoor pizza oven the baking steel was the best I could get to a real slice of pizza. I love my baking steel, but it takes up space in the oven, it’s heavy, and I often have to remove it so I can bake things without having a large heat source under it.
I mastered my pizza crust with my pizza dough recipe, but I wanted something that I could really rely on cooking it with a little more ease for those “pizza nights”.
Reasons why you’ll love the Cuisinart indoor pizza oven
- You love pizza and love making it at home.
- You have an allergy or intolerance and miss or crave a really good pizza.
- It doesn’t heat up the house.
- It reaches the desired temperature in 20-30 minutes – our kitchen oven takes an hour to preheat any pizza stone or pizza steel.
- A 12″ pizza cooks in just about 5 minutes.
- The Cuisinart goes up to 700 degrees F. You can go lower for other things too.
- There’s a beautiful view of your pizza as it cooks. You can see it cooking much better than in an actual oven.
- It’s a pizza oven made for indoors, while most are meant for outdoor use.
- It cools itself down during and after cooking thanks to it’s active cooling technology. It’s not super loud. You can hear it a bit in our Cuisinart indoor pizza oven review video.
- It can also be used for Sicilian pizza, deep dish pizza, focaccia, and I would think some other breads in addition to other baked goods as it can reach low temperatures.
- It has a light to see inside as well as a light to tell you when the temperature is ready – although we’d love to see a digital display of the current temperature.
- A 12.5” pizza
- Enameled deep dish pan (12”x12”x1.5”)
- Foldable pizza peel with wooden handle
*Also worth mentioning, Limited 3-year warranty
We didn’t find much if any cons on the Cuisinart indoor pizza oven that you wouldn’t have to deal with on other devices, even on a stone in your oven. We did have to turn the pizza, but even a pizzeria has to turn their pizza.
We originally saw this pizza oven as a today special value on QVC and we were a bit skepitcal on the results as most of the pizza would come out burnt, undercooked, and the bottom looked pretty questionable. After testing it ourselves we can without a doubt say that it was definitely the user, not the appliance.
There’s really nothing we would change other than maybe seeing a digital display of the actual temperature, otherwise it’s a solid kitchen appliance and we think you’ll love it as much as we do.
Where’s the best place to buy it?
The Cuisinart Pizza Oven retails for $399.99 USD.
The best deal as of posting this would be on BJ’s Wholesale with a member price of $279.99.
While we did see this indoor pizza oven on QVC, we purchased it from Kohl’s. Kohl’s often has coupons and Kohl’s cash. We were able to save 40%, but they often have 30% off. On top of that we also received Kohl’s cash making this under $230. You can also find it on Amazon.
QVC did have more color options, like Brick Red and Matte Black, but we prefer stainless. We didn’t feel like the color was worth the additional money as it was only on the front door of the pizza oven.
To buy or not to buy?
We say it’s a good buy. If you love pizza and plan on enjoying it regularly, it’s a great investment and you’ll be happy with the results. If you aren’t familiar with making your own pizza dough we recommend trying it with store-bought dough or even dough from your local pizzeria to really get a feel for good dough.
Tips for making veggie loaded pizza
We love making pizza a traditional cheese pizza, but our heart belongs to veggie pizza. Some veggie pizza we like would be broccoli pizza, mushroom pizza, peppers and onions on pizza, and our one kiddo even likes pineapple on pizza!
Vegetables have a high water content so we recommend cooking them prior to get rid of some of the water content as well.
How do you get a loaded veggie pizza into a pizza oven?
We recommend parbaking the crust for two reasons.
- It won’t get soggy from the added veggies.
- It’s easy to slide into the oven. A loaded pizza will be weighed down and the soft pliable dough can’t handle the weight.
You may need to use a bit of flour to really get the pizza moving on the peel. When parbaking the crust we recommend placing it onto a cooling rack so the bottom doesn’t get soggy from the heat on a the pizza peel. This also goes for a finished pizza, always let it cool until ready to eat on a cooling rack. Otherwise you’ll get a soggy crust.
Dairy Free Pizza tips
The crust is what really shines on pizza, so start with a good homemade pizza dough. Cheese is meant to be on pizza according to the majority, but with a vegan pizza or dairy free pizza you want to go LIGHT on the cheese. Dairy free cheese and vegan cheese do not have the same consistency or flavor as regular mozzarella. It has a goopy and gummy consistency and too much is really too much.
What is the best vegan cheese for pizza?
That will really depend on who you ask, for us, we like Follow Your Heart. Miyoko’s is one we hear great things about, but haven’t tried due to allergies to cashews.
We go with Follow Your Heart Mozzarella Shreds and Follow Your Heart grated parmesan. A little bit of both give the right amount of flavor. Too much of either will give you that gummy mouthfeel, although it may look like a regular cheese pizza, it will end up extremely sweet, goopy, with an unpleasant mouthfeel.