I’ve always been a sucker for pizza, but then again, who isn’t? It’s the perfect food for almost any occasion. Although previously I would never have considered myself to be a pizza maker beyond the occasional sheet pan flatbread, after a month of testing the Gozney Dome for this review, I have officially attained full pizza-hobbyist status.
It’s easy to see why modern pizza ovens have gained popularity over the past few years, with many DTC brands jumping on the bandwagon. (Check out BA’s review of the $350 Ooni Fyra here.) Traditional ovens can rarely achieve the temperature needed for pizzeria-level pie, and with these convenient, beginner-friendly options from brands like Ooni, Solo Stove, and Gozney, the gap between fancy pizza parlor and your backyard is starting to close. But within the category of home pizza oven, there’s a wide range of price points and designs. The Dome is one of the few professional-grade options; it’s not portable like the Ooni Fyra or Gozney’s other oven, the Roccbox, meaning it’s an investment in not only money but space. It’s much larger than competitors, requires a permanent spot in your yard or porch, and costs $1,999.
Upon arrival, the Gozney Dome showed up at my doorstep in an intimidatingly massive package (to be fair, I had ordered the bamboo-and-steel Dome stand as well, although you could place the Dome on any sturdy, heat-resistant outdoor table). But the unboxing and setup was straightforward—no more difficult than assembling your standard piece of Ikea furniture. The most difficult part was actually hoisting the oven onto the pizza stand—at a whopping 128 pounds, it requires two strong people to lift the pizza oven out of the package and onto a surface.
From there, it’s pretty much ready to use out of the box. The oven comes with a few design functionalities that make for a slightly more beginner-friendly experience—the electric thermometer with digital display connected to the oven, the removable ashtray built into the frame for easy cleanup, and the dual fuel function that allows the oven to be heated by wood or gas.
But there is a learning curve to the Dome, because cooking with live fire is frankly a little scary if you’re not used to it, which I was not. Getting accustomed to the airflow and flames, which bounce off the side and top of the oven, takes practice, as does learning how to slide pizzas in and out without losing your toppings. While the latter is a challenge that will confront all first time pizzaiolos, the flames and high temperatures feel more intimidating than entry-level outdoor pizza ovens due to the size and heft of the Dome. All in all, I found the Gozney Dome to be easy on the eyes and pretty fun to cook with—but at this price point, it will likely only appeal to serious outdoor cooking enthusiasts who are looking to take their pizza game to the next level. If you’re renovating your big, beautiful backyard and live in a climate where you can cook outdoors year-round, the Dome will be a worthy addition. Read on for my full Gozney Dome review.
- Sleek, premium design that elevates an outdoor space
- Dual fuel option allows for a gas- or wood-fired oven
- Digital thermometer connected to the oven for easy use
- Quick to heat up to 950 degrees Fahrenheit
- Versatility—ability to steam, smoke, and roast
- Very expensive and requires add-ons to use oven at full potential
- Oven stand, pizza peel, and oven door sold separately
- Heavy and permanent, not easily movable
- Steep learning curve
The Dome is the higher tier of Gozney’s two at-home outdoor ovens, the other being the Gozney Roccbox. It comes in two hues of ceramic coating, olive or bone, and you can pick between a wood burning oven or a dual fuel option that heats with both wood and gas. (I opted for the dual fuel.) At 26″H x 24.8″D x 28.8″W, it’s fairly large, but still fits comfortably on my porch. It’s heavy—128 pounds heavy, attributable to the double layer of stone on the cooking surface, which makes for greater heat retention and even cooking.