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Presto Pizzazz Plus Review

This oven is reminiscent of a hot-plate and is user-friendly but does not provide particularly quality results
Presto Pizzazz Plus
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Price:   $54 List | $53.89 at Amazon
Pros:  Affordable, small foot-print, easy to use
Cons:  Long bake times, sub-par quality pizza
Manufacturer:   Presto
By Aaron Rice ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 3, 2021
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  • Cooking Performance - 30% 3
  • Output Power - 30% 2
  • Control - 25% 4
  • Ease of Use - 15% 9

Our Verdict

If you love pizza but operate in a barebones, hot-plate type of kitchen, then the Presto Pizzazz Plus may be your best option. This price-point appliance doesn't quite fit the mold of pizza "oven" — it is more designed for convenience cooking. To provide perspective (relative to the other ovens in this review), even the instructions reference how to make a pizza from a box or wrapper well before mentioning the ability to bake a fresh pizza. Still, the Pizzazz is more than capable of baking one fresh pizza at a time. Just don't expect the same quality product as more expensive ovens.

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Pros Affordable, small foot-print, easy to useUnbelievable heat retention, quick baking time, accurate integrated thermometer, multi-fuel systemReasonably priced, large capacity, heavily insulated firebox, transformable design improves versatilityFantastic crust quality, high-fire temperatures, compact and portableHigh-fire temperatures, amazing airflow, multi-fuel option
Cons Long bake times, sub-par quality pizzaExpensive, heavy, wood-fire box is smallBulky, heavy, slow to preheatSteep learning curve related to control, prolonged cook timesDangerous flame blowback, awkward attachment of the gas adaptor
Bottom Line This oven is reminiscent of a hot-plate and is user-friendly but does not provide particularly quality resultsSuperior design precedes superior performance in this professional-grade oven made for the common cookTop-notch cooking performance, output power, and versatility, all at a fraction of the cost of direct competitorsThe brand that put portable pizza ovens on the map lives up to its name with outstanding performanceA powerful pizza oven with the special capability to cook with gas and wood simultaneously
Rating Categories Presto Pizzazz Plus Gozney Roccbox BakerStone Original Ooni Koda 12 Bertello Outdoor
Cooking Performance (30%)
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Output Power (30%)
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Control (25%)
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Ease Of Use (15%)
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Specs Presto Pizzazz Plus Gozney Roccbox BakerStone Original Ooni Koda 12 Bertello Outdoor
Fuel Type Electric Gas, Wood (w/ conversion) Gas Gas Gas, Wood (w/ conversion)
Power Output 1235 watts 14,330 BTU 25,000 BTU 13,648 BTU Not listed
Size of Firebox n/a 156 cu. in. n/a n/a 97.5 cu. in.
Average Oven Temperature 363°F 772°F 756°F 756°F 723°F
Footprint 229 sq. in. 299 sq. in. 345 sq. in. 368 sq. in. 301 sq. in.
441 sq. in. (w/ gas attachment)
Maximum Pizza Diameter 12'" 12" 13" 12" 12"

Our Analysis and Test Results

It's tough to define the Pizzazz Plus as a pizza "oven." An electrically heated pizza tin cooks the crust as it rotates underneath a second heating element that cooks the toppings. This convenient, indoor option requires no pre-heating, but don't expect to achieve artisan-quality pizza with this price-point alternative. While it will cook a fresh pizza up to 12", it is equally designed to cook pre-made frozen foods, like chicken nuggets and pizza rolls.

Performance Comparison


Though capable of making fresh pizzas, the Presto Pizzazz is better...
Though capable of making fresh pizzas, the Presto Pizzazz is better suited to "baking" pre-made frozen pies.
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Cooking Performance


The Pizzazz offers ease and convenience, at the sacrifice of quality pizza. The electric elements require no preheating — you can stretch out dough onto the nonstick, 12" pizza tin, top with ingredients, and be baking a pizza in a matter of minutes. The tin is dimpled to improve the reheating of frozen pizzas, but it's easy to end up with a soggy bottom due to condensation.

Although this appliance requires no preheating, expect bake times much longer than the suggested 12 minutes — we regularly had to add 4-8 more minutes, using just the lower unit to get the crust to bake through. Even with the added baking time, we were continually unimpressed with the quality of the pizza. For those who enjoy soft crust pizzas, it isn't altogether bad, but you will have to navigate switching between the upper and lower heating units to keep the cheese from burning.

It is difficult to push the crust much past the point of being soft...
It is difficult to push the crust much past the point of being soft to achieve any sort of crispy bottom.
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Output Power


A primary issue with the Pizzazz Plus that undoubtedly relates directly to pizza quality is the fact that the two cooking units heat at different temperatures. While the pizza tin maintains a consistent 350°F, the upper unit is working closer to 500°F. Initially, we were impressed with how quickly this appliance baked a fresh pizza, only to lift it from the tray to find that the crust was still very undercooked.

The fact that this is a completely open-air oven means that your pizza is entirely at the whim of only these two heating coils. To its benefit, the design of the rotating pizza tin does do a nice job of keeping the top evenly baked. An additionally thoughtful safety feature — more for the safety of your pizza, than the safety of your kitchen — requires that the tray is properly positioned for the heating elements to even turn on. For the forgetful among us, this ensures that it won't just overcook one-eighth of your pizza while the rest remains in its original, raw state.

Though still not exactly satisfactory, the electric heating elements...
Though still not exactly satisfactory, the electric heating elements cook the top of a pizza surprisingly quickly.
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Control


Even though there is no way to adjust the power output of the heating coils on the Pizzazz, you can at least choose between using just the upper heating coil, the lower heating unit for the tray, or both. This provides a certain level of control over how each portion of your pizza bakes — if you hope to achieve any level of crispy crust for fresh-dough pizzas, we suggest pre-baking the bottom crust before turning on the upper heating unit.

But even after an additional 6 minutes using only the lower element — half the amount of time the manufacturer suggests for total cooking time — it is difficult to achieve much more than a soft, only slightly toasted crust. For an oven designed on the basis of convenience, it takes a fair number of attempts to dial in the baking process and timing.

It is possible to adjust how the pizza cooks with a dial (top of...
It is possible to adjust how the pizza cooks with a dial (top of the image), alternating between the lower or upper units individually, or both in the "Dual" setting.
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Ease of Use


At this point, you may have noticed that we haven't yet referred to the Presto Pizzazz as a "pizza oven". While it may achieve the same goal of a cooked pizza, it is difficult to argue that this appliance is even playing the same game as the other pizza ovens included in this review. However, it is incredibly user-friendly and would make a fine addition to "hot-plate" style kitchens that have no other baking unit to speak of.

We consider the Pizzazz to be the "Easy Bake Oven'' option — it is electric, super easy to set up, and safe and simple enough for even a child to operate. When you are finished, only the nonstick baking tin needs to be washed and wiped dry. One of the biggest disappointments relative to versatility is that it isn't really designed to even keep pizzas warm, because the timer runs out after only 20 minutes.

The pizza tin is a convenient, easy-to-clean surface that does a...
The pizza tin is a convenient, easy-to-clean surface that does a nice job of cooking the pizza crust based on the circumstances.
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Value


Price point is certainly the draw for this appliance — it lists at nearly one-fifth of the cost of the majority of the ovens included in this review. It is also one of the few electric options that are suitable for indoor use, particularly in those situations when no type of oven is available.

Conclusion


The Presto Pizzazz Plus is convenient and purposefully designed to bake frozen pizzas as well as other convenience foods. It is an affordable, easy-to-use option for those with minimal space and the inability to cook outdoors. But at this price point, just don't expect to produce the same quality of pizza that some of the other true ovens offer.

If you prefer soft-crust pizzas, perhaps the Presto Pizzazz is a...
If you prefer soft-crust pizzas, perhaps the Presto Pizzazz is a reasonable option at an affordable price point.
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