The physique has Ooni’s distinctive dark-grey turtle-like form, created from chrome steel in a shell of powder-coated carbon metal that, once more, insulates it remarkably. I can relaxation my hand on the highest of the oven whereas it’s going full blast and it simply barely feels heat. The door is created from triple-paned, insulated borosilicate glass that appears designed to invoke deliberate comparisons to the Pizzaiolo, whose door is merely double-paned. It may possibly additionally warmth as much as 850 levels Fahrenheit (Pizzaiolo can solely go as much as 750 levels, the losers!).
The door has three knobs on it. These knobs, sadly, did take me slightly longer to determine than the Pizzaiolo’s, which include handy presets for various sorts of pizza. The one on the far left is a timer, the one within the center is the temperature, and the one on the far proper is what Ooni calls a Increase mode, which lets you switch warmth forwards and backwards between the highest and backside heating components for various functions.
In case you like your cheese barely browned, you may flip the warmth up; when you’ve been baking a variety of pizzas, opening the door quite a bit, and shifting dough out and in rapidly, you may hold turning the dial to switch warmth again to the underside. It’s a easy perform, however the symbols on the dial are weirdly obscure.
Sizzling Sizzling Warmth
It’s insane how rapidly the oven preheats. I’ll warning right here that I do advocate ready a full hour for the stone to warmth throughout, which can scale back the chance that your pizza dough will cool the cooking floor immediately and get caught. However the first time I used the oven, I turned it on to 650 levels (what Ooni recommends for a “New York–fashion” pizza) and walked inside to tug substances out of the fridge. By the point I walked again out 13 minutes later, it was prepared. That is much less time than it takes my typical indoor oven to achieve 400 levels.
The principle distinction between the Pizzaiolo and the Volt 12 is philosophical. The specs on the Volt are simply objectively higher than these of the Pizzaiolo, however greater than that, the Pizzaiolo lives solely indoors and has presets. Whereas it does have a guide mode that permits you to play pizza baker and hover across the oven, anxiously rotating the pie your self in order that it browns crusts completely throughout, you don’t really want to. It does really feel like playacting. By the point I completed my testing interval with the Pizzaiolo, I simply made dough, punched a preset, and walked away. It’s the best oven when you’re a busy working father or mother with young children.
The Volt 12 does have an necessities booklet that permits you to decide which fashion of pizza you need and plug within the timer and the temperature setting. It’s not that arduous, and it does give the oven slightly extra versatility. For instance, I simply discovered what grandma-style pizza is, versus Detroit-style (somebody will undoubtedly appropriate me, however so far as I perceive it, grandma-style is thinner).