What is the best material to make a pizza oven?

Pizza ovens come in two materials: brick and stainless steel. Ever since stainless steel pizza ovens were introduced to the market, there’s been an ongoing argument about which material is superior. It’s kind of like the ‘Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi’ equivalent of the pizza oven world: while there’s benefits to each material, they’re both great in their own ways. But to settle the debate once and for all, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each material.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel pizza ovens have many advantages over brick ovens. They’re modern, they’re convenient and lightweight, and they’re easier to clean.

  • Convenient
    Stainless steel ovens are far more convenient than brick ones. They take less time to heat up, less time to cool down and the pizza made in a steel oven is just as authentic as pizza made in a brick oven.
  • Easy maintenance
    Possibly the greatest advantage of stainless steel pizza ovens is that they’re easy to clean and maintain. You know what it’s like to clean stainless steel – you simply wipe the stains right off… that’s why it’s called stainless. If you’ve never cleaned a brick oven before, then be prepared to put a lot of elbow grease into it.
  • Portability
    Stainless steel ovens are more portable than their brick relatives – they’re lighter and easier to move around which is super handy when moving your oven into storage.
  • Cost-effective
    Stainless steel pizza ovens are usually more cost-effective than brick ovens. When you consider the durability and convenience of stainless steel ovens, they should probably cost more than brick ovens; but often this isn’t the case!


Pizza ovens were traditionally made of brick, and some still prefer brick ovens today.

  • Traditional
    Brick ovens are traditional and might have sentimental value for some. Here, you have to weigh up if it’s worth trading convenience and practicality for tradition when deciding between stainless steel and brick.
  • Heat retention
    Brick ovens take longer to heat up than stainless steel ovens, but they also retain the heat for a lot longer too. This is handy when you need to cook for a couple of days in a row – otherwise, it just means you have to wait longer to clean it, which is inconvenient.

By now, we’re sure you’ve decided that the best material from which to make a pizza oven is stainless steel. These ovens are super easy to use, clean and transport making them the ideal oven for the Aussie household. Alfa Ovens are manufacturers of some of the world’s finest stainless steel pizza ovens. Crafted in Italy, these ovens are shipped all over the world and can be delivered anywhere in Australia. Browse the magnificent range at Alfa Ovens and chat to the team today.