Who doesn’t love pizza? We’re talking any kind of pizza, too. From questionable gas station pizza to microwave pizza when there’s nothing else in the freezer, to cold leftovers the morning after a night that got just a little out of hand. What we’re trying to say is any kind of pizza is good pizza, and if you’ve got just a little more self-respect, you’re likely to try some homemade pizza, which is nice enough on a standard pizza tray, but even better if you use one of the best pizza stones.
If you’ve never had a pizza baked on an authentic pizza stone, you’re in for a treat. It creates restaurant-quality (like the good restaurants, not the dingy holes in the wall down suspect alleyways) pizza and brings it directly to your dining room table, without waiting for delivery, giving directions, or tipping the delivery kid at the door.
They deliver better crusts, better, more even baking, and an all-around better experience for this delicious slice of life. A pizza stone is a perfect gift for you, your pizza obsessed buddies, or any Ninja Turtles you’ve spotted around the neighborhood.
The Best Pizza Stones
Our top pick of awesome pizza stones is the Honey-Can-Do Old Stone Oven Rectangular Pizza Stone, which delivers restaurant-quality results at an easily affordable mid-range price. For the perfect bake, it absorbs heat, transferring it evenly across the base with a specially engineered Heat Core eliminates the soggy center that plagues pizzas baked on standard trays.
It’s easy to clean, but only if you’re on top of maintenance so don’t leave it in the oven overnight for crusted and cheese to settle and stick to the surface. It can also cope with temperatures as high as 500℉, and maybe even higher in some ovens. Its durable construction prevents cracking and odors to ensure the best-tasting pizza every time.
Absorbs heat and transfers it evenly for a perfect bake
Durable and non-cracking design created from lead-free clays
Specially engineered Heat Core eliminates soggy center
Raised edges on base make it easier to pick up
- Weight10 pounds
The Heritage 15” Black Ceramic Pizza Stone and Cutting Wheel gives you all the tools you need for top-rate pizza without asking you to spend too much. A little cheaper than the Old Stone Oven, it still guarantees excellent results, and may even provide better performance than more expensive models.
Claiming to heat pizza twice as quickly as other stones, it’s ideal for those who can never wait for their pizza to be ready and lament the slow, shuffling pace of the Domino’s Pizza Tracker. The robust design prevents cracking and crumbling in the oven, doesn’t smoke, guarantees your pizza tastes awesome every time.
Pre-heats pizza 2-times faster than other pizza stones
Durable construction ensures longevity without cracking in the oven
Does not smoke to keep pizza tasting great
Will not stain from grease or burned crust
- BrandHeritage Products
- Weight3.15 pounds
One of the more premium stones in our selection, the NerdChef Steel Stone is a superb option for those looking to upgrade their original pizza stone to something to reflect their awesome pizza ambitions. With 20 times higher conductivity than a ceramic option, you may pay a little more than with other options, but you’re guaranteed remarkable professional quality.
The low-friction surface is treated with flaxseed oil to prevent sticking, making it easy to clean, and as it’s steel, it eliminates the chances of cracking when exposed to high temperatures. It creates gorgeous crusts and improves blistering compared to cheaper options (and boring old trays), while also delivering faster cooking times (around 7 minutes on 500℉ in standard ovens) so you can dig into that first, sweet slice faster than you ever have before.
Provides 20-times higher conductivity than ceramic baking stones
Creates gorgeous crusts, better blistering, and faster cook times
Low-friction surface seasoned with flaxseed oil
Solid steel ensures durability and long life
- Weight23 pounds
The unsurprisingly elegant CastElegance Pizza Stone is constructed using unique Thermarite material, which doesn’t just sound like a space-age material you’d find in a Marvel movie, is actually designed to absorb moisture which delivers excellent heat retention and transfer.
This isn’t merely some jargon to lure you in, but in fact ensures it bakes your pizza with the utmost precision, with even crusting around and a solid, but not too tough base for simple slicing. It’s a little difficult to clean, especially if you’ve never owned a pizza stone before, but this should get easier with practice, and often you won’t need to clean it all. Instead, be sure to preheat the oven (with the stone inside) to 450℉.
Thermarite absorbs more moisture for superior heat retention and transfer
Engineered to last with better durability, strength, and thermal shock
Capable of being used on ovens and grills
No odor when heated to keep your pizza tasting perfect
- Weight5.66 pounds
An option that delivers high quality pizzas at a price that doesn’t deplete all of your dough, the 14” wide Emile Henry Flame Top Pizza Stone boasts a glazed design that’s both durable and scratch resistant for longevity and consistent quality for easy nights on the sofa watching a movie or for dinner parties where you want to show off your new skills.
As high temperatures go, this is the most resistant to feeling the heat and can withstand a grill cranked all the way up to a (quite literally) baking 900℉. If you’re restricted to an oven, it’s recommended you go no higher than 750℉, just to be safe. Even though your oven will reach these high temperatures, it’s easy to remove from the oven, with stone molded handles for secure carrying and serving.
Glazed design is durable and scratch resistant
Capable of withstanding high oven temperatures up to 900℉
Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
Attached handles make it easy to hold and carry
- BrandEmile Henry
- Weight5.7 pounds
Another example of premium pizza stones, The Original Baking Steel Ultra Conductive Pizza Stone combines modesty with performance to provide a level of pizza-goodness that will keep your mouth watering long after that final bite. It stores up to 18 times more energy than traditional pizza trays, which cooks your pizza faster without sacrificing quality, even on low temperatures.
The near-indestructible ultra-conductive steel delivers longevity, with a finish that prevents the pizza sticking to the surface, even if your oven isn’t the most modern in the world. It can withstand pre-heated temperatures of 550℉, and if you want to bake bread that rivals whatever they sell down at the supermarket or even local bakery, you’re unlikely to need to venture out for it again.
Crafted from virtually indestructible ultra-conductive steel
Can be used as pizza stone, induction plate, or stovetop griddle
Cooks faster than pizza trays even on low temperatures
Stores up to 18 times more energy than a traditional pizza stone
- BrandThe Original Baking Steel
- Weight15 pounds
Maybe you want to dive into the wonderful world of pizza stones but also don’t want to spend too much money. This is where the Pizzacraft 15” Round Ceramic Pizza Stone comes in. Our choice for the best value, it gives novices a way to ease their way into making homemade pizzas without spending too much but still ensuring they get the key benefits from stone baked pizzas.
It’s ready to use straight out of the box, with no conditioning or seasoning required, and it performs admirably by eliminating hot spots and ensuring that crisp, brown crust you see on the pizza box, but can never achieve yourself with a pizza tray. The wire handles are easy to grip when removing it from the oven, but be smart and don’t grab them with your bare hands.
Wire handle allows for safe transportation from oven to table
No seasoning or conditioning required
Convenient for heating and reheating pizza, bread, and pastries
Eliminates hot-spots while cooking and provides uniform brown crust
- Weight5.98 pounds
The Weber Gourmet Pizza Stone is a great tool for recreating that one great pizza you had as an 18-year-old years ago and have never found since then and is ideal for those who love thin crust pizza above all other styles. This is achieved through the Cordierite stone construction, which absorbs moisture and ensures a light but still beautifully crispy pizza crust that’ll have you salivating even before the first bite.
The carry rack saves your hands (and your pizza) when moving it from the oven, and for versatility, you can remove this when placing it on the BBQ if you want to indulge in your favorite food outside during the summer. The design allows it to fit comfortably onto a standard grilling grate, keeping it secure without the risk of toppling or cracking.
Cordierite stone absorbs moisture for light and crispy thin crust pizza
Carry rack makes transportation from oven easy and safe
Fits into gourmet BBQ cooking grate to stay in place while grilling
Can be used as a deflector as well as a pizza stone
- Weight9 pounds
Our premium pick for the best pizza stones is not strictly a pizza stone at all. Instead, it is something much more, something to transform your pizza experience, and rocket you into a whole other echelon of deliciousness you’ll dream about every night for years. The BakerStone Pizza Box allows you to bake artisan pizzas in less than 5 minutes by reaching temperatures of 800℉ for a consistent base and crust you typically only find at high-end establishments.
It delivers wood-fired performance on your gas stove with an easy set up while also coming with a large pizza paddle and wooden tray for serving. If you get bored with pizza 3 times a day, you can also roast and grill meats, vegetables, and seafood to the high standards you’d never expect from such a convenient kitchen tool.
Provides wood-fired performance on your gas stove
Bakes artisan pizzas in 2 to 4 minutes
Reaches up to over 800℉
Versatile application allows you to cook steak, seafood, and vegetables with a cast-iron skillet
- Weight24.2 pounds
Our final choice is the Emile Henry Flame Pizza Stone, which is a little more expensive than it’s similar (but also very different) brother while still providing excellent performance in your oven. You can also use it on a BBQ grill, and it’s robust and reliable enough to hold up to temperatures of 900℉.
Its glazed stone design is durable and scratch resistant, even using a pizza cutter, and it’s also dishwasher safe and easy to clean to save you hunching over the sink long into the night. The handles make it easy to carry from the oven or grill, and to ensure stability they are built into the stone so there’ll be no tears and shattered pizza dreams before you cut that first slice.
Can be used in the oven or on a BBQ grill up to 900℉
Glazed stone is durable and scratch resistant
Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
One-piece handles make it safe and easy to carry
- BrandEmile Henry
- Weight5.3 pounds
Pizza Stone FAQ
Q: Do pizza stones make a difference?
A: You never know if pizza stones make a difference until you actually use one. If you’re used to steel pizza trays to cook frozen pizza instead of making your own, you’re likely to notice a difference immediately, as pizzas stones bake the pizza more evenly and give the crust a more satisfying mix of softness and crunch you only normally find at quality pizzerias.
So there is a difference, but you’re only likely to really notice and appreciate it if you’re a true pizza aficionado. Still, for the satisfaction of making your own pizzas, it’s more than worth it.
Q: What should a pizza stone be made of?
A: There are three main materials used to make pizza stones: ceramic, steel, and cast iron. We’ve not identified any cast iron pizza stones in our selection, so we’ll ignore those for now, and they’re typically too heavy and non-heat-resistant enough, anyway.
Instead, we’ll look at ceramic (or clay) and steel models, which are the focus of our list.
Ceramic / Clay - These are often the first thing you picture when imagining a pizza stone. They are the traditional style, and even if you can’t find a ‘proper’ pizza stone to suit your liking, you can easily ‘borrow’ a tile from the local quarry, although your pizza may end up tasting a little dusty.
Ceramic pizza stones are better for absorbing moisture, which gives you a crisper crust without being too crunchy that it chips your teeth. However, you need to preheat them before placing the pizza on, can be difficult to clean, and can crack or break either in the oven (if it gets too hot) or on the kitchen floor if you drop it.
Steel - Steel is another option for your pizza stone and is a more modern interpretation of the craft. They are better at conducting heat than ceramic stones and also distribute the heat more evenly, especially at lower temperatures.
They are also more durable and are guaranteed to not crack or break regardless of the heat in the oven. For top quality steel pizza stones, though, you’ll need to pay a premium price, and the lack of handles, besides the extra weight compared to ceramic options means they are more difficult to carry from the oven to the table. They are also not as scratch resistant as clay stones, so you risk ruining the surface with your pizza cutter.
Q: What temperature can a pizza stone withstand?
A: The temperature pizza stone can stand will vary between brands, quality, and the device used to heat the stone. It’s advised you preheat the oven to 550℉ as a minimum to allow the heat to flood through the stone for even baking. This is just the minimum temperature, though, and you’ll find your pizza stone may withstand temperatures of as much as 900℉ on a BBQ grill.
To ensure you don’t overheat your pizza stone, it’s best to check with the manufacturer before using it so you don’t end up cracking and damaging your pizza stone before you’ve gotten the chance to use it. The heat limits should be on the box or in the product information, and if not, use 550℉ as a baseline temperature.
Q: How do you keep the pizza from sticking to a pizza stone?
A: To keep the pizza from sticking to the base, you need to season it (which is sometimes called conditioning). This is where you pour a teaspoon or two of oil on the stone and spread it over the surface before cooking. This enhances the quality of the pizza and as you use it more often, the quality increases over time, like with a cast-iron skillet.
If your pizza still sticks to the stone, sprinkle flour across the surface before placing the pizza on it to provide a thin layer between the base and the stone.
The best pizza stones come pre-seasoned, so you need not waste time conditioning them, and they provide excellent results from the first time you use them.
Q: Should I preheat my pizza stone?
A: Yes, at least the first time you use it. With ceramic stones, do this every time you use it. Preheat it in the oven at 550℉ for between 30 and 45 minutes to allow it to heat up fully before applying your pizza.
Like regular cooking, this ensures the pizza is cooked and heated all the way through and prevents and uncooked or cold spots.
While steel pizza stones do not need as much preheating as they are better at holding the heat, you may need to preheat some of them.
Q: How do you use a pizza stone for the first time?
A: Although you’ll be excited to use your pizza stone for the first time, it’s important not to rush it. For the best pizza, follow these tips when using your pizza stone for the first time.
- Keep your oven and stone at room temperature to begin
- Preheat your pizza stone to 500℉ for even heating
- Prepare your dough and ingredients (or grab your pizza from the refrigerator) and place it on the stone
- Use a pizza platter to remove the pizza from the stone and turn the oven off to allow it to cool down
- Do not wash a hot stone with warm water as it can crack
- Tested: Does a Pizza Stone Really Make a Better Crust? - Popular Mechanics
- Clay, Cast Iron, Steel: Which Pizza Stone Material is Best? - Kitchn
- How to Properly Use a Pizza Stone - Pizzacraft
- How to Season a Pizza Stone Like a Pro - On the Gas