best pizza stones

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To make superior Neapolitan-style pies at home, there’s simply no substitute for a pizza stone. Using a regular baking sheet typically leads to: a) a burnt crust, b) a soggy-bottom mess, or—most likely—c) an unevenly cooked combination of both. Luckily, pizza stones are widely available, relatively inexpensive, and are easy to use for turning out consistently excellent pizza every time you get a craving. So whether you’re a pizza-making newbie or are ready to up your game, here are our top recommendations for the best pizza stones on the market.

What to Consider

First consider your cooking method. Do you need a pizza stone for just the oven or will you also use it on the new gas grill or kamado grill you’re planning to buy? Or, perhaps, you have more ambitious aspirations and plan to invest in an outdoor pizza oven, in which case you may want a higher-end pizza stone.

Pizza stones are generally made from ceramic, cordierite, cast iron, and steel. Ceramic is traditionally least expensive, though these days you can often find a more durable cordierite pizza stone of good quality for a similar price. Ceramic pizza stones take the most time to heat up and can crack or chip easily, but they’re more lightweight than other materials and often come with metal serving racks to bring pizza from oven to table.

Cordierite pizza stones are pricer and ultra-durable. These stones can withstand extremely high temperatures and need to be preheated for about a half hour. They’re ideal for using on the oven or grill and create crispy crust pizza. Steel and cast iron options (more pizza pan than stone, if you want to get technical) are typically pricey, though they’re versatile and produce crispy crusts at lower temperatures. The downside is that they’re heavy and can be tough to pull out of the oven.

How We Chose

Our selection includes pizza stones in a range of materials and sizes, all with ratings of four stars or more. We read through countless customers reviews while doing our research, and also consulting expert sources, such as Good Housekeeping and Epicurious. We featured top-quality options across price points, from value-packed pizza stone kits that make great housewarming gifts to high-end splurges for serious pizza pro aficionados.

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1

Most Versatile

Pizzacraft 16.5-Inch ThermaBond Pizza Stone

Pizzacraft
amazon.com

$39.84

This popular pizza stone works equally well in the oven and on the grill, making it an excellent value, priced at about $40 at the time of this writing. 

The large 16.5-inch round stone makes enough pizza for families of four. Crafted from the brand’s proprietary ThermaBond material, which is cordierite with added durability to prevent breaking, it can withstand temperatures of 900 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s cleaned with water and a brush only, as the porous material will absorb soap.

2

Best for Gas Grills

Hans Grill Pizza Stone

If your plan is to cook pizza on your gas grill, look no further than this pizza stone from Hans Grill. Made from a thick slab of cordierite, it retains heat excellently to produce a light and crispy crust, absorbing moisture underneath the pie as it cooks and cools. It comes with a wooden pizza paddle—nice bonus—and it’s also available in a circular stone, though you may find that the one we feature here is easier to work with on a rectangular grill grate.

3

Best for Barbecue Smokers

Unicook Heavy Duty Ceramic Pizza Grilling Stone

This heavy-duty pizza cordierite pizza stone from Unicook can withstand temperatures of up to 1,450 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it brilliant to use on grill smokers on a low setting for fast, perfectly cooked pizza. 

It can also be used in any oven, and it’s large enough to make enough slices to feed the family. It’s on the hefty side at more than 6 pounds and may darken over time with use, but that won’t affect the pizza’s flavor. It comes with a pizza dough scraper to clean after use. Remember not to use any oil pre-cooking, or soap to wash.

4

Best for Kamado Grills

Char-Griller Smokin’ Stone Jr. Pizza Stone

If this is the summer you’ve decided to treat yourself to a kamado grill, a pizza stone insert is one of many must-have accessories. This one is made to work with Char-Griller kamados, though grills come in similar sizes across the board so it may work with other brands. The pizza stone is made from cordierite, crafted so heat rises from the side of the grill chamber for even and fast cooking. The stone can withstand temperatures of 800 degrees Fahrenheit. 

5

Best for Ovens

Honey-Can-Do Rectangular Pizza Stone

Honey-Can-Do
amazon.com

$49.99

Among the things we love most about this pizza stone is that it’s relatively lightweight and large enough to cover most of the grade—lessening the chance of cheese oozing over the sides and sticking to your oven. 

It’s a customer favorite too, with an average 4.5 stars from more than 3,800 reviewers. The cordierite stone is made from a blend of lead-free clay, which retains and evenly distributes heat well, plus it features raised edges on the bottom to make it easier to lift out of the oven.

6

Best Nonstick Set

NeoCasa Black Cordierite Pizza Stone Set

This value-packed set has everything a pizza-making newbie needs to get started—and the attractive packaging makes it a lovely gift. The set includes a large stone with a nonstick glaze that can be used in the oven or on a gas or charcoal grill, a thick wood paddle for sliding out the piping-hot pizza to slice it up with the pizza blade. There’s also a 30-recipe e-cookbook that includes instructions for how to craft the perfect pie. 

7

Best For Crispy Crust

CastElegance Pizza Stone

CastElegance is a popular, USA-based company known for making pizza stones that produce pies with crispy crust. The brand uses its proprietary Thermarite material, essentially a mix of minerals that mainly include cordierite, to create all its pizza stones. They do a stellar job of retaining heat and absorbing moisture, plus they’re ultra-durable. 

This large rectangular stone can be used in the oven or on a gas or charcoal grill and comes with a scraper for cleaning and an e-book with recipes.

8

Best Dishwasher Safe

Emile Henry Flame Top Pizza Stone

This pizza stone is made by iconic French brand Emile Henry, producer of fine cookware and bakeware since 1850. Among top features is that the ceramic pizza stone is dishwasher safe, making it easier to clean than cordierite options. Plus, it can be used on all grills—including wood-burning ones, which will give your pizza a delightful, smokey flavor. It’s built to withstand temperatures of up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit.

9

Best For Gifts

Ritual Life Pizza Stone for Oven and Grill

With a handsome acacia wood peel, a stainless steel pizza blade with a bamboo handle, and a serving tray, this set is a standout.

The large cordierite pizza stone takes up plenty of oven or gas grill space for one large or two small pies, and safe to use for temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The stainless steel serving tray is also oven-safe. The pizza blade comes with a cover and the wood peel is attractive enough to double as a regular cutting board to hang in the kitchen.

10

Best for Splurging

NerdChef Steel Stone Pizza Baking Surface

NerdChef
amazon.com

$109.99

If you’re looking to splurge, it’s tough to beat this solid steel option made by Portland, Oregon-based NerdShelf. While more pizza pan than stone, it delivers exceptional heat conductivity—20 times that of ceramic, according to the company’s website—and it stays hot in the oven so you can turn out multiple pizzas like a professional chef. 

It’s seasoned with flaxseed oil to prevent rust, cleans up well with water and a nonabrasive scrubber, and comes with a lifetime guarantee. The only downside is that it weighs a hefty 23 pounds.

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