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Become a Pizza Pro With These Top-Rated Pizza Stones

Popular Mechanics Logo By Rachel Klein of Popular Mechanics | Slide 1 of 11: 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 ConsiderFirst 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 ChoseOur 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.

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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