Best pizza stone: 5 best buys for an authentic thin crust at home

These best pizza stone buys will help you cook authentic pizza in your existing grill or bbq; and – they're not just for pizza

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A pizza stone is a cheap, easy-to-use alternative to a pizza oven, and it can help you achieve that covetable authentic thin crust. Pizza stones are also great for use with barbecues, producing a delicious smoked pizza flavor. The two main materials used for making them are cordierite and ceramic, and this guide includes models in both materials, in a variety of shapes and sizes and including various accessories. 

Want something more substantial? Take a look at our guide to the best pizza ovens

Cuisinart Alfrescamor Cordierite 13 in. Pizza Stone

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1. Cuisinart Alfrescamor Cordierite 13 in. Pizza Stone

Best pizza oven: easy to use and light

Specifications
Material: Cordierite
Size: 0.38'' H x 13'' L x 13'' W
Weight: 1.5 lb.
Dishwasher safe? : No
Reasons to buy
+Can be used on any grill+Large sized+Suitable for high temperatures
Reasons to avoid
-Hand wash only

This beautiful, large-sized pizza stone is made from Cordierite, which is easily the best material for baking pizza: it withstands very high temperatures without a problem and heats evenly, ensuring a uniformly baked crust. This stone also produces spectacular results when used on top of a barbecue, and can be used to bake bread and any pastry that requires a crust. It's thinner than many alternatives, which makes it easier to handle and lighter. The only drawback is that you can't put this one in the dishwasher, so rinse it under the tap. 

Jamie Oliver Ceramic 14.29 in. Pizza Stone

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2. Jamie Oliver Ceramic 14.29 in. Pizza Stone

Best round pizza stone

Specifications
Material: Ceramic
Size: 1.57'' H x 14.29'' L x 14.29'' W
Weight: 4.4 lb
Dishwasher safe? : Yes
Reasons to buy
+Comes with handles+Good quality, thick ceramic+Dishwasher safe+Comes with a serving rack
Reasons to avoid
-A bit heavy-Stains easily

This substantial pizza stone by Jamie Oliver is over 1.5 inches thick and over 14 inch in diameter – great for making larger pizzas for the whole family. The ceramic can withstand temperatures of up to 500 Fahrenheit, so you can use in a very hot oven or barbecue. Also – hurray for those handles! They make taking the hefty stone in and out much easier – this does weigh nearly 4.5 pounds. The only drawback with ceramic is that it's porous, and if you accidentally spill tomato sauce on it, the stain will be quite difficult to get out. 

Homefavor Heavy Duty Cordierite Pizza Grilling Stone

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3. Homefavor Heavy Duty Cordierite Pizza Grilling Stone

Best heavy-duty pizza stone

Specifications
Material: Cordierite
Size: 15x12 Inch, 5/8"(16mm) thickness
Weight: 7 lbs
Dishwasher safe? : No
Reasons to buy
+Substantial and large+Will become non-stick with prolonged use
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy

Perfect for use in the oven, this stone is our top choice for anyone who's concerned about pizza, calzones, or other baked goods not cooking evenly. The combination of the Cordierite material and the optimal thickness ensure that the heat spreads evenly throughout the stone. Thanks to its rectangular shaped, it can simply slide into your oven and is great for batch cooking pastries and cookies as well as pizzas. It's not lightweight and can't be cleaned in the dishwasher, but the results are worth it. 

Cuisinart CPS-445 3-Piece Pizza Grilling Set

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4. Cuisinart CPS-445 3-Piece Pizza Grilling Set

Best pizza stone set

Specifications
Material: Cordierite
Size: 13 x 2 x 13 inches
Weight: 5.7lbs
Dishwasher safe? : No
Reasons to buy
+Comes with a pizza cutter and pizza peel+Suitable for use with propane, charcoal, and pellet grills
Reasons to avoid
-Handwash only-Pizza cutter could be a bit nicer

If you're gifting a pizza stone, or don't have a pizza peel already, this is a great choice because it comes as a set and includes a pizza cutter and a foldable pizza peel, which is a large spatula for picking up the pizza off the stone. Like several of our top picks, this one is made from cordierite, which makes it perfect for the high temperatures under grills and over bbqs. We're not too keen on the pizza cutter provided, but it's a nice touch. Also, cordierite is not the easiest to clean if you try scrubbing it while it's still warm. Instead, try rinsing it once it's completely coolled off. 

Leifheit Ceramic 11.81 in. Pizza Stone

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5. Leifheit Ceramic 11.81 in. Pizza Stone

Best small pizza stone

Specifications
Material: Ceramic
Size: 0.39'' H x 14.96'' L x 11.81'' W
Weight: 7.15 lb.
Dishwasher safe? : Yes
Reasons to buy
+Comes with a serving board+Easy to clean+Great for more than just pizza
Reasons to avoid
-Smaller sized

This is the pizza stone for smaller ovens; it's made from durable ceramic and is very easy to clean, and, thanks to its rectangular shape, you can use it for much more than pizzas – think everything from bread to pastries.  It also comes with a very handy wooden serving board – use it for the pizza, but also as a cheeseboard. This pizza stone is on the smaller size – just 11 inches long, so bear in mind before purchasing. 

Anna Cottrell
Anna Cottrell

In 2018 Anna moved into the world of interiors from academic research in the field of literature and urban space and joined Realhomes.com as Staff Writer. She has a longterm interest in space-making and the evolution of interior style. She can also be found looking for the latest innovations in sustainable homewares or buying yet more bedding.