Updated: June 8, 2015
Pizza Stone Reviews:Who doesn't love pizza. My wife is a great chef and we like to show our kids how to actually make food versus just buying the finished product in a store or at a pizza parlor. Don't get me wrong, I still like going to Round Table and getting a combination pizza, but we have found that our kids really do like making pizza at home just as much. They get to make the dough, watch it rise in the fridge, then take it out and shape it into their round little pizzas. Put some sauce on, sprinkle the cheese and then lay down a few toppings. It might not be as easy as ordering a pizza, but the satisfaction you get from making your own is worth it. We have gone through a few pizza stones over the years, but we consistently come back to the same brand over and over - Old Stone Oven. We have tried the Dough Joe pizza stone and the Emile Henry, but we are happy with our Old Stone Oven. They are priced between $30 and $40 and available in stores like Walmart, Target, Sur La Table, and online at Amazon.com.
Choosing a Pizza Stone - There are square baking stones, round oven pizza stones, and classic nonstick pizza pans like you see in pizza parlors. The Dough-Joe Pizza and Baking Stone is slightly different in that it gives you a set of four 6 x 9 inch stones. You can then use just a few of the stones if you have smaller items to put in the oven. Some owners also say the Dough Joe Stones are easier to lift than the larger (complete) pizza stones. Although reviews are near perfect for this item, I still like that we can transfer the dough to our pizza stone outside of the oven and then place the stone into the oven for cooking. With the Dough Joe, I'm not sure that is as easy since it's four pieces, you'd almost have to place the dough on top of the stones once they are placed inside the oven. Pizza stones are great for baking much more than pizza, do cookies, breads, crusts, you name it. Many of the baking stones we found are also safe to use on grills and the fact that most are dishwasher safe makes them easy to clean. Pizza Stone Reviews - There are quite a few websites and companies that do reviews on pizza stones. Unfortunately we could not find any research done by Consumer Reports, but Good Housekeeping has a review on the Emily Henry pizza stone and plenty of owner reviews are available to read on Williams Sonoma website. Of course our favorite is Amazon.com where you can read 100's of consumer comments, opinions and feedback that have been posted on their website. You can browse the best selling pizza stones online here.