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Is the Ooni Karu 12G Worth the Upgrade From Ooni Karu 12?

Is the Ooni Karu 12G Worth the Upgrade From Ooni Karu 12?

Pizza lovers rejoice! Ooni, the renowned brand for pizza ovens, presents a mouthwatering clash between two incredible models: the Ooni Karu 12 and the new Ooni Karu 12G.

If you're wondering what's the difference between these two very similarly named pizza ovens, this article will guide you through their features, design, performance, versatility, user experience, and pricing. So grab a slice and let's dive into the sizzling showdown!

Ooni Karu 12 vs Ooni Karu 12G

Let's start with the cooking surface. The Ooni Karu 12G, which boasts a generous cooking surface measuring 33.7cm x 33.7cm (13.27” x 13.27”). Equipped with a 15mm cordierite stone baking board, this portable pizza oven is ready to take your pizzas to the next level. With folding legs for easy transport and storage, it's perfect for outdoor cooking enthusiasts.

The Ooni Karu 12 uses the exact stone, and has foldable legs too.

What's the difference between the Ooni Karu 12 and Ooni Karu 12G? 

Made with brushed 430 stainless steel, the Ooni Karu 12 exudes a sleek and industrial vibe. Its removable door allows for easy access and lets you keep an eye on your masterpiece while it bakes to perfection.

On the other hand, the Ooni Karu 12G takes it up a notch with a powder-coated body for enhanced weather resistance, non-slip rubber feet for stability, and a Borosilicate glass door that adds a modern touch. The ClearView™ technology prevents soot and ash buildup on the built-in glass door.

Ooni Karu 12G thermometer
Thermometer and Borosilicate Glass Door on Ooni Karu 12G


Another unique feature on the Ooni Karu 12G is how it has an integrated thermometer that helps monitor temperature. It's not a digital thermometer like the Ooni Karu 16's thermometer, but this handy feature helps quickly identify if the pizza oven is ready for cooking pizzas.  

The Ooni Karu 12G also has a larger fuel tray for wood and charcoal, which means you can burn longer and spend less time topping up fuel. The new large tray is 32.5cm x 16.1cm x 8.6cm (12.8” x 6.34” x 3.39”).

Ooni Karu 12 Previous Style Grate vs New Style Grate
Previous Style Grate vs New Style Grate on Ooni Karu 12 Range


The extra large fuel tray of the Ooni Karu 12G can be used on the Ooni Karu 12 as well, albeit a bit tight when putting it in. 

With these stylish features, your pizza oven will be the envy of every backyard gathering.


Is the Ooni Karu 12G More Powerful than the Ooni Karu 12?

Both the Karu 12 and the Karu 12G pizza ovens heat up quickly, reaching 500C for crispy crusts and perfectly cooked toppings.

Also, both offer the flexibility to cook with wood, charcoal, or gas. Whether you crave the traditional smokiness of wood-fired pizzas or prefer the convenience of gas, these versatile ovens have got you covered.

Plus, all the fantastic accessories designed for the Karu 12 also work seamlessly with the Karu 12G, expanding your culinary possibilities.

So long story short: the Ooni Karu 12 and Ooni Karu 12G performs the same! 


Price and Value

Now, let's talk about the dough - both literally and figuratively. The Ooni Karu 12G is priced at $699. On the other hand, the Ooni Karu 12 is currently available at a discounted price of $549, making it an enticing option for those seeking excellent value without compromising on quality.


Which Should I Buy, the Ooni Karu 12 or Ooni Karu 12G?

With the Ooni Karu 12 and the Ooni Karu 12G, you can't go wrong.

The main differences are the additional features on the Ooni Karu 12G (glass door, thermometer, and non-slip rubber feet), plus the different looks. 

If you want an industrial look, go for the Ooni Karu 12. 

If you want a more modern take, go for the Ooni Karu 12G. 

So if you already have an existing Ooni Karu 12, you're still getting the same great performance. It might not be worth the upgrade if you're happy with the industrial look on this oven. 

But if you don't have a multi-fueled oven yet, consider the Ooni Karu 12G for the additional handy features. 

Both ovens perform the same, so both are amazing choices! 


For more information or assistance in selecting your dream pizza oven, don't hesitate to reach out to The Pizza Oven Store. We're here to ensure your pizza dreams come true.

Now, go forth and create pizza perfection!

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