If you’ve ever thought about making your own pizza, you know that you might need a few items. Along with figuring out the perfect dough recipe, you’ll also want to think about essential tools like a pizza stone and a pizza peel. Your pizza peel is going to be how you get your pizza in and out of the oven — especially if you’re one of the lucky few with a traditional brick oven. Check out these pizza peels before your next at-home pizza night.
You’ll like that this pizza peel has a tapered half-inch blade so you can easily lift and remove pizzas from the oven. And the smooth texture ensures that the peel won’t secrete oils into your food.
We like that this pizza peel could also double as a spatula for outdoor baking. The grip features a comfortable rubber handle to reduce pressure on your hands. Plus, this pick is dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.
We like that this bamboo pizza peel can also pull double duty as a cutting board. The contoured handle is designed to make it easier to grip the peel and you get a beveled edge that easily slides under pizzas.
This pizza peel measures 22 inches long by 14 inches wide, making it ideal for 12-inch pizzas. You’ll get a long handle that can easily be used by either hand. This pick can also double as a charcuterie board.
You’ll like that this pizza peel can be cleaned in the dishwasher. It’s also a reversible peel with a thin design which makes it easy to use to scoop up pizzas. It has a temperature rating of 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pizza Peel FAQs
1. What is the best type of wood for a pizza peel?
Basswood is considered one of the best options because the wood has a fine texture. This type of wood is also considered incredibly durable and lightweight. A lightweight design is essential when you consider that, depending on the oven used and the size of the pizza, you may have to bend over to get a pizza in or out of the oven. Better still, most pizza peels come with a beveled edge which allows you to easily slide under a pizza.
2. Should a wooden pizza peel be oiled?
It depends on the type of peel you buy and the care instructions. Whereas oil normally preserves the lifespan of a wooden gadget, for pizza peels, this can sometimes make using them more difficult. Specifically, adding any oil or grease to your pizza peel can cause it to stick to the pizza. So be sure to read up on the manufacturer’s directions before oiling and maintaining your peel.
Pizza Peel Buying Guide
If you’ve ever attempted to make a pizza without one, you know that pizza peels are essential. These classic boards essentially work to easily lift, position and place or remove pizzas from an oven — whether it’s a traditional oven or a pizza oven. Without them, getting a pizza into or out of an oven can be a serious struggle, especially if you’re using a pizza stone which can be difficult to manage.
When shopping for a pizza peel, first think about what size is going to be sufficient. Pizza peels are measured by the total length (including the handle) and width. Depending on your oven style, you may want a pizza peel with a longer handle (especially useful for true pizza ovens and brick ovens) or a shorter handle for traditional ovens. But also think about the size of the pizza peel head. If you’re making smaller pizzas, then a 14-inch wide pizza peel can accommodate a 12-inch pizza. But larger pizzas usually need a peel that’s one to two inches wider.
Also consider the materials. You’ll usually find that pizza peels are made from wood, metal or aluminum. Wood is a traditional choice, but may not be as durable as other materials since over time wood is prone to cracking and peeling. Steel is considered one of the best options because of its enhanced durability and easy maintenance. But if you want a lightweight option — especially if you make larger pies — an aluminum pizza peel might be the best option.
Finally, consider the maintenance and size. Wooden pizza peels usually must be hand washed and dried immediately to preserve the integrity of the surface. By contrast, aluminum and steel pizza peels can be placed in a dishwasher. Also think about storage as some pizza peels are designed with a folding handle and others aren’t.
About The Author
Dorian Smith-Garcia is a diverse writer across beauty, fashion, travel, parenting, consumer goods, and tech. She has written for Inverse, Healthline Parenthood, The Confused Millennial, XONecole, Glowsly, and The Drive along with a variety of other publications. She is a bridal and beauty expert/influencer and the creative director behind The Anti Bridezilla. When Dorian’s not writing she’s collecting stamps in her passport, learning new languages, or spending time with her husband and daughter.