Pizza is best served when it is well-charred and crisp underneath, and to do this, it needs to be baked in a blazing hot oven. The easiest way to transfer pizza into and out of the oven is using a pizza peel. This is a flat paddle or blade with a long handle that you can use to drop and retrieve pizza pies from the oven. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular pizza peels available on the market today.
This affordable, metal pizza peel is extra-large, at 30 inches from end to end. The blade is super thin and flexible, and easily slides under baked pies and bread. It measures 13.5 inches in diameter and is wide enough to lift an average 12 inch pizza.
The blade is durable and made of lightweight aluminum, weighing just under two pounds. This type of material is the best choice when you have to remove pizza and bread out of the oven.
This pizza peel is compact, efficient, and easy to use, even if you have never used a peel before.
The 14 inch handle is made of wood. The length makes it easy for you to slide the pizza out of the oven safely. It keeps a good distance between your hand and the heated oven. The handle is attached to the blade using three rivets, which ensures durability and sturdiness. It has a comfortable and safe grip.
This pizza peel is easy to clean with soap and water. Do not put it in the dishwasher.
One drawback is the surface of the pizza peel is slick and non-porous. This can make the dough stick to the blade, especially when wet. As a result, this pizza peel is most suited to taking fully cooked pizza and pies out of the oven.
- Large: blade is 13.5 inches in diameter and handle measures 14 inches
- Aluminum blade is super thin and flexible, and slides easily under cooked pies and pizza
- Durable, yet made of lightweight aluminum
- Compact, efficient, and easy to use
- Wood handle is attached to blade with three rivets, making it very sturdy
- Easy to clean with soap and water
- Raw dough tends to stick to blade, especially when wet
- Not dishwasher safe
This metal pizza peel is made of durable, yet lightweight, aluminum. This commercial-grade material makes it easy to slide under your pizza to remove it from the oven. The peel measures 24 inches from end to end. The pizza blade itself measures 12 by 14 inches, which accommodates a medium size pizza.
The peel boasts incredible strength, which prevents warping. It can handle a pizza loaded with toppings. You can also use this device to transfer cakes. The blade will slide easily underneath for a smooth move.
The all-natural pine handle measures 10 inches long, which allows excellent maneuverability. The handle stays cool so your hand will be safe. One nice feature is the handle folds away with the turn of a knob, making this tool very compact for storage.
The packaging is very cute, shaped like a pizza box.
This pizza peel is easy to clean. Simply scrape off any crumbs and then hand wash with warm, soapy water. Dry right away. Do not soak this item in water or use an abrasive scrubber. And do not put it in the dishwasher.
One drawback is it may pose challenges when handling raw, wet dough. This might stick to the blade and give trouble when you try to remove it.
- Blade measures 12 by 14 inches, which accommodates a medium size pizza
- Blade is made of durable, commercial-grade, yet lightweight aluminum
- All-natural pine handle measures 10 inches long, for excellent maneuverability
- Handle folds away with the turn of a knob, for easy storage
- Cute packaging
- Easy to clean by hand washing with warm, soapy water
- Raw, wet dough may stick to blade
- Not dishwasher safe
This pizza peel is very attractive and suits any kitchen décor. It is made of gorgeous laminated acacia wood strips, and looks great with its contrasting patterns and colors. It is sourced responsibly from family farmers and handcrafted in Thailand.
The pizza paddle measures 14 x 14 inches. It has slanted edges, which makes it easy and safe to transfer uncooked pizza dough into the oven and cooked pizza out of the oven. The device is multi-functional, and you can use it as a cutting board or prep station.
Unlike other brands, this device is not coated in varnish, polyurethane, lacquer, or shellac. It just has a thin coat of food-grade mineral oil for food safety.
The handle is comfortable to hold. It widens at the end, which gives you a good grip. It also has a grommet built in, which you can use to hang up your pizza paddle for storage.
This pizza peel requires some maintenance. You should coat it with butcher’s block oil about an hour before you use it. This will help rejuvenate the wood and ensure the surface lasts a long time.
It is easy to clean but should never be put in the dishwasher. Instead, wash it by hand in warm, soapy water. Do not soak it in water as this may cause the laminated wood strips to split or warp.
- Pizza paddle measures 14 x 14 inches
- Made of gorgeous laminated acacia wood strips
- Sourced responsibly from family farmers, and handcrafted
- Has slanted edges, which make it easy and safe to transfer dough or pizza
- Not coated in varnish, polyurethane, lacquer, or shellac – just food-grade mineral oil
- Handle is comfortable and widens at the end, for a good grip
- Not dishwasher safe
- Requires maintenance – coat with butcher’s block before use
This affordable wooden pizza peel comes very well-recommended. It is lightweight at one pound seven ounces, and has a raw uncoated wood surface that prevents your pizza dough from sticking. This restaurant-grade wood is slightly rough to touch, which moves moisture away from the dough, keeping it from sticking.
It is easy to use even if you have not used a pizza peel before. It is sturdy and durable, and does not crack easily. Use it for more than just pizza – it’s great for moving cakes, bread, muffin pans, or cupcakes too.
It is wide enough to hold an average 12 inch pizza. The overall dimensions of this pizza peel are 12 x 13.5 inches. The paddle is relatively thick though, which poses a challenge in sliding under the pizza, but the edges are bevelled to help with this.
The handle is just eight inches long, and yet it is lengthy enough to protect your hands from the hot oven when reaching in. It is easy to grip and provides maximum control.
One drawback is the raw wood can stain easily. Also, you should not cut on the board as it could crack. You will need to treat this peel now and then with mineral oil to maintain the finish.
- Raw, uncoated wood surface prevents dough from sticking
- Sturdy and durable, and does not crack easily
- Edges are bevelled to help slide under pizza
- Handle is easy to grip and provides maximum control
- Lightweight at one pound seven ounces
- Thicker than aluminum peels, so may pose a challenge sliding under pizza
- Raw wood can stain easily
- Board may crack if you cut on it
- Needs to be treated occasionally with mineral oil
This innovative pizza peel is the ultimate for pizza lovers. It has a unique design that works like a conveyor belt. It moves your pizza or bread from your kitchen counter to the baking stone without sticking.
It has a canvas cloth that works as a belt on the board. It works similarly to belted loaders that professional bakers use to load bread in an oven. The pizza or bread will simply drop down onto your baking surface. It works well, even with wet, sticky dough.
The board itself is made of food-grade composite that will not split or warp like wood.
This pizza peel is lightweight at just under two pounds, and wide enough to hold a 12 inch pizza. It is better for putting dough into the oven than removing baked pizza out of the oven, so you will need a second pizza peel for that latter step.
It has a seven inch handle, which is long enough to protect your fingers from the hot oven.
The canvas belt is machine washable but should not be put in the dryer. You can buy replacement belts if needed. The board itself is dishwasher safe.
- Unique design that works like a conveyor belt
- Has a canvas cloth that works as a belt on the board
- Works well, even with wet, sticky dough
- Board is made of food-grade composite that will not split or warp
- Handle is long enough to protect your fingers from the hot oven
- Canvas belt is machine washable; board is dishwasher safe
- Only useful for putting raw dough into oven (not removing from hot oven)
How to choose the best pizza peel
Professional chefs tend to use extremely long pizza peels, 40 inches or more, to reach into their hot ovens. However, at home, this is not necessary or possible. Let’s take a look at some things to consider when looking for a pizza peel of your own.
Professionals tend to choose a peel with a rounded head so they can easily get to any corner of their huge oven. However, at your home, you will generally have a small oven, and so you can easily use a peel that has a square head.
Make sure to choose a pizza peel that has a blade or paddle large enough to hold a medium size pizza. Generally, this is around 14 inches (12 inches for the pizza and one inch of space on either side).
Pizza peels come in three materials: wood, metal, or composite.
Wood peels are very classic and attractive looking, and they fit into any kitchen décor. Wood works well with raw pizza dough as it prevents the wet dough from sticking. However, they are not fire-proof. They can be bulky and difficult to handle. They also take some work to maintain: you must carefully dry a wood peel after washing, and then treat it regularly with mineral oil to prevent it from absorbing stains and odors. Last but not least, because wood peels are quite thick, they are a challenge if you need to remove your pizza from the hot oven.
Metal peels are generally made of aluminum. The blades are super thin and thus easy to slide under a baked pizza to bring it out of the oven. They are durable and easy to clean. However, they are not a great choice for putting the raw pizza in the oven as dough tends to stick to metal. If you choose a metal peel, you will need to dust it well with flour before adding the dough, or line it with parchment paper.
Composite peels are thinner than wood and easier to take care of. However, they are generally still a bit thick and can pose a challenge when trying to retrieve your baked pizza from the oven. They also tend to have shorter handles.
Make sure the handle of your pizza peel is long enough so the blade or paddle can reach the back of your oven without causing you to burn your hand.
In addition, some handles are more comfortable to hold than others, and are more ergonomic.
Pizza peels are large and clunky, so they tend to pose a challenge when storing away. Some peels come with a hanging hole and others have a handle that can fold away. These are great choices for storage.
Now you know the features to look for when choosing a pizza peel. By reviewing the various models on the market, and comparing their pros and cons, you will be sure to find the peel that must suits your needs. Happy shopping!