As the weather gets colder in many parts of the country, many of us are looking to curl up with some warm comfort food — and what's more comforting than pizza?
Before you pick up the phone to order in, though, consider checking out this personal pizza cooker. The Presto Pizzazz Pizza Cooker lets you make pizza at home without having to start up the oven. Instead, the countertop device bakes your pizza using top and bottom heating elements, which the company says will cook your pizza in half the time of a conventional oven. Bonus: you get to watch your pizza cook in full view to ensure you get that perfectly browned cheese.
To use, place a fresh or frozen pizza (measuring 7-12") on the baking tray, turn on the top and bottom elements, and the tray will begin rotating to evenly cook the pizza. Once it reaches the correct temperature or the end of the pre-set time, the pizza cooker automatically shuts off. If you like your crust a little more well done, or want your cheese crispier, you can also turn on the top and bottom elements independently to cook for a little longer.
Watch the pizza cooker in action in this video by Presto:
Normally, I'm pretty skeptical of any infomercial that tells me to "just heat and eat!" anything, but reviewers on Epinions, Amazon and other websites that carry the Presto Pizzazz Pizza Cooker say that it lives up to the claims, and does manage to cook a tasty pizza pie in little time. One reviewer warns that if you manage to dent the plate the pizza sits on, it won't rotate in the appliance anymore, so you'll have either learn to cook pizza once slice at a time, or seek out a replacement part — which looks to only be available through the Presto website.
Who would love it: Pizza lovers who can't be bothered to turn on the oven (perfect for bachelors and college students with liberal policies about cooking appliances in dorms) and those who would rather make their own pizza instead of ordering in.
How much it costs: $49.96-$59.99 USD from various U.S. retailers (plus shipping).
Where to get it: Multiple retailers online including Walmart.com, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and Bed Bath and Beyond. Some retailers offer a two year warranty on the product while others offer only one, so be sure to shop around and see where you can get the best deal.
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