NerdChef Steel Pizza Stone, 16-Inch

Last updated date: June 12, 2020

DWYM Score
9.0

NerdChef Steel Pizza Stone, 16-Inch

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Overall Take

The NerdChef Steel Pizza Stone, 16-inch boasts 20 times the conductivity of other ceramic pizza stones. It helps create the perfect crust on any pizza, thanks to its solid steel surface that has been textured, sanded and seasoned with flaxseed oil. In our analysis of 194 expert reviews, the NerdChef NerdChef Steel Pizza Stone, 16-inch placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 10, 2020:
Checkout The Best Pizza Stone for a detailed review of all the top pizza stones.

Expert Summarized Score
9.6
19 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
640 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This cookware is made from steel and has been seasoned to thwart rust. More use and more seasoning improves the nonstick ability and makes it even more rustproof.
- The Spruce Eats
August 29, 2019 | Full review
One of the more premium stones inside our selection, the more NerdChef Steel Stone is actually just a superb choice for those looking to upgrade their own original pizza rock into something to reflect their awesome pizza ambitions.
- Tech Zimo
July 8, 2019 | Full review
This pizza stone has better blistering, faster cook times, and gorgeous crusts. This pizza stone is low-friction surface, so this pizza stone has sanded smooth, textured, seasoned with flaxseed oil.
- A Best Five
The surface is normally seasoned with flaxseed oil to aid in the natural and easy release of your pizza once its cooked. The two finger holes aid in its movement and you can hang it on the wall.
- Yum China
April 16, 2019 | Full review
The pizza made with NerdChef Steel stone will remind you of the perfectly baked, crispy Pizza made from the wood-fired oven but in lesser time.
- Cookwared
Incredibly versatile, you can use the steel-stone in all types of ovens, on the stove, induction cooktops, the grill or over the campfire. You can even use it to serve ice cold desserts. Just pop some ice underneath and you are all ready to go.
- Morning Chores
The exterior is bead-blasted to enhance texture and sanded smooth to allow your pizza to slide off easily.
- 5 Product Reviews
August 24, 2019 | Full review
This model has 20 times higher conductivity than ceramic baking stones. The heat is supplied evenly on the base.
- Home Gear X
Another plus point of the tool is that it has a low-friction surface. It delivers textured and sanded smooth feeling as well as seasoned with flaxseed oil, so you don’t have to sprinkle flour or cornmeal on it for your pizzas to slide easily anymore.
- Cook Kitchen Utensils
Also, this pizza stone comes pre-seasoned with organic flaxseed oil, making the pizza slide while you are taking it off.
- Village Bakery
August 1, 2019 | Full review
Finger holes make for easy moving and positioning when placing in your oven.
- Chef's Resource
July 25, 2019 | Full review
The solid steel construction is virtually indestructible but it comes with a lifetime guarantee just in case.
- Bustle
August 26, 2019 | Full review
We can’t knock its performance—it conducts up to 20% faster than its ceramic/stone counterparts, meaning our crusts puffed, crisped, and caramelized in the time it took the cheese to melt.
- Reviewed
September 11, 2019 | Full review
The highlight of owning a steel pizza stone is to create great pizza in a shorter time. This is the advantage of cooking with steel. The Nerd Chef created its shape in a square form to maximize and fit most ovens and grills.
- Artisan Pizza Kitchen
Having said so, the Steel Stone is made out of solid premium steel and is a guaranteed, unbreakable equipment.
- Foodies Wiki
October 10, 2018 | Full review
The NerdChef Steel Stone boasts the advantage and durability of steel to allow it to cook food faster and last longer than traditional ceramic, clay, and stoneware baking stones.
- Stones and Pizza
this will NEVER crack … like – EVER!
- Pizza Oven Review
There is no bad smell or smoking since the item does not absorb any fat. Cleaning the item is super-fast.
- Pizza Oven Radar
August 12, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Because of the shape, weight, and lack of handles, this steel is a bit awkward to move, even when it’s not hot.
- The Spruce Eats
August 29, 2019 | Full review
You must store it dry to avoid rusting.
- Yum China
April 16, 2019 | Full review
Extremely heavy. The NerdChef Steel Stone weighs around 23 pounds.
- Cookwared
Not to be washed with soap or detergent
- Morning Chores
Very heavy. Expensive.
- Home Gear X
Unfortunately, the tool is relatively heavy, about 23 pounds, so it takes you some effort to carry it.
- Cook Kitchen Utensils
Be sure to store it in a cooler place as humidity may cause it to rust.
- Chef's Resource
July 25, 2019 | Full review
Just be forewarned: it weighs 23 pounds so be prepared to put some muscle into it.
- Bustle
August 26, 2019 | Full review
It’s also the most expensive model we tested, coming in at just under $100.
- Reviewed
September 11, 2019 | Full review
NerdChef’s customer service was unresponsive.
- New York Times Wirecutter
March 25, 2019 | Full review
Some may say that it will not cook pizza the old school way as with its ceramic counterparts.
- Artisan Pizza Kitchen
The only real complaints have been about it being heavy and the price.
- Stones and Pizza
needs to be seasoned and cared for
- Pizza Oven Review
Extremely expensive
- Pizza Oven Radar
August 12, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Making great crusts (like you find on Neapolitan-style pizza) traditionally requires a 700-1000F wood-fired oven. Nerdchef Steel Stone replicates that performance in a home oven with its super-high heat transfer ability - transfering heat energy 20 times faster than ceramic. It creates beautiful and crispier crusts, gorgeous blistering throughout, and it cooks faster. The top and bottom are bead-blasted for texture, sanded smooth by hand, then seasoned with organic flaxseed oil - pizza slides easily when you want to take it off. Finger holes make it much easier to move and reposition, plus you can hang it on a wall. And it's made in USA with solid premium steel. Steel Stone is unbreakable and we guaranteed it for life. It will develop a darker patina as you use it and it gets more seasoned. Burnt cheese and spilled tomato sauce will give it character. You can also try using it cold - put some dry ice underneath and make ice cream directly on top. Care. Treat the steel like you just like would a cast iron pan. Make sure it is dry after use, and don't store it in a humid environment, or it will rust. If any rust does develop, you can get rid of it with some wet steel wool or a scouring pad. To re-season the steel, clean it first and scrap of anything stuck to it with a metal spatula or scraper, then wipe on some oil (we recommend fresh flaxseed oil because of it's high smoke point). Wipe the oil off with a paper towel (enough will be left behind in the pores of the metal) and let it bake at 400F for an hour.

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An Overview On Pizza Stones

If you’re tired of waiting for the pizza delivery person to show up, or you just like the taste of homemade pizza, a baking stone can take your creations to the next level. A pizza stone gives your crust that crunchiness you love while still keeping your toppings juicy and flavorful.

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But if you haven’t shopped for a baking stone recently, you may not realize how many options there are. There’s the traditional clay model, but you can also find great baking cookware made of ceramic, clay and steel, with each having its own benefits. Cast iron stones provide fast, even heating while maintaining that crust texture you want. Some even come pre-seasoned so that you don’t have to worry about your crust sticking to the surface.

Ceramic stones became popular for a reason, though. Their porous build absorbs the flavors in the items you cook, seasoning it to ensure that your foods grow tastier with time. But this porous design also makes it more likely it will absorb moisture, which means you’ll need to take care to avoid mold buildup.

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Steel baking stones are another option. Advertised as ultra-conductive, these baking surfaces are designed specifically to distribute heat and hold it throughout the cooking process. Manufacturers promise that these stones bring much more energy to the baking process than ceramic and clay stones, but you’ll see similar results across all baking surface types.

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If you’ve ever used a pizza stone before, you know that removal from the oven can be challenging, particularly since they often don’t have handles or rims. Pizzas can slide around on the surface, leading to potential cooking disasters if you aren’t careful. For that reason, some newer pizza stones have either a rim around the edge, handles or both. As convenient as this can be, though, keep in mind that if you plan to slide the entire pizza off onto a serving platter or plate, it won’t be as easy as it is with completely flat stones.

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DWYM Fun Fact

The concept of baking stones is based on hot stone cooking, which unsurprisingly dates all the way back to the Stone Age. Man has been heating food over fire for as long as humans have been around, but Roman warriors eventually realized that the stones near the fire grew extremely hot. This heat absorption made them perfect cooking surfaces. Although humans eventually evolved to cooking on pots and pans, gradually manufacturers began marketing baking stones as a great way to make items like cookies and bread. While pizza can also be made on a standard baking stone, pizza stones are designed specifically to absorb moisture, which is believed to make the crust of the pizza crispier.

The Pizza Stone Buying Guide

  • One of the first things you’ll probably notice as you shop is that baking stones come in multiple sizes. A 16-inch stone will hold larger pizzas, making them ideal for large families and parties, but it will be harder to transport and squeeze into your oven. A smaller pizza stone is more portable, but it also limits pizza size. If you regularly hand-make your pizzas, you can go with a larger stone to make bigger pizzas. But if you’re using frozen, premade pizza, you’re safe going as small as 14 inches.
  • Clay stones can absorb oils, which means they “season” as you bake items on them. This can be problematic, though, if you don’t want those odors and tastes to contaminate other food types you try to make. You might not want your cookies tasting like pepperoni pizza, for instance. For that reason, ceramic and ultra-conductive steel have become popular alternatives.
  • Some pizza stones are coated to keep the dough from sticking. If the stone you choose isn’t one of them, put it in the hot oven for at least 30 minutes to preheat it and also dust it with a little flour.
  • Since you’ll be baking food items on the surface, cleanup is essential. Having a nonstick surface helps with this, but also keep in mind you’ll probably have to hand wash your stone between uses. Since clay stones are porous and therefore prone to mold, it’s important to dry those types of stones completely.
  • Having handles comes in handy, but it does make sliding the pizza off more complicated. Raised edges may be enough. Not only will this type of rim make it easier to grip your pizza stone, but it will also keep ingredients from dripping onto the bottom of your oven.
  • One common issue with baking stones is cracking. It’s especially important if you plan to cook in a high-heat environment like a brick oven that you choose a stone built to withstand those temperatures. Often cracking happens because of temperature change, so it can help if you put the pizza stone in the oven to preheat to allow it to gradually adjust.
  • Pizza stones aren’t just for making pizza. You can use it to bake cookies, stuffed calzones, energy bars, fruit tarts and more. You can also use it for grilling meat and roasting vegetables, provided you have the right type of stone. For maximum versatility, make sure you choose a baking stone that works on a stove, oven and outdoor grill.
  • When it comes down to it, it’s all about the taste of the pizza you make on your new baking stone. Look for a surface that promises good heat conduction and retention. A hotter surface means crispier outer crust without sacrificing the soft interior. This is the very reason pizza is better when cooked on clay, ceramic or ultra-conductive steel rather than a standard baking sheet.