For easy maneuver, the best pizza peel should have a non-slip and comfortable handle. There are two types of handles that you’ll see in pizza peels often: rubber and wood. Both of these materials are great because they don’t conduct heat and won’t slip in your hand.
However, many people consider a wooden handle a better choice because they look sturdier and firmer on a pizza peel. Look for an anti-grip feature if you want less fatigue when handling the pizza peel for a long time.
The length of the handle should be enough for you to place the food back into the oven if it requires more time to cook.
Depending on your needs, you may require a pizza peel with a larger spatula. However, if you intend to use it only for your home, you may choose the regular-sized spatulas.
Obviously, the bigger the spatula’s size, the easier it will be to contain larger pieces of pizza, pastries, or any baked products.
Normally, 14” x 14” and 12” x 12” would be perfect for homemade pizzas. Also, they’re ideal for a standard oven. For more pizza servings, you should think of getting a bigger pizza peel.
The weight of the pizza peel is also important in buying the best pizza peel. Choose a brand with an average weight to keep you from dropping the tool when handling it.
It’s essential that you consider the convenience of the pizza peel when buying the best one. Mostly, pizza peels are easy to use but if you want more convenience, look for these features: conveyor belt design, handle opening, and heat-proof handle.
A conveyor belt design prevents your pizza from tearing before you place it into the oven. A handle opening will allow you to hang the equipment for a handy storage. Meanwhile, the best models are made of a heat-proof handle for extra safety and convenience.
The head of a pizza peel can either be round or square. If you’re a professional working in a large oven, choose a pizza peel with a round head because it makes it easy to work with pizzas in all corners of a big oven.
A square-headed peel won’t work in a large oven because it makes it hard to maneuver the pies at the sides due to the insertion angle.
However, you may need to settle with a square-headed peel if you’re a home cook with a small oven or grill. Retrieving and inserting the pizza will be easier because you’ll only have to work with the pizza head-on.
Pizza peels can be made of various materials, such as wood, metal, and composite. Wooden peels, like the EXO Nonstick Super Peel, are very beautiful and they’re best to prevent the raw pizza dough from sticking.
You can even cut and serve the pizza directly off the wooden peel without harming your knife. However, they’re thick, not fireproof, and difficult to maintain.
Composite peels, like the Epicurean Pizza Peel, are easier to maintain and slightly thinner than their wooden counterparts. However, they’re still too thick. I haven’t seen a composite peel yet with a long handle to reach the backmost part of the oven.
Metal peels, like the Kitchen Supply 14” x 16” Aluminum Pizza Peel, are easy to maintain, durable, and made of super-thin blades to slip easily under the pie.
Its only downside is the raw dough tends to stick to the surface. To solve this small problem, simply dust the peel with flour or cornmeal before you place the raw pizza dough.