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Step away from the oven: The Betty Crocker pizza maker is $48 this 4th of July

Fans also use the easy-to-clean nonstick gadget for quesadillas, cinnamon rolls and other treats.

Warm (OK, hot) weather is upon us, which means your days in the kitchen are few and far between. If you're anything like us, you're eyeing easy meals that you can throw together without, ya know, turning on your scorching hot oven. Pizza is a given — and this Betty Crocker Countertop Pizza Maker can cook fresh or frozen pies in minutes. That sounds amazing as it is, but you know what'll really seal the deal? The fact that it's just $48 as part of Amazon's 4th of July sale.

This gadget works kind of like a waffle iron, only the nonstick surface is flat. It can accommodate a 12-inch pizza — frozen or fresh.

$48 at Amazon

Why is it a good deal? 💰

If you make pizza a lot, this handy little kitchen gadget will save you money on your energy bills — no need to turn on the oven! Other pizza makers like this can cost close to $200. Not only that, but this gadget doesn't go on sale very often.

Why do I need this? 🤔

If you don't like having to wait for your oven to preheat to get your pizza cooking, this little guy can help you get dinner on the table pretty darn quick. Not only is the preheating time short, but the Betty Crocker Countertop Pizza Maker can cook your pizza (frozen or fresh!) faster than a conventional oven. And it's not limited to cooking pizza. You can make cookies, frozen french fries, onion rings, cookies, cinnamon rolls, biscuits — the list goes on and on. It's also slim and compact so when you're done with dinner, you just tuck it away. If you have a small kitchen, its size makes it more convenient than a toaster oven.

Making pizza at home has never been so easy. (Amazon)
Making pizza at home has never been so easy. (Amazon)

What reviewers say 💬

This countertop gadget is easy to use, versatile and — most importantly — a summer savior, reviewers say.

Pros 👍

"Better than putting a pizza in the oven," shared a rave reviewer. "Because your pizza is in direct contact with a heated surface, and because you add a little oil to the surface before you bake the pizza in this cooker, your pizza comes out with a browned crust every time. Make a whole 12-inch pizza, or cut a larger pizza and bake what you need. Either way, it's perfect. And we've used it to create cinnamon rolls and other baked delights. It's a whiz to clean, and you don't heat up your kitchen and waste a bunch of electricity every time you make a pizza. My favorite small appliance (other than the toaster oven/air fryer) for sure."

"Love this machine!" gushed a happy shopper. "It is not just another kitchen gadget to take residency on the kitchen countertop. It has earned its place. It is used at least 3-4 times a week or more. Cooks our pizzas quickly and evenly. We also use it for omelettes, pancakes and quesadillas. It is easy to use and keep clean. So, we bought one for our 34-year-old autistic nephew, who uses it daily."

"I read a million reviews before I bought this thing and I’m so glad I finally just ordered it because it's great," a five-star fan wrote. "This pizza maker is so awesome, I highly recommend it. We’re also truck drivers and have limited space so the fact that it’s not very big makes it easy to store away when it’s not in use."

👎 Cons

Said one shopper: "Cooked my pizzas super fast — under 10 to 15 minutes total. The main downside I found was the bottom would always brown too fast and the top would still be white ... not uncooked, but not golden brown yet,"

Another reviewer pointed out how "there are no controls," which makes cooking easy but also leaves room for error. "You have to unplug it to turn it off. There is no timer, so you have to pay attention to your cooking," they wrote.

This pizza cooker heats up with a 1440-watt heating element and can get as hot as 400°F.

$48 at Amazon

Want to round out your pizza-making kit? More than 36,000 Amazon shoppers rave about the Kitchy Pizza Cutter, which is 50% off for 4th of July.

This ergonomically designed pizza cutter will cut through even the crispiest pizzas quickly.  

Save $10 with Prime
$10 at Amazon

"My new favorite kitchen utensil," gushed a rave reviewer. "Cuts like butter, easy to use and take apart for cleaning. Didn't get all gunky like my other pizza cutters have in the past. Pizza, quesadillas, grilled cheese ... It cuts it all so easily!"

And if you want to make clean-up a snap, these top-selling parchment paper circles fit just right in the pizza maker (and yep, they're also on sale).

Cut to fit 12-inch cake pans or pizza pans, these sheets of round parchment take the headache out of doing dishes. 

$9 at Amazon

"These 12-inch round parchment sheets are tremendously useful for lining the pizza pan," shared one of over 6,000 five-star fans. "It makes cleanup a cinch! I primarily use them when reheating pizza, so it's perfect for catching any cheese that melts over the crust. They also absorb much of the oil/grease. If you like easy, these precut sheets are great."

If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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