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'Way better than the oven': This Betty Crocker countertop pizza maker cooks pies in a snap — nab it on sale

If 'za is your love language, this little gadget will make you swoon.

If you're anything like us, you're constantly thinking about easy weekday meals that you can throw together for the family. Well, nothing is easier than pizza — and you can save a ton of money by making it yourself instead of calling for delivery. And with the Betty Crocker Countertop Pizza Maker, you won't have to heat up your entire kitchen to do it. Nab it on sale and it can be at your door in time for dinner this week.

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.

$42 at Amazon
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$43 at Walmart$51 at Wayfair

If you make pizza a lot, this handy gadget will save you money on your energy bills — no need to turn on the oven. Other pizza makers can cost close to $200, so this one is a steal even at its regular price. (Want to check out some other options? Check out our reviews of the best pizza ovens.)

Don't like having to wait for your oven to preheat? This little guy can help you get dinner on the table pretty darn quick. The Betty Crocker Countertop Pizza Maker preheats fast and can cook your pizza (frozen or fresh) faster than a conventional oven. It's also slim and compact, so you can simply tuck it away in a cabinet when you're done with dinner.

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

More than 5,600 enthusiastic pizza lovers have given this device a five-star rating, with many saying they use it day after day.

"Better than putting a pizza in the oven," shared a rave reviewer. "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."

This shopper agreed that it works great: "Suggested cooking time was greater than what we needed, but otherwise works like a charm. Way better than the oven. We put the dough directly on the cooking surface and then added sauce and toppings."

Curious about other culinary possibilities? A creative customer shared even more uses for this versatile pizza oven, including "omelettes, pancakes and quesadillas."

If you're concerned about stowing another kitchen gadget in your cabinets, don't be. "It's not just another kitchen gadget to take residency on the kitchen countertop," said another five-star reviewer. "It has earned its place. It is used at least three to four times a week or more. Cooks our pizzas quickly and evenly. It is easy to use and keep clean."

While many fans say it makes "perfectly crisp" pizza, others disagree, saying the oven doesn't get hot enough for their preferred texture. "All in all, it was a good small pizza maker for the price, but it's unfortunately too cold for a good fresh crispy pizza," one shopper said, calling out the lack of a temperature control option.

A second shopper did find a way around it, though: "The top of the pizza comes out well-cooked and bubbly, but not brown. You'd have to supplement with a few minutes under the broiler to give a brown top to the pizza."

This gizmo packs in a 1,440-watt heating element and can get as hot as 400°F.

$42 at Amazon
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Want to round out your pizza-making gear? More than 35,000 Amazon shoppers rave about the Kitchy Pizza Cutter.

This ergonomically designed pizza cutter can slice through even the crispiest pizzas quickly, fans say.

$9 at Amazon

"My new favorite kitchen utensil!" reported 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 cleanup a snap, these top-rated parchment paper circles fit right into the pizza maker.

Sized to fit 12-inch cake pans or pizza pans, these sheets of round parchment make doing dishes a lot less painful.

$8 at Amazon

"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."

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

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