Best Frozen Pizza: 10 Best Frozen Pizzas When Ordering Isn’t an Option

What is the best frozen pizza? The best frozen pizza is whatever pizza happens to be in your freezer late at night when you’re desperately hungry and nothing is open for delivery. But you can make sure that the pizza you pull out of that ice box is truly the objectively best tasting frozen pizza by reading our list. We tasted through the best frozen pizza brands and these were the best pies, no matter what your style is.

Frozen pizza is its own classification of pizza. It’s never going to taste like homemade pizza or delivery pizza (no matter what a certain brand says in its ads)—and that’s okay. Sometimes, you want that slightly sweet sauce, that stretchy blanket of cheese, that smattering of pepperoni cubes. And it’s always smart to have a pizza or two in your freezer. You never know when the hunger will hit at 2 a.m. when all the delivery spots are closed, or at 5 p.m. when you’re faced with a “starving” child (or roommate) who refuses to wait longer than 25 minutes to eat. 

But which pizzas should you choose to grace your freezer shelves? That’s why Sporked is here. We tasted through way too many frozen pizzas (turns out there is an upper limit) to find the best. We assessed pizzas by considering what they were trying to do. Was it trying to be a crispy thin crust pie? Was it trying to be a crispy-edged Detroit-style ‘za? How well did it do it? Would this be satisfying in a nostalgic way? Would it scratch that doughy itch? These are some of the questions we all seriously posed as we sat around a conference table. And here are the answers. Here are the best frozen pizzas you can buy:

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Motor City Pizza Supreme Detroit-Style

Best of the Best

Motor City Detroit Style Supreme Deep Dish Pizza

In my humble opinion, Detroit-style pizza is the best frozen pizza brand. It’s the best thing to happen to pizza since ranch dressing. With its high, doughy crust and cheesy, crispy edges, it provides a perfect base for a mound of toppings and is just plain satisfying in a way thin crust pizza never is. I was extremely dubious that a frozen pizza would come close to the real thing. But Motor City has cracked it. Pillowy and doughy? Check. Cheesy, crispy edges? Check. Generous topping distribution? Check. I’ve thought about this pizza multiple times since we tasted it. I will buy it with my own cash, which I earned by tasting this, the best frozen pizza.

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Rating:

9/10

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Chicago’s Home Run Inn Cheese Classic Pizza
best frozen pizza: home run inn

Best Indulgent

After initially publishing this article, there was an outcry from you, my dear readers. Apparently, we screwed up. We didn’t include Home Run Inn pizza. How dare we. Well, we are always open to recommendations from passionate eaters, so we cooked up a cheese pie. And? I am pleased to say that we were, indeed, wrong to miss this pie. It is almost like a savory tart. The tomato-rich sauce and crispy-gooey cheese blanket a flaky pastry-esque crust. You were all correct and I thank you for bringing this pizza into my life. If you’ve never had this before, do yourself a favor and try it. It’s the best frozen pizza to have if you’re looking for true decadence.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Cheesy Crust

Freschetta Five Cheese

So many frozen pizzas have a sweet sauce. But not Freschetta. Freschetta’s tomato sauce is ultra savory and there is a lot of it. The crust bakes up fluffy and crusty. The cheese melts into a real topping—not just slightly melted shreds. And let’s talk more about that cheese. There are five different cheeses on this pizza (mozzarella, asiago, parmesan, fontina, and provolone) and you can tell. You can taste the complexity. Even the crust is sprinkled with a couple of different cheeses (asiago and parmesan), making it a must-eat for even those who typically leave little crust smiles behind. It’s definitely the best frozen pizza for crust-hounds like myself who can’t wait to scoop up any crusts left behind and eat them like breadsticks.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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DiGiorno Original Rising Crust Four Cheese

Best Thick Crust

DiGiorno Original Rising Crust Four Cheese

The sauce on this pie is definitely on the sweeter end, the cheese (a mix of mozzarella, Parmesan, asiago, and Romano) is a thick blanket, the crust is closer to doughy bread than anything you’d find at a New York pizzeria. If you’re looking for an authentic pizza experience, this is not the best frozen pizza for you. But if you’re looking for a cozy Snuggie of a meal, this classic frozen pizza is a great option. It’s not delivery. No one would ever think it was delivery. It’s DiGiorno, and that’s perfectly fine.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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best frozen pan pizza: digiorno crispy pan

Best Pan Pizza

DiGiorno Crispy Pan Pepperoni Pizza

When I first took this fluffy, puffy, cheese-draped pizza out of the oven, I thought Motor City might have some competition. And it is good. But it’s just not Motor City good. The crust is drier and more bread-like than chewy pizza crust. The sauce is very nice—tomato forward, not sweet—and the cheese has a great pull, which is hard to find in a frozen pizza. The sides are nice and crispy—important for pan pizza. Managing editor Gwynedd Stuart compared it to Pizza Hut pan pizza, which is pretty high praise. It’s definitely the best frozen pizza if you’re looking for that classic pan-style crust but Motor City is nowhere in sight.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Sam's Choice Rising Crust 7 Cheese Pizza Stuffed Crust

Best Cheesy

Sam’s Choice Rising Crust 7 Cheese Pizza Stuffed Crust

Take that, DiGiorno. Sam’s Choice sees your four cheese and raises you three. This extremely cheesy pizza (as in, if you’re lactose intolerant or even slightly nervous about dairy, turn back) features a blend of provolone, cheddar, fontina, Romano, Parmesan, and two types of mozzarella, all stuffed on top of the pizza and in the crust. Too much cheese? That would be a hard no from Sporked writer Jordan Myrick. “I could even do more cheese,” they said. “I love her.” If you feel that too much cheese is still not enough cheese, then this is the best frozen pizza for you.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Tombstone Frozen Pepperoni Pizza

Best Thin Crust

Tombstone Frozen Pepperoni Pizza

“What do you want on your Tombstone?” It’s the key line from one of the first commercials I remember really locking onto as a kid. “How brilliant,” I thought. “They’re asking a man who is sentenced to death what he wants written on his grave marker and he’s responding with pizza toppings!” Literal gallows humor. It was a formative moment for me as someone who occasionally attempts to be funny. Now, did the pizza itself live up to that brilliant ad campaign? In a way, yes. This is the ultra-thin, crackery crust pizza most people think of when they picture frozen pizza. And, for a lot of people, it’s their favorite frozen pizza because it hits those classic expectations. It’s the kind of pizza that you could fold in half and eat entirely by yourself as a pizza sandwich. Have one ready to go in your freezer, you’ll thank yourself later.

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Rating:

7/10

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Great Value Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizza

Best Extremely Doughy

Great Value Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizza

I was legitimately impressed by how much this crust rose in the oven. It puffed up like someone was inflating it with a bicycle pump. It rose. Eventually it settled down a bit, but the end result was still the most crust-forward pizza we tried. If you wish pizza was actually cheesy breadsticks, Great Value’s Rising Crust is the best frozen pizza for you. The sauce is rich and tangy. The crust is doughy to the max and deliciously buttery. You could lay your head on this pillow of a pizza and wake up to a delicious snack. You could and you should.

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Rating:

6.5/10

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Screamin' Sicilian Original Holy Pepperoni Frozen Pizza

Best Nostalgic

Screamin’ Sicilian Original Holy Pepperoni Frozen Pizza

One taster noted that this pizza tasted like “arcade pizza” and it’s really the most apt tasting note I can think of. They went on to clarify that it specifically tasted like pizza from an “arcade in the middle of nowhere,” and then added, “I kind of like it.” Indeed, this is what nostalgia tastes like. After sitting out for a few minutes, the thin crust gets a tad soggy and the cheese layer solidifies. The sauce tastes like a standard marinara. And it is entirely satisfying. It tastes like you’re seven years old again, trying to score enough tickets to buy that knockoff Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper. (Uh oh, I just revealed my age.)

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Rating:

6/10

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best frozen pizza: mama cozzi

Best Cafeteria-Style

Mama Cozzi’s Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizza

This extremely doughy frozen pizza from Aldi scratches a very specific itch. “It seems like real cafeteria pizza,” Gwynedd said, hitting the nail on the head. The sauce is definitely on the sweeter end of the spectrum and, boy, is there a lot of it. A “commendable amount of sauce,” according to Gwynedd. The cheese can’t quite contain it. Luckily, the pepperoni is actually spicy, so it balances out the sauce. It’s good-bad pizza. It’s the best frozen pizza to pair with a cheap (like, two-buck-Chuck-cheap) bottle of wine and a screening of The Room. Good-bad. You get it.

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Rating:

5.5/10

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DiGiorno Original Rising Crust Four Cheese

In their blindfolded frozen pizza taste test on Good Mythical Morning, Rhett & Link both rated DiGiorno’s classic cheese pizza at the top, with Link giving it a nine out of 10 and Rhett giving it an eight. Both also guessed the brand correctly, citing its “signature dough” and “plumpification.” 

Other frozen pizzas we tried: Newman’s Own Thin & Crispy Pepperoni, California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken, Mama Cozzi Thin Crust, Jack’s Original Thin Crust Pepperoni Frozen Pizza, Red Baron, Marketside, One Bite 5 Cheese Stone Baked Pizza, Celeste Pepperoni Microwave Pizza For One, Palermo’s Rising Crust Supreme Pizza, Quest Thin Crust Pizza Uncured Pepperoni, Tony’s Pizzeria Style Pizza

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About the Author

Justine Sterling

Justine Sterling is the editor-in-chief of Sporked. She has been writing about food and beverages for well over a decade and is an avid at-home cook and snacker. Don’t worry, she’s not a food snob. Sure, she loves a fresh-shucked oyster. But she also will leap at whatever new product Reese’s releases and loves a Tostitos Hint of Lime, even if there is no actual lime in the ingredients.

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  • I believe its only a Midwest or Wisconsin brand but id take a look into Brew Pub’s Lottza Mottza pizzas.

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    • Yes! Lotza Mozza is shockingly good.

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    • Lottza Mottza is the best!!

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  • It can be kind of hard to find, but take a look for theTHIN CRUST, SQUARE freschetta with pepperoni. Really kind of changes the game for frozen pizzas.

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    • Could not agree more! Its almost criminal that Freschetta isn’t included! The square oven-baked crust is arguably better than the budget take-out options like Little Ceasars

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  • I have to disagree with the placement of Jacks especially considering its affordability. It tastes better than Tombstone and even Digiorno in my opinion.

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    • 100%, it’s my go-to frozen pizza. It’s good and it’s cheap, which is what I look for in a frozen pizza. If I want anything more than that, then I’ll order from a restaurant.

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  • I think you guys are missing out on the beauty that is Home Run Inn frozen pizzas. For the Midwest, it’s by far the best frozen pizza, and worth seeking out.

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    • Home Run Inn is the best frozen pizza and it’s not even close. I like it better than most restaurant pizza.

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  • So California does not have aldis is this right from what the show and podcasts have said. We need to get these guys some aldis. Their pizza is fabulous as well as other off name brand.

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    • California has Aldi all over the place. What we don’t have is Publix, which is a real bummer.

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    • They have some in southern california. They are growing

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  • DiGiorno bias for the win!

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  • The other flavors of Screamin Sicilian are much much better IMO. Also you should try out their dessert flavors!

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    • dessert pizza is such a good idea for an article!!!!

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  • Do they not have Red Baron in California? That should at least be on there instead of Jacks. Eating Jacks is the equivalent of eating cardboard with cheese and sauce on it.

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    • Red Baron should be close to the top but didn’t even make the list and it’s always low priced. Oh and yes they have it in California.

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  • Home Run Inn is the best frozen pizza and it’s not even close. I like it better than most restaurant pizza.

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  • Sam’s Choice and Tombstone are worlds better than DiGiorno. I don’t understand why people love that flavorless crust.

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  • Its only in the midwest, but you need to try Jacks Rising Crust Pizza. It is far superior than any other frozen pizza. I would give it 11/10 sporks

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  • I highly recommend the sams choice brand for pizza it’s much better than you would expect.

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  • Uhhh Totino’s Party Pizza didn’t make the list??!? It’s cheap, it’s saucy, it’s thin crunchy crust, it’s my top frozen pizza of choice. I like many of the pizzas in this list but like…you can’t beat the $2 delight of a Totino’s.

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    • I miss when it was a dollar 🙁

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  • If your going to compare things with a broad subject like frozen pizza, you need to do it in sub categorys, comparing a thin crust to a detroit isn’t fair. You got Deep Dish, Detroit, Rising Crust, Thin Crust, Gluten Free.

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  • It’s a North East grocery store, but Wegmans rising crust frozen pizza, best bang for your buck! Highly recommend checking it out. Also, I am a bit of a foodie myself and pretty good with words. Let me know if you guys are looking for a southern jersey correspondent!

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  • Kroger® Hot Honey Pepperoni Pizza is splendid. Definitely in the pantheon of frozen pizza’s.

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  • Sam’s choice stuffed crust chicken bacon ranch is even better imho. 🙂

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  • Where’s the freschetta!? Freschetts Supreme is by far #1.

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  • Jack’s Rising crust is so good! One of my favorite frozen pizzas.

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  • Y’all are sleeping on the Digiorno Crispy Crust! I tried the Motor City last night to see how it compares. Digiorno was absolutely better!

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  • Where is the lists showing Rhett and Link’s rankings from GMM?

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  • I really thought this whole list was so spot on. Couldn’t agree more. That being said I wonder if you guys ever got a hold of Walmart and or (if it’s even available to you Meijer) ready to bake pizzas? They’re not frozen but they’re packaged like a frozen pizza and a heck of a lot larger than a frozen pizza. They’re usually in the refrigerated section where all the Deli stuff might be. If you guys haven’t tried one of those you absolutely have to. Another quickie pizza game changer.

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  • No Red Baron or no Home Run Inn? LOL. Both are miles better than anything on this list. I expected better guys.

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  • Screamin’ Sicilian pizza is some of the best pizza out there for the price in my opinion!

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  • Outsider frozen pizza makes a really good Detroit style pizza too. They might only be available in the midwest though.

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  • digorno is trash. btw y’all must try the different varieties of kroger premium pizza. gourmet deliciousness.

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  • I’ve tried screamin Sicilian twice, and I have deeply regretted it twice, not sure if I just got two bad pizzas but taste was horrible and far from nostalgic for me. Remember thinking how could a product like theirs actually be available to the public. I would have liked to see Tony’s in its place, which in my opinion is waves better.

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  • Motor City pizza is very good. It’s better than most delivery and a lot cheaper especially if you get it at Costco.

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  • I’m a big fan of Screamin’ Sicilian’s buffalo chicken and bacon pizza. It may be the spiciest store frozen pizza there is.

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  • This is helpful. Love crispy crust. If I can’t get any of these I make English Muffin pizza.

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  • Have you ever tried tonys pizza? bc i think its my #1

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  • “We, along with actress and Mythical office manager, Jasmine Williams (@itsjasminew), to taste through way too many frozen pizzas (turns out there is an upper limit) to find the best.” is one of the most confusing sentences I’ve ever read, but it doesn’t matter, because I am too hungry for pizza now!

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  • Just going to say Red Baron should have been considered. The only go to frozen pizza my family has ever gone to.

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  • Love that you guys revisited this and tried Home Run Inn, such a great frozen pie.

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