Frozen pizzas, ranked from best to worst

If allowed, I could live on pizza. I like to make it at home and customize it to my liking, but honestly, more often than not I'll happily order in from one of the many local mom and pop pizza joints in town or just toss a frozen one in the oven. So I've definitely eaten a lot of frozen pizza in my day. While different brands fit different moods, occasions, and purposes, I certainly have favorites. Here are the most popular frozen pizzas, ranked from best to worst.

1. Home Run Inn

Home Run Inn makes my hands-down favorite frozen pizza. The sauce is delicious and the cheese covers the pie, but I think the best part is the flaky, buttery, perfectly seasoned crust. If you bake it on the rack in your oven, on a pizza stone, or even on the grill, it'll crisp up perfectly, making it strong enough to hold up to the cheese, sauce, meat, and veggies piled on top. Plus, as a Chicago native who moved away for a while, this pizza always felt like a taste of home no matter where I was living.

2. Whole Foods 365

Whole Foods also makes a great frozen pizza, so it's a go-to for me. If you've ever eaten the pizza from the chain's hot food bar or picked up one of their take-and-bake pizzas, then you're well-aware that you can get a very respectable pizza even from a grocery store. The quality doesn't suffer when it comes to frozen pizza, either. It's a well-rounded, well-seasoned frozen pizza, in my opinion, which can be really hard to find. The flavors all go well together and the texture doesn't leave you feeling like you're eating a futuristic frozen dinner. It comes in only slightly behind Home Run Inn in my book, which is pretty high praise.

3. Trader Giotto/Trader Joe's

We all have favorite grocery stores and Trader Joe's is definitely one of mine. The chain carries all kinds of special treats that I can't get anywhere else, alongside all of my go-to staples. I tend to buy my pizza dough at Trader Joe's, but when I'm not in the mood for assembling it myself, I opt for one from the frozen food aisle. Trader Joe's offers the standards: organic margherita, pesto, and the like, but also offers things like chicken white pizza. The simple pizzas are delicious, but the fancier flavors are the brand's real strength. The sauces and toppings are flavorful, which isn't always the case with frozen pizzas, and the crust is chewy (or crisp — it depends on the kind of pizza) and flavorful as well.

4. Amy's Kitchen

Amy's Kitchen is sold at a number of grocery chains and makes very good frozen pizza, but, honestly, it's especially terrific if you (or whoever you'll be sharing your pizza with) have food allergies, sensitivities, or other dietary restrictions. The brand's gluten-free pizzas are made with either a gluten-free crust or a rice crust, and it offers many dairy-free options as well. The pizza is delicious (I especially like the fresh-tasting sauce) and you won't have to worry about coming up with a different dinner for your friends and family members who can't eat typical frozen pizzas.

5. Screamin' Sicilian

Screamin' Sicilian is in stores across the country, but is relatively newish to me. It's not my favorite frozen pizza, but it's a good option when I'm looking for something a little bit higher-quality. It's more widely available, obviously, than the Whole Foods and Trader Joe's brand pizzas, which gets it even more points. The cheese is what sets this frozen pizza apart from some of the others — the brand puts sliced mozzarella on some of its pizzas. Sliced mozzarella plus pesto means I was definitely going to get around to trying the brand at one point or another, and while it can sometimes get a little soggy with that frozen fresh mozzarella, the pizza is still pretty darn delicious.

6. Freschetta

Freschetta is slightly above average frozen pizza. My go-to buy is the plain old cheese because, for me, the chewy crust is the star (and I'll happily pile on my own toppings). The brand often posts ideas for the types of ingredients that you may want to put on your pizza to doll it up a bit on its social media accounts. The one pictured for instance, is a cheese pizza with walnuts, sage, black pepper, and Gorgonzola. Delicious and far fancier than your typical frozen pizza.

7. Kirkland Signature

Kirkland Signature frozen pizza isn't the best frozen pizza I've eaten (in fact, the baked pizza sold at Costco is better), but it's also not the worst I've ever eaten. I'd say it's about average. The cheese tastes better than it does on some other frozen pizzas, but I don't think the crust is anything to write home about.

8. Red Baron

Red Baron falls just below Kirkland in my opinion. I think it's a solidly good frozen pizza. It's not spectacular, but it's still quite good and, for me, will do in a pinch. If I'm shopping somewhere that doesn't carry some of my other favorites or if I'm feeling like something other than cheese, Red Baron is a great option. The crust gets crispy, but stays somewhat tender and definitely delicious (some don't, some just seem to get hard as a rock) and the sauce is well-seasoned.

9. Jack's

Jack's Pizza is my favorite of the most affordable options in the freezer aisle. The pizza is one of the frozen pizzas I grew up eating and it's held a soft spot in my heart ever since. It doesn't hurt that it pizza tastes pretty good as well. The crust isn't as good as many of the other options and I personally don't love the sausage the brand uses, but the cheese, in particular, is a highlight because it tastes so fresh. It all goes well together, however, and means you can get a pretty good pizza for very, very little money. I don't know about you, but that knowledge always comforts me.

10. DiGiorno

Confession time: I used to like DiGiorno much more than I do now. I feel like it's not the same as it used to be. Part of this has to do with the fact that the brand changed its sauce in an attempt to make it more flavorful, upping the ante on garlic, herbs, and other spices. Many fans weren't into the new sauce and the brand went back to its original sauce in December of 2014. I'm not sure if my opinion changed along with the sauce or if my tastes had just changed, but it fell from its former grace.

All of that being said, it's far from the worst that you could do in the frozen pizza aisle. The brand has many different flavor combos that ensure that you'll find one you're in the mood to eat, just don't go in expecting that it'll be the best frozen pizza of your life, because chances are, it won't be.

11. Tombstone

Tombstone is perfectly passable. It's OK, but that's about it. The crust of this pizza just isn't very good. I personally think it resembles cardboard more than pizza crust. I love crust, so that's the reason I'll walk right past it while strolling down the frozen food aisle.

12. Tony's

Tony's pizza isn't anything special. In fact, I don't like it all that much — frankly, it's perfect for kids who don't know any better. The pizza is passable (and affordable, which is its most redeeming quality), but the crust, like Tombstone's, is too thin and cardboard-like for it to be something that I'll willingly buy.

13. Totino's

Totino's is, in my opinion, the worst frozen pizza of the bunch. It's another bargain-brand, affordable pizza, but it misses the mark when you're evaluating based on quality. This pizza is often fairly soggy, which is perplexing because the bottom is meant to crisp up, and the sauce, cheese, and crust all taste a little bit different than that of other frozen pizzas (and not in a good way). It was a college staple in most of the apartments I lived in, which, really, says all you need to know.