'I compared frozen pizza from Tesco, Waitrose, Lidl and Dr Oetker and one was so salty it made my mouth burn'

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There are some days when I really can’t be bothered cooking.

I’ll wake up in the morning fully intending to make a nice taco spread for dinner and look forward to it all day.

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Then 5pm rolls around and all I want is a ready meal, a cup of tea and 13 hours of sleep.

Enter the frozen pizza, of which I always keep one in the freezer for emergent laziness.

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But never knowing which one is best, I decided it was finally time to put them all to the test.

So I headed to the shops ready to pit Dr Oetker, Waitrose, Tesco and Lidl’s pizzas against each other.

Waitrose – £2.75

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'I compared frozen pizza from Tesco, Waitrose, Lidl and Dr Oetker and one was so salty it made my mouth burn'
© MyLondon Waitrose’s pizza was as boring as they come

The base of this was as thin as promised and the crust managed to crisp up nicely without burning.

But it could have done with more cheese to make up for the disappointingly bland sauce.

I’m ecstatic that the cheese and tomato pizza was sold out, because the ham on this really was its saving grace.

The few bites I had without were a perfect description of ‘meh’.

Total score: 3/5

Tesco – £1.45

'I compared frozen pizza from Tesco, Waitrose, Lidl and Dr Oetker and one was so salty it made my mouth burn'
© MyLondon Tesco’s pizza was painfully salty

Tesco seems to think they can hide any imperfections with an inhumane amount of salt.

To be fair, it does work; my palate is currently so burnt off with sodium that I can’t taste anything, good or bad.

And though they tried their very best to hide it, I still noticed the watery tomato sauce and pungent cheese.

Despite its impressive thinness, the crust was still chewy and cheeseless.

Total score: 2/5

Dr Oetker – £2.50

'I compared frozen pizza from Tesco, Waitrose, Lidl and Dr Oetker and one was so salty it made my mouth burn'
© MyLondon Dr Oetker’s pizza was surprisingly oily

In the past, I’ve always been disappointed to find that Dr Oetker doesn’t make just a plain old margherita.

But now, I found myself happy with the selection atop the cheese.

The ‘plain’ pizza comes with pesto, mozzarella and fresh tomatoes to mimic the Italian flag and delivers an Italian punch of flavour all thanks to the generous dollops of pesto.

Because of this, it’s a little more oily than its competitors but makes up for it all in taste.

Total score: 4/5

Lidl – £1.69

'I compared frozen pizza from Tesco, Waitrose, Lidl and Dr Oetker and one was so salty it made my mouth burn'
© MyLondon This was the saddest of the lot

Lidl’s pizza is exactly what comes to mind when you think ‘frozen pizza’.

Doughy, too salty, with a thick layer of plasticky cheese.

And after chewing through what felt like a hardened layer of wax but was in fact just mozzarella, I reached the painfully thin and runny tomato sauce.

I could have forgiven the pizza for being mediocre if it was the cheapest of the lot, but I was denied even that.

Total score: 1/5

The verdict

Though none of the pizzas were perfect, Dr Oetker’s came pretty close.

Waitrose’s wasn’t far behind but a little plain for my liking.

Tesco’s pizza was awfully salty, but it couldn’t distract me from the disappointment that was Lidl’s pizza.

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