Best Wok

We spent over 28 hours researching and testing 15 different kinds of woks and found that material, size, and temperature resistance were most important. The Lodge Pro-Logic Cast Iron Wok scored high marks in all categories and is our top pick. The 14” cast iron wok is a great size to use for cooking meals for the whole family. It is already pre-seasoned so we didn’t have to worry about having to season it initially to start using it. Seasoning afterwards was very easy. The large handles on the side made moving it safe and easy as well. It is strong and sturdy and will last for decades with proper care.
Best Woks
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Top 10 Woks

RankPictureWokMaterialDiameter (Inches)
1
Lodge
Cast Iron14
2
Cooks
Stainless Steel13
3
Cuisinart
Stainless Steel14
4
T-fal
Aluminum14
5
TeChef
Aluminum12
6
Amore
Aluminum12
7
Helen Chen
Carbon Steel14
8
Joyce Chen
Carbon Steel14
9
Utopia
Cast Iron12
10
Calphalon
Aluminum13

1. Lodge

Best Overall Wok

5/5 Product Rating
The Lodge Pro-Logic P14W3 Cast Iron Wok is the top pick because it provides a flat bottom for steady cooking and a design that cooks food evenly and quickly. This 14 inch cast iron pan is both durable and sturdy. It comes pre-seasoned, which takes a lot of the work out of maintaining the pan properly. Pre-seasoning enables you to use the pan immediately upon arrival. Seasoning is required regularly to maintain the cast iron and non stick qualities. Due to the materials the Lodge Pro-Logic P14W3 Cast Iron Wok can be used on electric, gas and induction stoves giving you a versatile pan for any use.

The Lodge Pro-Logic P14W3 Cast Iron Wok features large handles on both sides of the wok to easily move the hot pan from burner to cook and must be hand washed. It is a heavy duty wok and weighs 14 pounds. The bottom has a flat base that is 5.3 inches in diameter. The wok is 21 inches by 15 inches in size. A lid is available and is sold separately. The oversized wok enables you to cook large amounts of food at one time which is perfect for a large family for entertaining. The material provides superior heat retention and heats evenly across the pan. The gives you an even cooking surface for better quality foods. It transfers heat quickly for faster cooking experience.

The Lodge Pro-Logic P14W3 Cast Iron Wok is large enough that is can be used for stir fry recipes, deep frying, and brazing foods. It requires less oil than most competitors and has non stick properties for easy cleaning. Cleaning should be done with a nylon brush and hot water. It is not dishwasher safe due to seasoning requirements. Soap is not required and could damage the seasoning of the wok. The wok is built in the USA and should be seasoned with a light coat of oil on a regular basis. If properly cared for this wok can be enjoyed for many years.

2. Cooks

Best Overall Wok – Runner Up

4.7/5 Product Rating
The Cooks Standard Multi Ply Wok is a top pick because its stainless steel design is easy to maintain while providing top quality food. This wok is a 13 inch model that features a dome shaped lid for increased versatility. It is constructed from three layers of metal. The inner and outer payers are 18/10 stainless steel with a sealed aluminum inner core. The aluminum core offers fast and even cooking surface. The wok is designed to work on gas, electric stoves, and induction stoves.

The base of the Cooks Standard Multi Ply Wok is a solid stainless steel with a riveted handle on one side which is also made with stainless steel. There is also a rounded handle on the far side of the pan making it easy to move the pan from stove to counter with an oven mitt. They are built for strength. The dome lid fits securely on the pan giving you a seal to strap in heat and moisture. The pan is designed to work with hot temperatures and is oven safe up to 500 degrees. This wok is also dishwasher safe and features a lifetime warranty. The dimensions are 23 by 13 1/5 with a 5 inch bottom. It only weighs 8 pounds.

3. Cuisinart

Best Budget Wok

4.5/5 Product Rating
The Cuisinart 726 38H Chef’s Classic Stir Fry Pan with Cover is a top pick because of its versatility and durability. This wok is a 14 inch pan made from 18/10 stainless steel material. It has an encapsulated aluminum core. The handle is riveted with a long handle on one side and a circular handle on the far side of the pan. This creates an easy way to move the hot pan from stove to counter. The long handle gives you better leverage when cooking. The handles have a stay cool feature which will remain cooler than the center of the pan, but an oven mitt is still required for handling the hot wok. The pan measures 14 2/7 inches by 21 ½ inches with a 7 ½ inch bottom.

The Cuisinart 726 38H Chef’s Classic Stir Fry Pan with Cover is dishwasher safe and includes a see through lid, that also has a handle for easy removal during the cooking process. Due to the stainless steel design seasoning is not required on this pan before use or ongoing. It is able to withstand high temperatures and is resistant to rust. This pan can be used in the over up to 550 degrees making it useful for baking items as well as stir fry and deep frying. It is lightweight and only weighs 8 pounds. The Cuisinart 726 38H comes with a lifetime warranty and works on both gas and electric stoves.

Wok Comparison


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MaterialCast IronStainless

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Steel
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Carbon
Steel
Cast
Iron
Aluminum
ColorBlackChromeChromeBlackAubergine
Purple
RedChromeChromeBlack Black
Diameter
(Inches)
141314141212141412 13
Weight
(Pounds)
14.008.007.002.503.902.505.004.206.80 9.70
Temperature
Resistance
5500 F5000 F5500 F3500 F4000 F4500 F5000 F5000 F5500 F4500 F
Warranty
(Years)
Limited
Lifetime
Limited
Lifetime
Limited
Lifetime
Limited
Lifetime
Limited
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1125Limited
Lifetime
Limited
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Wok Buying Guide

Wok Reviews

What is a Wok?

Wok1Due to their high level of popularity woks are in high demand. There is a wide range of products on the market and it is not necessary to spend a lot of money in order to get a high quality wok. When choosing which model is best for your needs there are several things you want to consider.

What will you use the wok to cook? A wok can cook a lot more than stir fry. If you want to use the wok for other things then you will want to ensure you have the right accessories which may include a lid, and inserts that can assist with everything from deep frying to steaming.

What Kind of a stove do you have? Gas and electric stoves can accommodate most woks. If you have an induction stove, you will need to make sure the wok will work on it. The other concern with stoves is whether you get a rounded bottom, which is the most commonly used in China, or a flat bottom, which is most commonly used in the US, to accommodate typical stove burners.

What material will the wok be made of? The material used will determine the care and maintenance of the wok as well as features like how fast the wok heats up and whether or not it is non stick. The material will also impact the total weight of the wok. For example cast iron is heavier than stainless steel models.

How many people will you be cooking for? This will determine the size of pan you need in order to cook for your family and friends. If you entertain frequently you may choose a larger wok in order to accommodate larger cooking requirements.

What kind of handle do you prefer? Woks come with two basic kinds of handles. They can have two short handles or a long handle on one side and a short handle on the other. Some handles do not get hot and others require the use of an oven mitt. Handles with wooden grips tend to stay cool during cooking and metal handles will get hot. If you are using a wok for other things beyond stir fry the handles will impact how easy it is to move. Soup, deep frying and other cooking methods can result in a very heavy pot that must be moved.

Features To Consider

Wok2Woks all come with the basic reverse dome shape but include different features which impact the way they cook food and the level of versatility the wok can provide. A few valuable features to look for include:

What material is the wok made of? Woks are typically made from one of three materials; carbon steel, cast iron or stainless steel. Carbon steel is considered the strongest and heats up the fastest. It also requires the most care and maintenance and must be seasoned regularly. Cast iron woks are the heaviest and also must be seasoned. They heat up faster than stainless steel and are naturally non stick as long as they are cared for properly. Stainless steel is the most popular material because it is easiest to clean and maintain. These do not need to be seasoned and are dishwasher safe. They however, lose their non stick properties when used in the dishwasher and heat up the slowest.

Skillet versus a Wok? Stir fry must be cooked at a high temperature. When you flip food in a skillet it transfers the food to the other side of the skillet where it instantly changes the temperature of the skillet. The wok is designed to draw food downward allowing the food to remain in the hottest concentration for effective searing. This reduces the amount of oil that must be used and produces better tasting foods.

Non stick coatings are impacted by the quality of the pan. Many non stick coatings found on standard cook ware are not meant for higher temperatures and can release chemicals and toxins into your food. Woks are specifically designed to withstand the higher heats and use non stick materials rather than non stick coatings to produce a surface that with crisp and sear foods properly.

Caring for the wok. Carbon steel and cast iron woks must be seasoned. They should not be used in the dishwasher and soaps should not be used. Do not use abrasive cleaners and was with hot water and a sponge. Because they are non stick they are easy to clean. If food gets stuck heat up water and let it rest for a few minutes and then wipe clean with a soft sponge. Dry immediately to prevent rust. Stainless steel woks are dishwasher safe but also must be dried immediately.

What size do you need? 13 and 14 inch woks are common and the perfect size for a single family. They can easily cook a meal for four in a single batch. For larger meals using two woks or a larger surface will give you greater cooking capacity.

Wok3How is the wok made? Woks are made in three different ways. The first if hand hammered which produces excellent woks but are hard to find today because they are hammered by hand. Stamped woks are made by cutting a single piece of metal and they pressing it into a mold to shape it. Three ply models compress two layers of stainless steel on either side of an aluminum core. This provides a strong wok and the aluminum core heats up faster and provides even heat distribution throughout the woks surface. Spun woks are built with a lathe and creates a ringed pattern inside the wok. This can help grip the food against the side of the wok.

Conclusion

Woks are a unique pan design that cannot be replicated by any other pot or pan. It is almost a cooking instrument in between a pot and a pan. It contains the high sides of a pot and the mass of a pan. This makes it extremely useful in the kitchen and allows you to get high heats for stir fry and searing and the depth for soups and deep frying. Regardless of the cooking you complete in your kitchen a wok will add to your arsenal and become a most valuable player among your pots and pans.

Resources

  1. http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/06/equipment-how-to-buy-a-wok-which-wok-is-the-best.html