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Wok Cookers Buying Guide

The wok pan's original Chinese design calls for a curved interior. Whether you choose a flat or rounded base, a wok's deep, sloped sides help keep bite-size pieces of food in the pan while stir-frying. Toss together a healthy, flavorful stir-fry meal in this pan, and your family will think you (ahem) wok on water.

Types of Wok Cookers

Types of Wok Cookers

Woks come in various sizes and material types. Choose your pan based on the type of stove you plan to cook on. Traditional Asian woks have a rounded base for cooking over an open flame, forcing food to center of the heat source. Gas stoves can handle a round-base wok, but many Americans use a flat-bottom wok for either electric or gas stoves. For the best cooking performance, carbon steel is the most recommended wok material.

Flat Base

A flat-bottom wok works best on an electric stove, as the base sits flat against the burner. If you use a round-bottom wok on an electric stove top, the heat may reflect back onto the heating element and cause damage. Flat-base woks also work well on gas stoves.

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Calphalon AccuCore
$129.95 $250.00
at Wayfair

Calphalon AcCuCore Stainless Steel is constructed from 5 individual metal layers with a responsive copper core that heats and cool...s evenly to help maintain a more consistent temperature across the entire pan. The two inner layers of aluminum efficiently conduct heat, while the stainless steel outer layers create a beautiful, durable surface that is dishwasher safe. Stainless steel is an exceptionally versatile cooking surface, and is the best choice for high-temperature techniques such as searing and deglazing.Product dimensions: 12 x 12 x 4-inches deep. For overall dimensions which includes handle/handles, please click on Specs tab. read more

Calphalon

Master meals in minutes! We've adapted the traditional round-bottom wok for easy use on Western ranges, adding a long, rolled stai...nless steel Cool Touch handle for easy lifting, tossing and turning, and a flat bottom for stability.Now, style-conscious home chefs with taste for all things modern have a new line of cookware to call their own: Calphalon Contemporary Stainless. Calphalon Contemporary Stainless is the first cookware to bring stunning, contemporary design into the home kitchen. Crafted from lustrous, brushed stainless steel and featuring clean lines and curvaceous silhouettes, Calphalon Contemporary Stainless expresses the very soul of modern style. Along with sophisticated style, Calphalon Contemporary Stainless delivers the professional performance you expect from all Calphalon cookware. A full aluminum core, sandwiched between the stainless steel interior and exterior of each pan, provides superb conductivity and even heating throughout the vessel. So you'll enjoy fabulou read more

Calphalon

The Calphalon 13-in. Nonstick Flat Bottom Wok has a wide cooking surface ideal for stir-frying on gas or electric ranges. The dome...d glass cover is perfect for steaming and simmering soups. Handles stay comfortably cool on the stovetop. read more

Round Base

A more traditional design for a wok, a round-bottom pan works best on a gas stove top. It needs to be stabilized with a metal ring support.

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Le Creuset Cast Iron

This Le Creuset 14.25-in. Wok is one of the few woks on the market which follows the original Chinese design of a curved cooking i...nterior. Combined with a hard-wearing black satin enamel finish, this product is extremely durable. The specially designed flat exterior base makes it ideal and efficient on all heat sources. Made of enameled coated cast iron and features a see through glass cover. read more

Le Creuset Cast Iron

This Le Creuset 14.25-in. Wok is one of the few woks on the market which follows the original Chinese design of a curved cooking i...nterior. Combined with a hard-wearing black satin enamel finish, this product is extremely durable. The specially designed flat exterior base makes it ideal and efficient on all heat sources. Made of enameled coated cast iron and features a see through glass cover. read more

Le Creuset Cast Iron

This Le Creuset 14.25-in. Wok is one of the few woks on the market which follows the original Chinese design of a curved cooking i...nterior. Combined with a hard-wearing black satin enamel finish, this product is extremely durable. The specially designed flat exterior base makes it ideal and efficient on all heat sources. Made of enameled coated cast iron and features a see through glass cover. read more

Materials

Stainless steel, cooper, and aluminum all work for woks, but carbon steel is the preferred material among Asian cooks. Carbon steel conducts heat evenly, is lightweight enough to easily toss foods, and works well for stir-frying foods.

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Mauviel

The Mauviel M'steel Carbon Steel Wok is ideal for preparing sizzling Hunan beef, spicy green beans, and more. The M'steel collecti...on is constructed of durable commercial grade black carbon steel. Carbon steel shares the same concept and features as a cast iron fry pan- withstanding very high temperatures, perfect for searing sealing in flavors and nutrients and allows longer pre-heating, if needed. M'steel can be used on all cooktops including induction and metal utensils are safe to use. Prior to use, seasoning is required by simply taking a paper towel and wiping the interior of the pan with a non-flavored cooking oil, once this is done place the pan on the stove and heat the pan. When the oil liquefies turn the heat off and repeat the process a second time. After this process, the pan will acquire a natural nonstick property. For cleaning, hand wash with hot water immediately after use and wipe with paper towel, store in a dry place. Made in France. read more

Gracious Home

Features traditional heavy-gauge carbon steel for quick heat response and uniform heating.

37206

A modern variation on an ancient cooking tool, Eastman traditional carbon steel woks are made to exacting specifications and are d...esigned to be used with our Big Kahuna burner. read more

Joyce Chen Products

Shop for Woks & Stir Fry Pans from Hayneedle.com! About Columbian Home Products No one knows the ins and outs of the kitchen bette...r than Columbian Home Products. Specialists in cookware, bakeware, canning, pizza pans, roasters, and even tea kettles, CHP sets high standards for all things delicious. From appetizer to dessert, they have your cookware. Their central location in Lake Zurich, IL, means fast delivery. read more

Electric

An electric wok has the same flat-bottom pan design, but it has a control to adjusts the heat distributed through an electric coil. This style comes with a lid and has heat-resistant handles.

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Aroma
$49.87 $49.88
at Walmart

Delight your taste buds by whipping up your favorite Asian dishes in style with the Aroma 5-Quart Electric Wok set that has a five...-quart capacity. Perfect for stir frying, braising, steaming and making tempura, this cast metal wok has a non-stick coating, so cleanup is a breeze. The wok heats very quickly and retains heat for consistent results every time. The large glass dome lid with adjustable steam vent allows for maximum moisture control. The adjustable temperature probe allows you to control the heat while cooking. The dishwasher-safe non-stick electric wok easily detaches from its base for easy cleanup and storage. Long cooking chopsticks, a steaming rack and tempura rack complete the set - everything you need to get cookin' in the kitchen. read more

Presto
$62.99
at Target

Find woks at Target.com! The presto electric wok features a stainless steel finish and an aluminum clad base for even heat distrib...ution during cooking. The stay-cool handles allow for easy, safe handling while the glass lid reduces cooking time and traps in flavor. The wok and lid are completely immersible and dishwasher safe with the heat control removed. Comes with a long-handled, wooden spatula. read more

West Bend Dba/Focus Electrics
$84.99-$139.98
at Amazon

West Bend, 6 QT, 1500W, Black, Electric Wok, Heat Resistant Wood Grain Handles & Knob, Adjustable Temperature Control With Both Fa...hrenheit & Centigrade Markings, Premium Non Stick Interior, Dishwasher Safe With Temperature Control Removed, 1 Year Warranty read more

Aroma
$35.34 $49.99
at Sears

This sleek metal wok from Aroma is designed to heat up quickly and retain its extreme heat as you cook; sealing in the flavor of y...our foods for professional results, every time. Full range temperature controls give great versatility. To make clean-up... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Buying a wok will be a fun experience if you know what you're looking for in terms of style, size, and material. Decide whether you want a more traditional wok with two short handles, or a Western-influenced wok with a single long handled. For an element of Asian authenticity, buy a wok with a bamboo handle. Allow time to season the wok before using.

Size

A 10-inch wok is a great size for preparing a stir-fry recipe to serve four or five people, while a 12- to 14-inch pan offers room for bigger stir-fry recipes and other cooking techniques such as deep-frying or braising.

Interior

Because of the increased interest in low-fat cooking, some wok manufacturers offer wok interiors with a nonstick coating. Nonstick coating does not work well with carbon steel, but it is a good option for aluminum or stainless-steel woks.

Lid

Although a lid is not used when making classic stir-fry, some woks include a lid. A lid is handy if you plan to use a wok as a pan for braising.

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Concept
$19.80
at Amazon

12-Inch heavy professional wok lid-aluminum light weight and comfortable. Fits within a 12-Inch wok or pan.

Brentwood Appliances
$7.75-$29.95
at Amazon

2-1/2 MM heavy gauge aluminum, tempered glass lid, long-lasting heat-resistance bakelite handles and knobs, two-layered non-stick ...coating interior, durable granite finish exterior, dishwasher safe read more

Staub
$229.95 $329.00
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Staub cast iron cookware retains heat and distributes it evenly, making food more consistent in texture and taste. In addition to ...having these technical merits, it's attractive appearance make it possible for the dish to go straight from the stove to the table. During manufacturing, a sand mold is made for each cast iron piece and then it's destroyed-making each piece unique unto itself. Perfect for use on all heat sources, including induction. read more

BrylaneHome
$29.99 $59.99
at Brylane Home

From stir fried vegetables to traditional fried chicken, this pre-seasoned cast iron wok and fryer does it all, on both electric... or gas stoves. easy-carry handles stay-put footed bottom keeps it steady on the stove hand wash dimensions: 3⅛H x 13⅛W x 12⅛L when it comes to cooking and baking, BrylaneHome offers all of the essentials, and at great values. when you're ready to serve up tasty meals and warm treats, use our handy servers and attractive dinnerware sets. Why Buy? Our durable pieces of cookware are built to last long and make your time in the kitchen cleaner and healthier. Not to mention they're easy to care for and look great on the stove-top. read more

Handles

Woks have either one long handle or two short side handles. This decision is a matter of personal preference, but one long handle is easier to manage and lift. Some handles are made of a heat-resistant material, making them easier to hold.

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Mauviel
$339.95
at Katom

The Mauviel M'cook 12.5 Inch Wok offers professionals and household cooks the highest culinary technology. Five layers of material...s provide perfect conductivity for each product, thanks to fast and uniform heat distribution. The handles are made from cast stainless steel, and reinforce the pure and modern design of this range. Each piece of Mauviel cookware is handcrafted in France. Product Features 5 ply Construction - High performance cookware, works on all cooking surfaces, including induction 2.6 mm Thickness on all shapes - even heat distribution (fast, uniform, controlled cooking) Pouring rims on all shapes - eliminates drips when pouring liquids Handles fixed by sturdy stainless steel rivets Oversized, cast stainless steel handles - for safe lifting of stew pans, roasters and other large pots. Professional diameters and heights - M'Cook products have high sides and are designed for both professional and household cooking Oven safe to 680 F Dishwasher safe. Each piece handcrafted in France by Mauviel - manufacturing cookware since 1830 Lifetime guarantee. (Warranty not valid for commercial use) read more

Bambeco

Calling all healthy grillers The stainless steel Barbecue Grill Wok With Handles is perfect for stir frying vegetables, meats and ...seafood. The high sides prevent your fare from slipping off the grill and built-in handles make for easy transport. This Barbecue Grill Wok With Handles is made from stainless steel, an eco-friendly material manufactured from a high percentage of recycled steel and is itself 100% recyclable. Dimensions: 12?x9DWx12?x9DL. read more

Castey
$99.99
at Amazon

Fundix cookware, made from durable, non-warping cast aluminum, ensures quick and perfect cooking results every use with easy to cl...ean up and is suitable for all cooking surfaces. Fundix patented integral system induction base/diffuser along with our exclusive detailed research analysis and engineering design of the shapes and thickness of each individual piece is the best energy efficient cookware in the market and provides faster and totally uniform cooking of foods, test results by the independent testing laboratory Applus Lga Technological Centre. Fundix high quality ecological non-stick coating skandia pfoa free, ensures a long lasting life and performance of fundix cookware. read more

THE VOLLRATH COMPANY LLC
$31.50
at Katom

Vollrath's carbon steel stir fry pan conducts heat fast and evenly for you to cook quicker.The stir fry panhas a flat bottom that ...sits level on cooking surfacegenerating more direct heat.Its triple riveted plated steel handle with TriVent silicone insulationstays cool to the touch. This stir fry pan can be used with induction or conventional ranges.-Stir Fry Pan-For use with conventional or induction ranges-Heavy-duty 18 gaugecarbon steel- TriVent silicone insulated handle- Handle rated at 450° F-Triple low-profile stainless rivets - Flat bottom sits level- Made in USA- 4-1/2qt Capacity-19-1/8in(48.6cm) Long handle-Dimensions:11in (27.9 cm) Dia x3-1/2in (8.9 cm) D- Fit Vollrath domed cover 68121 (sold separately)*Please note: This pan must be seasoned prior to using read more

Seasoning

It's important to season a wok before using it the first time. Use a light coating of cooking oil, and follow the instructions that come with your wok, as each type has specific seasoning directions.

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Aroma
$35.34 $49.99
at Sears

This sleek metal wok from Aroma is designed to heat up quickly and retain its extreme heat as you cook; sealing in the flavor of y...our foods for professional results, every time. Full range temperature controls give great versatility. To make clean-up... read more

Aroma 7-Quart Electric Wok Black Multi
Swiss Diamond
$229.95 $300.00
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Swiss Diamond cookware features a revolutionary nonstick HD coating with diamond crystals, that is virtually indestructible and wi...ll not crack, blister, or peel. This new and improved nonstick coating stands out for its extended durability, improved corrosion resistance, easy clean-up and superior browning and searing capabilities. Nothing conducts heat more efficiently or quickly than diamonds, ensuring the best possible heat transfer without hot spots. The cast aluminum construction distributes the heat evenly across the bottom and up the sides, so a consistent temperature surrounds the food and helps prevent burning. Other features include a perfectly flat extra-thick base that will never warp, compatible to use on new ceramic, gas, or electric cooktops. The stay-cool handles are comfortable and balanced for easy lifting and oven safe up to 500°. It is recommended to use silicone, wood, or nylon utensils. Hand wash. Made in Switzerland read more

Swiss Diamond 14-inch Nonstick Wok with Lid and Rack
Le Creuset
$169.95 $240.00
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The Le Creuset Hard-Anodized Stir Fry Pan allows for cooking with minimal amounts of butter and oil thanks to a triple-coated nons...tick surface. The versatile forged hard-anodized stir-fry pan combines sleek styling and a triple-coated nonstick surface designed for easy release and simple cleanup. While its larger capacity and bowl shape are ideal for stir-frying, the stir-fry pan can be used for deep frying and even braising when covered with a glass lid - available in the accessories tab above. read more

Le Creuset Forged Hard Anodized 11.75-inch Nonstick Stir Fry Pan
Swiss Diamond
$209.95 $270.00
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Swiss Diamond cookware features a revolutionary nonstick HD coating with diamond crystals, that is virtually indestructible and wi...ll not crack, blister, or peel. This new and improved nonstick coating stands out for its extended durability, improved corrosion resistance, easy clean-up and superior browning and searing capabilities. Nothing conducts heat more efficiently or quickly than diamonds, ensuring the best possible heat transfer without hot spots. The cast aluminum construction distributes the heat evenly across the bottom and up the sides, so a consistent temperature surrounds the food and helps prevent burning. Other features include a perfectly flat extra-thick base that will never warp, compatible to use on new ceramic, gas, or electric cooktops. The stay-cool handles are comfortable and balanced for easy lifting and oven safe up to 500°. It is recommended to use silicone, wood, or nylon utensils. Hand wash. Made in Switzerland read more

Swiss Diamond 12.5-inch Nonstick Wok with Lid and Rack
Le Creuset
$269.95 $390.00
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This Le Creuset 14.25-in. Wok is one of the few woks on the market which follows the original Chinese design of a curved cooking i...nterior. Combined with a hard-wearing black satin enamel finish, this product is extremely durable. The specially designed flat exterior base makes it ideal and efficient on all heat sources. Made of enameled coated cast iron and features a see through glass cover. read more

Le Creuset Cast Iron 14.25-inch Marseille Round Bottom Wok
Scanpan
$189.95 $272.00
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Scanpan Classic series represents quality, functionality and durability. Old Artisan cast techniques are combined with today's lat...est technology creating products that are intended for daily use year after year. The manufacturing process starts with a unique casting technique, which consists of 100% recycled aluminum is heated until it is liquefied, poured into a mold by hand and then squeeze-cast using 250 tons of pressure. After the pan is made and formed, ceramic and titanium are fused together at a very high heat and fired onto each pan. The final process consists of Green Tek, creating a surface that is 10 times harder than steel. This patented interior is PFOA/PFOS-free and does not require oil, butter or other seasonings, when cooking making it especially suitable for low fat diets. Each pan is oven safe up to 500°. Easy to clean, dishwasher safe. Made in Denmark; Lifetime Warranty. Product dimensions: 12.75 x 12.75 x 3.5-inches deep. For overall dimensions which includes handle/handles and lid, please click on Specs tab. read more

Scanpan Classic 12.75-inch Nonstick Chef's Pan/Wok
Scanpan
$149.95 $215.00
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Scanpan Classic series represents quality, functionality and durability. Old Artisan cast techniques are combined with today's lat...est technology creating products that are intended for daily use year after year. The manufacturing process starts with a unique casting technique, which consists of 100% recycled aluminum is heated until it is liquefied, poured into a mold by hand and then squeeze-cast using 250 tons of pressure. After the pan is made and formed, ceramic and titanium are fused together at a very high heat and fired onto each pan. The final process consists of Green Tek, creating a surface that is 10 times harder than steel. This patented interior is PFOA/PFOS-free and does not require oil, butter or other seasonings, when cooking making it especially suitable for low fat diets. Each pan is oven safe up to 500°. Easy to clean, dishwasher safe. Made in Denmark; Lifetime Warranty. read more

Scanpan Classic 12.5-inch Nonstick Wok
Scanpan
$199.95 $285.00
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Scanpan Classic series represents quality, functionality and durability. Old Artisan cast techniques are combined with today's lat...est technology creating products that are intended for daily use year after year. The manufacturing process starts with a unique casting technique, which consists of 100% recycled aluminum is heated until it is liquefied, poured into a mold by hand and then squeeze-cast using 250 tons of pressure. After the pan is made and formed, ceramic and titanium are fused together at a very high heat and fired onto each pan. The final process consists of Green Tek, creating a surface that is 10 times harder than steel. This patented interior is PFOA/PFOS-free and does not require oil, butter or other seasonings, when cooking making it especially suitable for low fat diets. Each pan is oven safe up to 500°. Easy to clean, dishwasher safe. Made in Denmark; Lifetime Warranty. read more

Scanpan Classic 15-inch Nonstick Wok
Scanpan
$179.95 $255.00
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Scanpan Professional series is designed for connoisseurs in need of cookware that looks and performs beyond the ordinary. Old Arti...san cast techniques are combined with today's latest technology creating products that are intended for daily use year after year. The manufacturing process starts with a unique casting technique, which consists of 100% recycled aluminum that is heated until it is liquefied, poured into a mold by hand and then squeeze-cast using 250 tons of pressure. After the pan is made and formed, ceramic and titanium are fused together at a very high heat and fired onto each pan. The final process consists of Green Tek, creating a surface that is 10 times harder than steel. This patented interior is PFOA/PFOS-free and does not require oil, butter or other seasonings, when cooking making it especially suitable for low fat diets. Each pan is oven safe up to 500°. The handle is constructed of cast 18/10 stainless steel. Easy to clean, dishwasher safe. Made in Denmark; Lifetime Warranty. read more

Scanpan Professional 12.5-inch Nonstick Wok
Scanpan
$199.95 $285.00
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Scanpan IQ features a luxurious Danish design, and uses a unique casting technique that integrates the optimized induction base wi...th the aluminum core of the pots. This ensures optimum heat distribution when boiling or frying. Perfect results are produced in record time while preserving the juices and flavors of the foods. Old Artisan cast techniques are combined with today's latest technology creating products that are intended for daily use year after year. The manufacturing process starts with a unique casting technique, which consists of 100% recycled aluminum is heated until it is liquefied, poured into a mold by hand and then squeeze-cast using 250 tons of pressure. The IQ collection exterior features an induction stainless steel base, so you can use this cookware on all cooktops including induction. After the pan is made and formed, ceramic and titanium are fused together at a very high heat and fired onto each pan. The final process consists of Green Tek, creating a surface that is 10 times harder than steel. This patented interior is PFOA/PFOS-free and does not require oil, butter or other seasonings, when cooking making it especially suitable for low fat diets. Each pan is oven safe up to 500°. Easy to clean, dishwasher safe. Made in Denmark; Lifetime Warranty. read more

Scanpan IQ 12.5-inch Nonstick Wok
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