The 7 Best Woks of 2020 For Stir-Frying

by Bob | Last Updated:  October 14, 2020
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In this article, I outline the 7 best non-stick woks for stir-fry dishes. These products have been independently researched and tested.

My Top Picks

#1 Nonstick Die-cast Aluminum Dishwasher Safe, Scratch Resistant, PFOA Free Induction Woks

Besides the pan itself, what I like about this wok is that it has a Lifetime warranty. This is a high-quality die-cast aluminum wok that can be used on induction cooktops in addition to gas stoves, electric coil stoves, and electric ceramic topped stoves.

A wok lid is included with this wok. This glass lid has a vent hole and a wooden handle and will fit the diameter of the wok rim perfectly.

Unlike other woks in the aluminum die-cast arena, this wok also has a helper handle with a wooden insert. There are NO rivets that attach any of the handles to this wok. This makes cleaning a snap.

Because of the non-stick surface, it is recommended that you use only silicon, wooden, or bamboo utensils to prevent surface scratching.

I also recommend that you use only low or medium heat to preserve your wok. You do not need to use a high heat setting to achieve the desired outcomes of your stir-fry(s).

The flat base of this wok is wider than most other types of woks. It is a cross between a pan and a wok which increases its functional ability

This is the best overall pick. It looks at home in a contemporary kitchen setting.

This wok is made from heavy-gauge hard-anodized aluminum. This has three layers of the nonstick coating on its surface for durability. Obviously, the nonstick coating prevents food from sticking to the surface and burning, which is always a risk when we stir-fry food.

Aluminum heats fast. It also heats evenly. Yet, the stainless steel handle stays cool. The flat bottom of this wok is a little larger than that of a traditional wok. This means that you get ample heat in the center. It works on any electric or gas stove, but as it’s made from aluminum, it doesn’t suit induction cooktops. It comes with a domed lid cover for steaming. It also works well for braising, frying, or simmering.

It’s only 12.6 inches in diameter, so it is a little smaller than more traditional woks. The sides are steeper than some woks, which is great for compact storage. The size makes this a great option as a starter wok, or for those who don’t have a lot of storage space.

This wok is dishwasher safe. It has a hole for hanging and one long handle.

#2 Cooklover Die Cast Aluminum Wok

This wok is a Nonstick Die-casted Aluminum Scratch Resistant 100% PFOA Free Induction Wok. A glass lid accompanies this fine product.

This wok Suitable for use on Induction, gas, ceramic, electric, halogen & solid fuel cookers. Not suitable for the oven.

Use only silicon, wood, or bamboo utensils with this wok. If you use metal utensils like spatulas, you will scratch the non-stick surface and destroy the non-stick properties of this wok.

Most woks require very high heat but this is not the case with this wok. You should use only low or medium heat when using this wok.

What I like about this aluminum wok is that you can use it on a induction cooker. With most aluminum cookware they do not work well with induction cooking.

Typically, woks are not expensive, but this one is particularly kind to your wallet. It is great for making large family meals. The nonstick surface makes it easy to clean and use as food won’t stick to it.

This wok lid has a heat-resistant soft-touch silicone Bakelite knob and handle with a beautiful wood color design (NOT REAL WOOD). The vertical glass lid with steam vent makes viewing food easily, heat-resistant, and anti-slip ergonomic handle and knob are nice to grip, easy to maneuver, safe, and anti-scald. Safe temperature up to 220℃-280℃.

As it is large, it could be challenging to fit into a dishwasher. That said because this is nonstick both on the inside and out, it is very easy to wash by hand.

Fortunately, this wok is suited for an induction cooktop. Its flat bottom means it can be used on any electric or gas stove in addition to induction cooktops.

#3 KYTD Deep Fry Wok with Lid Nonstick Saute Pan with Granite Stone Coating, 11 Inch

This nonstick pan is only 11-inches which is the perfect size for one or two people. This wok/pan also comes with a vented glass top with a stylish wooden handle.

Use only silicon, wood, or bamboo utensils with this wok. If you use metal utensils like spatulas, you will scratch the non-stick surface and destroy the non-stick properties of this wok.

Most woks require very high heat but this is not the case with this wok. You should use only low or medium heat.

#4 Pre-Seasoned Carbon Steel Wok

This wok is pre-seasoned so that will save you the time and hassle of seasoning it yourself. I recommend that you do not wash this wok in your dishwasher.

If you hand-wash this wok, it must be dried immediately, then oiled before being stored to prevent rust. A used carbon steel wok turns black and will increase its nonstick ability over time.

When you heat carbon steel, it will emit a metallic odor. Some cooks find this objectionable. The odor will become less noticeable over time as you use and season the wok.

You must read the specific care instructions that come with the wok to ensure you remove the coating correctly.

The cold-forged carbon steel wok with two riveted loop handles has a very round bottom. Therefore, you will need a wok ring to use it on your gas stove. It doesn’t work on other stovetops because the round bottom will not make contact with heat.

Carbon steel is the most traditional material used to make woks. However, the seasoning and care might seem a bit arduous to the more casual home cook.

Also, the large diameter means the wok itself is big, which could be an issue if you do not have a lot of storage space.

#5 Joyce Chen Pro Chef Non-Stick Wok Set

This is a 14-inch wok. It has a traditional carbon steel construction making it safe for use with metal utensils.

It doesn’t require the challenging care associated with an uncoated wok. But if you use silicone, nylon, or wood utensils that will help extend the nonstick surface life.

The wok has a helper handle and a long wood handle that look beautiful and remain cool when the wok is heated.

We recommend this for a first-time wok as it includes a lot of the tools needed, including a bamboo spatula, a tempura rack, six pairs of bamboo dining chopsticks, bamboo cooking chopsticksbamboo tongs, a steaming rack, and a bamboo rice paddle.

Never wash this pan with abrasive cleaners or pads. It is not dishwasher-safe. It is also not oven-safe, due to its wooden handles.

#6 Imusa 14-inch Light Cast Iron Wok with Wood Handles

This is a pre-seasoned cast iron wok. It offers the benefits of cooking with cast iron with lightweight construction. It’s large, so you can cook dinner in one batch. Being much lighter than typical cast iron woks, it is easy to move, lift, and store.

I suggest that you use wooden, bamboo or silicone utensils so that you do not scratch off the cast iron patina.

It comes pre-seasoned, which means you can get cooking straight away. The surface will get more nonstick with each additional seasoning and use. This must be hand washed.

#7 Taylor & Ng Round Bottom Wok Set 

It is traditional to have a round-bottomed wok. But to use them you need a few extra accessories so that they are compatible with your cooktop.

This set comes with everything you could need. It is a classic design that makes you look like an expert with a wok.

It came with a domed lid with a wooden handle, the round-bottomed wok with a single handle, a pair of chopsticks for cooking, a wok ring, a ladle, and a spatula.

The wok itself is made from cold-rolled carbon steel, but all the other parts are either stainless steel and/or wood.

This has no coating, so you can use any type of utensil in the wok. You must season it though before use. This must be hand washed.

Conclusion

We have picked our top 7 woks. These are what we believe to be the best woks around. Our favorite is the Calphalon Hard-Anodized Aluminum Wok because it is so non-stick, heats fast and is small enough for us to handle.

But for those of you looking for something bigger, there are some other woks in our list that would suit.

We have considered materials, the price, and their ease of use to help you make the right decision. Using this guide, you are bound to find the right wok for you.