For obvious reasons, we’ve all been spending a lot more time at home this year. So, it makes sense that the purchase of kitchen tools and appliances are on the rise. Although woks are not a “gadget” in the traditional sense, they’re a cookware staple that should be in every guy’s kitchen.
Wok pans are used for more than making great stir-fry, they’re far more flexible than that. You can also use them to sear, poach, roast, steam, boil, braise, and stew. They’re even great for making popcorn! If you’re in the market for a new wok, lucky for you because we’ve wrangled up the best ones to choose from in 2022.
Best Overall Wok: T-fal A80789
When it comes to stovetop woks, this one checks all the boxes. This large nonstick pan is lightweight, easy to clean, affordable, oven safe (up to 350 degrees), and dishwasher safe (although hand washing any wok is always recommended). Make sure you’re using a wooden or silicone spoon when cooking your favorite meals to avoid chipping the nonstick coating.
Best Value Wok: Kenmore Hammond Flat Bottom Carbon Steel Wok
At $30, you can’t beat this wok. Its flat bottom is excellent for gas or electric stoves, and the carbon steel conducts heat perfectly. If you take the time to season this wok correctly, you’ll get many years of use out of it.
Best Heavy Duty Wok: NutriChef Cast Iron Wok
This beast of a wok will not disappoint, and weighing in at almost thirteen pounds, it will help you with your home workout regimen. Coming to you pre-seasoned, this wok is ready for stovetops, ovens, grills, and smokers. Though you can learn how to season cast iron if you want to add more flavor.
Best Nonstick Wok: HexClad 12 Inch Wok
Hexclad delivers a new stainless hybrid technology that gives you the easy clean-up of nonstick with steel’s searing capability. You don’t even have to worry about ruining your wok with metal spoons or tongs!
Best Enameled Wok: Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Wok
Le Creuset has been the most trusted name in enameled cookware for almost 100 years, and for good reason. This wok will last you a lifetime with proper care, and the price tag reminds you that you get what you pay for.
Best Electric Wok: Breville BEW600XL Hot Wok
This Breville electric wok brings the heat along with an elegant design. This wok has precision temperature control up to 425 degrees. It’s all you really need if you’re confined to a dorm or small studio apartment. Though you’ll still need to know how to cook rice to be an effective cook.
Other Wok We Love
ZhenSanHuan Chinese Hand Hammered Iron Wok
If you’re a traditionalist when it comes to cookware, this wok can’t be topped. The blue carbon steel is hand forged by Chinese wok artisans (the OGs of wok cooking). This is a beautiful piece of cookware to add to your collection and will last you a lifetime.
Once you order your new wok, make sure you know how to cook rice, since it’s the perfect side to most wok recipes. Then, check out our article on how to make chicken teriyaki to break in your new favorite piece of kitchen equipment.
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