The 5 Best Electric Woks of 2023

Convenient options for capturing that “breath of the wok” flavor

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Best Electric Woks

The Spruce Eats / Lecia Landis

There’s something special about cooking over rip-roaring heat, whether it’s grilling over live fire in the heat of the summer or even just cranking up the stove to high to sear a steak—it imparts a primitive element to cooking and enhances it with charred, slightly smoky flavor. When it comes to stir-frying, in particular, there is no substitute for a wok, a round pan with high sides designed for big temperatures and easy shaking to move ingredients around.

A wok needs lots of firepower so that your stir-fry sears and cooks without letting your greens get soggy. With high heat, you stand a chance of capturing wok hei, a Cantonese term meaning "breath of the wok," which describes the distinctive flavor of ingredients properly cooked at sky-high temperature. It's this quality that distinguishes a real stir-fry from a meh sauté. When you order takeout from a Chinese restaurant and taste lots of wok hei, it's likely thanks to a commercial wok burner, a ring of fire blasting out heat at many times the power of any residential range.

It's not realistic to install a commercial wok burner at home, but that doesn't mean people won't stop trying to replicate its effects. Enter the electric wok, a relatively new invention that first came to the U.S. in the early 1980s and wasn't patented until 1992. The electric wok attaches the millennia-old pan to a base containing a modern electric heating element, eliminating the need for a stove, wok burner, campfire, or other external heat source. We researched and tested the best electric woks on the market: Here are the ones most ready to bring the heat.

Best Overall

NuWave Mosaic 14-Inch Induction Wok

NUWAVE MOSAIC Induction Wok with 14-inch carbon steel


What We Like
  • Reaches high temperatures quickly

  • Traditional round bottom, long handle, and carbon steel material

  • Can be removed from the base while cooking

  • Includes lid, draining rack, and wok stand 

What We Don't Like
  • Carbon steel requires seasoning and extra care

  • Expensive

The NuWave Mosaic induction wok set is unlike anything else we’ve seen, offering versatility, precision, heat patterns, and control that far surpass any other technology out there. Its induction technology gives it a level of temperature regulation that no competitor comes close to. It can get up to 575 searing degrees in just a minute and is adjustable in 5-degree increments, with three different wattage settings for ultimate control.

The other major differentiator—and the one that puts this model clearly over the top—is the round-bottomed, stick-handled carbon steel wok itself. It's completely detachable from the base, so you can freely shake it around like a stovetop model, and it has a completely round bottom for very even cooking, unlike stovetop woks that need a flat bottom to sit on. It's the only electric wok we know of made out of traditional carbon steel rather than stainless steel or aluminum.

Besides the high price of this machine, the wok also needs to be seasoned and maintained the same as any traditional one made of carbon steel. But if you're willing to invest in an electric wok of this high quality, you're probably also willing to keep the thing clean and in good condition.

Price at time of publish: $200

Wok diameter: 14 inches | Wok material: Carbon steel | Total dimensions: 21 x 19.5 x 5 inches | Power: 1,500 watts

Good to Know

There are two ways to cook in a wok: tumble- and flip-tossing. When you buy a long- or stick-handled wok, you have the option of both cooking techniques. Most electric woks, however, must remain in contact with their bases to function and can’t be removed while in use. Therefore, the typical handle design is short ones on both sides, which eliminates toss-cooking from your possibilities. Instead, everything you make will need to be tumbled, which is to stir and flip simultaneously along the walls of the wok in order to distribute sauce and mix ingredients.

Best for Beginners

Presto 5900 Stainless Steel Electric Wok

Presto 5900 1500-Watt Stainless-Steel Electric Wok


What We Like
  • Retains heat well

  • Accurate temperature control

  • Dishwasher-safe

What We Don't Like
  • Heat control plug gets hot

  • Low maximum temperature

  • Short handles

We put the Presto 5900 through its paces and declared the heat control magnificent. The stainless-steel flat-bottomed pan has stay-cool side handles and feet attached, with power coming from a small temperature-control regulator that sticks into the side. With that electrical bit removed, the whole rest of the machine can go straight into the dishwasher for cleaning. If anything gets really stuck or burned on, you can simply fill it with water, heat it up, and scrape with the included wooden spatula. This is not a finicky pan you have to worry about drying and oiling.

The maximum temperature setting for the Presto is just 400 degrees. It took the sides of the pan a few minutes to catch up to the bottom, but once the whole thing was hot, it retained that temperature effectively. The hottest part of the wok on the bottom was able to achieve good searing, though we found the sides not quite as hot. That said, it's a multipurpose tool for sautéing, braising, or boiling, as well. (The brand does not recommend using it for deep-frying, but we got excellent french fries and vegetable fritters, too, thanks to accurate temperature control.)

You can't really shake it for true stir-frying technique—it'd be awkward, not to mention dangerous, to try to move the all-in-one unit around while it's plugged in an hot. But constant stirring with a spoon or spatula can certainly do the same job.

Price at time of publish: $96

presto stainless steel electric wok on counter

The Spruce Eats / Renu Dhar

Wok diameter: 14 inches | Wok material: Stainless steel | Total dimensions: 14 x 17.6 x 8.9 inches | Power: 1,500 watts

Testing Takeaway

"As a 'one wok to do it all,' this did not disappoint with either vegetable korma, vegetable fried rice, or stir-fried jap chae with sweet potato noodles." — Renu Dhar, Product Tester

Best Large-Capacity

Breville Hot Wok Pro

the Hot Wok™ Pro


What We Like
  • Large capacity

  • Heating element imitates large wok burner

  • Multifunctional

  • Dishwasher-safe

What We Don't Like
  • Bulky

  • Inconsistent heat control at lower temperatures

  • Expensive

This designer electric wok by prestige manufacturer Breville is a sleek powerhouse, with its 1,800-watt heating element arranged in a butterfly shape that heats the rounded bottom and all the way up the sides. The point of this design is to emulate the way fire climbs up the walls of a wok, engulfing the whole pan to increase the surface area of highest-temperature cooking. At the highest setting of 425 degrees, we got stir-fry-style heat and results.

This model has 15 different heat settings, so you can do everything from simmer to steam to sear. (It comes with a steamer rack and adjustable-vent lid.) There are no lower-wattage modes, though, so the machine has to cycle that powerful heat on and off to get lower temperatures and doesn't do the best job at maintaining a simmer or slow boil.

The 15-inch wok has a capacity of 8 quarts, enough to make dinner for a big family or snacks for a crowd: We whipped up 2.5 pounds of wings with lots of room to spare. It's got a durable nonstick coating and can be tossed in the dishwasher after use, whether you've been stir-frying beef and broccoli or simmering homemade chicken soup. The design is convenient—the wok has cool-touch handles, locks into a kind of UFO-shaped base for cooking, and lifts off with the press of a button—but the big base and large overall size take up a lot of space.

If you love the Breville's brushed metal exterior, satisfyingly robust handles, and squat hourglass shape but don't need the huge capacity, try the original 1,500-watt Hot Wok. It's 14 inches across, with a 6-quart capacity, and costs $30 less.

Price at time of publish: $180

breville hot wok pro with asparagus

The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

Wok diameter: 15 inches | Wok material: Nonstick-coated aluminum | Total dimensions: 17.9 x 17.9 x 9.1 inches | Power: 1,800 watts

Testing Takeaway

"No matter what I cooked (or burned), the residue didn’t cling."Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best Budget

Aroma Housewares AEW-306 Electric Wok

Aroma Housewares AEW-306 Electric Wok with Tempered Glass Lid Easy Clean Nonstick, Cooking Chopsticks, Tempura and Steaming Racks, Professional Model, Black


What We Like
  • Inexpensive

  • Dishwasher-safe

  • Safe for deep-frying 

What We Don't Like
  • Shallow basin

Aroma Housewares makes an array of low-cost, high-quality kitchen appliances—its machines also make appearances on our lists of best rice cookers and best electric hot pots—and this rice cooker is no exception. It doesn't have a huge capacity, but it's got plenty of power and an effective nonstick coating. (It's also dishwasher-safe!) The AEW-306 can’t be beaten for value, coming as a full set that includes a glass lid with a steam-control vent, a steamer platform, cooking chopsticks, and a frying rack for homemade tempura. While many electric woks' instructions don't recommend using them for deep-frying, this one heartily embraces the technique.

This model is actually smaller and slightly more expensive than Aroma Housewares' most basic model, but we say the improved temperature control is worth the extra cost.

Price at time of publish: $67

Wok diameter: 14.2 inches | Wok material: Nonstick-coated aluminum | Total dimensions: 14.2 x 15.5 x 8 inches | Power: 1,500 watts

Good to Know

The best models put out lots of firepower—a 1,500-watt electric burner is equivalent to about 5,000 BTU, or roughly the strength of the large burner on a standard home stove. But wok shape matters, too: The bowl-like base and high, flared walls create different temperature zones, allowing some foods to keep warm and others to sear all in one amazing pan. That's why a regular frying pan or skillet, with its large, flat bottom and short sides, is a no-go for proper stir-frying.

Best Nonstick

Oster DiamondForce 4.7-Quart Electric Wok

Oster 2124087 DiamondForce Electric Wok, 4.7-Quart, Black


What We Like
  • Heavy-duty nonstick coating

  • Wide range of temperature settings

  • Inexpensive

What We Don't Like
  • Underpowered

  • Temperature control is hard to access

Containing particles of actual diamond, DiamondForce nonstick coating is Oster's strongest and most-nonstickiest, designed to hold up to years of use. It's impressively effective, making this wok a great choice if you find your stir-fries sticking to the pan and becoming just-sit-there-fries. It's a solid value for the price, with a nicely sized 15-inch wok and heat controllable by temperature, from a bare simmer at 210 degrees to a nice sear at 420 degrees.

The Oster is the least powerful wok on this list, and you may find its 1,200 watts take a while to reach full temperature. Make sure to let it preheat for a while if you're going to be stir-frying. The temperature knob also plugs in just beneath the handle, a design flaw that makes it hard to access, especially when the pan is hot. The included glass lid is dishwasher-safe, but the wok itself doesn't detach from the base and has to be washed by hand. That said, the nonstick makes it really easy to wipe clean.

Price at time of publish: $65

Wok diameter: 14.8 inches | Wok material: Nonstick-coated aluminum | Total dimensions: 15 x 15.1 x 6.9 inches | Power: 1,200 watts

Final Verdict

Our top choice, the NuWave Mosaic Induction Wok, is a luxury appliance that pairs a top-quality carbon steel pan with a precise and powerful induction heating system. For a more affordable option, the Aroma Housewares AEW-306 Electric Wok is a well-built and unexpectedly effective tool for its price.

What to Look for in an Electric Wok


As with a stovetop wok, the material an electric wok is made out of makes a big difference in terms of cooking. You pretty much have two options for electric woks: stainless steel, which is heavier and more expensive but holds heat better, and aluminum, which is lighter and cheaper but tends to drop in temperature more when you add food. These are general rules, but different woks come in different thicknesses and shapes, which also affect their performance. We even found one wok made of carbon steel, a material even stronger and better for stir-frying than stainless. (It's also even more expensive, and requires post-cooking seasoning and maintenance.)

Any of these materials may also be nonstick-coated, which is easier to clean and cook with but can't be used with metal utensils and don't last as long as uncoated metal pans.


The distinctive shape is what makes a wok a wok, but the vessel comes in sizes from handheld to several feet across. The electric version is more limited in range, but there are models intended for one or two people and others for bigger crowds. Keep in mind that a small change in diameter means a big difference in capacity: A 15-inch wok is almost 25 percent larger than a 14-inch one. Larger isn't always better, however, as a bigger wok also takes longer to heat up and could be prone to burning small amounts of food. And, of course, a bigger machine will take up more space on the counter.


Wok cooking is all about heat, heat, heat. The more power an electric heating element has, the more heat it can put out, and electric woks usually range somewhere between 1,200 and 1,800 watts. (This is on the same level as the amount of power a home stove burner can put out.) But wattage isn't the only piece of the story: The way the heating elements are arranged and the material the wok is made of also affect performance. Many electric woks have just a round heating element that the pan sits on and can heat the bottom more than the sides, while others have more complex shapes designed to heat the whole thing more evenly.

It's also important to consider how much you can turn down the power, too. Part of the appeal of an electric wok is that it can serve lots of other cooking purposes, at other temperatures, and some units offer more and better control over the heat than others. There might just be a handful of settings from low to high, or you might be able to dial in a specific temperature down to the degree.


What’s the difference between an electric skillet and an electric wok?

Pretty much the same as the difference between any skillet and any wok: shape. Electric skillets can be round or rectangular, but their sides are low, with wide, flat bottoms that heat up somewhat more slowly and gently for pan-frying or sautéing. A wok has tall, sloped sides, with a base that's either totally round or has only a small flat area that can get very hot and keep food moving during stir-frying.

Besides that, electric woks and electric skillets work in a similar way, with pans in a similar variety of materials and heating elements and controls that work in a similar way. Because they don't need temperatures as high as woks, electric skillets have a slightly lower power range, typically from 1,000 to 1,500 watts.

How does an electric wok work? 

An electric wok (and really any electrical appliance that gets hot, from a toaster oven to an Instant Pot) works in pretty much the same way as an electric stove: It runs current through a coil of wire in order to heat the coil up. The coil transfers heat to the cooking vessel, and boom: dinner. A downside of electric cooking is that the coil can only be all the way on or all the way off, so electric woks and similar devices have to repeatedly turn on and off to regulate the heat and don't do a great job at maintaining a specific temperature.

How do you clean an electric wok? 

The exact process will be explained in your model's instructions, but the first step to cleaning is always to unplug the machine and let it cool off. Most electric woks have a cooking vessel that separates from the electrical parts and then can be washed in the sink. With certain nonstick woks, you should also avoid abrasive cleaners and heavy-duty sponges, which can scratch the coating. Other woks are dishwasher-safe and have fewer rules about care. If you have food that's burnt on or stuck to the wok, try soaking with hot water for a few hours to help remove it.

Can you deep fry in an electric wok?

If the wok can reach temperatures of 350 to 400 degrees, it can technically be used to deep fry. However, most electric woks caution against this, as oil can spatter or spill out of the pan and cause a fire. Some models, however, include a frying rack and have instructions about using them for deep frying. If you do this, it's important to follow the manual directions, especially about how much oil to put in the wok.

What is wok hei? 

Wok hei is the essence of stir-frying in a wok, but it's also ineffable and difficult to define. Meaning "breath of the wok" in Cantonese, it refers to the complex flavor contributed to dishes by the combination of the caramelization of sugar, Maillard reactions, smoking oil, vaporizing water molecules, and extremely high heat used in proper stir-frying. It’s a mix of smoky and caramelized that’s tough to achieve consistently, and part of why cooking with a wok is an art form. When the heat is high enough that you see little bursts of flame over the sides of the wok from the combustion of tiny droplets of oil thrown into the air by your stirring, you're making wok hei.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Food is in Su-Jit Lin’s blood—particularly Chinese-American food, a unique regionalization of cross-cultural cuisine only just beginning to receive its due. The product of two generations of immigrant restaurateurs, she literally grew up in a commercial restaurant kitchen, surrounded by woks and the roar of the open fires that gave them their magical breath. Her dream home kitchen includes a range (or even just a burner!) capable of channeling that kind of wok-encompassing heat. Despite that, her theatrical skills in Chinese cooking are lacking: She still can’t flip a thing in any wok…or pan, for that matter.

The Spruce Eats commerce writer Jason Horn updated this roundup, Food is also in his blood, and though he didn't grow up in a Chinese-American restaurant kitchen, he did grow up enjoying the products of one on a regular basis: Golden Chef, which made the best Mongolian beef in the world and also catered his bar mitzvah. He's spent nearly 20 years writing about food and drinks of all kinds.

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