The 7 Best Woks of 2020

Woks for the best stir fry dishes ever

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Calphalon Aluminum Flat-Bottom Wok at Amazon

"Great for the modern cook in a contemporary kitchen."

Best Budget: T-fal Nonstick Jumbo Wok at Amazon

"Large, wallet friendly, 14-inch aluminum wok."

Best High-End: Calphalon Triply Stainless Steel Wok at Amazon

"The exterior is brushed stainless steel for an elegant look."

Best Carbon Steel: Town Food Service Cantonese-Style Wok at Amazon

"This 16-inch wok is made from cold-forged carbon steel, which requires special seasoning."

Best Non-Stick: Joyce Chen Pro Chef Non-Stick Wok Set at

"This is a premium nonstick surface wok that comes with a variety of tools."

Best Cast Iron: Imusa 14-inch Light Cast Iron Wok at Walmart

"Pre-seasoned, lightweight wok that is easy to lift, move, and store."

Best Round-Bottomed Wok Set: Taylor & Ng Wok Set at Wayfair

"Round-bottomed wok with domed cover, wok ring, and cooking chopsticks"

  • 01 of 07

    Best Overall: Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Flat-Bottom Wok

    Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware, Flat-Bottom Wok, 10-inch, Black

    What We Like
    • Easy to store

    • Heats quickly

    • Truly nonstick

    • Dishwasher and oven safe

    What We Don't Like
    • May be too small for families

    • Short handle gets too hot to hold

    • No lid

    This wok is about as far from traditional materials as you can get—which makes it great for the modern cook in a contemporary kitchen. It’s made from heavy-gauge hard-anodized aluminum with three layers of nonstick coating on the cooking surface for durability. And of course, the nonstick coating helps prevent the food from sticking and burning, which is a risk when stir-frying.

    "Thanks to its compact size and hard-anodized aluminum exterior, the pan heats up incredibly quick and its curved sides retain heat to ensure even and speedy cooking," our tester reported. This wok has a flat bottom that’s a bit larger than the bottom of a traditional wok so you get plenty of heat in the center for stir-frying. You can use it on any gas or electric stove, but since it’s made from aluminum, it won’t work on an induction cooktop. It includes a domed cover for steaming, or you can use the wok for simmering, braising, or frying.

    This is a little small compared to more traditional woks, since it’s only 10 inches in diameter at the rim. The sides have a steeper slope than some woks, so it’s more compact for storage. This is a great starter wok for someone who doesn’t have ample storage or who prefers a pan that’s not quite so specialized.

    This wok is oven-safe to 450 degrees and dishwasher safe. It has one long handle with a hole for hanging.

    "It’s just the right size for single cooks or those with limited cabinet space."Caroline Goldstein, Product Tester

  • 02 of 07

    Best Budget: T-fal Nonstick Jumbo Wok

    T-fal A80789 Specialty Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe PFOA-Free Jumbo Wok Cookware, 14-Inch, Black 

    What We Like
    • Big enough to cook several portions at once

    • Dishwasher and oven safe

    • Handle stays cool to the touch

    • Reasonably priced

    What We Don't Like
    • May be too large for small living spaces

    • Not as attractive as other woks on the market

    Woks are not typically expensive pieces of equipment, but this one is particularly wallet-friendly. The large 14-inch wok is great for cooking large family meals, while the nonstick cooking surface makes it easy to use and clean since food won’t stick. According to our tester, "even the most stubborn ingredients—like thinly sliced mushrooms, diced onions, and grated garlic—slid right off without leaving any residue or burn marks."

    This wok is made from aluminum, so it’s lighter in weight than steel woks. It’s oven safe to 350 degrees, and it’s also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. A large wok can be a bit difficult to fit into a dishwasher, but this is nonstick inside and out, so it’s easy to wash by hand, too.

    Since this is made from aluminum, it can’t be used on an induction cooktop, but since it has a flat bottom, it can be used on any gas or electric stove. It has a long handle, and a helper handle that makes it easy to use and move, and the handles are covered with silicone for a stay-cool comfortable grip. The inside bottom has a flat cooking surface that’s more typical in modern woks.

    "It’s ideal for feeding families, prepping for parties, and batch-cooking your weekly lunches." Caroline Goldstein, Product Tester

  • 03 of 07

    Best High-End: Calphalon Triply Stainless Steel Wok

    Calphalon Triply Stainless Steel 12-Inch Wok Stir Fry Pan with Cover 

    Very Good
    What We Like
    • Beautiful design

    • Comes with a lid for steaming

    • Dishwasher and oven safe

    What We Don't Like
    • Not nonstick

    • Tough to remove stains

    This 12-inch wok has an aluminum core inside of dual layers of stainless steel, so it heats evenly, provides fast browning, and it can be used on any type of cooktop, including induction. The exterior is brushed stainless steel for an elegant look, and since it’s stainless inside and out, you can use metal utensils in it with no problem.

    This comes with a tempered glass lid, so you can use it for steaming or other cooking purposes, and you can watch what’s cooking. Both the pan and lid are oven safe, so you can finish a dish in the oven, or keep it warm for serving. The pan is also broiler safe.

    This wok has a flat bottom inside and out, so it can be used on any type of stove. It has one long handle and one helper handle, so it’s easy to use and easy to move. However, our tester warned, "Every scratch, burn, and grease mark is clearly visible—even after a good soak."

    "With its aluminum core, the Calphalon Triply Stainless Steel Wok heats up quickly, intensely, and evenly across the entire cooking surface."Caroline Goldstein, Product Tester

  • 04 of 07

    Best Carbon Steel: Town Food Service 16 Inch Steel Cantonese-Style Wok

    Town Food Service 16 Inch Steel Cantonese Style Wok 

    What We Like
    • Traditional design

    • Extremely durable

    • Great for making large meals

    What We Don't Like
    • Lots of maintenance required

    • Difficult to store

    Carbon steel is a very traditional material for woks, but it has some downsides that a home cook needs to be aware of. Like cast iron, carbon steel needs to be seasoned to keep it from rusting and it can’t be washed in a dishwasher. When this wok is hand-washed, it needs to be dried immediately and oiled before storing to keep it from rusting. A well-used carbon steel wok will turn black from use and will become more and more nonstick over time.

    When carbon steel is heated, it emits a metallic odor that some cooks find objectionable. This odor becomes less noticeable as the wok is used and seasoned over time. Since carbon steel is so prone to rusting, woks are sold with a coating that must be removed before the wok is seasoned before its first use. It’s important to read the specific instructions included with the wok for the proper way to remove the coating.

    This wok is made from cold-forged carbon steel with two riveted loop handles and a very traditional round bottom. You’ll need to use a wok ring to hold it on your gas stove. It won’t work well with other stovetops since the round bottom won’t make contact with the heat.

    While carbon steel is one of the most traditional wok materials, casual home cooks might find the care and seasoning to be more than they want to deal with unless they’re passionate about wok cooking. At 16 inches, this is also a large wok that will take quite a bit of storage space.

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  • 05 of 07

    Best Non-Stick: Joyce Chen Pro Chef Non-Stick Wok Set

    Joyce Chen Pro Wok Set
    What We Like
    • Includes handy tools

    • Heats quickly and evenly

    • Nonstick surface adds convenience

    What We Don't Like
    • Heavy

    • Handles can become loose over time

    This 14-inch wok combines traditional carbon steel construction with a premium nonstick surface that’s safe for metal utensils, so it doesn’t require the finicky care of an uncoated wok. However, wood, nylon, or silicone utensils will help extend the life of the nonstick surface.

    The wok has a long maple wood handle and a helper handle that look attractive and stay cool during cooking. It also includes a domed lid.

    This is great for a first-time wok user since it includes the many of the tools needed, including a tempura rack, a bamboo spatula, bamboo cooking chopsticks, six pairs of bamboo dining chopsticks, a steaming rack, bamboo tongs, and a bamboo rice paddle.

    This pan should be hand washed without any abrasive pads or cleaners. It should not be washed in the dishwasher. Because of the wooden handles, it is not oven safe.

  • 06 of 07

    Best Cast Iron: Imusa 14-inch Light Cast Iron Wok



    What We Like
    • Lightweight

    • Easy to clean

    • Good value

    What We Don't Like
    • Nonstick surface deteriorates over time

    This pre-seasoned cast iron wok offers the benefits of cast iron cooking combined with lightweight construction. It’s large enough to cook dinner in a single batch, whether you’re making fried rice, stir-fry, or fajitas, yet it’s much lighter than traditional cast iron woks so it’s easy to lift, move, and store.

    Since it comes pre-seasoned, you can start using this wok right away, but the surface gets even more nonstick with additional seasoning and use. This should be hand washed.

  • 07 of 07

    Best Round-Bottomed Wok Set: Taylor & Ng Piece 14" Round Bottom Wok Set



    What We Like
    • Set includes everything you need

    • Heats evenly

    • Beautiful, classic design

    What We Don't Like
    • Rusts easily without proper maintenance

    Round-bottomed woks are traditional, but they need a few extra pieces to make them compatible with your gas cooktop at home. This set includes everything you need, with a classic design that will make you look like a wok expert in the kitchen.

    The set includes a single-handled round-bottomed wok, a domed cover with wood handle, a wok ring, a pair of cooking chopsticks, a spatula and a ladle. The wok is made from traditional cold-rolled carbon steel. All other parts are stainless steel and/or wood.

    Since this has no coating, you can use any type of utensils in the wok, but it should be seasoned before use. This should be hand washed.

Final Verdict

The Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick Stir-Fry Pan is our top choice based on its excellent functionality and ease of cleaning. If you're looking for a real bargain, the T-fal Easy Care Jumbo Wok also performed extremely well in our tests.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Donna Currie is a food writer and product tester for The Spruce Eats, specializing in all the latest cookware and kitchen gadgets.

Caroline Goldstein, a lifestyle writer and product tester for The Spruce Eats, personally tested three of the woks on this list, putting them through the paces in her NYC apartment to evaluate their functionality, design, and ease of cleaning and storage.

What to Look for in a Wok

Material: The material a wok is made from affects the way it cooks, and it also affects the way you’ll need to maintain it. Just like other cookware, there's a wide range of materials available, like cast iron, stainless steel, and hard-anodized aluminum. There are no right or wrong answers—simply choose which one fits your needs best.

Flat vs. round bottom: Round-bottomed woks are traditional, but not as convenient for a modern kitchen, as you’ll need an open flame and a wok ring to use them. Flat-bottomed woks can be used on pretty much any stove—even on induction cooktops if the wok is made from the right material.

Handles: Woks tend to have either two loop-style side handles, like a Dutch oven, or one loop and one long handle, like a frying pan. A long handle is a good option with a lightweight wok if you want to try flipping food in the pan, while the dual-loop handles are better for heavier pans.