Comes with a lid for steaming
Dishwasher and oven safe
Tough to remove stains
When you’re looking for high-quality pans and you have some wiggle room in your budget, it makes sense to consider premium cookware brands. For nearly $100, this Calphalon model promises stove-to-oven capability, compatibility with virtually any heat source, and even heating whether you’re sautéeing, browning, searing, grilling, simmering, steaming. It wears its price on its sleeve, too, with an elegant silhouette and gleaming steel construction. Is the Calphalon Triply Stainless Steel Wok actually worth the investment, though? We took it for a few test runs to find out.
Design: Sleek enough to display
Arguably, this wok’s most striking feature is its form. With a polished stainless steel exterior and satin-finish stainless steel interior, the pan is elegant enough to display on your cooktop if you have limited cabinet space. Thanks to its flat bottom, you can take the pan from your stovetop or oven right to the table, and the tempered glass cover will keep your food warm if you’re not serving it ASAP. Plus, its 12-inch diameter makes it large enough to cook several portions at once while one long handle and one helper handle ensure you’re able to maneuver it while flipping ingredients.
Arguably, this wok’s most striking feature is its form.
Material: Layered for even heating
With its aluminum core, the Calphalon Triply Stainless Steel Wok heats up quickly, intensely, and evenly across the entire cooking surface. Surrounding that aluminum core are two layers of high-quality stainless steel, which are compatible with cooking utensils of any material. It’s non-porous, too, so metals won’t leach into your food. The pan’s two stainless steel handles are designed to stay cool to the touch, but you’ll need to use caution if you’re gripping them at their bases, which can heat up.
While the pan’s stainless steel material is eye catching, it also means every scratch, burn, and grease mark is clearly visible—even after a good soak.
The wok’s cover is made of oven-safe tempered glass. Ostensibly, the translucent glass is handy for checking on your food as it cooks, but condensation quickly obstructs your view. On the flip side, that makes the lid useful for steaming. Both the pan and lid are oven- and broiler-safe up to 450ºF.
Cleaning: Stains are tough to remove
Both the Calphalon Triply Stainless Steel Wok and its lid are dishwasher-safe. But unfortunately, stainless steel is not nonstick—even with a good amount of oil and lots of manipulating ingredients around the pan. In our saute test run, smaller items like diced onions stuck to the pan’s base and sides. Naturally, that makes this pan tougher to clean than true nonstick pans, which can simply be wiped down with soap and water. The Triply requires scrubbing—with a Brillo pad or other abrasive sponge—to free stubborn bits and pieces.
If you’re browning, sautéeing, grilling, searing, or stir-frying, know ahead of time that the pristine polish will get stained.
While the pan’s stainless steel material is eye catching, it also means every scratch, burn, and grease mark is clearly visible—even after a good soak. If you’re browning, sautéeing, grilling, searing, or stir-frying, know ahead of time that the pristine polish will get stained. For that reason, we’d recommend using this pan for sauces, stews, and other liquid-based dishes.
Price: May not be worth the expense
Retailing for $89.99, the Calphalon Triply Stainless Steel Wok is at the higher end of the price range for similarly sized pans. We’d recommend looking into lower-priced, nonstick options (of which there are many!), as they’re both easier to use and clean.
Competition: Easier to use
Cuisinart Preseasoned Wok: Like the Calphalon Triply Stainless Steel Wok, the Cuisinart Preseasoned Wok ($39.95 MSRP) is large, deep enough for batch-cooking, and safe to use on all heat sources. Its two stay-cool hardwood handles are both functional and stylish, too. As the name suggests, the Cuisinart wok is preseasoned with vegetable oil for a truly nonstick, easy-to-clean surface. And, as a major bonus, this model is less than half the price of the Calphalon Triply.
Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick Deep Sauté Pan: The Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick Deep Sauté Pan has almost the same diameter as the brand’s Triply pan, and it’s handily outfitted with a lid and two handles. But this Calphalon pan is made of hard-anodized aluminum rather than stainless steel, which gives this pan a nonstick surface without sacrificing its heating capacity. Although it has taller sides than a typical sauté pan, it’s not as deep as a wok. You won’t be able to prepare quite the same amount of food as you would in the Triply model, but you’ll be saved the stress of ingredients sticking to the pan.
Skip it for a nonstick wok.
If you plan on making stir-frys or otherwise searing, browning, or sautéeing ingredients, you’ll want to skip this tough-to-clean pan for a nonstick option like the Cuisinart or Calphalon Contemporary models we mentioned. It’s just not worth spending almost $100 on a pan that’ll stain or discolor after only one use—even if it does look good on your countertop.
- Product Name Triply Stainless Steel Wok
- Product Brand Calphalon
- MPN 1767726
- Price $89.99
- Weight 7.85 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 22.9 x 14.5 x 4.8 in.
- Color Stainless steel
- Material Aluminum core, stainless steel interior, magnetic stainless steel exterior
- Warranty Lifetime warranty