If you are new to wok cooking, this is the wok you want to start with. The reason it is so good for beginners is because of the size. If takes practice to keep the food moving so it isn’t sitting in fat. You need to make sure all sides of the food get heated so the cooking process goes fast. The size of this wok makes that easy to do without the food spilling out over the sides of the pan.
It is also great because it is multi-clad. It has stainless steel on the outside and inside with an aluminum interior. The aluminum core helps to distribute heat evenly. And the stainless steel makes it easy to clean and beautiful when it is sitting out on the stove or counter. If you have a set of stainless steel cookware, this will be a beautiful addition to the set. The stainless steel has a beautiful brushed finish on it and is scratch resistant.
The handles are securely riveted to the pan which makes it a sturdy pan for handling during the cooking process. And the handles have a stay cool technology which makes it easier to handle while moving the food around.
This wok comes with a lid. Most woks do not. They need to be bought separately if you want one. The lid on this wok is tight fitting which helps to keep the heat and moisture trapped inside.
Because of what the wok is constructed of (multi-clad stainless steel) it is dishwasher safe. It can also be put into an oven up to 500 degrees.
It is a large wok in that it measures 23 by 13 ½ inches and 5 inches high. Most woks are 4 inches high. A large size is important, especially for the beginning wok chef because that allows them to easily move the food around for even cooking. The really neat thing about this wok is that the heat is also carried up the sides of the pan. This is caused by the bonding construction of the multiclad. It’s sleep design is a beautiful presentation sitting on the cook top.
This wok carries a lifetime warranty and can be used on any cook surface, even an induction cooktop.
Overall most of the reviews gave this wok the highest possible rating. Many loved the size of the wok. It was big enough to easily move the food around for even cooking. It could handle the larger one pot meals with the meat and vegetables together. There is a handle on each side for maneuverability.
Many commented on the good price for this quality of a wok. The construction is very sturdy and they were very pleased with it. Also, the cleanup with the stainless steel interior makes it easy to clean by hand or by putting it in the dishwasher.
Everyone loved the domed lid and the depth of the wok. These qualities are not found in every wok on the market.
Many commented that they bought another one to give as a gift.
The negative comments really didn’t have to do with the wok itself. One customer complained that it didn’t fit on the smallest eye that was in the back of their cooktop. Someone with an induction cooktop didn’t think it worked well on that type of cooktop.
I would highly recommend this wok because of its construction, ease of use and price. Multi-clad products have been proven to evenly distribute the heat and the stainless steel is very durable. Of course, I love anything that cleans up easily by hand or can be put into the dishwasher.
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