All-Clad Stainless Steel 14-Inch Wok Review

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It’s about time for me to shine the limelight on one of the American brands for its cookware. It’s the All-Clad Stainless Steel 14-Inch Wok. This wok embodies the ingenuity of metallurgy, world-class manufacturing with high performance and classic elegance. I guarantee you that you’d never think about a simple cookware the same way again after reading this review.

Brings the Asian stir-fry to your home with the action-packed tossing and flipping, indulge the taste buds of your family with salty, sweet, spicy and savory all at the same time.

Table of Contents (click a title to jump ahead)

Capacity | Heating Technology | Easy to Use | Other Features | Customer Reviews | Pros and Cons | Price, Warranty and Where to Buy

Capacity: 14 Inches in Diameter

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The All-Clad wok is 14 inches in diameter. It’s about an inch shallower than the standard 4″ inch in depth in other brands. Still, it’s a generous size to stir fry a good amount of food for a mid to large family.

Heating: Up to 500 Degrees F

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The unique product strength in this wok is in the tri-ply construction of the material. The three layers consist of 5mm aluminum in the middle sandwiched by two layers of 18/10 stainless steel on the inner and outer surface. The same structure extends all the way up to the side walls of the wok for the consistent heat distribution and retention.

The exterior layer is of stainless steel magnetic compatible with induction cooktops.

In fact, the so-called “sandwiching” process was patented by the President of All-Clad’s, John Ulam himself. In the technical term, this process is referred to as “cladding”. John holds more than 50 U.S. patents for combining different metals in cookware and other applications of metallurgy.

Benefits of Bonding

The benefits of this bonding process are several folds:

  1. By having the aluminum in the core layer, it leverages the high heat conductivity, the responsiveness to temperature change and even heat distribution and retention.
  2. The 18/10 stainless steel adds durability, hygienic and safety factors to the cooking surface vs. the Teflon-coated non-stick material.
  3. The stainless steel contributes to the visual aesthetic appeal and shine of the wok.
  4. The stainless also makes it easy to clean without worrying about damaging the cooking surface.

Temperature

This wok is suitable for all types of heat sources, including electric, gas, induction, oven and boiler safe (up to 500 degrees F or 260 degrees C), and freezer safe.

It’s very convenient for you to cook on a stove top and transfer the wok to the oven to finish up the cooking process if needed.

The handle has a stay-cool feature so it won’t burn your hand while cooking. You may want to take some precaution to see how warm the handle will get if any.

Easy to Use and to Clean

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It’s very easy to use, just like using another frying pan. For authentic Asian cuisine, you’ll need to sear the meats/or seafood at high temperature between 375 to 400 degrees F. Then add the mixed veggies and sauces. The entire process should be within 5 to 10 minutes. Otherwise, you’d defeat the purpose of stir-frying.

The wok is dishwasher safe. Personally, I’d find it hard to put such a big size cookware in the dishwasher. So hand-washing it with warm, soapy water might be more appropriate. If there is food stuck on the bottom for whatever reason, it may require a longer soaking time. Then you can scrub it with a gentle kitchen brush, rinse and dry. 

Other Features – Model #5414

Color: Stainless steel

Dimensions (inches): 14 inches in diameter x 3 inches in depth

Accessories: N/A

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5The All-Clad Wok garnered a 3.8 out of 5 star ratings. All-Clad’s stands for quality and durability. Many customers thought this was a must-have if money is no object for you.

Pros and Cons

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ProsThe tri-ply construction of the wok is a big plus for fast heating and even heat distribution. The extension of the same construction to the side walls ensures that food is cooked not only on the bottom, but also on the sides of the wok.

It’s versatile to cook various types of dishes besides stir-frying. Use it for braising meats. Use it as a deep-fryer. Simmer a pot of hearty soup for your soup and salad night. It’s much easier to care for than the non-stick, cast iron or carbon steel woks. It lasts forever. It works with all sorts of heat sources.

ConsIt’s expensive. It’s heavier to do the tossing and flipping stunts in Asian cooking. A couple of customers reported the narrow handle is not very easy to manage. You need to be very careful with the ridge on the handle.

Price, Warranty and Where to Buy – All-Clad Stainless Steel Open Stir Fry

This is not a cheap $20 wok. As one customer said, you’d expect to pay for the craftsmanship and the quality of the All-Clad’s cookware. It is sold in Amazon and a few other cook/chef related stores and websites. Amazon carries over 500 All-Clad cookware, enough to choose from and to compare. Go over and read what the customers had to say about this wok.

The best offer All-Clad has made is the lifetime manufacturer warranty against manufacturing defects. So buy with confidence.

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