Best Electric Wok 2012

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The Origin of Woks

Everyone knows a wok is a cooking vessel originated from China and for cooking stir-fries. Growing up in China, every family had one kitchen utensil in common, that was a giant wok. The one we had was made of cast-iron which was big and heavy by today’s standard. My father used it for almost everything from stir-frying, braising, making soups, roasting nuts, making pan-fried dumplings and anything else. I wish we had kept it. It would have been a family “treasure” by now.

So much has changed since then. Nowadays every major household appliance manufacturer makes a type of wok or another. The woks are grouped into electric or stove top. Then they are categorized by the types of materials such as non-stick, stainless steel, cast iron, carbon steel, etc.

Why Having an Electric Wok?

An electric wok is very popular among American families because it’s transportable from one spot to another. It’s very useful for someone with limited kitchen and counter space because it can be used in so many different cooking methods that it will replace the need of having multiple pots and pans.

It might be the best thing to reproduce (relatively speaking) a restaurant stir-fry dish at home. Most of the household don’t have the right heat source such as a traditional fire pit style stove or a gas burner with incredibly high BTUs. A well-designed electric wok enables you to adjust the heat very quickly by turning the temperature probe from 200 to 450 F.

Size and Shape

Another thing to pay attention to is the size and shape of the wok. The average wok size is about 14 inches in diameter and needs to be 4 to 5 inch deep. The width allows you to move things around inside of the vessel with ease. The depth ensures that no food will be tossed out when stir-frying.

What’s It Made of?

Cookware materials have become a point for debate in recent years due to the potential health risk from Teflon-coating. I’ve done some research myself and concluded that most of the cookware is OK because the coating may decomposes only under very high temperature (550 F). Most of our cooking methods won’t cross that threshold. If you are cautious, you might want to choose one made of stainless steel.

Is It Easy to Clean?

Cleaning should be part of the buying decision. You’d better choose one that can be disassembled for easy cleaning. The electric heating element is separated from the cooking pot by disengaging a latch of some sort in the base. This prevents the electric part from getting wet and short-fused next time you use it. After cleaning, you’d need to put the two pieces together for next time.

While it’s beneficial to have a large size, the same may be challenging for storing though. If you had enough counter space, you might want to leave it on the counter or the stove “permanently”.

Price

Of course, price is always a big consideration when buying a gift for someone. The prices of electric woks fall between $30 to $130. The price correlates somewhat with the size, material, design features, but also with the brand reputation.

For your convenience, I’ve included the best 10 electric woks 2012 from Amazon based on price (from low to high) and consumer ratings. Detailed reviews may be available on this site. If so, there will be a “yes” under the Detailed Review column.

Best Electric Wok 2012 Comparison Chart

 

NumberModelPrice RangeConsumer RatingsDetailed Review
1Aroma AEW-305Under $303.9no
2Tayama TEW-305Under $504.5no
3Aroma AEW-306Under $504.5Yes
4Deni 8770Under $753.7no
5West Bend 79586Under $754.0no
6Wolfgang Puck WPWK0035Under $754.9Yes
7Presto 05900Under $754.7Yes
8Sunpentown ST-360Under $1005.0no
9Breville EW30XLUnder $1004.8Yes
10Breville BEW60XLUnder $1504.6Yes

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