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Updated: 1 Jun 2022

Best non-stick woks

We've tested non-stick woks from John Lewis, Ken Hom, Lakeland and Le Creuset and more to find you the best one for your at-home fakeaway
Joey Willoughby-Rainsford
Man cooking with wok

We've tested nine of the most popular non-stick flat-bottom woks from Argos, John Lewis, Lakeland and more, including brands such as Ken Hom, Le Creuset and School of Wok. We tested woks both with and without lids.

These non-stick woks are stir-fry pans in the style of a traditional wok, but with some key differences. For example, they're flat-bottomed (a traditional wok is round-bottomed) and a traditional wok doesn't have a non-stick coating. Non-stick woks are far more popular in the UK than traditional woks, which is why we've tested them.

All the non-stick woks we tested turned out decent stir-fries, and those with higher sides tended to be easier to cook with. We also rated them for their heat conduction and retention, their non-stick properties, durability, build quality, how easy they were to clean and their stability on a hob.

Read on to find the best non-stick woks from our tests.

Tested in April 2022. Price and availability last checked: 1 June 2022.


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The best non-stick woks

Only logged-in Which? members can view the non-stick woks test results below. If you're not yet a member, you'll see an alphabetically ordered list of the non-stick woks we tested.

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Argos Home non-stick carbon steel wok

Only available at Argos: £7.

Diameter and weight: 27cm, 750g

Wok with lid? No

Oven safe: No

Induction hob: No

Dishwasher safe: No

Material: Carbon steel

The Argos wok is the lightest and cheapest non-stick wok we tested. 

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Dunelm black ceramic lidded wok

Only available at Dunelm: £33.

Diameter and weight: 32cm, 1.2kg or 2.2kg with lid

Wok with lid? Yes

Oven safe: Yes, up to 180°C

Induction hob: Yes

Dishwasher safe: No

Material: Ceramic

This Dunelm wok has a lid. We found that woks with lids are worth considering, as the lid does a good job of trapping in heat while cooking or when you're serving.

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Eaziglide Neverstick2 aluminium non-stick open wok

Cheapest price: £55 at Eaziglide, John Lewis.

Diameter and weight: 28cm, 1.15kg

Wok with lid? No

Oven safe: Yes, up to 260°C

Induction hob: Yes

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Material: Aluminium

Eaziglide says there's no need to add oil or butter when sizzling up a stir-fry with this wok. 

We tested the non-stick properties of each wok by dry-frying four eggs on them. 

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John Lewis & Partners cast aluminium non-stick wok

Only available at John Lewis: £35.

Diameter and weight: 28cm, 1kg

Wok with lid? No

Oven safe: Yes, up to 180°C

Induction hob: Yes

Dishwasher safe: No

Material: Aluminium

John Lewis says its non-stick wok provides excellent heat distribution for even cooking.

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Ken Hom Carbon steel non-stick wok

Cheapest price: £26 at Argos, John Lewis, also available at Harts of Stur.

Diameter and weight: 27cm, 950g 

Wok with lid? No

Oven safe: No

Induction hob: Yes

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Material: Carbon steel

This lighter wok is made from carbon steel, which the manufacturer claims gives excellent heat conduction.

We tested the heat conduction and retention of all the woks we reviewed. 

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Le Creuset Toughened non-stick wok

Cheapest price: £149 at Amazon, Le Creuset, also available at John Lewis.

Diameter and weight: 30cm, 1.55kg or 2.5kg with lid

Wok with lid? Yes

Oven safe: Yes, up to 260°C

Induction hob: Yes

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Material: Aluminium

This Le Creuset wok's deep, curved sidewalls are meant to be ideal for stir-frying meat and vegetables at high temperatures, allowing you to move the food around the pan quickly.

We made a stir-fry with each of the woks we tested to see how easy and enjoyable they were to cook with.

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Salter Megastone Excellence aluminium lidded wok

Le Creuset Toughened non-stick wok

Cheapest price: £29.99 at Amazon, Salter, also available at Argos.

Diameter and weight: 28cm, 1.05kg or 1.8kg with lid

Wok with lid? Yes

Oven safe: No

Induction hob: Yes

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Material: Megastone

Salter says its Megastone wok is resistant to abrasion and scratches from metal utensils. 

We tested the scratch resistance of each wok with a metal spatula. 

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School of Wok non-stick wok

Cheapest price: £33 at Amazon, also available at School of Wok.

Diameter and weight: 30cm, 1kg

Wok with lid? No

Oven safe: No

Induction hob: Yes

Dishwasher safe: No

Material: Carbon steel

School of Wok says its flat-bottomed non-stick wok is designed for people who want traditional Asian cookery made easy.

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Scoville Neverstick Performance wok

Cheapest price: £24 at Scoville, also available at Argos.

Diameter and weight: 28cm, 900g

Wok with lid? No

Oven safe: Yes

Induction hob: Yes

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Material: Aluminium

The Neverstick+ technology that goes into this Scoville wok is supposed to mean you can cook without butter or oil.

We dry-fried eggs with all of the woks we reviewed to really put their non-stick coatings to the test. 

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How we tested non-stick woks

To find the best non-stick woks, we put our selection through the following series of tests.

Cooking

We cooked a stir-fry in each wok, following the same recipe and method each time. 

We considered how easy and enjoyable each wok was to cook with, and the quality of each stir-fry. 

While all the stir-fries turned out well, we found that the best woks had large cooking areas surrounded by high sides, while the worst easily tipped over or spilt the ingredients onto the hob.

Non-Stick

To test the non-stick coating of each wok, we used them to dry-fry four eggs. 

The cooked eggs slipped right off the woks with the best non-stick coating without leaving much of a trace. However, the eggs stuck firmly to the woks with poor non-stick coatings.

Durability

We scraped a metal spatula across the cooking surface of each wok for a total of 10 up-and-down strokes. 

The worst woks were scratched down to the metal beneath the non-stick layer. 

Stability

To test the stability of each wok, we placed each one on both a flat surface and a hob. We then pushed down on the handle with increasing force.

The most stable woks didn't move much at all or righted themselves quickly, while the worst couldn't right themselves and fell over. 

Heat conduction and retention

To test the heat conduction and retention of each wok, we placed each on medium heat for three minutes and 30 seconds, then turned off the hob and left them on it for a further three minutes and 30 seconds. 

We took a temperature reading of the woks once every 30 seconds. 

We found that non-stick woks with a more traditional, thinner design heated up faster but didn't hold on to the heat for as long, while the thicker-based non-stick woks were usually the opposite.

Cleaning

We washed each wok after making a stir-fry and after dry-frying eggs. 

We recorded how much or little effort was needed to clean the woks. The best were quick and easy to clean, while the worst needed a lot of elbow grease.

Build quality

We considered the design, shape and manufacturing of each of the non-stick woks and checked them for any faults or flaws.

We were impressed by how well crafted and cleverly designed the best woks were, while the worst had manufacturing defects, such as scratches on the pan or flaws in the handle.

How we chose the non-stick woks we tested

We chose the most popular flat-bottomed, non-stick woks that are widely available. 

How to season a traditional wok

In most cases, you won't need to season a non-stick wok, but if you have a traditional carbon steel wok, follow these simple tips to season it correctly.

  1. Check if your new wok has an anti-rust coating. If it does, check the manufacturer's instructions for removing it. Even if it hasn't got the coating, it's best to wet and dry the wok first.
  2. Rub a micro-thin layer of vegetable or canola oil across the whole wok with an old kitchen towel.
  3. Place the pan on the hob and heat up on medium heat. Watch for the carbon steel to change colour: you want to see it go from gunmetal grey to a dark iron black.
  4. Heat until the smoking stops, and then you can add your next layer of oil. Once again, rub it across the whole wok. Make sure you're really careful with the kitchen towel and your fingers.
  5. Repeat until your wok is coated with a thin layer of hard oil (not sticky) and is black.

If your wok is oven safe, you can season it in the oven instead of on the hob.

Don't add too much oil, as the seasoning won't work well. 

How to clean a wok

As with all non-stick cookware, we recommend you handwash your non-stick wok, even though some manufacturers, including Eaziglide and Scoville, say they are suitable for a dishwasher.

The high temperatures of water used in a dishwasher can degrade a non-stick coating over time, reducing its effectiveness and lifespan.

To protect the non-stick coating, use a non-scratch sponge or dishcloth to clean the wok before drying thoroughly.

A seasoned carbon steel wok only needs light cleaning, as the more you clean, the more of the seasoned coating you'll remove. And make sure you dry it thoroughly right away; don't leave a carbon steel wok to drip dry or it could rust.