Electric woks, while convenient to use, typically cannot provide the intense heat and precise temperature adjustments that a gas stovetop offers. For this reason, the writers of one multi-product test recommend forgoing electric woks for your stir-frying needs and sticking with a basic stovetop skillet.
Nevertheless, if you prefer the conveniences of electric appliances and you're willing to pay the steep price, reviewers say the Breville EW30XL Electric Wok is a top choice. The product has a butterfly shaped element that provides even heating to the entire cooking surface, and the 14 heat settings, plus a "high sear" setting, allow you to fine tune the heat output depending on whether you want to keep foods warm, slow-cook a sauce, stir-fry vegetables or sear meats. Because the heating element is completely sealed, the entire wok, including the base, can go in the dishwasher. The Breville EW30XL has an interior Quantanium coating that incorporates titanium layers. As a result, the wok can withstand metal spatulas and spoons in addition to plastic and nylon (although sharp utensils can damage the surface).
Experts say the EW30XL is the right choice if you can afford the price, adding that it heats evenly, has a roomy cooking well and comes with a sturdy glass lid that allows you to monitor cooking progress. Users say that it is well designed, easy to use and easy to clean. The few complaints mostly involve scratches to the nonstick surface, although one user calls the wok heavy.
Overall, home cooks report that the Breville EW30XL offers a lot of value and benefits for the money. If, however, you are looking for a less expensive product and are willing to forego the convenience of an electric appliance, reviewers recommend the Joyce Chen Pro Chef 14-inch Carbon Steel Wok.
More than 175 users have posted on Amazon.com about the Breville EW30XL Electric Wok, with almost 90 percent of them giving the product a perfect 5-out-of-5-star rating. Users say the wok generates a tremendous amount of heat, making it highly effective at searing and stir-frying. Other features also garner rave reviews, including the roomy well, easy-off base and nonstick surface. Only a very few users lodge complaints, with some reporting scratches on the interior and one user noting that the wok can be awkward to lift if you need to pour off oil during cooking.
Review: Breville EW30XL Electric Gourmet Wok, Contributors to Amazon.com
A source of consumer information, Bestcovery.com provides product descriptions and recommendations for a wide spectrum of product categories, along with links to retail websites that merchandise recommended items. The Breville EW30XL Electric Wok lands at the first-place spot among Bestcovery's top electric-wok picks, with Bestcovery.com's indoor-living expert, Stephanie Hamilton, calling it an exceptional product, thanks to its butterfly shaped element, nonstick surface and roomy interior.
Review: Best Electric Wok, Stephanie Hamilton, June 27, 2011
This specialty retail website garners about 20 reviews for the Breville EW30XL Electric Wok, with all but one user giving it a perfect 5-out-of-5-star rating. The numerous "pros" that users list for the product include "easy to clean/wash," "value for the money," "functional/useful" and "performs well." Some also say they appreciate the large capacity and the high-quality construction. The only criticism comes from one user, who says the markings on the temperature-control probe could be clearer.
Review: Contributors to ChefsCatalog.com
An online provider of buying guides and product reviews, GaltTech.com recommends the Breville EW30XL, calling it the one to buy if you're in the market for an electric wok and its high price is not a deterrent. Although there is no mention of any formal testing of products, the editors praise the EW30XL for its numerous heat settings, and they call the heavy glass lid "superior" to the lid on their less-expensive pick.
Review: Wok and Stir Fry Pan Reviews and Buying Guide, Editors of GaltTech.com