Traditional woks differ greatly from conventional cookware, thanks to their typically rounded bottoms and carbon-steel or cast-iron surfaces that must be seasoned (a process that some users find tedious and time consuming). Many woks also cannot go in the dishwasher or the oven. To make wok cooking easier, manufacturers have designed woks with features similar to contemporary cookware: nonstick surfaces, flat bottoms and dishwasher/oven capabilities. If you are looking for this style of wok, reviewers highly recommend the Calphalon Unison Nonstick 13-inch Wok with Cover.
This Calphalon wok has a heavy-gauge anodized-aluminum construction for sturdiness and durability, as well as a nonstick interior surface designed for searing. It is dishwasher safe as well as oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Users report that the wok cooks up food that is juicy and flavorful, adding that ingredients do not stick to the surface and clean-up is easy. An added bonus, some users say, is the see-through, tempered-glass lid, which supports steaming or simmering and allows foods to be monitored as they cook.
There are, however, a handful of complaints about this Calphalon wok. Some users say the nonstick surface scratches even when used with nylon or wood utensils. Some find the wok too big and difficult to store, although others say the roominess of the cooking area is a benefit. Although some users say the wok's high quality justifies its price, others maintain that the product is too expensive.
The Calphalon Unison Nonstick 13-inch Wok with Cover coordinates with other pots and pans in Calphalon's line of cookware. If you are looking for a less expensive product and prefer or can do without a nonstick interior surface, experts and users recommend the Joyce Chen Pro Chef 14-inch Carbon Steel Wok (*Est. $35).
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The Calphalon Unison Nonstick 13-inch Wok with Cover (known as the Calphalon Nonstick Covered Flatbottom Wok on this website) earns the Number One spot on Cooking.com's list of top-rated woks and stir fry pans, thanks to its average 4.7-out-of-5-star rating from the more than 20 users posting to the site. A full 95 percent of users say they recommend the product, and 90 percent call it a good value. Comments include "awesome" and "a joy to use," although a couple of users say it is too big, and one reports problems with scratching.
Review: Top Rated Items in Woks and Stir Fry Pans Category, Contributors to Cooking.com
With nearly 40 users posting comments to ChefsCatalog.com about the Calphalon Unison Nonstick 13-inch Wok with Lid (known as the Calphalon Unison Nonstick Flat Bottom Wok, 13-inch on this website), the product earns an average 4.5-out-of-5-star rating. The "pros" listed include "easy to clean/wash," "stay-cool handle," "quality material," and "even cooking," with one reviewer calling it "the best yet!" Many users report satisfaction with the wok's cooking performance. Complaints are rare, although one user says the wok is pricey, and a few find it too big and/or too heavy.
Review: Calphalon Unison Nonstick Flat Bottom Wok, 13-inch, Contributors to ChefsCatalog.com
Although fewer than 20 users post to this upscale retail website about the Calphalon Unison Nonstick 13-inch Wok with Cover, they give the product a perfect 5-out-of-5-star rating. The "pros" listed include "durable," "easy to use," and "easy to clean," while reviewers also cite as pluses its quality, versatility, design, shape and weight. Many users applaud its cooking performance; the only complaint comes from two users, who both say the wok is difficult to store.
Review: Calphalon Unison Sear Nonstick Wok, 13-in., Contributors to Williams-Sonoma.com
About 10 users post to Amazon.com about the Calphalon Unison Nonstick 13-inch Wok with Cover (known on this website as the Calphalon Unison 13-Inch Nonstick Flatbottom Wok with Lid). Although this is a relatively small number for drawing major conclusions, the comments prove instructive. Several of those posting call the wok durable and praise its nonstick performance and cooking capabilities. The users who give the wok ratings of 1- or 2-out-of-5 stars mainly report that the nonstick surface scratches easily.
Review: Calphalon Unison 13-Inch Nonstick Flatbottom Wok with Lid, Contributors to Amazon.com