Presto 5900 1500-Watt Stainless-Steel Electric Wok, 14-Inch

Last updated date: July 2, 2020

DWYM Score
9.1

Presto 5900 1500-Watt Stainless-Steel Electric Wok, 14-Inch

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Overall Take

You won't need a stove or oven to use this wok, as it has an electric heating element. The wok itself is made out of stainless steel and has an aluminum-clad base. With your purchase, you'll also receive a matching glass lid and a long-handled wooden spatula. In our analysis of 226 expert reviews, the Presto Presto 1500-Watt Electric Wok, 14-Inch placed 4th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 2, 2020:
Checkout The Best Wok for a detailed review of all the top woks.

Expert Summarized Score
9.3
36 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
759 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Heats quickly. There is no waiting around for this wok to reach temperature. If you cook in a hurry, this is your wok.
- Review Lab
Stands out from competitors with a powerful, 1,500-watt heating element and dependable stainless steel construction.
- BestReviews
Being made of a durable and also reliable stainless steel body, going wrong with the built quality is impossible. In fact, the even heating advantage is what you would appreciate while you cook.
- The Top Pro
The wok is made of stainless steel, which promises a certain level of durability, and it's dishwasher safe (and so is the lid), which is a huge plus.
- Kitchen Byte
Both the lid and the bowl are dishwasher safe to make cleaning a breeze.
- Wise Bread
April 30, 2015 | Full review
This heats to a maximum of 400 degrees, but users report that they get the best results at less than the maximum. Since this doesn’t have a nonstick interior, you can use any utensils in it without worrying about scratching the surface
- The Spruce Eats
February 28, 2019 | Full review
Presto 5900 1500 Watt stainless steel electric wok is your easy and quick way to prepare smoking hot stir-fry meals.
- Cookware Stuffs
May 8, 2019 | Full review
The cover has the construction of tempered glass that makes it strong. The handle and the rim are also made with stainless steel. This product comes with a wooden spatula with a long hand and it is absolutely dishwasher safe.
- Top 10 Focus
There are side-loop handles that the pot easily move and easily display when cooking is done. Visible glass lid has a steel ring and top handle, so you can see your food while cooks.
- B4 Best Reviews
Unlike others, it has a side loop handles that allows users to grip and lift the wok up more conveniently.
- A Top Daily
This electric wok has a Side loop handles thus you can transfer the appliance from one place to another safely. Other than that, it comes with a tempered glass cover that allows you to see inside.
- CTOP Reviews
The best thing about this electric wok is its large capacity. It’s cost-effective and is one of the best kitchen investments you could ever have. The durability of the product is worth praise as well.
- Village Bakery
January 21, 2019 | Full review
But for the price, this one is a great deal.
- Bustle
September 23, 2018 | Full review
The device includes a tempered-glass cover complete with a stainless steel handle and rim as well as side loop handles on the wok itself. The lid and wok are both dishwasher safe, with the wok measuring 17x14x10 inches. It also comes with a long-handled wooden spatula.
- 99 Smart Homes
It has some amazing features and a great price and you’ll find it an extremely useful, easy-to-use addition to your kitchen. This is also one of the biggest woks out there when it comes to surface area so you’ll be able to cook as much food as you need to.
- Expert Product Reviewer
With a capacity of 7 quarts and heating capacity of up to 400 F, this is an excellent electric wok when you want to make a meal quickly for a large crowd.
- FamilyNano
Presto electric wok is still an excellent budget option for most households.
- Kitchen Sanity
April 26, 2018 | Full review
The first thing you’ll notice about this electric wok is that it’s constructed entirely out of stainless steel, making it extremely durable.
- Guide Nerd
Perfectly dishwasher-safe and sink safe, it is an ideal product when you need easy cleaning and is capable of serving a large family.
- Theme Country
July 10, 2019 | Full review
The fact that this product doesn't have a nonstick coating is an advantage
- Chew The World
While some people may view the lack of a non-stick coating as a downside, it may actually make things easier for you. Without this coating, you will find it easier to season the bowl on your own using oil, prior to cooking.
- 10 Best Ranked
April 24, 2019 | Full review
The stainless steel body of this wok makes it lightweight, easy to use, and easy to retain heat, for excellent results, and minimum maintenance.
- Kitchen Jen
July 1, 2020 | Full review
There are 4 legs on the bottom that can keep the wok stable during you are frying the food.
- Kitchen Appliance Land
April 15, 2019 | Full review
You can take this durable wok anywhere and enjoy even heating and versatility. It boasts an aluminum base and a 1500 watt heating element for speedy heating.
- Bestcovery
This amazing wok is dishwasher safe, as well as its durable lid. A long-handled wooden spatula is also included to kick-start your stir-frying endeavors.
- The Wise Spoon
First, it is very durable thanks to its stainless steel body, and it is very easy to figure out how to use it.
- Breves Defilles
The most amazing thing about this wok is it’s dishwasher safe! Very unusual in my experience for an electric wok.
- Veg Byte
February 19, 2019 | Full review
They are Long-handled wooden spatula included; dishwasher-safe wok and lid.
- Ama Top 10
Lightweight alloy makes it ultra-portable for more accessible transport to the dining table. Robust stainless steel design also makes the cookware straightforward to clean and health-risk-free.
- Pick My Wok
Its surfaces aren’t nonstick which means that you can use any utensils with it without fearing for the scratches.
- Yum China
March 28, 2019 | Full review
It is also affordable and durable, which is a unique factor to consider when purchasing the wok. Besides, you are likely to find cooking more enjoyable since the wok is easy-to-use, and clean afterwards.
- Electric Woks For Cooking
August 27, 2018 | Full review
You can get authentic wok experience while cooking with this incredible wok. Heat is evenly and thoroughly distributed and the food prepared requires minimum amount of oil.
- Gordon Ladd's Kitchen
It’s an easy- to- use electric wok with a durable stainless- steel body.
- Simplifried
We believe the Presto to be the best choice you have today because of its large 17 inch diameter, the 1500 Watt power heating element that can heat up the cooking surface to 400 degree Fahrenheit in a matter of seconds, and also because of the lack of any non stick coating.
- Kitchen Gadget Wars
The stainless steel body is extremely durable and can withstand high temperatures and the wear and tear that you put the pan through. It is also corrosion resistant, so you don’t have to worry about damaging the pan with acidic ingredients.
- The Lively Kitchen
April 11, 2018 | Full review
This model is an elegant electric wok that I am sure it will look very good on your kitchen counter it has a beautiful silver finish, and the shine given by the stainless steel makes it perfect in any décor you may have for your kitchen.
- Best Electric Woks Review
What experts didn't like
Sensitive temperature controls. The slightest change in the dial drastically effects the temperature. You’ll need to be careful to maintain the right amount of heat.
- Review Lab
The wok primarily heats up on the bottom, making it hard to cook food on the sides of the pan.
- BestReviews
One thing I noticed is that the cord is a bit too short, which takes away from the wok's portability – unless you have plenty of outlets in your kitchen, you won't be able to move it around as much.
- Kitchen Byte
The control cord is a little short
- Wise Bread
April 30, 2015 | Full review
While food is more likely to stick to stainless steel than a coated surface, that is less of a problem when using oil in a hot pan and stirring often.
- The Spruce Eats
February 28, 2019 | Full review
Sides are not slanted
- Top 10 Focus
Heavy
- CTOP Reviews
The only drawback is that some reviewers complained its sides don’t get as hot as the base, so if you want more even heat distribution, check out some of the higher-end options.
- Bustle
September 23, 2018 | Full review
Some users commented on fumes coming off the heating plug during first use.
- FamilyNano
While it's not the most powerful electric wok on the market and it heats up a bit unevenly
- Kitchen Sanity
April 26, 2018 | Full review
Only reaches temperatures of 300 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Chew The World
Can only reach a maximum temperature of 350 degrees
- 10 Best Ranked
April 24, 2019 | Full review
Because it does not have a non-stick coating, you may get some burnt food remains on the bottom. However, since it is dishwasher safe, that should not be that much of a problem.
- Kitchen Jen
July 1, 2020 | Full review
But it has some disadvantages. The food is still easy to stick to the wok even you use more oil. It’s also mean you have to absorb more fat from the food.
- Kitchen Appliance Land
April 15, 2019 | Full review
The downside is; compared to other woks in the market that transfer heat throughout the entire wok, the heat is only centralized at the very bottom of the Presto Electric Wok.
- The Wise Spoon
Can’t toss food or move wok during cooking
- Veg Byte
February 19, 2019 | Full review
Bottom gets very hot
- Ama Top 10
Sensitive thermostat works with finesse and caution
- Pick My Wok
The only disadvantage with the Presto electric wok is that it can only reach up to cooking temperatures as high as 350 Fahrenheit.
- Gordon Ladd's Kitchen
Only the very bottom gets hot
- Simplifried

From The Manufacturer

The quick and easy way to prepare sizzling stir-fry meals. Healthy stir-fry cooking sears ingredients in just a small amount of oil to preserve nutrients as well as fresh colors, flavors, and textures. 120 volts, 60 Hz only. It should not be used with an adapter.

Overall Product Rankings

An Overview On Woks

The wok is one of the most useful pieces of kitchen equipment for both professional chefs and home cooks. It has been used in Chinese kitchens for centuries and is now a staple in many kitchens around the world.

“There’s a reason why the wok is the single most important tool in the Asian kitchen: its incredible versatility,” says our resident culinary expert Julie Chernoff, a long-time food journalist and dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. “Stir fry, deep fry, steam, blanch… the wok can do it all.”

In order to use the wok effectively, you need to first have very high heat. This results in meals that cook in a short amount of time. Because of the high heat, it’s important to use the right amount of oil so that the ingredients don’t stick to the pan. In many recipes, the ingredients, such as chicken, beef, pork or fish, plus vegetables like carrots or cabbage, are seared on the high heat in the wok, before being used in a different cooking method in the same pan. The wok can be used to boil ingredients in a liquid or steam them by using the lid.

Don’t overfill the wok. If this happens, the ingredients will cook too slowly and you won’t get the proper amount of heat. Before putting any ingredients in the pan, it’s critical to prepare all of your ingredients by washing, cutting and setting them out. This mise en place technique ensures that you can add the right ingredient to the wok at the right time.

One of the most common ways a wok is used is to make a stir fry.

“The key to a great stir fry is to cut up each ingredient to similar size so that they cook in the same amount of time (meaning equal-size chunks of protein, or all ¼-inch thick carrot coins, etc.), and to know what order to add them to the wok,” Chernoff explains. “Aromatics are added first, then ingredients in order of length of cooking time, from longest to shortest.”

DWYM Fun Fact

Ever wonder why some woks have round bottoms while others have flat ones? Their unique design actually dictates what kind of stove they are best for.

“Round-bottom woks will come with a metal collar/ring to keep them steady over a gas flame; flat-bottom woks are best for electric stovetops, but can also be used over gas,” explains Chernoff.

The classic wok has a rounded bottom as it was used on a traditional charcoal fire. On a gas stove, however, the metal ring provides stability so that the pan can be used safely. If you have a round-bottom wok and an electric stove, you will find that the pan doesn’t sit properly on the cooking element. However, there are wok add-ons available that make it easier to use your round-bottom wok on an electric element.

The Wok Buying Guide

  • An important element to consider when selecting your wok is the material it’s made out of. “While there are many expensive Westernized versions available — made of copper, stainless steel, or even with nonstick surfaces — it’s hard to beat the classic carbon steel,” Chernoff says. “Although the carbon steel must be seasoned before first use, and cleaned thoroughly after each use and reoiled, the extra care and time are well worth it for the final product.” The Calphalon Flat-Bottom Wok is made out of hard-anodized aluminum, while the Lodge Cast Iron Loop Handle Mini Wok, 9-Inch is 100% cast iron and comes seasoned. The Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless Steel Wok, 14-Inch has an aluminum core between two stainless steel layers. Other woks are made of heavy gauge carbon steel.
  • If you want to avoid using excess oil in your cooking, you may want to pay attention to the non-stick coating on your work. The Calphalon Flat-Bottom Wok has three layers of non-stick coating, while the Lodge Cast Iron Loop Handle Mini Wok, 9-Inch has been seasoned with 100% vegetable oil. The seasoning improves as the pan is used.
  • The way your wok retains heat and distributes heat can affect the outcome of your recipe. The Calphalon Flat-Bottom Wok ensures even heating with its aluminum construction. However, the Lodge Cast Iron Loop Handle Mini Wok, 9-Inch boasts better heat retention than any other material. The Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless Steel Wok, 14-Inch provides even heating for excellent browning and searing and gives cooks full control of the cooking process.
  • Because the wok is operated on such high heat, it’s important that the handles on the wok enable the cook to move it around safely, without having to touch the pan. “Look for a wok with a long wooden handle on one side and a helping handle opposite it for handling and moving the wok,” directs Chernoff.
  • The Calphalon Flat-Bottom Wok has one long, brushed stainless steel handle that stays cool on the stovetop. On the other hand, the Lodge Cast Iron Loop Handle Mini Wok, 9-Inch has two assist loop handles for a safe and secure grip. However, they do heat up while cooking and can only be held using an oven mitt to avoid injury. The Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless Steel Wok, 14-Inch has one long, brushed stainless steel handle and one assist loop handle. Other woks have a long ergonomic phenolic handle and a small assist handle, which stays cool while cooking.
  • If you’re interested in exploring the versatility of the wok, then “look for a wok with a lid,” as Chernoff guides. This “helps with steaming and simmering ingredients during cooking.” The Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless Steel Wok, 14-Inch comes with a clear tempered glass lid, while the Calphalon Flat-Bottom Wok and the Lodge Cast Iron Loop Handle Mini Wok, 9-Inch don’t come with a lid.
  • Whether you’re routinely cooking for a crowd or just for your family will dictate the size of wok you need. “You’re not going to need a gigantic wok (like the ones used in Asian restaurants), and you want to make sure that it will fit over one burner on your stovetop,” explains Chernoff. The Calphalon Flat-Bottom Wok is 10 inches, while the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless Steel Wok, 14-Inch is 14 inches. The Lodge Cast Iron Loop Handle Mini Wok, 9-Inch is on the smaller side at just 9 inches.