About Blue Diamond Pan

By HighYa Staff
Published on: Jun 4, 2018

Using ultra-durable ceramic that’s infused with millions of diamond particles, Blue Diamond Pan promises to deliver a coating that’s five times harder, lasts 10 times longer, and transfers heat four times better than the competition.

Together with its solid forged base, heat-safe functionality up to 850°, and ability to roast, broil, bake, low-fat fry, sear, and sauté, the manufacturer advertises it delivers extreme strength and warp prevention, toxin-free (PFOA, PFAS, lead, cadmium) cooking, and is dishwasher safe for quick and easy cleanup. In fact, they claim you can even use metal utensils.

These certainly sound like some fantastic benefits. But, once we move away from marketing sound bites and look at real-world performance, is Blue Diamond really the strongest, longest lasting non-stick pan available? Even then, does it represent the best non-stick option for you?

Let’s start by taking a look at non-stick cookware in general, and coatings infused with diamond particles, specifically.

How Does Diamond-Infused Cookware Work?

In How to Buy the Best Non-Stick Cookware, we explain there are three different types of coatings used in these types of products:

  • Fluoropolymer Gel – Typically sold under the Teflon brand name, this is made from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a plastic polymer resin that’s known for its durability.
  • Silicone – The least expensive option that's baked onto metal, but which is known to lose its non-stick ability quickly.
  • Sol-Gel Ceramic – A ceramic like blend “that incorporates a release agent in the coating to give a slippery texture,” provides good temperature resistance, and offers a variety of color choices.

Related: Non-Stick Cookware 101: Is Teflon Safe?

In the instance of cookware like Blue Diamond, ultra-small diamond particles are added to the ceramic mixture before it’s baked onto the metal, which these manufacturers typically advertise improves hardness, durability, and heat transferability.

However, it’s worth emphasizing that the company behind Blue Diamond Pan doesn’t provide evidence to support their claims that their diamond-infused coating is five times harder, lasts 10 times longer, or transfers heat four times better than the competition. Even the originator of these diamond-infused non-stick coatings (more soon) doesn’t provide evidence to support these claims.

Furthermore, zooming out and looking at the information reported by sites like Geek.com, MSN.com, and ChowHound.com, based on real-world testing (including some conducted by professional chefs), popular diamond-infused non-stick coatings don’t necessarily deliver better performance compared to standard PTFE-based coatings, regardless of price.

Let’s continue our discussion about money in the next section.

How Much Does Blue Diamond Pan Cost?

One 9.5” Blue Diamond Pan is priced at $19.99, plus $8.95 S&H, while you can purchase a second pan during checkout for an additional $8.95 fee.

Each order comes with 50 quick and easy recipes, a 60-day refund policy (less S&H and any fees associated with the second pan), and a limited lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

Note: Per the Warranty listed on the Blue Diamond Pan website, if a claim is filed more than 60 days after purchase, customers are required to pay for S&H to the manufacturer and also include an $8.95 check for return S&H.

In order to request a refund or file a warranty claim, you’ll need to call customer support at 800-430-0475. Next, let’s quickly take a look at who you’ll call and what their online customer reputation is.

Who Makes Blue Diamond Pan?

The Cookware Company (USA), LLC is based out of Tarrytown, NY and has been in business since 2007.

In addition to Blue Diamond, they also manufacture popular brands such as GreenPan (more in the next section), GreenChef, GreenLife, VitaVerde, Twiztt, Michel Roux, Cookware Holland, GERO, Keltum, van Kempen & Begeer, and Fiesta cookware.

Blue Diamond Pan vs. the Competition

While traditional Teflon-based non-stick cookware has been on the market for decades, and ceramic cookware is newer but has still been available for years, it appears that Swiss Diamond is the original diamond-infused non-stick manufacturer. They’ve been in business since 2001.

Based on their length of time in the marketplace, it seems they’ve dominated this cookware niche for a while, although several other companies have recently entered their territory. Some of the top options at the time of our research included:

Company Size(s) Available Price(s)
Blue Diamond Pan 9.5” $19.99
Swiss Diamond Fry pans: 7” - 12.5” $39.95 - $229.95
Copper Chef Diamond Pan 10” $24.99+
Diamotech Pan 9.5”, 12.5” $19.99, $29.99
GreenPan Diamond EverShine 8”, 10”, 12” $89.95 - $99.96
WOLL Diamond Lite Fry Pan 8” - 12" $60 - $135
Happycall 5-Layer Diamond Coating Fry Pan 7.9” - 12.6” $25 - $50

Considering the wide variety of sizes and price points available, how can you choose the best diamond-infused option? As with most consumer purchases, it’s largely going to come down to your individual needs.

For example, returning to our non-stick cookware buying guide, we emphasize that sol-gel ceramic coatings typically boast a better initial release than traditional Teflon.

“However, the non-stick property of sol-gel can degrade faster than conventional PTFE coatings. While a proper use and care play a significant role, if treated similarly, ceramic would lose its non-stick qualities sooner. Not only will ceramic-like non-stick pans wear more quickly, but they are more prone to scratching, reducing their overall durability.

On the other hand, ceramic coatings like Blue Diamond’s are often heat resistant up to 850°, while traditional Teflon begins deteriorating and losing its quality at temps above 500°. So, if high temps are your main concern—as long as you’re ultra-careful when using utensils and washing, then it might deliver a solid option.

Does this necessarily mean you should go ahead and place an order? Let’s fully answer this important question as we come to a conclusion.

Our Final Thoughts About Blue Diamond Pan

While we didn't test any of these pans ourselves to provide firsthand feedback when choosing a non-stick pan, we’ve learned from writing previous articles that quality largely comes down to three distinct—but closely related—factors:

  • The coating’s specific formula, which is frequently proprietary to each manufacturer
  • The number of layers in the coating
  • Each layer’s thickness

We contacted several customer support representatives at the number above looking for these types of details about Blue Diamond, although none were able to provide anything more than what was listed on the website.

If you decide to give the 9.5” pan a try, though, it comes from a company with many years in business and who stands behind it with a 60-day refund and a lifetime limited warranty. Just keep in mind that since you’ll lose your initial $8.95 S&H charge (plus the additional $8.85 fee if you ordered the second pan), it’s not a completely risk-free transaction.

Read next: How to Season, Use, Clean, and Store Your Non-Stick Cookware

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