About Blue Diamond Pan
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.
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:
|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.
2 out 3 people found this review helpful
Love Blue Diamond Pan
I've owned my Blue Diamond 12" fry pan for about 2 weeks. It's everything the advertising says it is. You will need a small amount of oil to "fry" eggs.
Before I bought it, I looked at reviews, including one conducted by a man beating one pan, and babying the other one. Both Blue Diamond.
I followed his advice as well as that from the manufacturer. Don't use cooking spray or olive oils, as those have different heat requirements and can burn.
I used Canola oil. And really, you need very little. I cook for self and one other adult. Omelet, veggie/rice/chicken stove top casserole type meals. Leftovers. Simmered hot dogs.
I use only plastic utensils.
One drawback, the handle gets hot. Knowing that in advance, I have hot pads ready.
Based on more than 50 years of experience cooking family meals, using all types of pans, I recommend the following:
1. Don't use meat with bones in it, bones are sharp and have scratched other types of non-stick.
2. Give this pan its own shelf, with nothing stored inside it.
3. Cook on a lower temperature than you might use with aluminum or stainless steel pans, worth the extra time it takes.
4. Let it cool before washing and rinsing.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
8 out 10 people found this review helpful
Disappointed and disillusioned
I was excited to buy our pan about three weeks ago, and I took excellent care of it. I never put it in the dishwasher, even though they said you could. I only fried in it and even used a rubber spatula. Now I notice some pitting has occurred. You can't tell me that you could beat in it like they show. Either we just got a lemon or their advertising is a scam. I threw my bill away so I can't return it now...boo hoo. I will never buy another one.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
44 out 50 people found this review helpful
The Blue Diamond pan is a piece of crap! I cooked three scrambled eggs on low heat, stirred with a wooden spoon and still a third of the eggs stuck to the pan. Don't buy it! The ad on Facebook is very misleading.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friendView all 3 commentsHide comments
Aug 27, 2018
Hi Tate S.! Thank you for your review, as I have been in the market for a new pan and finding it very frustrating! Mostly because my husband and I have different view points! I have a question for you. Did you grease the pan prior to cooking the eggs? Does it tell you not to? I only ask because I had purchased a couple of pans from Copper Chef and I absolutely loved the skillet, especially for eggs! However, they tell you not to grease the pan but I always do out of habit. It was a great pan! Now, my husband hated it! He would always grab a different pan to cook with, complaining that the Copper Chef pan would stick and burn up but he never greased it.
We had a lifetime warranty and all, and the week we were packing up the place to move from Florida to Ohio, he burned it pretty bad on searing salmon! We couldn't be bothered while moving so in the trash it went! I would like to purchase another one or set, and he says absolutely no! So I was just checking out this line of pans and I came across your review! If you don't mind answering the two questions I have, I would greatly appreciate it, or you could just tell me to run! LOL. I appreciate consumer reviews because they always give you an honest, unbiased opinions on what you're looking to purchase.
Sep 13, 2018
I would like to take the time to respond to you because it seems to be a great pan, and Tate seems to have ignored you. It is a great non-stick pan, but it does need to be oiled when used. They tell you to only use vegetable oil or butter, and not to use olive oil or spray because they do not stand up to high heat, and can burn a film onto the pan surface. They also ask that you NOT season it.
Also, regardless of the commercial statements, it's best not to bang it with a hammer or sandpaper it. It should be washed with warm soapy water and a paper towel or gentle sponge, or put in the dishwasher. Most of this information is available under the FAQ tab on this webpage.
Lastly, I'm sorry Tate ignored you. I don't think he used oil, or he used the wrong oil as mentioned above. But if you're still not sure, go on to YouTube and search for Blue Diamond Pan reviews and you will see many people who used it properly have loved the pan.
Sep 16, 2018
The fact is the TV commercial leads you to believe you don't use oil or butter. Thanks for your review. I suspected as much. I will continue using my cast iron skillets and keep my money. Sad but, this is why I don't order anything As Seen OnTV.