Blue Diamond Pan Review: Is It a Good Non-Stick Pan?

By HighYa Research Team
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.

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.

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

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. Other Non-Stick Cookware

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 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 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

When choosing a non-stick pan, 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.

» Related: How to Season, Use, Clean, and Store Your Non-Stick Cookware


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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Blue Diamond Broiler Pan

    • Cedar Park, TX,
    • Oct 20, 2019
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    I bought the Broiler Pan yesterday from Bed, Bath & Beyond and used it today. After unpacking, rinse out the pan, put on the stove, put 2 chicken breasts (after seasoning with McCormick chicken season) in the pan, turned on stove and cooked. No oil had to be used and the chicken breasts cooked quickly and were absolutely delicious. I called 3 of my friends and told them to go out and buy 1 of these pans. The money for the pan was very well spent.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Unhappy consumer

    • North Bend, OR,
    • Oct 15, 2019
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    I have a 10-inch fry pan I purchased because of good reviews. It has stuck from day one. It sticks every time even when I use oil. When it sticks it stains, I have to soak it forever to get it clean, even then it doesn't come clean. I will never purchase another.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Lousy pan, no support

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Oct 12, 2019
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    We bought this pan at Target figuring it would be better than a generic pan.

    WRONG!

    Everything has started sticking to it you can't clean it even with Comet and a scrubber.

    I wrote to the company, they are full of crap. Their website says they have full discretion on whether or not to replace a damaged pan.

    They wrote me back saying if I wanted a new pan I would have to send the old one back along with proof of purchase (like people keep all their receipts?) along with $8.95 for shipping of the new one...now...I didn't get a passing grade in advanced math but even if I did have the receipt it's going to cost at least $10.00 to ship this crap back to them and then 9 bucks for shipping? Ok, that's 19 bucks, which is what it cost to buy this piece of crap.

    Bottom line: them and their crappy POS pan. I'm going to post as many bad reviews that I can including a YouTube video showing the junky burned out pan and their non-guarantee and BS correspondence.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed

    • Kinston, NC,
    • Oct 11, 2019
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    Bought the full set a little over 1 year ago. At first, they were great, but now, everything sticks. No matter what we cook, everything sticks. We thought we finally found a set of cookware that we would have for a while, but now we are shopping for a new set of cookware that definitely WILL NOT be Blue Diamond. Sadly we recommended it to our family and friends, who also purchased the set, and they too are having the same problem and have to replace their cookware. Truly a waste of money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Sticking

    • Troy, ID,
    • Oct 10, 2019
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    I don’t heat the pan but recently it begins to gain. I have only had it for two months. I’m wondering if there is a way to get it to stop sticking. There are no scratches but it definitely won’t cook an egg at this point. Very expensive for the quality. Also, I have never run either pan through a dishwasher.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Worst pan I ever had

    • Mounds, OK,
    • Sep 25, 2019
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    From the time I bought it everything stuck. I even tried using cooking spray and oil everything still stuck. I finally threw it in the trash. I wish that I could have given the pan less than one star.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Disappointed

    • Woodruff, SC,
    • Sep 20, 2019
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    I bought 10pc, 12in and 4pc frypan set in February of this year and the fry pans are now sticking horribly. I am very disappointed in this product. It was my first time buying and will be my last. Not sure how to go about contacting customer service as all leads come to a dead end.

    Dissatisfied customer.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Junk!

    • Minnesota,
    • Sep 17, 2019
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    About 3 weeks ago I purchased one of these junk fry pans from Kohl's. Worked great for the first 5 or 6 times I used it - but now it’s virtually useless. Everything sticks to it! I only cooked over-easy eggs and one time it cooked pancakes with it. The pan was never heated over medium-low and never longer than 15 minutes at a time. The issue is not that the pan was overheated. So total cook time is only a few hours before the nonstick no longer worked. Avoid this pan!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Worst pan purchase to date. Non-stick fails in weeks.

    • Louisville, KY,
    • Sep 9, 2019
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    I normally don't write reviews concerning cookware, but after seeing how quickly this pan fails and spending $30+ on it, I felt compelled to warn others. The ONLY thing good about this pan is that it did not warp over the 6 weeks I've used it. The non-stick fails faster than even cheap Teflon pans and is worthless after only 5 weeks of daily use. This was with the utmost care taken to hand clean and not overheat it and not use metal utensils on it. The first few times I used it, I loved it (and thought "finally, an alternative to teflon coating that works"), but after about the 10th or so use, I noticed things began to stick. I thought to myself, "ok, this is the worst it will get", but I was wrong. Everything sticks to it now. I've never seen a pan go bad so quickly (mind you, I've tried the expensive white ceramic non-sticks - and they're only good for 9 months (though it was washed in the dishwasher - my mistake), so I figured Blue Diamond had to be better (I certainly looked nice!), but, alas, it was a complete waste of money.

    Too bad as it's a sturdy and well-built pan - transfers heat excellently. Blue Diamond needs to reformulate and test in the real world before going to market!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Wow...burnt bad

    • Missouri,
    • Sep 6, 2019
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    Oh my word, we brought our new skillet home, washed it, excited about a new non-stick pan. First of all, yes, the handle gets unbelievably hot. I've got a bad scar to prove it. Also, after a couple of uses, noticed it was getting scratches. The warranty did say it was scratch resistance. If it wasn't for the hot handle and the scratches, it is a descent pan. Not worth the pain of a deep burn and recovery time from it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    False advertising

    • California,
    • Aug 23, 2019
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    Bought this pan at Target. As they say, you get what you pay for. This pan is total junk after a couple of weeks as far as being non stick. Very difficult to scrub clean after frying.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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