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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Average Consumer Rating: 1.8
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5 star: 7 4 star: 0 3 star: 3 2 star: 7 1 star:  34
Bottom Line: 18% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 69 out 78 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    • Ohio,
    • Aug 22, 2018
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    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 friend

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  • 33 out 37 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed and disillusioned

    • Alberta, Canada,
    • Oct 5, 2018
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    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

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  • 33 out 33 people found this review helpful

    Terrible

    • Wyoming,
    • Oct 20, 2018
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    I bought this overpriced 12-inch Blue Diamond fry pan. I used it twice and the pan coating is coming off in two places. Two times using a Teflon spatula and the coating is coming off. Never buy this piece of junk pan.

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

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  • 34 out 34 people found this review helpful

    Blue Diamond

    • Amarillo, TX,
    • Oct 27, 2018
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    I had my pans for about 2 months and food started sticking, even though I followed all directions the best way to take care of them. I called customer service on replacement and the representative asked "what kind of stove do you use," and I said glass, and she told me well, that kind of stove doesn't work with our pans. Nowhere that I have seen does that say that on their website or on the pan itself when you buy them new, they should tell the consumers that. Basically, I just wasted money. I think it is false advertisement on their part.

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

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  • 31 out 32 people found this review helpful

    Not as advertised!

    • Ontario, Canada,
    • Nov 1, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    So annoying when TV ads etc. show a product working in such an amazing way that it's hard to believe. Well, this is one of those products. You shouldn't believe what you see on TV. The first use of this pan was a disaster that turned my three fried eggs into a lump of crap. I allowed the eggs to cook on medium heat for a few minutes and tried to "swirl" the eggs around the pan like the ad shows only to have them not move at all. When I tried to get a spatula under them to flip over, the darn things were stuck and I had to force the spatula under them, which made a total mess. I am returning it today without the receipt to Canadian Tire as they will take it back when charged to their card. So disappointed.

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

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  • 28 out 29 people found this review helpful

    Blue Diamond Fry Pan

    • New York,
    • Nov 16, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Not as advertised. I used the pan 12 times since purchase, there are visible pit marks in the finish of the pan, food sticks when trying, the finish on the bottom of the pan wore off when washed, not a durable pan, does not get a passing grade.

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

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  • 18 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • Crescent City, FL,
    • Dec 6, 2018
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    I purchased this as a replacement for a copper one that lasted about 8 months. I followed the instructions (medium heat, no olive oil, etc.). Less than one month and it has already developed a sticky spot. DO NOT waste your money!

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

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  • 22 out 25 people found this review helpful

    The pan is no good

    • Rome, NY,
    • Dec 9, 2018
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    I know nobody who sees this is going to care. And no one high up is going to see this, but this is what happened to me. I bought it from Walmart, it was $30, but I needed a new pan and it looked nice. The next morning I spayed Pam in the pan and cooked eggs, and everything came out like they said it would. The problem is, after I wash the pan you can see where the fork made marks in the bottom of the pan. That night I made stir fry and again more marks in the bottom of the pan. At this rate, the pan won't last a month. It's a waste of money.

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

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  • 22 out 23 people found this review helpful

    Terrible pan

    • British Columbia, Canada,
    • Dec 17, 2018
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    Typical BS. Don't waste your time! I cooked two fried eggs in a brand new pan, tried to turn them over and forget it! The eggs stuck and no way I could turn them over, they broke everywhere, it was absolutely nothing like the commercial I saw the day before on TV.

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

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  • 14 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Hot handle

    • Nevada,
    • Dec 26, 2018
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    I bought two of the frying pans at Bed Bath & Beyond. I used it the next morning and it cooked breakfast really well. The only problem was the handle got hot. And I wasn't even using it for a long time. The last time I used it was when I was making fried rice and wanted to switch to a different burner. I instinctively grabbed the handle to move it and dropped the pan and all the dried rice with it, because the handle was extremely hot. I checked the packaging and it even said there the handle stays cool. Very dangerous pan. The least they could have done was provide a leather sheath for the handle. Very bad design.

    Unless they fix this problem, I would not recommend this pan.

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

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  • 17 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed

    • Elk River, MN,
    • Dec 29, 2018
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    I bought this set two weeks ago and two of the larger frying pans already have scratches and chips in the surfaces. I feel like this set was a waste of money. I am very dissatisfied with this product.

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

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