Struggling to figure out which frying pan you need?
You’re not alone.
These days, picking a pan with the right cookware material is like choosing a treat in a candy store. They all look the same, and you’ll get a huge sugar boost. But every flavor is different and could make or break your experience.
And while popular options like cast iron and stainless steel are great, they may not be what you’re looking for.
Introducing Blue Diamond.
The diamond-infused ceramic pan that’s meant to last ten times longer is 5 times harder and has 4 times better heat transfer.
Continue reading this blue diamond pan review to learn more about its features, pros and cons, and whether you should buy it or not.
Blue Diamond Pan Review
Launching in 2016 by The Cookware Company, Blue Diamond isn’t as established as other brands – but is still an innovative idea.
The pan offers consumers the convenience of nonstick coating without all the health risks associated with PFAS chemicals.
Along with this, Blue Diamond offers:
- Fast heat transfer
- Oven and broiler safe
- Suitable for all stovetops – except induction
- Completely free of PFOA, lead, and cadmium
- 10x longer lasting and 5x harder
- Forged base that prevents warping and degradation
- Metal utensil and dishwasher safe
- 4x better heat conduction
- Highly affordable
But, is this pan right for you?
How We Tested
- Egg Test: Fry up to 50 eggs individually with no oil until they start sticking
- Make Brocolli and Feta Frittata, starting on the stovetop and finishing in the oven
- Have two testers saute peas and give feedback
- Wash the pan at least 10 times by hand
- Egg Test: Fry another 50 eggs to see if the nonstick coating has deteriorated
- Boil water to measure the temperature and evaluate its heat retention and conductivity.
- Scrape a metal spatula 50 times across the pan’s cooking surface
- Cut the pan three times with a kitchen knife
- Scrape a metal spatula another 50 times to observe for scratching
- Heat the pan to 400°F and submerge in ice water to check for warping
- Bang the pan three times on a cement block
First, let’s set the tone.
“So nonstick, its like cooking on air.”
“Nothing sticks to Blue Diamond’s ceramic non-stick surface.”
Let these statements sink in for a moment.
After all, they’re pretty big claims to make. But does it live up to them?
Well, the simple answer is no.
Firstly, food does stick to the cooking surface. Because after only two eggs of the first 50-egg test, it started to stick.
And despite it being a nonstick frying pan, the company recommends using a little oil or butter to prevent sticking.
Which wasn’t a great start. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher.
When you read Blue Diamond’s care and use instructions, they suggest cooking with oils that have high smoke points, such as corn oil, olive oil, and peanut oil.
It kind of defeats the point of a nonstick pan, no?
Later on, it says:
“Because of the excellent heat conductivity of your pan and the non-stick Blue Diamond layer, food and oil can carbonize very rapidly. Always cook on low to medium heat and only use high heat for searing or browning.”Blue Diamond Care & Use Instructions
This contradicts their claim that the pan is oven-safe and can withstand temperatures of up to 800°F.
I also found this section that really interested me.
“Note: after a while, there is a natural reduction of the non-stick properties. This process is accelerated by prolonged exposure of the non-stick surface to high heat, which causes carbonization of food and oil. The Blue Diamond non-stick technology can withstand accidental overheating up to 450°C for short periods, which is a safety feature. This means that if the pan is accidentally overheated, no toxic fumes will be released. In addition, the coating itself will not blister or peel.”Blue Diamond Care & Use Instructions
A natural reduction of the non-stick properties?
I can’t help but feel this is an understatement.
Because as I mentioned before, it only took 2 eggs before it started to stick. And that was with no prior use.
Plus, throughout the 50-egg test, I ensured the temperature remained in a low to medium heat range for fair results.
Now, it’s important to note that Blue Diamond NEVER claims the pan doesn’t need any oil.
Not on any part of their website or in any of their commercials.
But if a frying pan’s nonstick, you EXPECT it doesn’t need any oil. After all, that’s one of the benefits of using ceramic cookware.
And I firmly believe this is why there’s such outrage from customers.
As a measure of care, I continued the 50-egg test with a dash of olive oil. And funnily enough, it made it through all the eggs in the end.
Either way, it still failed this test.
For my other performance tests, I made Beef Stir-Fry, as well as Brocolli and Feta Cheese Frittata. I wanted to see how the pan performed with large volume recipes.
All things considered, it did well. In fact, it made me second guess whether I had conducted my 50-egg test correctly.
But throughout testing, I felt I had to be cautious when stirring ingredients due to the pan’s flared sides.
The limited cooking space didn’t help either.
As you can see, for this pan, I had just over 8 inches of cooking surface to work with.
And because of this, it caused food to spill out, causing an awful mess that I’d have to spend cleaning up. Not something you want when you’re in a rush.
But maybe I was finding faults for the sake of it.
With that in mind, I’m always one for second chances.
So, I conducted another 50-egg test to see if the nonstick coating had deteriorated after some use. This time, I was determined NOT to use any oil, no matter what.
Yep, you guessed it.
It failed again.
But to be fair, it made it to 10 eggs this time.
So what did I take away from this?
With a bit of oil, it still performs as well as most of its competitors. And it did a good enough job when cooking high-volume meals.
But that’s the crutch. A good enough job.
Can I sit here and recommend a pan because it does a good enough job? Perhaps, if I was like other reviewers.
Truthfully, if you have enough of a budget, I’d suggest looking elsewhere, based on the performance alone.
But the Blue Diamond pan could be good enough if you’re on a tight budget.
You’re mainly considering this pan because of the bold claims in the infomercial.
After all, who doesn’t want a durable pan that lasts forever?
Even I was impressed.
But are these claims too good to be true? Let’s take a look.
The Blue Diamond pan is oven-safe, making it perfect for frittatas, stir-frys, and even quiches. But it is unique because it doesn’t use Teflon (PTFE) for its nonstick coating.
Most of its competitors do.
Why does this matter?
Well, Teflon isn’t able to withstand temperatures above 500°F. Otherwise, it begins to degrade and release toxic fumes. And this limits what you can use the pan for.
For example, broiling requires temperatures above 550°F.
But luckily, with the Blue Diamond pan, you won’t have to worry because of its ceramic coating. Which makes it highly versatile in the kitchen and saves you time cleaning up.
You also have the added advantage of the pan “supposedly” being metal utensil and dishwasher safe.
Is there nothing this pan can’t do?
Note the hint of sarcasm in my voice.
Because when you start reading the manufacturer instructions, you quickly learn this isn’t the case.
In fact, they recommend ONLY using plastic utensils whenever possible and handwashing too.
Of course, it’s common practice to use plastic utensils on cookware, so we can prolong their lifespan and protect any nonstick coating.
But still, it doesn’t paint Blue Diamond in a good light.
And it makes you question everything the company claims.
For my durability tests, the pan did okay. It wasn’t amazing, but it outperformed competitors like the Red Copper pan.
After the first spatula test, there weren’t many scratches on the cooking surface.
However, I did notice minor marks around the edges.
When I cut into it with a kitchen knife, clear, visible marks were left. But that was to be expected.
And on the final spatula test, more marks were left on the pan.
So what do these tests prove?
Well, obviously, these tests aren’t a true reflection of a pan’s everyday use. Simply, they’re an accelerated test representing the normal wear and tear it might experience.
But, it proves that the pan isn’t metal utensil safe.
And that’s disappointing, considering this is one of the pan’s unique selling points.
And it’s even more disheartening when you see reviews like this.
On the flip side, under the utensils section of Blue Diamond’s care and use instructions, they do say:
“Your cookware has the Blue DiamondTM ceramic non-stick coating, you can use metal utensils but plastic, rubber or wooden utensils are recommended to prolong the life of the pan. However the coating cannot withstand sharp objects or cutting with a fork or knife.”Blue Diamond Care & Use Instructions
Perhaps I am being unfair.
But to find all this additional information, I had to do some severe digging.
And I couldn’t help but think, “If only this was more visible for consumers.”
That being said, I proceeded to the next batch of durability tests. This time, I heated the pan to 400°F and plunged it into a bucket full of ice and water to see if it warped.
Now here’s where things get interesting.
Because it did well on this occasion. Like, really well.
No wobbling. No bumps. Nothing.
And it surprised me because while aluminum is a strong metal, it tends to warp easily.
But the pan’s forged base gives it the extra strength to prevent warping in extreme conditions.
Still, I researched further to see what other customers were saying.
And this painted a VERY different picture. Check out the reviews on Amazon for yourself, and I’ll let you be the judge.
I hit the pan against a concrete block three times for the final durability test to see if the manufacturer’s claims were genuine.
It should be easy, considering they hit it with a hammer in the infomercial.
Needless to say, it did a poor job on this occasion. The bottom of the pan had huge bumps, so much so that it wasn’t circular anymore.
And the coating had pretty much burst off the cooking surface too.
But, you don’t have to take my word for it.
You see the results in our video review to see what happened in real-time.
Here’s where it gets controversial.
So grab some popcorn and buckle up.
Because here’s where I feel the commercial misleads customers by using a clever play on words.
Before we start, diamonds ARE better at conducting heat than copper. This is because of their immense mass of carbon atoms and their bond’s strength.
But when you first watch the commercial, it appears they’re claiming the Blue Diamond pan conducts heat 4x faster than copper pans.
After all, you’re watching a commercial about a pan, right?
But when you listen closely, they say:
“DIAMONDS transfer heat 4 times faster than copper.”
Not the pan.
They state it here.
And even here.
Now, you can look at this from two sides.
From a company perspective, they’ve plastered it everywhere to try and be as open and transparent to their customers as possible.
On the other side, the suspicious side of me is screaming…
“They’re only do this so can they protect themselves.”
Whichever side of the argument you’re on, I think it’s a grey area. Is it misleading? Or slightly immoral? I believe it’s both.
And I’m sure this customer feels the same.
Either way, I wanted to test its heat transfer and retention. I analyzed the pan’s temperature without any food to see how well it did.
Overall, it heated quickly. In fact, it reached boiling temperature (around 200°F) in just over 2 minutes.
Which isn’t half bad.
So based on this alone, it’s definitely a pan you could consider if you’re always in a rush or have a busy household like I do.
But when you compare it to the Red Copper Pan, it isn’t much different.
There’s around a 10-20 second difference between the two pans. So unless you’re sitting there with a timer, you probably won’t notice any difference.
Is it a deal-breaker? Probably not.
Do I feel the diamonds themselves affect the heat transfer? No.
If anything, the aluminum base plays the most crucial part.
After all, aluminum has four times better thermal conductivity compared to steel. And it’s twice as good at distributing heat than zinc.
Throughout my tests, I never noticed any cold or hot spots on the pan – even when I did my thermal conductivity analysis.
And when I gave the pan to testers, they didn’t notice anything specifically.
Overall, food was cooked evenly across the pan’s surface.
Cleaning & Ease of Use
As you can probably tell, there’s a pattern to each section – a bold claim and actual reality.
Let me explain.
The claim: it’s dishwasher safe.
The reality: It’s not.
Or at least it’s advised not to.
When you remove all the packaging on the pan, you’re greeted with manufacturer recommendations.
And as you can see, on this, it says, “To keep the durability of your non-stick, we recommend handwash.”
This is because of the high alkalinity levels in dishwasher detergents. Some might contain phosphates or chlorine bleach, which eats away at a ceramic pan’s nonstick coating and causes it to degrade over time.
Instead, Blue Diamond suggests you use warm soapy water and then dry with a clean, soft towel.
Although the company does reiterate that the pan is dishwasher safe.
Personally, I wouldn’t chance it.
Up until now, cleaning this frying pan has been simple. Even when it failed the 50-egg tests, it’s been easy to clean, and any stubborn food has eventually lifted off.
The only downside – grease and fat would sometimes splatter and end up in the open parts of the handle, which was hard to clean.
This leads me to the pan’s ease of use.
One of Blue Diamond’s biggest claims is that food easily slides off the pan.
Overall, it’s a pretty versatile pan to have in the kitchen. We discuss how its design, weight, and balance all play a part in this later on.
That being said, if I said food slides off with ease, I’d be lying.
And we’ve covered precisely why in the previous sections above.
On first impression, the Blue Diamond pan looks fantastic. It certainly stands out from the crowd.
If you look closely, you’ll see tiny sparkles from the infused diamonds contrasting with its dark blue color, giving it a premium, aesthetic appearance.
You can even see diamonds on the handle.
Blue Diamond’s hollow, riveted handle isn’t too long either. And it doesn’t create an imbalance when you hold it.
I could comfortably hold it with one hand and still have a secure grip.
The Blue Diamond pan weighs 1.6 lbs, which is lighter than most competitors.
For example, the Calphalon 12” nonstick frying pan weighs about 2.9 lbs. Although the Gotham Steel 12 Inch Frying Pan is only 1 lb in weight.
|Gotham Steel 12-Inch Frying Pan||1 lb|
|Blue Diamond 12-Inch Frying Pan||1.6 lbs|
|Greenpan Rio Ceramic 12-Inch Fry Pan||2.1 lbs|
|Calphalon Nonstick 12-Inch Fry Pan||2.9 lbs|
This pan is effortless to maneuver and transition from stovetop to oven. And when I gave the pan to testers to sauté peas, they loved being able to flip food easily.
And because of the handle design and weight, you don’t feel like it’s cutting into your palm.
Something I seriously hate!
The pan feels really solid. Its warp-resistant base is second to none and helps it stand out due to its unique design.
Next, the cons.
Despite Blue Diamond claiming the handle stays cool, this is not the case.
While using the pan, on several occasions, I noticed the handle heated up.
Not so much it’ll burn you, but you could certainly feel the difference.
And this was a common theme throughout testing.
My independent testers also noticed the handle heated up when sauteing peas.
And we’re not the only ones to experience this either.
Now it isn’t clear how hot the handle could get.
But as you can see, some customers describe using oven mitts to protect their hands.
Not a good sign.
And based on my experience with the pan, I’d say there’s some weight to this too.
But still, there isn’t any mention of stay-cool handles on the company’s official website.
They only mention them on their new triple steel cookware range.
And if you look at Blue Diamond’s care and use instructions, they do admit the handle heats up after prolonged use.
Is this misleading? I’ll leave that one for you to decide.
But I feel it is.
And then there’s the issue of induction compatibility. The Blue Diamond pan only works on gas or electric stovetops.
Induction stovetops need a metallic base to work. But the Blue Diamond pan has an aluminum base, which is not magnetic.
And while this isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker, some competitor products are induction compatible.
And for not much extra cost too.
This surprised me. Especially considering that induction stovetops have been rising in popularity globally over recent years.
In fact, in 2020, the induction cooktop market was valued at approximately 18,667.7 million USD. And from 2021 to 2028, this market is expected to grow by 8.5% yearly.
I can’t help but feel Blue Diamond shot themselves in the foot on this one.
Either way, if you want an induction-compatible Blue Diamond product, just be aware it comes with a higher price tag. You’ll have to consider the Blue Diamond Triple Steel cookware range instead.
The Blue Diamond pan is part of a larger collection of diamond-infused cookware.
You can choose from:
- 4-Piece Set
- 9-Piece Set
- 10-Piece Set
- 14-Piece Set
- Fry Pan Set (10 & 11-Inches)
- Saucepan Set (1 & 2-Quart)
- 5 Quart Saute Pan
- 10-Inch Grill Pan
- 11-Inch Griddle
You are also able to purchase frying pans and saucepans individually.
At first glance, they look incredibly appealing. The Blue Diamond pan is undoubtedly more affordable than its competitors.
Because of the materials used during manufacturing and where it comes from.
Aluminum is one of the cheapest metals to use in cookware – much cheaper than copper or stainless steel.
|Material||Unit Price per Ton|
Aluminum also has high thermal conductivity, meaning its an excellent heat conductor. This is why most manufacturers choose to include it in their bases.
And Blue Diamond can outprice their competitors by manufacturing its products in China. China has some of the cheapest labor costs worldwide and low regulator compliance.
Which can be good and bad, depending on how you look at it.
But that’s a debate for another day.
On the plus side, the company offers a standard 90-day money-back guarantee on all their cookware products.
The only major downside is they charge you shipping and handling fees. Typically, this is about $8.95 in total.
Blue diamond also offers customers a limited lifetime warranty if they discover defects after the 90-day money-back guarantee.
And I loosely say limited.
Because unfortunately, this doesn’t cover things like the nonstick coating.
And this is something you’ll likely need based on the vast number of negative customer reviews.
Blue Diamond Reviews
On the face of it, customers really like the Blue Diamond collection on Amazon.
In June 2022, the Blue Diamond frying pan range had 23,540 ratings. Over 76% of customers recommended these products with a five-star rating.
But that isn’t the WHOLE picture.
If you really start looking, you begin to notice a pattern.
I filtered through all of the verified 1-star reviews on Amazon to understand the common problems.
After all, it’s better to ask people who actually bought it.
Over 55.9% of negative reviews mentioned food sticking or the nonstick coating deteriorating.
A further 22.6% described how the handle got hot, despite Blue Diamond boasting about their stay-cool handles.
Here’s one customer’s perspective about the poor nonstick coating on Facebook:
And here’s a customer’s thoughts on Blue Diamond’s customer support.
Obviously, any negative feedback centered around poor customer support is a concern.
And we should assume these types of complaints are legitimate.
But what I did notice in some of these reviews is one of the following:
- They won’t confirm there’s a lifetime guarantee
- I tried to call their customer service, but it kept ringing
- It took ages for my order, and customer support wouldn’t help.
Now, to Blue Diamond’s credit, they are transparent when it comes to customer information.
For example, I found a specific page for their limited warranty (not lifetime) and all the information I needed on their 90-day money-back guarantee.
They also have a dedicated customer support page where you can access information on your orders. You can quickly get any contact details you need too.
Now, some of these reviews you should take with a pinch of salt.
After all, sometimes these are left by unhappy customers who have simply been caught out.
But what’s truly worrying is when customers mention how the company makes it difficult to acquire a refund.
So even if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter, you might be stuck with a useless frying pan or one that ends up at the landfill.
There’s no smoke without fire, as they say.
And honestly, your money is better spent elsewhere.
Blue Diamond Alternatives
If you’ve changed your mind about the Blue Diamond frying pan, you could consider these alternatives.
Consider this set if you’re still after elegant, convenient copper cookware for your kitchen. They’re PTFE-free, easy to clean, and consistent in performance.
The Copper Chef brand is less durable than other products. But the higher price tag gives you much more for your money.
Lightweight, spacious, and responsive are all words we’d use to describe this frying pan. It’s induction compatible because of its use of ferromagnetic steel.
And it is one of the best pans we’ve tested for its distribution and conduction of heat.
Should You Buy The Blue Diamond Frying Pan?
The Blue Diamond pan has a lot to offer if you’re on a tight budget.
It’s an affordable pan with above-average durability, while offering consistent and quick cooking results.
The Blue Diamond pan has an aluminum base with a diamond-infused ceramic coating that offers excellent heat transfer. And, you have the benefits of the pan being made without PFAS, PFOA, cadmium, and lead.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something that is produced by a trustworthy company with excellent customer support, this is where Blue Diamond is lacking.
And for me personally, this isn’t something I would want in my kitchen. Because despite any of its benefits, I feel it’s overhyped for what it is, and the company makes any claim to get extra sales.
If you have the extra budget, consider some of the alternatives we recommend in this Blue Diamond Pan review.
Because honestly, your money is better spent elsewhere.
|Product Name||Blue Diamond 10” Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan|
|Cooking Surface||8 Inches|
|Warranty||90 day Guarantee & Limited|
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