TL;DR – Is The Blue Diamond Pan Any Good?
The Blue Diamond pan was made for infomercial hype. The performance and durability of the cookware doesn’t stand up to the advertising claims. It can be a good entry-level pan if you are on a budget and not concerned about durability. If you are looking for performance that lasts then we recommend you consider the alternatives.
What is the Blue Diamond Pan?
Blue Diamond is a ceramic non-stick pan that was made for TV. You’ve probably seen the commercials that tout its performance, durability, and the special coating which is “infused with millions of diamonds.”
They certainly know how to sell a pan, but does Blue Diamond actually stand up to its advertising? Let’s examine the claims,
- The pan is coated with a layer of ceramic that is infused with millions of diamonds, making it incredibly durable and an excellent conductor of heat.
- It is manufactured toxin free for safe cooking.
- The pan base is “forged” for strength and to prevent warping.
- The non-stick coating is sensational, and lasts 10x longer than traditional nonstick pans.
- It is oven-safe to 850°F.
- The pan is dishwasher and metal utensil safe.
- It heats 3x faster because of the heat transfer properties of the pan.
What To Ask Before You Buy
We spent hours sorting through owner feedback and product info to differentiate meaningful features from empty marketing claims in the list above. These are things you should know before you buy.
What sizes are available?
Blue Diamond pans are available in a variety of sizes, and sold both individually or as a set.
- 10” Frying Pan
- 12” Frying Pan
- 2-piece Frying Pan Set
- 12” Covered Frying Pan
- 11” Griddle
- 11” Grill Pan
- 5-quart Saute Pan
- 4-piece Saute Set
- 6-piece Pots and Pans Set
- 8-piece Pots and Pans Set
- 14-piece Pots and Pans Set
Does it work with an induction cooktop?
Blue Diamond cookware does not work on an induction stove. If you plan on using an induction cooktop, then your pots and pans should be manufactured with a ferromagnetic metal such as cast iron or stainless steel in order to work effectively.
Are there actually blue diamonds in the pan?
No way. Even generic lab-grown diamonds cost nearly $1000 per carat, and true blue diamonds are exceedingly rare. The Blue Diamond brand does not disclose the specific material they are calling diamonds, but it most likely quartz. Quartz is a common stone used in modern cookware.
What materials are used in construction of the pan?
Blue Diamond pans are made from a pressed aluminum base, with non-stick enamel coating baked atop. The pans are free of PFAS, PFOA, Lead and Cadmium.
Is it safe to cook with?
Blue Diamond pans are PTFE, PFOA, lead, nickel and cadmium free. The nonstick cook surface uses a Thermolon ceramic coating.
Ceramic coatings, like Thermolon, are widely seen as a healthy alternative to traditional PTFE nonstick, which has come under controversy in recent years.
Does the non-stick work as advertised?
Blue Diamond owners give mixed reviews on the pan’s non-stick coating. The general consensus is that Blue Diamond’s non-stick is mediocre, and quickly wears away with use.
How durable is the pan?
If you are using this pan everyday and caring for it properly, it is likely that you will need to replace it in a year or less. Many owners say the pan lasted less than six months. Low durability is common with pans in the ceramic non-stick category, and the Blue Diamond does not hold up to its 10x durability claim.
Will the pan warp?
This is a low to medium heat pan, with an owner-verified track record of warping under high heat. It is also possible to warp the pan through a quick change in temperature, such as placing a hot pan in water.
How To Clean And Maintain
Blue Diamond makes a low durability pan compared to other non-stick options on the market. If you are using it regularly, it’s likely you will need to replace it within a year. If you are not familiar with how to care for the pan, it could be a lot sooner.
Let the pan cool before cleaning it.
It’s easy to love the sizzling sound of a hot pan entering cold water. I promise that your non-stick pan does not love this as much as you do. Changing the pan’s temperature quickly before it has naturally cooled will pull apart the enamel from the aluminum base and create damage you can’t repair.
Avoid low-smoke oils and sprays.
Blue Diamond recommends avoiding extra virgin olive oil and olive sprays on their pan. According to the manufacturer, olive oil, butter, and non-stick sprays tend to build up a nasty residue on the pan surface due to their low smoke point. This residue can be challenging to clean and will diminish the non-stick qualities of the cook surface.
Use a paper or cloth towel to clean quickly.
Wipe the pan with a soft cloth or paper towel once it has cooled. In most cases soap and water is overkill. Hard water, dish soaps and detergents can all shorten the life of your pan.
Do not stack your pans.
Pan-on-pan friction can scratch, chip or dent your Blue Diamond.
Who should buy a Blue Diamond pan?
In our view, Blue Diamond pans are mediocre at best. They can be a good fit if you are outfitting a new kitchen on a budget, and durability isn’t important to you. As you might expect from a television promotional product, the pans don’t live up to the advertising claims, but the price is hard to beat. With periodic use, expect to replace your Blue Diamond pan in less than a year.
Alternatives To Consider
Spending a little more on your pan can return big dividends in both performance and durability. Blue Diamond is among the cheapest pans on the market, and this is one case where you’ll get what you pay for. Here are a few alternatives to consider,
GreenLife is another brand sold by the same parent company as Blue Diamond. They make a decent medium heat pan at a similar price. It is sold in multiple colorways, with a white pan bottom that adds helpful contrast to see what you’re doing in low light.
DaTerra Cucina makes one of the most durable nonstick pans we reviewed. We like the 13” Vesuvio frypan as a great option for families preparing larger portions. Middle of the market pricing is usually double what you’ll pay for Blue Diamond, but the performance and durability is far superior.
Recycled aluminum with a steel plate cast into the bottom yields a heavier pan with excellent heat distribution. The PRO IQ collection works well on induction cooktops, and is consistently the most durable pan we reviewed. If you are willing to pay the premium price, this is our top upgrade pick for ceramic frying pans.
If you care about the performance and durability of your cookware, this is not a good pan for you. Or if you care about the integrity of advertisers to represent their products fairly, this is not a value aligned pan for you.
If you simply want a cheap pan to learn your way around the kitchen, this may be a good fit. If budget is your foremost priority, the Blue Diamond is certainly among the most affordable options available. And if you are looking to fill an infrequent need, like a fry pan for a seasonal camper, then it may be worth considering this pan.
For those of you who want to build an awesome kitchen, we recommend spending a little more to buy better durability and performance. Even a small bump in budget can go a long way.
If you’ve used Blue Diamond cookware, let us know what you think about your experience in the comments below.