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Blue Diamond Cookwares: Is it Really Worth It & What are the Best Alternatives

Blue Diamond Cookware Diamond Infused Ceramic Nonstick 14 Piece Cookware Set
Blue Diamond 14 Piece Cookware Set

You have probably seen the TV ads for this cookware. Blue Diamond cookware appears to be the cookware to cease all cookware due to its unparalleled durability, performance, and other attributes.

But, like with any purchase, we all have reservations about whether the company’s claims are fair or fail.

To figure this out, let’s dive into an in-depth Blue Diamond cookware review to clear up any confusion and address any concerns you might have!

Blue Diamond Cookware 

Blue Diamond is a renowned brand for non-stick utensils that manufacture individual stockpots, pans, and entire cookware sets.

Blue Diamond cookware comes in various sizes and capacities, from saucepans and grill pans to griddles and skillets. Yet, the focus of this review is on the 14-Piece Cookware Set.

But, before we do that, let’s briefly overview what this cookware offers.

About Set

  • No. of Pieces: 14
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Oven Safe: up to 600°F, Glass lids up to 425°F 
  • Capacity: 5 Quarts
  • Weight: 16.72 pounds
  • Stovetop Compatibility: All except Induction

Blue Diamond is non-stick cookware that stands up to everyday use. This 14-piece cookware set comes with a 7″ and 9.5″ frypan skillet, 2-quart and 3-quart covered saucepan, 5-quart covered stockpot, four glass lids, one stainless steel steamer, and three black nylon cooking utensils.

The Blue Diamond ceramic non-stick coating is 4x faster, 5x more resistant, and 10x longest than traditional non-stick coatings. In addition, the cookware is designed with a solid, warp-control base for added strength and durability. This construction prevents the cookware from wobbling or becoming distorted over time. 

The cookware is lightweight, making it easy to handle, and its vibrant color complements any kitchen and adds a classy look to it effortlessly. Being a toxin-free cooking utensil, it doesn’t contain any PFAS, cadmium, PFOA, or lead. You can use this Blue Diamond pan set on all cooktops except induction. It is also safe to use in the oven or broiler (up to 425°F) and dishwasher-safe, making cleaning a breeze!

Blue Diamond Cookware: Claims vs. Review

There is a big difference between a marketing spiel and actual results in the kitchen. That is why we will look at some of the company’s claims and compare them to actual results we have read and viewed.

Distributes Heat Evenly and Transfer 4x Faster

The Blue Diamond base is constructed of a sturdy aluminum base. The company claims the diamond base conducts heat 4x more quickly than copper.

While technically correct, these claims are still entirely inaccurate. Most of the surface material and the weight comes from the solid aluminum foundation. It reacts less to temperature changes than copper but does heat reasonably evenly.

But it does not mean your pot gets heated faster than the most reliable copper cookware. It may be a marginal benefit, but it’s not the leading cause affecting how slowly/quickly the pan starts heating.

Safe to Cook

When it comes to the question of safe cookware, Blue Diamond uses thermal ceramic to create a non-stick coating on its pane.

Ceramic coatings are generally considered a healthy alternative to conventional non-stick PTFE coatings.

In addition, the brand allegedly says the cookware pots and pans are toxin-free for easy preparation. Even if you inadvertently overheat the pots and pans, they won’t release toxic fumes.

On the other hand, the handles are made of metal, which is a severe drawback. When you use these for cooking, they may become hot, so keep your pot holders nearby.

Easy to Clean and Use

The booklet that comes with the cookware indicates the duration of the item’s warranty.
You can use this for virtually all stovetops, gas or electric, ceramic or halogen, except induction ones.
You can put this inside an oven or a broiler with a cooking temperature of up to 600°F. 

However, sticking with the low to medium heat setting is best. You should also add a few drops of high-smoke-point oil or butter.

Taking out the food without the ceramic non-stick coating shouldn’t require much effort.

Cleanup should be more accessible as well, as food bits don’t stick. You can put it inside your dishwasher. It’s easy to use, long-lasting, safe, and nice-looking.

Durability and Convenience

Blue Diamond claims their Thermolon non-stick coating will last ten times longer than traditional non-stick products. Most home appliance owners said frying pans would last almost one year when regular use was present. Ceramic pans typically last less than two years.

In addition, the Blue Diamond pan has a better average surface area when compared with other non-stick ceramic choices.

For the price, however, most consumers will accept that the pans will have to be changed sooner or later. 

Metal Utensil Safe

Customers who use the pan as recommended (with oil and non-abrasive utensils) find Blue Diamond’s performance perfectly satisfactory.

Those daredevils who risk a metal tool on the coating find themselves quickly disappointed.

So the claim about the pans being metal resistant is not valid though you can use wooden or plastic utensils for extensive usage.

Pros and Cons

Positive Points

  • Compatible with all stovetops except induction ones.
  • Can tolerate high heat temperatures.
  • Does not contain harmful toxins or chemicals
  • Offers more durability, better heat transfer speed, and non-stick coating than typical cookware.
  • Easy to clean and maintain.
  • Cheaper than most high-end non-stick brands.

Negative Points

  • The handles are not heat resistant
  • Continual use of the dishwasher may peel off the non-stick coating.
  • Not strongly metal resistant
  • The pans can chip in while stacking. It is recommended to buy pan protectors to keep them in good shape.

Alternate Cookware Options

Alternative: Durability

If durability is your highest priority, you might consider The Rock by Starfrit. It is typically more expensive than Blue Diamond, though it still falls on the affordable side of the pricing spectrum.

In addition, many owners report their pans live for over two years, which is probably the best you will find without switching to a PTFE-based non-stick product.

Alternative: Induction Cooking

Blue Diamond is not a good fit for kitchens that intend to cook using an induction stove. However, there are a few options on the market for ceramic cookware that is also induction compatible. 

The Green Earth pan, by Ozeri, is among the few induction-compatible options similar to the Blue Diamond cookware. You might also consider the Venice Pro and Valencia Pro collections by GreenPan.

Where is Blue Diamond made?

The Blue Diamond pan is designed and engineered in the USA, but manufacturing is done in China.

How long does the non-stick coating last?

Blue Diamond claims that its non-stick coating lasts longer than other brands.

However, it is not very durable. This would mean it can last a few years with proper care before needing to be replaced or oil to cook food without sticking.

Moreover, many people have complained that the coating isn’t as durable as they hoped.

But, for the price, you’ll most likely get enough non-stick uses out of it before needing to replace them.

Are there diamonds in the pans?

Diamond dust is used in the manufacturing process for every Blue Diamond cookware.

But, of course, these are not the durable gems you will find in wedding rings; they are more like industrial diamonds used to harden the pan’s coating.

The diamond content is likely shallow, so although it affects the cooking process, it is more of a marketing technique than anything.

However, customers may feel led astray if they believe there is a high concentration of gem-grade diamonds in their Blue Diamond pan.

Why is Blue Diamond Cookware so affordable?

There are a couple of things that contribute to Blue Diamond having a low price.

The first is what makes a lot of things in this country affordable. It’s made in China. Blue Diamond is engineered and designed in the USA but produced overseas.

The last thing that makes Blue Diamond so inexpensive is the materials used in production.
Aluminum is a low-cost ingredient and makes up the bulk of the pan.
The “diamond-infused” ceramic is neither of these materials.
Natural diamonds would drive the price through the roof, so quartz is used instead.
Thermolon ceramic is made from sand and silicone, both of which are plentiful and cheap.

The Bottom Line

After consideration of the pros and cons, I advocate for the Blue Diamond pan.

It offers decent durability, functionality, and quality without breaking the bank.

It also gives enough service over its lifetime to justify the expenditure without long-term adverse effects on your health.

Finally, it is a worthy and affordable transitional investment. You get total value for your money at this reasonable price range.