This is a review of the Swiss Diamond Non-stick 10-Piece Cookware Set.
Non-stick is great for cooking scrambled eggs, crepes, and other sticky foods. It also makes for easy cleanup.
The only problem? Most non-stick cookware is notorious for having a short life. The non-stick coating wears out quickly, and it’s easy to damage the pan even through everyday, regular use.
That’s where Swiss Diamond comes in. Swiss Diamond cookware aims to provide top-notch durability and long-lasting performance.
I found the Swiss Diamond Non-stick Set to have excellent cooking performance and a long lifespan. But it’s pricey and not for everyone.
Fortunately, I’ve broken down the features, the pros and cons, and the alternatives for you.
Is Swiss Diamond Non-stick Cookware right for you? Keep reading to find out.
Swiss Diamond Cookware Review
Swiss Diamond’s Classic High Density (HD) series is one of their most popular. This set provides maximum durability and longevity, a unique quality in non-stick cookware. It comes with the following 10 pieces:
- 8-inch (20.32 cm) fry pan
- 9.5 inch (24.13 cm) fry pan
- 3.2-quart (3.03 liters) sauté pan
- 9.5-inch lid that fits both the large skillet and the sauté pan
- 1.4-quart (1.32 liters) saucepan with lid
- 2.2-quart (2.08 liters) saucepan with lid
- 8.5-quart (8.04 liters) Stock Pot with lid
Swiss Diamond Pan Features
Diamond Reinforced Non-stick Coating
All of Swiss Diamond’s HD Classic Non-stick pans feature three layers of their proprietary diamond-infused non-stick coating.
This non-stick coating for each pan contains up to 240,000 diamond crystals. These crystals provide super browning and searing capability, much like you get with stainless steel.
In addition to browning, diamonds give the non-stick coating maximum durability and hardness, at least in theory. This means Swiss Diamond cookware is safe for metal utensils. I would still recommend using non-metal utensils, though.
That durability also makes these pans dishwasher-safe, although they’ll perform better over the long haul if hand washed.
The diamond-reinforced non-stick coating means cleanup is easy and painless. The non-stick properties of diamonds help release food without fuss.
In addition to everything else, the non-stick coating is applied to a plasma coating. This plasma coating provides a barrier between the non-stick cooking surface and the aluminum foundation.
So if you accidentally scratch or damage the nonstick surface? You don’t have to worry about aluminum leaching into or reacting with your food.
Watch the video below to see how Swiss Diamond makes their pans.
Even and Fast Heating
Swiss Diamond cookware is constructed using a cast aluminum base. Swiss Diamond’s manufacturing process starts with liquid aluminum cast into molds under high pressure. This means the aluminum won’t warp.
Aluminum is an excellent heat conductor, only surpassed by copper. But aluminum is a much more affordable material.
But it doesn’t stop there. Swiss Diamond then sandblasts the cast aluminum foundation and prepares it for a plasma coating that provides maximum adhesion to the non-stick coating.
Swiss Diamond also inlays industrial diamond dust into the nonstick coating, which helps increase the heat distribution and conductivity.
Where I’m slightly disappointed is that Swiss Diamond haven’t anodized their aluminum. Hard anodized aluminum is tougher and more durable than cast aluminum.
Ultimate Kitchen Kit
This set has several pans, so it’s suited for those who want a complete kitchen cookware set.
Some users said they wished this set included a larger skillet, but overall they were pleased with the pieces included. With two saucepans, a stockpot, two skillets, and a sauté, you’ll have most dishes covered.
However, if you’re looking to purchase just one pan, Swiss Diamond does sell individual pieces. Some are listed just after the buying guide.
One feature that distinguishes this Swiss Diamond set from others is the ability to go in the oven at high temps. These pots and pans are oven-safe for temperatures up to 500°F (260°C).
Even though you can crank up the oven with these Swiss Diamond pans, you cannot do the same on the stovetop. Keep the stovetop heat on low to medium to avoid damaging the pan.
But since these nonstick pans heat up so quickly, you shouldn’t need more than the medium setting, anyway.
The Swiss Diamond HD Classic Non-stick Set is for use on gas, electric, radiant ring, ceramic, and halogen cooktops. It is not induction compatible.
If you intend to cook on an induction cooktop, Swiss Diamond does produce a Classic Induction line that incorporates magnetic material into the pan base.
The induction set is slightly more expensive, likely due to the extra materials used in the magnetic induction plate. It’s also more challenging to find as an entire collection.
Because this cookware has excellent food release properties, cleanup is a snap. But if you were thinking of putting these in the dishwasher? Not so fast.
Swiss Diamond claims these pots and pans are dishwasher-safe. But owners say they had problems with the bottom oxidizing in the dishwasher. Furthermore, several others said their cookware didn’t last as long because of dishwasher use.
To get the full benefit of having such a long-lasting set of cookware, I would recommend strictly hand washing your Swiss Diamond pots and pans.
The good news? It’s quick and painless to hand wash this cookware. Simply let the pan cool completely. Then either wipe clean with a towel or use mild soap and a non-abrasive sponge to wash.
Glass Lids & Handles
These Swiss Diamond pans feature tempered glass lids with adjustable steam vents. The glass allows you to monitor food while cooking, and the vents are nice because they permit you to release steam as needed.
I like that one of the glass lids is interchangeable between the larger frying pan and the sauté pan. The smaller fry pan does not have a lid, however.
The ergonomic handles make this cookware comfortable to use and lift. Many customers commented on how well-balanced their Swiss Diamond cookware is. The handles are rivetless to inhibit bacterial growth on the cooking surface.
What’s more? These handles stay cool to the touch on the stove and can handle oven temperatures up to 500°F (260°C).
If you’re looking for an inexpensive set of nonstick cookware that you can beat up on, this Swiss Diamond set isn’t for you.
These pans come with many nice features, but those features come with a hefty price tag. Swiss Diamond’s cookware is an investment.
Swiss Diamond Induction Non-stick 3.2-Quart Saucepan
This Swiss Diamond Induction Non-stick Saucepan holds 3.2 quarts (3.02 liters). That’s the perfect size for not only individual servings of eggs or soup but for larger batches of oatmeal or rice.
In other words, this saucepan is the perfect size for almost anyone.
It features the same diamond-reinforced nonstick coating and aluminum construction as the 10-piece set. The difference? This nonstick pan is induction compatible.
Customers raved about this saucepan’s performance. It has even heating and cleans up easily. It’s also oven-safe up to 500°F (260°C) and has a tempered glass lid with an adjustable steam vent.
The only complaint they had? A couple of reviews said that the bottom induction plate showed some rust after a while.
Still, you should be able to get several years out of this pan, which makes the substantial price tag not seem quite as hefty.
Swiss Diamond Fry Pan with Lid
Several owners expressed their wish for a larger frying pan in addition to the ones included in the 10-piece set. Luckily, Swiss Diamond also sells this individual 12.5-inch (31.75 cm) frying pan with a lid.
They also have an 8-inch (20.32 cm), 9.5-inch (24.13 cm), and 11-inch (27.94 cm) option available.
The cooking surface features a diamond-infused non-stick coating and aluminum body. Users loved how easily food slides out of this pan. The thick bottom gives this non-stick frying pan even heating.
It is crucial to wipe the pan after each use. Leaving any uncleaned food or oil residue could result in carbonization, damaging the nonstick cooking surface.
This pan is a great choice for fish, eggs, pork chops, pancakes, and much more. It’s safe for oven temps up to 500°F (260°C) and has a vented glass lid.
But if you want to cook on an induction stove, you’ll have to pick another option. This frying pan is not induction compatible.
Swiss Diamond Non-stick Soup Pot, 5.5 Quarts
This Swiss Diamond Non-stick Soup Pot is ideal for soups, stews, and chili. It holds up to 5.5 quarts (5.2 liters), so it’s a decent size.
The features are the same as the 10-piece cookware set: aluminum construction, diamond nonstick coating, safe for oven temps up to 500°F (260°C), ergonomic handle, and glass lid with adjustable vent.
Customers were overall very pleased with this soup pot. They liked the even heating, the non-stick quality, and the balance.
I would probably start with a frying pan if I were buying an individual piece, but this soup pot is a high-quality product.
Diamond Non-stick Cookware Buying Guide & Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose diamond-reinforced non-stick?
Swiss Diamond’s cookware features a diamond-infused coating, but what makes their nonstick coating so special?
It may come as a surprise, but a diamond conducts heat better than many metals. In fact, diamonds are four times more conductive than copper, making them ideal for achieving even heat distribution.
The diamond crystals in Swiss Diamond’s cookware allow foods to brown like stainless steel. This is important because you can’t crank up the stove to high heat when using these pans—getting a nice brown finish at lower heat packs a one-two punch.
Diamonds are also one of the hardest known materials. They offer natural abrasion resistance, meaning these pots and pans are technically metal utensil safe (although I still wouldn’t risk it).
Lastly, diamond crystals have natural non-stick properties that help release food.
Is Swiss Diamond worth the price?
That depends. Most people think they can beat up on a non-stick pan because it’s inexpensive and easy to replace. But a Swiss Diamond pan is an investment, so it will cost more money than T-Fal or a cheap set from a box store.
For Swiss Diamond cookware to be worth the price, it needs to last a few years. In order for that to happen, you’ll want to treat your diamond cookware with care.
Avoiding metal utensils, using low or medium heat, and hand washing these pans will prolong their lifespan and make your money go further.
Is Swiss Diamond made in China?
According to Swiss Diamond’s website, their diamond-coated products, including their non-stick cookware, are made in Sierre, Switzerland. Their Premium Steel cookware, knives, and kitchen tools are manufactured in China.
How long does Swiss Diamond cookware last?
Swiss Diamond products are expensive, so you want to get as much use out of them as possible. The Swiss Diamond brand prides itself on manufacturing long-lasting and durable nonstick cookware.
Most Swiss Diamond cookware reviews reported that they got over 5 years of use out of their Swiss Diamond cookware. A few even said their non-stick pans lasted over 15 years. Several were in their third year of use.
Of course, normal wear and tear will happen with nonstick cookware. But the best way to keep this Swiss Diamond cookware safe and in the best shape is to properly care for it.
Is Swiss Diamond non-toxic?
Swiss Diamond cookware is free of lead, mercury, cadmium, or PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid), a particularly problematic chemical that’s been banned from cookware in the U.S.
Additionally, Swiss Diamond utilizes environmentally-friendly manufacturing practices. From a factory powered by hydroelectric power to using recyclable aluminum for their products, Swiss Diamond strives for a clean manufacturing process.
Does Swiss Diamond Cookware include PTFE/Teflon?
PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) is the main ingredient in Teflon. While there is no evidence to suggest it is unsafe for use at normal temperatures, there isn’t a lot of research on its long-term effects. For this reason, many people wish to avoid PTFE in their cookware.
Swiss Diamond does use PTFE in their non-stick surface. The good news? They manufacture their own coating at their Swiss factory, as opposed to buying a premade coating from another manufacturer.
What kind of warranty does Swiss Diamond have?
Swiss Diamond offers a limited lifetime warranty for its nonstick cookware. The warranty only covers manufacturing defects on new cookware. It does not cover normal wear and tear, nor does it cover glass lids or handles.
For the majority of buyers? The warranty won’t be very helpful. But it is nice to know that you won’t have to eat the cost of a defective product.
Blue Diamond Ceramic Non-stick Cookware Set, 10 Piece
If you like the idea of a diamond-reinforced coating, but don’t like the price of Swiss Diamond cookware, you could go with this Blue Diamond Ceramic Cookware Set.
It comes with 10 pieces, including 7-inch (17.78 cm) and 9.5-inch (24.13 cm) frying pans, 2.5-quart (2.37 cm) sauté pan, 2-quart (1.89 liters) covered saucepan, 5-quart (4.73 liters) stockpot, and two cooking utensils.
Blue Diamond claims their cookware is four times more conductive, five times harder, and ten times longer lasting than traditional nonstick cookware. It’s safe for oven temps up to 600°F (316°C) and is supposed to be dishwasher and metal utensil safe. They are also free of PTFE.
This is a good pick if you want a PTFE-free option or budget-friendly nonstick cookware.
Woll Diamond Lite Cookware Set, 10 Piece
Another option in diamond nonstick cookware is this Woll Diamond Lite 10-piece set. It contains similar pieces to the Swiss Diamond set, swapping out one of the saucepans for a 3-quart (2.84 liters) stockpot.
Woll is a family-owned German brand, and it has a good reputation. These pans also have a diamond-reinforced non-stick coating and are safe for temps up to 500°F (260°C). Woll Diamond Lite cookware does contain PTFE.
These are not safe for metal cooking tools, but Woll advertises them as dishwasher-safe. The induction version is an upgrade, just like with Swiss Diamond.
If you have your heart set on the pieces included or on a German brand, this is a good pick for you. Otherwise, it’s not very different from Swiss Diamond. The durability of Swiss Diamond slightly edges out this set.
Final Verdict: Swiss Diamond Cookware Review
If you’re willing to follow the care instructions and invest in a long-lasting set, I would recommend the Swiss Diamond HD Classic Non-stick 10 Piece Set. It has superb performance and holds up well over time.
If you don’t want the price tag of a large set, I would start with the Swiss Diamond 12.5-inch frying pan. It’s large enough to handle one-pot meals and provides top-notch quality.