We love cookware as you can probably tell (since we own this website) and we love to review products to see how they measure up to the manufacturers claims. Recently we were asked to review the Swiss Diamond 11” (28cm) fry pan.
Swiss Diamond makes an extensive range of cookware but they are perhaps best known for their unique diamond reinforced non-stick coating. Yes, you heard correctly – their cookware actually contains diamonds!
But what does that mean to you and me. Well for one thing, the diamond crystals give you a virtually indestructible surface which is more durable than most non-stick surfaces available on the market today. Diamonds are after all one of the hardest materials on earth.
The pan arrived in excellent condition as it was well packaged. We scrutinized the frypan to ensure that there were no faults visible and checked that the handle was firmly secured before heading off to the kitchen to put the pan through its paces.
I have to say that I do like the balance of the pan, it is easy to hold and the stay-cool ergonomic handle has a comfortable grip.
The frypan is made from thick pressure cast aluminum and it has a nice flat bottom which allows for even heat distribution.
The first thing is to give the pan a wash in hot soapy water, dry, and season by wiping it over with some oil on a paper towel. This is something we do with all new products as it removes any manufacturing coatings if there are any. And it’s always nice to start with a clean surface.
Okay we are ready to start. I turn the gas to medium and place the pan onto the flame to heat up. You only ever need to use low or medium heat because of the high thermal conductivity of Swiss Diamond Cookware . Another excellent feature is that this cookware is designed for use on all ceramic, gas and electric cook tops.
So after pre-heating the pan for a couple of minutes 2-3 is about right, I sprinkle a few drops of water into the pan to see if it’s ready. This is a quick and easy way to test if the pan is ready, if the water sizzles or beads then the surface is hot enough to cook on. If the water evaporates immediately then the pan is way too hot so remove it immediately from the heat and turn the heat down. After a l you don’t want to damage the beautiful cooking surface which can happen if the cookware is overheated.
I find that scrambled eggs or omelettes are a good way to test just how non-stick a frypan really is. No worries here, the scrambled eggs release easily from the pan allowing me to turn the egg mixture without any problem at all.
After the eggs are cooked they slide easily from the pan to the plate and nothing sticks to the surface.
The next test is the omelette. I have decided to make a soufflé omelette that will need to be placed into the oven to finish it off. So I heat the pan again on medium heat and add the egg mixture. The soufflé rises beautifully thanks to the even heat distribution. Then it’s time to place the pan into the oven to brown the top of the soufflé.
Swiss Diamond frypans are oven safe up to 260°C (500°F) which makes it so handy for those dishes that you need to start cooking on the stove top but want to finish off in the oven. NOTE: Always use an oven mitt when you are taking the frypan from the oven.
The diamond hard surface of the Swiss Diamond frypan means you can use metal utensils; however, I don’t possess any as I like the feel and performance of silicone utensils. So I can’t comment on that aspect.
As always there are a few sensible things that you need to practice so DO NOT:
- Cut or chop food in the frypan. (This is not as silly as it may sound; I have a rather expensive Jamie Oliver frypan that my husband cut up his steak in, thereby ruining the non-stick surface.)
- Do not use an electric beater to mix things in the frypan.
So now to the clean up part of the process, Swiss Diamond frypans are dishwasher safe, but I found that the pan cleaned up quickly and easily in hot soapy water. No fuss, no bother, I don’t see the point in subjecting the surface to those harsh dishwasher chemicals which may end up diminishing the performance of the non-stick surface over time, when it is so easy to wash up by hand.
As you can see from the photo there is very little residue left behind on the pan once the omlette has been turn out, and this washed off very easily, no scrubbing or elbow grease required, a simple wipe over and it was spotlessly clean.
Swiss Diamond frypans are not an inexpensive item but if you want a quality product that will last you for many years then this will be money well spent.
So what is my verdict – I love it.
So to summarize:
Everything you need to know about Swiss Diamond Cookware:
This cookware is produced with a keen eye for technology. The company is always working hard to create the newest, most effective features and manufacturing methods to enhance and improve their cookware offerings. This has lead to a number of advancements in the Swiss Diamond line, including the addition of Nano-composite coating, which utilizes diamond crystals and non-stick Nano-components.
What Makes Swiss Diamond Cookware Unique?
Swiss Diamond is not just another cookware manufacturer. The company is innovative in its approach to household items. Their cookware stands out because of its patented diamond reinforced non-stick coating. This allows consumers to prepare their favorite recipes on a durable heating surface. The non-stick element also makes cleaning Swiss Diamond cookware much easier. The unique material used in Swiss Diamond cookware’s non-stick coating strengthens the piece as a whole. The surface will not peel or crack.
To compliment their functional non-stick surface, the company has also designed its cookware to be thicker using pressure cast aluminum. The added thickness allows the pot or pan to heat up evenly, which translates into a better distribution of heat and thorough cooking.
Why Choose Swiss Diamond Cookware?
One of the biggest problems consumers have with non-stick cookware is its restrictive nature. No metal utensils can be used or the surface may be damaged. Abrasive cleaners and scouring pads cannot be used either for the same reason. Swiss Diamond cookware doesn’t have these restrictions, this cookware can stand up to metal utensils without damaging the non-stick coating. It is also dishwasher safe for fast and easy to clean.
Safety is very important in the kitchen. Swiss Diamond cookware’s durable non-stick construction can protect you from ingesting harmful substances that can sometimes find their way into food due to a damaged heating surface. Swiss Diamond’s products also include stay cool handles that will remain unheated up to 260 degrees Celsius for easy, comfortable handling.
Swiss Diamond Cookware comes in many sizes and designs. Consumers can choose from grill pans, roasters, frying pans, stew pots, casserole dishes, sauté pans, sauce pans, woks, and stock pots. Specialized items are also available, such as double burner griddles, breakfast pans and oval frying pans. Each produce is designed with Swiss Diamond’s unique technology. The reinforced construction helps make each pot and pan very durable meaning you will get many years of use out of your Swiss Diamond cookware.