Swiss Diamond is high-end nonstick cookware that uses real diamond crystals in its nonstick surface. This feature is meant to make its nonstick surface more durable. Professional tests show that it holds up better than most nonstick coatings; however, users disagree, saying that this nonstick coating scratches and wears off like any other brand. Both professionals and users say that Swiss Diamond cookware is well balanced and fairly lightweight, with comfortable handles -- although one reviewer says that for this price, the handles should be riveted. Reviewers also agree that this cookware delivers even heating and an easy-to-clean surface. However, we read several complaints from users that its warranty is "awful," covering almost no types of damage. The other downside of Swiss Diamond is its high cost, especially when experts say that all nonstick cookware will eventually degrade. Anolon Advanced Cookware (*Est. $300 for a 10-piece set) is less expensive and more durable, according to reviews.
An entire set of Swiss Diamond cookware is reviewed at ConsumerReports.org as part of its tests of traditional and nonstick cookware. We also found reviews for individual pieces of Swiss Diamond in Australia's Choice and Cook's Illustrated magazines. Roughly 35 user reviews at Amazon.com provide useful information about this cookware's durability and problems with the warranty. We also found a detailed, very positive review for this cookware line at About.com. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Editors at ConsumerReports.org evaluate 35 cookware sets by measuring cooking performance, ease of use and durability -- including the durability of the nonstick surface. Swiss Diamond cookware is one of the brands tested and included in a ratings chart.
Review: Kitchen Cookware, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Choice magazine
In this review, testers evaluate 14 nonstick pans, including one Swiss Diamond pan. Each pan is rated on its nonstick properties, durability, heat distribution and ease of use. Four pans are recommended, but only a few of them are available in the United States. The article also includes information about the controversy over the safety of Teflon and related chemicals.
Review: Non-stick Frypans Review and Compare, Rebecca Gatto, March 2010
3. Choice magazine
Australia's Choice magazine tests 13 stainless-steel and nonstick saucepans, including one Swiss Diamond pan. Each pan is rated based on performance, ease of use and durability of the nonstick coating. Eight pans are recommended, but only two of these are available in the United States.
Review: Saucepans Review and Compare, Rebecca Gatto, July 2007
4. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
This older review tests nine 2-quart, nonstick saucepans, including one pan made by Swiss Diamond. Pans are evaluated for the integrity and durability of their nonstick surface, their ease of use and their performance in cooking tasks.
Review: Small Nonstick Saucepans, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, March 2006
In roughly 35 owner reviews, Swiss Diamond cookware gets an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Users say the cookware is attractive, with a great nonstick surface and comfortable handles, but several of them are not impressed with its durability -- or with Swiss Diamond's warranty.
Review: Swiss Diamond Cast-Aluminum Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set, Contributors to Amazon.com
About.com's Home Cooking section features a relatively detailed review of the Swiss Diamond Nonstick Cookware line. The line comes recommended, with the reviewer appreciating the uniform heat conductivity and truly nonstick surface. The cookware loses points for it's relatively high price, and its inability to handle high heats effectively. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Swiss Diamond Nonstick Cookware, Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, Not Dated