In Ireland, if you go to a person’s house, and they asks you if you want tea. You say no, thank you, you’re fine. They ask again if you are sure. You say of course you’re sure, you don’t need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting.
You don’t need a thing. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway so that it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn’t mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it’s no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen.
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Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting.
In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don’t get any damned tea.
I liked the Irish way better.” – C.E Murphy’s Urban Shaman.
You could never catch me with a cup of tea. Never! Give me coffee or do not bother; I was that addicted. I started getting so jumpy because of how much coffee I took; I was a terrible sight to see. My friend suggested I start taking tea instead and see if it calms my nerves down. I took her offer, and she borrowed me her portable tea infuser so I can have tea on the go.
It was a “where have you been all my life” moment, especially since she gave me different brews to use with my tea infuser. I refused to give her the infuser back as I became very attached to it and rather bought her a larger one she fell in love with.
This review is born out of my experience and my subsequent love for tea, and if you’re a tea lover looking for ways to avoid the mess that comes with infusing tea, this review is for you.
Top 10 Teapots with Infusers
The Glastal Glass teapot is a stainless teapot with ultrafine filters that can be used for fine (herbal) Tea, coarse Tea, Scented Tea, fruit tea and tea bags. With each part of it detachable, it makes for easy cleaning, but it is advised to clean it immediately to avoid some hard to remove stains.
- Comes in a large capacity of 1500ml
- It is heat resistant.
- Can be used to serve a hot and cold drink
The Asian teapot comes in an exquisite design that is perfect for tea lovers. It is suitable for use on gas, electric, ceramic induction and hobs.
- Has the capacity to hold 3-4 cups of tea
- It comes with a heat resistant handle.
- Comes with a stainless steel fine mesh
Made from ceramic material, Tealyra daze is a combination of quality and beauty. It can withstand high temperatures, but it is not stovetop safe.
- Comes in different colours which allow you to make the best choice for you.
- Withstands high temperature without losing its quality
- It has a functional design that keeps liquid spill and drip-free
When thinking about being able to have tea on the go, this portable travel size tea infuser designed for aesthetics and comfort is the answer. It comes with a free bottle sleeve and brush.
- It comes in the shape of a water bottle.
- It is heat resistant.
- Comes with a folding rim that makes for an easy grip and protects the glass body from damage
Ingenui Tea comes from a brand that is not just known for producing teas but quality kitchen wares also. This tea infuser was designed to brew loose leaf tea. It is a sturdy, easy-clean teapot.
- It is made of BisphenolA(BPA) free plastic.
- Safe in a dishwasher
- Fits all cups
T2 tea is a 500ml tea maker that makes brewing tea a thing of joy. The filter is well meshed to catch all the bits of your loose tea with no shame or taste.
- Comes with a lid.
- It is made from silicone and stainless material.
- It is designed in various beautiful colours.
This is a product from another top kitchenware producing brand. This teapot is 100% well-insulated stainless steel, and this makes it one of my personal favourite because it provides for long-lasting enjoyment.
- Double-walled thermal insulation that makes the heat last long
- Removable strainer
- Large capacity
Are you on the lookout for an affordable but great teapot with an infuser? Then you’ve found it in this clear glass teapot. It is suitable for flower and leaf tea. My favourite feature in this teapot is the clear visibility that allows you to know when the tea is well steeped.
- It comes with an infuser that is placed within the teapot itself.
- It can be used in a microwave when the strainer is removed.
- Allows you to see the strength of your brew
This cute sized teapot comes with a stainless tea infuser that allows you steep loose leaf teas and whole leaf teas. It is also perfect for tea bags.
- Cannot be used with any flame or heating element
- Made from porcelain material
- Holds about 2 cups of tea
Want a traditional yet stylish looking teapot? You’ve found just the product for you. I love that it gives the feel of drinking tea in a Victorian style. A renowned ceramist designs the teapot by name Daniel Birch.
- Comes with a removable filter to hold loose tea leaves and floral infusions as they steep
- It is dishwasher safe.
- The teapot has a print of authenticity at the bottom.
Teapots with Infusers Buying Guide
After reading this review, it may seem that you can’t choose as they all seem to be great choices. But as the final consumer, you need to make a final choice that will be beneficial to you and your needs. So when you are presented with these choices, what are the basic points that should be considered?
What is the capacity you want?
These tea infusers are not a one size fits all kind of capacity, but they vary in size depending on the choice a buyer wants to make. If you’re more of a solo tea drinker, you can go for the small-sized infuser but if it’s a family event, then buying the ones that come in litres is the best idea. Similarly, if you drink a lot of tea, buying a small size would be too much hassle.
Type of material it is made from
If you’re the type that likes their tea being hot for as long as possible, then you would go for the ones that are well insulated, so you don’t find yourself constantly reheating your tea. Ceramic models are known to be good retainers of heat.
While this might sound utterly not important but the shape of your teapot determines what kind of mess it would make when you infuse your tea and when you pour into your cup. If the mouth is not well-done, then you’ll end up having tea dripping everywhere.
If one of your requirements for kitchenware is aesthetics and beauty, then you’ll do well to go for one whose functionality is not only great but is also pleasant to look at. Therefore, it’ll serve a dual function.
Have you ever burnt your hand trying to lift a teapot? I have, and this is why I realise that the handle on your teapot is very important. You have to be able to pour out your tea without scalding your hands, so you need to be sure that when you grasp the handle, your knuckles won’t be touching the surface of the pot. Then you have the right teapot.
Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]
Can it be used on a stovetop?
It varies from brand to brand. Some teapots infusers are stove friendly while some are not. But for either allowance, the brand would clearly state it
Can you put a tea bag in a tea infuser?
Some brands come with the removable strainer so that one can make use of tea bags, but in the case where your teapot does not give such allowance, you can cut a side of the teabag and pour the content into it making yourself loose tea out of a teabag.
Do I need to know how to use a teapot infuser?
Yes, because despite each having a coming name, the functionalities and direction of use always differ. For instance, put an infuser that is not compatible with heat or flame on fire might spoil it entirely.
How to Use a Tea Infuser
Infusing your hot water:
- For any type of infusion, first brew the same quantity of water (this is sometimes referred to as a ‘good’ infusion or ‘good to taste’ infusion), then strain and allow to cool. The tea needs to be infused slowly so as to allow the flavours to develop.
- As the infusion cools down, you can now measure the amount of tea you want to use.
- When you add the tea, you do not need to do so fast as the tea will take time to infuse into the water. Do not be afraid to experiment with the temperature and quantity of your tea, as some infusions will go well with other infusions and some not so well with others.
- When done, the leaves should be placed in a tea infuser, the height of the tea infuser depending on the size of the leaves.
- After allowing the tea infuser to cool, put the infuser on a container such as a mug or a glass (on a side note, this gives the tea an extra kick as the infusion does not get diluted by the hot water).
- Place the infuser into a cup or glass, and start drinking your tea.
Another way of making your tea infusions is to throw the infuser into boiling water and allow it to steep for 3 minutes or so. You can use the same length of time to prepare your infusion.
(Some infusers come with a timer, such as the Pong tea infuser, which serves as a tea infuser as well).
While this may not be the most elegant way of making your tea, it will get you the same results. You can change the tea infusion by changing the length of time in which the infusion is left to brew.
See infuser manufacturer websites for details on the frequency of brewing for the kind of infusion you make.
Here the curtain of review for the best tea infuser would be drawn, and I hope this serves as help whenever you decide to buy that teapot with infuser. When buying, make sure you put in mind the functionalities that you need using the buying guide and review as light.
It is hard to recommend as they all function in different ways, but I’d go for FORLIFE Stump teapot because it combines for all you need in a teapot. It is small enough for personal use yet big enough to pour an extra cup or two for others. It is insulated and quite a beauty to look at also.