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Top Of The Best Tea Strainers Reviewed In 2018Last Updated May 1, 2018
№1 – Teabox Elegant Ball Infuser (Tea Infuser, Tea Strainer, Tea Filter, Tea Maker, Tea Ball, Stainless Steel)
№2 – Ipow Stainless Steel Fine Tea Mesh Strainer Colander Sieve with Handle for Kitchen Food Rice Vegetable,set of 3
№3 – Tea Infuser,Tea Strainer,2 PACK 304 Stainless Steel Water Filter with Double Handles for Hanging on Teapots, Mugs, Cups to steep Loose Leaf Tea and Coffee,Cold Brew Coffee Maker. FDA Approved.
The Insider Pick
Tea leaves are far superior to tea bags, but things get messy without a proper tea infuser. The Finum Brewing Basket is the best tea infuser for most mugs and teapots with its roomy fine mesh basket design.
Tea is serious business and real aficionados prefer loose leaf tea over the leftover leaves most companies stuff into tea bags. However, if you want to brew tea properly, you are going to need the right equipment. In addition to getting one of the best electric kettles to bring your water to just the right temperature for the leaves you’re using, you’ll also want a tea infuser to separate the leaves from your brew once it’s ready.
Picking the best tea infuser sounds like a simple task, but it’s actually quite complicated. Tea experts will even tell you not to get an infuser and truly let your tea leaves float in the hot water to maximize their flavor. If you’re going to follow that approach, you’ll still need a strainer to keep the leaves out of your drink. However, you can get the flavor or uninhibited tea leaves with the best tea infusers. The more space you give your tea leaves to move around inside the infuser, the better.
We’ve researched tea blogs, read expert reviews, and done our own personal testing to find the very best tea infusers you can buy. We also selected the best tea infuser travel mug and teapot to accommodate those who want to drink tea on the go or consume a whole pot’s worth. Before we get into our picks, here are things to consider when choosing the best tea infuser for your needs and a few tips on how to make the most of your tea.
What Other Tea Lovers Say
Tea has become a major part of life for people throughout the world, and each culture has created its own types of tea ware.
In terms of quality and flavor, there really is no comparison between loose leaves and tea bags.
However, brewing loose-leaf tea requires a little bit more equipment than brewing tea bags. You need something to hold the tea leaves while they steep.
The most common way to make loose tea is to brew the leaves in a tea pot and then pour into a cup. Like tea kettles (click to read further reviews), tea pots come in an astonishing variety of shapes and sizes.
How do you know what type of tea pot to buy? When selecting, there are four major factors to consider.
Want something to impress your guest? They come in a variety of styles and finishes, and they can be more attractive than you might think.
Stainless steel tea pots are durable and low-maintenance. To me, they are a good all-rounder, and are especially suitable for brewing the fully oxidized tea such as the dark oolongs, darjeelings and pu-erhs.
Stainless steel doesn’t affect the taste of the tea and it doesn’t absorb flavors. It is are also good at retaining heat.
Porcelain or Ceramic
Porcelain pots are classic. They are like the viola, somewhere in between the violin and cello, and very versatile.
I use them to brew my white tea and green tea, as well as lightly oxidized oolongs such as the Iron Goddess tea (Tieguanyin).
Porcelain ware is also excellent for testing any tea. Unlike a clay pot, it doesn’t absorb flavors and so is good for an quick and objective assessment of tea quality.
If you are new to drinking Chinese tea, I highly recommend that you get yourself a gaiwan, which is probably the simplest and most useful tea vessel ever invented.
This tea bowl has a lid. It serves to retain heat and as a strainer. You can drink directly out of the bowl, or pour it out into another cup (which I what I normally do).
Another important aspect of design is the method used to strain out the tea leaves.
Many pots come with a separate basket-type strainer that holds the tea leaves while they brew. Other tea pots have a strainer in the spout.
Having the strainer built into the spout is convenient, but you have to pour the tea into cups as soon as it is ready. However, having the strainer in the spout does maximize the tea leaves’ contact area with the water, and gives them unrestricted freedom to unfurl and move around.
Having the strainer built into the spout is convenient, but you have to pour the tea into cups as soon as it’s ready. However, having the strainer in the spout does maximize the tea leaves’ contact area with the water, and gives them unrestricted freedom to unfurl and move around.
This is important for flavor, but as long as your infuser is adequately sized, you can still get great flavor from an infuser basket.
How big is the pot? The right size depends on how you are planning to use it.
If it is just for you, go ahead and get a smaller pot. That way, you don’t waste tea, and can drink all of what you brew while it’s hot and fresh.
If it’s going to be used for tea parties or entertaining, however, you’ll want to get a bigger pot so that you can serve everyone without having to stop what you are doing and brew more tea.
The next concern is maintenance. All tea pots require at least a little bit of maintenance.
Do you want one that is dishwasher safe, or are you okay with hand washing? Is that adorable tea pot in the shape of a dragon going to be easy to clean?
Yixing clay pots are perhaps the easiest to care for – a good rinse in hot water is all they need, since you want the tea residue to coat the inside and season it.
Glass pots are dishwasher safe, as are stainless steel and some ceramics.
Silver is hand wash only, and it will need to periodically polished with silver polish as well, even if it is not being used.
If you want a metal alternative, we also like the 100 percent stainless-steel Forlife Brew-in-Mug. This sturdy, well-constructed tea steeper has great user reviews. Water doesn’t flow as freely through its holes, and because it’s shorter than the Finum, tea has less opportunity to come in contact with water in a vessel. Tea leaves are also a bit more prone to sticking in this steeper, but it still brews a great cup.
For more than one serving, we like the all-glass-and-metal, 23-fluid-ounce Hario Chacha teapot. This is a delicate glass pot, so it requires more care in handling and cleaning than the Finum. It has a much larger brew-basket-to-teapot size ratio than any of the other pots we found, which means that leaves have more room to expand and release their flavor.
Who should get these
Daily tea drinkers would benefit from using a good infuser, especially people who currently drink tea made from tea bags or tea balls. All of those tea bags you see packaged in boxes and tins on grocery store shelves are the tea equivalents of instant coffee. A bit of history on tea bags: They were an accidental invention, the result of New York tea merchant Thomas Sullivan’s decision to send out samples of his tea in small silk bags back in 190Instead of taking the tea out of the bag, as intended, Sullivan’s clients saved time and effort by simply dunking the bags into hot water. So the tea bag was born.
Tea leaves need room to expand fully and to move freely through the water for their flavors to come out.
Most tea bags today are made up of “fannings,” basically leftover tea dust. The exposed surface area of all those little pieces allows you to get a more quickly brewed cup but produces a stale and less flavorful tea. Even if you place full tea leaves into a tea bag, which more and more high-end tea companies have started to do, you’re still putting your tea at a disadvantage. Tea leaves need room to expand fully and to move freely through the water for their flavors to come out. A bag suffocates the leaves, preventing them from expanding to their full capacity.
Switching from confined bags and balls to a larger infuser made specifically for loose-leaf tea will drastically improve the quality of the beverage you drink.
Long-term test notes
As mentioned above, we did notice a small amount of patina develop on the mesh, specifically on the bottom of the Finum Brewing Basket, after more than a year of use. This happened when on several occasions we let the basket sit for a day with old tea leaves, which you shouldn’t do! After we ran it through the dishwasher, most of the patina cleared. Aside from our own forgetfulness with regard to cleaning, the Finum Brewing Basket has held up extremely well to frequent use for more than two years.
For tea on the go
A built-in, removable infusing basket makes this cup more practical for brewing while traveling. Its top-mounted steeper works better than those in other mugs we’ve found, it keeps tea piping hot for hours, and it won’t leak.
Although we love the Finum Brewing Basket for at-home use, for most travel mugs it’s too wide and won’t accommodate a lid. We’ve also found that most tea tumblers or travel mugs lack a way for you to remove the tea leaves after steeping, which can result in bitter, overbrewed tea. But this year we found several new options that include built-in and removable tea infusion baskets. None of the included steepers are as good as the Finum, and the caps on the contenders don’t lock like that of our favorite travel mug. But if you must brew your tea in a to-go vessel, the DavidsTea Carry Travel Mug was the best option of the three we tested.
The DavidsTea mug’s top-mounted infuser works more efficiently (and makes for easier removal) than competing mugs’ infusers, which sit on the bottom of the cup. Photo: Alexandra Chang
The DavidsTea travel mug’s built-in infusion basket is relatively large. Unlike other models we tested, such as the MIU travel mug, the DavidsTea mug has its infuser at the top, and you can twist off the lid for removal. The infusion basket is made of heat-resistant polypropylene plastic (which is safe to use with hot water) and fine metal mesh (though not as fine as the Finum’s). Although the basket lacks mesh on the bottom, which could provide better water flow, an additional fine mesh strainer near the lid provides another filter for tea particles that may escape the steeper. We didn’t measure temperatures to assess heat retention, but our tea stayed warm for several hours.
The fine-mesh strainer prevents any tea particles from getting into your sips. Photo: Alexandra Chang
The lid’s design is a bit large, and not as comfortable to drink out of compared with less niche travel mugs. Unless you’re sipping herbal teas that don’t become astringent after a long soak, we recommend brewing before you leave the house; otherwise you’ll have to find a place to dump your basket of wet leaves during your commute. The mug has decent reviews on Steepster, though some users note that the finish doesn’t hold up to long-term use.
The Carry Travel Mug also has a neat compartment for storing dry tea leaves for later use; however, they don’t always stay dry if something happens to shake the mug.
Care and maintenance
Most of these steepers require basic care, namely washing or rinsing after a single use. The Finum and Forlife are both safe for the dishwasher on the top rack; we don’t recommend putting the Hario Chacha pot in the dishwasher since it’s a bit more delicate. If you use soap to wash fine mesh, make sure to rinse thoroughly, as residue could lead to soapy-tasting tea. For the most part, we tended to rinse the steepers with water and then washed with soap or the dishwasher only after several uses.
As for travel mugs, check out the care and maintenance section of our travel mug guide. The main point: Don’t put your mug in the dishwasher. The environment inside a dishwasher introduces heat and water pressure to the vacuum seal, which can degrade the cup’s ability to retain heat over time. Instead, use a long bottle brush.
We tried four steepers in the most recent testing
We love the Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru, so when we saw the new Hario Chacha Natsume, we had to see whether it could outdo the original. The Natsume has a slightly more elongated body and a large plastic infuser with super-fine plastic mesh. Though we love the redesigned shape and the familiar short spout, the new Chacha didn’t quite beat its predecessor since its infusing basket allows less water flow.
We liked the clever design of the Effiliv Hot or Cold Glass Tea Tumbler Bottle. It opens on both the top and bottom, so it’s simple to clean. The built-in tea strainer resides at the bottom, and you can empty it out so that the leaves don’t oversteep. Unfortunately, removing the infusion basket without having the mug leak from the bottom isn’t easy. The basket and the glass body also become incredibly hot, making the bottle hard to handle in general. You have to invert the bottle to remove the steeper, but the strap at the top makes balancing the mug on its head impossible. Plus, the infusion basket is small in comparison with the tumbler. All of these little design flaws add up to an impractical on-the-go tumbler.
The MIU Color Stylish Portable Handmade Crystal Glass Water Bottle with Nylon Sleeve (with tea infuser) is incredibly similar to the Effiliv, but with a few smarter design choices. For one, it can rest on its top while you spoon tea into the infuser basket. Unfortunately, the glass body still gets too hot to handle, and it tends to leak if you remove the infuser basket. You can remove the rubber gasket from the basket and place it in the bottom lid for a slightly less leaky mug, but that’s pretty inconvenient. The small infusion basket is also identical to the one in the Effiliv, which makes us think that the two are made by the same manufacturer.
A note on free-float brewing and gaiwans
As noted earlier, making tea is simple. You don’t absolutely need a separate steeping device or a teapot with a built-in infuser if you don’t mind drinking some tea leaves (or drinking around tea leaves). In Chinese culture, just brewing leaves right in a teapot and pouring around the table is common. This approach is great if you’re drinking tea with several people and can pour all of the tea after it’s done steeping.
Another option is to brew right in a small cup, like my parents do, filling it back up with hot water as you finish. It’s a somewhat makeshift version of drinking from a gaiwan or a yixing pot, two traditional Chinese brewing vessels that are very small and made for drinking tea with multiple steepings. People commonly use the yixing pot and gaiwan to make pu-erh tea, a fermented dark tea that usually comes in circular bricks. The technique involves steeping this kind of tea multiple times for varying lengths, first for as little as 20 to 2seconds and then gradually up to several minutes.
That said, pu-erh tea is not common in Western cultures. And even though you can brew tea without an infuser, doing so is not as convenient in larger teapots and cups, where you’d want to take the tea out as soon as it’s done infusing, and drinking the tea is more difficult. For the vast majority of tea drinkers, we recommend using some sort of brewing basket or strainer.
Paper tea bag filters.
If you prefer the idea of using tea bags, then you could make your very own do-it-yourself tea bags, or as they are correctly known, paper tea filters. These items are ingenious, totally bio-degradable, chlorine free and are designed so your loose tea has room to move around whilst infusing. They come in various sizes to fit either a cup or large teapot, even a flask size, and are so easy to use. You simply spoon your tea into the filter bag and pop it in your cup or teapot. That’s it. Once done, you simply dispose of the filter bag and leaves, or throw on your compost. No mess, no blocked sinks, they really are very impressive.
Glass infuser mugs
Glass infuser mugs are great if you’re making tea for one. You simply place your loose tea in a glass infuser inside the glass mug, pour on your water then watch as your leaves unfurl and swirl in the infuser – sometimes it looks like a snow globe!! Once your tea has infused, you just remove the glass infuser and drink your tea. Of course you need to dispose of your leaves from the glass infuser and wash it (and your mug!), but the good news most reputable makes are they’re dishwasher safe. That said, they are glass, so if you do drop them, like any glass, they will break!
Glass tea pots
Now here’s how to impress! Glass tea pots come in various shapes and sizes some with and some without glass or stainless steel infusers. Those that don’t have infusers are generally used for flowering teas, unless very small, gongfu style, when often they have a strainer in the spout to catch any loose leaves. Where the teapot has an infuser, your tea leaves are placed inside and hot or boiling water is added. If you’ve got guests, you’ll find everyone watching the leaves unfurl and swirl…amazing to see and a great experience to share as, is of course, drinking the tea together.
Teapots with inbuilt infusers
There are some great designs of everyday ceramic, cast iron and stainless steel infuser teapots on the market. They’re really simple to use and can be very decorative too depending on your preference. Simply spoon your loose tea into the mesh infuser that sits inside the teapot, pour on your water and wait for the required length of time for your tea to infuse then simply remove the basket of leaves. Now you have a delicious pot of tea ready to serve! You can discard of the leaves into your bin or onto your compost heap, but either way, it’s very simple to make a great pot of tea without worrying about the mess of leaves.
Mesh ball infusers come in all shapes and sizes, from a single cup size to one that can be used in a large teapot. However, whatever size you choose, make sure you buy quality stainless steel. Some infusers are simply a mesh ball often with a chain; others, known as pincer or spring handled infusers, have long handles that when squeezed together open the attached mesh infuser ball to allow you to place or remove the tea leaves. You simply place the mesh infuser (holding the leaves) into your cup or teapot, wait the required brewing time then remove the infuser. Removing the leaves is quite easy but of course you’ll need to wash the infuser itself after use. Some leaves from very fine teas such as Rooibos can sometimes escape through the seal where the mesh infusers meet, but apart from that they are a relatively cost effective and reusable way to infuse loose leaf tea.
These are a more recent invention that allow you to enjoy loose lea tea in the convenience of a teabag. Depending on the source, most pyramid infusers have a reasonable amount of leaves contained within, however, you are restricted to adjusting the strength of your tea only by per teabag. The do have more space than traditional teabags allowing the loose leaves to expand when in the water and of course can be conveniently disposed of.
There’s nothing wrong with a simple tea strainer as long as you realize that any residual tea leaves left in the teapot will continue to infuse and if you’re making normal camellia sinensis tea your tea will become more astringent and possibly very bitter unless you pour all the contents of the teapot out into cups when the tea is ready.
When you’ve got good quality loose leaf tea you’ll want to keep it in good condition so it’s really important to store it properly. Your tea should be stored away from light, moisture, strong odours and kept in an airtight container. Tea should not be stored in the fridge. We recommend using small tea caddies. This way, if you have a larger amount of tea, you can simply decant a smaller quantity into your tea caddy and keep the rest stored away, avoiding unnecessary contact with air, light, odours and moisture.
How to Use a Tea Pot With a Stainless Steel Strainer
Nothing beats the ceremony and flavor of loose leaf tea.
The different ways to brew loose leaf tea are as numerous as the number of tea leaves on the planet (well, almost). A great way to do it is with a tea pot with a stainless steel strainer.
How to use a teapot with a strainer
First, get some water boiling in a tea kettle. Some teapots with strainers are stovetop safe, in that case, you CAN use it to boil your water, but I prefer boiling the water separately. Pouring the water over the tea leaves helps you get maximum flavor out of them, in my opinion. If you do use the teapot to boil your water, make sure you remove the strainer at this point.
This is a great tea pot with strainer.
While waiting for your water to boil, add your tea leaves to the strainer. How much depends on the size of your teapot, but generally you want about a teaspoon for every ounces, of water. I always throw one extra teaspoon in there — just my personal idiosyncrasy, I guess. Feel free to adopt it.
Once the water has come to a boil, some people suggest you let it sit for a minute. I agree. Not pouring boiling water on the leaves saves from you the possibility of scorching your leaves and giving you a bitter taste.
French Press Brewing System uses a plunger to press tea leaves down to prevent tea from getting too strong.
A Variety of Colours Available including black, lime green, red and off white.
This glass teapot is designed with a plastic infuser which has a silicone plunger on the lid similar to a French Press so you can control the process of tea steeping.
Once the tea has been steeped long enough, the plunger is pushed down to hold the tea leaves down at the bottom preventing any more flavour from seeping out. This also helps to preserve the flavour of the tea leaves so it can be used again and again. The infuser is quite big but the holes stop halfway so you would need to fill up half the teapot to allow the water to touch the tea leaves.
Ease of Handling
Teapots will typically be designed with a handle to make pouring and carrying the teapot easy. Most handles are usually coated with a heatproof material to make it safe to carry. You might want to consider checking the handle is wide enough to comfortably hold without burning your hand on the teapot itself.
Prepare With the Right Temperature
Each type of tea requires a different temperature to bring out its true flavour. For example, delicate flavoured teas such as green and jasmine needs a cooler temperature of around 80 degrees celcius but black teas and herbal teas like peppermint need 100 degrees celcius. The best way to check is with a food thermometer.
Mr. Coffee 2-in-Iced Tea Brewing System
Mr. Coffee 2-in-Iced Tea Brewing System comes fully packed with many benefits that make it a top option for many folks. It is dishwasher safe, with the stain resistant glass pitcher. It offers a faster brew cycle, delivering up to 2.quarts iced tea in mere minutes. And it can brew loose tea leaves as well as tea bags.
The tea maker also comes with the brew strength selector which allows you to adjust the strength of your tea, based on your personal preferences. Its water reservoir features a water window that lets you see the amount of water remaining in the unit.
Unknown to many users, this feature is advantageous in helping you to avoid adding too much water to your machine and causing the accidental, messy overflows. With its drip-resistant design, this ice tea maker gives you a cleaner user experience.
The device bears durable plastic construction and its 100% BPA free.
Overall, Mr. Coffee 2-in-Iced Tea Brewing System has been specially designed to help you make delicious ice tea for everyday enjoyment- quickly and easily.
Some of the key features you’ll enjoy in this particular model include fast brew cycle, the ability to brew tea leaves and tea bags, brew strength selector, drip-resistant design, and bold tea taste.
Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker
Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker employs their patented Flash Chill Technology to enable you to make delicious and healthy iced tea in just a couple of minutes. The qt capacity tea maker can produce enough coffee for up to people in a single brewing cycle. The inexpensive tea maker also features a flash chill that cools your drink faster.
The appliance features a cup of longer length compared to other models- this gives you an easy time when brewing teas that tend to expand greatly. If you’re fond of adding seeds, lemons to your tea for added flavor, this is the right ice tea maker for you.
The cup easily reaches the bottom where it allows the added flavors to mix better. It comes with an airtight lid- so tight that you can even store the ice tea maker by its side without having to worry about any drink spills.
So, if you find that your Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker does not fit in your refrigerator or shelves, just place it on its side- I guarantee you that you’ll get zero spills if you tighten the lid correctly.
Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker comes with a longer design compared to its competitors. Despite this, it also does a great job at helping you brew delicious and healthy iced tea, easily and quickly.
A single brew cycle serves up to people. It features patented Flash Chill Technology for faster tea brewing. It can work with tea leaves as well as tea bags.
Mr. Coffee TM70 3-Quart Iced Tea Maker
Mr. Coffee TM70 3-Quart Iced Tea Maker makes it to our list of the best iced tea makers due to the numerous benefits it grants the user, plus a simple design that makes it user-friendly. The appliance can produce up to quarts of tea in minutes only. It comes with on/off indicators as well as the auto-shut off feature that adds to its convenience.
Unlike most of its rivals out there that come with a similar price tag, this machine comes with the adjustable brew strength which you can use to set how strong you want the brewed iced tea to be. The device comes with a 3-quart pitcher that you can easily clean in your dishwasher.
What’s more, the pitcher includes ice level markings, handle and spout for easy handling. It’s also among the few best ice tea makers that can work with both tea leaves and tea bags. The automatic shutoff features activate when there’s water/tea overflow or when the unit completes the brewing process, making it a safe appliance.
Mr. Coffee TM70 3-Quart Iced Tea Maker comes with one of the biggest pitchers I’ve seen in iced tea makers. So, if you wish to make plenty of iced tea, up to quarts, this is the go-to machine.
It incorporates powerful features such as adjustable brewing strength, automatic shutoff mechanism, the ability to brew tea bags and tea leaves, and dishwasher safe pitcher for easy cleaning.
Back to Basics Iced Tea Maker
The Back to Basics Iced Tea Maker is one of the few iced tea makers that come with an eye-catching style and great innovations, allowing you to serve your tea in style. The appliance has been designed to make up to quarts of mouthwatering iced tea- sweetened or unsweetened. It comes with a highly attractive glass pitcher, with a capacity of up to 2.5qt, completing the set style.
Good news- this model also allows you to brew either bagged or loose tea (comes with the loose tea filter). It also comes with a sweetener that lets you add just the right amount of sugar in your drink- that is, if you love sweetened coffee.
The adjustable brew strength selector also comes handy to help you brew as many tea varieties as you wish.
With an automatic on/off features integrated into this machine, it will automatically go off the moment it’s done brewing your tea, making it a power efficient machine. The on/off power indicators makes the device even more convenient to use.
If you want to make and serve your iced tea in style, you’d want to consider the Back to Basics Iced Tea Maker. The overall model features a unique, highly innovative design, not forgetting the eye-pleasing glass pitcher. It features the useful auto shutoff feature, adjustable brew strength selector, and works with bagged or loose tea.
Mr. Coffee 2qt Iced Tea Maker- Blue
Making fresh, iced tea from right from the comfort of your home has never gotten this easier, using the Mr. Coffee 2qt Iced Tea Maker.
It allows you to use loose tea as well tea bags to create a refreshing iced tea drink, whether you love the gourmet-infused flavors or traditional unsweetened tea. Simply add water, ice, tea, flavor ingredients and start brewing your drink in under minutes!
The model comes with a quarts capacity pitcher glass, capable of making enough custom-brewed ice tea for you. It also integrates the useful automatic shutoff feature that puts off the machine the moment it finishes brewing your tea.
As you’d expect from any top model, this unit can work with loose and bagged tea, making it a versatile iced tea maker. The pitcher is dishwasher safe, which means easy cleaning.
Mr. Coffee 2qt Iced Tea Maker is convenient, easy to use appliance that helps you make iced tea really fast. The 2-quart pitcher is dishwater safe for easy cleaning.
It comes with great features like auto shutoff feature, removable brewing basket, ability to brew loose or bagged tea, on/off indicator light, and 1-year manufacturer warranty.
Ovalware Airtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker and Tea Infuser:
The Ovalware Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker/Tea Infuser enjoys a high popularity from millions of users due to its commitment to give you with iced tea at all times. Specially designed to give you the BEST cold brewing experience, the 100BPA-free, dishwasher safe cold brewer locks the freshness and flavor of your drink for two straight weeks with the durable, super-thick glass, for maximum temperature stability.
The model is flexible for brewing hot or cold tea and coffee. Its sleek design is engineered such that it perfectly fits your fridge for easy storage.
The appliance has been designed to fit on your fridge shelf perfectly. It features an easy-access handle for easy serving and handling. It also comes with superior grade 18/rust-free stainless steel cap and filter and extra-thick glass that keeps your beverages colder, for longer.
What’s more, it features a BPA-free silicone airtight silicone seal that effectively slows down the oxidation process. This means your drink will retain their freshness and flavors, while keeping free from your fridge odors, for up to weeks.
Ovalware Airtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker and Tea Infuser is one of the best iced tea makers that ever hit the market. The device works with bagged tea as well as loose tea leaves.
For the ultimate precision, the tea maker features well-labeled markings for precise pouring. It’s loaded with lots of powerful features and benefits, plus incredible flexibility, which makes it a top choice for everyone!
Arcosteel Double Wall Glass Cup
Unfortunately Arco died suddenly in a kitchen sink accident when a teaspoon I was washing fell into the cup, the focused force causing the inner wall of the glass to crack. At least the glass is recyclable. And I kept the lid and grip.
Tea strainers resemble small sieves and are used for straining tea that has been made with loose tea leaves. Tea bag tongs are small flat tongs used for squeezing and removing teabags from your cup.
Coffee filters are used when brewing coffee. Fresh coffee grounds are placed in the filter and hot water is poured on top. The filter allows the brewed coffee to seep through whilst the grounds remain in the filter. Some filters are available for individual cups of coffee, sitting in or on top of a cup.
Stencils and Shakers
Stencils and shakers are used for creating delicate patterns on top of your coffee foam with cocoa powder. These patterns can be seasonal like snowflakes or general like leaf patterns. The shaker is a tin with a perforated lid that you put the cocoa powder in. A quick shake of the tin over the stencil will create the desired pattern.
Bottle openers come in variety of designs and methods and are used for removing corks from wine bottles and crown tops from beer bottles. Popular styles of corkscrew include the winged corkscrew and the waiter’s friend – these require some effort from the user to remove the cork. Lever openers, ‘just turn’ models and electric corkscrews require less effort but are generally more expensive to buy. Models like the waiter’s friend and winged corkscrew also incorporate a crown top opener into the design. A foil cutter is used for removing the foil that covers the tops of wine bottles. Again this is incorporated into some types of corkscrew.
Bottle coolers are available in a variety of designs. The most commonly used coolers are double walled buckets that can be chilled before use, or buckets that can contain ice. Other coolers include neoprene sleeves that act like wet suits and maintain the temperature of the bottle for as long as possible. These sleeves are great for outdoor dining like picnics and barbecues as they are compact, light and small to store and pack.
French Press Cafetiere
This type of cafetiere is best described as being a jug with a filter and a plunger. Coffee grounds are placed in the bottom of the jug and hot water is poured on top. The plunger and circular filter is placed on top of the coffee and after a few minutes of brewing, the plunger is pressed down slowly until the filter reaches the bottom. This process traps the loose coffee under the filter leaving you free to enjoy the freshly pressed coffee.
Due to wear and tear over time, the mesh filter of the cafetiere will occasionally need to be replaced. Replacement filters are available, either on their own, or as part of a three piece set that includes the upper and lower discs that the mesh sit between. The upper disc incorporates a spring coil around the edge which creates resistance when you are plunging the filter.
Pour Over Coffee Maker
The pour over coffee maker is an alternative way of preparing fresh coffee, the filter cup sits on the top of the round jug with the ground beans inside, pour over hot water and allow the fresh coffee to drip down. The fresh coffee can now be poured straight from this.
These jugs are designed to hold a large amount of liquid like hot water, tea or coffee. The generous size is ideal for catering for several people at functions. The jugs will be double-walled with a vacuum in between to keep hot contents warm and cold contents cool.
These glasses, some with handles, are mostly used for espressos and coffees. The double walled space keeps the coffee hotter for longer whilst keeping the outside cool to the touch. Double walled glasses are very stylish too and look great as part of your daily coffee ritual.
Champagne glasses range from saucers to flutes and are a top attraction at any celebration. Champagne saucers are wide, shallow and curved glasses sat on the top of long tall stems, they always look great for serving to guests. Champagne saucers can be stacked to create a fountain, from the top Champagne is poured until it flows all the way down to the bottom until all the glasses are filled. A star attraction. Other Champagne glasses include flutes which are long tall and thin.
Shot glasses are just as they sound, a small cylindrical glass just about big enough for one shot. These shots are mainly associated with tequila and vodka. Shot glasses can also be used for creating chilled recipes like alcoholic jello shots or an appetiser called amuse bouche and can be a great way of serving a chilled dessert as they can be styled and served in a culinary fashion.
An electric grinder is used for grinding fresh coffee beans into a fine powder for use in a coffee filter, cafetiere or a machine. An electric grinder will use a stainless steel blade that will spin at a precise RPM to finely grid the beans into aromatic freshly ground coffee. A viewing window will allow you to determine how course or fine you want your coffee.
A manual coffee grinder is similar and sometimes referred to as a mill. The manual turn handle to grind the coffee is normally on the top, the beans will be poured in and the grinding mechanism will be operated by the handle. This allows the grade and size of ground coffee to be more controlled. The manual grinder will have a drawer or collection tray at the base called a hopper.
An Infuser is a small perforated object used for loose tea, the infuser is filled with the tea and submerged into hot water to infuse the tea flavour into the water. The design of the infuser can be a round ball, egg shaped or a novelty design such as an animal or a fish.
A water infuser is used for flavouring water with fresh fruit. A removable chamber can be filled with fruit which will infuse the water giving you naturally flavoured fruit water.
A handheld frother is used for thickening and frothing milk, it can also be used for frothing hot chocolate and coffee. The handheld frother is motorised and spins the mini frother on the end very fast to whip up the milk for the top of hot drinks or for a smooth hot chocolate.
A frothing jug is perfect for using to froth your milk in due to its wide pouring spout. This makes it easier to pour as the milk will be thick and you will have more control over this. Some frothing jugs come with their own frother as part of the lid. As the plunger is pushed manually, the attached whisk at the bottom will spin to create the froth.
The stove top kettle is used for boiling water on a hob. Traditionally this is how water was boiled for tea, coffee and even for washing before the days of the electric kettle. The kettle is filled with fresh water and placed on the stove. When the water is boiled the kettle will whistle through a steam vent or flap to indicate this. These kettles are suitable for all hobs but some may exclude induction due to the material it is made from, always check manufacturer’s recommendations.
Storage pots for tea, coffee and sugar come in a range of styles and material to fit in with the theme of your kitchen. The storage jars should have a secure and sealed lid to keep moisture out.
A teapot is used for brewing tea, either using tea bags or loose tea (you’ll need a tea strainer to catch the loose leaves when pouring). Teapots are generally sized by the amount of cups it can make – ranging from one cup up to 1cups. Larger teapots used for catering and events will be sized in litres.
A tea press is similar to a coffee cafetiere in that the tea, either bags or leaves, are put inside a central filter and left to steep. The plunger is pressed to push the tea to the bottom of the filter, locking the tea away and allowing the tea to be poured. These tea presses are more commonly used for tea leaves or herbs but tea bags can also be used in the press.
A travel mug is used for carrying coffee or tea to drink on the go. These mugs are generally tall and are insulated or double walled to keep your drinks warm. The travel mug will have some form of drinking spout and many have some form of stopper to prevent spillages. Care should be taken as although travel mugs might be spill-proof they may still leak hot liquids if not kept upright.
A travel press is a cafetiere that you can use on the go. The tall insulated mug in addition to the leak proof lid and drinking spout also contains a plunger for steeping a pressing of your fresh coffee and tea. The fresh pressed drink can then be consumed straight from the mug.
A mug cafetiere is a large insulated mug with a filter and a plunger. This allows the use of fresh coffee or tea to be added to the bottom of the mug. After the water has been added and allowed time to steep, the plunger with the filter on is then pressed down and the coffee grounds or tea leaves are pressed to the bottom of the mug. The plunger itself embeds into the handle so that it is no longer visible or in the way when drinking.
Some drinkware items are designed to be stacked together, but do so with care not to scratch off any patterned or coloured areas. Delicate items like china and glass should be handled carefully and not stored with other heavy or sharp items that could damage or break them. Bulkier items should be stored separately and not stacked where they could damage other smaller delicate items.
How To Choose A Yerba Mate Gourd
The mate cups unique shape compresses the yerba mate tea in order to create suction for nutrient extraction, and preserves the high level of nutrients.
More exciting, artisans create each unique mate cup from wood or a special squash. These ancient tools continue to serve as the perfect vessels for yerba mate. Indeed, they are married, as ‘yerba’ is the herb and ‘mate’ is the gourd. Using this specially shaped mate gourd is the secret to maximizing the benefits of yerba mate. mate straw, also called a bombilla, is more than just a “straw;” it acts as a pressurized extraction filter.
Artisans create each bombilla with different characteristics. It is easier to select a bombilla when you understand the role of shape, length, tips, filters, and materials.
Yerba Mate straws are available in stainless steel, alpaca, and bamboo.
Stainless Steel Bombilla : Strong, durable, no need to polish
Alpaca Bombilla : Strong, durable, traditionally used metal, impressive shine with quick and easy dry rag, more detailed metalwork available from artisans.
Bamboo Bombilla: Strong, ancient tool. Not as durable as metal mate straws, and are a bit more likely to clog. Still, they work great and look awesome.
Mate Straw Shape
Each type of mate straw is available in two shapes, straight or curved.
Straight mate straws are considered the most traditional and best way to honor the yerba mate; drink while looking down into the herb (a.k.a. meditative)
Straight mate straws are suggested for those choosing a large mate gourd, as curved straws often do not fit into the largest of mate gourds.
Curved mate straws are considered the most helpful with staying engaged; drink while looking forward (a.k.a. mindful)
Curved mate straws are not suggested for use in the largest of mate gourds, as they do not fit very well.
Mate Straw Length
Long mate straws works best to keep the bombilla from becoming too hot on the lips
Long mate straws are a necessity when using the larger mate gourds.
Short mate straws works best with smaller mate gourds, providing better balance from its lower center of gravity mate straws are not suggested for use in larger gourds, as they don’t protrude enough from the top.
Choosing a Yerba Mate Tea
Yerba mate tea is a blend of yerba mate stems and leaves that are used in the mate gourd. The traditional “best” yerba mate blend contains approximately 12% yerba mate stems and 88% yerba mate leaf. The stems help keep the bombilla from clogging and reduce the bitterness of the yerba mate. There are three common blends that one can buy: Traditional, Suave, and Leaf-Style. Of course, one can buy all types of yerba mate additives with these blends.
Also called ‘saquitas’
Small, gram yerba mate bags are available for steeping in water.
The experience of soaking grams of Yerba Mate can not be compared to the Traditional Method’s experience of extracting the nutrients from over 40 grams of compressed yerba mate.
Sometimes we sacrifice the “best” nutrient extraction method of the gourd and straw with a quick indulgance of a yerba mate tea bag.
Tea bags also serve as a great addition to refreshing iced tea blends
Calabash Yerba Mate Gourd
Made from the dried and hollowed ends of a squash, calabash are the quintessential mate vessel. They have been used for hundreds of years as the traditional mate container in South America by the natives and are intertwined with the history of yerba mate itself. Natural, beautiful, and an amazing medium for art, nothing says yerba mate like drinking from one of these.
Excess organic material on the inside of the gourd can be difficult to remove
Curing your Mate Gourd
By absorbing the hot water during the curing process, microscopic holes in the organic material are closed by the expansion process in the walls of the gourd. This will also help to prevent cracking that can render your gourd useless.
Rinse out your new gourd with fresh cold water.
Add properly heated mate water (160–180°F) to your gourd — top it off to the brim.
Add fresh yerba, then add properly heated water, and let it sit for another 1hours.
Do Not Cure Palo Santo and Lignam Vitae Yerba Mate Gourds
If you decided for a sweet modern vidrio mate gourd — again, superb choice — you get to skip the curing process and caring for your vidrio gourd is a breeze: empty the lavado (washed or with little flavor) yerba mate and then rinse! Super simple.
How to Prevent and Deal with Mold in your Yerba Mate Gourd
Shed Some Light on the Problem
Sunlight is the opposite of cool, dark, and damp — the preferred adjectives of mold everywhere. Leaving your gourds to dry in the sunlight (making sure to get the entire inside of the gourd exposed) is an effective and natural way to disinfect your gourd.
We recommend that you roll with an entourage of 2–gourds. This way there is ample time for each to rest and completely dry between uses, ensuring that you always have a clean and dry gourd “sin moho” (without mold)!
Choosing a Cut of Yerba Mate
Across the four major mate drinking regions of South America — Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay — there are three principal cuts of yerba mate. What is a cut? Essentially, a cut is the composition of three components:
Drunk mainly in Uruguay and Brazil, this cut is famous for its connection with the legendary Gauchos (cowboys), who roamed the Pampas of South America. The Gauchos drunk yerba mate for its health benefits and energizing effect during their long, hard days. It also helped them to curb their appetites during long horseback rides without food.
How to brew Yerba Mate with a Tea Infuser
Tea Infusers are excellent for making quick single cup. Follow the same brewing guidelines as the french press. Since the tea infuser straining mechanism is gravity fed, you can avoid clogging the filter by using a Yerba Mate with minimal polvo (such as Mission Yerba Mate).
Here’s a video showing how to make yerba mate in a tea infuser:
Medelco 12-Cup Glass Whistling Kettle
This 12-cup gas stove kettle is made of thermal-resistant borosilicate glass from Germany. You can use it on gas or electric counter tops. If you have electric range coils then you have no worries because the kettle comes with heat diffusing trivet, which you must use with the coils.
This kettle is an affordable piece yet it provides enough room to make generous quantity of fresh tea for your whole family all at once. To make the interior of the kettle easy to clean and/or fill with water, it features a removable lid.
Besides, this kettle is dishwasher safe and stain resistant. Other wonderful features are drip-free spout as well as an ergonomic, heat resistant handle.
This kettle may not qualify as one of the flashiest in the market but it delivers a performance that very few luxurious models can achieve. Although the raw materials come from Germany, Medelco glass stovetop kettle is assembled in North America and complies with the laid electrical standards.
POUR OVER Coffee Kettle and Tea Kettle
Featuring a unique and functional precision gooseneck spout that allows you to pour hot water out at the right temperature, speed and amount. The Pour Over Coffee and Tea Kettle from Ovalware is a great choice. This feature means you can pull the full range of flavors from the ground with even and consistent extraction.
Furthermore, this 1-liter tea kettle is fitted with a fiber-reinforced and heat resistant handle that allows you to operate the kettle without worrying about your safety or comfort.
Unlike many models of kettles out there that are difficult to maintain, the RJis designed with an easy to clean seamless bottom that also dries very fast.
The lid of this tea and coffee kettle opens conveniently to reveal the built-in thermometer. The thermometer allows you to take accurate temperature readings so that you take your favorite beverage at your desired temperature. You can boil to 195-degree Fahrenheit to 205-degree Fahrenheit.
In case you have a large, tea drinking family then you will love the 3-liter or 100-ounce tea kettle from Willow & Everett. This beautiful whistling tea kettle is a stovetop induction made from premium surgical grade stainless steel, iron, and aluminum.
The materials make the kettle durable and resistant to rust. Moreover, the metal mirror finish is effortless to keep clean and shiny giving your kitchen a face-lift.
A unique feature of this kettle is its premium tea infuser. Each Willow & Everett Surgical Whistling tea kettle comes with its own stainless steel tea strainer, which allows you to brew up a single custom cup of loose tea leaf.
The kettle is specifically designed to heat water very fast saving you valuable time. The secret to this fast heating time is the kettle’s five layers of stainless steel, aluminum, and iron formed into a capsule bottom.
The kettle is designed for comfort and safety. Its spout lever, as well as handle on this stovetop tea kettle, are coated with soft to touch, non-slip silicon that offers comfort and protects your hands from heat and accidental burns.
Pour Over Coffee Kettle with BUILT-IN THERMOMETER
An ideal way to equip your barista for a nice tea or coffee time is to add an elegant and functions unit like the Pour Over Coffee Kettle with Built-in Thermometer.
This drip kettle allows you to make mouthwatering coffee using the pour-over method. The kettle is rated 1.liters but the manufacturer recommends that you boil 1.0 liter at a time to reduce the risks of overflow.
You know the importance of using the right water temperature to make coffee or tea. If you use water that is too hot, it will burn your tea and too cold water will not extract the flavors of interest.
Luckily, this pour over has an integrated thermometer gauge that enables you to brew your coffee at the optimal temperate of between 19and 20degrees Fahrenheit. The built-in thermometer is very easy to read.
This kettle is designed to serve you for as long as it gets thanks to premium 18/steel, which is a surgical grade stainless steel. This material is rust and heat resistant but very good in conduction heat.
Your water will boil faster and evenly thanks to a double layer metal. The handle of the kettle is made of durable, heat-resistant and ergonomic handle. You can use the kettle with induction, gas, halogen and electric ranges.
Factors to Consider In Finding the Best Tea Kettle for Gas Stove
With the seemingly limitless options currently available in the market, making the right choice of the particular model of tea kettle to bring home. The process can be much easier if you have reliable information. Here is a buying guide that can help you arrive at the right decision.
The Construction Material
Tea kettles are made of different materials. The particular material used depends on the cooktop you are going to use your kettle with. The commonly used materials are aluminum, copper, cast iron, stainless steel, glass, and ceramic.
Aluminum is perhaps the best because it is resistant to rust, scratches, dents, stains and extremely lightweight. Stainless steel is also great but tends to heat slowly. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages, facts you must have at hand before you make your choice.
The Whistling Function
The trademark feature of tea kettles for gas stoves is the whistling function. The whistling sound generates when steam pressure builds up in the kettle. The sound intensifies as the water approaches its boiling point and it functions to notify you that the water is ready.
This feature may not be mandatory but it performs a very important function to prevent over-boiling, something that could damage your kettle.
The Kettle’s Size and Weight
The size of the kettle is one of the most important considerations. However, the size also goes along with the weight. Larger tea kettles are ideal for families or tea aficionados who love enjoying tea with their friends. Conversely, smaller tea kettles are great for camping and for personal use.
Whatever choice you make depends on your specific needs. The size notwithstanding, you need to buy lightweight kettle, which is easy to handle.
Some people like their tea lukewarm. While others drink their coffee molten-hot.
Whatever your preference, the Kogan Smart Kettle and Tea Maker helps you heat water to the perfect temperature thanks to the easy to use temperature control panel on the handle.
Simply adjust the control display to your desired temperature or select from one of the preset temperatures. Then kick your feet up knowing the water will be heated just how you like it in no time.
This is key to the retention of flavour and heat in the tea. In some countries, for example Japan where drinking tea is very much a ritual, the material is paramount. Traditionally, tetsubin pots are used in the tea ceremony. This is a carefully crafted cast iron vessel, beautifully decorated all over its body. Cast iron does a great job of distributing the heat around the pot and so extracting the most flavour and nutrients from the tea.
Yixing teapots are also very specialised and are made in the
Jiangsu Province in China from clay. The clay absorbs the flavours of the tea so if using properly you should only brew one type of tea in these pots. More common in Britain are porcelain, bone china or ceramic pots and these vary immensely in shape, colour and size.
They don’t do such a great job of holding the heat but neither do they hold the flavour in the lining so can be used for different types of tea from brew to brew. Silver and stainless steel pots are also popular. Stainless steel is very good at holding the heat and a brushed steel, like that of our Henley teapots, will not show fingerprints if that is something that would concern you.
A great way of showing off an aesthetically pleasing tea is the glass teapot, like our
Lotus glass teapots artisan flowering tea brewing inside). They are delicate and – yes – very easy to break but they show off the tea in all its glory so if you have a beautiful flowering tea or colourful Chamomile – or any great looking tea or infusion – you might want to consider this option so you can enjoy the look as well as the taste of your brew.
Our Lotus glass teapot with artisan flowering tea inside
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Tea Strainers wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Tea Strainers
- №1 — Teabox Elegant Ball Infuser (Tea Infuser, Tea Strainer, Tea Filter, Tea Maker, Tea Ball, Stainless Steel)
- №2 — Ipow Stainless Steel Fine Tea Mesh Strainer Colander Sieve with Handle for Kitchen Food Rice Vegetable,set of 3
- №3 — Tea Infuser,Tea Strainer,2 PACK 304 Stainless Steel Water Filter with Double Handles for Hanging on Teapots, Mugs, Cups to steep Loose Leaf Tea and Coffee,Cold Brew Coffee Maker. FDA Approved.