A cup of tea does wonders to the mind, body and soul. Be it a sip first thing in the morning or just before bedtime, tea is much more than just a hot beverage. It is the drink that can be savored in private or shared in public.
A cup of tea is as fitting at the breakfast table as it is during a meeting, over lunch, during a break, at a party or in front of the television after a long day. And enjoyed by countless people every day around the world.
Because of the popularity of tea, there are many choices of teapots on the market. In this article we will take a closer look at the best teapots for the home or office.
Things To Consider
There are four main considerations to keep in mind when looking for the perfect teapot. They include the following:
This is essentially the size of the teapot as in how many cups of tea it will hold. This is very much an item that will be dependent on your personal choice and the volume of tea you drink on a regular basis.
If a 2-cup capacity is sufficient, you won’t need a larger teapot. However, if you frequently entertain guests, a larger teapot would be the logical choice. Having more than one teapot of various sizes will give you many options.
This is another item that will be decided based on personal choice. In addition to the particular pattern or color of the teapot, you will want to have one that is easy to use. The pour spout is also a vital part of the teapot design. A non-drip one is always best.
When considering the design, a comfortable handle that is either insulated so you don’t burn your hand from the heat or ergonomically designed for ease of use are important factors.
The composition of your teapot is a very important consideration as it will be the vessel you use to steep and hold a beverage that will be consumed. It is for this reason that the teapot material has to be food safe.
A BPA-free material is best so that the teapot is both durable and easy to keep clean. Other popular options include:
- stainless steel,
- cast iron, and
Regardless of the material type used, it needs to be food safe and should be easy to clean, resisting mold and other buildup that can be harmful.
This is the part where you get to be a little creative but still with function in mind. The features to look for in a good quality teapot include an infuser, a filter of some kind to trap loose leaf when pouring, a lid that can be removed and that it is sturdy.
Another item to review before purchasing a new teapot is whether or not it is dishwasher or microwave safe, if this is important to you. As attractive a teapot you may desire, it still has to do what it was made for.
Our Picks of the Best Teapots
Here is a look at our picks of the nine best teapots:
Hario Cha Cha Kyusu “Maru’ Tea Pot
This is a rather unique teapot in that it is all glass so you can view what is going on inside, and that it has an extra-large tea strainer. The heatproof glass has been heat treated making it shatter resistant. Plus, it is dishwasher and heat safe. It holds 700ml (3 cups) of tea.
The glass lid fits perfectly snug over the generous mesh bowl so you can pour with confidence knowing you won’t have a leak or spill. The glass teapot, lid and mesh strainer are all very easy to clean. Although this item is heatproof, it is not designed to be used on a stovetop as it is not a kettle.
- Large capacity
- Oversize strainer
- Easy to use
- Cannot be used as a kettle
- Made of clear glass, which some users dislike
TOWA Japanese Tetsubin Cast Iron Teapot
Featuring a traditional Japanese tetsubin design, this cast iron teapot was professionally crafted by skilled craftsmen and the quality shows. It has a capacity of 520ml which is enough tea to satisfy one to two drinkers. As this is made from cast iron, you can sit it on your stovetop to boil water to make your tea.
The manufacturers state that this is also a healthy Japanese teapot as it will release iron ions in the boiling phase as well as absorbing the chloride ions which improves the quality of the water being used.
There is a 100% satisfaction guarantee and phone support.
- Solid cast iron construction
- Can be used on stovetop
- This is the authentic product (there are fakes out there)
- Holds just 2 cups of tea
- The handle is difficult to install
Hiware Glass Teapot With Removable Infuser
Made from borosilicate glass, this teapot is heat resistant and features a specially designed non-drip spout and ergonomic handle for ease of use. The 18/10 stainless steel mesh infuser filter can be removed for cleaning and is the perfect size for loose leaf or blooming teas.
The glass teapot lid fits snugly with the tea basket in or out. This teapot is microwave safe and can also sit on your stovetop to heat water or brew tea. It can also sit in direct sunlight or inside a fridge for cold brewing.
The extra thick glass construction is sturdy and dishwasher safe.
- Easy to use and keep clean
- Attractive design
- Comes with a 2-year guarantee
- Some users report glass cracking early in ownership
- The handle may get hot
Venoly Stainless Steel Teapot
This is the Cadillac of teapots featuring premium quality in design and workmanship. The luxury teapot and infuser are made from satin finished stainless steel, which is not just durable, it is also heat resistant. In addition to being dishwasher safe, you can also use this teapot with infuser on your stovetop to boil water for steeping tea.
The pour spout has a unique pointed shape which is spill and leak proof and it has a significant capacity measuring 1.5 litres. The manufacturers created a great quality teapot that can be yours at a very affordable price.
- Easy to use and clean stainless steel teapot
- Attractive design that appears to look expensive
- Great value for the quality
- Pointy pour spout not liked by all users
- The lid gets hot during the water boiling phase
Stove Top Whistling Tea Kettle
Here is a stove-top teapot that has been designed for both safety and comfort. The ergonomic handle is a ‘cool touch’ design and the pour spout is straight which puts tea exactly where you want it when pouring.
The tea strainer is made from 18/10 food grade stainless steel and the kettle contains a 5-layer construction that is rust and corrosion resistant. It’s also a whistling kettle which tells you when the water has boiled.
The manufacturers state that this product is 100% Teflon and BPA-free and comes with a 2-year warranty.
- The kettle has precise balance and is easy to hold and use
- Fast boiling
- Visually attractive
- The whistle doesn’t always work for some users
- The packaging is a far-too-large box creating additional waste
Yixing Black Sand Chinese Teapot
Featuring exquisite workmanship and design, this handmade Chinese teapot has a smooth surface and is easy to use. The ball filter works in harmony with the natural mud construction of the teapot which breathes and keeps tea leaves fresh when steeping.
The teapot will withstand high heat and can be used on a stovetop. The teapot has a rope that keeps the lid and pot together as well as preventing the lid from falling off during use.
This is truly a unique product that also makes a great gift. As these are handmade, there is a limited supply of this particular product.
- All-natural construction
- Handmade making no two the exact same
- Teapot is smaller than expected
- It may not look like the pictures posted online promoting this product
Electric Gooseneck Stainless Steel Kettle
Here is a tea kettle that has a touch of new technology added. It is the first-ever electric gooseneck kettle with presets to keep the temperature exactly where it should be for the perfect cup of tea. It boils water quickly with a 1,000-watt, 120-volt base.
You just turn the base on, set your temperature and let it go to work. The mirror finish stainless steel construction makes this a durable and attractive metal teapot. It has 100% food-grade, non-Teflon and BPA-free material. It even has a built-in memory which will hold the previous setting you entered to keep it warm.
- A complete 100% money-back guarantee within 90 days
- Ergonomically designed electric teapot for ease of use
- Extremely attractive finish
- The base buttons are too touchy
- Can’t be used on a stovetop
Tealyra Ceramic Teapot
Here is a ceramic teapot that is lead-free, BPA-free and plastic free which means this is a safe and useful product to own. Built with an extra-fine stainless-steel strainer, you will be able to brew all your favorite teas including the fine grind varieties.
The strainer will also keep even the smallest of particles from getting into your tea. The stainless-steel cover opens widely and seals tightly. The spout is a drip-less design and there are several different colors to choose from to match your kitchen décor (black, blue, lime, orange, red, turquoise, white and yellow).
- Excellent extra-fine tea strainer
- Ceramic teapot is attractive and available in many different colors
- Heat resistant ceramic that can be used on a stovetop
- Spout may spill water if the teapot is overfilled
- The rubber seal on the steel top may change shape over time
RSVP Stoneware Teapot
This is a nice sized stoneware teapot with a capacity of 48-ounces which makes it the perfect design for entertaining family and friends. The seamless stoneware one-piece construction is not only durable, it will retain heat for extending periods of time.
The spout features large drain holes which will keep it clear of leaves and provides for a nice, smooth, no-drip pouring experience. This teapot is also available in a number of different colors including red, white, orange, pink, green, grey, light blue, yellow and turquoise. It is dishwasher and microwave safe.
- Good capacity that stays warm
- Attractive design in many different color choices
- May be a little heavy for some users
- Some users report dripping from the spout
Although the best teapot is still up for personal debate, you have several different sizes and designs to choose from. This makes it easy to find the perfect match for your home or kitchen décor and since all teapots have the same general components, brewing tea is easy in each and every one featured above.
If tea is a regular daily ritual in your home or office, nothing beats enjoying it with an attractive and functional teapot. With so many different excellent varieties and styles of teapots on the market, finding the best teapot should not be too hard.