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Best glass teapot 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated January 1, 2019
Best glass teapot of 2018
Now, let’s get to the gist of the matter: which are the best glass teapot for the money? Customers need to be careful on how they spend their money on these products. I have a variety of material used in the construction of glass teapot including metal, plastic, and glass. If you get well acquainted with these basics, you shouldn’t have a problem choosing a glass teapot that suits your need.
Test Results and Ratings
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Why did this glass teapot win the first place?
I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.
Why did this glass teapot come in second place?
I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.
Why did this glass teapot take third place?
We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
glass teapot Buyer’s Guide
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.
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.
Why we love it
This modern yet elegant glass teapot is perfect for enjoying a spot of afternoon tea with friends or for serving tea after dinner. Made in China, home to the world’s finest tea traditions, and crafted from borosilicate glass, which is renowned for its superior durability, heat resistance, brightness and clarity, while feeling beautifully delicate to the touch. This practical every-day essential holds tea for two and features a traditionally shaped spout that pours beautifully and prevents drips, while in the centre of the pot is a chamber to store loose tea leaves, to create the perfect infusion.
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.
DeLonghi Kmix 5Ounce Kettle.
DeLonghi is another company with a long and distinguished pedigree when it comes to coffee and espresso makers. Their Kmix electric kettle isn’t quite as complicated or innovative as their coffee machines, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s simply a well-crafted and durable kettle meant to boil water quickly and it does that job extremely well.
There are no fancy controls or multiple settings for the DeLonghi. You put the water into its good-sized 5ounce (about six cups) kettle, turn it on, and it lets you know when your water has boiled – usually in just a few minutes.
This machine has the usual useful functions you’d expect: automatic shut-off, a concealed heating element, and cord-free operation. One smart addition to the Kmix is its removable limescale filter, which will remove deposits and impurities from the water as it boils.
A major selling point of this electric kettle is its appearance. The inside of the kettle is stainless steel, but the outside is die-cast aluminum and can be purchased in any of eight designer colors: green, red, yellow, orange, magenta, blue, black or white.
The DeLonghi will not only boil water efficiently and safely but add a real splash of color to any kitchen.
Chef’s Choice 680 Cordless Electric Glass Kettle.
There’s also no chance the water will be touching any metal or plastic which would add unwanted taste since it only touches the glass.
This model does not have any temperature adjustments controls; you just fill it with water and flip the “on” switch, and wait until the water boils. No mess, no fuss, and a price tag that matches. Unfortunately, there’s no signal to let you know the water has hit maximum temperature, but since you can clearly see when it’s boiling that’s not a major disadvantage. There is an automatic shut-off feature, too.
The Chef’s Choice is a powerful unit and brings water to temperature quickly. It doesn’t have some of the advanced features you can find in more expensive units, but most people are just looking for an electric kettle that works and works well. This one does.
Convenience and Comfort
Add other advantages like automatic shutoff, grips that are usually more comfortable, materials that won’t rust (try to avoid plastic which can make the water taste funky), and the fact that you’d really have to try hard to burn yourself on an electric kettle, and you can easily see the arguments in favor of ditching grandma’s old tea kettle and going electric.
Target Temperature Functions and Auto Shutoff Features
As we mentioned earlier, the best electric kettles will allow you to select the target temperature for your water; the more settings there are, the more flexibility you’ll have. They’ll also either have a timer or automatic shutoff feature plus an option to keep your water warm, and their handles will be wide enough to grab yet cool to the touch.
Non-Spill Spout and Removable Power Cord
There are a few more features that are less obvious but should be considered. A non-spill spout will keep you from pouring near-boiling water over the counter or your hands, and a kettle that has a removable power cord or sits in a heated base will let you pour without having to worry about the cord getting in the way. Some bases now swivel 360° so you can turn the kettle to the angle that works best for you; that’s extremely handy for lefties.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Circulon Teakettles Sunrise Whistling Teakettle
This is yet another whistling kettle that’s worth adding to your kitchen items. It comes in several assorted colors to match your kitchen theme. Circulon Tea Kettle has been uniquely designed to fit a modern kitchen setting. Its stylish insulated lid fits perfectly to prevent you from streams.
This kettle has been made from sturdy stainless steel that heat first and evenly to extract the rich tea flavors. Its sturdy construction makes if safe for stove, electric, and gas tops.
Temperature Control Features
With a French Press coffee maker, you heat water and add it to the coffee grounds only upon reaching the ideal temperature. Keep in mind that different temperatures are required for varied types of coffee beans.This is why temperature control is ensured with this portable coffee maker, so you can achieve a full body texture and captivating aroma of your cuppa.
History of the French Press Coffee Maker
The very first French Press goes back several years ago, although the device looked nothing like the one we know today. It was basically just a simple coffee pot with a fine screen attached to it, which prevented the coffee grounds from getting in the cup while pouring the beverage out. They say this practice began in France during around the 1800s, but there were no records on the name or actual place in this country where this idea came to be.
While there were some improvements achieved since the initial design of the French Press was made, this unit changed minimally with every innovations added to it. In fact, it does not look too far off from the time this coffee maker was last issued a patent. You can find the basic components and design that have always been there all along – carafe or pot, mesh screen, plunger with an attached top. Also, press pots may come in glass, stoneware, and stainless steel, along with varied shapes, holding capacity, and colors.
Modern French Press Designs
Over time, new designs came out, which rivaled the aesthetics and performance of a glass French Press. Stainless steel came in the picture, and many people have found this material as very much dependable in terms of ensuring the long life span of the unit. The only downside is the price tag, since it is without a doubt a little heftier than what you can expect from a glass carafe.
But whether you are up for glass or stainless steel French Press, you will appreciate your choice either way. The price is unbeatable, and this unit offers the ease, convenience, and efficiency of making the best-tasting coffee anywhere you may be.
All six electric tea kettles brought a liter of water (slightly over cups) to a rolling boil faster than a microwave. The fastest kettle saved just over minutes.
But most took around 4½ minutes to boil water. That’s roughly as long as it takes to boil water on an electric coil top range, and only slightly faster than it takes on a gas range (a little more than minutes).
The affordable Hamilton Beach also scored Very Good overall and reached a boil in under 4½ minutes. This stainless steel kettle holds cups of water. Warranty lasts a year.
Make Dinner in a Snap With the Instant Pot
Stovetop kettles are simple vessels for heating water. But anyone who’s had a bad one knows how irritating they can be. Poor kettles are apt to whistle too faintly or painfully loudly, rattle and clank on the burner, and be too cumbersome to hoist—or, conversely, too tiny to make a full-size pot of tea. Their handles can get too hot, they can make a splashy mess when pouring, and they can send steam up to scorch your hand. They rust or dent and get grungy living on the stove, where they’re on display for all to see. Still, we had faith that there were good, functional, durable kettles out there—we just had to find them.
Our first discovery was that the practical capacity of some of the kettles was much smaller than advertised: When we filled them to their stated capacities, the water went right up to the brim, causing overflow at the boil. The worst offender held almost a quart less than advertised. Rule of thumb: Most kettles should be filled to just under the interior spout opening.
While the majority of the kettles were easy to fill, with wide openings and good interior visibility, a few were cramped and dark, making it difficult to judge when they were full. The worst had a black enamel interior; we had to pull out a flashlight, or even stick a finger in, just to be sure the water was below the spout. What’s more, this kettle’s opening had a low, fixed handle curving over it that made it hard to access.
Once boiling, the whistling kettles were a boon, but only if we could hear the whistle from the next room. One was so quiet that you had to guess if it was making noise from barely feet away. We found two styles: whistles that you can disable and ones that you can’t. We preferred the two kettles that let you turn off the whistle if you want it to boil silently.
Most of our lineup boiled a full kettle of water in a reasonable time, roughly to 1minutes, but there was one outlier that was much slower due to its design. With a tiny base and stern instructions to keep the heat at low to medium, it took 1to 20 minutes to boil a full pot—we’d be late for work if we waited for that. When pouring into cups, pots, or coffee-filter cones, some kettles were imprecise and harder to control, splashing and glugging, but the best were easy to pour precisely with nary a drop spilled. As for capacity, we wanted a kettle that was roomy but not too heavy. While it’s nice to be able to boil a large volume, the biggest kettle was heavy when empty and weighed upwards of 7½ pounds when full. Another, a gooseneck kettle, was lightweight and was testers’ favorite for precise pouring, but it ran out before our teapot was full. Our favorite model poured almost as smoothly as this small kettle and held almost as much as the biggest kettle but at a fraction of its weight.
To see how easy the kettles were to clean, we sprayed their exteriors with cooking oil and heated them to bake it on. Once they had cooled, we tried to scrub it all off. Kettles lost points for having nooks and crannies that trapped pockets of grease or for not being fully clean after being scrubbed with hot soapy water. Only one kettle was dishwasher-safe, so we ran it through three cycles to see if it sustained any damage (it did not). To simulate years of knocking around a busy kitchen, we rapped kettles sharply on their sides with a wooden spoon and dropped them repeatedly from inches above the countertop and then checked for dents or damage. A few showed minor dings from being struck, but one kettle had actually acquired a bigger dent during routine use, before we began our abuse testing.
Even though a transparent teapot enhances the beauty of drinking loose leaf tea, thin glass can be very fragile. There have been reports of people saying that their teapot cracked or broke off its fluted spout easily. Some buyers also claimed that the slightest bumps on the counter made their tea pots crack or even shatter. This can be a concern since the tea is hot and could burn someone if the tea pot breaks while serving.
The The Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot is perfect for one person to enjoy two cups of tea. It would also do for two people who only want one cup. They would have to make another pot if they wanted more. Using this teapot alone would not be practical for a group. The only way it could accommodate a larger party would be if it were used to serve concentrated tea and a larger pot supplied more hot water like a samovar.
The Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot is produced by the Hario Glassware Company in Japan. It is made of an especially delicate clear glass for tea drinking aesthetics. It has a 700 ml capacity (nearly three cups). It has a stainless steel filter that can strain either loose leaf or bagged tea. It has a classical tea pot shape and makes serving easy. It cleans up simply with dish soap and water. It is safe for different types of stoves. Some buyers who gave positive Hario tea pot reviews said that their pots did well in the microwave, too.
This 2oz. tea pot has the iconic round shape with a domed lid. The lid has a glass knob for lifting. Instead of a curved spout, it has a fluted edge that makes for easy pouring and less chances of spilling. It makes a chic addition any tea service print.
The Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot comes from a long line of venerable Japanese tea services. According to the company, Hario means “King of Glass”. It heated the water just as quickly as a metal or ceramic teapot would. The pot did equally well on gas and electric stoves. The glass handle and domed lid do not get too hot to handle when being heated. Just as a precaution, a pot holder may come in handy.
The stainless-steel filter is large enough to hold larger tea leaves. It also provides enough room for the tea leaves to mingle and steep properly. The filter is easy to remove and wash separately. Buyers who prefer bagged tea can put two to three bags in the filter for the same great results. It does an excellent job filtering the water as the tea steeps. The pot’s domed lid fits snuggly and helps to keep the tea hot. It is also mesmerizing to watch the swirling steam and tea leaves inside the teapot. The wide pot lets buyers see the full effects of flowering tea blossoms.
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 glass teapot wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of glass teapot
- №1 — Hiware Glass Teapot with Removable Infuser
- №2 — Premium Glass Teapot with Removable Stainless Steel Infuser that holds 34 oz
- №3 — Hiware Good Glass Teapot with Stainless Steel Infuser & Lid