Even if you don’t have guests, there is something about brewing and serving your tea from an eye-catching teapot that makes drinking a freshly brewed cup so satisfying. When done right, they can help to improve the taste of your tea and some can offer a large capacity making it perfect for entertaining.
Your hardest decision should be to decide between a modern teapot and something closer to traditional. However, with a lot of poorly made products out there, it can be difficult to tell which one will last a long time. To help make this tricky decision a lot easier, we have created a list of the best teapots to make the experience more enjoyable.
Quick Summary of Teapot
Hario CHJMN-70T Cha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot
This appealing teapot has a bit of everything going for it from the style to its reasonable price. The infuser is one of the largest you will find, allowing the loose tea to move around inside the water without entering the pourable section. This creates a stronger flavor from the simple teapot.
The stainless steel infuser has fine meshing for making all types of tea and the glass design allows you to see when everything is ready. You can use it to make a regular pot of tea by removing the infuser of this heat resistant teapot has a wide lid to make it easy to refill and clean. It offers the elegance of a think glass design although this might detract from the durability if handled roughly. Otherwise, it should last a long time for many cups of fresh tea.
- Stylish design
- Wide lid for easy refilling
- Large, removable infuser
- Easy to clean
- Mixed advice on whether or not it is dishwasher safe
Primula Japanese Tetsubin Cast Iron Teapot with Stainless Steel Infuser
Best Cast Iron Teapot
It’s safe to say that this beautiful teapot will have your gustiest asking questions about where you bought it thanks to the traditional, eye-catching design. The removable infuser allows you to make any loose leaf tea and the fine meshing keeps debris out of the water.
You can also use any teabag for a perfect brew. Because it is made from cast iron you get better heat retention which will keep the tea hotter for longer. Because the inside is coated with enamel it is easy to clean and doesn’t require the same maintenance as other teapots made from the same materials.
- Beautiful Japanese design
- Can be used to make loose leaf tea or any teabag
- Cast iron retains heat for longer
- Not as easy to pour as some of the competition
Cuisinium Stovetop Safe Teapot with Infuser For Loose Tea
Best Teapot Infuser
We said there would be some modern picks in our best of selection and that is what you get with this glass teapot infuser that is perfect for brewing a fresh batch of loose tea for more than one person. This clear teapot makes it easy for you to tell when the tea is reading to drink and can be refilled with more hot water for a second pot load.
It makes up to 4 cups and because it is made from borosilicate glass it can be placed on the stove to heat the old fashioned way. It comes with a bamboo coaster so you don’t burn any surface and it even includes a neoprene sleeve to make sure the contents stay warm for longer. Perfect for entertaining, but it is also a popular gift for tea lovers.
- Can be warmed on the stove
- Removable infuser
- Makes up to 4 cups at a time
- Comes with bamboo coaster and neoprene sleeve
- Can be difficult to clean properly
Tealyra – Daze Ceramic Teapot Turquoise – 27-ounce
Best Ceramic Teapot
With a mix of the old and the new, this eye-catching teapot is available in a variety of colorful designs and is compact but able to make 2-3 cups of tea at a time. With an infuser included, it can make loose tea that is kept secure via the stainless steel lid, helping you to avoid spillages. It opens wide which makes it easy to refill and the hinged lid means you can’t lose it.
The infuser goes almost to the very bottom of the pot so it allows for a lot of coverage and helps the water to brew faster. Praised for its sturdiness it isn’t the biggest teapot going but it is great for sharing a cup with a friend or making a pot for yourself.
- Looks great
- Quality infuser goes deep into the teapot
- Sturdy and durable design
- Not to be used on a stove
Willow & Everett Teapot Kettle with Warmer
With a large handle to keep you away from the glass teapot when pouring, this pleasant design is great for entertaining. It has a capacity of around 3-4 cups at a time and with a built-in infuser, you can make pretty much any kind of loose tea you like. When you forget about the pot you don’t need to pour the contents away, simply remove the stainless steel parts and put the glass teapot into the microwave.
The stainless steel lid is rust-resistant but has other uses too as it stops the contents from spilling as you pour. It might look a little plain to some but with a modern style it will please a lot of people and the glass design makes it easy to tailor the tea to your preferred strength.
- Makes 3-4 cups at a time
- Glass parts can go in the microwave
- Built-in infuser
- Not as eye-catching as other designs
RSVP International Large Stoneware 6-Cup Teapot
Best Large Capacity
The simple design comes in a variety of colors that add a bit of pop to your afternoon tea. With a large 6-cup capacity it is one of the better products on our list for when guests arrive. the one-piece design is a classic and is easy to clean because it is dishwasher safe.
There is no infuser included so you’ll have to stick to the regular brewing methods of using tea bags or buying an infuser separately for loose tea but it is uncomplicated and made from quality stoneware that has large drainage holes in the spout to make it easy to pour. The spout can drip a little when pouring so be mindful before you start or use a cloth underneath.
- Large 6 cup capacity
- Classic design comes in a variety of colors
- Good value
- No infuser included
The tea industry is a traditional one, but times have changed. This is why you will find a mix of teapots on the market, some will please the traditionalists, whilst those who have a modern home and lifestyle will find that there are plenty of options for their tastes too.
The key to finding a quality teapot is in knowing what makes the best products so good, and avoiding those that are awkward to pour, or lack the durability to last a long time. The next time you’re entertaining, you’ll be glad you read the following guide before you break out the perfect teapot.
What To Look For In A Teapot
Those who like to drink tea often and don’t have regular visitors will want something a little smaller. There are plenty of quality teapots on the market that makes 2-3 cups at a time which is ideal for most people. Of course, you can get a large teapot in a variety of styles and the most common capacity tends to make 3-4 cups but you can find some good products that are capable of brewing 6.
Consider your needs and how often you will use it before opting for a certain size.
Easy To Clean
This should be high on your list if you use your teapot frequently and some materials are easier to clean than others. If it has a wide lid then it is easier to clean inside but when you find one that is safe to go in the dishwasher then this adds to the convenience. A removable infuser should be easy enough to clean but it might require a little scrubbing to remove the smaller leaves.
Some materials are fine to go in the microwave to reheat the contents but be sure to remove any metal parts before you do. There aren’t as many teapots that are safe to go on the stove pot but if you can get your hands on one, it does mean you don’t have to boil the kettle before you can consider brewing tea.
The more reliable the lid, the warmer the pot will stay but also the safer it will be when pouring. They should match the style of the pot but functionality is more important.
This is more important when you buy a teapot with a large capacity as they take longer to finish. Cast iron teapots are good for keeping the contents warm for longer but take a look at the specs of a teapot to see what the manufacturer says about how long it will keep your tea hot.
The handle has as much to do with safety as it does with ease of pouring so you want something comfortable to hold but also keeps your hand away from the hot body of the teapot. Still, it needs to be close to the body so you can balance the pot easily. A handle that is above the teapot needs to be tall and wide so it is still easy to remove the lid.
Common Teapot Materials
There are so many different teapots that it can be hard to tell which material is best. We take a look at some of the most common.
You’ll find that these have become more and more popular as brewing loose tea has come back into fashion. A lot of the time, a glass teapot will include a removable infuser and when it is brewing, one of the main benefits is being able to check on the strength of the tea.
Sometimes, glass teapots are more susceptible to breaking but if you stick to a reputable brand and use it with care, it should last a long time.
These look the part and often come in eye-catching colors but ceramic teapots deserve more credit than just being attractive to look at. They are some of the most durable products and aren’t overly heavy.
It’s hard to look past a cast iron teapot because they are so durable, although this is partially down to the added weight. One benefit is that they retain heat well so you can leave your brew for longer between cups.
Should A Teapot Have A Removable Infuser?
This isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker because as long as the lid to the teapot is wide enough, you should be able to use your own infuser but if you can find a product that has a removable one, it adds a layer of convenience.
A lot of the time, an infuser will match the specs of the teapot and will be wider, making it easier to brew a quality brew fast. Still, the benefit of having your own is that even if the teapot breaks, you can keep the infuser and use it again.
How To Get Rid Of A Stain From A Teapot
The more you use your teapot, the more likely it is to show signs of wear and tear. The most common is from staining and is more likely to show on certain materials such as glass.
The easiest way to get rid of these stains is by making a homemade solution of baking soda and white vinegar. This can be scrubbed over the stain to remove it.
Depending on the material, you might be used to putting it through the dishwasher but this can be detrimental over time and isn’t ideal for removing stubborn tea stains.
The world of tea is a big one, and the teapot industry is hard to keep up with. Still, not a lot has changed over the centuries beside the design as they are all made to do one thing – pour tea.
When it comes to capacity, most products come in more than one size so to find the perfect teapot for you, a lot will come down to what catches your eye.