This guide is for those of you who fall into the category of loving tea. Here is the good news: making it is not that difficult of a process and while you can opt for store-bought tea, you can also make it yourself with a teapot. This is merely a vessel that uses boiling water and either steeping tea leaves or an herbal mix to create the drink. However, teapots come in a wide variety of sizes, materials, and designs so choosing the one you want can prove to be a tricky endeavor. With the assistance of this guide, though, the hope is that by the end of it, you feel a little more confident on what type of model you might be interested in.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 2.75 hrs of research
Features a brilliant visual design
It is double walled
It is safe to use in the dishwasher
- Lenox Butterfly Meadow
- Royal Albert
- Tealyra Ceramic
- Primula Cast Iron
- London Pottery Geo
- Hiware Glass
- Cusinium Glass
- Forlife Curve
- Old Dutch Mini Tokyo
- Kitchen Kite
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Frequently Asked Questions
OUR TOP PICKS FOR THE BEST TEAPOTS
1. Lenox Butterfly Meadow
Features a brilliant visual design
It is double walled
It is safe to use in the dishwasher
The silicon lid does not fit perfectly
There are really two notable factors to this top model here. One, it is made of chip-resistant porcelain and two, it sports a wonderful and beautiful design that will add a bit of class to your kitchen.Read more
Indeed, this is made of chip-resistant porcelain. While porcelain itself is a high-quality material, this has been specially engineered to resist any chipping whatsoever.
For clean transfers, this is equipped with a nice pour spout. However, the silicon lid does not fit perfectly, which is a bit of a downer.
Do note that this does not come with a strainer. However, it is double walled which means it will retain heat extremely well.
At 46 ounces, this is one of the larger models on this entire list. While not all the 46 ounces can be used to make tea, this will produce well over five cups.
Ease of Cleaning
As Lenox claims, all of their dinnerware is dishwasher safe. But, if you do not have a dishwasher, this can easily be washed by hand, as well.
Sure, this is not the cheapest option on the market but you know what, you do get what you pay for. That old adage reigns true here thanks to the superior chip-resistant construction.
2. Royal Albert
It is embellished with gold
Can hold up to 48 ounces
Some buyers feel it is better served as a decorative piece
Other users claim it arrived in shattered pieces
Now talk about an exquisite and visually appealing design, how about this bag boy? In addition to the fact that it has been crafted out of fine bone china, it also is embellished with 22-carat gold.Read more
The fine bone china that this is crafted of is very hard and nonporous. Also, this has been embellished with 22-carat gold, as claimed, for decorative purposes.
This is not all for show. The combination of the elaborate lid, arched spout and integrated handle make pouring your tea an easy task.
Admittedly, there have been users who have reported that they feel this is better served as a decorative piece. It is still highly capable of making tea, however.
Oh yeah, this is not exactly a small teapot. Instead, it is marketed with a capacity of 48 ounces and can make quite a bit of tea.
Ease of Cleaning
It is actually recommended by Royal Albert that you hand wash this piece. Yes, this means you will want to avoid placing it in the dishwasher.
Let’s just say this; if you could care less about aesthetics than you can probably find a cheaper alternative than this that is just as good. The money is really with the beauty here, although it is functional.
3. Tealyra Ceramic
Sports a stylish and attractive look
Made of high-fired ceramic
Very easy cleanup afterward
The top will not stay open when filling this with water
The screw used to attach the top to the handle is low-quality
This is the third straight model with a different material and this time, ceramic comes to the forefront. Due to its high-resistance to higher temperatures and its appearance, it is a great choice.Read more
Most of what is so fantastic about ceramic was just mentioned but know this, this is engineered with a high-fired ceramic for enhanced heat-resistance.
In spite of a few design flaws here, the included stainless steel cover opens up widely and the drip-less spout allows you to pour your tea without spilling it.
Included with your purchase is a stainless steel strainer and it is fine enough to ensure that no leaves or small particles will be left floating in your tea.
While this is not the largest pot in the world, it has a 27-ounce capacity and is capable of producing around two to three cups of tea.
Ease of Cleaning
The general consensus amongst reviewers is that both the pot and the strainer are very easy to clean (inside and out).
Yes, there are some design flaws with the top (which you can see in the cons section). That said the rest of the design is about as good as it gets and it is ceramic, so it is hard to go wrong.
4. Primula Cast Iron
Sports an antique look
The enamel interior prevents oxidation of the cast iron
It is incredibly easy to clean the interior
Several buyers claim the advertised size is wrong
The handle gets as hot as the rest of the pot
One of the best aspects of cast iron is it is as beautiful as it is functional. The cast iron used in the making of this teapot is no different but also included is a stainless steel infuser.Read more
In addition to the heavyweight nature of cast iron, this also sports an enamel interior coating that will prevent the iron from rusting. But, do note that the handle can get very hot.
When not in use, the integrated handle can be folded down, which is nice. Also, the curved spout makes it easier to transfer the liquid from the vessel to your cup.
First off, a stainless steel infuser is included for loose and bagged tea. But, this is also where the cast iron comes back into play as it distributes heat evenly and keeps the tea hot for a long time.
The biggest complaint of this model is undoubtedly that the marketed capacity is higher than it actually is. It seems to hold right around 30 ounces (based on user feedback).
Ease of Cleaning
The aforementioned enameled interior also serves a purpose for cleaning as it makes the overall process much, much easier.
It really is hard to go wrong with cast iron, folks. This sports an ideal combination of function and beauty, which is really all anyone could ever ask for.
5. London Pottery Geo
Has a stay cool handle and a non-drip spout
It is made of glazed stoneware
It is available in two sizes
Several claim the actual color is off
There is nothing to keep the lid on when you tip it
With its rounded shape and non-drip spout, the Geo is a wonderful teapot that is made of glazed stoneware. For whatever reason, though, several buyers have reported that the actual color is much different than the pictures.Read more
This is actually the only model on this to be made of glazed stoneware and that alone makes it very unique.
Although there is nothing in the lid that helps it stay on when you tip it to pour your tea, the modern angular spout does a fairly sufficient job with the transferring process.
To allow you to steep any loose tea that you place inside, you can use the patented stainless steel infuser that comes with this bad boy.
You have a few options at your disposal here. First off, you can opt for the 36-ounce capacity which will yield four cups. Or, you can go with the two-cup option.
Ease of Cleaning
For your convenience, both the stainless steel tea strainer and the teapot are dishwasher safe.
While you do need to be wary of the lid falling off when you pour out of this pot, the glazed stoneware makeup and included steel infuser are fantastic.
6. Hiware Glass
It is stovetop, microwave and dishwasher safe
The glass body is thicker for extra durability
Backed by a two-year guarantee
The bottom is very small
The filter can still let some granules through
This is one of the rare models on this list that actually is stovetop safe as it is made of high-quality glass. With that said, the bottom is a little small which makes heating on the stovetop a bit more of an annoyance.Read more
Yes, this is made of high-quality glass but not just any glass. In fact, it is made out of borosilicate glass and has been optimized to be thicker for everyday use.
Given the non-dripping spout, ergonomic handle, and stovetop and microwave safety, is there really anything else you could ask for?
Admittedly, the included infuser should have been a bit finer as it can still let some of the granules into the water. But, the infuser itself is made of 18/10 grade stainless steel.
Okay, the good news is this can brew right around four to five cups of tea. Yet, the bottom is quite small and can be very difficult to use on electric stovetops.
Ease of Cleaning
If you want, you can easily hand-wash this pot. But, if you have a dishwasher, then this can be placed on the top rack safely.
Some small fixes here and there would be compelling. Of course, you can say that about a lot of products out there, can’t you?
7. Cusinium Glass
Comes with a stylish and cozy sleeve
The lid will fit even with the infuser out
Designed with a metal top
Due to the narrow opening, it can be hard to hand-wash
One user noted that the sleeve did not keep their tea hot
In addition to the glass construction of this next model, it also comes equipped with a sleeve that will keep the beverage warmer for much longer.Read more
Some users may not like glass due to its fragility but in this case, this pot is engineered with heat-tempered clear glass that is fairly durable. Plus, it comes with a metal top for added durability.
Due to the spill-free design of this model, the spout is going to allow you to effortlessly pour your tea from the main vessel to your glass.
Now, this does come with an infuser but here is the nice thing, it can be removed and the lid will still lock in place. But, as for the included sleeve that is supposed to retain heat, one user claimed it did not.
Per the product description, it is claimed that this is a 32-ounce vessel. Yet, as also mentioned, the actual amount it can hold is a bit less because you can’t fill this to the brim.
Ease of Cleaning
As long as you have a dishwasher, this will be easy to clean. Yet, for those who have to hand-wash this, the narrow opening makes it a bit harder than it should be.
It is understandable if some of you are afraid of buying glass due to the possibility of breaking. But, for those who want the material, this is probably the best of its kind.
8. Forlife Curve
All components are dishwasher safe
Comes in different color options
It is made from BPA-free and lead-free material
Near the end, the tea will sputter out when pouring
The holes in the filter need to be a bit smaller
There are a few design flaws present here that deter the overall value of this model just a little bit. Overall, however, it is still good enough to crack this list which says something about the overall design.Read more
The pot itself has been made with lead-free and high-fired ceramic. On top of its quality, it is heat-resistant to 248 degrees Fahrenheit.
There is a bit of an issue with the spout. You see, it is fine and functional for the first 90 percent of the pouring process. But, the tea will begin to sputter out when you reach the end.
Included with your purchase is an extra-fine infuser. At least, it is dubbed as being extra-fine but according to some users, the holes are still large enough to allow bits of leaves in.
This specific model has a 24-ounce capacity but it is worth noting that a 40-ounce model is available.
Ease of Cleaning
Cleaning is never going to be an issue as all the components that come with this model are dishwasher safe.
No, this is not perfect. But, whenever you see a product such as this that has received so much acclaim, you have to sit back and appreciate it.
9. Old Dutch Mini Tokyo
Cast iron has excellent heat-retaining properties
The interior is porcelain enameled
Comes in many different styles and colors
The handle is not attached
It is very small
Coming from Old Dutch, this is yet another cast iron teapot. What is interesting to note about this option, though, is that it is quite small and can only make a couple of smaller cups of tea.Read more
Not only is this made of cast iron, it has been hand-crafted with purified iron and also coated with a durable porcelain enamel.
A lot of reviews have alluded to the issue with the integrated handle. It comes unattached and you need to manually attach it, which can be quite the pain.
As was mentioned earlier about cast iron, it retains heat very well. But, the porcelain enamel coated interior also helps retain the pure taste of the tea you are making.
At 11 ounces, this is only good for small doses. In fact, it can maybe make one large cup of tea and that is it.
Ease of Cleaning
Thanks to the porcelain enamel interior, you can merely wash this by rinsing it off with warm water and hand drying it.
If you are an avid drinker of tea, this simply will not be large enough to warrant an investment. For the exact opposite people, though, feast your eyes on greatness.
10. Kitchen Kite
It is safe for use on the stove
Most of the components can be washed in the dishwasher
You also receive four double walled cups
Despite the claims, the lid is not dishwasher safe
The glass is very delicate
In a way, this perfectly represents the beauty of glass and also the issue with glass. Despite its heat-resistance and appearance, the glass used is very delicate and will break if dropped.Read more
Yep, this glass is susceptible to breaking. There really is no other way of saying it so be cautious and wary when you are using it.
Despite the durability concerns, the non-drip spout that is designed here is exceptional. Due to this, spilling and dripping should not be concerns.
If you are using tea bags, you will be happy to know that a rust-free stainless steel strainer basket does come with your investment.
All in all, this has a 35-ounce capacity and when all is said and done, it should be able to produce around four to six cups of the good stuff.
Ease of Cleaning
A bit of controversy is on display here. Despite the claims of each component being dishwasher safe, the lid is not as the finish will peel off if you do.
Without question, the product description should be updated as it is false advertising. In spite of this, this is still a suitable option for consumers who are not clumsy with their dinnerware.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Most models come in many different materials such as glass, cast iron, and ceramic. Choosing the material you want is really step one.
Probably one of the more important decisions you need to make right from the get-go is what material you want your teapot to be made out of. Yet, this can be tricky because they come in many different materials and deciding on one can be tough. And, to be honest, most materials have their pros and cons and it really comes down to your preference. For example, let’s address some of the more common materials out there for teapots.
Firstly, how about glass? Clearly, one of the hang-ups of glass is its fragility. While this can’t really be denied, many consumers love glass due to its visual appeal and the fact that you can see the tea on the inside. If you are looking for more durability, though, perhaps go with cast iron. Cast iron teapots are usually the most well-built models you will find and they can last for several years. However, there are also other classic types such as ceramic and porcelain teapots. What is nice about ceramic and porcelain is they can be used for all kinds of tea and are typically built with quality in mind.
While not boasting with features, there are still some very criticial integarations that you need to pay attention to.
How well this tool functions goes a long way to determining your satisfaction with the product. This can be said about pretty much any tool or device you ever invest in so it does go without saying. But, for teapots, there are certain areas that you need to focus on in regard to the functionality. Firstly, without question, is the design of the spout. Is there anything more flustering than pouring tea with a spout that sputters is it everywhere? All you are really looking for is a clean transfer from spout to glass, simple.
In order for this to be possible, look for spill-free and non-drip spouts that are specially designed (sometimes with a curved design) to avoid dripping. In addition to the spout, though, do not forget about the handle. As simple as it sounds, the handle can make a huge difference. If it is not positioned in an ideal manner or is too narrow to comfortably fit your fingers, shoot for another model. Heck, even the design of the lid is important as it should have a tight fit.
A lot of how effective a model is goes back to the materials. Also, do you need an infuser included?
To be honest, a lot of what makes a teapot effective is the type of material that is used. While the various types of materials have already been documented, let’s take a look at them in a different sense. A perfect example is cast iron because the main reason why it is such an excellent material for tea is it distributes heat evenly and will remain hot for up to one hour. In addition, when the cast iron model has a porcelain enameled coating in the interior, it is even better as no metal is going to leach into the tea. But, cast iron is not the only material that performs well as glass and ceramic do, as well. Admittedly, though, glass does not hold heat quite as well (unless using a teapot warmer). Ceramic holds heat well but it also does take a bit for it to warm.
There is also something else you need to pay attention to, though, and that is if an infuser is included. If you want to brew or steep your tea, this comes in handy as it will filter out loose dried tea leaves to prevent them from swimming around in your finished tea.
Yep, size is everything and that is on full display here.
It safe to assume that you have heard of the old adage that reads “size is everything”. While that is not true in every situation, it certainly is here. But, what you need to know is no one can tell you what size you are going to need. This is where you must decide and then shop accordingly. There will be some models out there that can only fill up one or two small cups of tea. Then again, others may be able to dish out five to six cups. It really all comes down to two things. One, how much do you love tea and two, how many mouths are you supplying it for? If you are a casual drinker and are only making it for yourself, a smaller model may be what you are looking for (and vice versa).
However, you should also be aware that when a seller advertises their model with a specific capacity (say 40 ounces, for example) you will not be able to yield that much tea as you can’t fill the pots to the brim. If you do, the water will spill out from under the lid.
Ease of Use
The ease of use, and in this case the ease of cleaning, again, comes back to the materials at play.
For the most part, most teapots that you buy will be relatively easy to clean. But, you can once again address specific materials and other factors. Take a look at glass, for example. This may stain easily but with some mild soap and warm water, glass will generally be pretty easy to clean. Just ensure you rinse it thoroughly afterward. Also, for a material such as ceramic, the interior should easily be able to be cleaned in a few moments. Oh yeah, and this is also where a porcelain enameled coating comes into play (for cast iron). With this coating, you can then merely rinse the inside with warm soapy water.
One last thing, and do not think we were going to forget this, let’s talk about dishwashers. Some manufacturers will claim that their teapot components are dishwasher safe and if they are, then you can clean them in this manner. While each material is different, as long as the manufacturer themselves specifically states that their model is dishwasher safe, you should be good to go.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How long do you steep tea?
As with anything that is related to cooking, the time it takes to actually steep your tea is going to vary based on the tea that you are steeping. For the most part, large leaf teas are going to require a bit longer than finely cut teas such as herbal, green, and black. But, you need to be careful with some types because if you brew them too long, they can become bitter. Black tea is a perfect example as it is probably only going to need around five minutes or so to brew. But, even a few minor minutes after this and it can begin to become bitter.
For other types such as green and oolong, they will not take quite as long and can even be done within two to three minutes. Whatever tea you are steeping, do some research (or look at the package) to see how long it should be brewed for.
q: Can you boil water in cast iron models?
Without having any physical statistics to back it up, it is safe to assume that many consumers will fall into the trap of using their teapot on the stovetop. Not all of them will be safe for stovetop so you need to be aware of this. One of the types that typically will not be is cast iron. The main reason for this is because of the interior enamel coating that most of them will have. This is not intended to be subjected to a direct heat source such as a stovetop.
What will happen is the enamel inside will begin to crack and when this happens, you might as well throw out the entire unit. And, most likely, the warranty (if one is included) will be voided if you end up doing this.
q: How do you use an infuser?
The process of actually using an infuser is not a very hard one and even the novices out there should be able to pick up on it very quickly. In general, for every six ounces of water used you should use one teaspoon of full-leaf loose tea. So, whatever amount of water you plan to use, pour the appropriate amount of loose tea into the infuser. From there, take the infuser and place it in your teapot.
Now, go ahead and boil some water over the stove. Allow the water to sit for a bit before pouring it inside your pot. Once it is cooled for a bit (but is still hot), pour the water over the tea leaves in the infuser. That is it; now you simply wait the appropriate time and pour the tea when ready.
q: Can you stop one from dribbling?
Even if you invest in a design that is specially optimized to prevent dribbling, it may still occur. So, what do you do if this happens to be the case? Through extensive research, experts around the world have concluded that the dribbling effect is known as the hydro-capillary effect. Research has shown that at lower pouring speeds, the tea will begin to stick to the inside of the spout. Then, when the process starts up again, the flow has been stopped and then you proceed to get dribbling.
The key is to reduce the friction that is causing the liquid to stick and one of the ways to do that is to put butter in the spout. It seems a bit outrageous but if you are having dribbling issues, try it out for yourself.
q: What is the best way to store them?
With most kitchen appliances or devices that you invest in, they can be stored based on your preferences. Typically, these types of tools are not as strict when it comes to storing as you are doing so in a clean and dry environment (generally speaking). The same applies to teapots and all you really want is for them to be safe, secure and easily accessible.
So, how do you achieve the best of all worlds? Well, it is not too tricky but a lot of it depends on the size. With smaller models, they can easily be stored in cupboards in your kitchen (or even drawers). This may be trickier with larger models. Although, Lazy Susans and even pantries can work pretty well when trying to store them.
q: How do you clean a stained one?
Even though the cleaning of this device was already documented, this is a really good question to bring up as this could be a potential issue for you (especially if you go with a glass model). No matter how it can happen, your teapot can be prone to staining and if this happens, you should know how to combat the stains.
Well, try this method out that was found online. In your pot, fill it up with four tablespoons of dishwasher detergent, a ¼-cup of baking soda, a ½-cup of Realemon juice, ¼-cup of juice from a squeezed lemon (and the peel), a couple of tablespoons of bicarb, and two denture tablets. Then, fill it with boiling water and let it rest for the night.