The quintessentially English cup of tea is a great reminder of taking a pause in the middle of a busy day. Black tea with a ‘drop’ of milk – no sugar, is how the English are known to drink their tea. The Builders’ brew – refers to deep tan coloured tea, strong and dark with sufficient milk to turn it in to a powerful warming cuppa.
And then of course, there’s the Ladies High tea – referring to a delicate afternoon tea, taken in imagined English tea parlours up and down the country. Well-dressed and well-heeled fine ladies, sipping tea in small groups of two, three or four, sharing a three-tiered platter of cakes and cucumber sandwiches.
Top 5 Best Teapots in Each Category
Regardless of how you like your tea, whether it’s typically with lemon and sugar – the perfect summer’s drink, or as the English prefer – strong, just milk; the perfect tea pot goes a long way to brewing a great cuppa. Here in this article, we take a look at the three most popular types of teapots; the workhorse ceramic teapot with a stainless steel filter and lid; the delicate glass teapot with a stainless steel infuser – perfect for fruit teas and the artisanal cast iron teapot reminiscent of the East Asian teas.
Ceramic teapots with stainless steel filter and lid
Bottom of list: for variation
This small dishwasher safe Stump Teapot has an 18-Ounce capacity. It comes with an extra fine 0.3mm stainless steel infuser to steep anything form loose whole-leaf to finely ground tea leaf. It also has a stackable design perfect for those with limited space. Grab a couple of these for entertaining, offering choices of tea to guests and stack them up in the cupboard when not in use. A favourite with tea rooms, cafes, bars and restaurants, the FORLIFE Stump Teapot 18-Ounce sits nicely on a Suki Bamboo Tea Tray.
Available in various attractive colours.
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If a more traditional shaped teapot is preferred with the convenience of a built-in stainless steel infuser and a ceramic lid, the FORLIFE Curve Teapot with its 24-Ounce capacity is one to go for. Complete with an extra-fine 0.3mm stainless steel tea infuser with easy lift handle, it is designed to make it easy to make a cup of tea. Unlike the SLS lid, the Curve Teapot has a lid that can be used without the stainless steel tea strainer to serve just hot water. A bigger, nearly double the capacity of the same design is available with 45-Ounce capacity.
Available in various attractive colours
The stylish bell-shaped ceramic teapot, complete with the basket infuser with handle and the “push-on-lid”, allows you to remove the infuser at the optimal time. The stainless steel lid has silicone rubber surround. The stainless steel infuser basket also has a foldaway handle for easy removal. Cleaning is hassle free with the detachable lid.
Available in various colours.
An alternative to FORLIFE teapots is the Tealyra. This Tealyra Drago has a stainless steel lid with easy open function. It has a big 1.1L or 37-Ounce capacity, enough for 5-6 cups of tea. The extra fine stainless steel infuser has a foldaway handle, making it easy to remove at the right brewing duration and steeping time for the preferred strength and intensity.
Available in various colours.
For a smaller Tealyra, the Tealyra Daze offers 24-Ounce capacity in a teapot with a slightly rounded base. It is good for 2-3 cups of tea. The lid, silicone fitting and extra fine stainless steel basket are all removal. It has a drip less spout design to pour without spilling. The lid and basket are independent of each other. Available in black, blue, lime, orange, red, turquoise, white and yellow.
NOTE: To clean tea stain from ceramic pot, use baking soda dissolved in warm water.
Glass teapot with stainless steel infuser
If you would rather be able to see the strength of your tea while it is steeping or brewing then a clear glass teapot is the one to go for. These Borosilicate glass tea pots can withstanding boiling water and together with easy to clean ultra fine stainless steel infuser, takes the hassle out of making your perfect cup of tea.
This big capacity 40-Ounce glass teapot with its removable stainless steel lid and basket is microwaveable. Just be sure to remove all metal parts, add water before putting it in the microwave oven. The lid is designed to lock in place and stop spillage and leaks when pouring. It also comes with a custom fit tea cozy to keep the pot and tea warm for longer.
A more modern looking glass tea pot, it has a similarly designed stainless steel lid, no leak stainless steel cap surround and ultra fine stainless steel infuser all of which are removable for ease of cleaning. The Borosilicate glass is made in Germany while the stainless steel is 304 grade.
3. Hiware Good Glass Teapot with Stainless Steel Infuser 27-Ounce – STOVETOP SAFE
A popular entry from Hiware, the smaller 27-Ounce ultra clear glass teapot with stainless steel infuser is the right size for individual brews. The teapot is hand crafted from heat resistant glass and is dishwasher and stovetop safe. The lid, catch and infuser is made from 18/10 stainless steel.
4. Toyo Borosilicate Glass Teapot with Stainless Steel Infuser 37-Ounce – STOVETOP SAFE
The Toyo clear glass teapot makes up to 4 cups of tea. The micromesh stainless steel tea infuser, and mounted flip top lid are removable for ease cleaning. The large 1100ml capacity is perfect for hosting guests. Made from high quality 304 grade stainless steel and heat resistant borosilicate glass with a flat base and D shaped handle, the Toyo teapot not only look good but is functions just as well.
5. Hiware 1000ml Glass Teapot with Stainless Steel Infuser – STOVETOP SAFE
For those who fancy a more traditional looking teapot, the second Hiware entry has our vote. The teapot is purely hand crafted and made from heat resistant borosilicate glass therefore is stovetop safe. It has a non-drip spout and an ergonomic handle. The removable steeping basket and two part lid uses high grade 18/10 stainless steel. With all stainless steel components removed, it can go from the microwave oven or electric stove top to the table easily.
Cast iron teapot
The popular Blue Floral Cast Iron Teapot has a big opening and lid for easy access. It also comes with its own removable stainless steel infuser for easy brewing. The cast iron wall helps retains heat and allow the tea to steep in a more even temperature throughout. The cast iron teapot is also fully enamelled internally for easy cleaning and to prevent build-up of rust and oxidation. Outside, the teapot is adorn with cobalt blue floral pattern reminiscent of Japanese cherry blossoms. At a moderate 34-ounce capacity, the teapot serves up to 2 cups of tea.
The Old Dutch Cast Iron Saga Teaport is a big capacity 52-Ounce teaport with heat-retaining properties. Made from cast iron, the tetsubin teapots are known to keep tea at the proper serving temperature for up to an hour. The porcelain enamel interiors keep the taste of the tea pure and allow for easy cleaning. It comes complete with removable infuser. To clean, simply rinse with soap and warm water then hand dry. This is the biggest cast iron teapot in our line-up.
This small capacity teapot has a unique stained green finish and built in mesh stainless steel infuser. It has a Dragonfly Design near to the top of the teapot and a flatten shape. Cast iron teapots have been used in the popular whole-tea leaf ceremonies in Japan dating back to the 17th century. Primula’s exquisite cast iron teapot designs are inspired by the traditional Japanese culture and capture the original function of preserving heat and evenly infusing the natural nutrients from your loose leaf tea. The enamel interior coating prevents oxidation of the cast iron, preserving the beauty and durability of your teapot.
4. JUEQI Cast Iron Teapot Kettle with Stainless Steel Infuser 30 Ounce ( 900 ML )
JUEQI cast iron teapot has a rustic look and feel with gold peony design and a built-in strainer. The iron handle is bound with heat resistant jute thread and the design and finish flows through the teapot from lid to bottom. It has a generous 30 ounce or 900ml capacity. Other designs and colours as well as capacities are also available under the same brand name.
5. Sotya Cast Iron Teapot tetsubin Japanese Tea Kettle Cherry Blossoms Teapot with Infuser 1200ml (40oz)
The Sotya Cast Iron Teapot is a big capacity 1200ml or 40 oz heavy set teapot with built-in removable stainless steel mesh infuser for easy cleaning. The rigid steel handle is bound with heat resistant jute material for safe handling. The side of the teapot is adorn with cherry blossom motifs, a symbol of love and hope.