The Best Automatic Tea Makers for your Tea Habit
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Tea drinkers know that the secret to a perfectly brewed cuppa is precision. The water needs to be an exact temperature, and the tea needs to be steeped for the right amount of time. Unfortunately, humans aren't particularly known for their attention to detail or penchants for precision. That's where the machines come in.
Over the years, a number of automatic tea makers have entered the market. Some are better than others, and we've collected the best-of-the-best all in one list. They do it all, the heating, the brewing, and sometimes, even dispensing. So if you're hankering for a steaming cup of perfectly brewed Earl Grey, read on. You'll find what you need.
Best Automatic Tea Maker for Most
If you're serious about your tea, this is it. This is the Holy Grail of automatic tea makers. The Breville BTWM800XL One-Touch Tea Maker does it all on its own. With variable temperature control and automated tea basket cycle—yes, this kettle has a basket that moves up and down to agitate tea leaves for a more thorough brew—all you have to do is press one button and tea will be steeped to perfection.
Each button on the Breville BTWM800XL is labeled as the optimal setting for black, green, white, and oolong tea, completely taking guesswork out of the brewing process.
The German-made Schott glass kettle is durable and stain resistant, meaning that this kettle doesn't just brew a mean cup of tea, but looks really good doing it.
The coolest feature on this kettle may be its timed start feature. That way you can set the kettle to start brewing at a certain time, like maybe when you first wake up in the morning. There's nothing better than getting out of bed to a hot cup of your favorite tea! And, if you're a little too fond of the snooze button, the kettle will keep tea warm for up to 60 minutes. It even has a time that tells you how long your tea has been ready!
Some reviews complain that this machine has a large countertop footprint—it is one of the biggest tea makers on this list, with a 1.5 liter capacity—so we only recommend the Breville for people who are going to be using it on a consistent basis.
If you're a tea drinker that really wants to make the most of the tins of specialty loose leaf hanging out on top of your fridge, this is the maker for you.
The glass and stainless steel brew chamber and glass carafe found in the Gourmia GTC8000 ensure optimal water purity and conserve your tea's natural flavor, and four settings—refresh, light, medium, and strong—brew tea to perfection every time. It also looks pretty cool on a countertop. Take note, however, this tea maker has a small capacity (it only holds about 32 oz of water at a time) and is best for tea parties of one.
Best Automatic Iced Tea Maker
Why should hot tea get all the attention? The Mr. Coffee Fresh Tea Iced Tea Maker is a fabulous device to have in your arsenal if you're looking to serve up fresh iced tea on a regular basis.
All you have to do is choose your favorite tea, put it in the brew basket, and hit "start." You can make the tea as strong as you'd like with a brew strength selector and it has a removable basket for easy cleanup. It also shuts off on its own after it does it's job, which only takes about 10 minutes.
The coolest thing about this automatic tea maker is that you can add your own unique flavors, like fruit or herbs, and use whatever type of tea best suits your tastes.
A Less-Expensive Option
Alright, so this kettle doesn't do EVERYTHING like the Breville, but it does most things and that makes it very useful for tea drinkers who might not be willing to drop more than $200 on an automatic tea maker.
Here's how it works. First, you fill the 1.2 liter kettle, press a button to heat the water to the right temperature (there are preset buttons for black, herbal, oolong, white, and green tea), and once the water is *just right*, the kettle lets you know it's time to add the tea leaves or tea bags to its stainless steel infuser. Then you press your preset button again and a timer starts. After the appropriate amount of time has passed, the kettle dings and you know the tea is done and remove the entire infuser.
This kettle will keep your tea warm for up to an hour, so no perfect brew go to waste!
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