10 Best Tea Infusers for Every Tea Drinker
The sheer variety loose-leaf teas available for tea fanatics can be mind-boggling. Black, green, red, white, herbal, floral—you name it, it probably exists.
So too exists a plethora of vessels in which to steep that tea. Sorting through all the different options, we concentrated on finding infusers that not only looked nice, but also deliver a superior-tasting end product.
Features we paid special attention to included ease of use, the fineness of the infuser’s mesh (to prevent leaves from sneaking into your tea), and, perhaps most important, the size of the infuser itself. The bigger the infuser, the more water gets to flow around the tea leaves. This lets the tea breathe and results in a tastier final product.
So scroll through our list. There’s almost certainly an infuser in here for you.
Basic Steel Infuser
This is the best basic infuser out there, and if you’re looking for something simple that gets the job done, this is the one we recommend. It’s fairly big, as far as infusers go, which means there’s more room for water to really flow through the tea leaves.
The chain hooks to your cup so you don’t drop the whole infuser into the water and the twist-off top is totally secure, so it won’t accidentally detach and loose tea leaves that have to be fished out of your water. It’s also specially designed for easy cleaning, just run it under the tap and any extra tea leaves should rinse right out!
If you’re one of those people who cannot keep all the pieces of a kitchen appliance together—i.e., you’ll find the lid to that blender one day—this infuser is the one for you.
All one piece, the OXO Good Grips Twisting Tea Ball has a twisting plastic piece at the bottom of its handle that opens the infuser. This infuser’s design also makes it perfect for scooping loose leaf tea right out the container. It is also dishwasher safe for people who want super easy cleanup.
The Author’s Favorite Teacup Infuser
Like most tea drinkers, I have a favorite mug. This particular mug is my favorite for two reasons. First, it’s big enough for a truly satisfying cuppa.
Second, it comes with a fantastic, stainless steel infuser and lid that doubles as a saucer. The infuser is nice and roomy to give your tea a really great steep. The mug comes in a number of colors and designs, meaning you can choose one that really speaks to you. However, as far as I’m concerned, this bright limeade color is the way to go!
How cool is this mug? The Magisso teacup can be tilted to steep, then drain, your tea. Simply put the tea leaves on the smaller side of the filter, pour your hot water, and as soon it’s brewed to your perfect strength, tilt the cup the other way to drain the leaves.
The mesh in the filter is very fine, ensuring you don’t have any leaves floating around in the final product. The mug itself is machine-washable, just remember to remove the filter before washing!
Best Reusable Tea Bag
Made from food-grade, BPA-free silicone, ME.FAN reusable tea bags are custom-designed for even the finest tea blend, ensuring that no little specks escape into your hot water.
The silicone is heat-resistant up to 480° F and won’t leach any unpleasant tastes into your tea. The bags are also transparent, making it easy to see exactly how much tea you’re steeping at any given time. Also, these bags come in a set of six, making them ideal for times you have guests and need to steep multiple cups at a time.
Best Stainless Steel Infuser Bottle
Perfect for tea drinkers on the go, the Flying Tea Gourd travel tea infuser bottle is made from double-walled, BPA-free stainless steel that combats condensation and sweating.
However, the feature that sets this bottle apart from other travel tea strainers is the size of its tea basket, which can hold more than five heaping tablespoons of tea, giving your brew an extra kick first thing in the morning when you really need it.
Best Glass Straining Bottle
We know that some tea drinkers strongly prefer a glass bottle. Here’s one of the best ones out there.
The bottle itself is made from BPA-, PVC-, and lead-free borosilicate glass, and the infuser and lid are stainless steel. Making this bottle especially interesting is that the infuser screws into the bottom, rather than being an extension of the lid like most on the market. The bottle comes with cleaning brushes and a nylon sleeve that keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot.
Best In-Teapot Infuser
Tea for two? (or three, or four?) The Bodum Assam Teapot is comprised of borosilicate glass and has a stainless steel tea infuser built right in.
The perforated infuser is quite roomy and is fine enough to prevent even the smallest leaves and kernels from getting out while brewing. The Bodum Assam Teapot is also designed with an in-lid plunger that, when pressed, pushes all the leaves into the bottom part of the filter, which has no holes.
This means you can stop the brewing process the moment your tea reaches your desired strength. And, once you finish your tea, simply pull the plunger back out and pour in more hot water to reuse your tea leaves!
Infuser for Cryptozoologists
We would be remiss if we didn’t also include perhaps the most adorable infuser out there: Baby Nessie.
Not just cute, this little gal can hold up to 1.5 tablespoons of loose leaf and can be used to brew a single cup or even a small teapot’s worth of hot water. Some reviewers do complain that Nessie may tip over in your cup, so just be wary when you set her down to make sure that she’s sturdy!
Best Iced Tea Infuser
While most of the infusers on this list can be used to make iced tea, the ZENZENZE HOME is specifically made for that purpose. Able to pull double-duty, this infuser can be used to make iced tea and cold brew coffee.
Its stainless steel filter is removable and dishwasher safe, as is the carafe itself. The ZENZENZE HOME’s silicone drip-free sealing spout seals in freshness for up to one week and prevents your tea or iced coffee from absorbing fridge odors.