I feel like a tea hoarder sometimes. I just buy a lot of tea, make a lot of tea, and store a lot of tea. But over the years I have acquired a lot of other tea accessories as well. Particularly, tea infusers. Currently, I have 3 large teapots with infusers built in, some metal infusers, silicon animal infusers, cloth bag infusers, disposable bag infusers…the works. But with trying out so many strainers, I really have seen what works and what doesn’t. So, in this
The Best Infusers: Top 3
By far, my favorite is the teapot infuser. I generally will make a large pot of tea and then keep returning to the pot throughout the day and make a double or triple steeping. In our house, we have the 24-ounce and a 45-ounce version of the FORLIFE Curve Teapot with Infuser. My sister got each of her bridesmaids one of these teapots as a thank you for being in the wedding party! The reason I like it more than my other glass teapot infuser is because of its insulated top and the actual infuser part can come out without affecting how the top will go on the teapot. That way I do not have to worry about
My next favorite is a certain type of metal infuser, the
The last favorite infuser that I own is the Tovolo TeaGo Tea Infuser. I must seem like I just make pot after pot of tea each day, but I use this one in my smaller teapots. I have one that has a smaller opening that the
My Thoughts on Other Infusers I Own:
So those are my top three, but what about the other infusers I own? I honestly have a lot of opinions on many of them. For instance, the silicon Manatee and Umbrella infuser. Cute? Yes. Practical? Not at all. I found that they did not infuse the teas well at all, I had to try and squeeze out the flavor of the leaves (which resulted in me burning my hands). For whatever reason, the pores of the infuser did not allow the color or flavor of the leaves to really mix into the water. It left a lot to be desired really, I have given away most of them that I had bought on Amazon. They would be fine for someone who just needs an infuser and doesn’t necessarily care. However, it did not work for me and I was sad.
But others are somewhat practical based on what tea leaves you are using. Both the cloth bags and disposable infuser bags work just like normal tea sachets which could make traveling easier if you have a commute in the morning or just for general use. Many loose leaf tea companies will include infuser bags with their teas. What are your guys’ thoughts on them? Do you like them? Love them? Let me know!
My last genre includes the rest of my metal infusers. They work, but I find that I personally do not use them as much. I have a Heart-Shaped Tea Infuser. I like using it because of its long handle, but I can only use fine or small tea leaves with it. This is due to the leaves expanding. This is the same problem I encounter with the Teapot Shaped Tea Infuser. Works fine with small leaves, but larger tea leaves would be more difficult. Both infuse well with the right-shaped leaves.
I find that most metal infusers work really well, but there are always the few that just do not meet expectations. This is the case with the ball-shaped and the cylinder infuser. Both have flaws that do not make them the best. The ball-shaped one has space where it connects which makes the tea leaves float out and the cylinder one has huge pores which make the teas also float out.
Alright! That was a rundown of my personal stash of infusers. Some are good, some are mostly good, and some just are not practical. What is your favorite infuser? Let me know in the comments! Do you use one? Have you ever had the same experiences with some infusers?