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Best Teapots for Loose Leaf Tea



Is it tea time? Yes. It is.
Is it tea time? Yes. It is.

As an avid tea drinker, I love nothing more than brewing up a teapot of delicious loose leaf tea. Sometimes I make myself a pot to sip throughout the afternoon. Sometimes I have friends over to share a cup.

My Favorite? Find the Le Creuset Teapot at Amazon.

The perfect teapot is important not only for the quality of tea brewing but also for the look and feel you get while drinking.

There are so many options out there for loose leaf teapots. Some have built-in infusers to hold the tea leaves. Some are designed so you use a separate tea infuser. I prefer those with a built-in infuser. They’re almost always removable, making them easy to clean and easy-to-use.

No matter what your price range and your tea needs, there’s definitely a teapot out there that you’ll love. Here are a few options to get you started on your perfect teapot search.

Large capacity, bright colors

The Le Creuset teapot is an ideal teapot for brewing tea for a group. It has a 1.4-quart capacity, which makes it perfect for guests. The gorgeous bright colors pop and will be a great accent in any kitchen or on any table. White is also an option if you’re looking for a more neutral teapot.

Le Creuset Enamelled Stoneware Classic Teapot, 1.3 Litres, Serves 3-4 Cups, Cherry,

It has a stainless steel tea infuser that can easily be removed for cleaning. That also means it’s a great option if you like using tea bags in addition to loose leaf tea. You can easily use it without the infuser.

Find the Le Creuset Teapot at Amazon.

This beautiful piece is vibrant and colorful, adding some great personality to any afternoon or morning cup of tea. It’s on the pricier side, but it comes with a 5-year warranty, so you know it’s an investment that’s going to last.

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Modern look, personalized touch

If you’re looking for a great gift for a tea drinker in your life, or are looking to spruce up your own kitchen with a gorgeous, modern piece, you should think about getting the Hiware Glass Teapot.

This entire glass piece is hand blown. The glass lets you see your tea steeping in progress and know exactly when it’s at the strength and flavor that you love best. It’s dishwasher safe and holds 1,000 ml (that’s 33.8 ounces) making it great for personal and entertaining uses. It’s even microwavable!

Hiware 1000ml Glass Teapot with Removable Infuser, Stovetop Safe Tea Kettle, Blooming and Loose Leaf Tea Maker Set

Like the Le Creuset teapot, this teapot comes with a removable stainless steel infuser, making it an ideal choice for loose leaf and bagged tea alike.

See the Hiware Glass Teapot for yourself at Amazon.

This teapot has a great classic teapot shape and a sleek modern look. The clear glass makes it a really unique and beautiful addition in the kitchen. It’s a beautiful gift for a tea lover. (No one will blame you if it’s a gift to yourself!)

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Single serving, smooth design

Dark Red Teavana Perfectea Maker: 16oz

For a single serving teapot, check out the Perfectea Tea infuser from Teavana. This bright, fun teapot lets you brew just one cup of loose leaf tea. The clever stacking design is easy to store and looks great.

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Classic floral look. Durable, lasting material

This blue floral cast iron teapot has a classic look, but a long lasting design.

Cast iron is a great option for a teapot, particularly when using loose tea leaves, because it gives a strong, even brewing to the leaves inside. It also keeps the tea warm for longer than many other teapots would.

Primula Blue Floral Japanese Tetsubin Cast Iron Teapot Stainless Steel Infuser for Loose Leaf Tea, Durable Construction, Enameled Interior, 34 oz

The pretty blue floral pattern gives a modern twist to a classic floral patterned teapot. The color will go with virtually any kitchen decor. It comes with a stainless steel tea infuser and is designed to brew either loose leaf or bagged tea.

Here’s the cast iron teapot at Amazon.

While this teapot is actually the most economic choice on this list, it also has some care restrictions that one might expect from a cast iron piece of cookware. It isn’t dishwasher safe and can be prone to rust if water is left inside too long. However, with proper care, this beautiful teapot may be the perfect item for you for years to come.

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There are so many teapots out there, and so many styles, colors, and price ranges. It can feel overwhelming. However, with a little bit of research, you’re bound to find a teapot that you love to use and looks great too.

No matter what you’re looking for, finding the perfect loose leaf teapot can improve the quality of your tea brewing. You’ll improve your experience each time you sit down for a delicious cup of tea. Taking the time to find the right teapot can make the world of difference.

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About the Author: Alexis DeAnda

Alexis DeAnda is a food fanatic, library card user, and cast iron hunter, in that order. She has been cooking for anyone that will taste it ever since her mom let her make doughnuts on Saturday mornings at the age of 7.

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