The 10 Best Tea Makers

Updated December 24, 2017 by Quincy Miller

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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. If there's one thing that unites people from all cultures, it's a belief that you, and only you, know how to make the perfect cup of tea. Now you can finally prove all the doubters wrong, thanks to these incredible tea makers. They allow you to brew a delicious hot pot or iced pitcher in a few minutes, often with little cleanup necessary. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best tea maker on Amazon.

10. Smal Electric Kettle

The Smal Electric Kettle is a simple and compact unit that maintains accurate temperatures to within 0.01° Celsius, helping you to achieve that perfect brew. Just be careful when it's time to pour, though, as the handle can get very hot indeed.
  • great for flower teas
  • disassembles for easy cleaning
  • auto shut-off is glitchy
Brand SMAL
Model pending
Weight 4 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

9. West Bend 68305T

The West Bend 68305T has a bright green and white housing that some may love and others may hate. Its removable sweetener chamber can be an advantageous feature for those who like to give their tea an optional kick, but, unfortunately, the pour spout tends to drip a lot.
  • kid-friendly plastic pitcher
  • makes a strong brew
  • no steeping function
Brand West Bend
Model 68305T
Weight 9 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

8. Mr. Coffee Hot Tea Maker

The built-in, audible signal on the Mr. Coffee Hot Tea Maker alerts you when the water is ready for steeping and pouring, so you can find other ways to entertain yourself instead of having to watch the water boil — and if it boils over, it won't damage the control panel.
  • built-in cord storage
  • settings for specific tea types
  • rather expensive option
Brand Mr. Coffee
Model BVMC-HTKSS200
Weight 4.2 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Willow & Everett Teapot

If you simply can't wait for your next cuppa, the Willow & Everett Teapot is microwave-safe, so you can boil water quickly and get your fix in just a few minutes. It's equipped with a rustproof infuser and a lid that locks in place to prevent spills.
  • comes with free tea cozy
  • looks beautiful on your countertop
  • tends to leak a little when pouring
Brand Willow & Everett
Model pending
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

6. Gourmia GTC8000

If you've always wanted to know what it's like to drink tea from the future, the Gourmia GTC8000 will get you pretty close. It has a sleek and modern design that's sure to elicit compliments — and that's before guests taste the incredible drinks that come out of it.
  • 3 different brew strengths
  • great for all varieties of tea
  • hard to find replacement parts
Brand Gourmia
Model SYNCHKG105243
Weight 6.4 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

5. Teavana PerfecTea

The Teavana PerfecTea offers a BPA-free construction, a removable stainless steel strainer, and a sturdy one-piece liquid chamber that stores neatly in the fridge if you want iced tea. It makes 32 ounces per brew cycle, or about 4 generous mugs.
  • pressure plate drip control
  • pairs well with mason jars
  • pieces can get stained over time
Brand Teavana
Model 30098-032
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Cusinium Cold Brew

Don't be fooled by the Cusinium Cold Brew; while it may look like it's just made for coffee, it's also incredible for brewing up a stout glass of tea. This versatile device doesn't stop there, either, as it can whip up a mean glass of lemonade or infused water as well.
  • includes a useful scoop
  • perfect for outdoor use
  • spout pours wonderfully
Brand Cusinium
Model A100011500
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

3. Mr. Coffee 2-Quart

The Mr. Coffee 2-Quart isn't elegant, but if all you care about is making a perfect pitcher, then it's a pretty fantastic little machine. It's budget-friendly and incredibly simple to use, and if anyone criticizes how it looks, they'll stop when you take their glass away.
  • self-cleaning cycle
  • makes iced tea very quickly
  • durable plastic container
Brand Mr. Coffee
Model TM1
Weight 3.7 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Breville One-Touch

The Breville One-Touch has an automatic basket that gently agitates and infuses your loose tea leaves through simple upward and downward motions, so you can get a great brew with fewer leaves. It's also fully programmable for any temperature or steep time.
  • stain-resistant glass kettle
  • keeps tea warm for up to 60 minutes
  • auto-start feature
Brand Breville
Model BTM800XL
Weight 14.6 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Takeya Flash Chill

As the name implies, the Takeya Flash Chill is fantastic for brewing iced tea in a jiffy. Simply stuff the infuser with your favorite loose-leaf or bagged tea, fill it halfway with boiling water, then add ice and shake it all up. The end result is 2 perfect quarts.
  • also great for cold brew coffee
  • airtight - can be stored on its side
  • very easy to clean
Brand Takeya
Model 11171
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

Welcome To The Tea Party

I may not be British, but I always felt like I had a specific time of the day during which I couldn't live without a little hot tea. For one reason or another, a cup of tea became a necessary part of my nighttime routine, usually paired with a few, or a whole sleeve's worth of, Oreo cookies. It was as much a psychological, behavioral habit as it was anything else, and though I've moved on from Oreos, I've retained the habit of enjoying a cup of tea before bed.

Whenever you like your tea, having it ready quickly and easily is best. I love a good loose tea as much as the next drinker, but I'm also well aware of the difficulties that those little balls and hinged spoons designed for steeping present. There's always a bit of tea that gets through, and you have to deal with very hot metal apparatuses when the steeping finishes. It's all too much.

So, I gravitated toward fancier tea bags that made for a better cup of tea, but they were insanely expensive compared to good quality loose tea in large quantities. That's when I got my hands on a tea maker.

All of the tea makers on our list steep tea, most often in a small cylindrical chamber outfitted with very tiny holes or a run of incredibly fine metal mesh. The chambers hold the tea beautifully while keeping it from directly entering the chamber where your hot water sits.

Most of the makers here also heat up the water for you, a few of them with specific programs to take the guess work out of the perfect cup of tea. They employ a heating coil similar to what you might find on an electric stove or in a simple electric kettle, but it's kept safely separated from the water, and you can set it to temperatures ideal for individual teas.

Make Tea While The Sun Shines

If you're a morning person, you greet the day with instant energy, a bright, beaming smile, and a level of tranquility and gratitude akin to the Dalai Lama. Shame on you. For the rest of us, we need caffeine. A lot of folks get it from coffee, and they're welcome to enjoy their slave-trade java with its pH balance more acidic than any soda. We'll keep our soothing, socially conscious brew.

How you go about brewing that tea is up to you, and the differences between and among the tea makers on our list present great analogues for the brewer in question.

For example, there are traditional brewers for purists, which make small batches of tea in simple containers of glass and metal. There are also highly advanced models for the scientifically minded tea drinker. You can program these machines to heat water to within a tenth of a degree Fahrenheit, so different teas that require specific temperatures to unlock their full flavor profiles can meet your refined tastes.

Then, there are the practical tea makers, which come in a few shapes and sizes. If you want something fast, functional, and easy, these are the makers for you. They're also particularly good for larger households, as a few of them boast much larger capacities than the more nuanced models.

Beware the materials used in some of these makers, though. BPA is a significant threat, and any plastic implements that contact your drink, be they the water reservoir, the brewing container, or the steeping tools, had better be certified BPA-free, or I'd advise against it.

Imperial Brew

While the exact date that the first human took a sip of brewed tea is impossible to identify, China, tea's country of origin, provides us with a few great origin myths.

In the first, an emperor drinking a bowl water that had just been boiled for sanitation purposes noticed that a few leaves form a nearby tree had blown into the bowl, discoloring the water and creating a light, pleasant taste.

An old Buddhist parable states that the founder of Zen Buddhism passed out in the middle of an epic, nine-year meditation, and was so mad at himself when he woke up, so disappointed by his weakness, that he sliced off his eyelids and threw them away. According to the legend, they took root to form the first tea bushes.

Legends like these abound, and it's likely that tea has in origins in ancient southwest China, sometime around the 27th century BCE, though no completely credible record of the brew exists until much later.

Methods for brewing tea have varied through the years almost as much as the tales of tea's origins, from powdered leaves mixed into water by wooden whisks to the mass-produced bags of sanitized mulch propagated by companies like Lipton and Tetley.

It's only been in the past few decades that brewing tea from loose leaves has taken root again among drinkers in the US and Europe, and growing right along with the trend is the popularity of these tea makers.



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Last updated on December 24, 2017 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.


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