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Last updated: June 13, 2021
In this article, we’re looking at the best tea makers for preparing your favorite hot beverages. Tea makers can make preparing a cup of tea much easier and make more delicious tea than a teabag.
We’ve reviewed over 20 tea makers and narrowed it down to the top 10 on our list. The Hiware Good Glass Teapot makes the top of our list as the editor’s choice. If you are looking for a tea maker packed with features this might be an option for you. It features an infuser and it is very versatile, you can use multiple heat sources to brew your tea. This is also pretty affordable in spite of all its features. There are many different designs as you will see in the other reviews.
We’ve looked at a variety of different features when looking at tea makers including the type and how they brew, the material they are made of, the capacity (how much you can brew) and the warranty. We’ve also looked at the dimensions. Our article is laid out as a simple overview table to see what we like about the tea makers. We’ve then written detailed reviews of each of the top options, and a full buying guide describing how to pick a tea maker for your kitchen.
The Hiware Good Glass Teapot is our editor’s pick. It has some fantastic features and very good build quality. It makes it very easy to brew your tea, as you can use it on the top of the stove or even in the microwave to warm up and brew.
The infuser design makes it great for putting flavored teas and herbal teas in and brewing up to 0.8 liters in one go. This isn’t a huge capacity, but big enough for 2-4 people to enjoy a cup of tea.
This is a dishwasher safe tea maker, but you probably won’t need to wash it in the dishwasher, you can rinse it with soapy water and dry it down for the best results.
The manufacturers offer a warranty of two years to protect your purchase. The brilliant 18/10 stainless steel and borosilicate glass are very good quality materials, the makers clearly have faith in their product. You can find other tea makers made out of the same materials but this offers really good value for money.
The pour spout is another big plus point. This is made to be easy to use and avoid any sort of spillages while you are pouring your drink.
What are its best features?
Easy to make tea to your preferred strength
Brilliant spout that avoids spillages
Easy to wash
2 year manufacturer warranty
What could be improved?
Quite a small design, not great for making big batches of tea
It may be a little weird that one of the best tea makers in the world is made by a brand called Mr. Coffee, but it definitely fits the bill as being one of the best products for making tea or iced tea. It also has a fantastic large capacity.
This doesn’t make hot tea, so be warned that it is one of the best iced tea makers (and iced coffee makers) but you won’t get hot tea out of it.
To save on washing and on space it has a single pitcher that you can brew and serve from. One less thing to worry about.
This has a brew strength selector so you can set it to brew to the perfect strength for your tastes. It also has the option for single and double servings depending on what you want.
One of the best features is the fact it has a self-cleaning cycle so it can rinse itself out after use, you don’t have to spend ages cleaning your tea maker after use.
The capacity is big, so you can make up to 2.8 liters and store it for drinking at a later time. If you love iced tea, then this could be the ideal choice for you.
What makes it special?
Makes large quantities of iced tea and coffee
Automatic self-cleaning cycle
Electric use, doesn’t need to be connected to any other appliance to brew
Excellent value for money
What cons did we find?
You need to be careful when lining up the basket to the brew, otherwise it can leak
The Kamjove Press Art Tp-200 is a manual option and provides great value for money. It’s cheaper than a lot of the choices on the market, so if you are looking for a budget pick this can be a good option for you.
It is made largely from Borosilicate glass, which is perfectly safe to use and brew tea in as it is food-grade material.
One of the best things about this is the Patented Press Valve design. This means that the water (or tea) stays inside and only releases when you want it to. This means you don’t have to worry about spilling your tea all over the place.
The lift out chamber inside is designed for you to brew your tea with ease, and you can remove it with ease so it is much simpler to rinse out the tea maker after use. It’s also easy to discard any tea leaves that are no longer needed.
The steel mesh that filters the water and provides the tea infusion is made from stainless steel. It should last many years even though it is an affordable choice.
It isn’t ideal for making big batches and some people have struggled to get the full 1 liter of tea out of it. On our list of the best tea makers reviews, this makes it in for its value.
What makes it special?
Very simple to use
Easy to clean the pot itself and to discard of tea leaves
What cons did we find?
Not as easy to clean the filter
Not a huge model, not suitable to make big servings of tea
The ICOOKPOT Multi-Use Electric Kettle is a very clever design and can do so much more than just brew tea for you. It’s called a cookpot due to the extra features and functions. We’ve named it the best smart tea maker due to all these features.
This is basically a smart version of a kettle. It has high quality 304 steel lids and only the highest quality materials that are food-grade.
There are 16 modes! You can do all sorts of different things with this model including tea (obviously) but it can be used to cook and warm baby food, make yogurts, even as a slow cooker or a steamed egg cooker. All the extra tools you need to do this come included with the product.
The kettle sits on its own little heating plate, and doesn’t take up too much space. It’s similar to a normal kettle. While this not a tea maker alone, the tea infusion is one of the easiest modes to set up and use. Cleaning isn’t too painful, though it depends if you are constantly switching between its modes.
This is a glimpse into the future of the best tea makers as more home appliances get “smarter”.
Why is it special?
16 different modes
Use it to warm a baby’s food or bottle
Large 2 liter capacity
1 year manufacturer warranty included
What are the flaws?
Some functions such as cooking oatmeal can make it tough to clean
Hot plate can be a hazard if not managed correctly
This iced tea maker is one of the simplest models on our list. It is perfect for making iced tea and can provide up to 1.8 liters. Also, the maker doubles up as a storage and service jug, so once it has brewed in the fridge you can use it to store and pour, too.
The “flash chill” method is one of the best things about this. It means you can have iced tea in virtually no time at all (30 seconds according to the manufacturer). To do this, you brew it half full with hot water, before removing the infuser and adding ice. You don’t have to use it this way, but this is a good option.
It’s a leak proof product. This tea maker is designed for you to be able to shake it to brew the tea, so you shouldn’t lose any water when doing this (or make a mess).
The manufacturers also describe it as shatterproof, so it should withstand any bumps or drops.
As you would expect, it is BPA free and totally safe for use with food and drink. This is something of a “no-frills” model, but it is good for people who just want to make simple iced tea.
What do we love it for?
Flash chill setting for quick iced tea
1.8 liter capacity
Easy to store in the fridge once you’ve made the iced tea
This is a model of tea maker that is for the tea aficionados. It has been designed to give you a lot of customization if you enjoy making different types of tea, and can allow you to enjoy tea throughout the day with it’s auto start and keep warm functions.
This functions much like a kettle with a hot plate to bring it up to temperature. It has a 1.2 liter capacity which is somewhere in the middle of the sizes on this list. It also has an easy grip handle which is great for pouring and helps you to avoid spillages.
The different temperature presets (there are many) aren’t just to let you choose how hot you want your tea. They are designed for different varieties of tea. You can brew differently based on black or green tea or even herbal teas.
Lots of this tea maker is brilliant because it is programmable. You can set different sleep times between 30 seconds and 8 mins. This allows you to stop the tea from over brewing and spoiling. There is also an auto-start, so you can set it to brew when you want. You can wake up to a cup of tea.
It is primarily for loose tea, but there is a filter that is suitable for tea bags.
Why did it make our list?
Programmable and auto start so you can have tea ready when you are
Lots of different temperatures for different brewing needs
What is not ideal about it?
No option for iced tea
The spout could be easier to pour into other containers or cups
This electric tea maker is a little more expensive than some of the others on this list, but that is because it has a lot of features that can help you to make your perfect batch of tea. As you can see from the image, this is quite an impressive looking tea infuser, but it has the features and functions to back up the looks.
The 2 in 1 design can help you to brew standard tea as well as herbal infused tea varieties. It is a double “kettle” design and has a keep warm function to allow you to have hot tea for some time after it has brewed. There’s also a clever washable infuser that is easy to clean.
There are a lot of different temperature controls included, this means you can brew the tea exactly as you like and also that you can set the temperature based on the type of tea you’re brewing.
In total, the design has a 1.7 liter capacity, allowing you to brew plenty of tea. It has a one year warranty provided by the manufacturer, and the controls are really simple so you should be able to brew perfect tea first time. It costs a little more than some others, but the features justify this.
Why did it make our list?
2 in 1 design
What is not ideal about it?
More expensive than many of the other options on the list
Paint work can chip over time and spoil the red look
If you are in the market for a brilliant manual tea maker, then this could be an option for you. It doesn’t have any fancy electric features, but does allow you to brew amazing tea with a simple design. This is also quite a compact design. It can make 1 liter of tea, but doesn’t take up lots of space in your kitchen!
This is one of the only options out there that allows you to brew both iced tea and hot tea. Many of the best tea makers reviewed are only able to do one or the other.
The clever method to dispense your tea comes straight from the bottom and drips into the container or cup you want, this means no spillage at all.
The durability is exceptional, the manufacturers say that it is shatterproof and dishwasher safe. You can even put bleach in it to clean it out if you want. The long nose pin that is part of the filter pops out to make cleaning even simpler.
If you are looking for a simple brewer to make tea with loose leaf tea, this could be an answer for you. It’s not very expensive and is great for iced tea and hot tea.
What stands out?
Simple to make hot tea and iced tea
Easy to clean
No risk of any spillage as it brews and dispenses from the bottom of the tea maker
What cons did we manage to find?
Doesn’t brew huge amounts of tea
Not electric, no way to keep the tea hot after brewing
If you are looking for something that you can use to make both tea and coffee, the
Pars Collections Tea/Coffee Maker might be the option for you. It has a huge amount of versatility when it comes to making hot drinks, and a great design that looks good in a lot of different kitchens.
The kettle and infuser work together to make the perfect drink whether you use coffee or tea leaves to make your beverage.
The base also doubles up as a keep warm panel. You can use the 360 degree design to make the most of your space in the kitchen.
This model has overheat protection and stops you from ‘boil dry’ issues, this can damage kettles, but this can sense when there is no water to be boiled and stop it from overheating.
There are convenient features including water level indicator, a wide spout and a thermometer, it is easy to keep an eye on your tea and make sure you brew to the right temperature.
The Pars Collections Tea/Coffee Maker is a well-made piece of equipment. It’s made of food grade materials and there is 304 stainless steel in the center so you don’t have to worry about rust or reaction to the water you put inside.
What are our favorite features?
Easy to use
Keep warm with the hot plate at the bottom
Versatile. This can make tea or coffee just as easily
What could be better?
Filter and infuser can be a little hard to clean
The spout is very wide, pouring can be a challenge
The Buydeem K2683 is a high tech tea maker with lots of functionality and inbuilt features. It’s one of the more expensive options on our list, but this is justified with all the smart inbuilt functionality. If you are looking for a tea maker to set up with the press of a button, this simple choice could be great for you.
The features and modes of this product means it can do far more than just make tea. You can use it to make yoghurt, bird’s nest stews fruit teas, soup and even use it to warm baby milk.
You don’t have to mess around setting up temperatures yourself, this does everything for you as long as you choose the right mode.
This is also well made, as you would expect for the price tag. It is made out of German Schott Duran Glass/Stew Pot and also comes with a Strix Thermostat, and quality Steel Infuser that should last you many years.
The Buydeem K2683 comes with a one year warranty but this shouldn’t need to be used as the build quality is reliable. It could do with a keep warm function in an ideal world, but that isn’t a deal breaker.
What do we love it for?
9 easy settings
Temperature sets automatically to suit the mode
One year warranty
Made from high quality components and built to last
What were we disappointed with?
Doesn’t come with any sort of keep warm function when the tea has brewed
Things to Consider
If this is your first time buying a tea maker then you might be looking for some tips. It can be tough to decide. If you take a quick look through our tea makers reviews, you’ll see that there is a huge amount of variation in the products. Some are manual, some are electric, and most have different features. We’ve created our buying guide to help you to navigate through the purchase process. You’ll find us talk about the benefits of tea makers and the features that are most useful for those who want to buy a tea maker. Finding the right model for your own unique needs can make all the difference.
Benefits of using a tea maker
Why use a tea maker anyway? What is the difference between a tea maker like those on our list and just putting a tea bag in some hot water? There are many reasons that more and more people are starting to buy tea makers. We’ve listed some of the benefits below.
To make life easier. Though brewing tea isn’t the most difficult thing you do in your day, the process can be made even easier through tea makers.
Make big batches of tea. Making lots of cups of tea uniquely can be a big annoyance, and even teapots don’t tend to be huge. The large capacities of many of these tea makers can be a big plus point.
Brewing perfect loose leaf tea. Lots of people don’t bother with loose leaf tea as it can be an extra hassle and also an annoying clean-up operation afterwards, but with a tea maker, brewing tea straight from the leaves is easier.
Functions to brew a lot of different drinks. A lot of tea makers don’t just focus on hot tea, and allow you to make iced tea and lots of different varieties. Different teas brew best at different temperatures and lengths of time, and the modes on some of these tea makers allow you to simply set the type of tea and leave it to do its thing.
Some tea makers incorporate other functions. A lot of them allow you to do things like poach eggs or even warm up your baby’s bottle. These provide so much more functionality than just a kettle.
Tea makers let you experiment. Some are designed with functions to brew exciting new varieties like Oolong tea, or sweet teas and bubble teas you might not have tried before. If you are the type of person who loves exploring new and interesting hot drinks, a tea maker might be a sensible purchase for your home.
You might think that a tea maker is a bit of a bonus product or an extra for the kitchen, but many people who buy them quickly find that they can save time and make for fantastic tea. You should think about how much you love drinking tea and whether the tea maker can become an essential part of your kitchen.
Features to consider while choosing a tea maker
As we’ve already stated. There are a lot of different varieties of tea makers with different designs. You should take a long look at the features and consider what is best for you. Also think about the type of tea maker.
The features we’ve mentioned below are what we have used as the main criteria for our reviews.
What type of tea maker are you looking for? There are a variety of different styles. Some of them need power, some just have hot water added in order to brew your tea.
Electric models of tea makers are often in the form of hot plates, so they can heat the water and allow for brewing, much like a kettle with an infuser built in. There are many features that can be incorporated such as the facility to brew coffee as well as tea.
Manual models don’t tend to have electric functions. They are often cheaper, but also may not have features like the ability to warm bottles, or other things like keep warm functions or timers.
Country of origin
The country of origin can be important for some people. If you are looking for a product that is made in the USA then keep an eye out for this. Some products are made in China and imported. Tea drinking is actually a bit different in China, where they may drink different varieties, but the tea making is still the same principle. You may not have a preference as to where the best tea maker comes from, but if you do, we have listed these for you.
You don’t want a flimsy tea maker. Materials such as borosilicate glass are used as they can reach really high temperatures without getting damaged. If you are looking for a product that can withstand a bit of a beating, the GROSCHE Aberdeen Perfect Tea Maker has a shatterproof glass design.
The materials should also be BPA-free and food grade in their quality so that you can rest assured of their quality and safety when preparing your food and drinks.
Capacity is the simplest of all the features, but it is also a very important one. One of the benefits of tea makers is the fact that you can increase the amount of tea you can make in one go with ease. You don’t have to make 6 or 7 different cups of tea separately as you can make it in bulk.
Similarly, you might want a relatively small tea maker if you are just looking to make tea for one or two. Sometimes this brews quicker, and gives you more control over the brewing. Obviously smaller capacity models are normally easier to store, too.
What sort of handle does the tea maker have? It is important to ensure the handle is designed to stay at a manageable temperature and isn’t uncomfortable to pour. It should be easy to use. If the handle is awkwardly positioned or gets too hot, then you will find it hard to pour your drink without spilling.
Does the tea maker have a cord? If it is an electric model there will be some sort of cord, but size could be a consideration. The cord is likely to be manageable, and not a big issue, but excess cord can look unsightly in your kitchen.
On all of the products, we’ve listed the warranty. One of the best things about the editor’s choice, the Hiware Good Glass Teapot, is the fact that it comes with a two-year warranty. Many of the manual options have longer warranties than the electric options.
The longer the warranty, the more protection you have as a consumer. If you have a well-made product, then the warranty might be better. Manufacturers who are confident in their product might give you longer as a warranty.
Capacity and dimensions are usually linked, but some of the products are bigger and bulkier due to hot plates. Checking the dimensions should let you work out a part of your kitchen where this can go, and whether you have space to store it or keep it out on the surfaces.
Ease of use
How easy is the tea maker to use? This is vital. They should save you time rather than cost you time. If the tea maker has a lot of different settings it can get confusing. Luckily, some of the tea makers on the market have both lots of modes and functions and are easy to use. The Buydeem K2683 is an example of a product with lots of features and modes, but it is still simple to use.
Many of the manual tea makers are simple to use as soon as you have experienced it one or two times.
Hot tea vs Iced tea
Very few tea makers actually allow you to make both iced tea and hot tea, they usually specify which type of tea you can make. Decide whether you are looking to make iced tea or cold tea before you buy your maker. Iced tea makers can brew a drink that lasts longer and can be kept at the right temperature in the fridge.
If you want to drink hot tea, you don’t have to worry too much about this, but if iced tea is your preference, look for a specific iced tea maker. The Takeya Iced Tea Maker is an example of a product that can brew hot and cold tea. It is a very simple tea maker, but if you want to cool the tea, you just need to brew until it is half full and then fill the rest with ice to cool it instantly.
There are some tea makers with very simple and basic features. This could be ideal for you, if you just want to brew tea in larger quantities than making simple cups of tea. However, many of the tea makers on the market are becoming “smart” and including extra tech and features. The ICOOKPOT Multi-Use Electric Kettle has 16 different smart settings and allows you to do lots of different things that mean you don’t have to use an oven or other appliances. You can do things like cook eggs within, heat baby food and milk and brew tea of course.
Other extra features include timers. An automatic timer is a great feature as you can set it to brew your tea when you are ready. The Brewista BATK12S01-NA is an example of a product with an automatic start function.
As the features and functionality of tea makers varies so much, the prices can vary massively, too. You should decide on your budget before buying. Simple, manual modes are brilliant if you want to save some money. The Kamjove Press Art Tp-200 is an example of a tea maker that is good value for money. It doesn’t cost the earth, but the features and functions are pretty impressive.
An electric model can cost over $100 if it has a lot of features and functions. Alternatively, you can find tea makers and tea making products that are well under $30. It depends on what you are looking for. These products can be a long term investment. It is worth buying a well-made tea maker so that you can make it last, making the value for money far better.
How to maintain a tea maker
When you have bought your tea maker you should keep it in the best possible condition! Luckily, many of the options are pretty simple to clean.
Some tea makers can go in the dishwasher (obviously, electric models can’t be totally submerged in water and shouldn’t go in the dishwasher). The GROSCHE Aberdeen Perfect Tea Maker is a product you can use the dishwasher to clean.
It is important that you don’t use brushes or abrasive cleaning products to wash your tea maker. Instead, rinse with soap and hot water. You should also use soft clothes to wash down the actual container that the tea is brewed within.
Maintaining a tea maker doesn’t have to be particularly difficult, but it is important that you rinse and wash quickly after brewing. Tea can dry on and prove to be a hotspot for mold if you don’t look after your tea maker.
This is a subjective thing. Some people have different preferences, but for commercial use, we recommend getting tea makers that have a large capacity. Also, if you are going to be using it constantly in a commercial setting, you need something easy to clean. Look out for tea makers that have dishwasher safe functionality so you can wash quickly in a commercial kitchen.
Usually, a product is either a hot tea or an ice tea maker, there’s rarely the option to do either. If the product is advertised as being for iced tea, then don’t try and brew hot tea unless it says you can. If you do, you can risk damage. Some of the materials used for the tea makers can be damaged or compromised by warm temperatures.
Tea makers need to be cleaned after each use, even if you are just washing with soapy water and then rinsing out, you shouldn’t let stale tea build up inside the tea maker. If you do, you may end up becoming unwell, or staining the product with tea around the outside. if this happens, it won’t look very good in your kitchen at all.
We’ve named the Hiware Good Glass Teapot as our editor’s choice among best tea makers. This product is made out of excellent materials, and it can heat quickly. The capacity is good for a few people to enjoy cups of tea. Also, it is microwave safe unlike some of the other options, so you can quickly brew up to 0.8L of tea. We’ve given it a rating of 9.9/10.
The Mr. Coffee Tea Maker is our value pick. It is especially good for people who love both tea and coffee as it can brew either depending on what you want to drink. It has a very large capacity, so you can brew large batches and it is even suitable for use in a commercial setting. It represents good value for money and has a rating of 9.8/10.
The Kamjove Press Art Tp-200 is our budget pick. It is one of the most affordable tea makers you can buy, and it still offers plenty of quality. It also has a valve to control the flow and this helps you to avoid any sort of spillages that can be an issue with other tea makers. We’ve rated it 9.7/10.