Tea is often overlooked as a wonder drink due to the much more popular and much more immediately-effective coffee. But tea has been drunk for thousands of years and has a rich history of doing a lot of good that coffee, juice and supposed health drinks cannot hold a candle to. If you’ve ever spend time in England or China then you no doubt understand the culture around tea brewing and this culture has permeated around the world and transformed into a phenomenon. If you have been searching for the perfect cup of tea but haven’t had yet found tools to achieve it, we’ve compiled this list of the best tea makers for you to finally get what you’ve been searching for.
The Best Tea Makers
Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
Our selection for the best choice when it comes to an automatic tea maker, the world famous Breville brand has brought you convenience, simplicity and effectiveness all in one handy and helpful little product.
Brewing good tea, and we mean good tea not just dropping a tea bag into a mug and waiting is an art form in of itself. You need to get the steeping temperature right, you need to let the leaves breathe, you need to take the tea bag out at the right time. It sounds simple but there is a lot more science behind it than you might expect.
Tea basket cycle – Auto lowers and lifts
Brushed stainless steel construction materials
60 minute keep-warm feature
Clear LCD Timer interface
- Weight6.6 pounds
Gourmia Digital Electric Tea Maker
Gourmia Digital Electric Tea Kettle features a plunging chamber to get the best and most delicious tea that you have previously only tasted in your dreams. An electric tea maker that is simple to use to save you frustration after a long day, it has all of the tools for a great tea maker.
As well as performing to a high standard, it also looks good and is convenient for you with a cordless carry feature meaning you can bring it to and from the kitchen without fumbling about with cables. The water also boils quickly so you can turn it on as soon as you get back from work and have it all ready for you by the time you have gotten out of those work clothes and into something less restrictive.
Keep-warm function up to two hours
Easy to use 4 button operation
Plunging chamber for complete infusion
- Weight3.32 pounds
Comfee Temperature Control Electric Infuser Tea Maker
Constructed using glass, the Comfee does everything you could need an electric tea maker to do. It is a great infuser that comes with quality design and can actually be submerged in water for the best steeping possible.
The machine is fast acting, boiling a gallon of water in five minutes to save you time in sharing out your love for tea with friends and family. It also comes with controllable temperature, found on the handle instead of a podium, that is perhaps the main feature of this product. It also gives you the chance to select between Fahrenheit and Celsius, if you are more inclined either way.
Digital control handle
Auto-shut off and boil dry protection
Clear water measurement on durable glass
- Weight3.45 pounds
Black Teavana Perfect Tea Maker
Perfect Tea Maker is a big claim, but Teavana’s product is great for tea-purists who love their loose-leaf beverages and harks back to a simpler time in the world of tea making. This is achieved through a drain mechanism that strains the tea for the best and most authentic flavor all the while coming at a great price and is without all of those buttons, switches and cords that can get in the way with electric hot tea makers.
So this is not electric, but that’s okay. It still does the job and is so simple to use you might even find yourself making tea accidentally. The jug is made of plastic and comes with a four piece instruction manual for info on how to clean it. Like a lot about this tea maker, it is simple and straightforward.
Patented drain mechanism
Easy to clean and reassemble
Efficient and simple use
Ideal for loose-leaf tea
- Weight13.1 ounces
This heat-resistant teapot both looks good and brews great. Its design can inspire memories of grandma’s house while its stainless steel infuser brings a touch of convenience to the table. It is made from durable borosilicate glass that might appear lightweight and fragile upon first glance, but will actually withstand any (okay most) clumsiness.
Camellia Teapot is a great choice for fans of herbal tea and will hold more than two mugs, which is excellent for the tea fanatics out there (and why would you be reading this if you were not one?) and it can also be placed over a hot stove to boil the water without worrying about cracking if you need to heat it up, to ensure that you can warm your tea to your heart’s content without worrying about losing a fresh brew all over the stove.
Full flavor brewing
Dishwasher safe for cleaning
- BrandWillow & Everett
- Weight1.2 pounds
Gourmia Electric Square Coffee And Tea Maker
What am I even looking at? is what you might be asking right now. We know Gourmia Electric Square looks more like a wifi router but it is in fact an electric tea maker (that doubles as a coffee maker for those groggy early mornings). That is not a photograph on the side either but the brewer itself, and it comes with 4 pre-programmed brewing settings for your convenience.
The chamber is constructed of both glass and stainless steel to provide the most durable product possible and is designed with iTea Boil to Brew technology which delivers unparalleled results every single time for loose leaf brews.
iTea Boil to Brew technology
Pure and clear brew chamber
- Weight5.17 pounds
KitchenAid Electric Glass Tea Kettle
Our premium choice is KitchenAid’s 1.5 liters of brilliance. The glass is premium Schott DURAN glass that can withstand bumps, high heats and general wear and tear way longer than your average jug. It comes with 5 specialty tea settings that have been designed to preserve each tea’s flavor and aromas which will give your nose an idea of what that first cup of tea smelt like all those thousands of years ago.
KitchenAid Electric Glass will also keep your tea warm if you have drank so much that you need just a little break and will quietly boil in minutes if you are on the impatient side while still delivering great tasting tea every time.
5 specialty tea settings
Remove stainless steel seeper to boil water for other uses
Durable glass construction
Keep-warm function up to 30 minutes
- Weight4.2 pounds
Brewista Smart Brew Automatic Tea Kettle
A stylish and effective tea kettle that will suit any modern kitchen anywhere in the world. Brewista Smart Brew comes with programmable settings to arrange your first cup in the morning the night before and has a large water capacity that allows for more tea for longer.
There is also a keep warm option that allows you to leave your brewed tea at 160 F for you to return to later while you get out the for the day, but this does not affect the taste and will guarantee a quality cup of tea every time.
Programmable settings for next day
Customizable steep times
Precise digital temperature
1.2 liter capacity
- Weight4 ounces
Chefman Electric Glass Digital Kettle w/ Free Infuser
Precise and fast, Chefman’s Electric Glass Digital kettle comes with a number of features that put it into serious consideration for the best electric tea maker on this list. It comes with variable temperature settings to brew your cup to your preferred style every time and this setting increases by 10 degree (F) for the most precise boil possible.
It is easy to read with a visible LED screen that is based on the podium instead of the handle as seen with other electric tea makers, and its free tea infuser means that loose leaf fans have something to look forward to.
Versatile for iced-tea, coffee and tea
10 degree increments for unrivalled precision
Easy to clean
Fast boiling for quicker tea
- ModelElectric Glass Digital Tea Kettle
- Weight2.3 pounds
Grosche Madrid French Press Coffee and Tea Maker
The Grosche French Press is a great little product that has been designed with excellent care and attention to detail to make it a nice little addition to any kitchen. It looks good, fits comfortably on either shelf, cupboard or counter and is lightweight enough to move around without risking spills, even when full.
Even though it is primarily a coffee maker, but can still be used for making tea if that is your preferred drink and can be used with loose leaves for a more authentic experience. It comes with a double filter found on both the lid and the press function that will leave your drink hotter for longer.
Double filter at lid and press
Multi-purpose for different drinks
Sophisticated and modern design
Durable and reliable constructed material for long-lasting use
- Weight1.65 pounds
Tea Maker Buying Guide & FAQ
How We Chose Our Selection of Tea Makers
We all know that people can get very serious about their tea, so we’ve done our absolute best to identify the best tea maker on the market. There were a lot of options to choose from, so we sat down, really thought about it, and based our decision on 4 key points that everybody should consider when they are thinking about buying anything at all.
Quality - The quality of both the product and whatever it is designed to do is something that you must consider when doing your research. Buying an inferior product might save you some cash at the time, but can end up being a very expensive purchase if the wiring is faulty or it breaks almost immediately.
We want you to have access to the best tea maker machine that you can get your hands on and so for us quality is the primary factor we look for when choosing out lists. With so many products that are so similar it is often a very tight race between products but in the end superior quality will always win.
Reviews - People who have experienced the product first hand are the most helpful people in the world when we are trying to make difficult selection decisions. With products that have hundreds if not thousands of reviews, they can often mean the difference between making the list and missing out.
Reviews are also helpful because there will always be at least one person who identifies something that we had not considered. These types of reviews are crucial in narrowing down our lists and separating the best from the rest.
Brand - Well known brands are often the go-to for anyone who just casually wants to buy a product of any kind because they have bought into the hype that surrounds them. Many brands are famous because they deliver great products but others are still around only due to their reputation. We get that this is sometimes the case, and while they might have good products, there could still be something even better out there.
We also don’t want to fill our lists with a major bias towards just one brand, so we do our best to look at a wide range of brands on the market that produce similar products and pick out what we believe demonstrates a variety of options for you to choose from.
Price - We don’t want you to waste your money on expensive products that might break immediately so we try to find products that are offered at a decent and affordable price while still providing decent quality. We know that not everyone has the money to splurge on the most expensive brands so looking for middle-range products is something we strive to do so that we don’t alienate our readers who will see high prices for everyday objects and immediately click off.
There are some people who will only buy the most expensive products for anything, but the majority of the world is not like that. We hope that there is enough variety and range on our list so that anybody could read it and decide to buy one of the products listed.
Features To Look For In Tea Makers
If you are interested in purchasing a tea maker for your home or have been tasked with identifying a tea maker for the office but you have absolutely no idea what to look for, have no fear. To make life easier for you (and potentially make you the hero of the fourth floor break room) we have compiled a quick little list of things to consider and features to look out for in tea makers to help you make the best decision.
Capacity - This is a big thing when it comes to any kind of beverage maker. You don’t want to have to refill your tea brewer every half an hour, so finding one with an ample capacity that means you can sip on your tea and laze the afternoon away without getting up is crucial.
Easy-to-Use - The simplicity of the operations can completely transform your enjoyment of the tea maker. If a product claims to have all these cool, fancy gadgets but you don’t know how to use them it will end up being a complete waste of money. While there might be cheaper, more modest and less exciting models out there, if they are easy to use, then you have a winner.
Temperature Control - Being able to control the temperature of the brewer will allow you to keep it warm if you like to leave it sitting for a while to really get all the flavor out. Conversely, it also gives you the chance to lower the temperature if you have taken one sip and, like a hipster who ate their pizza before it was cool, ended up burning your mouth.
Electric / Non-electric - An electric tea maker is more efficient, it will brew the tea faster and is better for the environment. However, the electric option takes away a lot of the enjoyment from the whole brewing process and feels a bit too 20th century for some. If you want to embrace the history and tradition of tea brewing then a non-electric product is the way forward, if you like your tea hot and fast and now, then go for electric.
Materials - The materials that is is made out of can affect its usability. Low quality materials make it susceptible to being easily damaged and could cause you problems with the quality of the tea. You also need to be be sure that you won’t get hurt or injured due to these shoddy materials. When looking for the best tea brewer, consider seeking out ones that only use the best materials in their construction.
Durability - The longer it lasts the more you will get out of it. A tea machine is something that you can easily become attached to (as strange as that might sound), so you will be heartbroken on the day that it breaks. To avoid this for as long as possible, seek out a product that has been proven to last a long time.
Design - This isn’t always a massive deal but you don’t want some ugly, cumbersome product lurking in your kitchen all year-round. You might not care about the design at first but it can impact your enjoyment of the product, especially if it turns out to be an eyesore. It’s design also determines how easily it can be stored. Something with a lot of knobs, cables and handles will be much more difficult to store away than something sleek and compact.
Tea Maker FAQ
Q: What is a Tea Maker?
A: A tea maker is a machine that makes tea and is sometimes called an infuser. Do not get it confused with a person who makes tea, who is typically called a tea sommelier, someone who specialized in tea. Back in the day, people would simply boil a kettle and place the tea leaves in it to let them steep.
But, technology is ever advancing and now we have actual dedicated machines to do all of the hard work for us. They might not be as quaint as your grandmother’s old kettle complete with garish tea cosy, but they certainly make the whole process much quicker.
Q: How do you clean a Tea Maker?
A: Before doing anything, ensure that the contents have fully cooled as you do not want burned fingertips the one time you actually decide to do something around the house. When you are sure everything is cooled down, you can start disassembling it for a more simple clean up.
You can use warm water and soap to clean the filter and get rid of any rogue leaves that have gotten wedged in the gaps. This can be done by placing it under the warm tap and scrubbing or using a basin to clean. Some products will be dishwasher safe, but be sure to check the instructions.
When you are satisfied, leave them to dry and make sure they have completely dried before reassembling, you don’t want your tea to taste like Lemon Zest washing up liquid, do you?
We shouldn’t have to say it but just to be sure: be careful that the power cable and other electronic components do not get submerged in water or you’re likely to get quite the shock and risk damaging both yourself, the mains and your nice new tea maker machine.
Q: When I am making a tea what measurement of tea should I use?
A: That is up to you. If you want your tea strong then the more teaspoons the better. If you prefer weaker tea then obviously put less in. However, it will also depend on the size of the leaves. Bigger leaves will produce a stronger flavour, so it might take a bit of getting used to at first while you are still learning what measurements get the best results.
Q: Can I boil water in a Tea Maker?
A: Yes you can however, in traditional tea making practices the water was always boiled before being infused with the tea leaves. This was done to get rid of any bacteria or anything else that might make you sick. If you are impatient and like to get everything done at once, then by all means boil your water in the tea maker, but if you like to really get all the potential flavours then boil water first and then add it to the tea maker to get the best tea experience.
Q: Does it matter if I buy a steel or plastic Tea Maker?
A: A steel tea maker will last you longer as the water jug has less chance of deteriorating over time and will be easier to clean. However, plastic tea makers are typically less expensive so if you want long lasting then go with steel, if you are looking for a cheap option then plastic is the way forward. It is all down to ability and preference.
Q: How do I make the perfect cup of hot tea?
A: Everyone has their own definition of perfect, so perfect for you might not be perfect for somebody else. If you are buying a team maker, then you probably have a decent idea of what you consider to be the perfect cup of tea, so it is really just a matter of getting to grips with the tea brewer and finding out how to achieve your ideal tea.
If you have guests, then they can try out theirs too and soon you will be able to create the perfect cup of tea for anyone who asks whenever they come around.
Q: What type of tea is best for making hot tea?
A: Literally whatever tea you prefer is the best tea. There are so many different teas out there that you are very much spoiled for choice. To get started, explore some of the more popular teas to find your regular brew and then you can think about branching out into more experimental flavours.