Best Tea Steepers Picked by a Tea Sommelier

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Looking to buy a tea steeper that dispenses tea from the bottom? Here are my picks and tips on how to find the right one for you.

Tea Steeper

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Bottom Dispensing Tea Steepers

These ingenious tea steepers that release tea from the bottom make it easy to make 1-2 cups of tea at a time.

It steeps and strains tea in one mess-free contraption.

What to Look for When Buying a Tea Steeper

  • Glass container
    Finding one made of glass is tricky since most bottom dispensing tea steepers are made of plastic. I always prefer glass over plastic since they don’t hold onto any odors.
  • Size
    It’s best not to leave tea leaves sitting in hot water since it’ll overbrew your tea and make it bitter. Find a steeper that is about the same size as your mug. Or can hold 2 cups if you’re brewing for two.
  • Removable parts for easy cleaning
    Little tea leaves can get caught in the dispenser so a removable filter is ideal.
  • Doesn’t drip
    Since the tea is dispensed from the bottom, you want to make sure there aren’t any drips and that the release seals tight. (OXO has one that looks great, but the reviews all say it leaks.)

My Pick for Best Tea Steeper:

GROSCHE Perfect Tea Maker

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17.7 oz. tea steeper that’s made of 100% USA Tritan material, a BPA-free plastic. The stainless steel strainer can be removed for easy cleaning.
Tealyra leafTEA MAKER

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18.5 oz. steeper also made with 100% BPA-free Tritan material. Stainless steel strainer can be removed for cleaning.
VAHDAM Imperial Tea Maker

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Makes 16 oz. of tea (2 cups) and is also of BPA-free Tritan.
Primula Bottom Dispensing Tea Maker

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The only tea steeper I was able to find that’s made of glass and stainless steel. Holds 24 oz. but has indicators to show how much water to add for each cup.

Questions You May Have

How do I use it?

Lift the top lid and put in tea and hot water and steep. Place the tea steeper on top of a cup and the release valve will pour tea from the bottom of the tea steeper directly into the cup, straining out the tea leaves. Lift the tea steeper off the cup (or switch off a lever) to stop the tea from flowing. No drips!

Can I make only hot tea in this?

You can make hot or iced tea in a tea steeper. (Especially cold brewed tea.) You can also make hot or cold brewed coffee in this too!

Does a tea steeper come with a cup or a mug?

No, none of the ones listed above come with a cup or a mug. You should be able to use the ones you already have.

Can I put this on the stovetop?

Nope, the tea steeper is meant to be used for steeping tea only. Water should be heated separately.

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