A Quick Guide to Choosing the Right Teapot

Ceramic Stump TeapotThe holiday season is fast approaching, and what better gift to give your favorite tea lover than a high-quality, well-selected teapot? You could just buy whatever’s on sale and call it a day, or you could do a little research and get just the right teapot for your tea enthusiast to make that perfect cup of tea. Kick-start your search right here with our teapot selection guide!

So Many Teapots, So Little Time

In your quest for the perfect teapot, you’re likely to encounter an incredible variety of styles and materials suited to different needs. While there are many compelling reasons to buy one teapot or another, we believe that the material the teapot is made from is among the most important.

The table below gives a quick overview of the pros and cons of most common teapot materials:

Teapot Material Pros Cons
Glass Teapots Clear glass allows for excellent visibility when brewing teas that have blooming flowers or stylish leaves unfurling. Glass teapots can require a more delicate touch, particularly if they’re not of the tougher borosilicate variety.  Often less-than-ideal heat retention.
Ceramic Teapots Ceramic teaware offers higher heat retention than many other materials. Also, glazed ceramic teapots don’t absorb flavors, so you can brew various teas with a single teapot. None!
Porcelain Teapots Like general ceramic teaware, porcelain teapots don’t absorb flavors, so you can brew various teas with a single teapot. Due to its poor heat retention, porcelain teaware is not ideal for teas requiring high heat (most black teas, some herbals, etc.).
Clay Teapots
(aka Yixing Teapots)
With repeated use, unglazed, porous clay teapots take on the flavors of the teas you brew, enhancing the infusion. Because they absorb flavors over time, making different types of teas in clay teaware is not recommended.
Cast Iron Teapots Cast iron teapots retain heat very well, so they’re great for brewing teas requiring high heat (most black teas, some herbals, etc.), and it keeps you tea piping hot for hours. Cast iron teapots can be heavy and can be difficult to handle. Also, it can be easy to over steep your tea if no infuser is used. Lastly, the iron can influence the taste of the tea if not enamel-coated.

Hopefully, this mini-guide will help you seek out the perfect teapot. Of course, you can feel free to continue your search by browsing our teaware collection on the Arbor Teas website.

November 11 2010 12:05 am | Tea Preparation and Teaware

One Response to “A Quick Guide to Choosing the Right Teapot”

  1. Danielle N. on 18 Jan 2011 at 8:23 am #

    I am so glad I upgraded to a For Life glass teapot (32 oz). The size is perfect for two people and the strainer sits not too far from the bottom. Above it is mentioned that they are not as good at heat retention, but the felted tea cozy I made keeps the tea PIPING hot for an hour or so.

    I think my favorite thing about the glass teapot is the color of the tea. I love holding it up to the light an marveling at the rich tones.

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