Perfect Tea Ball
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- High quality (7)
- Convenient (5)
- Easy to clean (3)
- Easy to use (3)
- Anytime (11)
- Evening (4)
- Gifts (4)
- Afternoon (3)
- Morning (3)
- Tea Body:
- Medium (3)
- Reviewer Profile:
- Tea enthusiast (22), Health conscious (12), Health nut (5), High-end shopper (5)
Reviewed by 37 customers
- Easy to clean
- Good Size
- High Quality
I found this tea ball great for making tea with, it gets the job done and is very easy to clean. I also like how it is bigger than normal tea balls so the leaves have room to expand and that it is sturdier than mesh tea balls.
I never had problems with tea leaves floating out of the tiny holes in the top (holes the size of those in a salt shaker), or stuck in any hidden cracks in the bottom. Traditional tea balls have had the same holes for generations, so making teas in this one shouldn't be a problem.
I also never had any issues opening the tea ball. You do need to turn a bit before you open it because there are grooves to lock the lid into place.
Overall, I'm satisfied with my purchase, I do wish it would be a bit cheaper though.
- Easy to use
- High Quality
- After Meals
- Dessert Tea
- Medicinal Purposes
Absolutely love this thing!!! Best idea someones had in a long time. When I was looking at reviews for different infusers and things I read a bunch of the reviews to see how people liked it, and saw a bunch of negative reviews highlighting two main complaints:
- Tea leaves come out of the larger holes in the top,and
- People can't get the lid off
I'll comment on these in order.
First, the tea leaf thing. Yes, the holes on the lid are quite a bit larger than the ones on the side (you can see that in the picture). However, this product is not designed to be fully submerged in your hot water. There is a chain connected to the lid with a little hook on the end (that DOES fit into the chain links) that you are supposed to use to secure your tea ball to the top of the water line. Keep the lid, with it's larger holes, above the water and you wont have a problem with even the finest teas.
Second, the lid. The lid is not hard to remove. You cannot see it in the picture, but on oppisite side of the lid are little indents near the rim. These slid into the grooves on the basket to lock the lid into place. You slide those notches straight down and then turn with the grooves to lock the lid so the basket doesn't fall off in the water. I don't know what people have been doing with these things, but as long as you close it properly it opens back up just fine.
I will admit, you do need to pull a tad to get the lid up and off. This is because the hot water causes the thin metal of the ball to expand and get tight to the lid. It will shrink back down and be loose again once it cools.
I honestly don't know why people find it so challenging. It works great and if you are partial to rock sugar in your tea there is plenty of room to toss that in the ball too so it can disolve while your tea brews.
Absolutely love it.
- Tea Body:
- Tea Flavor:
- Depends On The Tea
- Large Volume
- Small holes
- None I Can Think Of
I dunno what type of tea people are brewing, but for my purposes this tea infuser is the best one I've ever used. The holes on the body are very small, and even the ones on the lid are much too small for leaves to float out of the chamber. The volume allows my tea to expand. A perfect steep every time with this tea ball!
I almost let the other reviews about the holes on top being too big persuade me from buying this product. I'm glad I ignored them. The holes are tiny. I don't know what kind of powdered tea these people are using but it must be very fine. I use this for your common loose leaf tea and it works great. It is pretty big so I wouldn't recommend it if you want to use it in small mugs.
I agree with the other reviews that the size of the holes in the lid makes this product useless. All the tea leaves escape through there, ruining my tea. If they want to keep selling this, they really need to fix that.
And yes, it is also incredibly hard to open.
- Laser Cut Holes
- Solid Steel Sides
- Impervious Bottom
- Non-laser Cut Holes
What I like about this tea ball are the laser cut holes that are truly microscopic. I also like the fact that they are on a wall of solid metal instead of cumbersome meshes. However, there are some major design flaws as others have pointed out. The biggest design flaw are the holes on the lid. They are about 10 times bigger than the laser cut ones, which somewhat defeats the purpose of the laser cut ones along the sides. The tea leaves just float to the top and escapes. The second design flaw is the fact that the bottom doesn't contain any holes for the flavour to go through the bottom. This necessitates bobbing the tea ball, which from the first flaw, causes tea leaves to escape.
Another flaw are the joints. The wrapping of the steel may cause leaves to get trapped. I haven't encountered this problem just yet, but I expect it to happen through prolonged usage.
I have had no problems getting the lid on and off as others pointed out. Perhaps the fitting varies on each unit.
I have recently quit coffee and decided to start drinking tea, which is healthier, more economical, and has more variety.
I have used the tea ball daily since September 1, 2014 and I'm continuing to use it daily.
- High Quality
- Won't Open
- Once Forever
I bought this today because a friend recommended it to me. I used it to brew tea for me and my boyfriend. The tea turned out very well and was very delicious. Unfortunately, I cannot open up the Teaball to empty out the leaves and clean it. No matter what I try, it refuses to open. I feel like I'll never get another use out of it, and I'm frustrated that I bought something that I feel like I'll have to pitch because it's not convenient to open. (I've been trying for fifteen straight minutes and still no luck.) I can't recommend this to a friend because I don't want them to stress out about not being able to open something they were told would be good for their tea experience.
I purchased this because it was advertised as having laser cut holes to hold in tea particles, but some idiot decided to bore holes in the lid that are roughly 10x the size of the laser-drilled holes on the sides. Rooibos leaves simply float out the top of the lid unless you brew only half a cup at a time. What a waste of money!!!
I am an avid tea drinker and absolutely love Teavana. They're teas are amazing and I use a number of products I've purchased their. I bought this to use at work because it wasn't convenient for me to use an infuser pitcher or anything bulky like that. I have no good place to wash it at work and it's cumbersom to travel with. I've used a lot of different tea infusers over the years and this one is absolutely terrible. The holes at the top leak leaf particles like crazy, it's too bulky, and worst of all...the lid is soooo hard to get off! I have had to ask co-workers to help me because the lid sticks and you can't twist it to pull it back off after using. Sometimes we get it off only to have wet tea fly all over our desks. I'm shopping for a new infuser ball right away!
- Works For Large Leaves
- Holes And Slits
All of these tea balls were defective in the store, and the design itself has major flaws. Every single one I took out the box had a slit along the bottom where the metal wraps around the bottom piece, large enough to allow a Dragonwell leaf to slide through and get stuck. Hard to see unless you hold it up to a light. Also, there's a large opening at the top that holds the chain that can allow floating bits to come out. Overall bad design flaws and cheap defects ruin what could have been a "real" perfect tea ball. I'll check the store again in a year to see if they worked out these kinks.