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- High quality (4)
- Anytime (8)
- Evening (3)
- Gifts (3)
- Tea Body:
- Medium (3)
- Reviewer Profile:
- Tea enthusiast (18), Health conscious (9), Health nut (5), High-end shopper (4)
Most Liked Positive Review
Can't go wrong
I had the old version that was Swiss gold and plastic. It was great at keeping sediments out of my cup of tea. Until I killed it in the garbage disposal. Oops. They...Read complete review
I had the old version that was Swiss gold and plastic. It was great at keeping sediments out of my cup of tea. Until I killed it in the garbage disposal. Oops. They have since replaced that model with this all silver model. I was cautious at first because I didn't know if the mesh would be fine enough or the cap would be tight enough. Thankfully it is. I use this at work. I get a cup of hot water from the dispenser, drop the tea into the ball and the ball into the water. The chain makes it easy to retrieve. I pull the ball out and place it on a plate. After I've finished my cup (usually hours later) I resteep the wet tea in the tea ball. I drink black and mate, so they can take it. I leave it to dry overnight, tap out the old leaves, rinse it out and do it again the next day. I add sugar after pulling out the ball because I'm afraid sugar and honey will gunk up the holes. I admit I don't always remember to clean up my cup immediately. For that I like the stainless steel because it seems more sanitary than plastic. Esp for the health conscious afraid of heat and plastic being mixed in food. The container is roomy about 1.5" at bottom, about 2" at top and a little less than 3" tall. The botoom also has three nubby feet to help it stand upright on the plate. I think the 13 bucks is well worth it and I couldn't find it any cheaper. Works for me! Perhaps in the future, not so good for my garbage disposal though...
Most Liked Negative Review
Whoever designed this should be fired
The whole reason of buying a tea ball with laser-drilled holes is to use it with very small-leaf teas. Why on earth they added holes on the top that are 10x larger than the...Read complete review
The whole reason of buying a tea ball with laser-drilled holes is to use it with very small-leaf teas. Why on earth they added holes on the top that are 10x larger than the laser holes is beyond me. The tea floats right on out of the top holes and effectively makes this useless for teas with small particles.
Reviewed by 28 customers
- 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.
I was given one of these as a Christmas gift a few years ago, and have found the perfect use for this nifty tea ball for my own uses.
I brew sun tea at least once a week in a gallon-sized clear carafe. The neck of the carafe is just wide enough to rest the tea ball without it sinking to the bottom, and the top of the tea ball is at the top of the water level.
This way, I can brew excellent sun tea using this tea ball and my favorite loose leaf teas. Because of my unique use of the tea ball, I don't experience any of the smaller tea particles drifting out of the air holes at the top of the tea ball.
The best way to use this thing is to perch it so the air holes are near the top level of your water. It's usually tall enough to fit inside a whole mug (unless you use jumbo mugs!)
The chain is perfect for wrapping around the mug's handle if you have to keep it floating. Same with bigger tea pots.
Don't swish it around or let it tip onto its side, that will cause the unwanted tea particles to come out.
And so what if tea particles end up in your tea? If you let them settle, they shouldn't bother you until you get to the bottom of your cup. Try doing some tea leaf readings from them maybe!
I've used both fine mate and loose tea leaves in this tea ball, and have never had much trouble! The people giving this a one star rating are being dramatic. This is my favorite tea ball and would highly reccomend it!
- Fits In Other Tumblers
- High Quality
I bought the perfect tea ball infuser when I lost the infuser of one of my tumblers and when i did not found another one like it.
It fits which is great.
Also i have had other infusers, always too small to actually let the tea leaves and fruits expand.
I also love the fact that i can make more than 1 cup at once with it.
- Hard to open
I bought this tea infuser a few weeks ago because it looked like it would be easier to clean than my current mesh strainer. The holes are fairly small so, to me, it doesn't steep as fully as other steepers. The bottom doesn't have any holes, so it normally doesn't drip a lot when you remove it from water, but because of that, I feel like small particulates don't steep into the water. The strainer is easier to clean because leaves don't get caught in the mesh, which is great. The main negative thing about it is the lid. The lid is very hard to open once it's closed. The infuser doesn't drip much but when you are trying to open the lid, believe me, it will. Today, it took me quite a while to get it to open, and that's what made me write this review.
I actually own Teavana's Perfect Teamaker and it is my go-to way of making my tea, however since coming to college and living in a community style bathroom, it would make it difficult to pour the leaves out into the sinks without annoying my hall mates. I decided to purchase this ball strainer for convenience purposes, but I have been disappointed thus far. Not only do the leaves of my tea slip through the holes at the top of the lid, the tea takes a while to actually seep through and make the water flavorful. Also, since the entire product is made of metal, it gets extremely hot. It is a pain in the butt when the chain accidentally falls in the cup of hot tea and you have to get it out somehow. If only there was some way to make this product a little more convenient than it is.
- Easy to clean
- Keeps Tea In
- Stainless Steel
- Well Built
Great tea ball. Sturdy, easy to open, large enough for cup, mug, or pot. I use at least twice daily. The holes on the top are to allow the air to escape. Unless you grind your tea into powder this is the tea ball to use. I have no idea why some one would criticize for the small holes on top. They are not large and let it sink fast. It is not advertized as a ball for finely ground powder. It is the best tea ball I could find anywhere. I have three. JD
As a first time tea drinker I asked for brewing advice from the store clerk. She was very friendly and helped me find everything, including the teaball.
The ultra fine perforations do not allow a lot of water flow but, they do contain the fine tea leaves. Unfortunately the construction of the teaball creates large holes on the top and bottom of the teaball where the filter sheet joins the frame allowing even large pieces to leave the teaball.
The lid of the teaball also contains larger holes than the filter sheet. It does not fit that well and can be difficult to close and open.
- Doesn't Allow Tea To Esca
- Easy to clean
- Keeps Tea Inside
This is a great infuser! I like it better than the Perfect Tea Maker because it's a lot easier to empty/clean. I find it keeps the leaves from escaping better than any other ball infuser I've tried. The only thing that sometimes happens if when I lift it up out of the tea after it's done infusing, if I haven't twisted the lid on properly, it comes off without the bottom of the infuser and the rest of the infuser falls back into the tea and allows the leaves to escape. So be sure to tighten the top properly and you'll be fine!
This tea ball infuser has it's ups and downs. Overall, once I figured out how to get the best use of it, I can't really complain.
First off, on the side of the box it does say you can use it for cups, mugs, and tea pots. Not sure why some reviewers only think you can use it tea pots….
So, I purchased this to use in mugs for teas that I steep multiple times. This keeps my other Teavana tea maker free for when I want a different kind of tea.
The holes at the top do allow small tea particles to come out. This happened when I tried to steep the Pumpkin Spice Brûlée tea. However, the tea ball is great with large leaf tea like Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Peals. I get like 3 steeps out of the Jasmine tea anyway, and that was the purpose of buying the tea ball. I steep, let it cool down, and then put the ball into a plastic bag, and in the fridge it goes until my next cup of tea.
Design - Very durable. The top twists and locks in place. I love how large it is. Enough room for large tea leaves to unfurl.
Tip: Steep teas for an additional 30 seconds. ---- I notice this ball doesn't really steep the tea as well as the tea makers. So I started steeping teas for 30 seconds longer with the ball, and the results are great.
All that said, it's not a tea ball I would recommend to anyone. The fact that small tea leaves can get out is proof of a poor design. I should be able to steep any tea I want. Not just large tea leaves.
- High Quality
- Smooth Body
- Unique Flavor Profile
- Medicinal Purposes
I drink tea, hot or room temperature and I also combine about 30 herbs for a herbal tea, another 10 for an evening or sleepy time tea. This is a great tes ball for "the pot" as the description says. I hated using the split balls and trying to close them with both sides full of tea and this has eliminated the problem. Also it is durable and easy to clean.
- Tea Body:
- Tea Flavor:
- Citrusy, Fruity, Spicy, Vegetal