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Can anyone recommend a good tea pot?

i have bought quite a number of teapots and can not find one that is easy to pour or the handle does not get hot!

Any suggestions?


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  1. Definitely check out the British-made Brown Betty!! I don't know where you're located, but I've seen them at various kitchen and department stores in Canada.

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    1. re: littlegreenpea

      Alas, even here Brown Betties are getting harder to find. Indeed the best teapots. Brown Betty is not a brand, but a generic term for "bog standard", everyday teapots made of red clay from Stoke-on-Trent. The ones shown on this site http://www.englishteastore.com/brbete... are perfectly plain, but the versions we find here usually have a band in a contrasting colour around them. I have one with yellow dots! I love her very much and hope she lives a long time...

      So many modern teapots don't pour properly...

    2. My Chatsford teapots (I have several) are excellent...handle doesn't get hot...easy to pour...easy to clean...doesn't drip...


      I also love my Bodum teapot ... also doesn't get hot handle, no drip, easy to pour, etc. etc

      amazon.com sells them....

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      1. re: fauchon

        I love my Chatsford teapot, I actually haven't used the Bodum (that I had liked until then) since I got a Chatsford. It keeps tea hot (with a handle that's safe to touch), pours perfectly... It's a stoneware one, which was made in England, but I think that they may have outsourced since then. Got mine from Upton as well.

        1. re: chokeartichoke

          With tea pots, I don't use the internal strainer--I just let the tea leaves loose inside for maximum infusion. So, for that use, I bought a Chatsford from Uptontea.com (guaranteed for 30 days). Lovingly used for 1.5 years until a crack developed along the side. I haven't necessarily heard that others have had a durability issue with the Chatsford. The Brown Betty is the standard and well recommended, but most reviews on Amazon insist you have to take good care of it, or it will crack easily--so I never bit the bullet there. I also got a Bee House tea pot (Japan) as a gift, and I have to admit it has been excellent, usable, and DURABLE for five years.

      2. I was on the same search last year and ended up biting the bullet and going with an electric one, because I too found it very difficult to find a teapot that seemed both reliable and comfortable to use. I got this model: http://www.amazon.com/Braun-WK200W-El...

        It looks better in person than it does in that picture - compact and sleek. It's easy to pour, heats up water much more quickly than the stove does, and the handle does not get hot and it feels very sturdy. And unlike some other electric kettles, it only has a 2-cup minimum as opposed to some where you need nearly a liter of water to be able to use it, so you don't feel like you're wasting water.

        Electric kettles are very popular in England. I understand the allure of a stovetop teapot, but don't count these things out either.

        **Edit: It occurred to me after reading the other replies that you might just be looking for something to brew the tea in, and not a kettle like I was talking about. The terms are interchangeable to me. Sorry if this wasn't what you were looking for, but maybe it'll be useful anyway.

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        1. re: magicmouse

          I have had the same Braun water heater that you have for a couple of years now, and I really like it. I use it everyday, a few times a day, and it does everything you say it does, magicmouse.

          If I were to buy another, similar appliance, I would look for one that has temperature settings for various teas: green, for example, would shut off at 160-170-ish, while black would shut off at a higher temperature. I know such an appliance exists, and it would greatly assist the tea-making process.

          With the Braun, initially I watched the various stages of water heating and then measured each stage with a thermometer so that I could get a feel for the visual (and audio) signs of each tea temperature. I have learned to watch the clear window for any sign of a near-boil; at this point, I remove it from the heat for green tea. For now, until this one fails, I find this appliance very useful.

        2. I have used several of the OXO models that have a heat proof handle. They come in bright colors and you open the spout by tilting up the handle on top as you lift it up. The handle NEVER gets hot. My only complaint is that it is an enamel coated aluminum, and it has chipped on my granite counter top, probably from setting it down a little to hard. I was recently inspired to try an electric kettle after a long thread that ended up talking about Russell Hobbs (it was called "I'm in love with my new tea kettle" on this cookware board). When I checked it out on the web, It turns out they don't sell any new RH, so the salesman called me back and recommended an electric Chef's Mate because it shares many of the parts of the original RH models. I bought it and love it. Nothing boils water faster, and it shuts of automatically versus just whistling away while my forgetful self has since decided to take the dog out for a walk. I have since retired the OXO, in spite of its beautiful orange color and super modern look, to the storage bay of my kitchen island.

          1. Found a Brown Betty! I'm not sure if there are issues with teapots being passed off as Brown Bettys, but hopefully this helps in some way: http://shopstashtea.com/teapots-teapo...

            1. I may be a bad citizen, but it works for me. After trying every kind of tea pot, every kind of tea cozy, every system, I finally landed on something unorthodox, perhaps, but each morning, the last cup of tea is just as good as the first cup because of this simple item: a thermos.

              I use a filter by Swiss Gold (I believe, but see photo below) that is long and narrow and fits into the thermos. I add loose leaf tea (and a dose of sugar) to the filter, fit it into the thermos, pour just-to-the-boil water into the filter (that is snug in the thermos), place a stone coaster over the filter to keep the heat in (since the thermos lid doesn't fit with the filter in place) and steep for five minutes. Then I remove the stone coaster, carefully remove the filter, pour my first cuppa, screw in the thermos stopper and lid, done. Open that thermos an hour or six later and steam still rises. Ahhhhh!

              1. After I broke my Chatsford teapot, which spout dripped maddeningly and which was not cheap, I happened to find a Chantal 92-TP11 1qt. teapot in a lovely gray blue. It has a shorter spout and a comfy handle, which I never have noticed getting too hot. I've used and broken a number of teapots over time, and I have several others sitting in a china cabinet. They are not as pleasant to use as my Chantal. I recommend it.

                1. When I got into tea I did research, and a lot of people recommended Bee House teapots. I bought one of the smaller ones, 3 cup I believe.

                  It works great. It is lovely to look at, doesn't drip when pouring, and the handle stays cool. There are a lot of imitators out there though that do not work as well.

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                  1. re: Becca Porter

                    Oh how wonderful to hear! I just broke my beloved Bee House salt box cooking this afternoon and, in ordering a new one, I was seduced into a large BH teapot to avoid a shipping charge. Yes, I know! I'm stoopid that way but I've always loved the sensuous shape of their ceramics.

                    So, my Saturn teapot is on its way to me and the prospects look good! ;>

                  2. I'm just an average husband so all you ladies out there can snicker and cast your condescending sneers elsewhere, but I have a longstanding average husband complaint. I prefer to drink tea. I wash my face in the morning and I have quick oatmeal laced with craisins to start the day off. In all of my 82 years, I have yet to find a decent teapot. My BW and I have tried just about everything that is on the market but none have been worth a darn. When we were first married, we used cheap aluminum teapots that worked for a year if we were lucky, and then they leaked. Other than that, they weren't bad, but I haven't seen them for sale for a long time. Since then, we have tried the ones that don't hold enough water, the ones that the handle gets hot, the ones that don't pour right, and the ones that spill all over the stove when the water boils.
                    Every morning I put a teabag and sweetener in a cup, and half a cup of quick oatmeal in a bowl. Then I fill both with the hot water left in the kettle after it boils all over the stove. If there's any left I pour it into the washbowl in the bathroom because our house is two story and we live mostly in the upper half. By the time the hot water gets up here from the water heater in the utility room I'd choose to face the world with an unwashed face.
                    I know I could divorce my wife and find one who gets up before I do to ease my entry into the harsh reality of daily living. I could sell this place and get a single story house. I could move downstairs and only come up for meals but the bedroom and kitchen is on the second floor.
                    Actually, there are lots of things I could do, but I'm used to the wife I have and I like my house and neighbors. All my problems could be solved if I could find a decent teapot.
                    Right now I'm thinking that an electric teapot with a separate heating unit that would keep a fair amount of water hot might be a solution​? In reading the comments here I see that I'm not the only one who has a teapot problem. Alternate suggestions or recommendations are welcome, but I don't live in England so a teapot that uses loose tea is not an option. Teabags may be uncivilized, but here in the colonies they're what we're used to.

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                    1. re: HeyUtwo

                      I have been using a Brentwood Electric kettle I purchased online somewhere, perhaps Amazon. It works quickly, keeps water warm for a while, easy to fill and pour, handle never gets hot. I use it throughout the day and can not imagine using anything else.

                      1. re: HeyUtwo

                        I can't tell from your post if you are wanting a teapot or a teakettle. Electric teakettles are pretty easy to find. I have an old Russell Hobbs that works fine, and it is good to use to make a teapot of tea. I don't make a teapot full of tea often anymore, so I simply boil a little water in a covered s/pan, and pour the water over a teabag in a mug. For a proper cup, you need to boil the water, and then pour the water over your chosen bags or loose tea. For steeping, a teapot is best. I posted about a teapot I recommend earlier in this thread. I've used many, many teapots over the years. The Chantal model I have has the comfiest handle and a reliable spout.

                        1. re: HeyUtwo

                          I'll reply to my own previous posting. I went to a kitchen supply place, and after I recovered from price sticker shock, I purchased a “Smart Kettle” model 688. It is supposed to be the most advanced item of its kind, like it allows one to set the temperature all the way up including rolling boil. When it reaches the temperature, it then goes into a holding mode (about 40 minutes) and a led flashes and the temperature is displayed to let you know. It even has beeps, but at my age, I can't hear beeps. I've tried it about four times and when I set it for 203 degrees in the morning and turn it on it works flawlessly. What's more, It is very well designed and holds about 8 cups. It is cordless, but it works from a base plate which has a cord. One might think that, since it is billed as an electronic device, it has no down side, but having retired from an occupation having to do with the maintenance and repair of electronic devices, I retain no such naivete. I am really fed up with poorly designed appliances, but I decided to give it a try and return it if was not satisfactory. I haven't yet returned it,(yet) but there is definitely a problem with it.
                          When one takes it off the base plate and uses all the water as I do, and refill it with cold water, it works ok the next time; but if one takes it off the base plate uses one or two cups of the water, and then puts it back on the base plate, it is then operational only in that it show the temperature on the led. The power switch is off. When I then want to refill my cup, I push the on/off switch and it powers up. Unfortunately it then is confused and never gets back to the set temperature. Instead, it displays a rolling boil that has definitely not occurred. At its worst, that means that I can only get reliable service from it in the morning when it's filled with cold water. Actually, for me that's ok since I only use it in the morning and should I be gasping for a cup of tea during the day, I can always use the Sunbeam single cup dispenser sitting right alongside the new electronic marvel (?).

                        2. I have a Capresso tea/water kettle, and I have a number of cast-iron Japanese tea pots from The Republic of Tea. I also own a beautiful Calphalon kettle but it's impregnated with limescale so I don't use it much.

                          1. While I recognize this is an ancient thread, for what it's worth I thought I'd mention that I'm in love with my Jena pot.

                            Coming from British stock, I once swore that nothing could replace my wonderful brown Betty but. . . as life has taught me, never say never. Not only does my Jena pot make the perfect "cuppa" tea, it's beautiful as well. Here's a link if anyone's interested: