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Jun 30, 2007 07:04 AM

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 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 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 (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.

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        1. 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:

          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.