illustration by Tina Mailhot-Roberge

With 39% of your votes, the ingenuiTEA gets your best tea maker seal of approval. You praised it for its ease of use, versatility, and easy cleanup. The ingenuiTEA is also available with a 32 oz. capacity.

The ingenuiTEA is plastic, and if you’re not down for that but like the concept, check out the Teavana Perfectea which has a glass version.


If you’re looking to automate your tea making and/or get the temperature and time just right, the Breville One-Touch Tea Maker finished in your top five. It automatically raises and lowers the tea basket for the perfect steep, and also it’s just awesome.

For those looking for a single-serving in-mug option, the Finum Brewing Basket is cheap and ubiquitous. It’s also plastic, so check out the FORLIFE Brew-in-Mug Infuser for a stainless steel alternative.

Speaking of FORLIFE, if you’re just looking for a great looking traditional teapot, their Stump line comes in a variety of colors and with a stainless steel filter. It took second place in the voting.

Your winner in the best travel mug voting, the Contigo Autoseal West Loop, will not only keep your tea hot on the go, but steep it on the go with this optional accessory. It was also one of our most popular items of 2014.

If you find yourself needing a little extra cleaning reach or power for whichever steeper you choose, the Oxo Good Grips Water Bottle Cleaning Set is an easy recommendation.