Are you looking to ditch the tea bags and brew loose leaf tea instead? If the regular tea infusers on the market don't appeal to you, then you can try a novelty tea infuser instead! Whether you drink black, green, or herbal tea, a novelty tea infuser can bring out their full flavor while adding some personality to your cup.
Choosing the best novelty tea infuser can be confusing, so that's why we've done the research for you! We picked the Dinosaur Loose Leaf Tea Infusers by Tilevo as our favorite, as the tea leaves don't escape and they are easy to clean. We’ve also put together a top 10 list for you to consider and created a handy buying guide to help you make your choice!
We’ve searched the internet to find the best novelty tea infusers available. We’ve picked a variety of infusers, so no matter what you’re looking for, we have a novelty tea infuser for you!
|Size||5.7 x 1.96 x 1.96 in.|
|Size||3 x 1.77 x 1.77 in. (basket)|
|Material||Stainless steel, silicone|
|Size||3.25 x 1.14 x 4.75 in.|
|Size||4.6 x 1.81 x 1.81 in.|
|Material||Stainless steel, silicone|
|Size||4.25 x 2.28 x 1.57 in.|
|Size||3.56 x 3.88 x 0.75 in.|
|Material||Stainless steel, plastic|
|Size||3.3 x 2.2 x 2 in.|
|Size||4.02 x 2.48 x 2.6 in.|
Dinosaur Loose Leaf Tea Infusers
Horse Tea Strainer
Tea Infuser With Included Drip Tray
Slow Brew Sloth Tea Infuser
Skull and Bones Tea Infuser
Extra Fine Mesh Cute Tea Strainer
Pig Loose Leaf Strainer
Just Ducky Floating Tea Infuser
Tea Infuser Set for Loose Tea
Unicorn Silicone Tea Strainer
Cute, Long-Necked Dinosaurs That Sit in Your Mug
Suitable for Mugs and Teapots
A Matching Set of Seven Infusers
Take Things Slow With This Sloth Infuser
Brew Your Tea With Spooky Skulls
Tea Leaves Don't Escape From This Relaxing Infuser
Brew Your Tea in This Bright Pink Infuser
Brew Your Tea While a Duck Floats in Your Cup
A Set of Adorable Animal-Shaped Infusers
A Magical and Colorful, Jumping Unicorn
|Material||Silicone||Stainless steel||Stainless steel, silicone||Silicone||Silicone||Stainless steel, silicone||Silicone||Stainless steel, plastic||Silicone||Silicone|
|Size||5.7 x 1.96 x 1.96 in.||3 x 1.77 x 1.77 in. (basket)||Not provided||3.25 x 1.14 x 4.75 in.||4.6 x 1.81 x 1.81 in.||4.25 x 2.28 x 1.57 in.||3.56 x 3.88 x 0.75 in.||3.3 x 2.2 x 2 in.||Various||4.02 x 2.48 x 2.6 in.|
Before buying a novelty tea infuser, there are a few points you should take into consideration such as material, size, and shape. To help you with this, we’ve put together this handy buying guide!
There are several types of strainers and infusers and they all have their advantages and disadvantages.
A tea basket sits on the lid of your cup. It dips into the cup and ensures that the tea leaves are underneath the waterline. They are generally spacious and allow for the tea leaves to expand and the flavor to be infused.
Baskets can be used with tea leaves of any size, depending on the mesh of the basket. Their wide design also makes them easy to clean.
A tea ball infuser is fully enclosed and often comes in the shape of a ball. It usually breaks open so you can fill it, and it has a hinge to keep it securely closed. It typically has either a long handle or a chain you can use to remove it from the cup.
This type of tea infuser is convenient and easy to use, especially for tea that has fine leaves or particles. However, a tea ball infuser can be too small to allow the tea leaves to fully expand and release their flavor.
A tea stick has a long handle, with a smaller fully enclosed basket at the end. This infuser often doubles as a spoon; simply use the handle to stir the tea. Gravity will make sure the tea stays inside the basket.
The amount of tea it can hold is usually quite limited due to the small size of the infuser, so it's not suitable for tea leaves that need to expand. It can also be a little tricky to clean since getting to the end of the strainer might be a challenge.
The majority of novelty tea infusers are made from one of two materials: silicone or metal.
Silicone infusers can be found in an almost limitless number of shapes and colors and will offer the most variety in novelty designs. It's a heat-resistant material and, in general, is dishwasher-safe. However, due to silicone infusers' size and fewer number of holes, the tea might not be able to develop the flavor as fully as with metal infusers.
And if you're worried about Bisphenol A (BPA), you can look for a silicone infuser that's BPA-free, although the FDA has confirmed that BPA is not harmful to humans in low dosages. Still, you might want to be on the safe side, and there are plenty of options to choose from.
Metal has long been the most common and standard material used for tea infusers, due to its durability, strength, and heat resistance. Metal infusers can have fine mesh or a large number of holes, ensuring the flavor of the tea is able to fully develop.
However, you won’t find as many novelty options as there are with silicone. The color options will be also be greatly limited when comparing metal to silicone.
A good tea infuser is one that is easy to fill with tea. Make sure it can open in a way that makes putting the tea leaves inside an easy task. No matter what shape or size your novelty strainer is, one that has hinges and can open into two halves will be the easiest to deal with.
It’s also important that the tea leaves are easy to remove! Some novelty tea infusers can have little nooks and crannies where tea leaves can get stuck and it might be difficult to get the tea out again once it's wet. That's why you should look at the overall shape of the infuser before you buy it.
Some of these small and awkward spaces might just be for design and are not part of the actual infuser space. Check inside the infuser if you can, or read reviewers from previous buyers. If many buyers report difficulties in filling the infuser or cleaning it, you may want to avoid it!
The easiest way to clean a tea infuser is to remove as many of the tea leaves as you can before washing it. Most infusers are dishwasher-safe, but it's always best to check this before you place them in your machine!
A novelty tea infuser is a perfect gift for any tea lover. These quirky but useful items will remind your giftee of you whenever they brew a calming cup of tea with one. If you’re buying for someone else, you should first consider what they would like.
Standard shapes, like hearts and flowers, might be suitable gifts for almost anyone, and you can look for that if you're going for something safe. But, if you know your giftee well, look for a shape that's in line with their interests for a personalized touch.
If they’re an animal lover, why not get an infuser in the shape of their favorite animal? You can find the most common animals shaped as infusers. You can also find tea infusers in shapes inspired by various entertainment franchises for your geeky friend. For example, you can buy infusers in the shape of the TARDIS from Doctor Who or Link’s sword from Legend of Zelda!
It’s also worth checking if the tea infuser comes as part of a set. Some are paired with teacups, whereas others might have a complementary tea infuser twin in a different color packaged with them.
Looking to brew the perfect cup of tea? We have some recommendations that might come in handy. Check out these articles for tips on how to make the best cup of tea.
We found that the best novelty tea infusers have enough room for your tea leaves to expand and holes big enough to release their flavor without releasing any leaves. It's important that they are easy to fill and easy to clean, and if buying for someone else, consider what hobbies and preferences they have.
We hope that whatever tea infuser you chose will provide you with many cups of delicious tea!
Author: Kellie Lacey
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