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Food and drink often evoke a place and time. For iced tea, it’s sweating pitchers on picnic tables, ice cubes chiming against glass as you stir. It’s summer barbecues, grad parties, Fourth of July fireworks, catching up with friends on front porches. Like the many occasions to drink iced tea, there are many ways to make it—sweetened or unsweetened, flavored or spiked—but all of them are delicious.
Our list makes it faster, easier, and tastier to brew this beloved drink. Explore options ranging from simple pitchers with tea infusers to electric brewers that take just minutes.
From summertime to anytime, here are the best iced tea makers to buy.
Designed to make great tasting iced tea fast, you’ll be sipping in under a minute using the Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker. It's available in two sizes (1 quart or 2 quarts) so you’ll be able to drink tea all day or have enough to serve all of your friends at the barbecue.
You can use this one with either loose tea or teabags as well. That's a nice feature if you really enjoy exploring tea and don't want to be bound to one form or the other.
To make your tea, just put the loose or bagged tea into the infuser and attach it to the lid. Fill the container halfway with hot water and let the tea steep to your desired strength, then remove the infuser, add ice, and shake for 30 seconds. The BPA-free Tritan plastic can handle the heat, and it won’t be damaged by the sudden chill or the shaking.
The lid is leakproof, so you won’t make a mess when shaking. This also allows you to store the container on its side if your refrigerator is crowded and there’s no space on a shelf or on the door. You can also toss it in a bag to take along to a picnic, with no worries about spilling.
With a simple three-step process, this budget tea maker saves both time and money. Add your favorite loose leaf tea, brew with hot water, and then place the durable Tritan pitcher over a mug to enjoy fresh tea, whether it’s hot or iced. A removable fine-mesh strainer prevents any tea leaves from getting into your cup, which is an extra money saver since you won’t have to purchase a separate infuser basket.
Since the leafTEA Maker works similar to a pour-over coffee maker, this item can also brew coffee, allowing you to replace your home French press or Chemex. Users have given the product a nearly five-star rating, with especially high marks for its ease of use and easiness to clean, as well as praise for how great of a gift it makes.
For customers interested in entertaining large groups or serving the whole family, the leafTEA Maker’s capacity might be a drawback. The item can only brew 18.5 ounces of tea at a time, which measures out to just over 2 cups. But if you’re searching mainly for individual use and want a quick, easy, and delicious cup of iced tea, you would be hard pressed to find a better value for money than this option.
Mr. Coffee has crossed over to the tea side with the TM1 2-Quart Iced Tea Maker. Of course, it’s just as easy to use as one of their coffee makers and a great option if you want an electric brewer.
This tea maker can handle either loose tea or tea bags and makes up to 2 quarts of tea in just a few minutes. Simply fill the pitcher with ice for chilled tea right away, or refrigerate the brewed tea for later use.
It has an automatic shutoff after brewing is done, so you don’t need to watch it. The brew basket is removable for easy cleaning, so your tea flavors won’t mingle, and the machine has a cleaning cycle to keep itself clean without any fuss.
While this one is designed for brewing iced tea, you can also use it for brewing iced coffee.
These days, a lot of people are trying to avoid using plastics in the kitchen. If you fall into that group, you'll love the Ovalware Airtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker and Tea Infuser.
The carafe is made from borosilicate glass, the infuser is food-grade stainless steel, and the seal is silicone. Cleaning is easy since all parts are dishwasher safe and they won’t retain odors preventing your green tea from tasting like the mint tea you brewed last time. The glass is heat-safe, so you can brew the tea hot and pour it over ice, or you can make the tea in the refrigerator overnight.
The seal is airtight and leakproof, ensuring your brew will stay fresh in the refrigerator and you don’t need to worry about spills if it tips. The filter can handle either loose-leaf teas or tea bags, and you can even use this for making cold brew coffee.
The large handle is easy for anyone to grab, and the spout makes pouring easy, while the beaker design looks sleek and modern. Measurements along the side let you add a precise amount of water or other liquid when you’re following a recipe.
Convenient for travel, easy to brew at home, and just plain fun to use. Guests will love watching the magic happen with the igenuiTEA Teapot from Adagio Tea.
All you have to do is add your loose leaf or bagged tea to the pot, then add your hot water and let it steep. Have a mug or glass waiting and fill it with ice for iced tea. Place the teapot on top of your glass and watch the tea drain from the bottom, leaving the tea leaves behind.
To stop the dispensing, just lift the pot off of the mug, and the flow will stop. This makes it very convenient to serve several people from the 28-ounce teapot, or have several cups for yourself.
Since the tea simply floats in the pot rather than being contained in a filter at the top of the pot, you add more tea for a stronger brew or fill the pot with less water to make a single cup. If you prefer an overnight tea, simply mix tea leaves with cold water and let it steep overnight in the refrigerator.
The wavy-shaped handle is a perfect fit for fingers, offering a cool, secure grip. It is also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, and for more thorough cleaning, the filter snaps in and out and the lid is removable.
If you tend to make smaller batches of tea or you travel alone, a 16-ounce pot is also available.
Sometimes a few glasses of tea is simply not enough. Luckily, this large pitcher from Primula can hold a whole gallon of iced tea, making it an ideal pick for families, for entertaining during those hot summer days, or for brewing a week's worth of tea in one shot.
Few iced tea makers even come close to this capacity, and The Big Iced Tea Pitcher is the most reliable product 1 gallon and up. It has an airtight and leaf-proof lid, which keeps all that iced tea fresh for days (and safe from spills). The brew core works with both loose leaf and bagged tea, as well as fruits and berries for a delicious flavored tea. And you can make iced tea through either a hot brewing method or a cold brewing method, depending on how much time you have and on which flavor you prefer.
Some customers question the item's durability, saying that different parts like the infuser or sealant ring broke over time, but the majority of reviews are positive, and the item still has higher than a four-star rating in durability. The Tritan plastic pitcher is also shatterproof.
With three different cores, you’ll always have a use for this attractive drink pitcher. The Primula Flavor It Infuse Pitcher is fantastic and its uses go far beyond iced tea.
One core has small holes that makes it perfect for all of your loose-leaf teas. One has larger holes that allow easier flow of water when you're using tea bags or fresh fruits. The third core is for keeping your drinks cold without diluting them. Just keep that core in the freezer, so it's ready when you need it.
This pitcher is made from Tritan plastic that's durable, heat-safe, and attractive for serving drinks at any party. The container is designed to fit on the shelf on the door of most refrigerators, so it's easy to store and easy to find when you need a chilled drink.
No matter how big or small your hands are, the large handle is easy to grab. It also has a silicone insert for a more secure grip when you're carrying a full pitcher. The top locks into place to prevent accidental spills, and you can even store it on its side if your refrigerator is too full.
For easy cleaning, the pitcher and all of the parts are dishwasher safe, so you'll be sure your herbal teas don't flavor your green tea.
The Tayeka Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker is an all-around great option. It's affordable, easy to use, and available in multiple sizes and colorways, which is why it earns our top spot. Those interested in another budget-friendly option can check out the Tealyra leafTEA Maker, which utilizes a bottom-dispensing method instead of the traditional pouring route.
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What to Look for in an Iced Tea Maker
Size: How much iced tea do you typically drink? If you sip glass after glass throughout the summer or often entertain a lot of guests, it's worth purchasing a larger iced tea maker, even if takes up a lot of real estate in the fridge. Otherwise, there are many smaller options that will suffice and save space.
Ease of Use: Since iced tea is such a simple drink to make, no one wants a device that muddles the process. Think about what details you prefer in an iced tea maker. Do you want an infuser? An item that pours from the top or dispenses from the bottom? Also keep an eye on the number of pieces involved and whether they are all dishwasher safe.
Manual or Electric: The long-held image of a traditional iced tea maker is a big plastic pitcher that you fill and let steep. However, there are many electric options out there that can make the process hands free. Some even let you adjust tea strength. The best part? You can find many electric iced tea makers that come at around the same price as manual ones.