Tea connoisseurs all have one thing in common: dozens of tea bags taking up space in their kitchens. Even casual tea drinkers will likely have more than a few bags lying around. Because there are so many different types of tea—black, green, oolong, herbal, caffeinated, uncaffeinated—keeping them organized may be the difference between staying up all night and feeling drowsy during the day. From canisters to chests to carousels, we found the best tea organizers for keeping your collection nice and tidy.
The Bamboo Leaf Wooden Tea Box Storage Chest
Comes in four color options
Glass window is fragile
On the expensive side
This elegant wood tea chest has a timeless design thanks to high-quality and durable wood, classic golden hinges, black velvet lining, and a glass window that won’t scratch like the more common plastic ones. It has eight compartments, but the dividers are removable if you don’t want to use them, and each one fits about 12 standard tea bags. It’s nice enough to leave out on a countertop or bring to the table, but can also fit nicely into a drawer or cabinet. The price is higher than most other options, but because of its quality materials, it should last longer—and it has a lifetime satisfaction guarantee.
Material: Glass, wood | Capacity: 80+ tea bags | Weight: 2.2 pounds | Dimensions: 12 x 7 x 3.7 inches
MaxGear Tea Bag Organizer
Fits into drawers and cabinets easily
Ideal for small spaces
You can buy multiple because it’s inexpensive
Not very attractive
This simple plastic holder is durable, scratch-resistant, and perfect for fitting inside a drawer. It holds about 50 tea bags and has one divider, but since it’s so cheap, you can easily buy more than one if necessary. You can also use it for other things besides tea, like sugar or condiment packets. The clear plastic lets you see the different teas easily, but it won’t protect from sunlight or other exposure.
Material: PET plastic | Capacity: Around 50 tea bags | Weight: 7 ounces | Dimensions: 10.4 x 3.5 x 3 inches
Best for Loose Leaf
Adagio 4 oz Tins, Set of 3
UV-blocking clear lid
Not very attractive
Some report plastic tab for closure breaking
These three metal tins from artisan tea seller Adagio are great for storing loose-leaf teas. The clear top lets you see what’s inside, but it has a UV-blocking coating to protect it from any sunlight damage and an airtight seal to ensure long-lasting freshness of whatever you put inside. Best of all, these containers stack, making them great space savers inside a cabinet or on top of a shelf or counter.
Material: Tin with plastic lid | Capacity: 4 ounces | Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.25 inches
X-Cosrack Bamboo Tea Bag Organizer Storage Box 3-Tier Stackable Holder
Mountable or can rest on counter
Each tier and compartment is removable
Easy to see and access tea
Needs a power drill if mounting
This organizer is extremely versatile, allowing for lots of customization. It has three tiers, with five compartments in each, but each tier separates and each compartment is removable, making this ideal for wider tea bags or if you want to use part of it for something other than tea bags. Some users even report having two tiers in the kitchen and one in the dining room. It’s important to note that if you are mounting it on a wall rather than setting it on a surface, you’ll need a drill.
Material: Bamboo with acrylic | Capacity: 150+ tea bags | Weight: 6.56 pounds | Dimensions: 16.26 x 10.04 x 4.33 inches
mDesign Plastic Stackable Tea Bag Organizer Storage Bin with Lid
Clear plastic allows you to see what’s inside
Compartments are not removable or adjustable
Simply designed, this clear acrylic box allows you to see what you have on hand at all times. It works well inside a cabinet or drawer, as well as on a countertop, and it’s stackable if you have a lot of tea to store. Since it doesn’t protect from sunlight, it’s probably best suited to those who use their tea quickly. Individually wrapped bags do better here, as the lid does not completely close, so it doesn’t help extend freshness. Some users report that the compartments are a bit small, and they are not removable.
Material: BPA- and chlorine-free acrylic with a steel metal hinge | Capacity: 90 tea bags | Weight: 1.3 pounds | Dimensions: 7.25 x 10.7 x 3.7 inches
YouCopia Tea Stand Tea Bag Organizer
Removable bins for easy refill
Bins are dishwasher-safe
Large capacity in a compact unit
Not very attractive
It’s two sided so it can’t be against a wall
If you don’t have a lot of space for tea storage, this vertical organizer is extremely compact and still manages to hold more than 100 tea bags. It comes with a double-sided caddy holder and 12 clear, removable bins that click into the caddy, so you can see what teas you have on hand and access them easily. Although it’s easy to move around, it might not be the kind of holder you’d want to present to company, as it’s not the most attractive one we’ve seen.
Material: Plastic | Capacity: 120 tea bags | Weight: 1.9 pounds | Dimensions: 10.7 x 6.3 x 8.5 inches
Bambüsi Premium Bamboo Tea Box Organizer
Magnetic closure for lid
Bottom drawer for extra storage
Compartments are not adjustable
Some report chips or scratches upon delivery
This handsome bamboo chest has eight compartments for tea bags and one small drawer on the bottom that can be used to store loose-leaf tea, sugar packets, or whatever you like. The lid has a magnetic closure allowing for a good seal, and the overall box is sturdy. Because it’s bamboo, it’s eco-friendly, although the lid is plastic, which allows you to see what’s inside.
Material: Bamboo with acrylic lid | Capacity: 90+ tea bags | Weight: 3.25 pounds | Dimensions: 3.9 x 12.9 x 7.9 inches
Vogwolth Tea Bag Storage Holder Spinning Carousel
Rotates easily to allow for easy viewing and accessibility
Bins are removable
Takes up a decent amount of space
Just spin the holder to decide which tea you’d like. This smoothly rotating organizer sits atop a lazy Susan that turns 360 degrees and has eight compartments that are removable, allowing for easy refills. It’s attractive enough to leave out on a countertop, and a convenient handle means it’s portable, too.
Material: Metal | Capacity: 96 tea bags | Weight: 2 pounds | Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 7.2 inches
What to Look for in a Tea Organizer
Size and Capacity
When choosing your tea bag organizer, consider how many tea bags or how much loose leaf tea you need to store and how many bags or ounces of tea the organizer can hold. You also want to think about where you will put it, how much space you have for it, and whether it’s going to be inside a drawer, cabinet, on a shelf, hanging on a wall, or sitting on a table or countertop.
Think about what style organizer you want—what type of compartments and how large they are, whether the compartments are customizable and/or removable, if the holder is vertical or horizontal, and if it should be a closed box or chest to help maintain freshness or an open holder for easy access. Do you need to be able to see the tea, either through a clear window or an open top, or do you prefer them to be protected from the sunlight?
Tea bag organizers come in a variety of materials, including bamboo and other woods, plastic, and metal. Consider what type of material will protect your teas, but also what looks good, if that’s important to you. If you have a lot of tea, or don’t use it very quickly, you’ll want something opaque that won’t let light in, because exposure can damage fragile tea leaves.
How do you keep tea fresh?
Storing tea in an opaque, sealed place will keep it fresher for longer. Prolonged sunlight exposure can damage tea leaves, but many tea bags are individually wrapped for freshness. Loose-leaf tea in particular should be stored in an airtight container.
How large are most tea bags?
Most tea bags are a standard size of 2.5 x 2.75 inches and will fit inside most organizers’ compartments. Some premium brands use larger bags, though, so when buying an organizer, be sure to check the compartment size and whether it is adjustable.
Why Trust the Spruce Eats?
Devorah Lev-Tov has been a tea drinker for decades, taking her appreciation to new heights when she lived in India. She has an entire cabinet full of tea bags and loose leaf tea, and constantly tries new brands and types. Devorah’s work has been featured in publications such as Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Travel + Leisure, Eater, and The New York Times.