Easy to handle
Microwave and dishwasher safe
Stovetop capability is questionable
Instructions could be clearer
These days, glass teapots are a lot more durable than you may think. The Hiware Glass Teapot is made from borosilicate glass and is safe to use on the stove, in the dishwasher, and—much to our delight—in the microwave. We were eager to test out this versatile teapot to see how well it stood up to each task. Of course, we were also curious to find out how well it could serve up pots of loose and flowering teas. Read on to determine whether the Hiware Glass Teapot is worth adding to your kitchen arsenal.
Design: Excellent quality
Initially, we were a little leery about owning a glass teapot since the material is more prone to breakage. When we removed the Hiware Teapot from its packaging, though, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the glass felt thick and sturdy. After reading numerous reviews online, we felt even more confident that this teapot could stand up to everyday use. Plus, there’s really no need to fret about the glass construction as the manufacturer offers a two-year warranty on the teapot. If it breaks or malfunctions, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll receive a refund.
The Hiware Glass Teapot gives you plenty of versatility when it comes to tea making. It can steep loose leaf tea, blooming tea, or cold brew tea. The body is made from heat-resistant borosilicate glass, which means it can be used on the stovetop as well in the microwave (with the metal pieces removed), and cleaned in the dishwasher.
We love that the lid fits snugly in the rim of the pot so we don’t have to hold it down as we pour.
Thanks to an ergonomically designed handle, the teapot is comfortable to hold and easy to pour. The spout is also well-designed; we poured a steady stream of tea into our cups without it ever spilling or dripping. We love that the lid fits snugly in the rim of the pot so we don’t have to hold it down as we pour. The infuser can be removed at any time, so you can have your tea as strong or as weak as you like.
This teapot makes about four to five cups of tea. We live in a two-person household, so the compact size is a bonus for us and the teapot’s 5 x 5 x 4-inch footprint makes it easy to store.
If you have a large family of tea drinkers or you often have guests over, you may want to opt for a larger pot.
As the instructions advised, we began by adding hot water to the teapot and letting it sit for a few minutes. The manufacturer claims that the glass can withstand drastic changes in temperature, but it is best to warm the glass first for added safety. Although the instructions say the teapot can be used on the stovetop, they don’t say to boil the water directly in the kettle. We would have appreciated a clearer explanation of the teapot’s stovetop capabilities—specifically whether it can boil water or simply heat it up.
Preferring to err on the side of caution, especially when it comes to glass, we boiled the water in a separate pan. According to the instructions, the water you pour over the tea leaves in the filter needs to be a specific temperature for optimal flavor and consistency. It is recommended that you use water that is 180 degrees for lighter teas such as white, green, and oolong. For black tea and herbal teas, you should use boiling water (212 degrees). Since we were making black tea, we needed to use the latter. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find our digital thermometer, so we went strictly by sight. When the water in the pan was roaring and bubbling, we figured it was good to go. We poured the boiling water over the leaves in the filter and let it steep for about five minutes (as per the instructions on the tea carton). Then we removed the infuser, put the lid on the pot, and poured ourselves a cup.
Our tea was free from sediment and nice and smooth.
The tea tasted much better than what we’re accustomed to. We chalked this up to the fact that we bought a high-quality loose leaf tea (as opposed to our normal budget grocery store teabags) and we used the kettle, rather than popping a cup of water in the microwave. Either way, the flavor was robust and we were very impressed with the teaport’s performance—particularly with how well its mesh filter worked. Our tea was free from sediment and nice and smooth.
Filled to capacity, this pot brews about five cups. Since we had plenty of tea left over after our first cup, we were thrilled to learn that the teapot could go in the microwave. When we went back for seconds later, we were happy to find that the tea still tasted great after a quick zap. It retained all of its flavor, too—even though we removed the infuser hours earlier.
Ease of cleaning: Dishwasher safe
The Hiware Glass Teapot can go in the dishwasher, which makes cleanup a breeze. We suggest removing the lid, rim, and filter and placing them in the dishwasher separately for a more thorough cleaning. It’s simple to clean the teapot by hand, too—just use warm water and gentle dishwashing soap. The pieces all come apart and reattach very easily.
Price: Very affordable
At $18, the Hiware Glass Teapot Kettle delivers a solid performance for a very reasonable price. If you’re looking for a teapot with a few more bells and whistles to make the brewing process more convenient, the Cusinium Glass Teapot Kettle with Infuser is worth considering—as long as you don’t mind shelling out some extra cash.
Hiware Glass Teapot Kettle with Infuser vs. Cusinium Glass Teapot Kettle with Infuser
Although it retails for roughly double the price, the Cusinium Glass Teapot Kettle with Infuser (view on Amazon), is on par with the Hiware Teapot when it comes to performance. The benefit to this teapot is that is comes with two very convenient accessories—a sleeve for keeping your tea warmer for longer and a bamboo coaster to safely rest the teapot on. It’s really up to you whether you think these accessories are worth paying the extra money for. If you plan on giving a teapot as a gift, the additional items included with the Cusinium are a thoughtful touch.
- Product Name Glass Teapot Kettle with Infuser
- Product Brand Hiware
- MPN FBA_HIGT1400
- Price $17.99
- Weight 11.4 oz.
- Capacity 5 cups
- Warranty 2-year