Available in eight colors
Spout drips while pouring
Bottom rim leaks
Instructions are lacking
The London Pottery Geo Filter Teapot looks contemporary yet evokes the feel of a traditional British teapot. It’s available in eight eye-catching colors—including red and pistachio—so it can really make a statement in your kitchen. Thanks to a patented mesh infuser, it’s said to brew a smooth and flavorful pot of loose tea. This stoneware teapot is a favorite among online reviewers, so were eager to test it out. Assessing components like design, performance, and ease of cleaning, we set out to determine whether this teapot was worthy of your hard-earned dollars. Read on for our thoughts.
Design: Stylish but subpar construction
If you’re looking to add a little pizzazz to your kitchen, the London Pottery Geo Teapot is available in six vibrant colors: aqua, caribbean, lemon yellow, nectar, pistachio, and red. It’s also available in white or cobblestone (similar to a gunmetal gray) if you prefer something more subdued. The teapot also comes in two different sizes—2- and 4-cup capacities. We ordered the larger teapot in caribbean, which is a pretty shade of teal. With its angular spout and rounded body, the glazed stoneware pot is contemporary but certainly influenced by classic British styles.
At first, we thought the lid didn’t fit properly on the pot if the infuser was placed inside. We kept trying to put the lid on, but it wouldn’t go down all the way. Upon closer inspection, we noticed there is a groove on the side of the lid (directly below the little hole for steam). That groove lines up with the metal clamp on the infuser, allowing the lid to be securely attached. Even though we figured this out on our own eventually, we would have appreciated a more detailed set of instructions that illustrated the proper alignment of each piece. A brief set of instructions and a few safety tips are printed on the box—so be sure to hold on to it or take a photo for future reference.
Our biggest complaint is that the teapot leaks a bit once it’s filled with water.
Aside from the issue with the lid, we initially thought the London Pottery Geo Teapot was well-crafted. It seemed sturdy and solid on the surface. It wasn’t until we brewed a pot of tea that we discovered some flaws in the design. We were surprised to find that the teapot leaked at the bottom and the spout dripped as we were pouring tea. Considering all of the favorable reviews, we expected this product to be better designed.
Performance: Great-tasting tea but the pot leaks
We began by making a pot of loose leaf earl gray tea. Following the instructions, we rinsed the teapot with boiling water that we heated up in a separate pan. We then placed the infuser in the teapot and spooned in some loose black tea leaves. The rule of thumb is one teaspoon of tea per cup of water. The instructions suggested adding one extra spoonful to the pot for a better brew, though, so we did. London Pottery also advised letting the boiled water settle for 20 seconds before adding it to the pre-warmed teapot. We poured the boiling water over the tea leaves, filled the pot almost to the brim, and let it brew for five minutes.
Our biggest complaint is that the teapot leaks a bit once it’s filled with water. We noticed a big ring on our bamboo cutting board (which we were using as a work surface) after we poured the hot water in. We weren’t sure if the excess water came from the teapot itself or if we had accidentally spilled some while transferring the boiling water from the pan to the teapot. We decided to make a second pot of tea to see.
This time, we emptied the water into the teapot over the sink and thoroughly dried the exterior. We placed the teapot on a clean cutting board and let it sit untouched. After about a minute, a splotch of liquid was visible beneath the pot. We determined that it wasn’t due to human error—our teapot was, in fact, leaking. The rim on the bottom isn’t glazed like the rest of the pot, which is probably why a small amount of tea seeps out. We suggest keeping a coaster or placemat under the teapot to absorb the excess liquid.
Despite some apparent design flaws, our tea tasted great.
On a more positive note, the handle stays nice and cool. The lid does get pretty hot though. It’s not hot enough to burn your fingers, but you’ll certainly want to use caution when you open the lid and remove the infuser. There’s a metal clamp on the strainer basket that secures it to the pot, so all you need to do is pull that little arm forward to attach or remove the infuser. We were disappointed to find that the spout isn’t designed well either. After pouring ourselves two cups of tea, we saw that a few drops had spilled onto our tablecloth.
Despite some apparent design flaws, our tea tasted great. The flavor was robust and delicious. Normally, we’re lazy when it comes to making tea—we simply heat up a cup of water in the microwave and drop a tea bag in. But steeping loose tea leaves in the London Pottery Geo Teapot tasted much better. We were very impressed with the tea’s smooth consistency, too. The stainless steel infuser is made from a very fine mesh that prevents any leaf particles from seeping into the tea so you won’t find any sediment.
The teapot kept our tea hot for about 45 minutes. After that, it started to become lukewarm. Since the teapot can’t be used in the microwave or placed directly onto a heating element, there is no way to warm up the pot once the tea cools off. We prefer the convenience of a microwavable teapot that can be easily reheated.
Ease of cleaning: Dishwasher safe
The good news is that the teapot can go in the dishwasher for a quick cleanup. It’s also quite simple to handwash the teapot with warm water and a mild detergent. The rim is wide enough that you can stick your hand in and wipe the interior with a sponge. All of the pieces come apart and can be put back together very easily.
The London Pottery Geo Teapot is reasonably priced between $20 and $40 (depending on the size and color you pick). Although this is a favorite among stoneware teapot aficionados, there are plenty of options to consider if you’re looking for a teapot that’s made from a different material such as glass or ceramic.
Competition: Lots of styles to choose from
Cusinium Glass Teapot Kettle with Infuser: The Cusinium Glass Teapot Kettle with Infuser (view on Amazon), retails for $35 and is made from highly durable borosilicate glass. This versatile teapot can be placed on a stovetop and it is also microwave and dishwasher safe. Users love its sophisticated design, non-spill spout, and comfortable grip. This teapot is advertised as a gift set and it includes a few nice extras, like a sleeve to keep your tea warm and a bamboo coaster.
Tealyra Small Ceramic Loose Leaf Teapot: If you’re sold on a colorful teapot, the $26 Tealyra Small Ceramic Loose Leaf Teapot (view on Amazon), is a great option. This teapot has a 27-ounce capacity and includes an extra-fine stainless steel strainer. It’s available in nine colors to match almost any personality. Users say it’s durable, sturdy, and doesn’t drip while pouring.
Look at other options first.
There are some things we love about the London Pottery Geo Teapot, including its attractive design and ability to steep great-tasting tea. It just has a few too many design flaws for us to wholeheartedly recommend it. Between leaking, dripping, and not being able to microwave it, it’s not as convenient as other teapots we’ve used.
- Product Name Geo Filter Teapot
- Product Brand London Pottery
- MPN LP77402aa
- Price $31.99
- Weight 2.4 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 7 x 5.2 x 4 in.
- Color 2 or 4 cups
- Capacity 2 or 4 cups
- Material Porcelain