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Innovative Teapots

We tested small teapots with unusual strainers and dispensing mechanisms that promised to make dealing with loose tea mess-free.

What We Learned

We tested four small teapots with unusual strainers and dispensing mechanisms that promised to make dealing with loose tea mess-free. In each case, we used the same tea and a four-minute steeping time. The glass model we tested, which makes two cups per pot, presses tea like a French coffee press—but it traps the strongest tea inside the solid, closed bottom of the press insert, pro...