Tea strainers for your favorite loose leaf

The simplest, the chicest, the best.

tea on a table
Time to sit down with a good book.Debby Hudson via Unsplash

Many serious tea drinkers opt for loose leaves over pre-bagged teas. While supermarket bagged teas make brewing easy, those tea packets are often made from the dusty remnants of broken tea leaves, and have lost most of their major flavors and oils. Tea leaves also need room to fully expand and develop their flavor, which can’t happen in those small cramped bags . Enter: tea strainers. Here are our favorites.

Finum Stainless Steel Infusing Mesh Brewing Basket

Finum Stainless Steel Infusing Mesh Brewing Basket
No-mess strainer for perfect brews.Amazon

The Finum mesh brewing basket may not look like much, but it’s a super-efficient, thoughtful design that works for coffee, tea, and herbs. The stainless-steel micro-mesh container keeps debris—no matter how tiny—out of your drink. The plastic lid keeps your drink warm a little longer, and multitask as your drip-tray when you’re done. The roomy filter gives plenty of room for fussy tea leaves expand, and it’s also dishwasher safe.

House Again Tea Ball Infuser

House Again Tea Ball Infuser
Longer lasting infuser.Amazon

The House Again infusers are made out of extra fine mesh that won’t let stray leaves or particles to escape, and food-grade 304 stainless steel that resists rust. A 4.7-inch chain will let it drape over mugs, kettles, and teacups without fuss. It’s the right size for individual cups or a kettle—and the infuser comes with a little saucer for mess-free tea making.

Tilevo Dinosaur Tea Infuser

Tilevo Dinosaur Tea Infuser
Get your tea with a side of dinosaurs.Amazon

A word of warning: these adorable dinosaur tea infusers are not designed to keep out very fine particles (so no powdered tea or fine grounds). They are, however, designed to delight. You’ll get a turquoise and green long-necked dinosaur poking out of your drink, made out of food-grade non-toxic silicone. Slide your tea into the dino body, and watch it stand up from your cup.