5 main types of Teapot: Advantages and disadvantages


There are many types of teapots in the market now. Once you type the ‘‘teapot’’ keyword in Google, you can receive a million results. I know it is difficult for finding and choosing the right types of teapots. So that in this post I list 5 main types of teapots, their advantages, disadvantages and some tips for choosing the right one. Five main teapots are Ceramic teapots, Porcelain teapots, Clay/ Yixing teapots, Glass teapots and Enameled Cast-iron teapots.

Ceramic teapots

The Ceramic teapot is suitable for all families of tea. This teapot is particularly recommended for fragile and delicate tea such as green tea or white tea.

Advantages:

The ceramic material offers higher heat retention than others material such as Glass, Porcelain. The enamel coating of ceramic teapot makes these teapots do not absorb tea flavor. 

Disadvantages: None

Tips:

Check the pouring spout and handle to make sure they are in straight edge. Make sure you can lift and place the teapot at the right angle to pour tea without straining your wrist.

Porcelain teapots

The Porcelain teapot is a good ideal for fragile and delicate tea like green tea or white tea. As I was saying in the post ‘‘4  notices when buying teapots’’, I got a little Porcelain teapot. And I am satisfied with my porcelain teapot for brewing green tea.
Advantages:
Similar to the Ceramic teapot, the Porcelain teapot does not absorb tea flavor.
Disadvantages:
The Porcelain teapot is not suitable with the tea required longer brewing time such as herbal tea or black tea.
Tips:

You can use Porcelain teapot for brewing tea required a long time like black tea or herbal tea by using tea warmer or felted tea cozy. The tea warmer can enhance the heat retention of the porcelain teapot.

Clay teapots/ Yixing teapots


The Clay teapot/ Yixing teapot is the best teapot for brewing Oolong and Pu-er teas.
Advantages:
The clay or Yixing teapots are memory teapots. Sides of the teapot absorb the tannins in the tea when brewing and create deposits that build up over the successive of infusions.  The more the teapot is using the better it will reveal the wealth of aromas in the tea infused in it.
Disadvantages:
Use one Clay teapot for only one main type of tea Oolong or Pu-er teas. Do not mix different types of tea in the Clay/ Yixing teapot because this type of teapot remembers the tea flavor.  Moreover, this teapot does not go well with white tea and green tea.
Tips:
Be careful with the cheap Clay teapot and Yixing teapot because the cheap one may deteriorate quickly.
There are three rules for choosing the Clay and Yixing teapots
  • The tip of the spout and the top of the handle will be level with the rim of the teapot.
  • The lit should be fit the opening in the teapots as close as possible, so it does not move.
  • The handle and the spout should be perfect aligned.

 

Glass teapots

The glass teapot is ideal for blooming flower tea and stylish leaves unfurling.
Advantages:
The glass teapot offers the neutrality and veracity as ceramic teapots. Their smooth surface is suitable for all types of tea and does not affect the taste. Most designed glass teapots are equipped with infusion strainers. You can remove the strainer when preparing tea bag.
Disadvantages:
The glass teapot is not ideal for heat retention and the tea required more time brewing such as herbal tea or black tea.
Tips:
You can use teapot warmer or felted tea cozy to increase the heat intention or maintain the heat. The good felted tea cozy can keep the glass teapot hot for half an hour or more.

Enameled cast-iron teapots

The enameled cast-iron teapot is suitable with all types of tea but not recommend for delicate teas such as Green tea, Oolong and Pu-er tea.

Advantages:

They can keep the tea hot for an hour. The enameled cast-iron teapot is great for brewing tea requiring high heat such as black tea or herbal tea. The enameled cast-iron material can distribute the heat evenly inside the pot. Besides, the enameled coating makes it easier to clean and prevent the tea from contacting with the cast iron.

Disadvantages:

The enameled cast-iron teapot is not recommended for delicate teas such as white tea, green tea Oolong tea and Pu-er tea.
The enameled cast-iron teapots can be heavy and difficult to handle. It can be easy to over steep your tea if you don’t use infuser. 

Tips:

Remember you get what you pay for when buying the enameled cast-iron teapot. Make sure the enameled cast-iron is good if you don’t want the metallic smell affect your tea.
It is time for ending my discussion about some advantages, disadvantages and tips for choosing 5 main teapots. If you like my post, take note advantages and disadvantages of teapots that you like. And now, it is your turn to find your favorite teapot based on your favorite teas and your own demanding usage. If you have any other ideas about this post let me here your opinion.

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Teapot plays very important role in brewing successful a cup of tea. The suitable teapot can enhance the tea flavor and bring out the tea benefit. With me my teapot is not only brewing teapot but also a cute reminder of my family. In the picture is my favorite porcelain teapot. My mom gave it to me as a gift when I left Vietnam three years ago. Whenever I see the teapot I remember my mom, my family and Vietnam. I like this teapot so much because it is not so small and I can brew tea for one or two people with it. Besides, the porcelain teapot suits perfectly with my favorite green tea.  How about you? Do you have your favorite teapot and what is your teapot’s story? Did you have any confuse or difficulty when choosing the right teapot?

I know in the tea shop or internet there are many type of teapot and it is very confusing to find and choose the teapot. For that reason, in this post I want to share my experience and some tips for choosing a good teapot. There are four main points you should pay attention when choosing a new teapot: Material, Size, Shape and the Quality of teapot.

Material: You should highly pay attention when choosing the teapot’s material. Each of teapot’s material will get on well with one or some special types of tea. You can choose the teapot’s material based on your favorite teas. Here are some suggestions:

  • The Ceramic, porcelain and enameled cast-iron teapots are suitable for many types of tea such as green tea, black tea, herbal tea and so on…
  • The Clay teapot is ideal for Pu-er and Oolong tea because it remembers the tea fragrances and enhances the tea flavor.
  • The Glass teapot is suitable with the artisan (booming) teas or stylish leaves tea.

You can find more information about the teapot’s material in 5 main types of teapots. This post gives you more about the material and tips of what you should notice when choosing teapots. 

Size: When buying the teapot, do not buy too large teapot. If you only use the teapot for decoration or company’s meeting you can choose the big one. Some delicate teas such as Oolong, Pu-er tea need to be infused in a small quantity of water to release their precious fragrances. 

Shape: Now, there are so many types of teapot in the market with different size and shapes. You might want to buy some very creative or special shape of teapot. But remember the main aim of teapot is brewing tea. Choose the teapot that suits to your hand. Always lift the teapot to ensure it pours well and you like the grip. But how to choose the right teapot when you buy it online? You can’t touch it and don’t know how the grip is working. Meanwhile, some special teapots are handmade and focus more in the art or decoration targets. I think the safest way is buying the teapot with traditional shape with grip that you have used it before. If you love creative teapot or special designed teapot make sure you can return the teapot if you don’t like it. If you have another idea about buying teapot online, share it with me.

Quality: The good teapot will be costly because some high quality teapots are handmade and designed for special types of tea. Especially with the clay teapot, it is worthy to buy the expensive one because the more you use the teapot, the better tea it brewed. Beware of cheap tea pots when buying metal and enameled cast-iron teapot. The low quality teapot may deteriorate quickly and your tea taste might have slightly metallic flavor.


In general, whenever you want to buy a new teapot, remember to choose the material suit with your favorite tea, Shape and Size match with your aim of using teapot. Find the good quality teapot and beware of the cheap teapot. I hope you can use some tips in this post to find the teapot which suits with your hobby and your favorite tea. If you have other ideas about choosing the teapot, share with me. I would like to know your teapot story and your experience of choosing your favorite teapot.