Breville the Tea Maker

Breville the Tea Maker

This post was last updated on 3/9/19.

I was lucky enough to win the Tea Maker from Breville at a recent Steepster Meetup. This review has been much delayed but I really wanted to put it through its paces. I’ve had a Zarafina for years and still like it a lot but I feel that I’ve outgrown it in a lot of ways. Plus who doesn’t like to have something shiny and new? I have to say that this is just about the coolest tea gadget I have ever owned.

Pros

  • A good looking combo of glass and stainless steel
  • Offers preset brewing times and water temperatures but you can also customize these settings.
  • Has a separate hot water button
  • Automatic timer function will have tea ready for you in the morning
  • Keep Warm function will keep your tea hot for up to an hour
  • It’s fairly easy to clean
  • Watching the basket mechanism in action is very entertaining
  • Water circulates through the tea leaves very well

Cons

  • Measurements are in milliliters.
  • You cannot use less than 500mL of water
  • The pitcher is fairly heavy
  • Large footprint compared to other variable temperature kettles
  • Some plastic comes into contact with the tea

Item was won in a giveaway sponsored by Breville.

Update

This review was written quite a while ago so I wanted to give an update. Breville seems to have renamed it “the Tea Maker” so I have changed the title of this post to reflect that. You might know it as the One-Touch Tea Maker.

Almost a decade later, Breville’s the Tea Maker is still hard to beat when it comes to brewing devices. My kettle has been a real workhorse, helping me to brew for over one thousand tea reviews. I’ve since moved on to a simpler variable temperature kettle but I would still highly recommend the Tea Maker from Breville.