A tea infuser mug is the perfect way to brew tea for one.
Teapots are great if you’re brewing tea for a lot of people, but if it’s just for you, they’re too large. For one, the tea gets cold before you can drink it all, though I don’t generally mind that.
The bigger problem is that you need a lot more tea leaves to steep a whole pot full of water. And steeping leaves only once is a waste, but nobody wants to save a bunch of used tea leaves for the next day.
A tea strainer cup allows you to brew just the right amount of tea for yourself. You can reuse the leaves 3 or four times, giving you three or four cups, instead of three or four whole teapots.
If you enjoy tea and you generally make it just for yourself, you need a tea mug with infuser. The problem is the large number of choices. Researching the best one takes time. That’s why I wrote this post. I narrowed all the options down to the 8 best loose leaf tea mugs. I included various styles and colors, so there should be something for everyone.
Note that these are regular tea cups that come with a strainer. The lids do not seal tightly, so they are not suited for travel. See our list of tea infuser travel mugs for the best tea cups for the road.
Summary of Recommendations
A lot of readers wrote in saying they didn’t want to read through all the reviews and just wanted us to tell them which mug is best. That’s why I added this short section.
My favorite mug is the ForLife mug with the ceramic lid. It comes in 11 different colors, holds 15 ounces and has a high-quality stainless-steel infuser. The other Forlife mug is just as good, but I prefer the ceramic lid to the plastic.
Tea Strainer Cup Comparison Table
Note: the pricing on Amazon changes too often to give the exact number. Click the dollar signs to see the current price.
|FORLIFE Uni Brew-in-Mug||Dimensions:|
5.2" x 4.7" x 4"
|16 oz.||11||$$$||9.6 / 10|
|Tea Forte KATI Cup||Dimensions:|
5.8" x 3.6" x 3.6"
|12 oz.||15+||$$||9.2 / 10|
|Asobu Tea Mug||Dimensions:|
6.5" x 3.2" x 3.2"
|12 oz.||only one||$$||8.6 / 10|
|FORLIFE Curve Tall Mug||Dimensions:|
5.5" x 3.6" x 5.1"
|15 oz.||11||$$$||9.6 / 10|
|FORLIFE NewLeaf Mug||Dimensions:|
5.1" x 3.8" x 5"
|16 oz.||7||$$||8.8 / 10|
|Live Infused Mug Set||Dimensions:|
6" x 3.2" x 3.2"
|16 oz||2||$||8.6 / 10|
|Teabloom Venice Cup||Dimensions:|
5.5" x 4.3" x 4.1"
|15 oz.||5||$$||9.2 / 10|
|Tealyra Peak Mug||Dimensions:|
5.9" x 4.8" x 3.9"
|16 oz.||5||$$||8.8 / 10|
Tea Infuser Mug: Reviews of the 8 Best
The Uni Brew-In-Mug from FORLIFE comes in 11 different colors, so you’re sure to find one you like. It is made from lead-free ceramic with a BPA-free polypropylene lid. The large-capacity infuser is made from stainless steel. All parts are food-safe and can be put in the dishwasher.
The strainer has extra fine holes so your tea can circulate efficiently. The small holes also make it possible to brew even fine teas like rooibos. The large capacity and wide opening make it great for large-leaf teas as well.
The infuser is easily removable and the heat-resistant plastic grip ensures you don’t burn your fingers. The ceramic mug also insulates heat well. Your tea stays hot and the handle stays cool. This is one of the best infuser mugs available and is definitely worth the few extra dollars. Click below to see the current price on Amazon.
The KATI tea cup with infuser from Tea Forte is made from double-walled ceramic, which insulates your tea from the environment. It stays hot, but the mug stays cool to the touch. It hold 12 ounces, which is less than most cups listed here. Some might prefer the smaller size, but I like a bigger cup.
The stainless steel infuser basket is removable, so you can reuse the same leaves several times. The handle on the infuser is metal and can get a little hot to the touch. It wont burn you, but an insulated handle would have been a nice touch.
There are over 15 different designs available, from plain colors to various artistic designs like the cherry blossom version pictured here.Unlike other mugs with multiple colors, Tea Forte do not list all the available designs on the same page. This means you have to scroll down to the related products section to find all the other designs. Click below to see the current price on Amazon.
The Asobu tea mug is made from glass, with a stainless steel infuser.The included lid is also glass. I’ve always preferred glass teapots and mugs, because I love watching the water slowly change color as the tea brews.
The large infuser allows you to brew any type of tea, no matter how large the leaves. The lid keeps the heat in your cup while brewing. When you are done, turn the lid upside down and use it to hold the infuser. With most loose leaf teas, you can get several steeps from the leaves.
This infuser mug is easy to use and dishwasher safe. The cup and lid are also microwaveable. The only negative is the metal handle on the infuser. It gets hot, although not hot enough to actually burn your fingers. Still, it’s hotter than I’d like, but this is a common problem with infusers. Very few have insulated grips. Click below to see the current price on Amazon.
The Curve Tall Tea Mug from FORLIFE is made from lead-free high-fired ceramic. It comes with an infuser and a lid. The lid is also ceramic and the infuser is stainless steel. It is available in 11 different colors.
The strainer has extra-fine 0.3 mm holes, so you can brew even the finest of teas. It is also large enough to handle large-leaf teas like some oolong varieties. Whatever tea you drink, this mug can handle it.
The infuser basket is easy to remove, although the tab is not insulated. The lid functions as a holder for the strainer when turned upside down. This is a nice feature. The pot I use does not do that, so I always have to use a plate, which then needs to be washed. Click below to see the current price on Amazon.
The NewLeaf Glass Tea Mug from FORLIFE comes in seven different lid colors. The mesh strainer and the lid are made of stainless steel, apart from the colored silicone ring around the edge of the lid. The ring creates a tighter seal between the lid and the glass, although it still just rests on the rim.
The infuser has a metal grip which can get hot to the touch. It won’t burn your fingers, but is a bit uncomfortable. You won’t want to hold it for long. Luckily, you can use the upside down lid as a perfect holder for the strainer.
The glass cup is microwave-safe, but obviously the metal lid and strainer are not. The cup can not be heated on a stove and is ideally washed by hand. It should be fine in the dishwasher, but is not rated dishwasher-safe, so I’d err on the side of caution. Click below to see the current price on Amazon.
The Premium Tea Infuser Mug Set from Live Infused is the least expensive mug on this list. It only comes in green or black (the mug is always white, but the rings on the mug and strainer and the lid are different colors).
The mug is ceramic, the tea infuser is made from premium quality 304 stainless steel and the lid and the colored rings are food grade silicone. Everything is microwave and dishwasher safe.
The infuser is easy to remove, since the silicone ring protects your fingers from the hot steel. The bottom of the infuser fits perfectly in the overturned lid, so you can store the used leaves for multiple steepings. Click below to see the current price on Amazon.
The Venice Large Double Wall Tea Cup from Teabloom is made of borosilicate lead-free hand-blown glass, which is durable and resistant to thermal shock. It is also BPA-free and can withstand extreme temperatures from -4 to 302 °F.
The stainless-steel infuser has a colored silicone ring that keeps heat in when steeping. Flip it over and it doubles as a coaster for the strainer. This allows you to save the tea leaves and steep them multiple times.
The borosilicate glass is lightweight, but strong. It is stove-top safe, dishwasher safe and resistant to chemical corrosion. Click below to see the current price on Amazon.
The Ceramic Mug from Tealyra is made from high-fired ceramic. It has the most standard mug shape out of all the options listed here. It is available in five different colors: black, lime, red, turquoise and yellow.
While the cup and lid are ceramic, the infuser is stainless steel. This means you can not put it in a microwave, but if you remove the strainer, the mug and lid are microwave-safe. All parts are fine in the dishwasher.
The infuser is all metal, including the grip. It can get hot to the touch. It won’t burn your fingers, but you won’t want to hold on to it for too long. Instead, flip over the lid and use it as a coaster to hold your leaves for the next steeping. Click below to see the current price on Amazon.