Tea Stick Infusers
How we tested
Update July 2012:
Our winner, the Copco Twisting Stick Infuser with Lily Pad has been discontinued. Our runner-up model is our new test kitchen pick.
Many tea lovers in search of the perfect single cup turn to tea balls and mini basket-style infusers, brewing choices that allow loose tea leaves full exposure to hot water. Now they have new options for getting the same full-flavored cup: a spate of space-efficient tea “sticks” designed to brew single servings up to 12 ounces. We got the kettle going and brewed black, green, and herbal teas in six models priced $8 to $18. Tea sticks with large holding chambers made for deep flavor and easy cleanup. The best of those models were easy to fill and empty, and came equipped with trays to collect drips. Our favorite stands upright on a silicone base and has a mesh window that twists open and shut for mess-free brewing.