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On a hot summer day, there's nothing like a glass of iced tea. Whether you prefer it green or black, sweetened or straight up, iced tea is a summertime staple. Unless you're making sun tea, though, you'll need to put in the effort to brew and chill your favorite tea.
Luckily, there's a lot of iced tea makers out there to help you. Some manual options simply rely on an immersed basket to slowly steep your tea, and a few of those are useful for making iced coffee as well. Electric models can quickly brew up tea for you, iced and hot, and some of those feature advanced tea-making.
All of these iced tea makers take most of the work out of this task, leaving you more time to sip and chill. Here are the best iced tea makers on the market.
Best Overall: Primula Flavor It Pitcher 3-in-1 Beverage System
What We Love: Multipurpose, airtight lid, leakproof spout
What We Don’t Love: Infuser baskets are delicate
Having a unitasker kitchen gadget is sometimes necessary, but we try to avoid it when possible. That's why we love the Primula Flavor It 3-in-1.
The Primula Flavor-It Beverage System comes with three interchangeable cores, so you can make iced tea, flavored water, sangria, and other beverages. One of the cores is filled with a freezable gel that can keep your finished drinks cold. The 2.9-quart pitcher is made of BPA-free Tritan plastic, plus two of the three cores are dishwasher safe making clean up easy.
This multipurpose iced tea maker is the best for most people because of its versatility and inclusion of popular features like an airtight lid and leakproof spout. Some users have complained about filter baskets breaking, so be gentle.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 8.2 x 5.5 x 10.6 inches | Capacity: 2.9 quarts | Material: Tritan plastic | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Best Budget: The TUBE Cold Brew Coffee Maker and Tea Infuser Kit
What We Love: Multipurpose, comes in 2 sizes, affordable
What We Don’t Love: Mason jar not included
This budget-friendly iced tea maker is actually a stainless steel filter. The TUBE fits inside wide-mouth mason jars, saving money by helping you reuse items you already own. While this is marketed as a cold-brew coffee filter, repurpose it by steeping bagged or loose leaf tea, then refrigerating. The filter's mesh weave is tighter than most, so it doesn't allow any sediment to creep into your drink.
The TUBE regular version works with either 16-ounce or 32-ounce mason jars. For large batches, choose the TUBE+ since it's designed for a 64-ounce wide-mouth mason jar. Both the TUBE and mason jar are dishwasher safe. It does also come with an instruction guide and book of recipes.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 3.25 x 2.75 x 6 inches | Capacity: 16 ounces, 32 ounces, 64 ounces | Material: Stainless steel | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Best Cold Brew/Iced Tea Maker Combo: Ovalware Cold Brew Maker and Tea Infuser
What We Love: Great dual-purpose iced tea infuser, superfine strainer, rubber base adds extra protection
What We Don’t Love: Small capacity
Given that an iced tea maker is basically the same as a cold-brew coffee maker, why not look for a device that excels at both?
The Ovalware Airtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker and Tea Infuser is small, with a 34-ounce capacity, but it makes great cold-brew and iced tea. A superfine 18/8 stainless steel filter keeps coffee grounds or tea leaves out of the brew, which prevents sediment and locks in flavor. A rubber cushion base protects the delicate dishwasher-safe glass pitcher, while the BPA-free silicone lid provides an airtight seal. That seal helps keep your drinks fresh for up to two weeks post-brew.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 5.9 x 5.9 x 10.4 inches | Capacity: 34 ounces/1 liter | Material: Glass, 18/8 stainless steel | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
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Best Manual: Takeya 2-Quart Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker
What We Love: Comes in a range of fun colors, simple and fast brewing, airtight, leakproof
What We Don’t Love: Tall pitcher may not fit in every dishwasher, not intended for side storage
Available in four colors (black, avocado, blueberry, and raspberry), the 2-quart Takeya Iced Tea Maker chills fresh iced tea in only 30 seconds. Fill the pitcher halfway with hot water, let the fine mesh infuser basket that holds bagged or loose tea steep, then toss the tea and add ice. Shake the pitcher for 30 seconds to chill the tea.
The airtight lid prevents spills, and the silicone handle means it won't slip out of your hand. The 12.2-inch tall BPA-free pitcher is durable and dishwasher safe, though it may be too tall for some models. While the pitcher is supposed to be leakproof, some say it leaks when stored on its side.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 6.1 x 4.1 x 12.2 inches | Capacity: 2 quarts | Material: Tritan plastic | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Best Electric: Brentwood KT-2150BL Iced Tea and Coffee Maker
What We Love: Cheery color, reusable stainless steel filter basket, brew-strength gauge
What We Don’t Love: Pitcher isn’t airtight or leakproof
The Brentwood Iced Tea and Coffee Maker is a simple, plug-in electric model available in two colors, black, and mint green.
The 700-watt electric iced tea maker brews 64 ounces and comes with a lidded plastic pitcher for easy storage; however, the top is not airtight, so spills could happen. Slide the dial to adjust the iced tea's strength from mild to strong, and then turn the machine on and off with the touch of a button. A reusable stainless steel filter basket makes this machine a no-waste way to brew iced tea. Bonus: so long as the heating element is turned off, it is dishwasher safe.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 9.5 x 6.75 x 14.5 inches | Capacity: 64 ounces | Material: Plastic, stainless steel | Dishwasher Safe: Yes, when heating element is off
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Best for Big Batches: Primula The Big Iced Tea Pitcher – 1 gal.
What We Love: Large capacity and good design, flexible for brewing temperature and ingredients, multipurpose
What We Don’t Love: Large pitcher can be a refrigerator hog
The Big Iced Tea Pitcher's 1-gallon capacity means you'll make fewer batches to stay hydrated during the heat of summer. The manual design is simple yet effective. The airtight lid prevents leaks and spills, while the ergonomic handle and pour spout make refilling your glass easy.
The BPA-free Tritan plastic pitcher is dishwasher safe, while the central brew core accommodates everything from loose or bagged tea to berries, fresh mint, and lemon wedges. You can also use a hot or cold brew method for making your tea. The biggest drawback? The pitcher, which measures 8.51 x 8 x 11.4 inches, may not fit in the refrigerator door.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 8.51 x 8 x 11.4 inches | Capacity: 1 gallon | Material: Tritan plastic | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Best for Artisan Iced Tea: Breville BTM800XL The Tea Maker
What We Love: Adjustable settings, large capacity
What We Don’t Love: Expensive, not designed for secure storage
This expensive iced tea maker is not for everyone, but if you're serious about the quality and strength of your brew, it might be your cup of tea.
This Breville tea maker features adjustable settings that let you select brew strength, time, and temperature. The 1500-watt machine gently moves the tea basket automatically while brewing to ensure a well-steeped tea, with "keep warm" and "agitate" functions. The electric kettle is glass with a protective stainless steel bottom and accommodates 51 ounces. Since there is no airtight lid, you'll need a second pitcher for storage.
Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 11.75 inches | Capacity: 51 ounces | Material: Glass, stainless steel, plastic | Dishwasher Safe: Yes, tea basket and scoop
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For a multiuse tool for your many summer beverages, Primula Flavor It Pitcher 3-in-1 Beverage System (view at Amazon) can help you serve up iced tea, flavored water, and sangria. For an electric iced tea maker that can quickly brew up a whole pitcher, choose the Brentwood KT-2150BL Iced Tea and Coffee Maker (view at Amazon).
What to Look for When Buying Iced Tea Makers
Electric or Manual
Manual iced tea makers are inexpensive, common, and work well, but you'll need to boil water and brew tea yourself. If you prefer a done-for-you option that might also brew your tea quickly, shop for electric iced tea makers. Electric makers are also more inclined to let you choose brew strength. Both might require post-brewing cleanup.
Capacity is the most important variable; if you go with something that's too small, you'll be brewing iced tea constantly. During the heat of the summer when you really want a refreshing drink, this can be a drag. If you pick something too large, on the other hand, you'll struggle to fit it into your fridge. Find your sweet spot!
Do you want a dedicated iced tea maker or something that can be used for other purposes, such as infused water or cold-brew coffee? Your availability of kitchen space might make the call for you; many people don't have room for single-use appliances, particularly those that are seasonal in nature. A few electric iced tea makers can also be used for hot tea in the cooler months.
What are the best teas for iced tea?
Loose-leaf teas are preferred to bagged tea since the tea is of higher quality. Bagged tea tends to contain bits of broken tea leaves that don't have the volatile oils that give tea its flavor. If you must brew with bags, or if you're choosing a blended tea rather than pure tea, buy the best quality bagged tea you can afford. As far as black versus green or herbal, it's your choice.
What's the best way to sweeten iced tea?
Traditionally, sweetened iced teas like Southern sweet tea are made with sugar rather than simple syrup or an alternative sweetener. Mix sugar into the tea while it's hot so it dissolves. If you’re sweetening the tea to remove bitterness, add a pinch of baking soda, which neutralizes the tannins in tea.
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Lindsey Danis is a freelance food writer and former professional cook who loves all things tea, coffee, and baked goods. There is always a pitcher of iced tea in her fridge.
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