A fresh cup of iced tea is one of the best ways to cool down on a hot day. But getting the perfect brew requires the perfect equipment!
Step this way for our review of the 7 best iced tea makers out there. We’ll look at their strengths and weaknesses, and our buying guide will help you pick the one that’s right for you.
The Best Iced Tea Maker on the Market 2020
1. Takeya Takeya Iced Tea Maker with Patented Flash Chill Technology
If you want your iced tea fast, this tea maker from Japanese manufacturers Takeya should make your shortlist. It features patented Flash Chill technology to cool your tea in just 30 seconds. And it achieves this without any loss of flavor.
It’s available in either 1 or 2-quart sizes. That’s enough for either four or eight servings of iced tea.
The cylindrical body is made of tough plastic called Tritan, and it’s free of BPA. It’s strong enough to cope with both boiling water and ice without cracking or clouding. And it’s transparent, so you can see how much tea is inside at a glance.
The coordinating collar, handle and stopper are available in black, avocado or blueberry shades. The handle is made of silicone, so you’ll have a firm grip even if your hands are wet.
It will work with either loose leaf tea or teabags. Simply add the tea to the infuser which sits inside the pitcher. The fine mesh will let the flavor flood out, whilst preventing you getting a mouthful of tea leaves. If you wish, you can also add fruit to the infuser to vary the flavors.
Next, fill the pitcher halfway with water and leave your tea to brew to your preferred strength. That can take between two and seven minutes, depending on your tastes.
Then remove the infuser. This has its own little holder to sit in, preventing it from dripping onto your counter.
Now fill the rest of the pitcher with ice and screw the lid into place. Shake it for 30 seconds, and your tea will be perfectly chilled. The lid is airtight, so you won’t have to worry about spills. And all the flavor stays locked in too.
This is a great iced tea maker, and it’s not expensive – but there are a couple of things to watch out for.
The first is that the design of the spout isn’t perfect. The flow isn’t consistent, and you may want to pour over a sink to avoid drips.
The second is the infuser. It’s great at infusing tea, but not so great when it comes to cleaning up afterwards. Be prepared to spend some time shaking and knocking out those final tea leaves.
- Chills tea in just 30 seconds
- Attractive design with a choice of stylish colors
- Non-slip silicone handle
- The spout has a tendency to dribble when pouring
- It’s tricky to clean the infuser.
2. Sunvivi Outdoor Iced Tea Maker and Iced Coffee Maker Brewing System
Sunvivi’s iced tea maker is the most expensive one on our list. So what do you get for your money?
Well, to start with, there’s a pitcher that’s made of glass, not plastic. The glass is rather thin, though, so handle it with care.
It holds a generous 88 ounces, or 2.75 quarts. An infusion tube runs down the inside, providing plenty of space for you to add extra flavors. Fruit, a cinnamon stick or other spices can be easily incorporated in your tea. With this model, though, the tea itself doesn’t go into the infusion tube.
Instead, the pitcher sits on a stand below a brew basket. That basket is where your tea goes, and you’ll get the best results with loose leaf. There’s a small hole in the lid of the pitcher to allow the water to go in. Unfortunately, there’s no way of closing that, so take care if you use the pitcher for storage.
There’s a slider switch at the front of the machine to allow you to select your preferred flavor strength. You can choose between seven different settings, and a cool blue LED comes on during brewing. An auto shut-off function turns off the power after it’s done, keeping everything safe and avoiding stewed tea.
If you want to, you can put ground coffee into the basket too. We would recommend against this, however! The brew basket is plastic, so it will absorb strong flavors over time. Use it regularly for coffee, and you may find the more delicate tea flavors are impaired.
There’s a removable drip tray at the bottom to avoid any spills on your counter. The whole design is very compact, measuring just 12 by 7 by 5 inches. You won’t need lots of space to use or store it. And the brew basket is safe to be cleaned in a dishwasher after use.
One issue we’ve noticed is that the lid of the upper chamber has a tendency to pop up. Some customers have even resorted to holding it in place with elastic bands.
It’s not the end of the world – it won’t make any difference to the brewing process – but it is a little irritating. And it means it’s best not to spoon in the tea before you’re ready to brew. If the tea is exposed to the air for too long, the flavor may deteriorate.
- Generous 88-ounce carafe
- Seven different strength settings
- Auto shut-off
- The glass walls of the carafe are rather thin
- The lid that covers the brewing chamber doesn’t always sit quite right.
3. Brentwood KT-2150BL Iced Tea and Coffee Maker
Brentwood’s KT-2150 comes in a choice of black or ice blue color ways and looks very smart. It uses a similar design to the Sunvivi model, so it’s nice and compact. This one, though, is significantly cheaper. So do you miss out on any features?
Well, the main difference is that the Brentwood has a smaller carafe. This one will hold 64 ounces or 2 quarts – still sufficient for eight standard servings. And the carafe is made of tough plastic rather than glass. It’s still transparent though, so you can see how much tea is inside.
Like the Sunvivi, you can control the strength of your brew. The slider switch uses exactly the same design and again, there are seven settings to choose from. The difference between each setting is fairly modest, however. You’ll need a sensitive palette to tell one notch from the next.
The tea sits inside a mesh basket with double sides to prevent leaves from getting into your drink. Water is dispensed through a shower head nozzle to assist even infusion. Lots of people use this with tea bags, but you’ll get better results with loose leaf tea. After brewing, the unit will shut itself off automatically.
Cleaning is straight forward. The brew basket can go into the dishwasher. The rest of the machine can be wiped down easily with a damp cloth.
The design niggles with this one are pretty much the same as those of the Sunvivi. The hole in the top of the pitcher can’t be closed, so take care taking it in and out of the fridge. And the lid of the brew chamber has the same tendency to refuse to sit flat.
But if these aren’t deal breakers for you, this is an attractive iced tea maker that’s very easy to use. And it’s keenly priced too.
- Compact design doesn’t require much countertop space
- Easy to clean
- Shower head water nozzle for even infusion
- The hole in the lid of the pitcher can’t be covered
- The lid over the brew chamber doesn’t always close tightly.
4. Mr. Coffee TM75 Iced Tea Maker
The TM75 from the popular American brand Mr. Coffee is perhaps not the most stylish tea maker on our list. It is, though, easy to use. And it comes with a one-year limited warranty.
Here, the pitcher sits alongside the reservoir, so it has a slightly larger footprint than some models. It measures 11 inches by 15 inches by 7 inches.
The construction is mainly plastic – this is BPA free, according to the Mr. Coffee website. It’s finished in a fresh blue and white color way.
This is another machine that can make iced tea or coffee. But if you’re planning to make tea with it, try and avoid using it for coffee. The stronger flavors can all too easily be left behind in the plastic brew basket.
You’ll have the choice of using loose leaf tea or bags. The tea is infused as the water runs through it, rather than it being steeped in the water. For that reason, you’ll get a stronger flavor with leaf tea. Alternatively, use a 1-gallon tea bag and lie it flat over the bottom of the brew basket.
Here, the basket sits directly inside the top of the pitcher. Although the pitcher will hold up to 2 quarts, that means the machine can fill it only halfway. You can top up the rest with water or more ice, as you prefer.
There’s no option here to adjust the brewing time, and we’ve heard some complaints about weak tea. Using loose leaf rather than bags will help, and there are other workarounds. Some people put the first brew back into the reservoir and repeat the brewing process for stronger results.
Clean up of most parts is easy, but you will need to wash them by hand. A quick rinse with warm soapy water will do the trick. Note that the reservoir is trickier to get to the bottom of.
Finally, note that there’s no infuser inside the pitcher. If you want to add additional flavors with fruit or spices, you’ll need to buy an infuser basket separately.
- Pitcher will hold up to 2 quarts
- Constructed from BPA-free plastic
- Wipe clean surface
- No option to adjust the brewing time, which may result in weak tea
- The pitcher and other parts aren’t dishwasher safe.
5. Ovalware RJ3 Airtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker and Tea Infuser (Our Top Pick)
Ovalware’s RJ3 has a deceptively simple design. While originally designed for cold brew coffee, it works every bit as well for excellent iced tea.
It looks like a large conical measuring jug. A gauge running up the side is marked with measurements in both cups and liters.
The pitcher is glass, so there’s no need to worry about plastic nasties ending up in your tea. It’s thickened borosilicate glass too, so it’s tough enough to cope with extreme temperatures and the occasional knock.
The bottom of the pitcher is covered with a detachable non-slip rubber base, so it won’t slide across your worktop. The cap is made of medical grade 18/8 stainless steel.
A silicone seal between cap and pitcher keeps it airtight and locks in flavor for up to two weeks. But getting a perfect fit does require a bit of effort. You’ll get the best results from turning the seal upside down. That does, though, require some jiggling about to get it in place.
It’s available in 1 or 1 ½ liter capacities. Because the 1-liter pitcher is only 7 ¾ inches high, it will sit comfortably on the shelves of most fridges. But neither option is the biggest on the market. If you have a family of iced tea drinkers there may be better choices.
An internal infuser runs almost the entire length, providing lots of room for tea and other ingredients. The large infusion area also makes it easy to get a nice strong brew. It’s made of a fine mesh to stop any particles getting through. That mesh is constructed from the same quality stainless steel as the cap.
The large handle is comfortable enough to pour your tea easily. And when you’ve finished, all the components can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Compost your used tea leaves, then rinse the mesh filter thoroughly under running water before doing so.
You will need to remove the infusion tube before pouring your tea. But as leaving it in place would in any case lead to stewed tea, this is for the best.
All in all, this is an attractive and practical iced tea maker. Just don’t expect to get huge quantities of tea in one brew.
- Quality borosilicate glass and stainless steel construction
- Dishwasher friendly
- Large infusion area facilitates a stronger brew
- Even the larger option is smaller than many on the market
- The seal requires a little manipulation to be truly airtight.
6. Primula Press & Go Double Wall Loose Leaf Iced Tea Brewer Tumbler
If you want to make a large serving of iced tea to go, check out Primula’s brewer tumbler.
It’s got a clear body to show off your drink. The smart base and lid are available in teal, pink, green or black. The capacity is 16 ounces, or two standard servings. This is designed for an individual wanting to take their tea on the move. The flip-top lid is leak-proof and incorporates a useful carrying loop.
The tumbler is made of Tritan plastic. It’s free of BPA and is safe to hold liquids at all temperatures.
This is very easy to use. Simply remove the inner chamber to begin with. You make the tea in the outer chamber first. Add a teabag or 1 to 2 teaspoons of leaf tea and cover in hot water to the fill line.
While the tea is steeping, add ice to the inner container. When the tea has brewed to your desired strength, push the inner container slowly inside the outer one. There’s a stainless steel mesh filter on the bottom. That will allow the tea to mix with the ice without letting through leaves.
Finally, fasten the lid securely, and you’re ready to go!
This is a great option for those who don’t like washing up by hand. Dump your used leaves in the composter and then stick the whole thing in the dishwasher. It couldn’t be easier.
One thing to bear in mind with this one is there’s only mesh between the water and the tea. That means the tea will continue to infuse for as long as it’s in there. If you want to make tea for drinking later, you’re likely to find it becomes bitter.
This is one case where using a tea bag will give you better results. Fish it out when the tea has finished brewing and before you insert the inner chamber. That way your tea will never be over-brewed, no matter how long it is before you drink it.
One other minor thing to note is that although there’s a carrying loop on the lid, there’s no strap. You’ll need to get your own if you want to use the loop.
- Very simple to use
- The whole thing can go into the dishwasher
- Easily portable for drinking on the go
- Not big enough to hold tea for more than one person
- It’s easy to over-brew if you use loose leaf tea.
7. Aquach Airtight Cold Brew Coffee (Iced Tea) Maker
This iced tea maker from Aquach, the firm previously known as Semko, uses a very similar design to Ovalware’s RJ3. It has the same conical pitcher, also available in 1 and 1 ½-liter capacities. And there’s the same gauge measuring the volume in cups and liters.
Like the RJ3, the design was originally made for cold brew. The pitcher is made of hand-blown, thickened borosilicate glass for strength. The material is stable between -22 and 302 degrees Fahrenheit. That means that no chemicals will leach into your tea.
An infusion tube sits inside, made from stainless steel mesh. There’s a handle at the top to make it easy to remove. The pitcher itself also has a generous handle, so it’s easy to maneuver.
The 1-liter version stands around 8 inches tall, while the 1 ½-liter is just over 9 inches. Both are a reasonable size to sit on a taller shelf in your fridge.
The infuser tube runs nearly the whole height of the jug. That means you’ll be able to fit in fruit or spices as well as tea if you’d like to do so.
The one visible design difference between the Aquach and Ovalware models comes in the lid. While the RJ3 is flat, this one has a small, neat stainless steel knob to help lift it off. There’s a silicone seal beneath that will keep the pitcher airtight.
Note that there’s no spout here, which may not suit everyone. The rounded rim nevertheless offers a smooth pouring experience.
Clean up is easy, with all the components able to be put in the dishwasher. Just make sure you dump your tea leaves first to avoid clogging up your plumbing.
- Airtight seal keeps tea fresh for longer
- Generous infuser tube provides space for tea and extras like fruit or spices
- All components are dishwasher safe
- Although available in two sizes, neither is particularly large
- There’s no pouring spout – though it pours smoothly enough over the rounded edge.
Still scratching your head over which of these iced tea makers is right for you? Check out some features to think about before you make your choice.
To start with, consider how large you need your pitcher to be. If you want to make iced tea to serve at parties, choose a model with at least a 2-quart capacity. The largest on our list is the Sunvivi, with a capacity of 2 ¾ quarts.
If, on the other hand, you’re the only iced tea drinker in your household, you may prefer a smaller machine. Your tea will remain fresh until you’ve finished it. And it won’t take up lots of space on your counter or in your fridge. A 16-ounce tumbler like the one from Primula could be ideal.
What about flavors?
Next, think about the flavor of the tea itself. Do you want to be able to set different brewing times? If so, a slider switch like the ones on the Sunvivi and Brentwod models makes that easy.
Do you want to be able to add different flavors to your tea? If so, look for options with a larger infuser tube that will hold spices or fruit. Tubes that run the whole length of the pitcher, like those in the Ovalware and Aquach models, work well.
Finally, consider whether you want to use a tea bag or loose leaf teas. Some models, like the Sunvivi and Mr. Coffee, will give you much better results with leaf tea. With the Primula, however, you’ll avoid bitter flavors if you use tea bags instead.
Think about clean up
Last but not least, consider how easy it is to clean your coffee maker. Check for any compartments that are difficult to access.
Some models require all the components to be washed by hand. With others, you’ll be able to put the brew basket into the dishwasher, but will need to handwash the rest. And with the Primula, Ovalware and Aquach tea makers, the whole thing is dishwasher friendly.
Time for iced tea!
We hope we’ve helped you in your search for the best iced tea maker! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a machine that will make great iced tea.
Our favorite is Ovalware’s RJ3. We love its quality construction and ability to make a nice strong brew. And with the whole thing being dishwasher friendly, clean up is a breeze.
Whichever model is right for you, we hope you’re soon enjoying refreshing iced tea from your new machine!