After plain old water, tea is the world’s most consumed beverage. Although the majority of tea purchased in the U.S. in 2015 was bagged tea, loose leaf is most often the way to a tea-lover’s heart. And there are a few practical reasons for that. Tea bags have a short lifespan, and begin losing flavor and quality after six months—even if they’re stored under ideal conditions. On the other hand, tea infusers, also called tea balls, tea makers, and tea eggs, provide enough room for loose tea leaves to expand and allow for a better cup of tea that helps reduce stress. Whether you prefer to reap the benefits of black tea, green tea, white tea, or oolong tea, we have just the animal-themed tea infuser for you.
Studies show pets help relieve stress too, but not everyone is lucky enough to have a furry (or feathered, or scaly) friend around. You can still run with a pack of animal kitchen gadgets nested cozily on every counter and in cabinet. Even if it’s been a beast of a day, when a cute and cuddly creature helps you steep a perfect cup of tea, you’re bound to crack a smile. If you are one of those people who appreciate animals and tea more than humans (and seriously, who could blame you?), proclaim that love without saying a word. Introduce your favorite loose leaf teas to these unique animal-shaped silicone tea infusers.
This happy sloth hugging the side of your mug is downright adorable.
Channel your inner cat lady with this purr-fect tea infuser.
This guy loves nothing more than relaxing at the edge of your cup. Take a hint from him and chill. (Fredandfriends.com, $10)
RAWR! A metal hook is tied to this prehistoric creature, so he can’t stomp away with your tea.
Watch the seahorse bob in your mug as embarks on an under-the-tea adventure.
Live the pug life.
Up your pleasure with these two cute, lovey dovey platypuses.
Duh nuh. Duh nuh. Duh nuh duh nuh.
Darling, it’s better down where it’s wetter.
Help the whale reach the surface of your mug by pulling on its water spout handle.
Baa, baa, white sheep, have you any tea? Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full!
Embrace this steeping power of this totally and completely enchanting sea creature.
This nutty squirrel dips its tea-stuffed tail into your cup for a perfect steep.