I purchased the Steeper because I was sick of crap escaping from the old tea ball so it was time for an upgrade. I was in at Davids satisfying my horrible addiction for teas when I saw it sitting on their shelf, I quickly checked it out and was impressed. Then the girl behind the counter made me a tea and showed me exactly how it worked, I was sold when the tea in the cup was clean as a bell. The unique factor of it also helped push the sale, certainly worth it if you are brewing multiple cups a day. Only downside is it needs to be cleaned fast if you brew a potent tea otherwise it will really stick into the plastic, but this isn’t a design flaw from Davids just the power of Tea in general.