Ok, my first ever note! Hope I don’t screw this up! :)
I have had the IngenuiTEA for awhile. Quite awhile. Nearly five or six years, I think!
It’s nice when you forget to time your tea and are going by color (like i usually do!) and I love the fact that it’s microwaveable. I used to take it with me whenever I would go anywhere and when you are in a hotel, late (or almost) for a rehearsal it’s nice to dump water and tea and zap for 3 minutes. Not the best cup, but convenient!
The strainer is great, very tight, so you can use just about any leaf and you don’t even get much dust in the mug either! As someone mentioned before, it doesn’t have a very large bottom, so you can’t use a larger mug, but I don’t find that too much of a turn off. I mean, it’s only a few seconds inconvenience when I make my 16oz mug. Plus, if you’re really worried about it, you can finagle it so the feet are on the inside of the rim, and the “spout” (drain? plug?) is still inside the cup as well!
I gotta say, I loved the thing. Until it broke.
Even though Adagio says it is “shatter proof plastic” it’s not. Well, I guess the carafe is, but not the feet. And not the hinge that keeps the lid on. I had to buy a replacement twice (because Adagio only will replace it under warranty within the first 30 days) once because the foot was broken (causing it to tip and leak tea EVERYWHERE) and once because the hinge broke and the lid no longer attaches.
Once it broke the third time, I switched to the..well I don’t exactly know what it is, since it doesn’t have a brand on it, and my mother bought it for me! It looks much like the TEAZE infuser. I like its durability much more, though it is MUCH more difficult to take apart due to the narrow middle.
I still use the IngenuiTEA when both my cafe-loving boyfriend and I want a cup of tea. He gets his tea steeped with no lid, and I use the new one.
So for convenience and usability, very high marks, for durability, not so much!
(Phew, hope that was alright!)