When I saw this silicone tea infuser and read the promises, I thought I had found a solution to the dripping of tea-balls all over my table or kitchen counter, a solution that would allow me to use only this “magic” spoon, instead of my measuring spoon, the tea ball in 2 parts and the small dish to put the tea-ball after infusing. I did not buy it straight away as I found it a bit expensive. But the colors were so nice.
After about one month, I finally bought it and brought it home very excited.
Then I started using it and reality quickly came back.
1. I mostly brew tea in a teapot (750 or 1000 ml); most of the tea infuser handle gets into the brewing water. It’s not so easy when taking it out to get a strong grip on the wet and hot handles to squeeze sufficiently the infuser, so that it does not drip
2. the silicone egg comes in 2 parts that get closed with the help of small magnets on both side of the egg. The egg can also slide along the metallic handle. As a result, I’ve noticed that both parts of the egg are sometimes not perfectly aligned and then do not close perfectly tight, which means some of the tea leaves end up in the teapot. Moreover, it seems to happen more often when I’m brewing small loose rooibos rather than jasmine pearls or large oolong leaves ;)
3. last thing, after maybe 5 uses, the silicone around one metallic bar out of 4 split vertically; this side of the egg probably tend to move more which probably increased the frequency of problem number 2.
4. the egg opens very largely; I’ve actually never managed to get loose tea from an aluminum tea bag out in the spoon and then close the spoon without spilling half of it over my counter. So I still use the measuring spoon as it’s more convenient.
Honestly I’ve actually come back to my basic tea-balls for most of the time.
In my opinion, his product is a nice-looking but expensive gadget, a bit fragile and not so convenient as promised. I do not recommend its purchase, though it might be somehow practical for use directly in a cup/mug at work, for instance.