Ceramic Teapots

Ceramic teapots for tea are possibly the most common material of all those we have in our country. Because of their practicality and because of their value for money, it must be said. They are very basic teapots, which normally incorporate their own filter, and which are very economical, so many users opt to buy several ceramic teapots in different sizes for their day.

It is more difficult to find handmade ceramic teapots, and of course, their price is higher than the industrially produced ones, which are the majority of the ones we will see on this page.

Ceramic teapots come in a variety of styles and shapes. However, they are closely associated with the traditional English teapots and also with some types of traditional Japanese teapots (in particular, the Yokode type, which have a very elongated side handle).

If you are interested in buying your ceramic teapots on Amazon, here is a selection of the most interesting items:

Urban Lifestyle Cambridge POKA0816002 Teapot/Teapot Classic English Shape Ceramic 1.6 L with...
Urban Lifestyle Cambridge POKA0816002 Teapot/Teapot Classic English Shape Ceramic 1.6 L with...
Capacity: 1.6 litres. Dimensions: Ø 26 cm, ↕ 17 cm incl. lid.
Urban Lifestyle Teapot Classic English Shape Ceramic Oxford 1.2 L with Stainless Steel Tea Filter...
Urban Lifestyle Teapot Classic English Shape Ceramic Oxford 1.2 L with Stainless Steel Tea Filter...
Capacity: 1.2 litres. Dimensions: diameter 23 cm, height 16 cm including lid.; Material: high-quality ceramic, hand glazed, dishwasher and microwave safe

Ceramic teapots with filter

A ceramic tea teapot is usually equipped with an infuser. They are also called ceramic teapots with strainers. And when you go to buy a teapot made of this material, you will usually find the filter inside.

Even so, there are some that do not have a filter, as they are made especially for teas that need to be filtered afterwards, which is very common, especially in certain Eastern cultures. So, to be on the safe side, here is a wide selection of ceramic teapots with filters:

Japanese ceramic teapots

A large part of Japanese teapots is associated with a very specific material: cast iron. However, there is not just one kind of Japanese teapot. There are more styles, and some of them, as we explained in the guide to Japanese teapots we have just linked to, is based on ceramics.

If you want to buy a Japanese ceramic teapot, take a look at this list. You will see that many of them are side-grip, or yokode, which incorporate a long cylindrical handle on the side opposite the spout. These Japanese ceramic teapots are made especially for the Japanese tea ceremony, where tea is served to guests facing each other and always seated on the floor.

TEA SOUL Japanese Grey Clay TEAPOT 220ml, Ceramic, Dark Brown, 14.3x14.3x9 cm
TEA SOUL Japanese Grey Clay TEAPOT 220ml, Ceramic, Dark Brown, 14.3x14.3x9 cm
Mainly use to brew green tea, Puer tea and roasted Oolongs.; Size: Ø 8.5 x 16.5 cm, capacity: 220 ml
Kyusu Japanese Teapot, Traditional Tokoname Ceramic, 280 cc, Wabisabi Dark Lines, Round Temari...
Kyusu Japanese Teapot, Traditional Tokoname Ceramic, 280 cc, Wabisabi Dark Lines, Round Temari...
Made in Japan (handmade); Material: Tokoname ceramic; Safety and safety: the product has passed the lead/cadmium inspection.

Chinese ceramic teapots

We should not confuse Chinese teapots with the Japanese ones we have seen before; in fact, the tea ceremony originally comes from the Chinese culture, which then exported to Japan, where it continued to evolve until it became a ritual of its own.

What Chinese and Japanese teapots do have in common is the immense variety of shapes, styles and materials they come in. And among them, of course, are Chinese ceramic teapots, which we can easily distinguish in shop windows by their brightly coloured ornaments, glazes, motifs and markedly oriental shapes.

White ceramic teapots

This is a classic among the classics. It’s economical, it’s tough, it fits in with any décor; white ceramic teapots are one of the groups that fall into the category of “timeless teapots” in their own right.

Ceramic stoneware teapot

We are not going to get into technicalities here. Still, we all know more or less what stoneware is: a special type of vitrified ceramic that is much harder and therefore more resistant than conventional ceramics. Stoneware is also a non-porous ceramic and can be easily coloured.

For all these reasons, stoneware ceramic teapots are the most durable on the market and are usually available in a variety of colours. They are also expensive.

Le Creuset Enamelled Stoneware Classic Teapot, 1.3 Litres, Serves 3-4 Cups, Satin Black,...
Le Creuset Enamelled Stoneware Classic Teapot, 1.3 Litres, Serves 3-4 Cups, Satin Black,...
Enamelled stoneware classic teapot, Serves 3-4 cups, 1.3 litres, Satin Black colour
Teapot 1 Litre Stoneware with Bamboo Handle, Mint Teapot
Teapot 1 Litre Stoneware with Bamboo Handle, Mint Teapot
This mint-coloured teapot is beautifully crafted from stoneware.; A large lid and a bamboo handle round off the design classically

Electric ceramic teapots

When we talk about electric ceramic teapots, we are actually referring to a misconception. In most cases, they are electric kettles (not teapots), i.e. devices that are only used to boil water but not to brew tea in them. How do we differentiate between them? Very simple: they do not have a tea infuser.

There are many types of kettles on the market, and of course, there are ceramic ones among them. If you want to buy an electric ceramic teapot, although we are reluctant to call it a “teapot”, here are some examples:

The best ceramic teapot

As we have already repeated throughout this article, there is such a variety of styles and shapes of ceramic teapots that it is difficult to choose one in particular. In fact, many of them – although they have in common the fact that they are made of ceramic – respond to different infusion needs.

If we have to make a choice, the best ceramic teapot should stand out for its durability. And in this segment, we turn to the prestigious brand Le Creuset, famous among other utensils for its cocotte. This is a ceramic stoneware teapot, which, as we have already seen, is highly resistant to knocks and cracks.

Naturally, the price is also much higher than that of a normal piece, but the quality has to be paid for.

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Le Creuset Enamelled Stoneware Classic Teapot, 1.3 Litres, Serves 3-4 Cups, Teal, 70702131700000
Le Creuset Enamelled Stoneware Classic Teapot, 1.3 Litres, Serves 3-4 Cups, Teal, 70702131700000
Enamelled stoneware classic teapot, Serves 3-4 cups, 1.3 litres, Teal colour

What are the advantages of ceramic teapots?

  • Economy: if we go to the more normal ceramic teapots, we will find very good prices and a wide variety of styles and colours to choose from. It is the most standard material you will find when looking for a teapot.
  • Ceramic, as with earthenware teapots, retains heat well, so if you leave the lid on, your tea will stay hot for a long time.
  • It is a material that can be painted, glazed and decorated in many different ways. If you look for decorated ceramic teapots you will be surprised by the number of different models and styles.
  • They do not require any special cleaning procedures.

Disadvantages of ceramic teapots

  • Fragility: it is obvious that ceramic teapots will suffer a lot if they are knocked or dropped.
  • You cannot put a ceramic teapot directly on the fire. Normally, it will not resist the change in temperature and will crack or burst, but even if it could withstand it, it would lose colour or glaze, and it would be darkened. You can use it in a microwave, but for purist brewing this quality is not relevant.

What are the cheapest ceramic teapots?

We have already said that teapots made of ceramic are among the cheapest on the market. However, if you want to look for the lowest possible price, you can always find the cheapest ceramic teapots if you follow these simple guidelines:

  • Smaller teapots will always cost less than larger ones.
  • Avoid overdone designs and overly exclusive ornamentation. A plain white ceramic teapot is unlikely to be too expensive.
  • Prestige brands generally make more durable and beautiful teapots, but they will also force you to pay more.

The criteria for determining what a cheap ceramic teapot from what is not is is a very subjective and individual consumer thing. Even so, we have taken the liberty of setting the bar at £20, which we think is a very affordable figure for most people. As you will see, there is plenty to choose from below that price:

How do you make a ceramic teapot?

We’re not going to kid you: making a ceramic teapot at home is not a task within everyone’s reach. As a craft, it’s fine, but you need to have some skill and, of course, the right materials at home. In any case, if you are interested, here you have this instructive video to learn how to make a ceramic teapot.