Stainless steel tea filters

There are many ways to prepare tea, but one of the most traditional if you make it at home is to use a cup with a filter or a teapot by attaching the infuser yourself. Some cups, as you have already seen, include their own filter, but of course, you can buy them separately. They come in many sizes, shapes and materials, but in this article, we will only focus on 304 stainless steel tea filters.

These types of stainless steel tea filters (also called tea infusers or strainers) are among the most popular because they are extremely practical. They are easy to use, easy to clean, and due to the material they are made of, they are more durable and robust than others.

If you want to buy a steel tea filter (or several), here is an example of what you can find on Amazon today.

We already know that many different types and groups of stainless steel are used in the industry. What are steel tea filters usually made of? Almost always, 304 stainless steel. Stainless steel 304 is one of the most common steel grades in the industry and is characterised by the fact that it does not contain molybdenum. Its proportions vary but are usually around 18% chromium and 8% nickel, i.e. what is known as 18/8 stainless steel (as opposed to 18/10 stainless steel, which we have already discussed on our website).

What are the parts of a stainless steel tea filter?

Generally, a steel tea filter has three distinct elements:

  • The strainer or infuser itself: this is a container with holes that acts as a filter and where the tea leaves to be infused are placed.
  • A pair of handles, which may or may not be folding: they are used to hold the edges of the cup, teapot or container where we have the hot water, and prevent it from falling inside.
  • A lid: to prevent evaporation.
304 stainless steel tea filter with lid for the cups

What should you consider before buying your tea filter?

If it is the first time you buy a stainless steel tea filter, pay attention to these two details:

  • The diameter of the filter: it should be held in place with the handles and fit perfectly in the cup or teapot where you are going to use it.
  • The size of the holes: not all strainers have the same mesh. If the strainer holes are too large, certain teas will leave residue in your brew. In general, the smaller the better.

Extra-large stainless steel strainers

To give you an idea, a normal steel infuser like the ones we are looking at in this article can be 8 or 9 cm high.

But, of course, we may sometimes need more space to infuse a larger amount of tea in larger containers. For that you need to buy a really big tea filter, like the ones we present here:

How to use stainless steel tea filters?

If you are on this page, it is probably because you are already familiar with this type of instrument and know how to use them at home, but just in case, we are going to give you a brief reminder.

Tea filters have a small container or infuser, which is where you place the tea leaves or herbs that you want to infuse. When we have done this, we place it in our teapot or brewing vessel and add the hot water. We put the lid on and wait a few minutes until the water has infused and the tea is to our liking.

You can see it better in this video:

Advantages of stainless steel tea filters

  • They have no plastic components or anything that could harm your food when in contact with hot water.
  • They are resistant: they will not deform or break if you drop them on the floor.
  • They are very easy to wash, even in the dishwasher.

Disadvantages of stainless steel tea filters

  • They do not allow us to see inside, as is the case with glass or plastic ones.
  • They are usually more expensive than tea filters made of any other material.
18/8 Stainless Steel Tea Infuser with Large Capacity & Perfect Size Double Handles, SourceTon Loose...
18/8 Stainless Steel Tea Infuser with Large Capacity & Perfect Size Double Handles, SourceTon Loose...
EASY TO CLEAN & DISHWASHER SAFE - The Tea Strainer is easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
TOCYORIC Tea Infuser Stainless Steel Tea Strainer Steeper Filter with Lid and Double Handles Perfect...
TOCYORIC Tea Infuser Stainless Steel Tea Strainer Steeper Filter with Lid and Double Handles Perfect...
【Easy to Clean】This tea infuser is dishwasher safe, but hand washing recommended.

The best stainless steel tea filter? WMF Gourmet

There are no major differences between most of the stainless steel tea infuser filters you will find on the market and on Amazon. The manufacturing material is always the same (stainless steel group 304). As we have said before, you only have to pay attention to its diameter, and the shape of the handles fit perfectly in the cup or teapot where you are going to use it.

Many of them come from Chinese manufacturers, but one of the exceptions is this steel tea filter from the prestigious WMF brand. Why do we highlight it from the rest? Because it is made of Cromargan 18/10 stainless steel, exclusive material from this German company with greater durability and properties than the normal 304 steel usually used in kitchenware.

It is a tea filter 9.5 cm in diameter (including the rim) and 4.5 cm in height, which is also quite thin and will allow you to infuse teas with more residues without any problems.

WMF gourmet tea strainer, height 4.5 cm, Ø 9.5 cm Cromargan polished stainless steel
WMF gourmet tea strainer, height 4.5 cm, Ø 9.5 cm Cromargan polished stainless steel
height 4.5 cm, Ø 9.5 cm Cromargan polished stainless steel; Indestructible, dishwasher safe and rust-resistant