Tea Infuser Balls

In the world of tea infusers, there are options for all tastes, but undoubtedly one of the most curious and elegant are the well-known tea eggs, more technically known as tea infuser balls.

What is a tea infuser ball? Well, the name itself indicates it: it is a spherical, or more precisely oval-shaped container, which has several external holes and is used to put the tea leaves inside and infuse them in the water.

The behaviour of the ball tea infusers is similar to that of the classic tea bags that we buy in the supermarket: we put a dose of tea inside and put it in our cup. The prefabricated tea bags have a string so that they can be removed after infusion, and the tea balls have a similar system (usually a chain or a long fixed handle).

The most important difference, of course, is that tea infuser eggs are reusable and can be used as many times as you like. We have to take care to wash them properly and dry them before the next use.

Set of 3 Tea Infuser, Tea Strainer Stainless Steel Ball, Premium Stainless Steel 304 Mesh Tea Ball...
Set of 3 Tea Infuser, Tea Strainer Stainless Steel Ball, Premium Stainless Steel 304 Mesh Tea Ball...
Size and weight: Diameter:(3.5cm,13g)(5.5cm,20g)( 7cm,28g).Diameter of the mesh hole:1 mm.

The main characteristic of these tea eggs is that they are usually used individually, each egg in a cup. If we want to infuse a larger quantity of herbs or leaves (for example, to put in a teapot), we would have to use other types of infusers, such as stainless steel tea filters.

Features of the tea infuser balls

  • They are made of stainless steel.
  • They should be washed in the dishwasher, especially those with very fine mesh.
  • They are very economical.
  • They take up little space if we have to store them for a long time without using them.
  • On Amazon you can buy them separately or in sets of several units.
  • They are usually used for individual tea services, because they are small. However, there are some packs of eggs in different sizes in combination:
Set of 3 Tea Infuser, Tea Strainer Stainless Steel Ball, Premium Stainless Steel 304 Mesh Tea Ball...
Set of 3 Tea Infuser, Tea Strainer Stainless Steel Ball, Premium Stainless Steel 304 Mesh Tea Ball...
Size and weight: Diameter:(3.5cm,13g)(5.5cm,20g)( 7cm,28g).Diameter of the mesh hole:1 mm.

Tea infuser balls with chain

Of course, the balls cannot be a perfect sphere because then we would have to take them out of the water by hand after the infusion is finished, and that is not a good thing for anyone (apart from the fact that we would burn our fingers). For this reason, we can divide tea infuser balls into two groups, depending on the extraction system they offer: those with a chain and those with a fixed handle.

In this first section, we will deal with the former, also called chain tea strainers.

The chain of these infusers has a kind of hook at the end, which is used to attach it to the rim of our cup or glass and prevent it from falling into the tea or dancing around loose on the table.

What should we take into account when buying a tea infuser egg with a chain? Well, two things above all: that it closes perfectly, with no openings, and that its diameter is smaller than that of the cup or glass where we are going to use it. If the egg is not completely submerged in the container, the tea will not infuse well.

Its use is not a mystery, but in any case, here you can see a live demonstration:

Tea infuser balls with handle

The other format is the tea infuser balls with a handle. In this case, the end of the infuser itself is the same or very similar to the chain infuser balls we have seen before, but the chain is replaced by an elongated fixed handle that is left in the air (upwards) while the tea infuses.

The advantages and disadvantages are the same as the chain ones, and there is no reason to prefer one or the other. Material, durability and price are practically identical. So our recommendation is simply that you choose the method that is most comfortable for you in practice.

Porcelain Tea Eggs

Ball tea infusers are almost always made of 304 stainless steel. It is by far their most common material. However, it is possible to find some exceptions like this porcelain tea infuser ball.

It is a tea infuser egg with a stainless steel chain, made entirely of white ceramic, 4.1 cm in diameter. There are not many more examples like this on the market, so if you are looking for a ceramic or porcelain tea egg, we can only recommend this one.

Tea eggs with container

And finally, we have the tea infuser balls with a tray or with a container. It is simply a small saucer or accessory tray that serves to place the egg on it when we take it out of the infusion and thus prevent puddles of tea from forming on the table. It is true that we could use any object in the house for this purpose (such as the lid of a canning jar), but it is always better if it is integrated into our infuser.

Westmark Tea Egg Infuser, Oval, With base, Teatime, Stainless steal, ø 4,3 cm, 15772280
Westmark Tea Egg Infuser, Oval, With base, Teatime, Stainless steal, ø 4,3 cm, 15772280
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