Tea warmers are one of those accessories for your teapot that may seem curious or sophisticated to the uninitiated. However, users who are used to making tea at home on a regular basis will surely have heard of them on more than one occasion.
A candle teapot warmer is a simple attachment, like a raised tray, where we can place the teapot so that the tea does not get cold. The teapot is placed in the upper part, and in the lower part, there is a small tray or candle holder, where we place, indeed: a candle!
There are also alcohol tea warmers, but the truth is that they are more cumbersome to handle, and we think that the effort and attention should be focused on the preparation of the infusion, not on the handling of the tea warmer. We will not discuss them on this page.
As we agree that this type of accessory is perhaps not the most common in the world, and you may not find them in your usual shop, here is a selection of tea warmers on Amazon so that you can choose:
Please note: teapot warmers are used to maintain the temperature of brewed tea, not to heat water and prepare tea with them (far from it).
What is a tea warmer for?
Teapot warmers with candles allow you to keep your tea hotter for longer once it has been infused and are ideal for taking out during meetings or visits with lots of people. When you have to make a big pot of tea (say, a litre of tea) and you don’t pour it all at once. What do you do with the leftover tea? Do you leave it on the table? Bad option, because in a few minutes it will be cold and will have lost a lot of its qualities.
In these circumstances, a tea warmer is a very useful utensil, which also costs practically nothing. They are very inexpensive, and perhaps the only drawback is that they take up extra space when they are stored unused. But if you use a teapot often, you’ll probably end up using a tea warmer most of the time.
What is the best tea warmer on the market?
When it comes to recommending the best teapot warmer on the market, we will go for this model:
Why this one and not another? Well, because of these arguments:
- It is made of premium porcelain, a more delicate and better quality material than the traditional steel ones.
- It has a cork protector that serves as protection for the base of the teapot.
- Although it is a little more expensive than a normal teapot warmer, it is still a fairly affordable utensil.
Things to consider before buying your tea warmer
- They are available in different materials, but the most common ones are made of glass, stainless steel or ceramic. They can have different designs or decorations on the side.
- We can buy them separately, for any teapot we have at home, or already integrated with a new teapot.
- Some tea warmers include various accessories, such as the candle itself or tongs to safely insert and remove the candle. The candle holder should be included in all tea warmers, as it is considered part of the teaware.
- They can also be used to heat other types of infusions or ingredients, not just tea… as long as the container is the right size and materials to place them on the warmer. Generally, any container or teapot made of borosilicate glass or stainless steel can be heated without any problem. The only thing to watch out for is that your kettle is the right size, neither much larger nor much smaller than the warmer.
- The standard size of tea warmers is between 7 cm (inner diameter) and 15 cm (outer diameter).
Teapots with integrated tea warmer
Teapots with a candle warmer are a very practical option. It is true that sometimes we already have a teapot at home and we want to buy a separate tea warmer to use with it, but if we can choose, it will always be more convenient to buy the teapot and candle warmer set included.
Some of them we have already seen in our guide to glass teapots. When we find a teapot with a tea warmer, it is usually always a glass teapot because the steel ones are able to retain the heat better internally.
How do you use a teapot warmer?
Using a tea warmer is the easiest thing in the world, but if it’s your first time with a tea warmer, it doesn’t hurt to keep a few basic things in mind:
- First, light the candle.
- Then, place it on the candlestick or candle holder. You may need to help yourself with a tool such as tongs… it depends on the design of the tea warmer you are going to use.
- Finally, simply place the teapot on the tea warmer. Make sure that the flame is not so high that it rubs against the base of the teapot.
- Important: the tea should already be brewed and filtered, with no leaves inside. In other words: ready to drink. If you keep the leaves in contact with the water and put the tea on the kettle, it will end up with a bitter aftertaste due to over-infusion.