When choosing a teapot, pay special attention to the spout. The top of the spout should come up to the same level as the top of the pot so the pot can be filled without tea spilling out of the spout. Also look at the spout opening. More elongated ones are less likely to drip. Round pots are the easiest to clean out. When selecting one, run your fingers up the inside of the pot. Avoid pots with a prominent ridge on the inside as the wet leaves will catch there when you try to scoop them out.
Know the type of teapot you need. Are you wanting a teapot that sits on the stove or one to fill with boiling water. Not all teapots can be placed on direct heat and can damage the teapot and heating surface.
If you do not typically make tea for more than 1, opt for an all in one teapot. These are smaller giving you enough water for 2 cups of tea and includes a teacup w/ saucer.
Recycle your teapots and teacups!
Give away teapots you are no longer using provided they are in good condition. Use chipped teapots, ones that are missing lids, or teapots that you no longer use, as centerpieces. Fill them up with flowers, fruit or candy arrangements. They make excellent centerpieces since they are the perfect height for uninterrupted conversation at tea time or other meals! Old teacups are great for holding candles. Glue cups are saucers together, drill a hole in the bottom, and plant single flowers. These look great on the windowsill. Keep on your dresser to hold rings or collect the change that jingles in your pocket.
Have a tea break and treat yourself to a new teapot from Teaporia.