America's Test Kitchen tested four small teapots with unusual strainers and dispensing mechanisms that promised to make dealing with loose tea mess-free. In each case, they used the same tea and a four-minute steeping time.
One model, which was made of glass and makes two cups per pot, presses tea like a French coffee press—but it traps the strongest tea inside the solid, closed bottom of the press insert, producing weaker tea than the other pots. Another model was fussy; if the lid of this one-cup brewer didn't click perfectly into place, tea leaked out the bottom valve. The lowest-rated pot couldn't brew even one full cup and didn't contain loose leaves well.
But the folks at ATK did find one favorite that met all their criteria, brewing good, strong tea and keeping loose leaves in check with its ultra-fine-mesh strainer. Watch the video above for more about these picks, or read the full comparison on America's Test Kitchen (free registration required).