There are many types of teapots. Each have evolved in different time periods to accommodate peoples needs. The most popular teapot types have been explained here so you know what pot is best to meet your needs.
Clay teapots have been around for centuries. They are known best for retaining the flavour of tea and when used to brew one type of tea numerous times they produce a richer, fuller flavoured tea.
A Yixing teapot is a special type of clay teapot made in the Jiangsu province of China. They are specifically designed for oolong tea gongfu tea trayswhich are midway between black and green teas.
Japanese tea ceremonies usually entail using a clay teapot especially designed for this purpose.
Porcelain teapots lend themselves to intricately painted motifs. Lighter flavoured teas such as green teas and herbal infusions brew well in a porcelain teapot.
Using porcelain to make teapots came some time after the first clay pots were made and ultimately began a new concept of using the teapot not only for function purposes but also as a decorative item in the home.
Today you can purchase many high end quality porcelain teapots which are decorative as well as functional.
The silver teapot became extremely popular in the Victorian period in England amongst the upper class. Extravagant tea parties were not complete without a silver tea set.
What is most attractive about these teapots is that they not only serve to brew and pour your tea but they also look great and can add a touch of elegance to any home. They also make perfect gifts for special occasions and are something that people will have and cherish for years to come which makes them great family heirlooms.
The only disadvantage is they are probably the hardest type of teapot to maintain as they need to be regularly polished in order to keep looking their best.
Glass teapots have become popular over the last 50 years because they do not retain the flavour of teas and therefore can be used for many different types of teas without tarnishing the taste. They can also be used in the dishwasher and microwave which makes for versatile usage and easy cleaning.
Not only are they functional but they also look great because unlike any other teapot you can watch the tea leaves swirl and diffuse flavour.
Often people buy several teapots in order to ensure that while making different types of tea the flavour is not transferred. Depending on what types of teas you will be using your teapot for this may be an option you want to consider. You also may want to consider the size of the teapot to ensure you can fit a tea strainer or infuser inside so you don't end up over steeping you tea.