Fred & Friends MANATEA Silicone Tea Infuser
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- The infuser is constructed from silicone, which is soft, food-safe and tasteless, so it won't affect the taste of your tea.
- This tea infuser perches on the rim of your tea cup so you don't have to worry about fishing it out.
- 100% BPA-free silicone construction is easy to clean.
- The infuser measures 4-1/2 by 3 inches.
- This product is dishwasher and microwave safe.
- Remember, only authentic MANATEA have the Fred logo on the back of the fin
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The Rhode Island based Fred team works with global artists to create well-designed stuff that will put a smile on your face.
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Top Customer Reviews
I've been drinking sweetened teas lately and recently ordered this brand; Chocolate Monkey Loose Leaf Tea 4 oz. + FREE Pumpkin Spice Chai 4 oz.. Not sure if it is because it is a blend or because it is a "premium" brand but I don't have any issues with anything getting through, which I cannot say about all the teas in my cupboard.
All you need to do with this little guy is fill his little silicone pants with loose leaf tea, perch him in your cup and let him do the rest! Silicone leaves no aftertaste, so this little guy really perfect as long as you use decent size leaves.
UPDATE: We decided to keep Fred, since my kids love him so much. I still stand by my original review, even though a few folks seem to have gotten their panties in a bunch. I steeped tea in this infuser. The tea came through the holes. It's pretty simple. I usually use a metal mesh steeper for rooibos, but wanted something that didn't affect the taste. Fred wasn't the solution, unfortunately. However, even with larger leaf teas, some debris still manages to get through the holes in Fred. Some sink to the bottom, others float round in the tea. It's kind of annoying.
The holes in her silicon trunk are just not holey enough to allow for proper circulation. The only thing that comes close to the disappointed look on my face when I sip what I am hoping will be a freshly brewed cuppa, and taste instead a week mug of almost-nothing (hey, did I mistakenly order the homeopathic tea?), is the forlorn expression on the manatea herself. I think she knows what's going on. She is a tea infuser that does not infuse; she is forlorn, bereft of purpose, just another pretty (if bewhiskered) face.
It's adorable and functional.
It's definitely not like your typical tea steeps/infusers - it takes a bit of effort to take it apart, fill it then put it back together without making a mess.
If you use smaller tea fibers, like needles green or more powder-like tea, the holes are a bit wider than normal so expect some "escapees."
I have a habit of drinking my tea with the infuser still in it. This rates higher in that area because it doesn't move as much as the metal infusers. The little guy stays in place.
I wish his silly little face was more defined.
It's not the best infuser but it's not the worst - to be honest, I can't see how you can really eff up a tea infuser.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got a ton of use from this, great price but it doesn't fit the cups so well. I do love the design and still use it every day for those hectic nights where I just NEED a cup of... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Cynthia Moorefield
I got this as a gift a couple Christmases ago, and it's been my favorite ever since. The design is both functional and adorable. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I mean, it's cute, but for loose leaf tea that can have some small bits throughout it, a real ball tea strainer works much better. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Brandon McDonald
Got this for a friend who loves both sloths and tea. The perfect gift!Published 6 days ago by Amanda
Very adorable design, the bottom has popped off a few times when in use which has essentially ruined my tea. Be cautiousPublished 7 days ago by Makiyah
I had been searching for a tea infuser and came across this one a few times. Right off the bat, it is super cute! Read morePublished 7 days ago by Ayde