Fred DEEP TEA DIVER Silicone Tea Infuser
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- FUN & FUNCTIONAL: Save waste and add a little fun to your tea time with DEEP TEA DIVER! This clever design is sure to make you smile. DEEP TEA DIVER is packed in a colorful box perfect for gifting
- EASY TO USE: Simply fill with your favorite loose leaf tea and place in your cup to steep. The tea infuser's stainless steel "air tank" serves as a counterweight for the infuser
- PREMIUM QUALITY & AUTHENTIC: When you purchase tea infusers from Genuine Fred, you are guaranteed an original product that is constructed from food-safe, BPA-free silicone. This material is soft, non-toxic, and tasteless, so it won't affect the flavor of your tea
- HASSLE-FREE CLEANING : After use, discard the loose tea leaves and rinse with hot water. Dishwasher safe
- ECO-FRIENDLY & REUSEABLE: The dunk-brew-toss routine of normal tea bags contribute tons of waste to landfills and are not sustainable for our planet. Fred reusable silicone tea infusers for loose leaf tea are the ideal, eco-friendly alternative! You can drink the same amount of tea without the waste
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Sustainable & Reusable
The dunk-brew-toss routine of normal tea bags contribute tons of waste to landfills and are not sustainable for our planet. Fred reusable silicone tea infusers for loose leaf tea are the ideal, sustainable alternative! You can drink the same amount of tea without the waste!
Sustainable & Reusable
Fun & Functional
Easy to Use!
Remove off the base of the infuser. The silicone material is flexible and easy to handle.
Fill with your favorite loose leaf tea and reattach the infuser. Allow room for the leaves to expand slightly.
Place in your mug of hot water and enjoy perfectly brewed tea in minutes!
So what’s the deal with Fred, anyways?
FRED focuses on well-designed stuff that solves a problem, puts a smile on your face, and doesn’t cost a fortune. We delight in taking everyday, functional products and turning them into something fresh and unexpected, something funny, something personal.
FRED is made up of a ragtag group of designers and product development specialists who are devoted to bringing amusing, intriguing and useful ideas to life. We’re also devoted to beer . . . and cake.
Working from our renovated factory offices in Pawtucket, Rhode Island — the cradle of the American Industrial Revolution — we each bring our own blend of unique ideas, tastes and backgrounds to Fred’s table. It’s a stew for success! And fun. We have a ton of fun.
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Save waste and add a little fun to your tea time with the DEEP TEA DIVER from Fred! Simply fill with your favorite loose leaf tea and then submerge into the hot depths of your teacup! The tea infuser's stainless steel "air tank" serves as a counterweight for the infuser. The infuser is constructed from BPA-free silicone, which is soft, food-safe and tasteless, so it won't affect the taste of your tea. The silicone construction is easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
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* Really cute
* BPA free
* It sometimes holds tea and fits in a tea cup
* Pain to fill with loose tea. The opening in the bottom of the diver is small, and the silicone itself is very soft, so bits of tea stick to the rim of the infuser where it prevents a complete seal, and to the outside of the infuser where you can't really get them off, resulting in bits of tea floating in your beverage or worse, failure of the seal and tea all over the place.
* Silicone is too thick. This causes the infuser to fail by trapping air that causes the infuser to float. When it floats, it doesn't really infuse into your hot water or it infuses so SLOWLY that your tea is cold before you even get to drink it. The only way to avoid this is to pack the infuser tight with an unnecessarily large amount of your expensive tea so as to eliminate air spaces in the infuser. Of course, if your tea expands too much, it causes the seal to fail, and we're right back to having tea all over the place.
* Metal doohickey on the end of your infuser prevents you from warming tea in the microwave. Who would do that? Somebody who has been waiting 15-20 minutes for their tea to steep because their adorable infuser is floating at the top of the cup, laughing at them.
* Pain to clean up. Just as air gets stuck in his noggin when you're trying to brew the tea, the tea itself gets stuck there when you're trying to clean him up.
The infuser is so cute I kept it for 3 years. I tried and tried the first few weeks of those three years to come up with the right balance, or technique, or whatever to make it work; then I put it in the cupboard. It seemed too cute to just toss away so I justified keeping it as a "back up" in case my other infusers failed or broke. Today I got it down, filled it with my Jade Citrus Mint tea, and watched it float at the top of my cup, as my weak, sad tea became cold.
Today I cut his tank line, exposed him to microwave radiation, and ultimately, after a moment of silence, consigned him to the depths of Jones' locker, aka, my Hefty bag.
I'm giving it a 3 star versus the 2 I was originally going to go with because the company is good. The item came quickly and intact. I was highly satisfied with them.
In terms of cleaning, it's not that great. Maybe for loose teas that are finer or more pellet-like, but for full-leaf teas (or gunpowder/jasmine varieties) it's okay. Tea leaves tend to bunch up and get stuck in the helmet - you'll probably need a toothpick or chopstick to dig it out. The infuser is silicone and dishwasher safe. Tea does need extra time to steep (the infuser tends to trap air and float). I probably wouldn't buy it again just on that basis, but it is pretty cute.
For starters, the diver alone measures roughly 2 1/4", with the cord being about 6 1/2". There are holes on the back of the "head" as well as on the front "stomach" and on his back. But my immediate response when I first unpacked it were that the holes were tiny. Moreso then I expected and i've found that its to the point that the water has a hard time penetrating the infuser. Originally I thought maybe I had it packed too tight but that wasn't the case when I packed it about half full.
I then thought maybe it was the type of tea (originally using black loose leaf), but moving onto green, white and then herbal, I've noticed that its the same thing. I find myself looking at a floating infuser and you can clearly see air pockets inside. Most times I end up using the cord to try and "snap" the infuser up and down to force the air bubbles out so the water can get inside to steep. Most of the time it does work however u can imagine what a pain this is when your dealing with water that's just anywhere from 175 degrees to boiling.
Another complaint is the hour-glass style design. I get that its supposed to be a diver, however after steeping, I notice that I always end up having to use a finger or the handle of a spoon to loosen up the tea leaves to get it all out and clean. Not usually an issue once it cools down but I like to make a stronger cup of tea by steeping twice and cleaning it gets to be a pain when you have to stick your finger into a hot infuser to get out hot tea leaves.
Also, with regards to the strength, while some prefer to steep tea for a longer period to make a strong brew, I prefer the dual steep approach. I've found that I can fit about a teaspoon and a half in this infuser. While that's pretty good, lets be honest, not many people drink out of a tiny 8 oz tea cup anymore. My mug at work is 12 oz so making a stronger cup requires at least two brew cycles. And referring back to the paragraph above, its rather inconvenient emptying and repacking when its hot.
So if a cute infuser is your thing and you don't necessarily care about strength or functionality, this might be for you. For those looking for a stronger cup of tea or even just a regular strength cup that's larger in size (over 8-10 oz), i'd suggest trying something else, such as the SS ones ive seen that will hold the leaves under the water and can hold at least two teaspoons worth.
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Well worth the money though.