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Sunbeam HTM5 Tea Drop 850-Watt Hot-Tea Maker, Black

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  • All-in-one 850-watt tea maker for heating, steeping, and serving hot tea
  • 28-ounce capacity; variable steeping control; keep-warm function
  • Accommodates bagged and loose tea; removable tea basket
  • Stylish glass teapot with generous handle and drip-free spout
  • Measures approximately 8-3/4 by 9 by 10-1/2 inches; 1-year warranty
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Product Description

Color: Black

The Sunbeam Tea Drop Hot Tea Maker is the all-in-one steeping and tea serving solution. Easy to use and clean with a variable steeping control that allows you to make up to 28 oz. of hot tea to your desired taste, accomodates bagged and loose tea.

Product Information

Color:Black
Product Dimensions 9.2 x 6.8 x 10.2 inches
Item Weight 4.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.2 pounds
Manufacturer Sunbeam
ASIN B000C3S73W
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number HTM5
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4.1 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #386,711 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#12,087 in Kitchen & Dining > Tabletop > Cups, Mugs & Saucers > Coffee Cups & Mugs
Date first available at Amazon.com September 1, 2004

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By Wilma Wake on May 15, 2006
Color: Black Verified Purchase
As an avid tea drinker, I was excited about ordering this new product. When it arrived, I couldn't believe that it worked just like a coffee maker and wasn't suited at all for tea.

1. It doesn't heat the water to boiling, which you need for good tea.

2. The tea never steeps, despite the advertising from Sunbeam. The water drips through the tea quickly, just as water drips through coffee grounds. I didn't see any difference in the settings on tea strength. All the tea is extremely weak, as when you just dunk a tea bag in warm water for a few seconds.

I called customer service at Sunbeam to find out if I was doing something wrong. The person I reached tried to work a machine himself, and then went to his supervisor. He finally said that my machine was working fine, so there was nothing to be repaired under my warranty. He asked me how long I expected the tea to steep, and I said that most teas recommend 5 minutes, but that this machine doesn't steep at all even at the highest setting. It just drips through, like a coffee maker, and so I felt their advertising was misleading. He said he would pass my complaint on, but there was nothing he could do for me. I could return it, he said, if I had a sales receipt.

That did not seem sufficient for me, so I am writing this review. I wish I had read the other ones before purchasing it! It is just a coffee maker that is over-priced and inaccurately advertised.
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Color: White
this is not a tea maker -- it is a "wanna-be". as some others have commented, it doesn't steep the tea -- it is just a modified coffee maker & it passes the water over the tea. perhaps for those using grocery store tea bags (which use very finely chopped up tea leaves) it is sufficient, but a true tea lover uses loose-leaf tea or high quality (larger leaf) tea bags which require steeping for 4-6 minutes for most varieties. steeping means letting the tea sit in the hot water to infuse the flavor. even setting the unit on the longest brewing time we got little more than colored water. i was able to get a decent cup of tea only when i used about 4 times the amount of tea i would normally use (and i don't drink my tea particularly stong). when i am paying $39 a pound for my tea, that is an unacceptable solution. very disappointing. this one's going back to the store.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
BACK STORY: I bought the Tea Drop to replace a Mrs. Tea unit that was MANY years old (but still working). I like the shape, color, and weight of the Tea Drop much better. For tea purists, the fact that automatic tea brewers do not bring water to a boil is problematic. For me, it matters not. I am a pragmatist. I just want a good pot of tea with a minimum of attention to the process. I want to push the button, go take a shower, and know that my tea will be waiting when I return. I brew my tea "in the pot"--the same way I had to do it with the Mrs. Tea.

INSTRUCTIONS: Here's my Tea Drop process: Open the top of the water chamber. Remove the holder mechanism and the filter. Fill the water chamber with no more than 30 oz. of water. Replace the holder mechanism, but NOT the filter. Press the chamber lid down at the side tabs until you hear them click and make sure the little directional spout tray (under the word 'Sunbeam') is fully pushed in, otherwise your water will escape as steam and the pot won't fill properly -- I learned that the hard way ;) With in-pot brewing, it doesn't seem to matter much which setting you choose (mild > strong).

Remove the teapot lid and place 4 tea bags in the glass pot. (You can use loose tea, but it's messier and you'll need a strainer when pouring tea into your cup.) When I want just a hint of flavor. I use three black tea bags and one specialty bag (e.g., Earl Grey, Ti Kuan Yin (oolong), orange herb, apricot, mint, etc.) Replace the pot lid, place pot in machine, press the 'on' button and walk away!

It takes about six minutes for the water to heat and pump from chamber to pot. The tea will reach a temp of about 170 degrees F.
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This tea maker workers like a coffee maker, however the "steeping" time is controlled by slowing the passage of the tea/water through the tea grounds into your cup when darker tea is desired. With about twice the normal amount of tea, you can get an okay cup of tea when you select the darkest setting. The trouble is, for really good tea, you want the water to be brought to a rolling boil and you want the water and the tea to stay in contact for 2 to 6 minutes depending on the kind of tea and the strength you like. Neither of these things happen with this tea maker so even when you add twice the amount of tea, you can get a darker cup, but you won't get the kind of full-bodied tea taste that tea lovers like to savor.

That said, this tea maker does keep the tea you have made nicely warmed, so that is a plus. If you're not a fanatic for awesome tea and you don't mind using twice as much tea, you might find this teapot a nice convenience.
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This falls in the "I can no longer live without it, what did I do before I got it?" slot in my book. For anyone wanting to add more tea (healthy antioxidants)this is the thing. I got it hoping it wouldn't be another item on my counter that would eventually find its way into the give away pile. It has replaced the spot on my counter normally reserved for the coffee pot. The coffee pot is now relegated to a less accessible corner as I don't use it as much as I used to. You can make your own blends of teas easily with the brewing baskets. The brew settings are a nice feature. I usually just use the strong setting but the mild settings are nice for some green and herbal teas. I can now make a whole pot of tea to put in my iced tea jar easily. No hassle, no going back to brew another cup of tea. If mine ever meets some sort of disaster, I will buy another one.
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