The Best Iced Tea Makers for Hot Summer Days
Nothing goes better with an afternoon sitting on the porch or an evening grilling out in the backyard than a refreshing glass of iced tea. A crisp, cold cup of this classic Southern beverage is the ultimate antidote to sweltering summer heat. In the South, preferred types of tea are a personal (and sometimes controversial) choice. On the one side, passionate sweet tea purists (find out our secret to making the best batch here). On the other, iced tea stalwarts who'd never consider sipping on the sweet stuff. And somewhere in between are the creatives who toss in fruity flavors like peach or raspberry. Whatever your go-to brew, there's likely a pitcher chilling in the fridge in case company comes by. Here, our top iced tea makers so you'll have your favorite ready to pour all summer long.
Non-electric: Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker
BUY IT: $27; amazon.com
Use this dishwasher-safe, 2-quart pitcher to quickly and easily brew iced tea on a hot summer day. Refreshing batches are ready in less than 10 minutes. Add your choice of tea to the infuser, pour in boiling water, and let brew. Toss in some ice and shake for 30 seconds to flash chill your tea. With a leakproof lid, this budget-friendly pitcher can be stored on its side to fit in the fridge.
Electric: Nostalgia Iced Coffee Maker
BUY IT: $40; amazon.com
Amazon's best-selling iced tea maker won't break the bank. This model brews big batches; its glass pitcher holds 3 quarts, so you can easily serve a crowd when hosting family and friends for dinner. Nostalgia's electric tea maker allows you to choose your brew strength for your favorite loose leaf tea or tea bags. It can also be used to make cold brews and iced lattes, so you can enjoy coffeeshop favorites at home.