Best Iced Tea Makers to Refresh Yourself in Summer Heat

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 13, 2017
On a hot day, nothing can be better than a sip of chilling ice-cold tea. Instead of paying for every cup, why not buy an iced tea maker and enjoy your favorite drink at any moment? And our 5 best iced tea makers review will help you make the choice! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
CAPACITY
BREWING TIME
BEVERAGES
TEA STRENGTH
OPERATION
FUNCTIONS
CONVENIENCE AND CARE
PACKAGE
WARRANTY
 
PROS
A manual tea strength selector allows getting an individual tea taste. A removable glass water tank is easy and convenient to fill and clean in a dishwasher.
CONS
A glass pitcher is a bit fragile and needs more delicate care.
OUR VERDICT
Owing to stainless steel body elements, this iced tea maker has an amazing design. You'll be surprised how easy you can make refreshing iced tea. Сapresso iced tea maker is an ultimate choice for a family of 3-4 persons or a small party. There are models with 1 and 2 pitchers.
detailed parameters
CAPACITY
2.5 Qt
BREWING TIME
Up to 10 minutes
BEVERAGES
Loose tea, Tea bags, and Coffee
TEA STRENGTH

Manual brew strength selector 

OPERATION
Electric
FUNCTIONS
Auto switch-off
CONVENIENCE AND CARE
Removable water tank, Pitcher fill lines, Dishwasher safe
PACKAGE
1 Removable brew basket, 1 Removable cleanable filter, Pitcher lid, Recipe book with 18 refreshing recipes
WARRANTY

1 Year

PROS

For hassle-free long-term use, this model comes complete with a permanent reusable filter. Meanwhile, the boiler compartment features steam vents to prevent overheating. 

CONS

A manual selector might seem inconvenient.

OUR VERDICT

A stylish and easy-to-use automatic iced tea maker from Mr. Coffee will find its place in any kitchen. Delivered with a number of additional recipes, in mere minutes, it will make a full pitcher of fruit iced tea lemonade or any other brew to your liking to enjoy with your family and friends.

detailed parameters
CAPACITY

2.5 Qt

BREWING TIME

Up to 10 minutes 

BEVERAGES

Loose tea and tea bags

TEA STRENGTH

Manual brew strength selector 

OPERATION

Electric 

FUNCTIONS

Auto switch off, Power On Indicator

CONVENIENCE AND CARE

Removable water tank, Pitcher fill lines, Water reservoir window, Dishwasher safe pitcher and lid

PACKAGE

1 Removable brew basket, 1 Removable reusable filter, Pitcher lid, Recipe book with 20 refreshing tea recipes

WARRANTY

1 Year 

PROS

A high capacity pitcher will cater to the needs of a big family and is a real find for friendly gatherings, backyard or pool parties.

CONS

It takes some efforts to remove and clean a brew basket.

OUR VERDICT

If you have a large family that drinks lots of tea or you often host get-togethers with friends, this capacious iced tea maker is for you. Offered in three color designs, this model will perfectly match any kitchen style and interior.

detailed parameters
CAPACITY

3 Qt

BREWING TIME

Up to 10 minutes

BEVERAGES

Loose tea and tea bags

TEA STRENGTH

Manual brew strength selector 

OPERATION

Electric 

FUNCTIONS

Auto switch off, Power On Indicator

CONVENIENCE AND CARE

Removable water tank, Pitcher fill lines, Dishwasher safe pitcher 

PACKAGE

1 Removable brew basket, Pitcher lid, Recipe book 

WARRANTY

1 Year 

PROS
A removable sweetener compartment allows West Bend iced tea maker to make sweet tea without stirring.
CONS
Pitcher lid is a bit loose and might cause leakage while pouring the tea.
OUR VERDICT
By virtue of its large capacity, this electric iced tea maker can make about 10 cups of iced tea at a time! It is an ultimate solution for a party on a hot day! The best iced tea maker for daily use by a family of 3-4 persons! And it is available in a set of 2 items.
detailed parameters
CAPACITY
2.75 Qt
BREWING TIME
Up to 10 minutes
BEVERAGES
Loose tea and Tea bags
TEA STRENGTH
3 tea strengths
OPERATION
Electric
FUNCTIONS
Auto switch-off, On indicator light
CONVENIENCE AND CARE
Pitcher fill lines, Manual wash
PACKAGE
1 Removable brew basket, 1 Removable reusable tea filter, Removable sweetener chamber, Pitcher lid
WARRANTY

1 Year 

PROS
With an airtight lid, you can put the pitcher in a laid down position in a fridge, thus saving some space in a refrigerator for other food or drinks.
CONS
You will have to boil water separately.
OUR VERDICT
You can easily take this Takeya iced tea maker to a family picnic for it is really portable and convenient. There are 1-2 quart models for individual use or for a family of 2-3 persons. Besides, it is available in various colors for you to choose the one you like.
detailed parameters
CAPACITY
2 Qt (1 Qt available)
BREWING TIME
3-5 minutes
BEVERAGES
Loose tea and Tea bags
TEA STRENGTH
Depends on the amount of tea
OPERATION
Manual
FUNCTIONS
Airtight lid for efficient mixing
CONVENIENCE AND CARE
Dishwasher safe
PACKAGE
1 Removable filter, Tea infuser, Airtight lid
WARRANTY

1 Year 

What is an Iced Tea Maker

Today, tea is considered one of the most popular beverages worldwide. On a hot summer day, when you suffer from thirst nothing can compare to a glass of refreshing iced tea. However, it will take you a lot of time to constantly heat water, brew tea and cool it to an ice-cold temperature. But with an iced tea maker, you will need only several minutes to make a cup of reviving iced cold tea. Just put some tea into the filter, fill in the water tank, and put some ice into the pitcher. Then turn it on and in several minutes you will enjoy a nice cooling beverage!

If you are a big fan of coffee, some models of cappuccino makers will please your taste with an iced cappuccino. Or you can refresh yourself with a glass of soda from a soda maker.

What Features to Compare

Capacity 

The amount of tea you can make at a time depends on a pitcher capacity. Pitcher capacities range from 1 to 3 Quarts. Compact 1-Qt carafes are suitable for individual use or maximum for 2 persons. The bigger 2-Qt iced tea maker models will be a convenient solution for a family of 2-3 persons. Large 2-3-Qt iced tea makers will be perfect for a big family as well as for a party or a picnic, to cheer your guests with wonderful cold beverages. Another important aspect is preparation time, since when you turn the iced tea maker on, you are longing to get a refreshing drink as soon as possible. Usually, the preparation time ranges from 3 to 10 minutes. The more water you pour into the water tank, the longer it will take to brew your tea or coffee, and vice versa.  

Preparation Options

Iced tea makers differ by a number of beverages they can make, and by a tea strength adjustment feature. Some models brew only bagged tea while other can brew loose tea too. It will allow you to choose your favorite tea among a large variety of flavors offered by different manufacturers. There are even models of some best iced tea makers that can also brew coffee for you to enjoy a nice iced coffee drink. Many iced tea makers feature tea strength adjusting between a strong and rich flavor and a mild and delicate one. However, for units without this feature, you can get the desired strength by adjusting the amount of water.

Usability

There are manual and electric iced tea makers. Electric units heat up the water, pass it through a tea filter, and then pour tea into the pitcher. You only need to fill the water tank, plug the unit in, and turn it on. Meanwhile, manual models come without water heating option and you will need a kettle to boil the water. Besides, iced tea makers usually feature a number of specific functions. Some units have an option of automatic switch-off when brewing is done, and you don't have to monitor the process. An indicator light shows when the process is over. A removable water tank will simplify the filling process, and the indicator lines will show the maximum water level to prevent pitcher overfill when you add more ice. Some models come with a glass pitcher that requires delicate care, while the others have a lightweight and more durable plastic jar. A dishwasher-safe feature is another convenient option that will make operation of your iced tea maker easier. The standard package for different models also varies. For example, a brew basket is more convenient to prepare bagged tea, while a removable reusable filter is better suited for loose tea. An additional coffee filter will allow avoiding residual coffee flavor when you make tea. A sweetener chamber will ensure sweetness of your tea without extra stirring. With a pitcher lid, you can easily store brewed tea in a fridge. And a recipe book gives you a chance to play with flavors of your refreshing drinks.

If you pay attention to the above-mentioned aspects, we believe you will easily pick the right iced tea maker for yourself. Enjoy an excellent taste of freshly brewed and chilled tea with minimum efforts. 

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Capresso 624

Capacity

Сapresso iced tea maker comes with a 2.5Qt pitcher where you can make up to 10 servings of refreshing cold tea. This capacity is enough for a family of 3-4 persons or even for a group of friends or a small party . It will take you only from 5 to 10 minutes to make tea. The brewing time mostly depends on the amount of drink you prepare and on the desired tea strength. Traditional tea making and cooling process will take much more time anyway.
Review of Capresso 624 White/Stainless

Preparation Options

This best iced tea maker can brew not only bagged and loose tea but also amazing iced coffee. You only need to pour ground coffee into the filter and turn the device on. Capresso iced tea maker brews coffee in a way similar to a drip coffee maker, giving you a delicious and refreshing drink. A strength lever on the front panel will allow you to select the desired tea strength, from the light and delicate to harsh and intensive. To create your own blend, you can also add some sugar, flavored syrup or fruit on top of ice and simply stir it when the drink is made. Go ahead and try it!
Capresso 624 White/Stainless in the use

Usability

This is an electric iced tea maker, it is easy and convenient to operate. It features a removable water tank with fill indicators. You can simply fill Сapresso iced tea maker with a tap water. When the brewing process is complete, the unit will automatically switch off. The glass pitcher is dishwasher safe and has convenient ice fill indicators. Capresso #624 comes with a removable reusable filter for tea and coffee. Meanwhile, the manufacturer recommends purchasing an additional reusable filter for coffee to avoid coffee flavor and taste in your tea. A pitcher lid will allow you to keep a nice fresh drink in a refrigerator. And finally, a recipe book will give you an idea of new blends and flavors for your refreshing beverages.
Detailed review of Capresso 624 White/Stainless

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Mr. Coffee 2-in-1 Iced Tea Brewing System

Professional-grade Design That Offers Extremely Simple Operation

At a glance, you might think that this iced tea machine is a piece of professional equipment for cafes and coffee houses and it will take you time to get the hang of it. However, you'll be surprised how easy it is to operate. The unit consists of a boiler tank and a pitcher and has very simple controls. All you need is to fill in the water tank, put some loose tea or several tea bags to the brew basket, adjust the brew strength with a selector switch and let the machine do the rest of the job for you. 

The removable brew basket comes complete with a permanent reusable filter which is easy to clean and will save you the hassle of buying extra paper filters. Using soft water for brewing, you will have to clean the filter every eighty cycles but in case of hard water, the cleanup is required after forty brewing cycles. 

Thanks to a special window in a water reservoir, you will always pour just the right amount of water and avoid overfills. With an auto switch function, you don't have to worry about remembering to turn the unit off. The appliance will switch off automatically once your tea is ready. 

The only thing to keep in mind is a glass pitcher. Avoid cleaning it with abrasive detergents. It's better to clean it in a dishwashing machine since it is dishwasher safe. 

Review of Mr. Coffee 2-in-1 Iced Tea Brewing System

Experiment With Tea Blends and Flavors to Your Taste

All iced tea lovers will highly appreciate adjustable brewing strength available in this model. With a handy brew strength selector, you can make custom-brew fresh gourmet iced tea just the way you like it. To create a unique drink, you can use fine tea leaves with a clear bold taste or flavored-infused tea sachets. Besides, you can experiment with ingredients, mixing some syrups or fresh berries into your tea after brewing as well as customize the brewing time and the amount of ice or sugar to get a bolder or milder tea drink.

In the box, you will also find a recipe book offering 20 delicious recipes to enjoy coffeehouse-style teas at home.   

Mr. Coffee 2-in-1 Iced Tea Brewing System in the use

Drip-free Brewing and Spill-free Pouring

A pivoting brew head perfectly aligns with a pitcher, ensuring that all tea will get into the pitcher and there will be no mess on the countertop. The glass pitcher looks nice enough to use it for serving and it also comes with a lid. A pointy spout is perfect for precise pouring without any spills and splashes over the table while an ergonomic pitcher handle provides a convenient grip for secure handling.

Detailed review of Mr. Coffee 2-in-1 Iced Tea Brewing System

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Mr. Coffee 2-in-1 Iced Tea Brewing System
Mr. Coffee 2-in-1 Iced Tea Brewing System
 

Mr. Coffee TM70 Iced Tea Maker

A Real Find for Enjoyable Get-togethers

Whether you host a pool party, weekend BBQ, or simply invite friends to play cards and chat while sitting on the terrace on a nice summer evening, there will be hardly anyone who would refuse a glass of chilling iced tea. This is where the TM70 Iced Tea Maker from Mr.Coffee will come in handy. A high-capacity 3 Qt pitcher allows making about 6 cups of a refreshing drink at a time without much effort from your side. 

Since the unit is automatic, you just pour cool water into the appliance, add tea, align the pitcher, press the button, and walk away to enjoy your time with friends. As simple as that! In ten minutes, the machine will switch off and the indicator light on the power button will go off to let you know that your drink is ready to be served. 

Like many other models, the TM70 works great with both tea leaves and bagged tea. Most avid tea lovers who like the astringent and bold taste of strong tea, prefer loose gourmet ground tea. Meanwhile, to create your own custom-flavored iced tea drinks, you can take some flavored tea bags and even add some fresh fruit, mint, ginger, honey, brown sugar or other ingredients into freshly brewed tea. And the recipe book that comes in the package will help you make unforgettable refreshing drinks to taste yourself and impress all your family members and friends.

Review of Mr. Coffee TM70 Iced Tea Maker

Packed With Usable Details

Being fully automatic, the Mr.Coffee TM70 Iced Tea Maker has very simple controls offering a number of usability features for your convenience. The pitcher is dishwasher safe that makes cleaning a breeze and allows you to save water as well as your time and efforts on cleaning.

If you want to brew loose tea, it's worth using a filter. This model is compatible with ordinary paper filters like those used for coffee machines. A filter will prevent tea leaves from getting into the pitcher and can be easily disposed and replaced by a new one available in any store. Moreover, with such filter, you can even use finely ground coffee beans to make iced coffee too. 

Indicator lines on the water reservoir and on the carafe will help you pour the necessary amount of water and ice. Meanwhile, the service lid is very convenient for pouring the drink right from the pitcher or storing it in the fridge. 

Mr. Coffee TM70 Iced Tea Maker in the use

Choose the Color to Your Liking

Many people choose kitchen appliances very carefully to perfectly match the interior design and kitchen style. 

This iced tea maker is offered in three vivid colors: Blue, Watermelon, and Teal to ideally blend with other appliances and accessories and add a color splash to your kitchen.

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Mr. Coffee TM70 Iced Tea Maker
Mr. Coffee TM70 Iced Tea Maker
 

West Bend 68305T

Capacity

West Bend 68305 iced tea maker boasts one of the largest pitchers, 2.75 Qt. Just imagine, it can make about 13-14 cups of ice-cold tea in one go! It is a perfect choice not only for a big family but also for different events like a party, celebration or just a friends drop-in. Prepare your special iced tea to amaze your friends with its unique flavor similar to the tea made in a teahouse or a restaurant. Moreover, the whole brewing cycle will take 10 minutes at most. It is extremely quick to cheer up and refresh yourself, your family, and friends!
Review of West Bend 68305T Green/White

Preparation Options

If your favorite tea is available only in a loose form, don't get upset! This West Bend iced tea maker features a very simple design for making both loose and bagged tea. It has two different baskets for loose leaves and for tea bags. To get a perfect tea strength and flavor, this model offers brewing time and steep strength settings. With a brew strength selector on the front panel, you can choose between three strength levels, from mild and delicate to rich and intensive.
West Bend 68305T Green/White in the use

Usability

If you have ever used drip coffee makers, you will not have any problem with this device. West Bend iced tea maker is very easy and convenient to use. Simply fill in the water reservoir and pour ice into the pitcher following indicator lines. Though made of high-quality plastic, the pitcher is not dishwasher-safe and requires manual cleaning. West Bend 68305 comes with a removable brewing basket and a reusable filter for loose tea. In addition, it is one of the few models that have a sweetener compartment allowing you to get sweet tea without constantly stirring it. When the brewing cycle is complete, this electric iced tea maker will switch off automatically. Besides, it has an indicator light showing whether the process is over. The pitcher lid will keep your tea cold when you put it in a fridge. Iced tea is a nice drink to refresh yourself at any time. And this model will make it your favorite beverage!
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Takeya 11175

Capacity

Takeya Flash Chill iced tea maker is available in two pitcher sizes: 1 Qt and 2 Qt. It is about 4 and 8 glasses of ice-cold tea respectively. A large capacity 2-Qt pitcher is the best choice for a family of 3-4 persons while a small 1-Qt jar is often enough for individual use. The brew time is from 3 to 5 minutes depending upon the tea variety. You need less time to steep green or white tea, but the taste of black or herbal tea will be deeper and more intensive after a longer brew.
Review of Takeya 11175 2 Quarts Avocado

Preparation Options

This model is dedicated only to tea steeping. The Takeya iced tea maker allows brewing both bagged and loose tea. It is very convenient since there are tea varieties that are available only in bags, while others are offered solely in loose leaves. But with this best iced tea maker, you will always have your favorite cooling tea. Though this model has no steep strength lever, you can adjust the tea strength with the amount of tea you put into the infusion filter.
Takeya 11175 2 Quarts Avocado in the use

Usability

This is a fully manual "back to basics" iced tea maker. So, no need to plug it in to make some iced tea. The patented Flash Chill® technology makes the brewing process simple and fast. Just put your favorite tea into a long removable and reusable filter, add some boiling water, and close it to let the tea infuse. When the tea is brewed, pull out the filter, add the desired amount of ice, and mix it. That's it! Enjoy your delicious refreshing drink! The pitcher of this Takeya iced tea maker is made of BPA-free high-quality plastic and it is dishwasher safe. Airtight lid with a convenient handle is a distinctive feature of this model that allows you to keep it in a fridge either in an upright or down position.
Detailed review of Takeya 11175 2 Quarts Avocado

 
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