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The 5 Best Iced Tea Pitchers

We tested a variety of styles of iced tea pitchers to find the perfect models to hold your refreshing beverages
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Best Iced Tea Pitcher Review (We tested for weeks to find the best iced tea pitchers on the market.)
We tested for weeks to find the best iced tea pitchers on the market.
Credit: Dana Raidt
By Dana Raidt ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 15, 2023

The Best Iced Tea Pitchers


We researched 25 of the best iced tea pitchers available today before buying and testing 8 popular and high-performing glass and plastic models of all types and styles. Finding the ideal iced tea pitcher for your kitchen can be a disappointing process, as some tend to break, crack, or even make your favorite beverage taste worse. If you're in the market for a pitcher that brews great-tasting tea, holds up to wear and tear, won't leak, and is easy to clean (and looks great doing all of this), you're in the right place.

We've tested a huge variety of kitchen and dining gear, like the best cups and top-rated flatware sets. We've also got the scoop on the best coffee-related goods from the best Keurigs to our favorite French presses and the best pour over coffee makers, as well as useful kitchen appliances from the best air fryers to the best blenders.

Editor's Note: We updated this review on August 15, 2023, to remove a discontinued pitcher from our lineup.

Top 8 Iced Tea Pitchers

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Pros Square shape fits well in fridge, lightweight, durable, liter markingsThick glass, tight seal, low heightSturdy handle, shatterproof shell, different color options
Cons No spout filtration, tricky lidNo spout filtration, not heat resistant, counterintuitive lidHarder to clean, loosely-sealed lid, pitcher tends to slip from shell when disassembled
Bottom Line The small footprint of this square pitcher saves valuable refrigerator real estateA no-frills, heavy-duty pitcher that seals up tight and looks nice on your tableThe fun colors and plastic shatterproof shell on this pitcher makes it great for kids
Rating Categories Komax Large Pitcher Bormioli Rocco Herm... Delove 68 Ounce Gla...
Leakage Potential (25%)
8.0
6.0
7.0
Durability (20%)
9.0
7.0
5.0
Design (20%)
7.0
6.0
9.0
Cleaning (20%) Sort Icon
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Brew and Infuse Functionality (15%)
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Specs Komax Large Pitcher Bormioli Rocco Herm... Delove 68 Ounce Gla...
Material Plastic Glass, plastic lid Borosilicate glass, plastic/stainless lid, plastic shell
Volume 77 oz 68 oz 68 oz


Best Overall Iced Tea Pitcher


Hiware 68 Ounce Glass Pitcher


91
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Leakage Potential 8.0
  • Durability 9.0
  • Design 9.0
  • Cleaning 10.0
  • Brew and Infuse Functionality 10.0
Material: Borosilicate glass, stainless steel lid | Volume: 68 ounces
REASONS TO BUY
Mesh filter
Stovetop heating
Easy to clean
Comes with cleaning brush
REASONS TO AVOID
Lid not airtight
Bulky in the fridge

The Hiware 68 Ounce Glass Pitcher scored well in every test metric, earning the title of our favorite pitcher. This multitasking glass iced tea pitcher checks all the boxes — it's roomy, attractive, lightweight, and easy to clean. Unlike the pear-shaped glass pitchers we tested, its cylindrical shape gives it a sturdy feel, with a better center of gravity when carrying it or storing it in the fridge. A big bonus of the Hiware 68 is that it can go directly on the stovetop —convenient for brewing right in the pitcher. Amazingly, the glass handle stayed cool to the touch even while the water boiled inside (which was not the case for the two other stove-safe glass pitchers we tested).

The Hiware 68's stainless steel lid includes a filter spout option and a fine mesh strainer (similar to the filter in a French press coffee maker) that filters loose-leaf tea, resulting in clear, perfectly brewed tea with no floating leaves or debris. Cleaning was also a breeze; the wide mouth allows easy handwashing with the included brush, and the whole thing is dishwasher safe. However, you'll want to rinse the lid well immediately after use because tea bits or fruit pulp could easily get lodged in the lid parts. The lid lacks a silicone ring and isn't airtight, so those rough on their pitchers will find it leaks big-time if tipped. The lid did not allow any odor transfer between the pitcher and refrigerator. Overall, the Hiware 68 is a wonderful choice for just about any kitchen, especially those where loose-leaf tea is a favorite.

iced tea pitcher - this all-in-one product quickly rose to the top with its convenient...
This all-in-one product quickly rose to the top with its convenient and excellent performance.
Credit: Dana Raidt

Best Bang for Your Buck


Artcome Glass Carafe


85
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Leakage Potential 8.0
  • Durability 9.0
  • Design 8.0
  • Cleaning 8.0
  • Brew and Infuse Functionality 10.0
Material: Borosilicate glass, stainless steel lid | Volume: 65 ounces
REASONS TO BUY
Mesh filter
Stovetop heating
Comes with cleaning brush
REASONS TO AVOID
Lid not airtight

For those who want something slightly smaller and more stylized than the Hiware 68 Ounce, we recommend the Artcome Glass Carafe. This pear-shaped pitcher can also be heated on the stove and cleaned with the included brush or in the dishwasher. While in the refrigerator, the Artcome was accidentally bumped against another glass container, nearly tipping completely over, but it never cracked. It has the same mesh filter-style lid as the Hiware models, filtering loose-leaf tea like a champ with no floating bits in your drink.

The Artcome handle conducted a fair amount of heat when boiling water on the stove. It wasn't enough to require a potholder, but something to remember while heating. The mouth of the pitcher just barely fits a hand, so we suggest anyone with large hands use the brush just to be safe. It also showed minimal staining after housing strong iced coffee for 24 hours, even after a dishwasher cycle. The pear shape may not work in some refrigerator doors, but it does lend a slightly more sophisticated air to your countertop than the Hiware 68 Ounce's cylinder shape.

iced tea pitcher - the artcome fared very well on the stovetop, with the glass handle...
The Artcome fared very well on the stovetop, with the glass handle only getting slightly warm.
Credit: Dana Raidt

Best Nonslip Grip


Takeya 2-quart Pitcher


86
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Leakage Potential 8.0
  • Durability 9.0
  • Design 8.0
  • Cleaning 10.0
  • Brew and Infuse Functionality 8.0
Material: Plastic, Silicone | Volume: 68 ounces
REASONS TO BUY
Leakproof
Slim profile
Silicone coating and thumb indent on handle
Stores horizontally or vertically
Available in several colors
REASONS TO AVOID
Handle not connected to pitcher
No spout filtration
Some sloshing when pouring
May be too tall for some refrigerators

Thanks to the nonslip silicone sleeve and thumb indent on the plastic handle, the Takeya 2-quart Pitcher is easy to carry and pour from, even for kids (or adults with messy or wet hands). This skinny, tall iced tea pitcher has a small footprint and can be stored vertically or horizontally. If you plan to store it vertically, check your fridge shelf clearance first. In our lead tester's old-school top-freezer unit, the protruding handle on top of the already-tall Takeya's lid stuck up just enough that it barely fit in the refrigerator's tallest spaces. This pitcher is just shy of 12.5 inches tall, and we had to tilt it significantly for it to clear a bar under the shelf above. Even with all the tipping, though, we didn't encounter any refrigerator spills or leaks as long as the spout was closed tightly.

That said, there was a decent amount of sloshing when the spout was open — however, it's adjustable, so it got better after we used it a few times. One feature we were particularly excited to test was the “patented Flash Chill method,” touted by the manufacturer as chilling freshly brewed tea “in seconds.” The sturdy plastic did hold up to boiling water with no problems, but even with an entire tray of ice added, it still took about 30-40 minutes for our tea to chill in the fridge. (The pitcher stayed warm to the touch during that time, so we didn't worry about handling a hot pitcher.) We recommend the Takeya for anyone who has trouble handling a full pitcher of liquid, wants to let the kids pour their own drinks without worry, or who has a refrigerator that's the right size to accommodate a tall drink of iced tea like this pitcher.

iced tea pitcher - the takeya model is lightweight and the handle is easy to grip...
The Takeya model is lightweight and the handle is easy to grip, hold, and pour. The top handle makes it difficult to clear the shelf above, but depending on your fridge, it may not be a problem.
Credit: Dana Raidt

Best Leakproof Option


Pratico QuickPour Airtight


82
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Leakage Potential 9.0
  • Durability 9.0
  • Design 7.0
  • Cleaning 9.0
  • Brew and Infuse Functionality 6.0
Material: Plastic | Volume: 102 ounces
REASONS TO BUY
Locking spout
Leakproof
Fits easily in the refrigerator
Large volume
Stores horizontally or vertically
REASONS TO AVOID
Handle not connected to pitcher
No spout filtration

For families with kids — or simply the clumsier people among us — the Pratico QuickPour Airtight pitcher is an absolute game-changer. We recommend this plastic pitcher for anyone who has unsteady pourers in the house, tends to be rough on their kitchen products, or is tight on refrigerator door space. A huge plus to the Pratico is the locking spout. The thumb slider itself can stick, but once it's engaged and locked, this pitcher does not leak even while held upside down. It can even be stored horizontally in your refrigerator if you're low on vertical space or have shallow shelving. (The only trick is remembering to put the spout lock back in the “locked” position every time you put it on its side.) The surprisingly large volume of this pitcher has a nice narrow footprint; we could see keeping a few of these with different beverages stocked side-by-side in the door of the fridge. We tested the Pratico indoors and outdoors to get a feel for its durability. The bottom did show a significant amount of scratching after sitting on concrete steps, but the sides remained in great shape even after being tossed around in a sinkful of dishes.

There was a lot of sloshing and gurgling while pouring (although only a few drips). The Pratico lid can be tricky to screw on, and it seems slightly off-kilter when it's secure — but if you force it on too tight, it may leak. While the Pratico can handle boiling water poured into it, the plastic does get extremely hot. In our lead tester's house, it took at least 45 minutes to cool down enough to handle. And with the handle attached only to the lid, you'll have no choice but to pick up that heavy hot pitcher with your bare hands if you want to move it. Overall we recommend the Pratico for those who want a large-capacity pitcher that can handle getting knocked down and dragged around.

iced tea pitcher - the locking spout on the pratico enables it to be stored...
The locking spout on the Pratico enables it to be stored horizontally or vertically in the fridge.
Credit: Dana Raidt

Best for Refrigerator Storage


Komax Large Pitcher


79
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Leakage Potential 8.0
  • Durability 9.0
  • Design 7.0
  • Cleaning 8.0
  • Brew and Infuse Functionality 7.0
Material: Plastic | Volume: 77 ounces
REASONS TO BUY
Square shape fits nicely in fridge
Liter markings
Extremely durable
Lightweight
REASONS TO AVOID
Lid can be tricky
No spout filtration

If you're someone who plays refrigerator Tetris with groceries and likes everything in its proper place, we recommend the Komax Large Pitcher. This square plastic iced tea pitcher fits nicely on a shelf or in the door of a fridge, and its skinny shape means it will save on space and fit well among other containers. It held up to being knocked off a counter (while empty) several times and didn't show any scratches after a couple of days of repeated use. The Komax handled boiling water and cooled enough to touch in about 20 minutes. The flip-up, removable spout that sits on a corner made for a fast, steady pour with no drips.

The spout contains no filtration, so you'll need to use tea bags — or a tea ball for loose-leaf tea — if brewing iced tea right in the Komax. There were also a couple of instances where the lid popped up randomly on its own when the pitcher was very full, but once pushed back down, or if some tea was poured out, it stayed put. All pieces held up well in the dishwasher and handwashing; however, the square shape made it a little tougher to scrub every nook and cranny of the inside corners. We found the lid's silicone seal to be pretty solid, but it's not completely leakproof by any means. We also noticed some very slight fridge odor transfer to the inside after about 24 hours. We recommend the Komax for anyone with limited refrigerator space or who just wants a no-frills, durable pitcher.

iced tea pitcher - the komax is slim and fits nicely among other fridge contents.
The Komax is slim and fits nicely among other fridge contents.
Credit: Dana Raidt

Compare Products

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Score Product Price
91
Hiware 68 Ounce Glass Pitcher
Best Overall Iced Tea Pitcher
$30
Editors' Choice Award
86
Takeya 2-quart Pitcher
Best Nonslip Grip
$20
Top Pick Award
85
Artcome Glass Carafe
Best Bang for Your Buck
$20
Best Buy Award
84
Hiware 64 Ounce Glass Pitcher
$30
82
Pratico QuickPour Airtight
Best Leakproof Option
$33
Top Pick Award
79
Komax Large Pitcher
Best for Refrigerator Storage
$25
Top Pick Award
67
Delove 68 Ounce Glass Pitcher
$37
63
Bormioli Rocco Hermetic Seal
$32

iced tea pitcher - we brewed and guzzled many gallons of iced tea for the purpose of...
We brewed and guzzled many gallons of iced tea for the purpose of this review, much to the happiness of the lead tester's family.
Credit: Dana Raidt

Why Trust GearLab


We started our evaluation by researching dozens of the top iced tea pitchers on the market, looking at different sizes, materials, filter/infusion components, and aesthetic styles before narrowing it down to the final products we purchased for testing. We spent dozens of hours in the kitchen, brewing batch after batch of iced tea, and running each pitcher through rigorous handwash, dishwasher, tipping, fridge storage, leakage, and several other tests. Our testing involved brewing everything from strong Earl Grey tea to blood-red hibiscus, stain-prone turmeric ginger, and light chamomile, as well as loose-leaf styles for the products that featured in-pitcher filtration. We also tested heat resistance for the items that made that claim, including the ones that claimed to be safe for stovetop use. We also let strong iced coffee sit in each pitcher for 24 hours, specifically to measure staining. We used each pitcher just like you would at home, keeping it in a crowded fridge, setting it out on the dinner table, occasionally knocking it over or dropping it, tossing it into the sink when empty, and running all the parts through the dishwasher. To test the taste and quality of the brew and odor containment, we evaluated each product with several types of tea.

Our expert iced tea pitcher tester, Dana Raidt, worked as a barista for more than a decade and has a family that is just as hooked on iced tea as she is. She's made countless batches and used probably hundreds of different types of pitchers to do so, with varying degrees of success (and plenty of smashed, cracked, and scratched pitchers and in-fridge spills to show for it).

We tried out every nook of our lead tester&#039;s fridge with each pitcher.
We tried out every nook of our lead tester's fridge with each pitcher.
For models with mesh strainers, we tested to ensure that no loose...
For models with mesh strainers, we tested to ensure that no loose leaf tea matter would make it to our drinking glass.
Many of the glass pitchers came with their own brushes, which was...
Many of the glass pitchers came with their own brushes, which was helpful when handwashing—especially when using loose-leaf tea.

Analysis and Test Results


Following our trial period, we ranked each product by how well it performed regarding durability, design, ease of cleaning, leakage potential, and its brewing and/or infusion function.


Value


Though we don't factor value into our scoring, we appreciate a smokin' deal as much as you do. When a product scores high and is affordable, we certainly take note. Many of these products are in a similar price range, but we appreciate the Artcome Glass Carafe and the plastic Takeya 2-quart Pitcher for their lower price points and quality construction. The Hiware options, the Hiware 68 Ounce Glass Pitcher and Hiware 64 Ounce Glass Pitcher are two more great options that are worth a look and often found on discount.

iced tea pitcher - the pratico lived up to its leakproof claims. our vintage ceramic...
The Pratico lived up to its leakproof claims. Our vintage ceramic tea bag tray did not fare so well against the blood-red hibiscus iced tea that we brewed, though.
Credit: Dana Raidt

Leakage Potential


In this metric, we measured how well the pitchers could contain liquid. (After all, that is their most important job.) We looked at drips while pouring, how much liquid spilled out if the pitcher was jostled or tipped over, and in cases where a product made leakproof claims, whether it could handle being stored on its side or held upside down.


The plastic pitchers — the QuickPour Airtight, the Takeya, and the Komax — scored well in this metric, as did the Bormioli Rocco, thanks to their tight seals. The QuickPour and Takeya both lived up to their horizontal storage claim, sitting on their sides in the fridge for several hours with absolutely no leaks. We tipped both of them completely upside down for a few seconds, and nary a drop of tea escaped.

iced tea pitcher - the takeya pitcher didn&#039;t leak a drop when held on its side or...
The Takeya pitcher didn't leak a drop when held on its side or upside-down.
Credit: Dana Raidt

Neither Komax nor Bormioli can be stored horizontally, but both did demonstrate much less sloshing and leakage than other pitchers when tipped over or jostled in the fridge. No pitchers had significant drip issues when pouring as long as the lid was affixed correctly, and the spout was set all the way to “open.” The Takeya's spout did require some trial and error, though.

iced tea pitcher - the komax almost lived up to its leakproof claim.
The Komax almost lived up to its leakproof claim.
Credit: Dana Raidt

Durability


To test durability, we evaluated the strength of the handle, how easy each product was to slip or tip over when gently pushed, plus how each pitcher stood up to bumping up against other fridge items, a sink full of dishes, and the bottom rack of the dishwasher.


It shouldn't be a surprise that the plastic options fared well in this category; however, the Hiware 68 also scored highly, thanks to excellent scratch resistance and a stable design that didn't slip or tip over as easily. The Artcome and Hiware 64 were scratch-resistant, but their pear shape could make them a little unwieldy in a crowded fridge or if little hands were to grab them.

iced tea pitcher - the komax survived several drops on hardwood floors.
The Komax survived several drops on hardwood floors.
Credit: Dana Raidt

Despite its shatterproof shell — which did live up to its name — the Delove 68 Ounce Glass Pitcher lost major points in this category. We discovered in our dishwasher testing that if you don't remove the pitcher from its shell before washing, water collects in the space between them. To let the water out, the entire bottom of the shell has to be unscrewed. Since the glass pitcher is not attached in any way to the shell, while you're unscrewing the bottom, it can easily shoot right out of the silicone casing and into a million pieces on your floor, as was our experience. There was nothing included about the waterlogging or the need to unscrew the bottom in the Delove directions (which were smaller than a business card), so we gave it a lower score.

iced tea pitcher - we let kids bring the durable, leakproof pratico out for snack time...
We let kids bring the durable, leakproof Pratico out for snack time on concrete steps.
Credit: Dana Raidt

Design


This metric encompasses ease of storing (e.g., how many small parts there were to keep track of), aesthetics, and ergonomics, as well as how each product fits in a standard, crowded, top-freezer style fridge with door compartments.


The Delove gained points for its fun matte shatterproof shell, which comes in three color options: pink, baby blue, and black. Most of the glass pitchers scored highly in this category as well, thanks to sophisticated looks, few parts, and sturdy handles, except for the Bormioli, which becomes unbearably heavy when full of liquid and has a handle only attached at one point — features that made us feel like we always had to carry it with two hands.

iced tea pitcher - the perfect refrigerator-door size with a nice narrow footprint but...
The perfect refrigerator-door size with a nice narrow footprint but a lot of volume.
Credit: Dana Raidt

While very functional and ergonomically appealing, the three plastic pitchers, Komax, Takeya, and QuickPour, weren't exactly countertop display-worthy, but they deserve kudos for their fridge-friendly shapes (Takeya's shelf clearance issues aside).

iced tea pitcher - the takeya is tall. it fits in the door of the refrigerator with...
The Takeya is tall. It fits in the door of the refrigerator with about a centimeter to spare.
Credit: Dana Raidt

Cleaning


Despite brewing with strong black Earl Grey and a stain-prone, bright-yellow turmeric tea — and letting each pitcher also hold iced coffee for 24 hours — only the Artcome showed any evidence of staining, which was very minimal and went away with a second scrubbing.

iced tea pitcher - every pitcher and its pieces emerged unscathed from the bottom...
Every pitcher and its pieces emerged unscathed from the bottom dishwasher rack on a high-heat cycle.
Credit: Dana Raidt

All pitchers survived handwashing. The Artcome and both Hiware pitchers include a cleaning brush.


The only major cleaning issue arose with the Delove. It requires significant two-handed disassembly while cleaning, which in our tests caused the pitcher to slip out of the plastic shell and break. The sharp interior corners of the Komax could require a little extra elbow grease, but it's not a dealbreaker by any means. All pitchers and parts emerged from the bottom rack of the dishwasher intact and spotless.

iced tea pitcher - the aftermath of removing a waterlog from between the delove&#039;s glass...
The aftermath of removing a waterlog from between the Delove's glass pitcher and shatterproof shell (the shell survived).
Credit: Dana Raidt

Brew and Infuse Functionality


This category is what separates the true iced-tea lovers' pitchers from the rest. The Hiware 68 ounce, Hiware 64 ounce, and Artcome all excelled in this metric for their multitasking abilities: Boil the water and brew the tea (even loose-leaf) right in the pitcher, then simply cool down and store in the fridge. Of these three pitchers with mesh filters, none let any debris or leaves through, resulting in clear, perfectly brewed tea, as well as debris-free fruit-infused water and juices.


While not stovetop-safe, the Komax, Takeya, QuickPour, and Delove all are heat-resistant, so brewing was as easy as dumping in hot water from a separate kettle or pot. However, the QuickPour took a long time to cool, and since its handle is attached to the lid — and the lid can't be screwed on until it cools off — it had to just sit there on the counter for about an hour or be iced heavily, which would dilute the tea.

iced tea pitcher - the hiware 64 ounce worked well on the stove burner, but we had to...
The Hiware 64 ounce worked well on the stove burner, but we had to use a towel to touch the handle as it got unbearably hot.
Credit: Dana Raidt

The Bormioli was the only non-heat-resistant pitcher in the bunch. While brewing with this product isn't possible, it's fine if you use cold-brew tea bags or usually brew in a separate container anyway.

The Hiware 68 ounce (as well as the Artcome and the Hiware 64 ounce)...
The Hiware 68 ounce (as well as the Artcome and the Hiware 64 ounce) has an excellent French press-style, tea leaf-trapping filter.
We love the all-in-one brewing function of the mesh filter pitchers...
We love the all-in-one brewing function of the mesh filter pitchers like the Artcome, perfect for brewing and filtering loose leaf tea.
The Hiware and Artcome pitchers include mesh strainers for brewing and filtering loose-leaf tea.

Conclusion


We hope that this review has helped you narrow down your iced tea pitcher selection so you can easily and effectively brew up and serve batch after batch of your favorite cold beverage. Our recommendations are based on plenty of research and rigorous, unbiased kitchen testing for just about any scenario. We hope you've found the pitcher that's perfect for your next refreshing herbal blend or extra-caffeinated concoction.

Dana Raidt