The TM1 Mr. Coffee
The first ice tea maker we took a look at was manufactured by Mr. Coffee- it is a two-quart option designed to work with both loose as well as teabags.
It features an automatic shut off once the brewing is finished, is capable of creating ice tea as well as infused iced tea in a couple of minutes. The way it works, all you'll need to do is to place your teabags or loose tea inside its brewing basket, add ice to the pitcher and fill the reservoir with water, and you'll quickly have some fresh tea to drink.
- Buyers say that the instruction manual will provide you some guidance regarding how much tea you should use to get the best flavor.
- Buyers were for the most part satisfied with this option- saying that they often supplement with sugar to create sweeter concoctions.
- While some buyers complained about leakage, one reviewer tells us that if you follow the instructions you'll find out that this unit works as advertised.
- He also comments that in order to get the best results, you want to pack the teabags flat when they are inside of the brew basket so that they are ensured to be totally submerged in the steeping process.
The TM70 Mr. Coffee
The second option we examined was another Mr. Coffee iced tea maker- it comes in blue, teal as well as watermelon colors, marketed as a simple way to steep bag or loose tea.
Buyers say that if you need to clean it, they found that baking soda is the best option to remove stubborn stains. You can also find replacement pitchers online. As well, honey or sugar sweeteners can be added before or after the steep to flavor your creations.
- Many buyers say they have been making ice tea the traditional way by using boiling water, steeping, and then pouring it into the container of cold water.
- The added convenience of this integrated option makes it simpler and time efficient to create great tasting drinks.
- To make sweet tea, a staple of the South, buyers advise to add sugar afterwards, because when added before the steep they found the sugar clumps and doesn't evenly blend into the drink.
- On the positive side buyers say that it takes under 10 minutes to create a full pitcher and it's a superior method than having to boil water and then wait for to cool down.
- Others say it is an economical option that will take up some counter space, but if you are a dedicated connoisseur, it's a worthwhile means of creating a tasty drinks.
The TM33 Mr. Coffee
The third iced tea maker is another Mr. coffee brewing system that holds 2.5 quarts of water and includes an integrated strength selector switch for milder or bolder flavoring profiles.
Some families say that they had been in the habit of purchasing bottled iced tea from Snapple- but the expense added up, plus they wanted to make healthier options that didn't contain as many calories.
- On the positive side of things, reviewers endorsed the large capacity of its glass pitcher, the pitcher's attractiveness for certain purposes, the ease with which you can adjust the brew settings, its general quickness, and the brewing system's relatively attractive appearance that matches most general home decor styles.
The fourth option we examined is the Capresso. This 2.5-quart option includes a removable water tank, permanent filter, and the pitcher is dishwasher safe. Examining their promotional materials, they say you can even add in fruit after or before the brewing for an exciting flavor profile.
- There have been some mixed reviews with this option- one reviewer complains that in under six months it broke- the machine kept turning off during the steeping process.
- Another reviewer who enjoys unsweetened green tea tells us that the power button malfunctioned on his after a year of use- while it worked he endorses the quality of tea it produced, the strength selector, the auto shut off mechanism and it's general look.
- Overall, though, buyers had enough negative experiences with this unit that we can't recommend it- complaints of the pitcher breaking and even some burning and smoking smells from the unit.
The last ice tea maker we examined it is manufactured by Takeya. It comes in one or 2-quart options and comes in avocado, raspberry and blueberry colors. A BPA-free option, it's designed to create eight servings, in the case of the 2-quart option. Marketed as a quick tea maker- they say that they trap nutrients in flavor vapors during the steep, infusing them back into the drink itself.
The way it works, you pour in your loose tea, and some hot water, fill it with ice, shake it up and then drink. They have their own line of tea as well that's marketed as gluten free, dairy free and packed with natural ingredients that are not impaired by preservatives or sweeteners.
It's called Flash Chill because it's designed for a half a pot of tea to combine with ice so that it is quickly chilled and you don't have to wait for it to get cold.
- Buyers say that it's able to deal with boiling water, its water seals have stood up to the test of time, and it's a great option if you don't want to wait.
- Other buyers were impressed because as a manually powered option, it means that it doesn't hog valuable counterspace the way other units do.
- Another cubicle worker found that it is an ideal solution to take to work with him so that he could get a fresh dose of iced drink.