Thursday, May 19, 2016

So Much More Than A Travel Mug: The Aladdin Perfect Cup Tea Infuser!

The Good: Durable, Keeps liquids hot for hours
The Bad: Pricy, Flow is over-regulated for big mouths.
The Basics: The Aladdin Perfect Cup Tea Infuser is great for those who want to brew tea on the go!

Two winter holidays ago, my wife and I got travel mugs for the holiday. I was gifted the Aladdin Perfect Cup Tea Infuser because of my love of tea and having used it now for a year and a half, I feel like I am in a good position to actually talk about it. The Aladdin Perfect Cup Tea Infuser is good for travel and it does great at keeping beverages hot for hours!

The Aladdin Perfect Cup Tea Infuser is a 12 fl. oz. travel mug that is clear plastic and double layered to effectively insulate the beverage in the inner cup portion. The mug is a simple plastic cylinder without a handle. The top of the mug has a plastic cap that screws on. To use the Aladdin Perfect Cup Tea Infuser, one need only fill the inner plastic mug, then screw on the plastic cap. To access the beverage inside, press the snap lever on the back and it opens a hole on the opposite side of the cap.

What makes the Aladdin Perfect Cup Tea Infuser different from most travel mugs is the lever on the side of the Infuser mug's top. The lever is connected to a metal basket on the underside of the top. The basket it small and holds enough loose-leaf tea to properly infuse the boiling water that is placed inside the mug. The mesh for the metal basket is very fine and within only five minutes, the boiling water one places inside is turned into well-brewed tea! Sealed and with the top closed, this travel mug has kept beverages at almost the same temperature as when it was poured for over three hours. What is truly extraordinary about the Aladdin Perfect Cup Tea Infuser is that when one snaps open the access hole and continues to drink from it, it keeps beverages piping hot for over two hours! In other words, partially-drunk beverages remain hot even after one has begun consuming it.

The plastic body of the Aladdin Perfect Cup Tea Infuser may be washed in the dishwasher, but the top must be hand washed. In order to keep this tall mug thin-enough so it may fit into the standard cupholder (in our futon and in our car), the mug is thin-enough that those of us with big hands have trouble cleaning it out using our hands, which makes it good that it is dishwasher safe - especially given that it does not come with any form of cleaning brush. The only other detraction for me is that the opening for getting the drink out of the cap limits the flow enough to force me to drink slower than I usually would.

The Aladdin Perfect Cup Tea Infuser is pretty wonderful and well worth investing in for anyone who loves tea on the go!

For other kitchen gadgets that are beverage-related, please check out my reviews of:
Contigo SnapSeal Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug
ThinkGeek Star Wars Battle Of Hoth Pint Glass Set
Star Trek Decloaking Klingon Bird Of Prey mug


For other appliance reviews, please check out my Appliance Review Index Page for an organized listing!

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