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These Iced Tea Makers Are About to Take Your Summer to the Next Level

Few things say summer like a big ol' pitcher of an iced tea cocktail on the buffet at a backyard barbecue. It's a win-win, really — the refreshing treat is more inspired than an array of sodas, bottled tea, and water, but there's no need to break a sweat when brewing. With the right iced tea maker at your disposal, whipping up a big batch of tea is as easy as 1-2-3.

"Iced tea makers work similarly to coffee makers," says Nicole Papantoniou, senior testing editor in the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technologies Lab. "Add tea (loose or in the bag) to the basket and allow hot water to dispense over it and brew into a pitcher filled with ice." Alternatively, iced tea can also be made like cold brew — steeped in cold water for a long period of time. "The benefit of an iced tea maker is being able to make any type you’d like without worrying about added sweeteners, additives, and preservatives," Papantoniou explains.

When shopping for iced tea makers, you have your fair share of choices — namely, electric or non-electric. But not all models function the same way:

  • Some electric machines allow you to brew tea directly over ice, while others require you to brew tea in the kettle and then pour over ice. Though bulkier, electric machines make prep a breeze.
  • Manual, or non-electric, models operate just like cold brew machines (and are, in fact, interchangeable), requiring hours to adequately steep. These options are more compact and portable, but require much more forethought and patience.

Which type of iced tea maker you choose is largely a matter of personal preference. Either way, if you're in the market, these are the best iced tea makers for home use: