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After a stressful day, a soothing cup of tea can work wonders. Whether you're drinking traditional green tea or a caffeinated chai, you can give your brew an extra dash of character with a friendly, aquatic mammal smiling at you from the brim of your cup. Such is the charm of the Fred & Friends Manatea silicone tea infuser. Compact, non-toxic and easy-to-use, this quirky kitchen item is now on sale for less than $10.
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Not only is it seriously adorable, it was took home top honors as our No.1 pick in our roundup of the best tea infusers thanks to its slick, easy-to-clean interior and even steep. We also found that it held an impressively tight grip on the side of the our mug, eliminating any would-be messes.
This eco-friendly, reusable manatea is made from food-safe, BPA-free silicone. The material is soft and tasteless, leaving the flavor your tea leaves of choice to come through. All drinkers have to do is pop the head off the infuser, drop in leaves with enough room for them to expand once submerged and then let the infuser hang in the water from the top of the cup. Once the leaves have finished steeping, you can simply remove them from the infuser before rinsing it out with hot water or cleaning it in the dishwasher.
The manatea is one of many animal-themed infusers designed by Fred & Friends. The Rhode Island-based company also offers options for fans of llamas ($10.25), turtles ($10), sloths ($9.93) and many more.
Now that bitter winter weather is here to stay, it couldn’t hurt to have this tea essential—or any of your choosing—on hand. Just make sure to nab it before this markdown ends!
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