For the ultimate pick up or for that hard-earned chill out, a hot cup of tea can be hard to beat. Whether it’s a fragrant Earl Grey, refreshing mint, a health-boosting herbal or a good old hearty English tea, a cup fresh tea can make all the difference to any situation. And whether you’re on the go or curled up on the sofa, your tea cup also really matters.
A good cup will keep your tea piping hot, even boost the flavor and add to the overall experience, wherever you choose to drink it. From the best porcelain or Chinese tea set to thermally insulated ceramic, we take a look at some of the best tea cups to take you from the comfort of your home to an elegant tea party, and even out on the trail.
The Best Tea Cups
Crafted from borosilicate glass and wrapped in a heat-safe plastic case, this beautiful tea set makes for a fantastic addition to any kitchen. The set includes one durable teapot crafted from borosilicate glass, four matching tea cups, and three flowering green teas – perfect for all tea lovers out there! Aside from being durable and temperature-safe, the teapot also doesn’t retain flavors, which is crucial if you enjoy drinking a wide range of teas on a regular basis. It comes with a quality stainless steel mesh infuser that ensures your leaf tea is always clean and pure, but no worries if you prefer bagged tea or flower tea as the infuser can be removed. Like the teapot, the cups too are made from tough borosilicate glass plus a plastic holder with a comfortable grip handle for convenient drinking. Both the tea cups and pot are dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean in between uses.
Tea set consisting of 1 pot, 4 cups, and 3 flowering teas
Made from temperature-safe borosilicate glass
Removable stainless steel mesh infuser
Both teapot and cups and dishwasher safe
- ModelHalf Moon Teapot
- Weight2.46 pounds
Not only is this Kati tea cup super-pretty but it is also an easy way to brew on the go, thanks to the double-walled ceramic tumbler and loose-leaf tea infuser. Holding a generous 12 ounces of your favorite hot beverage, this tumbler-style tea cup includes a stainless steel tea infuser, with an extra fine basket to prevent any tea leaf residue building up inside the cup. Ideal for most types of loose leaf tea, simply add the tea, fill up with hot water, pop on the secure-fitting lid and off you go! The lid fits seamlessly, and the double-thickness tumbler walls ensures your brew retains its heat for a delicious cuppa on the go. The only downside is that it doesn’t have a handle so the outer wall can initially get a little hot so you need to take care when holding, but the cup does fit neatly in most standard car cup holders if you need a resting place as it cools. Plus, despite its delicate looks, this tea brewing cup is both microwave and dishwasher safe.
Double-walled ceramic lidded tumbler
Includes a stainless steel loose leaf infuser
Microwave and dishwasher safe
- BrandTea Forte
- Weight1.3 pounds
This gorgeously retro tea cup set from Brew to a Tea will bring a vintage vibe to any tea party or gathering. Made from quality bone china, each cup and saucer weigh eight ounces, to fit and feel lovely in your hand. Available in a choice of six stunning colorways, the floral pattern is very genteel, with each cup delicately topped off with a 10-carat gold trim. At the top end of our review budget, these teacups may not be durable enough for everyday use, but the bone china has a decent thickness without losing any of their delicacy. And, for a special party, as a gift, when you want to make a good impression or simply when you fancy a tea-drinking lift, this is a delightful set that will give you years of tea drinking pleasure.
8-ounce bone china teacup set
Retro floral pattern in choice of colors
Complete with gold trim
Not suitable for the microwave
- BrandBrew to a Tea
- Weight4.54 pounds
Who doesn’t love a novelty mug and we think this elephant-shaped tea cup from Volar has to be one of the cutest! It has lovely substantial looks, and made from heat-resistant ceramic, the elephant design curves beautifully to nestle down in the palms of your hand. It has an oversized capacity – no less than 15 ounces – so you can treat yourself to a reviving mug of tea and it comes complete with a teabag holder just behind the elephant’s head. Why a tea bag stasher? Well, this is a good addition if you like to let your teabag steep for a while before taking it out, as it gives you a convenient, no-mess way to stash it. The mug is a little on the heavy side so perhaps not for smaller children but as a gift or even a treat for yourself, this is a lovely mug to have on your shelf.
Beautiful elephant-shaped mug
Made from heat-resistant ceramic
Neat teabag stash holder
Large 15-ounce capacity
- BrandVolar Ideas
- Weight15 ounces
With the right cup, tea drinking feels like a quintessentially English experience, and if that’s the way you like your tea then this is the cup to use. Made from high quality fine bone china that feel beautifully delicate in your hand, the turquoise blue and gold design takes you back to a sophisticated era. The gold-edged cup is nice and wide, with a stable base and the saucer curves enough to take a biscuit or sugar cube. Included in the set is a metal spoon which means this is also the perfect special occasion gift. If you can be parted from it, that is! As you would expect from something so delicate, this tea cup and saucer set is handwash only. But it is impressive quality for the price.
Made from fine bone china
Includes saucer and spoon
Each cup has a 7-ounce capacity
- Weight13.6 ounces
Sleek and modern, and at an excellent value price, this tea cup brewing set from Lezero has to be one of the best single cups for tea you can buy. The set compromises of two glass tea cups, a filter one for the brewing and one to drink from, and they neatly fit inside one another. Made from borosilicate glass, that helps to maintain a constant temperature for longer, the whole set is dishwater, microwave, oven and even freezer safe. Lezero also make the process of brewing your tea a relaxed, enjoyable experience – simply add your loose tea to the filter and insert into the cup, adding boiling water and leave to steep for the perfect cup of tea. There’s also a glass lid to keep your tea hot as it brews. For less than $12, this tea cup set is easily our best value pick.
Lightweight tea-brewing cup system
Borosilicate glass to retain heat
Glass loose leaf infuser basket
Can withstand 30℃ to 180 ℃
- Weight13 ounces
The Sweese is a multi-tasking mug that works like a travel mug, acts like a tea pot and thinks it’s an elegant tea cup you can use any time! Made from durable porcelain and with a tall mug style, you get a generous 20 ounces of volume for a delicious cup of tea every time. It works with a stainless steel tea strainer that sits neatly inside the top of the cup, with a secure fit lid to keep everything in place. The lid also doubles up as a coaster or even a trivet for the strainer, leaving you to just sit back and enjoy your fresh brew. Dishwasher and microwave safe, this is a cup that’s perfect to use at home, in the office or even out on a picnic and, available in over 10 colors, these teacups would make a great gift too.
Durable porcelain tall mug
Includes stainless steel tea strainer
Lid doubles up as a coaster and trivet
20 ounces of internal volume
- Weight15 ounces
If you are looking for a tea cup that has the wow-factor, then we think this stunning glass cup is it. Made from heat-resistant glass, it features an intricate rose and butterfly design, with a colored glass handle and a matching spoon. Handmade and with gold paint highlights, this glass tea cup is no shrinking violet and that is its appeal. Use every day to add more than a touch of glamor to your tea drinking routine, or for special occasions or as an eye-catching gift. The capacity is decent – 12 ounces – and although it looks delicate, the glass is pretty tough and can weather both hot and cold beverages. Add in a complementary coaster and if ornate if your thing, then this is a god value set to have on your kitchen shelf.
Heat resistant clear and colored glass
Includes a spoon and coaster
12-ounce volume capacity
- Weight12 ounces
That first cup of tea of the day is a real reviver, and when it’s sipped at dawn, out in nature around the campfire, it is pretty special. But even if you are not an outdoor adventurer, having a hardy cup to take out and about is a great addition to any tea lover’s kit, and the Yeti is a perfect example. This is a rugged outdoor pro that can take plenty of knocks – whether that’s in your backpack or in the cup holder of your car. Made from stainless steel and double walled for vacuum insulation, you also get a 14-ounce capacity to keep even the most ardent tea drinker happy. We also like the full loop handle, allowing you get a hand-warming grip. And the outer is coated in Dracut color for scratch resistance and all-round durability. Add in a clip-on lid and dishwasher-safe credentials, and you have a versatile tea cup for your money.
Durable 14-ounce outdoor and travel mug
Full-loop handle for a secure grip
Double-walled for superior insulation
Made from 18/8 stainless steel
- Weight14 ounces
Sometimes less is more, and with this fine China tea cup set from Pulchritudie, this is certainly the case. With its timeless design, pure white china and elegant detailing, this four cup and saucer set is a delight to use. From keeping for best at home to using at a wedding or special occasion, it will make tea drinking an absolute pleasure. Each cup has a seven-ounce capacity and feels super-lightweight in the hand, but they are surprisingly durable and can be popped in the freezer as well as the microwave and dishwasher. The set is also available in a plain white as well as a prettily kitsch floral design to match your style, mood or celebration.
Four cup and saucer set
Made from white fine china
Seven-ounce cup capacity
Freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe
- Weight3.53 pounds
Our Top Pick
The tough and durable Rambler from YETI scoops our best choice for its versatility, capacity and ability to take you from the office and daily commute to out into the great outdoors, without missing out on a great cup of tea! Double insulated, with a 14-ounce capacity, this is a cup you will get plenty of use out of, and with a scratch-resistant coating, it will always look smart.