Now that the weather is cooler, we're working hot tea back into our afternoon routines. Because for all the beautiful bright days in October there are also plenty of cloudy, gray, and rainy ones that require something to warm you up.
These seven teapots are great basics, and they all make about four cups of tea. Perfect for sharing or for fueling a long afternoon reading session.
- Teema Teapot, $75 from MoMA: With a clean white design that fits perfectly in the MoMA design store, this teapot takes its design from simple geometric shapes.
- Glass Kettle Teapot, $60 from Lekker Home: While you can't actually use this one on the stove, you can use the included infuser to brew all your favorite loose-leaf teas. And we always love watching the magic of a glass teapot.
- Enamel Teapot, $98 from Brook Farm General Store: Yes, this teapot is on the pricey side, but it also serves as a tea kettle. You can boil your water, brew your tea, and serve your guests (or yourself) all from the same vessel.
- Arzberg Teapot with Warmer, $100 from Crate and Barrel: This is your best choice if you're a traditionalist. Not only is the teapot a classic design, but it also comes with a warmer so your favorite brew never gets cold — even if there's a chill in the air.
- Japanese Ceramic Crackle Glaze Teapot, $35 from Kaufmann Mercantile: For something slightly out of the ordinary, but not too ornate try this almost spherical teapot. We love the greenish-gray glaze, too.
- Black Ripple Cast Iron Teapot: $20 from World Market: Another traditional style, this cast iron teapot also works on your stovetop. It is slightly reminiscent of a bee hive, which is perfect if you take honey with your tea.
- Library Lane Platinum Teapot, $250 from Kate Spade New York : If you're giving a gift (say for a late fall wedding), this is the teapot you can't go wrong with. It is simple, elegant and luxe enough that using it feels like an indulgence.