A Closer Look at Teapot Spout Styles

The spout of the teapot is often overlooked by shoppers, but it can be the most important part of the teapot. Styles vary and can make a big difference when pouring out that tasty tea. Time to take a closer look!

The original European-made Chatsford (top) that was virtually dripless versus the current Asian-made version (bottom). (photo by Janis Badarau and featured in her article – click on image to read it)
The original European-made Chatsford (top) that was virtually dripless versus the current Asian-made version (bottom). (photo by Janis Badarau and featured in her article – click on image to read it)

For this article I am mostly avoiding teapots whose design incorporates the spout, as shown in my article about Veilleuse teapots.

The spout of the teapot serves an important purpose, that is, getting the tea liquid out of the teapot and into the teacup in such a way that little or none of it spills or drips. Some accomplish this better than others. Some sacrifice this functionality for clever or cool design or change their design to something cheaper to manufacture (or they don’t sufficiently control the manufacture when they contract it out overseas). The Chatsford teapot is a good case in point, as written about by Janis Badarau last year. They are now made in China and have a different overall design, including the spout, that makes them less “tea friendly.”

Amsterdam teapots and Brown Betty teapots have similar spout designs that reduce drips occurring after pouring. The Teaz teapot has a spout that is streamlined with the pot’s body yet manages to pour without much dripping. This modern design is in contrast with teapots like the Rose Teapot, with its more curved spout. As for those cute teapots, the silver teapot with the bird’s head spout has cuteness goes hand-in-hand with usefulness.

 

Variety in spout designs abound. Some are better for pouring than others. This is a small sampling.
Variety in spout designs abound. Some are better for pouring than others. This is a small sampling.

Another cute design and one I especially like is this ladybug teapot with the flower shaped spout.

Ladybug Teapot where the spout is part of the overall design! (ETS image)
Ladybug Teapot where the spout is part of the overall design! (ETS image)

When choosing a teapot to buy, be sure to give careful consideration to the spout. Clever design is not always useful design. If need be, you can ask the store owner if you can test how it pours with some water. Maybe they will let you, maybe not. If not, be sure they have a good return policy. Happy hunting!

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