The cup was heavier than I expected and the strainer is sometimes hard to clean but apart from that I think it's a really convenient place to steep my loose tea. I would recommend this for those of you who need a steeping cup at home. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this for those of you wishing to transport it out and about as the lid/strainer/cup combo isn't attached by any way, it also isn't spill proof so it runs the risk of leaking in your car/bag/wherever else you might place it. That being said, I think this is a beautiful cup to have in your study table or office. It's a real eye catcher.