Unfortunately, this teapot's tea infuser does not come out of the teapot easily. It actually only comes out if you really pull it out, which is difficult when there's hot water steeping the tea. I'm very upset that I ordered these and handed them out as gifts.
The net that holds the loose leaf gets really stuck under the leaf, so when you want to take out the tea, it won't come out. I could only take it out if I completely turned over the teapot (not practical if it's full of hot tea) OR if I really yanked it out (also not practical when theres hot tea in the pot). I consider this product semi-defective and taking it off the site since it can't do one of it's basic functions.