I bought this teapot to replace my Beehouse teapot. I love the look of the PUGG and was excited about the improved tea basket. However, now that I've been using this to make tea for the past few weeks, I realize I'm more frustrated with it than pleased. Here's why: 1) The fliptop lid does not stay flipped up when attached and must be removed to add tea to the basket/remove basket or when pouring the boiling water in one-handed. 2) The top opening is so small! I like to handwash my teapots and this one is not easy to clean manually even for little hands. Fellow manual washers: use a brush on a wand for this one. 3) As others have mentioned, if you don't pour slowly and carefully, tea tends to spill everywhere (that's some metaphoric life advice, right there). There's a time and place for mindful, slow pouring. That time and place is not in my kitchen on a Saturday morning. I will say that when you do pour slowly and carefully, though, the nifty-looking spout is designed to offer a lovely stream. But if I'm not entertaining guests, I am more interested in getting the tea into my cup than watching the tea gracefully fall from the teapot. Overall this is a beautiful pot but I feel it's more about form, less about function.
This little teapot is very cute but I make SUCH a mess pouring from it. As soon as I try to lift the pot away from the cup, it drips all over the place! Is there a "trick" to pouring without leaking? I've used the pot twice within the first week, but I'm not sure I'll continue to use it if there's not a better way.
I am very pleased with the look and feel of this tea pot. It is extremely easy to brew up to 24 oz. of tea, and serve it. I use two cast iron Japanese tea cups that each hold approximately 3 oz. each. The tea in the pot stays hot while multiple cups of tea are enjoyed. The colorful lotus picture is only on one side, and the other has mostly the white outline. This is not an issue for me, but where some complain about the pot's decor.