Well actually its not that small... It is a large unit indeed, I reckon I could fit about 10 cups worth of tea in this big bugger. Tried it as soon as it arrived after a rinse and I was quite impressed with the finish and quality of it. Sat nicely in a big enamel mug and after infusing the little ears/handles were not too hot to touch. A couple of reviews I read before I ordered this were criticizing the lack of a tight seal on the lid but it is only to rest on the unit while brewing and then to sit the infuser on to drain. A tight seal would be a bit silly as after heating would make it difficult to remove. I blasted it clean with the garden hose and came up lovely. Actually looking forward to trying it with my home roasted coffee instead of my usual espresso . 10 out of 10 from me. I recommend it totally.