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Update 4/23: the seller has been very responsive to my email about the issue and is sending me a new one to try. I'll update this review after I receive the new set.
It is a great tea filter and a sharp blade too. First of all, I still really like this filter for making tea. While I was washing the filter, it cut my finger because the metals edges are sharp. I think the edges need some sanding to become dull. See the picture and videos.
I was looking for a "tea ball" or similar to use to steep herbal teas and almost bought one of the cheap ones, despite a few reviews on some saying that the holes were so big it let the tea/herb/etc. itself out (or sometimes that the holes were so small that water could barely get in--sometimes for the same product!). This one costs a bit more, but I'm glad I went with it instead. The holes are so small that all but the most finely ground teas should stay inside, and the holes are so numerous that water should have no problem getting in or out. It's a bit different than a ball in that I use this infuser by first filling it with my desired amount of tea, then resting it on the lip/edge of my cup as (or after, depending on the tea) I fill the cip with water. When done steeping, I can discard/compost the contents, wash this infuser, and use it again.
As others have noted, the lid is borderline non-functional--it just sits on top of the infuser but doesn't latch on or securely connect in any way. I do use it as a tray to set the infuser on before or after use, for which it works fine--maybe that was its intent (?). The infuser is also larger than most ball-style (or any) infusers I've seen, which should be nice if you have tea that expands when in warm water or like to make really strong teas. Personally, mine is barely full when I use it, but the large size is still nice since it ensures the tea sits low enough in the cup to make contact with the water if the cup isn't near 100% full.
All things considered, I've had no problems with this infuser and think I found the "Goldilocks" of tea infusers: big enough in total but with holes that are both small (to keep tea in) but also numerous (to let the infused water out) enough. I paid a bit more, but I think it was worth it (and the price is still not insane).
This tea strainer has been great - however, it has separated into two pieces (the basket, and the top wings - see attached image) after 9 months of daily use. Really, that's not too bad if that means the cost per use was around 3 cents. I could even reattach it if I could find a food-safe way to join those pieces back up.
My thoughts on it [before it separated in two]:
Size: The relatively slender size of the basket means I can use it in all of the mugs I own. It is also quite long/deep, so I'm not forced to fill the mug all the way to the top to ensure my tea leaves are steeping - they happily sit at the bottom.
Convenience: This is very easy to use - there aren't any fancy latches or tricky components to getting the tea into this infuser. You just dump the tea in the top, rest the wings on the lip of your mug, and pour in your hot water. The little cap it comes with helps to hold in heat (or, you can leave it off to help your tea get to a drinkable temperature faster). Clean-up is easy, since the wings of the device don't get too hot and make taking the tea out of the mug very simple.
Update: the strainer is now rusted in the seams where the edges meet. This is why it must be seamless! Water gets trapped in it and sits there and rusts the metal!
Pros: Mesh holes are the right size (perfect for high quality sencha). Holes that are too small can cause serious issues, so this is a relief. Very tall; gives tea leaves large area to expand, which is essential for open, clean flavor Minimalist design, looks good Very convenient to use No moving parts/hinges It’s probably stainless steel, but I have no idea if the description is lying or not.
Cons: Graphite-like black dirt rubbed off the top edges, it’s like they didn’t clean the machines that were making these. CLEAN THOROUGHLY BEFORE USE. Multiple pieces put together, not one-piece, this makes thorough cleaning hard and increases likelihood for eventual rust. It NEEDS to be seamless. It ain’t the 1800s anymore.
Overall: still the best strainer I’ve personally tried, but come on, you know you can do better. This stuff should have been figured out during the first prototype of the product.
The inner rim of this strainer, which you can see you if you look closely at the picture, is very thin and sharp and could easily cut a finger when washing. It's fine if you're washing carefully but i returned since I felt it wasn't worth the risk and was a poor design.
***UPDATE: The seller contacted me and confirmed I had received an item from an older batch. They informed me that the top inner rim had been re-designed and they sent me the improved design. I can confirm that the issue that I initially referred to has been fixed. However there is a side seam with small rivets along the edge of body of the strainer that buckles between the rivets and is also rather thin and potentially sharp. I brought it to the seller's attention and they said they will be addressing this flaw in the next batch. Given my experience with the seller through this process, I am sure they will hold true to their promise. I updated my review from 2 to 3 stars based on their customer service and their resolution of the initial flaw. I will update again if I have any new info.
I have always been looking for the ideal strainer for loose leaf tea. I will cut to the chase. The Yoassi strainer is the best, most flexible single cup strainer I have found. Too many tea-balls or tea strainers are either too small to allow the leaves to expand or have a mesh too big which lets in large pieces of leaves. The extra-fine holes of the Yoassi keep all but the smallest fines from getting into your cup. Because it rests on wings, the strainer sits comfortably in a large number of different cups or mugs. The large well, lets you put as little or as much tea as you would like. This gives you a great deal of flexibility. You can even rest it on the top cover. All this for less than $10, it is a steal!
Absolutely love this infuser. It fits in a teapot or a mug. It holds enough to make very strong tea so that you can dilute it and make a pot last a long time. Or you can make just one mug full. It's also the easiest one to clean that I've ever had. It's study enough to do well in the dishwasher. I expect it to last many, many years. This will make a wonderful small gift for all my tea-drinking friends.