We love this thing! It is the most convenient teapot you will find anywhere. When your tea is ready, simply place it atop your cup and this will cause a valve at the bottom to release. Crystal-clear tea flows down while the mesh filter retains all the leaves. It is super easy to clean which is a huge plus and it is dishwasher safe. If you have never tried one, you will wonder how you got along without it! Just sayin'.