I was only recently introduced to Adagio teas, and now I am hooked! I have tea balls at home, and they are a pain to clean, disinfect, and sometimes messy to use. But I would continue to use them because I feel loose leaf tea is FAR superior to the grass clippings that come in tea bags. I came across this teapot and was interested so I got it for myself. Let me just say, this will encourage anyone to drink more tea. Coupled with Adagio'svast selection of teas/flavors, there is surely a blend for ANYONE's taste. This teapot makes it so easy and less messy to enjoy a loose leaf tea. It also opens up your eyes to how tea is brewed. You get to watch the tea leaves expand and unfurl. You can watch the subtle color of your brew. And when the tea is steeped to the proper color and time, you simply place it over your teacup and release the lever. The tea comes out the bottom into your cup without having to worry about drinking tea leaves or scraping the spent leaves from a tiny tea ball. Performance It really does let you brew a perfect cup of loose leaf tea! Safety You pour your hot water in, and there is no more fumbling for a metal tea ball in your scalding hot water. You simply pull a lever and the tea comes out the bottom. Ease of Cleaning The tea leaves are easily removed from the teapot, it is a LOT easier to clean than your classic tea ball. Durability I have only had this teapot for a few weeks as of this review, so I cannot really state on how durable it is. Design It is so beautiful to watch your tea brew, the clear pot was really a great idea!