Giveaway: Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker

April 18, 2013(updated on October 3, 2018)

Takeya Iced Tea Maker

Recently, the weather has warmed here in Philly and the balmier days have me craving big glasses of iced coffee and tea. I’ve been dashing out to my favorite coffeeshop for the java (I really need to get my cold brew habit restarted) and I’ve been using a Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker for my hit of iced tea.

two packets green tea

The folks at Takeya sent me this iced tea maker month or so back to try out (along with a couple boxes of tea). I’m well and truly smitten with it because it allows me to make iced tea without an overnight wait or extended cooling time in the fridge (and sadly, I rarely have room in my fridge for such things as pitchers of iced tea. It’s a little crammed in there most of the time).

pouring hot water

The way it works is that you load the tea into the infuser and fill the container halfway up with appropriately heated water (temperatures vary for different styles of tea, so it’s always good to consult a tea brewing chart like this one). Once the tea has steeped, you pull the infuser out of the pitcher.

Draining the filter

Then you fill the pitcher up with ice, screw on the lid tightly and shake the whole apparatus to cool down the tea. The lid is designed so that the pitcher should not leak at all (which also means that you can store it on its side, another plus for my overstuffed fridge).

Takeya has put together a really nice line of teas designed to work with these tea makers, as well as recipes to fancy up your basic iced tea.

cooling the tea

You should use more ice than I show here. I just happened to be low on ice at the moment I was making this batch and so skimped a little (such is life). Still, it was quite good with a splash of rhubarb syrup (from a recent batch of this guy) and a little sparkling water.

Thanks to the nice Takeya folks, I have one of these pitchers to give away, along with one packet of tea. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share your favorite way cool down in the warmer months.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog that evening.
  3. Giveaway open to US residents, only (so sorry, further-flung friends, I’m not in charge of the shipping).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.
Disclosure: Takeya USA provided me with a review unit of the Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker, as well as two boxes of tea. They’ve also provided the giveaway unit and tea. No money changed hands and my opinions remain my own. 

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341 thoughts on "Giveaway: Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker"

  • oh man, I hate hot weather. cold fancy drinks certainly help. as does staying inside and doing art with the kiddos. this iced tea maker looks great!

  • An ice cold glass of homemade Sima (Lemon Mead). Love iced tea, but am never patient enough so this would be great!

  • Not being a fan of the heat, my favorite way to cool off is in the shade with a huge glass of sweet tea. This tea maker sure would make the whole sweet tea making process a little easier!

  • Iced tea ofcourse! We have a great local tea shop here in Tampa (Tebella) where I love to get my loose tea. My 2 year old even loves going in there and smelling the tea and helping me pick some out.

  • Fresh lemonade and iced sun tea are my favorite cool drinks. That along with a float in the water is summer paradise for me.

  • Honestly, my favorite way to cool down is to stay in the AC – sad I know. I make two to three pitcher of sweet southern iced tea every day to every other day in the summer. I family loves it.I’d love to win this & try it with some of my favorite flavored iced teas.

  • When the weather is hot….my favorite way to cool down is to jump in to a friend’s pool. Fortunately, she lives right down the street from the high school where I teach summer school (with no AC)…..

  • I love to sit out in my shady back yard with a good book and sun tea. I would love to win this tea maker to speed up the tea making process.
    I love your blog and thank you for all the great giveaways.

  • My favorite way to cool off is to wear a wet bandanna around my head or neck as I’m working around the house or yard. As it dries out I just rewet it. Only on the most humid-hot days is it not effective and then I’ll admit to taking several cold showers a day!

    I never drink cold drinks (I like mine hot or room temp), but my husband loves his iced tea. This would be great for him!

  • I like to cool down with fruit. But my husband is a big tea drinker. This would be much easier then boiling it on the stove. which we always let boil over .

  • Summer is short here in Portland (as you well know) but for the few days that it’s too hot we sit in the shady part of the yard at a table and play board games and make homemade ice cream. Later in the afternoon when it’s too hot for that, we head down to the basement and continue the board games. Then the heat wave passes and it’s lovely again.

  • I recently got a soda water maker and have been having a ball with making my own syrups and low-sugar sodas, especially on hots days. Maybe I’ll be making my own teas soon too!

  • I am part Scandinavian, so I tend to overheat at the slightest temperature change. During the warm Southern California summer, I always freeze water bottles so most of the day I have ice cold water on hand.

  • As Crystal (#224) has already said – heat waves are short in the PNWet. I usually drink my green tea @ room temp, but on the 3 days a year that room temp is warmer than body temp, I have been known to ice it down. I use a wet bandana around my neck and make smart remarks about the drip pattern it leaves on my shirt.

    This pitcher looks very handy. Thanks for introducing me to so many new products via your posts and giveaways.

  • In the south a good glass of ice tea on a sweltering summer day is worth it’s weight in gold! Nothing beats sitting on the veranda with a good book and an ice cold glass of sweet tea!

  • Here in the south a good glass of ice tea on a sweltering summer day is worth its weight in gold. Nothing beats sitting on the veranda with a good book and an ice cold glass of sweet tea!

  • Sitting on the deck with friends, good music, and a pitcher of cool drinks is the best way to stay comfortable in the warmer weather – iced tea, mojitos, sangria, etc!

  • I love a tall glass of water with fresh picked mint and cucumber…my husband loves fresh brewed iced tea!

  • Drink loads of buttermilk thinned down with water sometime with crushed cumin or curry leaves or crushed ginger..this is what we love in India 🙂

  • My favorite summertime beverage is half/half tea. I’m quite addicted to it. Thanks for the chance to win a Flash tea maker to support my addiction.

  • Here in Fairbanks Alaska we tend to think that anything over 78 degrees is sweltering. On those days, I like to ice my pulse points to cool off and relax in the breeze of a fan. 80 degree summer days or 40 below winter days I still must have my tea, both iced and hot depending upon my mood. I would love to have this pitcher to speed up the ice tea process.

    Thanks for your great ideas,

  • Iced water and iced tea are my best friends all summer long. I’ve been known to fill up the kids’ wading pool when I really get desperate!

  • On hot summer days we love to fill up jugs of iced tea, grab our giant inflatable raft, and float down the Brandywine River 🙂

  • In South Carolina, we say that one should “get naked and throw ice water” to stay cool in the summer. I can’t say that I’ve tried it, though.

  • I love hot weather, but I have a feeling that being in my last trimester of pregnancy will change my feelings toward the heat this year!

  • For cooling down in hot weather we head to the river or woods or (our favourite but a farther trek) the coast 🙂
    Hibiscus coolers with frozen berries and limeades made with honey are favourite drinks around here.

  • My favorite way is the local italian ice shop, but switching to fancy flavors of iced tea would save both money and calories. 🙂

  • I’m always cold, so at our altitude (9200 ft) getting warm is my problem. But, my husband drinks gallons of iced tea in the summer and would love this iced tea maker.

  • We bought a sprinkler-like device at a little rural hardware store years ago, a “Cobra”. It is a rigid, snake-looking thing you attach to your hose. It has micro-holes along it’s coils. Perfect for cooling down on a hot summer day. You may walk by it and be lightly misted, or set it up near your lawn chair for a nice continuous mist. Lovely!

    And lovely describes this tea maker-decanter as well. Might be a new addiction. I’ll look for one at my favorite two-story huge rambling hardware/home goods store, which carries all the trendy stuff.

  • oh how I love the warm weather…
    sitting on my front porch or back deck with peppermint ice tea is the way I keep cool

  • I love mojitos. The flavor is great. I make virgin drinks to enjoy threw out the day using mint tea with club soda.

  • Definitely sweet iced tea. I make it in the sun during our hot New Mexico days and drink a lot of it – a new tea infuser would be great.

  • I keep some kind of refreshing boody spray in the frig. On hot days it feels really good when I spray it on the back of my neck.

  • When I was little, both my mother and great grandmother made mint tea. My great grandmother had a huge patch of spearmint growing in her back yard, and they’d crush the leaves and put those in with the ice tea as it steeped. It is my FAVORITE in the hot weather!

  • I love lemonade or limeade with mint during the summer! (okay so i love it all year round but i really enjoy it over the summer! easy on the sugar… tart and refreshing!)

  • fellow philadelphian here… iced coffee and a stock tank pool (usually for our pup) really does the trick when july rolls around. fingers crossed i win-we share an affinity for iced tea and a lack of fridge space to cool it down!

  • Nothing beats a cold beverage on the beach or patio! I love running into the ocean (which is cold) and quickly running back out 🙂

  • During the week nothing beats a big glass of iced green tea with just a little bit of mint. On the weekends, ice-cold hard cider quenches my thirst.

  • As a resident of Portland, OR, I head to either the mountains or the beach, generally accompanied by a cold beer.

  • I was just talking to a friend about cold brew coffee last night–I should really give this a try 😛 I’m normally a tea person, and a warm tea person at that (even in summer, ha), but the iced tea maker has me intrigued as well…

  • Tepid sponge bath, and dusting-powder made from equal parts baking soda and cornstarch or arrowroot, if it’s really unbearable. Next best is stand-in-a-breeze, or drink cold water, plain or with lime juice. I’m normally a hot-tea person, even in the summer, due to early reading about the British Raj – if hot tea worked for the English in India, I figure it’ll work for me. I like cold herbal teas – Celestial Seasonings’ “Zinger” styles are nice. I don’t care much for iced black tea (which is practically sacrilege, in Texas . . . you even get iced tea, unless you specifically ask for hot, in some Chinese restaurants!!), except for chai. I’ll drink chai (made with rice or almond milk, not dairy) at any temperature. Well, it’s sweet, what can I say . . . . I like my coffee hot, too.
    I do a cold-brew tea (like sun-tea only in the fridge)when I know I’ll need to serve guests, after reading lots of warnings about bacterial growth in actual sun-tea – 3-4 teabags in a washed-out 2-quart juice bottle in the fridge for 24 hours. This is much prettier.

  • Staying in the shade. Or if it’s really hot I just crank up the AC 🙂

    And what is up with fridges only have a tiny bit of tall stuff space? Do they really think everything I want cold is less then six inches high?

  • This looks super neat! I would love to start a chilled tea habit…if just the weather would decide to cooperate.

  • This looks awesome, if I don’t win I’ll probably buy one! We make iced tea daily here in Texas!

  • I’m from the south, so sweet tea is the thing to make in the summer. Mint ice cubes are great too. 🙂

  • I love making different iced tea variations : red zinger, Arnold palmers, iced ginger/ rose petal tea with honey or peppermint hibiscus tea.

  • This looks lovely!! I’m an iced coffee fan, with an occasional Arnold Palmer thrown in for good measure.

  • My favorite way to stay cool in the warm weather has nothing to do with food or drink. When I got pregnant, I was living in Holland. I was not worried about hot weather since summers were mild. Of course, that summer was the hottest on record. I lived in a house without AC and there were no screens on the windows. I had indoor cats so I could not even open the windows. I came up with an idea. I wet paper towels, laid them flat on parchment, stacked them, and froze them. Then I would sit in front of the fan and cover myself in the frozen paper towels. It helped!!! 🙂

  • LOVE sitting at the beach on a warm summer day with a good book and a tall glass of sweet ice tea or lemonade. Perfect day.

  • I cool down with iced mint tea most days, but for some thing really special, I love watermelon soaked in tequila! Yum!

  • My favorite way to cool off… sit in front of the air conditioner! A glass of lemonaide or iced tea doesn’t hurt either.

  • i love iced mint tea with frozen berries in the heat of summer (or at least as hot as it gets in portland…).

  • I love sitting outside and drinking agua de jamaica when it’s hot out. Or a nice fruit and ice smoothie.