This is the BEST tea maker and if you love tea like we do, you need to get 1 !! ( I have 2!!) You won't be sorry. Best money you EVER spent.!! I use this almost dailey and love the flavor of the tea. You can keep dial closed and let the tea brew abit, then open it to finish making your tea. My 1st 1 I have had for several years now and just bought a 2nd one!