The teapot keeps the tea warm for a while, but the handle does not get hot.
Cleaning does require disassembling the pot and infuser. You may want a small bottle brush to clean the spout or it may get tea scum in it over time. The glass is a bit thin, but mine hasn't broken or cracked in the year I have been using it. However, I always hand-wash it carefully.
I definitely would recommend this pot to other tea enthusiasts
Questions & Answers
in other words, is it possible to put the leaves directly into the water without using the strainer