The one piece 600ml teapot is composed of 18/8 stainless steel finished to a high polish. The handle is attached at the top & base by spot welds, so it is cool to touch. The spout is attached just above the body midpoint and thus pours well. The teapot lid is attached by a lay back hinge that folds back to allow cleaning inside and out in a dishwasher. This preserves the polished exterior appearance.