Best Humidors

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 15, 2019
If you’re addicted to smoking cigars, buying a humidor can become your best solution. This small case will aid to keep cigars fresh and flavorful for many years. Our review of the best humidors should help you find an ideal fit for both your budget and needs. Keep on reading! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Capacity (volume)
SIZE
Exterior Finish
Interior Finish
Accessories
Warranty
 
PROS

Even if you drop the lid, you'll hear the soft poof of air, which means the box boasts a great seal.

CONS

The built-in hygrometer isn't very accurate. 

OUR VERDICT

The Mantello 100 Cigar Desktop Humidor is a good value for the price. It's an ideal pick for those who need to store quite a lot of cigars but don't want to overpay for extra frills.

detailed parameters
Type

Tabletop

Capacity (volume)

Up to 100 cigars

SIZE

13.5" x 9.4" x 6.3"

Exterior Finish

Wood exterior, Glass

Interior Finish

Spanish cedar interior, Removable tray with divider, Bottom with divider

Accessories

Hygrometer, Humidifier (rectangular), Built-in lock

Warranty

1 year

PROS
The "antique" finish and high-quality materials make this cigar humidor look really posh.
CONS
The hygrometer is kind of fragile, please use it with care.
OUR VERDICT
If you like cigars not only for their taste but also for charisma they give you, this tobacco humidor is exactly what you are looking for. Store your cigars here and they will definitely preserve their flavor.
detailed parameters
Type
Tabletop
Capacity (volume)
Up to 100 cigars
SIZE
15" x 10" x 6"
Exterior Finish
Spanish cedar
Interior Finish
Spanish cedar tray with divider, 2 dividers on the bottom
Accessories
Glass hygrometer with brass ring, Humidifier (rectangular), Lock with key
Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

To replicate the hot climate of Cuba and Dominican Republic where the tobacco is grown, the humidor is made of exclusive Spanish Cedar from Brazil.

CONS

Owing to thick wood construction, it's rather heavy.

OUR VERDICT

It's a remarkable humidor that holds humidity like a champ and is extremely easy to use. It looks luxurious and can definitely become an exquisite decoration for your office or living room.

detailed parameters
Type

Tabletop

Capacity (volume)

Up to 65 cigars

SIZE

14" x 12.5" x 6"

Exterior Finish

Matte jet-black wood exterior

Interior Finish

Spanish cedar interior with 2 adjustable dividers

Accessories

Digital hygrometer, Humidifier (rectangular), Built-in lock

Warranty

Lifetime

PROS

The unit has a thermostat and an LCD temperature display. You can adjust the temperature somewhere between 50 degrees F and 66 degrees F.

CONS

A humidifier is not included (humidity tray only).

OUR VERDICT

This cigar cooler works wonderfully and looks classy. It's a great option for cigar aficionados and casual enthusiasts alike. It can hold big collections up to 250 cigars.

detailed parameters
Type

Floor-standing

Capacity (volume)

Up to 250 cigars (1.2 cu. ft.)

SIZE

13.5" x 20" x 18.5"

Exterior Finish

Plastic, Stainless steel, Glass

Interior Finish

Plastic interior, 2 Spanish cedar shelves and Spanish cedar drawer

Accessories

Adjustable thermostat with LCD-screen (50ºF - 66ºF), Hygrometer, Humidity tray

Warranty

1 year

PROS
Lightweight, simple and yet, not without a gloss, this humidor will come to liking to most newbie cigar smokers who’re just about to start their first collection.
CONS
The ideal humidity level is achieved with a glass of water left in the case overnight.
OUR VERDICT
The price would never tell you how good this humidor is. The box comes equipped with everything required for proper cigar storage.
detailed parameters
Type
Tabletop
Capacity (volume)
25-50 (depending on size and diameter of a cigar)
SIZE
10" x 9" x 4"
Exterior Finish
Spanish cedar and tempered glass
Interior Finish
An adjustable separator, Spanish cedar
Accessories
Humidifier, Hygrometer
Warranty

1 year

Mantello Cigars 100 Cigar Glasstop

Solid Construction

If you're looking for a true 100-count humidor that won't cost you a fortune, the Mantello 100 Cigar Desktop Humidor may be a good deal for you. For less than $60, it looks quite expensive and stoutly-built. It features Spanish Cedar lining, tempered glass top, and solid brass hinges. Even if you drop the lid, you'll hear the soft poof of air, which means the box boasts a great seal.

Speaking about the exterior, there is a felt lining on the bottom, which prevents the box from sliding around on your table. The glass top is strong and very useful for admiring your cigar collection or monitoring a digital hygrometer (just in case you throw it inside). On the front, there is a key that keeps out stick fingers. Actually, it won't stop burglars but for protecting your cigars from kids or roommates, it serves the purpose. Overall, it's a high-end wooden box that performs three jobs quite well - looks great, keeps your cigars humidified, and prevents curious hands from entering.

Review of Mantello Cigars 100 Cigar Glasstop Desktop Humidor

Hygrometer Included

As you've probably noticed, the Mantello humidor comes with a built-in analog hygrometer on the casing. It does work well but it looks a little too cheap and may be tricky to calibrate. That being said, if you're serious about your cigar collection, you can purchase a secondary digital hygrometer and put it inside the box to ensure super-accurate humidity readings.

Mantello Cigars 100 Cigar Glasstop Desktop Humidor in the use

Useful Tips

Although the instructions say not to pre-season the humidor, you can do the initial seasoning so as not to have any issues with wood warping, especially if you live in a dry climate. For example, you can throw some humidifying packets inside or put an open jar with distilled water for 2 days to ensure it's thoroughly seasoned.

In case you leave the lid open for longer than 5 minutes, you can also perform light re-seasoning of exposed wood surfaces. Therefore, re-moisturized panels won't pull moisture and flavor from your cigars.

Last but not least, it's worth mentioning that the humidifier really holds up to 100 cigars depending on the ring gauge. You'll be able to easily fit a hundred 5x50 robustos; however, the humidor won't hold the same number of larger cigars. So plan the space depending on what sticks you’re going to put in the box.

To round everything up, the Mantello 100 Cigar Desktop Humidor is a good value for the price. It's an ideal pick for those who need to store quite a lot of cigars but don't want to overpay for extra frills.

Detailed review of Mantello Cigars 100 Cigar Glasstop Desktop Humidor

 

Quality Importers HUM-OLD WORLD

Size and Capacity

The Old World desktop humidor is 6.5" x 13.625" x 10" (H x W x D), and it is capable of holding up to 100 cigars at a time. The precise number is dependent on type and size of cigars you smoke. Many tobacco connoisseurs tend to keep their cigars in a humidor for months before smoking them. Are you one of those people and can you tell the difference between the aged cigar and the one bought only recently? If so, then this tobacco humidor is totally worth your attention. Even if you do not smoke cigars very often, that is.

Review of Quality Importers HUM-OLD WORLD Desktop Humidor

Design

The manufacturer of this cigar humidor made it so to make the item look great on top of your desk in a study room. The exterior is performed in a shape of a square box with an old map drawn on its every visible surface. This vintage design adds charm to both your cigar smoking ritual and to your room interior. But if you are not into Christopher Columbus or Amerigo Vespucci travel-suggesting looks, the Quality Importers offer this personalized humidor in several other designs too! Feel free to choose.

Quality Importers HUM-OLD WORLD Desktop Humidor in the use

External Finish

The Quality Importers Desktop Humidor, Old World is made of a Spanish cedar block. In addition to having a rather peculiar light aroma, the cedar is also known for its great moisture deposit in the walls, exceptional heat insulation, and sealing. All this affects the cigar taste and storage in the best possible way. The design is really thought-through — when you close the lid you will hear the air coming out instead of impact sound.

Detailed review of Quality Importers HUM-OLD WORLD Desktop Humidor

Interior Finish

This desktop humidor has a felt-lined bottom to protect it from scratches. Furthermore, inside the unit, you will find a hygrometer, which is also designed to look antique with its brass frame. It complements the humidor greatly. The SureSeal® Technology will provide top-notch heat insulation and sealing. And as a final touch, this personalized humidor includes a gold-plated lock and a key, an engravable brass nameplate, and a rectangular humidifier.
Quality Importers HUM-OLD WORLD Desktop Humidor application

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The Old World Cigar Humidor
 

Daniel Marshall Ambiente 65 Cigar

Exceptional Quality Tested by Time

Daniel Marshall has been crafting luxury cigar humidors for more than three decades now. All his products are world-renowned for their exceptional quality and superior cigar preservation abilities. It's one of the most popular brands in the US for a reason. The success of Daniel Marshall humidors, for the most part, lies in the elaborate production and high-quality materials the company uses for producing all their products. Aiming to replicate the climate of Cuba and the Dominican Republic, where the tobacco is grown, the company has found the perfect source of wood and stuck with it for life. All Spanish Cedar used by Daniel Marshall is carefully selected and comes from Brazil. Hence, you can be sure that your cigars will be stored at the ideal humidity level.

The “Ambiente" collection of humidors entered the market in 1993 and since then, it has remained a top-selling line of the company. The collection is available in two sizes to fit 65 and 125 cigars. The model under review is the 65-cigar humidor. It's perfectly sized to keep on your office desk or even in a drawer.
Review of Daniel Marshall Ambiente 65 Cigar Humidor

Luxurious Materials

Everything about this humidor screams high quality. It looks very high-end with thick Spanish Cedar wood box covered with matte black piano finish. Everything is gold plated with very smooth hinges that provide a tight seal. There is no movement on the lid, and the seal is so tight that you can drop it shut but still get a very soft close.

On the front, there is a golden Daniel Marshall emblem with a key, which is especially handy for use in homes with kids or a busy office environment.

We would like to point out that owing to thick wood construction, the box feels rather heavy for the size. However, we believe that heavy weight won't be a dealbreaker, especially if you're going to install the humidor permanently.

Daniel Marshall Ambiente 65 Cigar Humidor in the use

Interior

Inside, you get a quite typical layout with a couple of exceptions. To begin with, you'll find a pair of dividers that you can set to your preference or don't use at all. On the lid, you'll find some cool features like a beautiful digital hygrometer. It's very accurate and we believe it's a real keeper. Underneath the hygrometer, there is 1-12 counter that can work as a reminder. A little magnet (included in the box) can be used to set a monthly schedule when you need to recharge the box with distilled water. Inside, you'll also find a gold badging with the name. As you see, everything here is thought-out to every detail.

It's a beautiful humidor that holds humidity like a champ and is extremely easy to use. It looks luxurious and can definitely become an exquisite decoration for your office or living room.

Detailed review of Daniel Marshall Ambiente 65 Cigar Humidor

 

Whynter CHC-120S 250 Cigar

For Large Cigar Collections

If you are a true cigar aficionado with a big cigar collection, you should definitely consider the Whynter CHC-120S Stainless Steel humidor. It may be very helpful for preserving the authentical flavor of your cigars and protecting them from harmful conditions. From the first glance, it looks like a mini fridge with a black cabinet and stainless steel handle. The sleek design is enhanced by a trimmed glass door allowing you to see the whole cigar collection.

The Whynter tobacco cooler boasts a 1.2 cu. ft capacity and can hold up to 250+ cigars. Because of this incredible capacity, it's a freestanding device, so keep in mind that you will need reasonable floor/counter space for it, but actually, this humidor is more than worth it.

The humidor is equipped with an accurate analog hygrometer that helps monitor the levels of humidity. Also, it has a thermostat and an LCD temperature display that seems to be spot on. It tells you precisely what the ambient temp is inside the chamber. You can adjust the temperature somewhere from 50 degrees F to 66 degrees F.

The seal of the door is great, so humidity and temperature fluctuations are non-existent. An internal fan circulates the air for even humidity, yet the product runs very quiet and without vibrations.

Review of Whynter CHC-120S 250 Cigar Stainless Steel Humidor

What's Inside

Although the humidor has a stainless steel casing, the interior is made of thick Spanish Cedar wood. The wood emits a light aroma that repels damaging insects. The interior smells good but if you want, you can remove the contents (one cedar drawer and two shelves) to decrease that smell a bit.

Also, there is a humidity tray inside, however, the humidifier itself isn't included. The manufacturer gives you an opportunity to select by yourself what type of humidifier or humidifying packs to use with your cigars. By the way, all your collection can be illuminated by a soft blue LED backlight provided that you plug the device in a power outlet.

Whynter CHC-120S 250 Cigar Stainless Steel Humidor in the use

Easy Setup

The unit comes surrounded by Styrofoam and placed in the sturdy manufacturing box. That box is also surrounded in foam and placed in another, larger box. That's why the product comes in top-notch condition without scratches or damaged parts.

Once you unpack the cooler, you'll find a manual in the sliding drawer inside. The unit comes pre-assembled and the door handle is the only part that should be installed after delivery. The package includes all the hardware for that, so setup won't be a problem. Also, the box includes a guide for using the humidor and a second hydrometer. Importantly, the Whynter CHC-120S comes already calibrated.

The cigar cooler works wonderfully. It's a remarkable unit that looks elegant and classy as well. It's a great option for both cigar aficionados and casual enthusiasts with a large cigar collection.

Detailed review of Whynter CHC-120S 250 Cigar Stainless Steel Humidor

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Mantello Cigars GLASSTOP

Size and Capacity

If you’re looking for a small, and yet, rather spacious humidor, the Mantello humidor should suit you well. Depending on the size and diameter of your favourite cigars, it’s capable of housing in from 25 up to 50 cigars, which makes its capacity quite extended and perfect for occasional smokers. The case itself is also quite compact. It won’t take a lot of room on the desk. However, with such a humidor on, your desk will surely take a new and more elegant look.

Review of Mantello Cigars GLASSTOP Desktop Royale Humidor

Design

Both the look and the size of the Mantello cigar humidor resemble a typical jewellery box - a small unit with a tempered glass top and a gold-plated clasp lock. At the price tag it’s sold, it’s unbelievable how the quality and visual appeal are intertwined in a model. The humidor looks like the most expensive cigar cases, but fits the budget of most average smokers. If you’re contemplating a gift idea for your uncle, you will surely please him with this box!

Mantello Cigars GLASSTOP Desktop Royale Humidor in the use

External Finish

If you’re tight on budget or just don’t plan to buy an expensive humidor, with the Mantello humidor you wouldn’t need to make compromises. Spanish cedar inner and outward lining will maintain cigars at its best and retain their aroma flavours inside. Due to the hidden quadrant hinges, the top tightly sits on the box and prevents the air from coming in.

Detailed review of Mantello Cigars GLASSTOP Desktop Royale Humidor

Interior Finish

A small humidifier and a high quality Spanish cedar inner finishing is what’s required for the right storage of cigars. This is all provided in the Mantello humidor and at a reasonable amount of money. What’s also important for maintaining the initial aroma of cigars is impermeability. It’s achieved with SureSeal technology, implemented in the construction of the top. Mantello cigar humidor is perfect for keeping all sorts of cigars. An adjustable separator will let you accommodate cigars of a different diameter and length so you don’t need to think of getting a spare bag or case for special specimens.
Mantello Cigars GLASSTOP Desktop Royale Humidor application

 

What Is a Humidor?

A humidor will become a precious accessory for a gourmet of cigars. It’s a stylishly designed box or a cassette with a humidifier and hygrometer inside to keep tobacco save against the mold and drying. On knowing the moisture level in the box, you’ll run no risk of cigar deterioration and always have quality tobacco to enjoy. Humidors quite differ from one another. Some boxes are made of heavy wooden material and meant for use as an accessory on a polished desk. Others are more lightweight and portable for use on trips and journeys. Some humidors are rather tiny in size and hence, offer small capacity while others may become a perfect store for a big collection of cigars and decorate your parlor with elaborate design and style. The popular materials used in the production of humidors are natural wood with a cedar interior finish and metal with foam inside (as a travel option).

We also suggest considering one of the electric can openers.

What Features to Compare

The first question to answer before buying a humidor is whether you really need one. How many cigars do you smoke a day? How many of them have you got at home? If there are only 3 or 5 specimens in your apartment, you may easily do with a simple bag or a case. However, if a cigar is an essential part of your pastime, it may be a good idea to purchase a humidor and keep your cigars in a favorable environment. If you’re about to buy your first humidor, our recommendations should help you pick the ideal thing for your personal needs.

Size and Capacity

The foremost thing to consider is the size and capacity of a box. What is a normal amount of cigars that you keep at some set period of time? Let’s say it’s 30, so when estimating the capacity of different units, make sure that the chosen model is capable of accommodating these 30 cigars and it also gives you some extra room for adding more. Depending on your collection of cigars and need for smoking, decide on a size. The models greatly vary in size and give you a variety of choices. As a first-time buyer, you may easily do with a small and portable humidor.

Design

A gourmet with a rich collection of tobacco, more likely than not, would prefer a cabinet or tabletop humidor to not only safely store his cigars, but also make an emphasis on his personal status and prosperity. This is where design of a box also matters. It goes without saying that usability of a humidor should be foremost considered, but for a certain audience of consumers, a humidor is much more than a simple box with cigars. For this reason, manufacturers put a lot of effort into producing not only practical, but also beautiful humidors.

Exterior

The other thing you’d definitely need to consider is the box exterior, namely, the material it's made of. Since the beginning of humidor production, they have been made from natural wood, however the trend to produce more portable units have started an epoch of compact size metal cases. With such small cases, it’s become possible to have your favorite sorts of cigars always at hand no matter where you go.

Interior

Depending on the price, the interior finish of humidors can be made either of Spanish cedar wood or simple foam. Both are aimed to absorb and retain moisture in the humidor. Not all, but most units come paired with hygrometers that check the moisture level in the box and ensure appropriate storage of cigars. Consider whether a humidor has got any separators. Dividing the humidor into segments ensures different cigars do not mix. These are all the things that are found inside the box and reviewed in interior finish.

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