Best Humidors

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 20, 2017
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 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Capacity (volume)
SIZE
Exterior Finish
Interior Finish
Accessories
 
PROS
This electronic humidor features a thermoelectric system for local and multiflow cooling, and an electronic display for temperature adjustment.
CONS
The price for this tobacco humidor may seem rather remarkable, but the quality pays itself 100%.
OUR VERDICT
Any true cigar lover will be fond of this humidor. With its perfect storage conditions, it will see to the unique taste of your large cigar collection in the best way possible.
detailed parameters
Type
Floor-Stand
Capacity (volume)
Up to 400 cigars
SIZE
17" x 20" x 28"
Exterior Finish
Stainless steel, Spanish cedar, Tempered glass
Interior Finish
2 removable drawers and 4 shelves made of Spanish cedar
Accessories
Hygrometer, Humidity tray, LCD display that shows the temperature
PROS
It's easy to carry this humidor because it has 2 side handles. Small children won't open the unit thanks to the reliable lock.
CONS
The glass in the lid is big so, be careful not to break it.
OUR VERDICT
Modena tabletop will be a real decoration in any office due to its unique angled design. Moreover, high-quality cedar and gold handles emphasize the impression of luxury.
detailed parameters
Type
Tabletop
Capacity (volume)
Up to 125 cigars
SIZE
21.5" x 10" x 7"
Exterior Finish
Spanish cedar, Glass
Interior Finish
4 adjustable dividers, Spanish cedar
Accessories
2 humidifiers, Hygrometer, Gold side handle, Gold pull, Lock, Key
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
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
PROS
The durable aluminum body of this portable humidor will protect your cigars during transportation and even in case if you drop it.
CONS
The capacity of this travel humidor is quite small.
OUR VERDICT
This is the best choice for people who are always on the go and want to enjoy the flavor of their favorite cigars. Also, the item is a great and stylish present.
detailed parameters
Type
Portable
Capacity (volume)
3-7 (depending on size and diameter of a cigar)
SIZE
8" x 2" x 2"
Exterior Finish
Aluminum
Interior Finish
Aluminum
Accessories
Hygrometer, Humidifier

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.

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. A gourmet with a rich collection of tobacco more likely than not would prefer a cabinet or a 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.

The other thing you’d definitely need to consider is External Finish of the box. 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 favourite sorts of cigars always at hand no matter where you go.

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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Review of Whynter CHC-251S Electronic Steel Cigar Cooler

Whynter CHC-251S

Whynter CHC-251S

Size and Capacity

If you are an owner of a big cigar collection, this wonderful tobacco humidor will be very helpful in providing the perfect climate for storing them. The Whynter personalized humidor is of formidable size (2.5 cubic feet); the unit has two drawers and four shelves. It is enough to store up to 400 cigars. For the same reason, this electronic humidor is, of course, a freestanding device, and you will need some space to place it in your room, but this humidor is more than worth it.

Review of Whynter CHC-251S Electronic Steel Cigar Cooler

Design

This electronic humidor looks a lot like a small refrigerator. It has the same door with a stainless steel handle. The stylish design is accentuated by trimmed glass. You can see your collection and an electronic LCD display through this glass, and, therefore, control the inside temperature as you wish. The cigar humidor looks astonishing and elegant. It will be a great addition to any modern interior, be it your living room, study, or office.

Whynter CHC-251S Electronic Steel Cigar Cooler in the use

External Finish

True enthusiasts know that it does not matter what material the tobacco humidor exterior is made of. The main point is that it must not leak air, and the interior must be made of high-quality wood. This electronic humidor is made of stainless steel, and there is a tempered glass in the door. Thanks to the thermoelectric cooling system, your cigars are fully protected from drying up, like they do in traditional compressor refrigerators. This cigar humidor needs power for the backlighting, cooling, and controlling, but not much, only 0.5 kWh per 24 hours.

Interior Finish

Inside of this tobacco humidor you will find two removable drawers and four shelves made of premium-quality Spanish cedar. Owing to these materials, this electronic humidor not only saves the original taste of your cigars but also adds a pleasant aroma to them. One of the shelves has a hygrometer for you to control the necessary level of humidity. Also there is a tray for moisture beads inside. All your collection is illuminated by a soft LED backlight, which can be turned off if you wish so. There is a small fan inside this big custom humidor; it ensures an even humidity distribution.

Whynter CHC-251S
Whynter CHC-251S
 
Review of Prestige Import Group MDNA-A1 Countertop Cherry

Prestige Import Group MDNA-A1

Prestige Import Group MDNA-A1

Luxury Accessory in Your House

It's quite a compact tabletop humidor manufactured by Prestige Import Group. The unit is made of natural wood and has a classic design. Yet, the Modena humidor is different from lots of similar items as it's slightly angled. Therefore, your cigar collection is more visible, so the humidor can be an eye-catching element of decor. Being rather small and compact, the Modena humidor can be placed on your office desk or in your sideboard. We would like to highlight that the unit isn't that small - it accommodates up to 125 cigars (the exact number depends on the size of cigars). The interior of the humidor is made of Spanish cedar and has 4 adjustable dividers. There is a large glass in the lid, thanks to which your guests will always see your beautiful cigar collection. The impression of luxury is emphasized by two gold side handles and a pull on the lid. No doubt, you will be able to preserve cigars for many months and enjoy smoking exquisite tobacco anytime you wish.

Review of Prestige Import Group MDNA-A1 Countertop Cherry

History of Humidors

The first humidors appeared when Cuba started exporting cigars to Europe. The journey was quite long so very often cigars dried up and lost their flavor. Moreover, bug maggots could appear in the tobacco at high temperatures and we don't need to tell you that smoking such cigars would have been a rather unpleasant experience. That's why cigar merchants came up with an idea to ship cigars in special storage rooms with the optimal temperature and humidity. Later, special cabinets were designed for storing cigars. They had thick side walls, a tightly closing door, and a small water tank for maintaining a constant humidity level and preventing the penetration of outside air. Yet, the majority of rich smokers preferred keeping their cigar collections in humid and chilly basements. However, the introduction of modern heating systems put an end to the usage of basements. That's why humidors were invented. Initially, they were quite small but one could place them anywhere, even on a working desk.

Prestige Import Group MDNA-A1 Countertop Cherry in the use

More Products to Consider

For consumers who'd like to furnish and embellish their personal space, we'd recommend installing a small beverage refrigerator, alongside a humidor that you can put next to it on your desk.

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Prestige Import Group MDNA-A1
Prestige Import Group MDNA-A1
 
Review of Mantello Cigars GLASSTOP Desktop Royale

Mantello Cigars GLASSTOP

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

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 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.

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
Mantello Cigars GLASSTOP
 
Review of Quality Importers Old World Desktop

Quality Importers Old World

Quality Importers 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 Old World Desktop

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 Old World Desktop 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.

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.

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The Old World Cigar Humidor
Quality Importers Old World
Quality Importers Old World
 
Review of Mrs. Brog Cigar Travel Built In Hygrometer & Humidifier

Mrs. Brog Cigar Travel

Mrs. Brog Cigar Travel

Always at Hand

Are you looking for a good and stylish present for a connoisseur of exquisite cigars? Then, you shouldn't look any further - the Mrs. Brog travel humidor is the best accessory since it's light and compact. This unit will come in handy during any trip, be it an important business meeting or just a car trip to a neighboring city. This small travel humidor helps preserve the freshness of cigars, preventing them from drying. Unlike the majority of cigar humidors, this one looks like a small tube (approximately 8 inches long and slightly more than 2 inches in diameter). This accessory is highly durable because it's made of genuine aluminum. That's why the portable humidor withstands bumps and falls easily. The item is offered in 3 color schemes: black, checkered brown, and gold. This compact humidor has a hygrometer and a humidifier (it's filled with a special liquid called drymistat). Though keeping cigars requires much effort, particularly on a trip, this travel humidor will always help you enjoy fresh and fragrant tobacco no matter where you are.

Review of Mrs. Brog Cigar Travel Built In Hygrometer & Humidifier

Curious Facts About Cigars

  • The first references to cigars date back to the 15th century when Christopher Columbus sailed to the Carribean. The natives of Cuba smoked rolled tobacco leaves. No wonder Cuba has been a major exporter of tobacco since the early 16th century.
  • Today, there are around 50 most famous cigar makers, most of them from Cuba and the others from the USA, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
  • The late Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, preferred Cohiba cigars, produced specifically for the Cuban elite.
  • True cigar connoisseurs are called aficionado in a Spanish manner.
  • As usual, people smoke cigars while drinking some alcoholic beverage. People who give advice on which alcohol is compatible with each cigar brand are called vitoliers.
  • If stored properly, cigars retain their flavor and fragrance for several years.

Mrs. Brog Cigar Travel Built In Hygrometer & Humidifier in the use

More Products to Consider

To maintain the optimal humidity in your place, it's pretty important to use a humidifier. 


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Mrs Brog Cigar Travel Humidor With Built In Hygrometer + Humidifier
Mrs. Brog Cigar Travel
Mrs. Brog Cigar Travel
 

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