Best Humidor For Cigars by Type and Budget

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Humidor and box of cigarsI returned home from a trip to Cuba in early 2017 with a bag full of Cuban Cigars. Since I only smoke them on special occasions (or give them as gifts), I wasn’t going to use them right away, so I put them in the pantry in a zip lock bag. That is until I come to find out that doing so was a big mistake.

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Why Do I Need A Humidor?

Cigars need to be kept at a certain humidity level or else they’ll lose their flavor. What a waste it would be to let my precious cargo get spoiled! So, how do you keep them at a proper, consistent level of humidity? A Humidor.

Humidors come in all shapes and sizes. From glass topped ones where you can see inside to ones with organizing compartments. They can store anywhere from 1 in a travel size to over 150 cigars (some are even walk-in rooms that act as giant humidors, you’ll typically run into these in cigar shops).

How To Setup Humidor & Terminology

A humidor is a container (usually a wooden box; typically cedar or cherry) that keeps cigars fresh and prevents them from drying out.

While a humidor box might look pretty on the outside, they are only good if they’re doing their job of keeping your cigars moist, breathing and cool. To do so, they are made of high-quality wood and two essential components which help regulate and measure the moisture level:

  • Hygrometer – A small instrument that resembles a clock. A hygrometer measures the amount of humidity in your humidor. These are either built into the shell of the box or placed inside the box (with adhesive if kept on the box lid). They can be analog or digital and should stay within 65-70% relative humidity at all times (never over 75% for extended periods; as that may result in the cigars molding, which unlike them drying at too low of humidity, is not reversible).
  • Humidifier – This is a device (can be as simple as salted distilled water) that maintains the relative humidity mentioned above in your humidor. Examples include a sponge in a plastic mesh that traps water (these typically ship with your humidor), gel beads (Humi-Care’s 4 oz jar is a solid choice that will humidify up to 150 cigars for 1-2 months – the exact length of time will vary depending on the relative outdoor humidity in your area), and there are even fancy electronic options.

In addition to a humidor, hygrometer and humidifier, you’ll also need distilled water (water that’s had the impurities removed through boiling). You’ll need distilled water for your humidifier since tap water can contain minerals and chemicals which may adversely affect your cigars.

You can make your own or go the easy route and buy it on Amazon or even at your local grocery store.

Seasoning Your Humidor

Any new humidor (or one that hasn’t been used in a while) also needs to be “seasoned” to kick start the moisture absorption inside. You can use an unscented sponge soaked in distilled water to lightly wipe down all the exposed wood (including any inserts or trays). Do not overly season the wood, however, one pass over will do.

Easiest Way To Season A Humidor

With these 84% 2-way Boveda humidification packs, you can rest easy that your humidor will season perfectly (and not over-season). How does it work? The packs use a 2-way humidification process to ensure that humidity levels reach and stay at 84%. Note – once your humidor is seasoned (typically a couple weeks time), you’ll want to lower the humidity to a range of 65% – 72%. The Boveda packs can be purchased to target precise humidity levels.

Calibrating Your Hygrometer

The second step in prepping your humidor is to ensure your hygrometer is accurately reading the humidity level by calibrating it. One calibration method is the salt test – place the hygrometer in an air-tight ziplock bag. Fill a shot glass with distilled water and salt, add it to the bag next to the hygrometer, and seal the bag. After 12 hours it should read 75%.

If not, adjust your hygrometer until the reading reaches 75%. It should stay at that percentage once you put your cigars inside the humidifier for several months (you’ll need to re-calibrate every 6 months or so).

Video: How To Calibrate Your Humidor

Clear as mud? Here’s a quick video on how to calibrate your hygrometer courtesy of Cigar Advisor Magazine.

Now that you know a little more about the basics of humidors, and the jargon associated with them, let’s get into our in-depth cigar humidor reviews complete with pricing, features, pros and cons for each and our favorites by category.

Best Cigar Humidor

I did some research looking for humidors for myself, and want to share my findings with fellow aspiring cigar aficionados. Read on to learn more about humidors, how they work, what to look for, and our top picks.

Because of the wide variety of humidors, we’ve picked out the best for each category and price range. So feel free to jump to the specific type you are looking for or keep scrolling to read them all.

Humidors By Type

Desktop | Small | Travel | Electronic | Cigar Cabinet

Humidors By Budget

Under $50 Under $100 | Under $200

Best Desktop Humidor: Quality Importers Desktop Humidor, Capri-Glasstop

Capri-Glasstop HumidorView on Amazon

Our pick for the best desktop humidor is the Quality Importers Capri-Glasstop. An Amazon #1 bestseller, this humidor has a beautiful mahogany finish and is lined with premium kiln-dried Spanish cedar for a delicious aroma and great moisture retention.

It has a brass-plated, glass, front-mount hygrometer and a scratch-resistant felt-lined bottom which makes for an ideal way to display your cigars on your desk or office. The humidor also features a dual compartment and Quality Importer’s Sureseal technology for proper lid seal on closure.

Capacity: 20-50 Cigars
Price $34.99

Best Small Humidor: Scorch Torch 10 Cigar Humidor:

 Scorch Torch Travel 10 Cigar Humidor HumidifierView on Amazon

Looking for a starter humidor that’s on the smaller side? The Scorch Torch Huxley box is the perfect sized humidor for the novice smoker. With a compact shape and cherry finish, it’s both classic and timeless.

It comes with a humidifier and adhesive Velcro to attach it to the top of the inside, but please that note you must purchase a hygrometer separately. It claims to hold 10, but depending on their size and how you orientate them, you can fit up to 24.

Capacity: 10-24 Cigars
Price Check Amazon for availability

Best Travel Humidor: La Cubana Leather Humidor

La Cubana Leather Travel Cigar Humidor (Amazon Affiliate) View on Amazon

While there are lots of travel humidors to pick from, we chose the La Cubana Leather humidor because it was highly recommended on several websites and has great reviews. And unlike other travel humidors that are made of leather or plastic, this one has a wood interior that is ideal for maximum freshness.

With a humidifier, hygrometer, syphones cutter that pops in the inside of the top, you’ll have all the tools you need while smoking on the go. Its beautiful leather exterior has stitching and a brass key and lock. The interior features a velcro strap to keep your cigars safe and sound while on the go. This humidor is great for business travelers (or to give as a gift).

Capacity: 6-15 Cigars
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Electronic Humidor: Whynter CHC-120S

Whynter CHC-120S Stainless Steel 250-Cigar Cooler HumidorView on Amazon

The Whynter stainless steel cigar cooler is our pick for the best electronic humidor. It’s vibration-free, quiet thermoelectric cooling system is designed to automatically keep the humidity range between 62% and 75% while remaining at room temperature (using the LCD digital display and exterior control). It has a humidification tray (for use with your preferred solution or moisture beads), two Spanish Cedar flat shelves and a spacious drawer with an elegant analog hygrometer.

In addition, there’s a fan to ensure even circulation of air and it’s backed by a 1-year warranty. The cigars aren’t as easy to organize given the limited visibility, but with a storage size of 1.2 cubic feet, it’s big enough to put at least three large cigar boxes and stores over 250 cigars. This humidor requires power and would make a great addition to a man cave or wet bar.

Capacity: Up to 250+ cigars
Price Check Amazon for availability

Cigar Humidor Cabinet: Prestige Import Group Milano Countertop Display

Prestige Import Group Milano Countertop Display View on Amazon

Having a growing cigar collection can be a good thing until you run out of storage room. This multi-level dark mahogany humidor has three removable shelves that can hold up to 125 cigars.

With glass on all four sides, it’s a nice way to display your cigars while keeping them fresh. It also features a lock and key for extra security, two humidifiers and an external hygrometer for easy monitoring.

Capacity: Up to 125 Cigars
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Best Humidor Under $50: Prestige Import Group Chalet Cherry Cigar Humidor

 Prestige Import Group Chalet Cherry Cigar HumidorView on Amazon

Looking for an affordable humidor? The best budget humidor is Prestige Import’s 25-50 sized model. For the cost, you can’t beat this high-quality wood box made with genuine Spanish cedar and brass plated hygrometer & humidifier all in one.

We also love that it has a movable (and removable) divider so you can separate your high-end smokes from your everyday ones. It also has a scratch-resistant felt bottom. It’s simple but everything you need in a humidor. Perfect entry-level humidor. In fact, this is the same one I purchased (but mine is black).

Capacity: 25-50 cigars
$32.95 ($32.95 / Count)

Best Humidor Under $100: La Cubana Solid Wood Cigar Humidor

La Cubana Solid Wood Cigar HumidorView on Amazon

If you want to take your humidor up a notch, La Cubana’s solid wood oak humidor is a solid choice. It also comes in a larger size in a cherry wood finish with golden metal (versus stainless steel) as well, and both are under $100. Because of the quality of the reclaimed wood, it’s durable, scratch-resistant and provides the perfect conditions for exceptional aromas and moisture preservation.

It has a sleek design including a solid metal hinge and an inset hygrometer and humidifier which makes it feel more premium. Like the Prestige Import Group, this has a felt-lined bottom and divider inside. And because it comes in a black cardboard gift box, it makes for a perfect gift!

Capacity: Up to 30 Cigars (Cherry finish is up to 50)
Price:  $49.95

Best Humidor Under $200: Cuban Crafters High Gloss Rosewood Humidor

View on Amazon

The Cuban Crafter’s high gloss piano finish rosewood with exotic wood inlay on top is the best cigar humidor under $200. It too has an inset hygrometer and humidifier but also has a removable storage tray and lower level storage for accessories.

This humidor also has a lock and key to secure your collection of cigars and brass inset handles for easy transportation. With 12 coats of lacquer, an ornate detailed design made with exotic woods this is sure to impress your friends (in addition to keeping your cigars well-protected). To top it off, it’s fully guaranteed and backed by the best warranty in the industry.

Capacity: Up to 150

Enjoy Your New Cigar Humidor

No matter which humidor you go with it’s important to remember that, while it’s tempting to show it off, make sure to keep it in a cool, dry place, not near a window where it can be exposed to damaging rays that will warp or damage your box.

Also, open your humidor at least every couple weeks to let air circulate (and so you can enjoy the fine aroma of your aging cigars).

And if you take into account how much you spend in time and money on your cigars, don’t let them go to waste by skimping on their home (ie. your humidor). Cheap humidors are not going to be up to snuff (or puff) for your cigars.

Are your cigars lonely and in need of some companions? Check out our Best Cigar of the Month Club Review where we share some of the top places to get a cigar subscription delivered to your door on a regular basis via the best cigar club.

What tips do you have for storing cigars?

About The Author:

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. She is one of Exploring Life's Mysteries most experienced researchers. When reviewing products and services her natural curiosity helps her dig deep and unearth the truth behind the marketing. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

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October 6, 2017 11:44 am

I just got back from Cuba and bought a bunch of cigars as gifts. I don’t plan to smoke them anytime soon so good to know there’s an affordable way to store them. I don’t need anything fancy though but will probably go with one of the smaller ones that I can keep in the closet.