A quality cigar humidor can help you enjoy a smoke, take a siesta, or even breathe easier. Find out what to look for and how to choose the best cigar humidors on the market.

What to Consider When Choosing the Best Cigar Humidors

When shopping for a cigar humidor, there are many factors to consider. The type of cigar, how much space is available in a home or office, and the portability of the unit are just a few of the considerations.

Size

The size of the humidor will determine where it can be stored and whether its large enough to satisfy the users needs. Most cigar humidors range from about 5 inches wide by 7 inches deep by 11 inches high to 6 inches wide by 9 inches deep by 14 inches high.

If storing the humidor on a nightstand or a table, a smaller size may be appropriate. Users who want to keep the humidor in their office but dont smoke cigars every day might opt for a more portable size that can be taken with them when they travel or move offices.

Material

Cigar humidors are typically made of plastic, wood, or metal.

  • Plastic is an inexpensive option, though it tends to crack over time.
  • Wood looks classically attractive, but the porous quality of the material allows for too much moisture absorption and leads to mold growth.
  • Metal is durable and impervious to moisture, but some cigar humidors arent as well-suited for a metal environment. While all the units we tested are compatible with metal, users who store their humidor in a garage or other damp area should consider a wooden or plastic alternative.

Capacity

A humidors capacity determines how much storage it provides for the user. Capacity is usually measured in cubic feet and can range from as small as 0.1 cubic foot to as large as 2.0 cubic feet. To determine the approximate number of cigars that a particular humidor will hold, multiply the length, width, and depth (recorded in inches) of the humidor and then divide the total by two (to account for half of a standard box of 20 cigarettes). For example, if a humidor is 3/4 inches thick, 1 inch tall, and 1 inch wide, the capacity would be 16/24/1 = .667 or about six packs of cigarettes.

Storage Style

There are two main styles of cigar humidors: vertical and horizontal.

  • Vertical models feature a door on the front or side and typically a stand or a base to elevate the unit off the ground. These models are designed to be displayed either vertically or horizontally.
  • Horizontal models have no specific directionality and can be stored either vertically or horizontally.

Humidity Control

The best cigar humidors offer a balance between humidity and airflow so that the cigars stay moist but not wet and soggy. This is achieved through ventilation holes that allow excess moisture to escape but dont let dry air in.

Many of the units we tested featured adjustable vents that can be opened or closed to control the amount of humidity that passes through. Some of these units use a slider to adjust the vent size, while others have digital dials that clearly indicate low, medium, and high settings.

Temperature

Some cigar humidors include temperature controls, but most of these units are made of metal and therefore cannot be used for anything beyond displaying or storing the cigars. Those who want to monitor a cigars temperature or track its aging process should look into getting a separate thermometer.

While most cigars are stored at a cool room temperature of around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature can vary depending on the kind of cigar and the smokers personal preference. Different types of cigars are better suited to different temperatures.

Portability

Its important to consider the portability of a cigar humidor when choosing the right model for your needs. If the goal is to have a permanent spot in a homes foyer, a large, heavy, floor-standing unit probably wont be the best choice. However, if the plan is to take the humidor on vacation or move it to a new office, a lighter, smaller unit could be just the ticket.

All the units we tested are designed to be at least somewhat portable, but weight and size are relative. Its best to choose a unit based on how much portability is desired rather than what is available.