Whether you’ve got an expensive luxury cigar collection you want to protect or just want to ensure your cigars are at their freshest, the right humidor is paramount. Here are our best tips on selecting the perfect humidor to keep your cigars fresh.
Size and Storage Space
The first thing to consider when selecting the perfect humidor is how many cigars you plan on storing. Always buy a humidor that is a little bigger than you think you need just to be safe. You never know when you’ll find a great deal on your favorite cigar or have an itch to add to your collection. Size really does matter when it comes to humidors because having ample space is key to maintaining the optimal temperature and humidity. If the cigars are too close together it can compromise the quality, so it really does pay to spend more on a larger humidor.
Do you smoke a wide variety of cigars with different flavor profiles? If so, you’ll want to give them plenty of space so they stay separated. Otherwise, your mild, medium or full-bodied cigars will blend together, and you don’t want that. The easiest way to prevent this from happening is to purchase a humidor that has several drawers or purchase individual humidors for storing cigars with unique flavor profiles. In case you’re wondering how many cigars you can fit in a particular humidor, manufacturers make it relatively easy. They display a recommended “count” that gives you an estimate of how many cigars the humidor can comfortably fit.
You should also factor in where it will be stored, and find out if you’ll need additional humidification equipment inside the humidor. Consider the climate you live in. Most environments are not always going to remain stable; humidity levels are constantly increasing and decreasing, and some locations are dryer or wetter than others. Therefore, as an example, if you live in an older home in Canada, you’re going to want to mitigate the humidity dropping during winter. A few options for dealing with this include adding distilled water to shot glasses, using boveda packs, humidity beads, or an electronic humidification system such as Cigar Oasis. But doing so, however, will require than your humidor be large enough to accommodate these modifications.
Cigar humidors come in all types of colors and styles. Most come with the option of selecting wood finishes such as a dark cherry, walnut or a light birch but when it comes to style there’s more than meets the eye. Humidors come in a variety of styles from compact to large-scale. A few compact styles include coffee table humidor or desktop humidors that don’t have to be plugged in. These are all perfect options if you have a small space to work with.
If you want something large-scale, there are large towers or chest humidors you can buy that will fit into your décor like a cabinet. And hey, some people also like to smoke a cigar to or from work. You can always have a custom humidor built into your Rolls Royce’s glove compartment.
No matter what your budget, there is a humidor that’s right for you and your cigar collection. You can buy a quality humidor from less than $50 on up to thousands. Of course, the larger the size, the more the humidor will cost but the price will also reflect the brand and quality of materials and craftsmanship in the product – Some humidors are like a fine piece of art, not just “storage” pieces.
That being said, a humidor in the $500 range should be sufficient for most smokers. There are more expensive humidors with more sophisticated humidification systems but don’t feel like you have to have the absolute best out there to protect your cigars – just make sure the wood is high quality so it won’t warp, maintains consistent humidity, and has a tight seal.
- Döttling The Fortress
- Maklary Grand Wine Humidor
- Linley Monticello Humidor
- Pinel & Pinel Paris Cave A Cigares
- Xikar Cigar Travel Humidor