The 10 Best Humidors

Updated March 09, 2018 by Ezra Glenn

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We spent 36 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. If you or someone you know is a regular cigar smoker — or even better, a blossoming stogie aficionado — take a look at these humidors. They'll keep even your most prized Cubans at their ideal temperature and humidity level, so they’ll be fresh and ready to smoke at any time, be it days, weeks, or months down the line. We've also included some portable options for those who travel often. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best humidor on Amazon.

10. US Gifts La Cubana

The US Gifts La Cubana is the complete package for the cigar lover on the go. It features a built-in hygrometer, humidifier, and a guillotine-style cutter, and its compact size allows you to easily tuck it away in your suitcase without sacrificing too much space.
  • easily lockable for security
  • interior feels cheaply made
  • not ideal for long-term storage
Brand La Cubana
Model USG9134
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Prestige Import Chalet

With a decorative cherry finish and strong brass hinges, the Prestige Import Chalet combines style with simplicity. That being said, the built-in hygrometer is somewhat tough to calibrate and can be unreliable, so it might be smart to consider buying your own separately.
  • lined with real spanish cedar wood
  • holds up to 50 cigars
  • lid seal can weaken over time
Brand Prestige Import Group
Model CHLT
Weight 2.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. Quality Capri Glasstop

The Quality Capri Glasstop is extremely popular for several reasons: it's attractive, affordable, and its capacity ranges from 25 to 50 cigars depending on their size. It's a good first humidor, but be warned that it takes quite a bit of conditioning for proper use.
  • available in a variety of colors
  • glass is tempered for durability
  • included humidifier is low quality
Brand Quality Importers
Model HUM-25HYG Glass
Weight 4.4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. La Madera Cubana

Even if you’re not a cigar expert, anyone who visits your home will assume you are when they see La Madera Cubana. Sleek and elegant, its faux leather paneling is stylish and durable, with a hygrometer conveniently located right in the middle.
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • includes directions for calibration
  • humidifier is glued on cheaply
Brand La Madera Cubana
Model pending
Weight 5.3 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. Case Elegance Cherry

The Case Elegance Cherry has undergone extensive testing in a variety of environments to ensure it provides a suitable level of humidity regardless of the climate. It will hold 25 cigars, which makes it a good choice for the beginner or occasional smoker.
  • uses magnets to achieve a tight seal
  • includes custom engraving
  • hygrometer tends to be inaccurate
Brand case Elegance
Model pending
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Cigar Caddy 3240

The Cigar Caddy 3240 may not be much to look at, but when you get caught in a downpour and all 10 of your stogies come out unharmed, you'll certainly appreciate it. It's perfect for fishing trips or weekend getaways that involve spending time outdoors.
  • made from sturdy molded plastic
  • floats if dropped in water
  • clasps could be more durable
Brand Cigar Caddy
Model HUM-CC10
Weight 15.2 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

4. Quality Importers Solana

There's certainly nothing subtle about the Quality Importers Solana, when you consider its high-gloss finish, brassy metallic inlays, and Spanish cedar aroma. But if you enjoy a touch of panache when you smoke, this model is likely to suit your fancy.
  • removable cedar tray
  • pull-out tool drawer
  • edges may be somewhat uneven
Brand Quality Importers
Model HUM-100MS
Weight 10.9 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. Amancy Travel

Whether you’re traveling to the beach, vacationing in a city or embarking on any outdoor excursion, it’s always nice to relax with a fresh stogie. The Amancy Travel will let you do just that, as it's compact and highly portable, accommodating up to five cigars at a time.
  • made with attractive leather
  • less than 8 inches tall
  • gauge on top is reliable and secure
Model pending
Weight 12.8 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Scorch Torch Travel

Though it’s small, the Scorch Torch Travel does an admirable job of preserving the freshness and flavor of your cigars. Its design keeps it looking right at home on any shelf or desktop in your house, but its size makes it easy to take along on trips as well.
  • handsome rustic look and feel
  • includes an instruction manual
  • gives off a strong cedar aroma
Brand Scorch Torch
Model No Model
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Mantello 100 Desktop

If you're an avid cigar collector in need of plenty of space for your stockpile, the Mantello 100 Desktop may be the one for you. It is lined with authentic Spanish cedar, includes a removable upper tray, and can be locked for security to keep unauthorized hands out.
  • felted bottom prevents scratches
  • holds up to 100 cigars
  • good value for the price
Brand Mantello Cigars
Model pending
Weight 7.7 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

A Primer On Choosing The Right Cigars

Whether you enjoy several cigars a week or you want to know how to choose the right cigar to help celebrate a wedding, a birth, a graduation, or just getting through the day without going insane, a little bit of knowledge can go a long way. When it comes to choosing a great cigar, you don't have to rely on its price tag as the standard of excellence; as with wines, whiskeys, and fine foods, whatever cigar best suits your preference is the best stogie for you.

Before you go about selecting a cigar (or a box of them) there is a bit of vocabulary you should acquire, and there are a few helpful facts to internalize. Let's start with the language that relates to a cigar's physical size, as a cigar's size has much to do with its smoking characteristics.

A narrower cigar, often approximating the width of a man's finger, is referred to as a panatela. A cigar of moderate diameter is called a corona (this is the most common width, for your reference). Thicker cigars can be called robusto, presidente, or Churchill. A cigar's length can also be described in various words specific to the lexicon, but many people settle for short, medium, or long. A panatela of moderate length will smoke for a little more than twenty minutes. A corona may last you as long as forty five minutes. And the largest, thick, long cigars can be smoked for as long as an hour and a half, in some circumstances.

Next let's talk about color, as the coloring of a cigar's outer wrapper is one of the most telling aspects of the cigar. A tan or light brown cigar, called claro in color, will be mild in character. Colorado cigars are medium brown and often have a reddish tint; they are rich but smooth. A maduro cigar is dark brown and has a robust, hearty flavor profile. And finally oscuro cigars are almost black, and are the boldest cigars available, and often "flavored" with liqueurs or other substances.

Knowing the right cigar for your own preferences, for the pleasure of your guests, gift recipient, or colleagues, and for the situation in which the smoking will be enjoyed does much to help you select the right cigar. While a long maduro corona could be perfect for enjoying during the back nine holes on a golf course, it might be a poor choice for a short smoke session outside the wedding reception, for example. It's also a gentlemanly decision to offer the novice cigar smoker a claro panatela instead of an oscuro Churchill.

Once you know which cigars you're going to buy, be it a trusty Dominican or a newly available Cuban, next you must consider how to best take care of them. Unless you're going to be smoking a cigar within a day or two of its purchase, you'll need a good humidor.

How To Select A Humidor

Any good humidor will take good care of your cigars as long as you take the time to keep its humidifier filled with water, and remember to check its thermometer and hygrometer intermittently. As long as you're willing to spend a few dollars to get a decent unit, choosing a humidor comes down more to capacity and style than to performance.

If you smoke large cigars and you like to have lots of them on hand, many humidors are not going to be the right choice for you. Many humidors measure fewer than ten inches across -- with an interior even smaller than that -- and cannot accommodate some larger cigars, or at least can't hold many. Smaller humidors with divider trays further limit the number of cigars they can accommodate.

On the other hand, if you only keep a few cigars in the home (or in the office) or if you enjoy smaller cigars, a smaller humidor can provide ideal interior moisture control. Just choose a humidor that's large enough for your needs and that you'll be proud to show off.

At the very least look for these attributes: any decent humidor will be lined with cedar and will close snugly. A built in humidifier helps keep the cigars moist without them touching any water. And built in hygrometers and thermometers both look great and help you monitor and maintain ideal conditions for those precious cigars of yours.

Preparing Your New Humidor For Proper Use

Before you ever place a cigar in a new humidor, you need to prepare it properly. The process is also called "seasoning" in some circles. Get a clean cloth, ideally cotton, and soak it in distilled water. Wipe down the cedar interior of your humidor until it is uniformly damp. (The cedar will darken when properly wetted.)

Now fill your humidor humidifier with water and then close the lid. Leave the humidor alone for at least 24 hours, and then inspect it. The cedar should appear and feel dry, and the hygrometer should read around 70 percent humidity. If it reads higher than that, leave the unit's lid open for a while. If it is lower, check to see if the humidifier needs more water, and consider lightly wetting down the cedar once more.

And once it's time to put the cigars into your humidor, it's advisable to remove their plastic wrappers, if present. The wrapping can prevent that fine cigar from being fully exposed to the properly humid environment you have established.

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Last updated on March 09, 2018 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.

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