How Did We Rank These Humidors?
The above list isn’t just randomly-assorted clutter of random cigar storage solutions. In fact, as serious cigar enthusiasts, we used our years of storage experience to test a variety of different containers.
Below you’ll learn a few of the considerations we applied when reviewing the humidors.
We find that the seal quality of a humidor is generally the most fundamental quality. An airtight seal can render a humidor reliable. Meanwhile, a poor one will be its greatest failing.
If your storage doesn’t provide a strong, airtight seal, you will lose a significant amount of moisture through the air gaps. Such issues can lead to a dry environment for your cigars, which may end up ruining your collection.
We tested this through a number of ways. With tupperdors and coolidors, we were able to fill them with water and see whether there were any leaks when they were tipped on their sides.
As for the more classic variety of humidors, we would simply keep track of their relative humidity levels with a calibrated humidor. Over the course of a few weeks, we would check for any fluctuations in humidity to see whether there were any changes.
The quality of materials used for the humidor were taken into consideration. However, we remained mindful of the price point too. While premium humidors used precious materials, more affordable storage solutions would naturally be constructed from proportionately cheaper substances.
We were actually surprised by how some pricier humidors would use cheap manufactured wood in some areas, which caused moisture exchange. Meanwhile some cheaper ones would only feature Spanish cedar veneers rather than hardwood. Nevertheless, this was to be expected at certain price points.
As for tupperdors, we ensured that we only reviewed those made from BPA-free plastics and were generally free of any toxins.
Overall Build Quality
The materials used is often closely related to the overall build quality. However, there were times that we were shocked by some shoddy construction and poor finishes.
Therefore, we made sure to keep a close eye on this too. This included characteristics such as the hinges, which must be relatively strong since they often support a heavy lid. However, it also took into account joints, lining, finishes as well as the feet and any handles for carrying.
Value For Money
As you’ll learn in our various guides, there are many different types of cigar storage options for just about every budget. Nevertheless, we still sought to analyse their value for money with regards to their price point and the eventual return on your investment.
Although we didn’t expect much from cheaper humidors, we were at times blown away by their build quality and materials. Yet, sometimes we were unable to find any particular added benefits of more expensive models in comparison.
Although not all humidors are designed with thermal insulation in mind, we did include this as a factor during our tests. Not only are cigars very sensitive to temperature fluctuations, but heat as a molecular impact on humidity.
Therefore, a poorly-insulated humidor may experience changes in humidity as the contents warm up or cool down. As such, it’s an important consideration to take into account.
We were relatively lenient on humidor types that weren’t built for this in mind. However, we were very mindful of this when checking out cigar coolers.
Accessories & Devices
Often overlooked during manufacturing or when assessing their quality, we were always very mindful of the equipment supplied with the humidors. The humidifier and hygrometer used in a hygrometer is of vital importance and we were more disappointed than we’d like to admit with most default devices.
For instance, we often found that the majority of humidors were supplied with floral foam-style humidifiers and analogue hygrometers. While we would generally forgive this with cheaper humidors, it wasn’t a good sign when they were supplied with premium ones.
Most of the time, we would just switch these out with a digital hygrometer and the appropriate Boveda humidity packs. However, this wasn’t always a simple affair and would sometimes need a little elbow grease.
While coolidors and tupperdors aren’t going to win any beauty contests, we felt that it was still worth considering aesthetics with wooden humidors. Given that they’re often designed to be both decorative and functional, we would often keep this in mind.
After all, there’s not much point to even the most reliable desktop humidor when it isn’t pleasing to the eye! Nevertheless, it was often an afterthought rather than an important factor.
Other Best Humidor Guides
To help you in your search for the best humidor that’s most adapted to your needs, we’ve created a series of guides. Each one rates humidors according to certain parameters so you can find the perfect humidor.
Currently, our best humidor pages are based on budget and size. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a specific type of humidor, we also offer guides based on this too.
Humidor Size Guides
As the heading suggest, this series of humidor guides focuses primarily on humidor sizes. While most people often think of wooden desktop constructions when thinking of humidors, the following guides include a variety of different configurations.