Cigar humidors are an absolute necessity if you are serious about keeping your cigars fresh and preserving their tobacco flavor for an extended period of time. They are, in essence, the mark of someone who wants to enjoy the best-tasting cigar possible on a consistent basis.
When buying a humidor, there are a few important questions to ask yourself before you plunk down your money. The goal is to choose the right one for your needs. You want to buy a humidor that perfectly fits your needs and this can be accomplished easily if you keep the following questions in mind:
What Will You Use it For?
It’s important to match the type of cigar humidor you choose to the reason you are buying it. For example, if you need to keep your cigars fresh during your next vacation, you would want to get a travel humidor. These are generally smaller and more inexpensive than other types and are very convenient.
If you are looking to simply store your cigars and enhance their flavor by aging them, then a cabinet or tabletop humidor would be your best choice. If you wanted to go all out and really impress your friends and family with a vast collection of your quality cigars, then you would go for an expensive walk-in humidor.
How Many Cigars Will My Humidor Store?
The next important point is figuring out how many cigars you want to store and once you do, go for a bigger one! Inevitably, you are going to want your cigar collection to grow. By choosing a humidor with more space for the number of cigars you originally planned to store, you will give yourself a chance to expand your collection without having to worry about not having extra space.
What Kind of Wood Should I Choose?
Spanish Cedar is the preferred wood for the best humidors in the world but it tends to be expensive. However, you shouldn’t worry because there are other types of budget-friendly woods you can consider buying such as cherrywood, mahogany, oak and maple.
Additionally, it’s important to choose a humidor that is made entirely from the same wood. For example, if you were buying a cigar humidor you wouldn’t want the interior to be made of Spanish cedar and the exterior to be made from mahogany or any other wood. A humidor made from different woods will not be as durable as one constructed from the same wood.
Does it Have a Tight Seal?
Without a tight seal in your humidor, your cigars will not be insulated properly and it will defeat the purpose of having one in the first place. A humidor with a tight seal will make a whooshing sound when you close it. An easy way to check to see if the humidor has a tight seal is to place a dollar bill halfway in the front of the humidor and close it. If the bill comes out easily when you pull, then the humidor does not have a tight seal and you should consider buying a different one.
Should I Buy Any Humidor Accessories?
There are two crucial accessories that serious cigar owners need to have in their humidor:
A hygrometer – this is a device that allows you to read your humidity levels within your humidor.
A thermometer – this obviously measures the temperature in your unit.
The ideal humidity level for a humidor would be 70% and the perfect temperature would be 70°F. Luckily, many humidors come with a hygrometer and thermometer built-in. As a matter of practicality, it’s a good idea to consider choosing one with these features. If your humidor doesn’t come with one or both of these, you can buy them separately and they are fairly inexpensive.