Progress Report: Humidor Ratings

Cigar Aficionado Rates Humidors with Staying Power

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Harley Davidson Executive Humidor $7,900 / (212) 719-0800
Spanish cedar
Humidification: Two passive devices proprietary to Coopers Classic Car & Cigar System
Details: Tray, dividers, analog hygrometer, two leather pouches, lock and key
Score: B+  
The design alone will make this humidor a must buy for some enthusiasts of cigars and Harley Davidson motorcycles. The box seems to rival the size and weight of the classic "Hawg" it seeks to imitate. Appointments are fashioned from Harley parts--handlebar tassels, gearshift rods, etc.--and it includes two leather pouches (think saddlebags) for utensils. Barber's design never lets a cigar sit on a flat surface. He uses a system of lattice and airway channels cut into the Spanish cedar to allow the cedar more surface area and to increase the circulation of humidified air. This was the only humidor in our test that was seasoned (Barber insisted the box must be seasoned and did it himself). We found his system to have some flaws. The humidification devices are too close to the cigars on the top tray when closed and some of our cigars grew mold. The cigars on the bottom fared better. We also felt the slots were too wide and could damage the cigar's wrapper. The top tray is held in place with Velcro and it required some effort to pull out.  
SHRIVER $3,700 / (303) 651-6544
Spanish cedar
Cigar Oasis fan-operated active humidification system
Details: Three trays, dividers, digital hygrometer, lock and key
This was the only unit we tested with an active humidification system. An electric fan circulates air throughout the humidor, which we found didn't work any better to hydrate cigars and, in fact, it took some getting used to. The real problems with the Shriver come from the design. Although the wood used in the box is attractive, the seams were uneven and the back seam showed signs of bowing. The lid is far too heavy and during our evaluation, the hinge came apart from the lid. We also didn't like the handles used to open the lid, which stick out from the humidor like ears. The tray system is difficult to maneuver; sometimes the trays were loose and sometimes they were tight and had to be forced back into position. Considering the price of this box, it should function better.  
Limited Edition Humidor from Tupperware (407) 826-8484
Passive sponge device
Not Scored  
No, this is not a joke. We received a piece of Tupperware, packaged as a humidor, including cigars and utensils as a gift, and although it is not sold on the market, we thought it would be good to see what results we would get from storing our smokes in Tupperware. We had fantastic results. Our cigars were begging to be smoked and the aroma from the box was irresistible. The piece we tested is marketed as the Divided Freezer Mates container in the Asian market and comes with a sponge encased in a small Tupperware container and a tray system that was originally designed to separate meats. To get similar results you can use any piece of Tupperware and keep a sponge inside. There is a danger of overhumidifying cigars in Tupperware since the container is airtight, but if you open the container periodically, it should be fine. And of course, there is the aesthetic factor. It's not pretty.  
HUMIDI-PAK and HUMI-POUCH (612) 341-8555 / (800) 783-3481
Not scored
Finally, plastic bags that can keep cigars for extended periods. The Humidi-Pak, a $6.99 clear, thick bag powered by a humidification pouch, kept five cigars fresh for a month and a half. The bag never quite reached 70 percent humidity, but you would never know it by trying the cigars, which were silky and supple by the end of the test. The Humi-Pouch, a $3.95 green bag made by Altura Co., also kept our cigars fresh and ready to smoke for the duration of our test.
Devon Buy Petaling Jaya, ---, Malaysia, February 19, 2013 11:05pm ET
I have posted an article on constructing your own humidor DIY-style at and have found it to be quite usable, maintaining quite good humidity levels at 70% plus minus. I currently use it to store my Romeo y Julietas and Monte Cristos.

I'm sure there is still room for improvement. Would appreciate any comment with suggestions. Thank you.
Ted Nitka June 22, 2013 5:11pm ET
My company, ( submitted a humidor in the original 1997 review. We received one of the highest marks for our Treasure Dome model.
Ted Nitka June 22, 2013 5:11pm ET
David Savona June 24, 2013 9:38am ET
To clarify the comment from Ted Nikta regarding Cheap Humidors, they were rated by us in the 2003 review on humidors. The humidors did well, however I would correct the comment. Rather than "one of the highest marks" the humidor did fairly well. There were 9 humidors that scored better than the one we reviewed made by Cheap Humidors and several that tied with it. That said, there were several humidors in the review that scored much, much worse. Overall we gave the Cheap Humidors product a score of B-, which we stated was better than anticipated given the name.

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Aaron Hois February 22, 2014 11:53pm ET
I recently came across a web page called Lance Allen humidors I went ahead and purchased one of the humidors and was really impressed with the craftsmanship and its ability to retain humidity. Th what I can tell he specializes in makes custom orders though but I think its worth checking out just passing it along

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