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Progress Report: Humidor Ratings

Cigar Aficionado Rates Humidors with Staying Power
Stacey C. Rivera
From the Print Edition:
Vince McMahon, Nov/Dec 99

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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.

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Comments   5 comment(s)

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.

For the full review, click here:

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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