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Hi-tech Vinotemp
Appearance: It is very appliance-like in appearance, but the wood is finished nicely. The doors of the unit need to be opened at a 180-degree angle in order to reach the drawer at the top of the unit. This results in a need for an additional 18 inches of clearance on the side.
Functionality: There isn't a lot of shelf space for ci- gars. But it does have a nice seal and high-quality insulation. The insulation and the lock give the user a sense of security. The cigars were maintained well in this unit. The LCD display tells you if the unit is not working properly or requires additional distilled water.
Price: $1,995 / Grade: B
Nat Sherman Cabinet
Appearance: The unit is beautiful. The wood is finished nicely and the seal of the doors is secure. The brass hinges and handles are high quality.
Functionality: One needs full clearance on both sides of the unit to roll out the drawers. The unit required a longer break-in time because the humidity readings tended to be low even though we added distilled water a second time. The cedar inside tended to absorb the moisture and some of the cigars were still too dry.
Price: $8,500 and $11,000 / Grade: B-
Vigilant Reliance 1000
Appearance: The unit looks like a nightstand; it could fit in with a bedroom decor. The wood is of the finest quality and the finish is smooth and polished. The handles and locks are made of the finest brass. It has a beautiful appearance.
Functionality: The humidity readings tended to be high and some of the cigars were a little too moist. Therefore, it needs a longer break-in period. The lock adds a sense of security and the key turned easily. The drawer rolled out easily and is divided to separate loose cigars. The unit uses only a small amount of water. But, when the bottom of the unit is filled to capacity with boxed cigars, one has difficulty getting access to the water tray.
Price: $3,500 / Grade: B
Rothman Churchill and Club Imports Chairman
Appearance: This humidor has an attractive wood exterior. The inside trays are cedar-made. But the humidification device is unattractive. The two companies are making changes to the exterior and interior of the unit to make it work better and look better.
Functionality: Although the humidification device is unattractive, it seemed to do the job, reviving the dry cigars that we put into the unit. But the humidity readings were very high. The drawers roll out easily and have room for various sizes of cigars. But the door needs to be fully opened in order to pull out the trays and drawers, again a design flaw resulting in the need for additional space.
Price: $3,990 / Grade: B (Pending changes)
Cigar Chest Co. Showcase
Appearance: It is not well finished, it doesn't have a high luster, the aroma inside the humidor is not cedary and the humidification device is inelegant in appearance. But it is a decent little unit.
Functionality: Regardless of the way the unit looks, it performed among the best of the eight humidors tested, keeping the cigars in peak condition. It consistently gave us ideal temperature and humidity readings, and we didn't have to use too much water in the company's "Humidisk" humidification device (one vial of distilled water, added twice, did the trick). It is the only unit tested that did not use an electronic humidification device, so you save money on electricity bills as well.
Price: $690 / Grade: A-
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