When Your Cigar Collection Outgrows Your Tabletop Humidor's Capacity, It May Be Time for the Next Level
Shandana A. Durrani
From the Print Edition:
Tom Selleck, Winter 95/96
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All eight furniture-sized humidors (from cupboard-sized to minibar-sized) were tested for more than a month by the Cigar Aficionado staff. We followed all manufacturers' guidelines in setting up and regulating these cigar cases. We evaluated not only a unit's performance, but its appearance and design as well as its affordability. The grades given are an average of these three key factors. All units are electric unless otherwise noted.
Kreitman-Thelen King's Cupboard
Appearance: This unit scores big with its beautiful craftsmanship. It is constructed of high-quality cherry wood with a smooth finish, and the design fits in with almost any decor. The brass hinges, handles and locks are top-notch.
Functionality: The King's Cupboard comes in an oversized crate that is a little overpowering (it wouldn't fit through a standard door); you need high ceilings for the unit to fit. These things aside, the company packs the humidor with infinite care, making sure that it travels intact from its factory to your door. The unit we tested had a lot of space for cigars and each of the cupboards and drawers opened easily. The humidor performed well, maintaining the cigars at a proper humidity/temperature level.
The only drawbacks were that the unit was a little noisy, making it inappropriate for bedroom placement, and that it has two deep drawers, used for cigar accessories, in the middle of the unit that require the customer to pull them out all the way, where they tend to fall out of their space. The drawers should be shallower and on rollers. Otherwise, a great performer.
Price: $12,500 / Grade: A
Pendergast CA Series
Appearance: This unit is well designed. The wood paneling is well done and the glass doors enhance the unit's appearance. The door opens with a key, which doubles as the handle. It is a little inconvenient but it suits its purpose.
Functionality: The unit performed extremely well; humidity/temperature readings were constantly at a desirable level. The drawers rolled out easily and didn't catch or squeak. The interior of the unit has a nice cedar aroma. It holds up to 1,000 loose and boxed cigars.
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