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Humidors: How They Stack Up

David Savona, Brendan Vaughan
From the Print Edition:
Wayne Gretzky, Mar/Apr 97

(continued from page 4)

Capacity: 100
Interior: Mahogany
Humidification: Credo Precision 70
Details: Lock and key, two dividers, hygrometer
Score: B

The Triade has exquisite, colorful marquetry, a compelling combination of conservative and modern styles. The interior is well finished, if a little plain, and it's far too small to hold 100 cigars. Maybe 50. The joints are smooth, but the lid doesn't meet the box as well as it should. The magnet holding the Credo came loose several times; the manufacturer needs to secure the system properly before shipping. Despite the various problems, the Triade's humidity levels were flawless, the best of the test group. A less than perfect piece that works well. At this price, the flaws should be corrected.

Prometheus
(made by Triade)
H-Verts/100 Amboyna Burl/$1,240
(800) 229-5233

Capacity: 100
Interior: Mahogany
Humidification: Credo Precision 70
Details: lock and two keys, two dividers, hygrometer
Score: B

The same humidor as the Triade. The only difference is the price, and the Prometheus' Credo did not come loose during our test.

C.A.O.
Executive/$849.95
(800) BEST-CAO

Capacity: 200
Interior: Spanish cedar (tray system)
Humidification: Two C.A.O. regulators
Details: Hygrometer, lattice three-tray system
Score: B-

This traditional-style humidor could use a heavier lid. It doesn't feel solid. Several times when we opened it, the tray system came along for the ride. That needs to be corrected. The exterior isn't as attractive as we'd like; the inside is a little better. The twin humidification systems--which the manufacturer says will work with either tap water or distilled water--provide plenty of humidity for this box. Our cigars were a bit soft at first, but that was corrected. The Spanish cedar tray system is the best part of the piece. You can keep three levels of cigars, and the bottom level is hidden. Keep your best cigars there, away from moochers.

Heritage Humidors
HH120 African Padauk/$895
(313) 669-8868

Capacity: 120 cigars
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Cigar Keeper
Details: One adjustable divider, tray, analog hygrometer
Score: B-


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