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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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While Elie Bleu has long been the benchmark for humidors--its boxes exquisite and the humidification devices superb--we noted a slight falling off in some areas from the model we rated in 1997. Although this box displays many marks of quality--an excellent hinge, a seamless seal--the marquetry is less than perfect, having some flaws in the pattern at the corners. We suspect that this is a result of increased production. There is still a lot to love about this humidor, however, including its humidifier, which is easily controllable with its adjustable vents.  

The Classical Original
Spanish cedar
Two passive units proprietary to Perrenoud
Tray, dividers, no hygrometer

The most unconventional of the humidors we rated, the pyramid-shaped Perrenoud nevertheless kept our cigars in near-perfect condition. The increased air allowed by the pyramid shape only benefited our smokes. The humidor's modern design and plastic base may turn off some buyers, but that is purely a matter of taste. With some humidors, the tray either fits too snuggly or has unwieldy handles, but to its credit, the Perrenoud has an easily manageable tray. The humidification devices, which are bolted to the inside of the pyramid sides, hold a lot of water and we didn't have to refill the unit at our last reading. We must offer one word of advice: watch your fingers. We suggest dropping the lid rather than placing it down to avoid pinched fingers. The hinge and base are durable enough to handle it.  

Amboyna Burl $1,650 / (800) 229-5233
Capacity: 150
Two passive units proprietary to Prometheus
Tray, dividers, digital hygrometer, brass plaque, lock and key

That after six weeks our cigars were buttery soft and in better condition than when we first placed them inside would be an excellent testimonial for any humidor. Add to that a pretty exterior and you have yourself a good box. However, this box is less than perfect. The lid is a little too light and the arrangement of the humidification and hygrometer hardware inside the lid is a bit busy. Overall, a good performer that's a tad overpriced.  

Maduro $1,650 / (800) 341-7003
Capacity: 100
Interior: Mahogany
One passive device, Credo Precision 70
Dividers, analog hygrometer, lock and key
Score: B+  

This is virtually the same humidor as the Prometheus, with a few exceptions. It has a Credo humidification system, which is a surprise because in most of Dupont's other products, it uses a device designed specifically for the company. The Credo does not work as well as the Prometheus device. This box is also smaller and not as aesthetically pleasing, bordering on boring. It did, however, keep our cigars in desirable condition.  

Sycamore and Macassar
$1,200 / (800) 860-8362
Capacity: 100
Interior: Mahogany
Humidification: One passive device, proprietary to Dunhill
Dividers, no hygrometer, lock and key

A laudable design concept is undermined by poor execution. The marquetry on the box is uneven and askew at the corners of the lid. The patterns of the lid and box do not match up, nor does the pattern reach the bottom of the box. The interior wood is mahogany, not cedar, in a veneer, not solid wood. In place of a hygrometer, Dunhill has a spring scale on the side of its humidification device that estimates relative humidity by weighing the device itself. The system works, keeping cigars in good condition, but it requires some getting used to. The unit ran a little dry throughout our test (which is a typically British preference), but it came into its own at the end. For the price, we expected more.  

C.A.O. Artist's Series--"Pomme de Terre"
$8,000 to $10,000 depending on options (800) BEST-CAO
Spanish cedar
Humidification: Two passive units, Credo Precision 70
Details: Triple-tray system, dividers, analog hygrometer, lock and key
Score: B+  

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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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