We will rate any type of box that someone wants to call a humidor.
But beware, our standards are high, we won't trust our cigars to
any old box. After all, if it doesn't keep your smokes in primo
condition, it's just another box.
In the Humidors section of our Cigar
Journal you will find a thorough review of cigar
humidors. We will try and rate many different types of humidors
starter boxes to desktop, travel, cabinet and special editions.
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How we rate humidors
- LOOK AND FINISH: This is the appearance of the outer box and
the quality of the finish. The outer box may be plain or may
be enhanced with inlaid pieces that give it dimension and add
value or quality. The quality of the finish is related to appearance
of wood grain and lacquer and the luster of the finish.
- HARDWARE AND JOINERY: Quality, look, and durability of hinges,
latches, lid supports, locks, and keys. Joinery can refer to
the joints that connect the walls of the humidor and/or to the
quality of the seal or fit. The joints of a quality humidor must
be strong to withstand the test of time. "Box," "Dovetail," and "Tongue
and Groove" are common joinery techniques used in humidors.
The important thing is the the joints are precise and true.
- INNER BOX: The quality of materials and workmanship of the
inner box, trays, drawers and dividers.
- FUNCTION: Does the product adequately perform
the function it was designed for?
- VALUE: To what extent is the product
worth the price?
- OVERALL QUALITY = LOOK AND FINISH + HARDWARE
AND JOINERY + INNER BOX + FUNCTION + VALUE (averaged)
- RATING SCALE: We use a 50-100 point scale.
51 - 69 = POOR
70 - 79 = AVERAGE
80 - 89 = SILVER STAR
90 - 100 = GOLD STAR
The next section provides our rating
criteria for cigars. Read