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What To Consider When Choosing A Cigar Humidor


  1. Collection Size
  2. Preparation
  3. Style
  4. Build
  5. Cigar Line Choice
  6. Wood & Finish


1. Collection Size


Determine how many cigars you want to store:

  • Size of your cigar collection (both now and anticipating future growth)
    • Vigilant’s humidor lines have storage capacities ranging from 100 capacity Desktops to 2000 plus capacity Armoires or Display Cabinets.


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2. Preparation


Before deciding on a specific humidor you should:

  • Determine exactly where the humidor will be located.
  • If you are placing the humidor where the temperature will affect your humidity control, you may want to consider a cigar cabinet with temperature control.
  • You will also want to make sure that the cigar humidor or cabinet meshes with your style and home décor.
  • Decide if you will purchase a standard cabinet or need to design a custom cabinet, a built-in humidor or cigar lockers.
  • Based on your cigar collection, choose the interior components
    • Determine what will be stored loose
      • For loose cigars you will need interior components like bins with dividers, which work with Desktops, End Tables, and Display cabinets.
    • Determine what will be stored long term in boxes
      • For boxed cigars, choose interior components like shelves, which work with End Tables, Armoires, and Displays.


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3. Style


Humidors come in two styles. Based on personal preference and décor, choose between:

Traditional Cigar Humidor Contemporary Cigar Humidor

Traditional: This style of humidor has curved edges, brass hardware and a wooden base or legs. The classic look of old style crafted humidors.

Contemporary: The contemporary style has a square profile, metal legs and nickel hardware. Appealing trends in design and a focus on modern furniture making.


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4. Build


Vigilant offers four lines of cigar humidors, all varying in size, capacity and attributes:

Desktop Humidors

Capacity: 100-200
Standard Wood Species: Mahogany, Bamboo
Custom Wood Species: Cherry, Walnut, Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Birds Eye Maple, Bamboo
Finish Options: Shaker Maple. Chestnut, Cordovan, Ebonized
Cigar Line: Reliance
Humidification System: Guardian
Interior Components: Loose Storage Bins
Styles Available: Traditional & Contemporary


End Table Humidors

Capacity: 300-1500
Standard Wood Species: Mahogany, Bamboo
Custom Wood Species: Cherry, Walnut, Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Birds Eye Maple, Bamboo
Finish Options: Shaker Maple. Chestnut, Cordovan, Ebonized
Cigar Line: Sentry or Reliance
Humidification System: Guardian, Sentry
Interior Components: Loose Storage Bins and/or Shelving
Styles Available: Traditional & Contemporary


Armoire Cabinets

Capacity: 1000-2000
Standard Wood Species: Mahogany, Bamboo
Custom Wood Species: Cherry, Walnut, Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Birds Eye Maple, Bamboo
Finish Options: Shaker Maple. Chestnut, Cordovan, Ebonized
Cigar Line: Reliance or Climatech
Humidification System: Climatech, Guardian
Interior Components: Shelving
Styles Available: Traditional & Contemporary


Display Cabinets

Capacity: 1000-2000
Standard Wood Species: Mahogany, Bamboo
Custom Wood Species: Cherry, Walnut, Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Birds Eye Maple, Bamboo
Finish Options: Shaker Maple. Chestnut, Cordovan, Ebonized
Cigar Line: Sentry or Reliance
Humidification System: Guardian, Sentry
Interior Components: Loose Storage Bins and/or Shelving
Styles Available: Traditional & Contemporary


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5. Cigar Line Choice


Vigilant has three major lines of humidors: Sentry, Reliance and Climatech. Although there are some similarities amongst the three, There are many differences that will help you to decide which line is right for you:

Sentry: The Sentry is the most basic in our cigar line. The product handles all of the necessities of proper storage and brings with it a simple design style.
System: Analog humidity system that is accurate to +/- 5% RH.
Features: Interior Drawer, Glass or Wood Tops, Glass or Wood Doors.
Builds Available: End Tables, Display Cabinets


Reliance: The Reliance is the most expansive cigar line, with many build options. This line has the most variety and includes many of our classic humidors.
System: Digital humidity system that is accurate +/-2% RH
Features: Exterior Drawer, Glass or Wood Tops, Glass or Wood Doors
Builds Available: Desktops, End Tables, Armoires, Display Cabinets


Climatech: The Climatech is Vigilant’s flagship line with the most precise and accurate climate control technology available in the industry.
System: Digital Temperature and Humidity that is accurate +/-2% RH
Features: Interior Drawers, Wood or Glass Doors
Builds Available: Armoires


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6. Wood & Finish


The wood and finish you choose for your humidor are what will ultimately provide its characteristics and give it its uniqueness profile:

Exterior Wood: Mahogany is the most widely used wood for the exterior of any humidor built by Vigilant.


  • It is resistant to decay, warping, mold, and mildew.
  • It is also grown in the same environment as tobacco and therefore has similarities.
  • Custom wood types include: Cherry, Walnut, Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Birds Eye Maple, Bamboo

Interior Wood: All humidors built by Vigilant are lined with Spanish Cedar and Mahogany.

  • Mahogany lines the cabinets.
  • Spanish cedar lines the drawers. Loose cigars stored in drawers should be next to Spanish cedar as the aroma marries with the tobacco to enhance the taste.

Finishes:

  • Standard finishes include: Shaker Maple, Chestnut, Cordovan, Ebonized Black
  • Custom finishes are available for a fee
  • The interior wood is left unfinished so it can absorb and hold the humidity to maintain homeostasis.


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Mahogany
Mahogany
Cherry
Cherry
Walnut
Walnut
Oak
Oak
Red Oak
Red Oak
White Oak
White Oak
Maple
Maple
Birds Eye
Birds Eye
Pine
Pine

Cigar Humidor Finishes

Standard Finish Options