The Best Cigar Hygrometers
An accurate and reliable cigar hygrometer is absolutely essential to great cigars. You definitely don’t want to cheap out in the hygrometer department or else your humidor will can dry out completely and ruin all of your cigars.
In this post, we asked our experts to research and review the best cigar hygrometers on the market and they delivered.
Below you’ll find the best cigar hygrometers that made our cut.
Simple design, simple calibration. This hygrometer measures humidity to 2 percent accuracy from 20 to 90. Temperature measured to a degree Fahrenheit. The screen refreshes every 10 seconds, so you can trust that every time you open your humidor, you are getting the latest information. The best part is that you can adjust the calibration as needed. If it’s off a little bit, you simply turn the knob in clicks of 1 percent higher or lower for fine tuning.
You don’t like Fahrenheit? One touch of the button switches it to Celsius. Some people have trouble with the adjustments. Just remember, one click equals one percent. Do a salt test with it, put it where you need it, and you are good to go. They tend to be within 2-3% accuracy right out of the box, so if good enough is good enough, then just toss it in the humidor and forget about it. This particular cigar hygrometer comes at a very reasonable price as well.
A classic looking hygrometer, just like the ones that come with most cigar boxes. The glass on the front is coated for scratch and fog resistance. The case is constructed of aluminum, so you don’t have to worry about it corroding over time, and it mounts to the inside of the box with a magnet. So as long as you secure the magnet, you’ll be good to go. It’s 2.25 inches in diameter and just over half an inch deep. It comes very accurate from the factory, and you can test it yourself with salt and a plastic bag. It’s nice to have a hygrometer that just works, and still looks nice. And for around $10 bucks, it’s a steal.
If there is room in your cigar box, or if you have a larger cigar humidor, and you want higher accuracy measurements from a pre-calibrated device that will measure to within 1% of the humidity, then you will like this. Battery included, this digital hygrometer is user adjustable, and even stores max/min values as well as average values from the last three days.
It secures via magnet mount, making install just as easy as the smaller ones (unless you have to make a rectangular cut-out for it). It comes with a battery, and it’s known to measure humidity rather quickly compared to others, getting a faster response while doing a calibration test at 75%. The price is right and this is a very good hygrometer that is accurate.
This cigar hygrometer is very good in the sense that it comes with good instructions, not just a plastic bag with the device inside, stuffed into a box and labeled with features. If you are a first time buyer, you will get good instructions on how to check the calibration and verify that the unit is working properly. As per the instructions, the calibrate button may be simple to press, but it only works once. Then it deactivates until you change the battery, so you don’t have to worry about accidental calibrations in the wrong humidity setting.
Once set up and ready, you can trust this device, but don’t paste it against the glass top in your humidor, as the air holes are on the front face. You will need to put it where they can sniff the air to give you the best readings. Xikar makes some great cigar-related products (I’m thinking cigar lighters) and this is no exception, especially for the price.