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If you’re looking for an accurate, easy way to closely monitor the humidity level in your humidor, then you need an analog or digital hygrometer. There are pros and cons to each type, however, this is a must-have device for any cigar smoker who keeps more than one or two cigars on hand.

Purchasing the best cigar hygrometer can have a major impact on cigar freshness. Most models of humidors will come equipped with a built-in analog style hygrometer, however, these devices are not always very accurate so you may end up with moldy or dried out cigars if you don’t know how to calibrate one of these devices or if your humidor is equipped with a poor-quality hygrometer that’s wildly inaccurate.

You should purchase a hygrometer depending on what type of humidor you have, its size, and the number of cigars you store. Many of these top models are very beginner-friendly so calibrating them will be a cinch. I’ve included both the leading analog and digital hygrometers on the market. Each type of device has a reputation for reliability and accuracy, so the type of technology you choose will be a matter of personal preference.

I’ve also created a buyer’s guide that explains the differences between analog and digital hygrometers, how they’re used, and why you should never store your cigars without one.

Best Analog Hygrometers

Cigar Oasis Analog Hygrometer by Western Humidor

Cigar oasis

Our Rating: (5/5)

Western Humidor’s latest analog hygrometer called the Cigar Oasis has a reputation or accuracy, with a rating of +/-1, which is pretty impressive. This model can also be recalibrated if needed, so if you notice a negative change in the flavor or quality of your cigar, you can recalibrate the device for a more accurate reading. This model is made out of aluminum, so it’s naturally rust and corrosion-resistant, which is a huge plus considering many lower-priced hygrometers are prone to rusting. Installation is also a breeze thanks to the simple magnetic mounting option, which will securely keep the hygrometer in place and will also allow you to easily remove it, should it need to be recalibrated. This device should be recalibrated straight out of the box, for improved accuracy. Fortunately, the manufacturer includes easy to follow instructions that will allow you to recalibrate the device in just a couple of minutes.

Pros

  • Magnetic mount
  • High accuracy rating
  • Low price
  • Beginner-friendly
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • This model may need to be recalibrated once a month

FUNEW Cigar Hygrometer

Funew

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

This compact, highly portable analog device can be used in different humidors to test the humidity level, in a matter of minutes. This model is made out of anti-corrosion metal and can be permanently mounted to a humidor via a 3M sticker. However, if you choose to use the included sticker, you won’t be able to use the device for more than one humidor, since removing it will negatively impact the adhesive on the back of the sticker. This model received a high accuracy rating of +/-1%, so you know you’ll get the most accurate reading, instantly. This is a low maintenance model that won’t need to be recalibrated often.

Pros

  • Low price
  • Made out of anti-corrosion metal
  • Beginner-friendly
  • Highly accurate

Cons

  • Is attached via a 3M sticker so it cannot be removed once installed
  • Difficult to recalibrate

75mm Round Cigar Oasis Analog Hygrometer

Cigar 75mm

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

This is a top of the line analog model that comes equipped with an advanced humidity sensor that’s designed to improve the hygrometer’s accuracy. This model has a high accuracy rating of one percent. This device can also be recalibrated, which is a huge selling point for the cigar enthusiast who wants to closely monitor humidor conditions. The face of the device is equipped with a fog and scratch-resistant lens and is made out of anti-corrosive materials. Basically, this is a device that’s designed to last.

Pros

  • The face is fog and scratch-resistant
  • Low price
  • Can be recalibrated
  • Equipped with an advanced humidity sensor
  • High accuracy rating

Cons

  • Difficult to install
  • Not beginner-friendly

REMIGHTELY BRIGHT Cigar Hygrometer

Remightely

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

This model features a plastic lens and is equipped with an aluminum outer ring. It also features a body made out of high-quality, corrosion-resistant metal. It also scored well in terms of accuracy. It comes equipped with a top of the line humidity sensor that’s designed to accurately measure the humidity level within one percent. In terms of mounting options, the back of the hygrometer can be secured to the humidor via a 3M double-sided sticker, so you can easily install it, however, you won’t be able to remove it.

Pros

  • Low price
  • Highly accurate
  • Adjustable
  • Aluminum outer ring

Cons

  • Can only be mounted using 3M sticker
  • Lens is made out of plastic

CyJay Round Analog Hygrometer

CyJay

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

This analog device by CyJay features a low price and a durable design. It comes with an advanced humidity sensor designed to improve reading accuracy within one percent. It’s made out of corrosion-resistant materials and is highly portable and easy to use. The biggest drawback is the installation process. To install, you’ll need to drill a hole in your humidor and screw it in.

Pros

  • Low price
  • Adjustable
  • Accurate
  • Beginner-friendly

Cons

  • Lengthy installation
  • No installation instructions included
  • Medium Round Analog Hygrometer

CigarExtras Medium Round Analog Hygrometer

CigarExtras

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

This medium-sized hygrometer is perfect for any size of humidor. It works by reading relative humidity and is highly adjustable, so you can recalibrate it when you’re performing routine humidor maintenance. The lens is made out of real glass, unlike other models in this price range which are equipped with lenses made out of plastic. This model is easy to mount via the included Velcro attachment. This mounting option makes it easier to recalibrate the device.

Pros

  • Velcro mounting option
  • Highly accurate
  • Lens is made out of glass
  • Can be recalibrated

Cons

  • Velcro mount can wear out over time

Best Digital Hygrometers

Sensor Push Wireless Thermometer/Hygrometer

sensorpush

Our Rating: (5/5)

This wireless digital hygrometer features a simple setup via the free app. All you have to do is hold the device’s sensor against your smartphone’s screen. It’s also compatible with both Android and iOS devices. It features an impressive line of sight range of three hundred and twenty-five feet and will allow you to closely monitor the conditions in your humidor, around the clock. The included app is very intuitive and user-friendly. This model is also highly accurate thanks to the Swiss-made internal sensors.

Pros

  • Simple setup
  • App
  • Compatible with iOS and Android devices
  • Very accurate
  • Does not need to be recalibrated

Cons

  • Price
  • Limited range

Cigar Oasis Caliber IV Digital Hygrometer by Western Humidor

Cigar oasis caliber

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

This digital device is equipped with an advanced humidity sensor that features an accuracy rating of one percent. Since it comes calibrated right out of the box, you won’t need to worry about a complicated setup. However, it can also be recalibrated if you’re uncertain as to whether or not it’s providing an accurate reading. It features a three day low and high average humidity readings so you can monitor how often the humidity level fluctuates in the humidor. The magnetic mount makes installing this device fast and easy.

Pros

  • Three-day humidity level tracking
  • Low price
  • High accuracy rating
  • Magnetic mount
  • Can be recalibrated

Cons

  • Battery-operated
  • Made out of plastic

Quality Importers Trading HygroSet II Round Digital Hygrometer

Quality importers

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

This model comes calibrated right out of the box, however, it also comes with calibration instructions, which you can used to recalibrate the device if needed. This model has an accuracy rating of two percent, which can be a major drawback for some potential buyers considering there are many other models in this price range that have an accuracy rating of one percent. This device offers a fast refresh rate of ten seconds, and a digital display that’s easy to read.

Pros

  • Easy to calibrate
  • Arrives calibrated right out of the box
  • Ten-second refresh rating
  • Built-in thermometer
  • Low price

Cons

  • Two percent accuracy rating

HUMI-CARE Rectangle Digital Hygrometer

Humi care

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

This digital hygrometer is easy to use, install and set up and features a high accuracy rating. It runs on standard AAA batteries and features a vivid, large digital display that will allow you to closely monitor the humidor’s humidity level. Unfortunately, it’s not adjustable, so it cannot be recalibrated. However, it does come equipped with a built-in thermometer, so you can monitor both the humidity level and temperature inside the humidor.

Pros

  • Built-in thermometer
  • Runs on AAA batteries
  • Low price
  • Large display
  • High accuracy rating

Cons

  • Cannot be recalibrated

Cigar Oasis Caliber 4R Gold Digital/Analog Hygrometer by Western Humidor

caliber 4R

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

This model offers the best of both worlds and works as both a digital and an analog hygrometer, so basically, you’re getting two models in one. It features a classic analog design, complete with a digital display. It’s also considered one of the most accurate models on the market. If you want to keep track of how often the humidity level in your humidor fluctuates, then you’ll love this model’s ability to track these changes in humidity for a period of three days.

Pros

  • Low price
  • Digital and analog
  • Large display
  • Can track humidity levels for three days

Cons

  • Not beginner-friendly
  • Difficult to mount

XIKAR PuroTemp Digital Hygrometer Rectangular

XIKAR

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

This model is highly accurate, right out of the box, so it doesn’t need to be calibrated. It features a built-in thermometer, so you can keep a close eye on both the humidor’s temperature and humidity level. The large display is easy to read, while the device’s aluminum design gives it a modern look. It features a ten-second refresh rate and will allow you to track the temperature and humidity conditions for up to three days at a time.

Pros

  • Aluminum design
  • Low price
  • Built-in thermometer
  • Calibrated right out of the box
  • Can track humidity level and temperature for up to three days
  • Fast refresh rate

Cons

  • Cannot be calibrated
  • Not beginner-friendly

Cigar Hygrometers Buyer’s Guide

A hygrometer is a device that measures the amount of moisture in the air. This small device will ensure that your cigars age nicely in your humidor. Their job is to monitor the humidity and temperature inside. Keep in mind, this device works solely as a monitor and it doesn’t actually work to regulate humidity or the temperature. If you’re having issues with your humidor not holding humidity using a hygrometer can help you keep a close eye on the moisture level, so you can adjust the humidity level accordingly.

This device is one of two important pieces of equipment that you’ll use to keep your cigars tasting fresh. Obviously, the other device is a humidifier, which is designed to control the humidity level and keep the moisture in balance.

The hygrometer is crucial since it will allow you to closely monitor the conditions inside the humidor. Unfortunately, if you don’t know how to store cigars properly, then you’ll need to do a little research to find the best cigar humidor that will suit you’re smoking needs based on how many cigars you keep on hand.

Another option is learning how to make your own humidor. Of course, if you go this route, then you’ll also need to cut a hole in the top of the box and install an analog hygrometer. There are many tips and tricks when it comes to designing and making your own humidor. To learn more click here.

Why You Need it

Essentially, the hygrometer is considered the cigar smoker’s best defense against cigars drying out, mold growth, and bugs. You’ll be surprised by how much the humidity level and temperature can fluctuate throughout the day, especially if you have your humidor stored in a brightly-lit environment.

Digital Hygrometers

The digital hygrometer is a device that relies on modern technology. This type of hygrometer is much easier to read and more reliable compared to the analog version. Additionally, they don’t usually require calibration. However, in some cases they will need some time to adjust to sudden changes in humidity and tend to not show these changes instantly. This type of hygrometer comes equipped with digital sensors. These sensors are used to measure the humidity level in the air and will provide a digital readout. Because of this, this type of hygrometer has a reputation for being easier to read. And it’s also known to be much more accurate than analog models. Yet, there have been some reports that the digital hygrometer can lose some of its accuracy when it’s stored in low humidity levels.

Extra Features

Most digital models are able to handle more than one job and usually come with built-in thermometers, in addition to other features. Some will also come equipped with a memory mode that allows the user to store fluctuations in temperatures and moisture levels and track them over a period of time. Obviously, this will come in handy if your goal is to track the humidor’s condition to learn how easy or difficult it is to maintain the desired humidity level and temperature at all times.

Fortunately, this type of hygrometer is very affordable, yet keep in mind that most high-end digital models can be pretty pricey.

Analog

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Unlike their digital counterparts, analog models don’t rely on digital sensors to track moisture levels in the air. Some will come equipped with a metal spring that will loosen or tighten depending on the humidity level. If you purchase a humidor it will usually come equipped with an analog hygrometer. A hair hygrometer is said to also be very accurate.

Some hair hygrometers will come equipped with synthetic hair instead of real human hair, however, these devices are said to be as accurate as models that rely on natural hair. Since they require little-to-no maintenance they’re perfect for the new cigar enthusiast.

Many smokers love the look and style of the analog hygrometer. If you’re a collector, you can find a wide range of antique style models to choose from that will make a beautiful addition to your humidor. Cigar aficionados have claimed that premium analog models offer a much higher precision level compared to digital models, however, these analog devices often need to be recalibrated at least once a month, sometimes more. Since they’re very delicate they can easily be thrown off in terms of accuracy. Additionally, over time they can also lose some of their accuracy. If you decide to go with an analog model than you’ll need to learn how to calibrate it based on the manufacturer’s instructions.

Digital vs. Analog Hygrometer

Most models of humidors will come equipped with an analog hygrometer. Analog hygrometers feature a couple of arrows that designate the metrics. However, while some beginners tend to trust these built-in hygrometers to keep track of the conditions inside the humidor, experienced cigar enthusiasts will often opt for a digital model that they can use in addition to the built-in hygrometer. This is because some models of humidors have hygrometers that are very inaccurate. Many cigar smokers do not trust these devices since most manufacturers don’t perform any testing or calibration before releasing these models on the market. Because of this, you’re better off purchasing an additional hygrometer and comparing the two in order to determine the precise humidity levels and temperature inside the humidor.

Digital hygrometers have a reputation for providing a more accurate readout, and they’re definitely considered more reliable.

However, even digital models can be inaccurate right out of the box. Because of this, you’ll need to calibrate it before you put it to work. Once calibrated, you may even notice that it’s a few points off compared to the built-in analog hygrometer in your humidor.

Correct Humidity Levels

The correct humidity level for a cigar humidor is debatable and can range anywhere from 64% to 72%. This can often depend on your home environment and the type of cigars you store. However, many experts recommend a humidity level of around 72%. But when it comes to Cuban cigars many of the same cigar aficionados recommend a humidity level of around 64%. In terms of temperature, it’s recommended that a humidor be kept at 70 degrees. Yet, this can also largely depend on personal taste and the type of cigars you store.

Measuring Humidity Accurately

Most smokers can agree that a digital hygrometer is the best way to accurately measure humidity. Because of this, digital models are more popular than their analog counterparts. However, both devices can be equally accurate and will mainly depend on the quality of the hygrometer itself. If you don’t know whether or not your hygrometer is providing an accurate reading visit the manufacturer’s website or consult a user’s manual in order to recalibrate the device. Signs such as mold growth and tobacco dryness can clue you in on whether or not the device is providing an accurate reading.

Final Thoughts

If you have invested in several premium cigars, then choosing the best cigar hygrometer will be an important part of keeping your cigars tasting fresh. I created this guide to give you a clear understanding of how these devices work and which type of hygrometer you should purchase whether it’s analog or digital, based on the type and size of humidor you have, where it’s placed in the home, and how many cigars you have on hand. Some cigar enthusiasts will choose digital over analog, while those who have invested several hundreds of dollars in premium cigars will often rely on both. In the end, it will be up to you, your personal preference, the type of humidor you have, your budget, and how much you’ve invested in your cigar collection.