If you are a cigar aficionado, having the right ashtray can add to the smoking experience. Although, it is probably more accurate to say that having the wrong one detracts from it. There is nothing like the smell of the perfect cigar smoldering in the ashtray with the smoke rising to create a delicate bouquet. Ashtrays for cigarettes will not work for cigars, and finding the perfect ashtray for cigars can be challenging. We have put together this list of our favorites to help you find the right ashtray for your smoking experience.
Now that you are a bit more familiar with different types of ashtrays that are available, let’s explore our top picks in more depth. Here is what we thought about them.
OILP Cigar Ashtray Big Ashtray – Best for Ease of Care
It is also easy to wash. You can bend it and get into the corners without issue.
This ashtray is soft, and it will not scratch a wooden table or desk. One thing to be aware of is that silicone cannot be frozen below minus 30 degrees, and it should not be exposed to over 280 degrees Fahrenheit. You should not leave it outside during the winter in cold climates, and be careful not to place it on a fireplace or mantle where it could get too hot. It is dishwasher safe. This is an excellent choice for its durability and modern design.
- Durable and flexible
- Large and stable
- Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
- Big enough for four
- Modern design
- Cannot withstand temperature extremes
- Silicone and rubber can retain an odor, even when washed
- Channels may be a bit short for longer cigars
Stinky Cigar Ashtray Deep Bowl Design Stainless – Best for Outdoors
It has a stable base and will not tip over easily. It also has a big bowl with a large capacity. It has four stirrups that hold the cigar securely. However, they are short enough that you do need to pay attention when placing your cigar because incorrect placement will allow the cigar to flip out and fall on the surface.
One thing that we do like about it is that it is easy to clean. Stainless steel wipes clean easily, and there is no residue and the residual smell that goes along with it. It is dishwasher safe, but it is an odd shape. It did fit nicely upside down on the top shelf. Stainless steel is durable, and this ashtray should last a long time.
- Durable stainless steel
- Easy to wash
- Dishwasher safe
- Stable Base
- Odd shape for dishwasher
- Fingers might not be long enough for some
- Style is functional and practical, might be a bit plain
CiTree Cigar Ashtray, Cigar Travel Ashtray – Best for Travel
It is made from solid aluminum, and it is heavy. This makes it less likely to tip over. Aluminum is corrosion-resistant, durable, and easy to clean.
This ashtray is dishwasher safe, impact-resistant, and can be cleaned with a damp cloth. It also will not hold a residual odor. It has a non-scratch bottom that will not harm wooden desks and furniture. This ashtray is the perfect size for travel and allows you to enjoy your cigar anywhere.
- Durable aluminum
- Easy to clean
- Will not scratch surfaces
- Long channel
- Only holds one cigar
- Simple design
XIFEI Fashion Vintage Cigar Ashtray Bronze – Best Vintage Look
It has a bronze finish that also adds to its vintage feel. It has a single slot design with a long slot that will not allow the cigar to tip out. It also has a stable base.
This ashtray has a beautiful design, and it is made of metal, which is easy to clean. However, this ashtray is not solid bronze, but rather, it is a thin bronze coating that has been electroplated onto a cheaper metal. When washing it, you have to be careful not to use a scratch pad because it could scratch the coating off. In addition, bronze might discolor from the heat of ashes over time. It is an excellent design with a vintage look, and it should last a long time if you use caution and only wash it with a soft sponge. You should clean it soon after use, too.
- Vintage look and retro design
- Stable base
- Long slot holds cigar securely
- Easy to clean
- Heavy and will not tip
- Must use caution when washing
- Might discolor from heat
- Not scratch resistant
Stinky Cigar Ashtray, Copper Plated – Best Modern Design
It is windproof and is perfect for the outdoors. It has four slots, which is perfect for having guests over. It is stable, even though it has a taller design than many ashtrays.
Even though this ashtray is identical to Stinky’s other bowls, it has some drawbacks. This ashtray is made from a cheaper metal base, and then, copper powder coated. This means that the copper layer is very thin. Copper is a soft metal and can be easily scratched during washing. You should only use a soft sponge to wipe it out, but you can put it in the dishwasher. A copper polish or abrasive cleaner might remove the finish. Also, over time, copper will get an aged patina, which might or might not be desirable, depending on your tastes.
- Beautiful, modern copper color
- Excellent for groups
- Stable design
- Dishwasher safe
- Requires special washing care
- Not scratch resistant
- Not corrosion resistant
Cigar Ashtray Buyer’s Guide
Now, you have our top picks for cigar ashtrays. It would seem like choosing an ashtray would be a simple task, as it is an everyday item, but as you can see, there are a few considerations to take into account to maximize your smoking experience. Here is a summary of the things that you need to remember when making your purchase.
You might have noticed that ashtrays come in a range of materials. You can find them in silicone, ceramic, porcelain, wood, and many different metals. Our favorites are some type of metal because of its durability and ease of cleaning. Be careful when choosing an ashtray that is coated with a metal such as bronze or copper because it can scratch. Stainless steel is a good choice because of its durability, but it might not be the look that you want.
Make sure that you consider the capacity of the ashtray both in the number of cigars that it will hold and how many ashes that is can hold. The bowl should be deep so that the ashes do not blow out. If you get a larger bowl, you will not have to clean it as often either. Some ashtrays have special grooves that can hold both cigars and cigarettes.
Tip Proof/Safe for Surfaces
You want to look at the design. It should have long, deep channels of holding the cigar. This way, there is no danger of the cigar flipping out and causing a fire hazard or damaging surfaces. You also want to make sure that it is stable and has some weight, so that will not tip over. You also want to check the bottom to make sure that it will not scratch fine furniture and wooden desks.
Easy to Clean
Make sure the design is easy to clean with soap and water. Also, check to see if it is dishwasher safe. For thin, coated metals, you should not use scratch pads. Designs with small grooves are more difficult to clean, too.
Video Tutorial: Cigar ashtray
If smoking is your passion, then having the right ashtray is a necessity. As you can see, there are many different designs, and all of them have advantages and disadvantages. Whether you want a classic look, or you want something that is a bit more practical, you have many choices available. This guide will help you to make the perfect choice for your smoking hobby.
Being a founder of SmokeProfy I already know how to review ash-pots. I literally tested about a hundred of various cigar ash-boxes during the preparation of diverse guides. That is why I decided to create a separate guide for ash-pans. Surely, my major idea was to recommend very durable items that look stylish and cool.
I understand that the main purpose of ash-pots, trays, and pans is to keep any smoking area clean. However, I am against the idea that this item should look like a cheap, disposable thing. An ashtray can and should be an attractive decorative element in any home or office.
The price of cigar ashtrays differs drastically – from $1 to $100. I tried to cover the average cost of budget-friendly stylish ashtrays – from $20 to $40.
So the price, construction, and durability are the key factors I considered during our numerous tests. The results are reflected in the rating.
My top 5 cigar ashtrays:
- OILP – eco-friendly and easy to clean ashtray;
- Stinky is equipped with awesome windproof option;
- CiTree is made of solid aluminum and it comes with a non-slip mat;
- XIFEI has special resistance to falling;
- Stinky Cigar was designed with 4 stir-ups;
Other ashtrays for cigars in this list are also unique, handmade or equipped with certain attachments for outdoor smoking. Surely, you may buy many other cheaper and less stylish ashtrays for daily use. But I compiled this review with exclusive ash-pots that are multi-purpose. Every product can be presented as a stylish gift for any cigar aficionado. Do you often use ashtrays and how do you choose them? I am very interested in your criteria of choice. By the way, on this SmokeProfy page I added the special video dedicated to ash-trays.