When it comes to cigar smoking, enthusiasts have a wide range of gadgets and accessories to choose from. None of them are really necessary to enjoy a cigar, however, they add a bit of convenience or cool factor to our hobby. We’ve got specialty cutters, fancy lighters, leather travel humidors, and aluminum cigar holders, among other things.
Among those accessories, there is one that is often overlooked – the Cigar Ashtray. These handy little objects are made in all shapes, sizes, and colors and are directly responsible for our lawns and flowerpots being butt-free.
Here at Stogie Review, we don’t receive too many requests to review the trusty ashtray. This is why I was a little surprised to hear from our friends at Screwpop when they asked us to put their new Screwpop Cigar Ashtray through its paces.
When I first looked at the press release for the Screwpop Cigar Ashtray I was under the impression that it would be somewhat large. However, when it arrived I was surprised at just how small and light it was.
The matte black melamine ashtray weighed only a few ounces and was 4.25 inches wide, 5.25 inches long, and 1.5 inches tall. It has a single cigar holder towards the back with a small cigarillo holder in the front. In the middle of the bowl is a little object that looks like an old-school juicer, is meant to knock ash from the end of your cigar.
Unlike a typical ashtray, there is a ramp which guides fallen ash from the cigar holder down to the bowl.
The most import part of any cigar ashtray is how well it functions. This can be subjective but I prefer an ashtray that can contain a fair amount of ash and keep my cigar clean when I set it down.
In that regard, I’m torn on the new Screwpop Cigar Ashtray. It’s compact size means that it can not contain much ash before things start to get messy. The ash knocker has a tendency to block ash from filling the corner of the bowl.
The matte finish looks great when it is clean but powdered ash clings to it. Dumping it out and giving it a quick wipe leaves the melamine looking dirty.
My biggest concern with this particular ashtray was the melamine material. I was afraid it wouldn’t hold up to the heat of a cigar. I was wrong, the material holds up very well and is quite durable. This ashtray will take a lot of abuse and keep functioning.
The one oddity about this ashtray is that it very much feels like it is a right handed ashtray. Since I tend to work on my computer and place the ashtray to my left, it felt weird. Placing it on the right side seemed more normal due to the layout and design of the product.
Should you buy a Screwpop Cigar Ashtray?
If you are a cigar smoker that is looking for an inexpensive ashtray to put out on your deck or patio, this is one that you should definitely consider. Mine has withstood wind, rain, and a six-year-old knocking it off the patio table – all without issue.
If you like to smoke with friends, I think that this ashtray is much too small. I find that if I don’t empty it between cigars that it becomes overcrowded and messy. Besides, only one cigar holder can be problematic when it comes to multiple cigars.