Best Cheap & Budget Cigars

August 19, 2020

Best Cheap Cigars

Buying top-quality cigars on a budget is not as complicated as you might think.

The best cheap cigars can hold their own alongside many higher-priced and handmade premium options.  Whether you’re buying on a smaller budget, looking for more variety, or just want more sticks for your buck, it’s worth knowing where to buy affordable cigars.

To help, we’ve selected some of our favorite budget cigars and the reasons why they deserve a place in your humidor.

We’ll also share our top tips on how to buy the best cigars on a budget – from hand-rolled premium cigars to boutique options, to the best cheap cigars on the market.

With so many great cigars to choose from at budget-friendly prices, remember to add your favorites to your cart so you can start exploring the exceptional value in your next delivery.



Are cheap cigars worth smoking?

We all like the finer things in life, however, these indulgences can be expensive.

Dining out at a fancy restaurant, vintage wines, whiskeys, and of course, high-end cigars from brands like Cohiba and Davidoff, are all things to enjoy when the household budget allows.

Luckily, the best cheap cigars mean you can still have a satisfying smoke while saving on your spending.

If you are a regular smoker, adding the best budget cigars to your weekly or monthly order can help save money in the long run. Even if budget is less of a worry, including a few cheap cigars to your cart offers more variety, and gives you something to hand out at parties and poker nights.

Top tips for buying the best cheap cigars

It’s important to know what to look for when browsing wallet-friendly cigars.

three of our top tips for buying the best cigars on a budget.

Compare vitolas

Most cigars, including premium and budget brands, are available in several different sizes, with prices usually varying by a couple of bucks or more. Compare your chosen cigar’s available vitolas and choose items that offer the best value.

Buy in bulk

If you find a cigar you like, explore bulk-buying options. Most cigars are available in boxes of 10, 25, or 50, and this can bring down the price per stick. You can buy smaller, cheaper cigars in crates of 100, 200, or more, at exceptionally cheap prices— perfect for parties or frequent casual smoking.

Go boutique

Boutique cigars vary widely in price, from high-end handmade premium cigars to surprisingly cheap small-batch sticks. Studios will often release a concept boutique cigar to test the market so if you’re feeling adventurous, these are an excellent way to experience something new at a very reasonable price.

Crafted By Oliva

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Sun-Grown Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Nicaraguan Habano

Strength: Medium

Leading off our budget-friendly cigar list is the Crafted by Oliva series. This special brand from Oliva was specifically made as a private label for JR Cigars.

First, let’s talk about the pricing of this underrated smoke.

With five different sizes available under this line, the Crafted by Oliva comes in a box of 10 starting at $5.99 to $6.80 per stick, with boxes ranging from $59.95 to $67.95.

This pricing for a premium, vintage cigar is almost unheard of these days, but thankfully most JR exclusives come at a very affordable price.

If you’re looking for a medium-bodied smoke with delicious notes of leather, earth, spice, and cocoa, then the Crafted by Oliva is for you.

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Chillin Moose

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Connecticut Habano Rosado

Binder: Ecuador Sumatra

Filler: Nicaragua

Strength: Medium-Full

Next up on our top budget-friendly cigars is a smoke that went under the radar since its landed in the industry back in 2014.

Foundry Cigar owner Michael Giannini’s initiative with the Chillin Moose was to create a budget-friendly cigar that could appeal to novice and experienced cigar smokers alike. Giannini collaborated with General Cigars on this journey to make one of the cheapest cigars on the market at the time.

Before-tax, a box of 20 Chillin Moose in the Robusto, Corona, or Gigante comes in at $60.00, meaning each individual cigar costs $3.00.

Honestly, if you told me a cigar from General Cigars would cost only $3.00 per stick, I’d think you’re trying to trick me.

However, as my team and I discovered last year, the Chillin Moose and Chillin Moose Too don’t taste like your typical under $5.00 cigar.

If the price on this medium to full-bodied gems isn’t enough for you, perhaps the combination of the tobaccos used in this smoke will get your gears going. The cigar is cloaked in a Connecticut Habano Rosado wrapper, bound by an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, and filled with Nicaraguan tobaccos. The wood, citrus, and cocoa flavor notes you detect with each puff are all thanks to this masterfully blended smoke.

The Chillin’ Moose offers the perfect one-two punch at an affordable price with delicious flavor notes.

JR Ultimate

Country of Origin: Honduras

Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra

Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler: Honduras

Strength: Medium-Full

Our next budget smoke has about 75 different sizes and iterations and is a private label many JR customers seem to gravitate towards.

The JR Ultimate utilizes some of the best long-filler tobaccos found across Honduras. Some versions of this brand use an Ecuadorian Sumatra leaf for the wrapper, while other iterations use Connecticut Broadleaf for both the wrapper and binder.

No matter what size or version you decide to go with of the JR Ultimate, you’re saving a boatload of money. —prices range from $3.00 to $5.70 per cigar and come in a box of 20.

If you want to experience a vintage cigar with scrumptious notes that won’t do damage to your wallet, then the JR Ultimate is the one for you.

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Black Abyss

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres

Binder: Corojo

Filler: Dominican Republic

Strength: Full

Black Abyss comes from the hands and minds who brought you Aging Room Cigars and the famed Jose Blanco of Tabacelera Palma. This full-bodied fan favorite is one of the most budget-friendly smokes you can find online or in stores.

At JR, we have this line in five different sizes a pack of 5, a box of 10, or a box of 20. With a box of 20 costing no more than $100 before tax, the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of a single Black Abyss smoke ranges from $3.89 to $4.87. As stated before, it’s extremely difficult to make quality smoke that uses Cuban-seeded tobacco for under $5.00.

Not only is the Black Abyss inexpensive, but the flavor notes you get with each puff are top-notch. Your palate will detect notes of nut, zest, cocoa, and sweet spice.

As an avid smoker, I’m thrilled to have a company like Black Abyss exist. The cigar options are ideal I feel like saving a few extra dollars but need that full-bodied flavorful smoke to hit me right where I need it!

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Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Ligera Habano Ecuador

Binder: Mexican San Andres

Filler: Nicaragua/Jamastran

Strength: Medium-Full

This budget-friendly smoke comes from the cigar godfather himself, AJ Fernandez. Uncharted was created at AJ’s factory and utilizes a handful of farm-grown Nicaraguan tobaccos, sprinkled with a Mexican San Andres binder.

Before we get into the pricing of this medium to full-bodied gem, let’s discuss how this complex smoke achieves a phenomenal balance of flavor notes. With each puff you take, you’ll detect pepper, cedar, black coffee, and some caramel on the back end.

A box of 20 ranges from $100 to $110, depending on which of the seven sizes you order. For a single cigar, the MSRP on ranges from $5.00 to $5.45. A cigar produced and manufactured by AJ Fernandez is rarely priced under $8.00, so when you find a fan favorite and underrated smoke priced this low, you know you’ve struck gold.

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