Best Cheap & Budget Cigars

August 19, 2020

Best Cheap Cigars

Buying the best cigars on a budget is not as hard as you might think. The best cheap cigars can hold their own alongside some of the higher-priced handmade premium cigars, so whether you’re buying on a tight budget, looking for more variety, or you just want more sticks for your buck, it’s worth knowing where to buy the best budget cigars.

Here we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite budget cigars and some of the reasons why we think they deserve their place in your humidor.

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

With so many great cigars to choose from at budget-friendly prices, don’t forget to add your favorites to your cart, so you can start exploring the value end of the range in your next delivery.

Why cheap cigars are worth smoking

We all like the finer things in life, and it goes without saying that many of those things are expensive. Dining out at a fancy restaurant, vintage wines, whiskeys, and of course, high-end cigars from brands like Cohiba and Davidoff, are all indulgences that many people enjoy when the household budget allows. But in a pinch, the best cheap cigars mean you can still enjoy a satisfying smoke, while also saving on your spending.

If you are a regular smoker, adding just a few of the best budget cigars to your weekly or monthly order can help to save even more over time. Or if money is less of a worry, you can add a few extra cheap cigars to your cart and give yourself more variety – and something to hand out at parties and poker nights!

Top tips for buying the best cheap cigars on a budget

Here are three of our top tips for buying the best cigars on a budget:

Compare Vitolas

Most cigars, from premium to budget brands, are available in several different sizes. The price will usually vary too – often by a couple of bucks or more. So compare the vitolas that are available for your chosen cigar, and choose the one you think offers the best value.

Buy in bulk

If you find a cigar you like, look at the options to buy in bulk. Most cigars are available in boxes of 10, 25, or 50, and this can bring down the price per stick. Some smaller, cheaper cigars can be bought in crates of 100, 200, or more at prices you wouldn’t believe – 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. Often a studio will release a concept boutique cigar as a way to test the market, so if you’re feeling adventurous, these are an excellent way to experience something new at a very reasonable price.

Boneshaker Boneyard

  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Factory: NACSA
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Sizes available:
    • Mace (5 x 52)
    • Maul (6 x 50)
    • War Hammer (6 x 60)
    • Morning Star (6.5 x 52)

Boneshaker Boneyard is the incredible follow-up to the original Boneshaker blend. It’s made at the famed NACSA factory in Nicaragua from bold Cuban seed tobaccos, with the strength you’d expect from Esteli’s fertile soils, all finished with a dark, oily wrapper. Affordable and enjoyable for newcomers and seasoned cigar aficionados alike.

A well-refined flavor profile includes espresso, cinnamon, white pepper and that characteristic Esteli earthiness.

With four vitolas available on our website, in packs of 5 and boxes of 20, there are plenty of ways to decide exactly how much to spend (and how much to save by buying in bulk), making this an excellent cigar to suit all budgets.

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Padron Series 2000

  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacos Cubanica S.A.
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Sizes available:
    • Padron Series 2000 (5 x 50)

Padron Series cigars were founded in 1964 and have built their profile consistently over the decades to become one of the most highly respected brands in the entire cigar industry.

They are known for using lavish tobaccos to create stunning blends. In this case, that includes sun-grown Habano tobacco that has been aged for two and a half years, as part of a medium to full-bodied Nicaraguan puro.

Flavor notes flow throughout the smoking experience, with Nicaraguan earth, fresh coffee, a lighter milk chocolate taste, and woody cedar.

Padron Series 2000 in particular is surprisingly affordable. The bulk buy options are also ideal for a smaller budget – packs of 4 and boxes of 26, along with 5 packs of 4 making a total of 20 sticks.

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Joya Red

  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua S.A.
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Sizes available:
    • Short Churchill (4.75 x 48)
    • Robusto (5.25 x 50)
    • Canonazo (5.50 x 54)
    • Toro (6 x 52)

Joya Red is one of the most popular smoked from the family-owned Joya de Nicaragua brand. It’s a smooth, medium-strength hand-rolled premium Nicaraguan puro that combines tobaccos from Condega, Jalapa, and Esteli.

Made with milder tobacco leaves, it’s a great way to experience the flavors of Nicaragua’s oldest cigar factory, but in a budget cigar made with modern smokers in mind.

Not only does Joya Red taste great, but it looks the part too, and is a sleek addition to any humidor. You can expect a flavor profile that combines toast, coffee, almond, and spices, along with leather.

Singles, packs of 10, and boxes of 20 yet again mean you can shop to suit your budget, with a number of vitolas to choose between slightly different price points.

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Jericho Hill LBV

  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father Cigars
  • Wrapper: Mexico San Andres
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Sizes available:
    • OBS (4.75 x 52)
    • Jack Brown (5 x 56)
    • .44S (5.12 x 44)
    • Willy Lee (6 x 54)
    • LBV (6.50 x 46)

Jericho Hill is a carefully crafted premium cigar from the famed My Father factory and the highly regarded Crowned Heads brand. Taking its name from a Johnny Cash song, it packs in complex flavors including leather, pepper, earth, and sweet spices. With several vitolas to choose from, we’ve picked out the LBV because, despite being at the larger end of the range, it offers amazing value if you’re buying the best cigars on a budget.

One more reason to love Jericho Hill is its box-pressed shape, which gives it slightly squared edges. That doesn’t change the taste much but it does help to fit more in your humidor, helping you to buy in bulk on a budget. Jericho Hill is available in singles and boxes of 24 and is likely to become a regular feature in your humidor as a great go-to option for all occasions.

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Larutan by Drew Estate Jucy Lucy

  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Gran Fabrica, Esteli
  • Wrapper: Cameroon
  • Binder: Various
  • Filler: Various
  • Sizes available:
    • Jucy Lucy (3 x 38)
    • Dirties (4 x 32)
    • Dirt (4 x 43)
    • Big Jucy (5 x 46)
    • Clean Robusto (5 x 50)
    • Natural Elixir (Crystal Tube) (5 x 50)
    • Dirt Torpedo (5 x 52)
    • Root (5 x 55)
    • Root Deluxe (6 x 50)
    • English (6 x 52)
    • NDB (7 x 44)

Drew Estate Larutan cigars offer an experience like no other, with flavors of wood, earth, cocoa, mesquite, and white pepper.

The innovative studio has once again combined tobaccos into a truly unique blend from locations like Haiti, Syria, Turkey, and St James Parish, Louisiana. A wide variety of vitolas means you can enjoy Drew Estate Larutan in many different sizes, each at a slightly different price.

We’ve chosen the smallest in the line, Larutan by Drew Estate Jucy Lucy, which measures just 3 x 38 and offers superb value as a result. It’s a flavorsome smoke, with sweet fruity elements, smooth caramel, and spicy peppery notes.

Buy as a single or make even bigger savings when you buy a box of 40, and you’ll never risk running out in a pinch or having none spare to share with guests.

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Romeo y Julieta 1875 Bully

  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Tabacalera de Garcia
  • Wrapper: Indonesia
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Sizes available:
    • Mini Blue (2.88 x 20)
    • Mini Red Aroma (2.88 x 20)
    • Mini White Original (2.88 x 20)
    • Romeos (4 x 33)
    • Petite Bully (4 x 38)
    • Love Story (4.25 x 46)
    • Julieta’s (4.88 x 24)
    • Bully (5 x 50)
    • Rothchilde Tube (5 x 50)
    • Cedro Deluxe No. 2 (5.50 x 44)
    • Romeo’s Court (5.50 x 44)
    • Clemenceau Tube (6 x 50)
    • Deluxe No. 2 (6 x 50)
    • Dreams (6 x 50)
    • Exhibicion No. 3 (6 x 50)
    • Gran Toro (6 x 54)
    • Magnum (6 x 60)
    • Numero Dos (6.12 x 52)
    • Belicoso (6.12 x 54)
    • Cedro Deluxe No. 1 (6.50 x 44)
    • Churchill (7 x 50)
    • Deluxe No. 1 (7 x 50)
    • Exhibicion No. 1 (8.50 x 52)

Romeo y Julieta 1875 is a celebrated line of medium-bodied handmade cigars produced at the Tabacalera de Garcia in the Dominican Republic, but with a lineage that dates back to the founding of Romeo y Julieta Cigars in Cuba in 1875.

The brand took its name from Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers and vitolas available for the Romeo y Julieta 1875 include the 4 x 33 Romeos and 4.88 x 24 Julietas.

We’ve picked out the Romeo y Julietas 1875 Bully, a 5 x 50 stick and one of the most popular in the range. This delivers delicious cocoa, hazelnut, and hints of exotic spices, as well as cedarwood, and has been a firm favorite among many smokers for decades. With Dominican Republic long-leaf fillers and binder expertly rolled in a seamless Indonesian tobacco wrapper, these handmade cigars are a real joy.

Shop to suit your budget with Romeo y Julieta’s 1875 Bully cigars available in singles, packs of 5, boxes of 10, and boxes of 25. The bulk-buy savings really start to stack up as your order size increases, but with a single stick costing just over $7.50, even alone, 1875 Bully is a great way to buy one of the best cigars on a budget.

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