Top 9 Cigars Under $5

Following the blog post about the best options when selecting cigars as a gift, it's now time to cover the budget cigars area. Indeed, there are so many cheap cigars out there (think about all those bundles from large distributors) that it's rather hard to find a sub-$5 stick that fits the bill. Of course, when you buy a sampler or even a box of such cigars, the stakes are not high, but still, we're always better off with some guidance.

Below is a list of our favorite cigars that cost under $5 if bought by box. Keep in mind that this selection is subjective, so your mileage may vary, as usual. And if you don't find your favorite budget cigar below, let us know in the comments area!

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Natural

Natural or Maduro (or even Sun-Grown), these cigars from one of the major manufacturers rarely disappoint. Well-built, with a medium body, they can be lit daily.
[review of the natural] [review of the maduro] [compare prices]

CAO La Traviata

CAO La Traviata Favorito

The La Traviata is quite a complex cigar, and is definitely worth trying. One of the best price/quality ratios out there.
[review / compare prices]

Alec Bradley American Classic

Alec Bradley American Classic

Connecticut wrappers are rare guests in most lists, but this one definitely should not be missed. Alec Bradley American Classic is the brand's entry in the budget cigars market, and it's a success.
[review / compare prices]


Cu-Avana Punisher

This value brand offers a few decent options, including the Punisher (warning - infused wrapper!) which retails for just under $5 or more traditional Natural and Maduro, available at a whopping $2 each.
[review of the Punisher] [review of the maduro] [compare prices]

Gurkha Royal Challenge

Gurkha Royal Challenge

What? A Gurkha? It may sound strange, but this Royal Challenge is actually rather good. And at $5, unlike most other offerings that sell for $10+, a sampler of these is affordable.
[review / compare prices]


Brickhouse Churchill

Does this cigar really have to be on all lists? Seems like the answer is yes, unless they decide to double the MSRP. Until then, let's enjoy these fine smokes.
[review / compare prices]

Toraño Master Series

Torano Master Series Churchill

Another major manufacturer with a budget smoke. And, again, the results are pretty good. Torano Master Series is a frequent guest in my humidor, thanks to its bold flavor and reliable construction.
[review / compare prices]

Padron 2000

Padron 2000 Maduro

Of course, we couldn't leave this one out. Padron 2000 was one of the best cheap stogies when I started smoking cigars. It stood its ground.
[review / compare prices]

Flor de Oliva

Flor de Oliva Presidente

Not a flavor bomb by any means, the Flor de Oliva is a good quality stick at a super price. Can be enjoyed by any smoker, beginner or veteran.
[review / compare prices]

Your suggestions in the comments below are more than welcome!

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12 Comments on “Top 9 Cigars Under $5”

  1. EP Carillo New Wave?

  2. Duke Marquis says:

    The standard La Aurora Robusto is consistently great.

  3. What Mr C said. The New Wave.

  4. I’d add the Nub 464 Habano to the list. Weird vitola, but a good smoke that lasts a surprisingly long time.

    Perhaps not widely available, but Partagas Shorts (Cuban) are a great deal at $4-5 when bought by the cabinet.

  5. Diesel Shorty or Unholy Cocktail. Great all around and flavor in spades! Also, Ava Maria in any size. Tasty!!

  6. That Flor de Oliva is pure garbage brother. The Perdomo Lot23 should def replace that cigar.

  7. I have to agree the Gurkha Royal challenge is delicious. I am not sure my shop had it for less than $5 but is a great cigar.

  8. I am a big fan of this site as it tends to be candid in its reviews, especially premium cigars. If a cigar does not measure up in your opinion, you tell it like it is. However, some of your content is VERY dated and some of this content is very important to a knowledgeable cigar audience.

    In particular, it would great if you updated your Best Cigars under $5.00. I am a HUGE FAN of the Saint Luis Rey Rothchilde Maduro, The CAO La Traviata Radiante Maduro, the Illusione “R”Rothchilde and the Alec Bradley American Sun Grown. These are just a few IMHO but I would to see an update of your list.

  9. @Komodota
    An update to this post is planned before the end of the year. Additional suggestions / guest reviews are welcome :)
    We’ve got over 1,700 unique articles, so it’s pretty hard to keep all of them updated. The cigars presented in this list remain on the market as far as I know and didn’t experience a drastic drop in quality, so the update will be mostly about adding a few more cheap smokes among the recent releases.

  10. Please do not for a moment consider my comments critical in any way. In fact, with your original post on the subject, I and others would not have discovered these wonderful cigars. Rather, I respect your opinions enough that my intent was/is to get more/new recommendations from you. As such, I look forward to the update.

  11. NC- best cheap cigar Consuegra
    CC- Parti Short

  12. I thInk punch has a good taste and are reasonably prIced

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