Visol Products has a wide variety of accessories, ranging from but not limited to barware, men’s and women’s fashion accessories, and of course what we’re here to talk about today – cigar accessories. While they have a range of cigar accessories, some of which we’ve covered previously, today I’ll be looking at the Visol Noche ashtray. Retailing for $70, it is made of solid wood, has a black lacquer finish and the bowl and cigar holders are made out of stainless steel.
Visually, the ashtray is quite impressive looking, the lacquer giving it a piano black finish with the four cigar stirrups having a high polish to them that contrasts nicely. It’s a hefty one pound 10 ounces, giving it a sense of quality too just by the weight of it. As I’ve mentioned with previous ashtray reviews, heavier ashtrays make me nervous with a glass top table, but thankfully this ashtray has felt that covers the entire bottom.
The circular design with four stirrups does allow a six inch cigar to sit just barely reaching the halfway mark, so theoretically four cigars six inches or under could fit comfortably in the ashtray without feeling like you’re encroaching into your friend’s business. The stirrups are a little under an inch wide, allowing a 60 ring gauge cigar to fully utilize the depth of the groove. Anything larger than that however would probably sit a little tall. The quarter inch depth and inch and a half long dimensions also keep your cigar quite steady, and unless I just horribly misplaced my cigar, I never had one fall out.
The bowl of the ashtray, or ash reservoir as they call it, is just under an inch deep and five inches in diameter. Most ashtrays are a single piece, forcing me to pick up the entire thing to dump the ash out, but the Visol Noche’s ash reservoir is detachable, allowing you to just take that part out to dump your ash. While a nice feature, it seems that form has won over function here, as it’s actually a little difficult to get out. It might not have looked as good visually, but a little tab that sat above the ashtray’s body would have made it immensely easier to take out. Regardless though, it’s a nice idea. Visol’s site also mentions that it’s dishwasher safe, allowing you to keep it super clean – though I’ve not done more than just wipe it down with a damp cloth so far and it looks just fine.
The bowl is large enough that a few Churchill-sized cigars worth of ash fits into it easily. It’s not an overly large bowl, but the nice thing is that it doesn’t take up too much room on your table. Due to the slope of the edge and more shallow nature of the ash reservoir, if it’s windy outside, the ash will blow out and around the area, though it’s more of a minor concern unless you’re somewhere that’s constantly windy.
As far as durability is concerned, I exclusively smoke outside, so this is where the ashtray has resided. In Florida’s humid environment, it has done quite well with the stainless steel parts looking practically new with just light cleaning from a damp cloth. The lacquer finish has held up well too, keeping the shine and polish well after around a year of use.
Overall I quite enjoy using the Visol Noche ashtray. Having used a wide range of different size ashtrays, this one is a nice in the middle option. It doesn’t take up too much room on my side table, while still providing enough room to hold a decent amount of ash. The price is certainly a bit more than what you might spend on your average ceramic ashtray and quite a bit more than most melamine ashtrays, but still is much cheaper than other designer ashtrays can be. My few minor complaints about the design isn’t enough to keep me from using it, and it’s a good functioning, nice looking addition to my cigar accessory collection.
The ashtray for this review was provided by Visol.