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Last updated: June 19, 2020

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It is a normal human tendency to want to keep your home and environment neat and clean. The best way to maintain your surroundings up to par is to minimise clutter and disarray. You can find a wide selection of accessories designed to help you keep things neat and tidy. Ashtrays, for example, are one of these key accessories that can make all the difference in a home or business.

Ashtrays are not only necessary if you or someone you live with smokes if you have a guest that smokes, but you’ll also be happy you have one. Even though there are strong restrictions concerning smoking in public places in Canada; you will find that bars and restaurants with outdoor patios, where are allowed to smoke, will always offer you one of these accessories. This article is made to help you find the perfect ashtray for your needs.

Key Facts

  • There are some key aspects to consider when buying an ashtray for your home or business. The best way to be happy with your purchase is to evaluate what aspects are most important to you.
  • Ashtrays are not just for collecting ashes and butts, you can also use them to hold incense or small debris.
  • Make sure to consider the decor of the space it will occupy, more often than not, ashtrays are in plain sight. Fortunately, you’ll see the market has plenty of aesthetic options to choose from.
  • Just like with anything else you buy, ensuring you get the best value for your money should always be a priority when buying an ashtray.

The best ashtrays on the Canadian market

Let’s start off this guide with a list of the best ashtrays available to you in the Canadian market. You may be under the false impression that these products are all pretty much the same. If this is the case, keep reading — In the next sections, you’ll discover just how different these useful items can actually be.

Newness — Stainless Steel Modern Tabletop Ashtray with Lid

The new and improved, stainless steel ashtray by Newness has all-welded hinge keeps the lid secure and shut once you are done smoking for a cleaner look whether indoors or outdoors. This ashtray was created through only the best workmanship with smooth edges that won’t cut or hurt your fingers. The lid is equipped with a thin, open-faced cylinder for easier smoking and less mess.

This ashtray has a modern, sleek and easy to clean design. It is lightweight, easy to carry and suitable for both indoors and outdoors. It has a body diameter of 3.88” and a height of 1.67”. It is the perfect miniature size to fit perfectly on small coffee tables or surfaces where you want to keep your tabletop tidy and spacious. It has a new and improved sealed lid that will keep your cigarettes safe and comes with a string secured brown bag for easy transport.

MyLifeUNIT — Windproof Cigarette Ashtray

The convenient, built-in flip-top lid on this simple and sleek ashtray will keep your desktop, tabletops and side tables clean and free of smoking messes. The ashes fall neatly into the bottom catch bin to reduce order and for easy cleaning. Simply take a wet washcloth or paper towel to wipe clean the outer and inner surface for a brand new looking ashtray.

This lounge collection cigar ashtray has the ability to remove the lid as desired depending on your smoking needs. Without the lid allows for easy smoking, while a secured lid keeps this ashtray completely windproof and ensures all the contents stay inside. With the lid secured on, cigarette butts are not visible to keep the top of your desk looking tidy. The modern design brings style alongside function to any home or office.

K COOL — Windproof Ashtray with Lid

The bohemian style, hand-stamped ashtray is the perfect gift for both men and women. It has a navy blue colour with an outlined gold trace for a beautiful decoration piece that fits both indoors and indoors. It has a push-down ashtray and covered opening to keep all the contents inside from spilling out. It is made of zinc alloy and its circular design measure out at 4.2” x 4.1” x 5.1”. Because of its elegant design, you won’t even know it’s an ashtray!

This ashtray is available in both navy blue and jade green colours, allowing you to choose the model that fits best in your home or office. Consumers love the foldable design that hides the cigarette designs at the bottom of the ashtray at all times. It’s quaint, small design is the perfect functional art decor to add on top of your side table.

Visol — Ceramic Cigarette Ashtray

This simple yet classic ashtray design by Visol fits great in any home, office, bar or public setting to provide all your ashtray needs. It has a classic ceramic design that fits perfectly in any home, office or bar. It comes in both white and black that allows you to choose the ashtray that will match your personal decor the best. Built into the rim are three cigarette holders for smoking convenience and to help you keep your tabletop free of ash.

Visol has made a sturdy, solid and reliable ashtray that is dishwasher friendly for easy and painless cleaning. It’s sleek ceramic finish and easy maintenance will keep your tabletop looking well polished and easily fits into a side drawer when you want to place it out of sight. The ashtray measures out at 4 inches tall, 4 inches in length and 1.38 inches wide. It is small and light ashtray, weighing in at .47 lbs, allowing you to keep your surface top looking spick and span.

CO-Z — Contemporary Standing Ashtray

This modern, self-cleaning floor stand ashtray stands at 3 different height options: 20”, 27.5” or 35”. It is ideal for various smoking needs, whether standing or sitting at a coffee table or on the sofa. It has a retro style mixed with a more contemporary look that blends well into any decor and adds a spark of fashion. It is made of solid stainless steel with a one-touch lever to easily empty ashes into the trash.

Every purchase of a CO-Z Standing Ashtray comes with a free steel cigarette box to keep your favorites smokeable in an uncompromised condition safe from humidity. This ashtray is great for both indoor and outdoor settings; completely weatherproof and anti-rust, keeping it looking brand new for years to come. The top funnel design allows ash and the butts of your cigarette to easily dispense below, keeping your smoking space clean.

Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about ashtrays

By now, you’ve been acquainted with some of the possible ashtray variations you’ll find in Canadian markets. Now, let’s go over the most important aspects and information regarding these items. Remember that being properly informed is the single best way to make sure you are satisfied with your purchase.

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multicultural business The most common ashtray design is a shallow cylinder with a flat base.
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How to use an ashtray?

Because using ashtrays is very simple and straightforward, we sometimes overlook their importance and just how useful they really are. If you don’t have one when smoking, ashes won’t be easy contained, which is particularly unpleasant if you smoke inside your home. Dropping butts or ashes into the ashtray is pretty intuitive, however, depending on the model, it will be done one way or another.

Where should ashtrays be placed?

It seems obvious that there should be ashtrays where people smoke. Meaning, it is not uncommon to find multiple ashtrays in one home if several smokers live in the same house. Whether you place them in your room, in your garden or on the front porch, keep in mind that these accessories should always be placed out of the reach of children.

What are the advantages of small ashtrays?

If you smoke in different places in your home, and you don’t want to keep ashtrays all over the place, small ashtrays are useful since they are easy to move around. You may still want to place bigger ashtrays in places where others smoke as well — the living room or patio for example. However, if there are multiple clouds of smoke in your home, you’ll want to also keep a few small models that can be easily moved around. Ashtray models are available in multiple designs, which means you shouldn’t have trouble finding something that fits your home decor.

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The most common ashtray design is a shallow cylinder with a flat base, to rest on a table. Other ashtrays, particularly in public places, are wall-mounted, and larger than standard tabletop ashtrays due to the increased use they receive.

Are ashtrays with lids more convenient?

In Canada, one of the most popular ashtray designs are those that come with a lid. These models can be most practical when used outdoors since their mechanism prevents the wind from scattering ashes and butts everywhere. Models will lid are also useful indoors, their design helps contain the smell inside the ashtray. You will also find some designs that don’t even have lids, they are vacuum sealed — which prevents air from entering the ashtray all together.

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Many ashtrays have notches at the rim, to hold cigarettes and/or a cigar.
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When should I clean my ashtray?

Above all else, we suggest you choose an ashtray that is easy to use and just as easy to clean. To prevent any accidents when cleaning it, it is best to empty the astray before it’s full. If the ashtray you choose has multiple parts, make sure it is easy to take apart and put back together, also making sure that you can clean dispose of the contents without any hassle.

As mentioned above, newer designs may come with multiple parts, which must be taken apart before cleaning. If this is the case, make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions to clean it properly. Keep in mind to always clean your ashtray when all the ashes and buds have cooled down, this will help you prevent any burns to you or the garbage container.

What materials are ashtrays made from?

By now, you’re probably away of just how vast the ashtray market is in Canada. Some of the relevant characteristics that will allow you to differentiate and choose between them are size, quality, price, and performance. Arguably, the most important aspect to consider, however, will be the material they are made of. Below we list the most popular ashtray materials along with a brief description of their main attributes.

  • Wood ashtrays. This type of ashtray is usually only meant to be a decorative item. Some of these models are hand made, meaning they will be quite more expensive than a simple and plain ashtray.
  • Crystal ashtrays. These translucent designs are often subtle and discrete. They are often valuable pieces which require special care. They can be quite heavy, making them more prone to accidents.
  • Glass ashtrays. These ashtrays have very similar characteristics to crystal ones, the main difference being that this type is much cheaper and robust.
  • Bronze ashtrays. These models are also quite heavy and you’ll want to avoid them falling on your furniture, floors or feet.
  • Ceramic ashtrays. These are very delicate models need to be handled with the utmost care. Some may have delightful designs and will also have a purely decorative purpose.
  • Stainless steel ashtrays. These are one of the most popular models since they combine aesthetics, practicality and easy cleaning.
  • Melamine ashtrays. These models are also well-liked, and they too, come in some beautiful designs. This material can look very similar to wood.
  • Silicone ashtrays. These are often the cheapest option you can find. They are available in a plethora of sizes, colours, and designs.

What types of ashtrays are available on the Canadian market?

By now you are well aware of the multitude of ashtray options available to Canadians. In order to choose the most appropriate model for your needs, you’ll want to be clear about what each design has to offer. To help you out, we created this table with a summary of the main types of ashtrays you’ll find, along with a brief description.

Type of ashtray Description
Table ashtrays Most often found in homes. Available in different shapes, sizes, and materials. Some models may feature a lid.
Portable ashtrays Generally made from stainless steel. Designed to be moved from one place to another. A lid will help you avoid ashes scattering all over.
Beach ashtrays Most of these models are made of plastic and are very affordable. Meant to be used at the lake, beach or outdoors in general.
Free-standing ashtrays Certain freestanding models are very aesthetically pleasing, making them great decorative pieces.
Cigarette bins Depending on which province you live in, the ban on smoking in public places will be different. This means that this type of model is often only found in front of buildings where you are allowed to smoke.
Push-button ashtrays They work by pushing a button to open it and let the ashes fall inside. They are very practical and easy to use.
Car ashtrays Besides the more common models that are found in standard cars, you can also find ashtrays made to be placed inside your car.
Decorative ashtrays The decorative purpose of these pieces takes precedence over it’s functionality. They come in original and beautiful designs and tend to cost more than a basic functional ashtray.

Are there ashtrays that eliminate odours?

There is one ashtray designed we didn’t include in the table above — vacuum-sealed ashtrays. These models are specifically designed to neutralise most of the smoke and smell from ashes. Even though these items may be more costly than those mentioned above, they are a great investment if you have the habit of smoking inside. Their mechanisms help prevent cigarette smells from impregnating your home, furniture, and clothes.

Some of these ashtrays even release negative ions with high-pressure air to burn out the hot embers while also neutralising smell particles. The release of oxygen allows the air to remain clean for foul smells. However, keep in mind that these devices come with a square meter restriction to their odour neutralising capabilities.

How much do ashtrays cost?

As you may have noticed in our ranking section, ashtrays can come in all sorts of prices. You’ll just as easily find a product for under 10 bucks as you’ll find an ashtray that retails for more than a thousand dollars. It is important to note that the latter are often purely decorative and collector pieces, which get their added value from their origins and story.

Here is a rough guideline for ashtray prices in Canada:

Type of ashtray Price
Ashtrays with lids Their usual price is between 10 and 25 dollars.
Portable ashtrays Their prices ranges from 5 to 15 dollars.
Free-standing ashtrays Their price range is wider, fluctuating between 20 and 50 dollars.
Car ashtrays You can find models below 15 dollars, with others exceeding 50 dollars.
Push-button ashtrays Again, prices can vary between less than 15 dollars to over 40 bucks.
Table ashtrays These are very affordable, ranging from 5 to 20 bucks.
Cigarette bins With a starting price of around 40 dollars, they can also just as easily cost over 100 dollars.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of ashtrays?

If you’re a regular smoker, you should have multiple ashtrays around your home, particularly if you smoke indoors. These items are crucial elements to help you keep your home free from ashes and cigarette-related dirt. Keep in mind that even though you may be able to make an impromptu ashtray in an emergency, this is neither practical nor hygienic.

Advantages
  • You can find very affordable designs
  • They are generally easy to clean
  • They help you keep your home clean
  • Certain models offer very advanced functions to neutralise smell
Disadvantages
  • The use of some ashtrays can be more complicated
  • You need to empty often
  • They may encourage smoking habits

Purchase Criteria

We have given you a lot of information throughout this guide, but we don’t want to let you go before including one last set of relevant criteria to consider before making your purchase. Keeping these things in mind will help you make the best possible decision at the time of purchase.

Type

By now you know there is virtually an infinite selection of ashtrays available to Canadians. In order to make the best purchase, make sure to consider your specific needs and the space the ashtray will occupy. These considerations will help you narrow your selection until you find the perfect ashtray for yours.

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Ashtrays used to be a standard in older large or luxury cars before later being available as dealer-installed accessory items.
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Size

To choose an item of appropriate size, first, consider where the astray will be placed. If there are multiple smokers in your home or space, it is a good idea to have large communal designs in common spaces. You should also have a few small ashtrays that can be easily moved around or placed on end tables. When the size is an issue, keep in mind that free-standing ashtrays will often be larger than all the other models.

Design

First and foremost, ashtrays should naturally be practical items easy to use and clean. It is also of utmost importance that they do their job of collecting ashes, butts, and debris well. After these criteria have been met, then you can consider it’s designed. Ashtrays are often placed in plain sight and they should, therefore, be somewhat in accordance with the decor of the room or the environment. Luckily, in Canada, you won’t run out of models and designs to choose from.

Additional features

Some ashtrays include features which are meant to make them more effective and efficient. Understanding these features will help you evaluate if any of these extras can be of use to you. After you’re well informed and understand all of your options, it will be much easier to find exactly what you need.

Materials

Last but not least, consider the manufacturing materials of the ashtray you choose. While it’s important it first fulfills its purpose, it is also important that the model you choose be aesthetically pleasing — if that’s something that matters to you. The materials will also determine how robust and easy to transport and clean the ashtray will be. Keeping all these things in mind will help you arrive at the best material for your ashtray.

Summary

In homes or areas where there are smokes, ashtrays are invaluable tools to keep those spaces tidy and clean. In Canada, there is a nearly endless selection of models and designs to choose from, all with varying features and characteristics. For this reason, we are sure you’ll be able to find an ashtray that is the perfect size, shape, material, and design. Once you know what you want, all you have to do is pick the ashtray that meets all your needs.

Remember that in Canada, you will find ashtrays of varying qualities and costs. You’ll have no trouble finding unique pieces that cost over a thousand dollars if that’s what you’re looking for. Collector or decorative ashtrays usually offer something special that justifies the price tag, however, you can just as easily find a good product for under 10 bucks. At the end of the day, the most important thing should be that the product you choose meets all of your needs and requirements.

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