Smokeless Ashtrays: Do They Work And Which Is Best - Product Review
This is not my ashtray-though it does reside on my front porch. The graveyard of neglected butts provoked me to wander inside, get online, and type the words "Smokeless Ashtray" into a search engine.
Now, a funny thing happens when you type the words "Smokeless Ashtray." Instead of finding one cheezy As Seen On TV product-which was what I was expecting-you find a whole bunch of different models. Even if the designs are basically the same, a wide variety of brand choices exist.
If you're like me, one brand name comes to mind when you combine "TV" with "smokeless ashtray": Ronco.
Oh, yeah baby! When you hear the word Ronco, you know you're in for something. What that something is... well, that's open to interpretation.
But ya gotta love this ad from the 1980s for their smokeless ashtray:
Isn't that nice? He's using it out of concern for his family's health.
I'm mainly including this commercial to show how the design of smokeless ashtrays hasn't really changed over the past 30 years. Though there are a couple of exceptions, these things still look like... well, they look like ashtrays.
Smokeless Ashtray # 1: Dbroth
Made of fireproof Melamine (which sounds like some sort of cream filled cookie to me), this ashtray's biggest claim to fame seems to be a loud fan motor. Apparently unfiltered smoke leaks out of the seams as well, though I couldn't confirm this firsthand. (See dbroth ashtray)
Smokeless Ashtray # 2: The Holmes Group
At first I thought this was a small version of the George Foreman Grill. But no... just another ashtray. In this case, the lid is the on/off switch, which is a feature that makes perfect sense to me. (See holmes ashtray)
Smokeless Ashtray # 3: Talon Development
This is the ashtray that someone in Star Trek would use-though from what I gather, smoking is a rare activity in the 23rd century.
This ionic ashtray breaks down smoke into tiny, negatively charged particles. These particles get trapped in the positively charged steel dome, which somehow converts this into clean air. All of this with no filters. (See smokeless ashtray)
And then there's this:
Smokeless Ashtray # 4: The Get Organized Penguin
Awwwwww... Isn't he cute? I suppose this would be the ashtray of choice if you were trying to hook your toddler on cigarettes.
"C'mon, Billy. Smoke up for mommy..."
Those tender words will stay with you all the way through your terminal visit to the cancer ward.
The little penguin's tummy is the on/off switch. Simply surgically open him and light up. At a whopping 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 5 1/2", this little guy can fit in your pocket for puffin' on the go.
Speaking of which-should this be a puffin instead of a penguin? Puffin. Get it?
Yeah... it's been a long day for me, too. (Update: The penguin ashtray is no longer available. I guess there wasn't a huge market for Puffin Penguins. )
5.Smokeless Ashtray #5: Car Shaped Smokeless Ashtray
If you can't have a car, surely a car ashtray is the next best thing?
This Car Smoke Filter has a carbon liner that helps filter the smoke of the cigarette by using the usb plug or batteries. It's not the highest quality in terms of manufacturing, but isn't that what you'd expect from a car shaped ashtray? It's definitely cute. You can take a look for yourself here and watch the video to see how it works:
Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em in your living room by getting one of these ashtrays at Amazon!
Editor's Note: This Room Order Eliminator seems to help reduce smoke quite a bit. It may be worth considering in addition tom or in lieu of the smokeless ashtray.
Article updated by editor to provide updated info and links.