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People prefer to smoke in lots of places: in their garden, in their living room or even in their bedroom! Wherever it may be, we all know that cigarettes leave ash when they are burning. This ash sticks to everything and is hard to get rid of, especially if it's in your home. This is where ashtrays come in: they're a foolproof way of making sure that your cigarette smoking doesn't cause a mess.

If you’ve been smoking for a month or a year, there's never a wrong time to invest a few quid and buy an ashtray. Maybe your house is smelly and has lots of ash on the carpets, or maybe you're used to smoking in the garden and don't want to keep adding to that pile of cigarette butts that are in the old flower pot and would prefer everything to be clean and tidy in a little, neat ashtray on your garden table? Well, whatever the reason may be, we’ve got you covered with this ultimate guide, where we have rankings of the best ashtrays on the market, reviews of these products, and lots of hints, tips and info so you can choose the best one for you. Let’s get started!

First things first

  • You can use your ashtray for cigarette ashes, but also incense or rubbish.
  • Remember that your ashtray will always be in view, that's why buying one that will fit well in your garden or home is important.
  • As with most purchases, it is also important for the product you opt to offer great value for money.

The best ashtrays in the UK

We’ve had a look at the different ashtrays on the market, analysed prices and customer reviews, and come up with this comprehensive list of the best in the UK. You can see each of our favourite ashtrays in the selection below, alongside a little description of each product. We’re certain that by the end of this ultimate guide, you will have chosen the best ashtray for you!

Past Product Reviews

Genware NEW-B322 Melamine Deep Ashtray (10cm diameter)

First up we have this deep ashtray by Genware, which is Amazon’s Choice for ashtrays. The material it’s made from is called melamine, which is a synthetic polymer that is fire resistant and heat tolerant. It’s great for an ashtray since it is safe and will not become damaged by putting hot cigarettes on it.

It is a good size and a little smaller than average, which is great if you want to move it to other parts of your house or garden, or if you don’t have much space. The black colour will match with just about any furniture, in any house. It’s also one of the cheapest on the market, so it’s great for if you’re on a budget if you want a simple ashtray that isn’t huge and with lots of extra features, or if you simply want your ashtray to blend in and not stand out too much.

Premier Housewares Spinning Ashtray (13cm diameter)

Next up we have this fab spinning ashtray by Premier Housewares, which comes in three sizes: small, medium and large. This specific one is the large one, since this is the most popular of the ashtrays by this brand, and it has hundreds of five-star reviews, so you know you’re getting a good quality product!

What’s more, this ashtray is different from lots of others on the market, since it has a lid which spins and closes. This is to hide the cigarettes away and to stop odour – perfect for if you don’t want the smell to linger in your house! It’s also very durable and practical for everyday use, and super easy to clean since all you have to do is wipe clean with a soft cloth – what more could you want? It’s also silver so will match with everything!

Newness Focus on Stainless Steel Modern Ashtray with Lid (9.9cm diameter)

Now, let’s take a look at this modern tabletop ashtray by Newness Focus on Stainless Steel. This amazing ashtray has been made with stainless steel, so it’s modern, lightweight, easy to carry so it’s suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and looks lovely. The narrow opening at the top of the ashtray has been expertly designed so that the wind doesn’t blow your cigarettes out when there’s a gust of wind. It also comes with a handy bag so it’s portable.

Additionally, the lid closes very well so it keeps the smoke from blowing everwhere and hides the cigarettes so that it doesn’t look unpleasant. If you thought nothing more could make this ashtray any better then you’ve thought wrong! It also has a cigarette holder on the inside of the ashtray, which makes the cigarette point downwards into the hole, so it not only keeps your cigarettes in a safe place while you’re having a break from smoking it, but it also stops it from going out in the wind!

Monsiter Turtle Ashtray (14cm diameter)

Take a look at this wacky ashtray that’s in a shape of a turtle! This is a fun spin on the classic ashtray since it’s actually shaped like a turtle so it doubles up as a decoration, too! It’s handy if you want an ashtray but you don’t want it to actually look like an ashtray. It’s made of resin so it is weatherproof and it won’t be damaged by the weather, so it’s the most wonderful addition to a garden table!

What’s more, the lid makes it perfect for keeping the rain out of it. It’s an original design and completely hand-painted and you can use the little holes in the “turtle’s” shell as a cigarette holder, and the wind won’t blow it out since it will sit in the tray! Described as a ‘cute ashtray’ and ‘worth every penny’ by reviewers on Amazon, you know you’ll get every penny’s worth with this unique ashtray!

LAUYOO Vintage Waterproof Ashtray with Lid (10.7 cm diameter)

Next up we have an ashtray that truly is like no other – this vintage ball ashtray by LAUYOO, which comes in four different colours: Jade Green with Gold Flower, Dark Red with Bronze Flower, Jade White with Gold Flower and Navy Blue with Gold Flower, so we’re sure you’ll easily find the most suitable one for your garden or your home. This attractive design looks more like an ornament than an ashtray, so it’s perfect and really easy to hide in case you don’t want people to know that you have an ashtray.

This ashtray is also made from brand new zinc allow, nickel, lead and enamel and is hand stamped with a wonderfully ornate 3D pattern, so it could even be a nice present for anyone you know who uses ashtrays. The lid also stops any stray bits of ash from flying away, and it is also strong and sturdy and prevents any odour from escaping from the ashtray – wonderful!

Drinkstuff Windproof Ashtray Stainless Steel Ashtray with Lid (8.9cm diameter)

This windproof, stainless steel ashtray is perfect for anyone who wants a cheap and cheerful ashtray, with no fancy parts – just something that does the job. The stainless steel means that it is weatherproof, so it can be placed indoors or outdoors. The position of the lid means that the wind won’t blow ash away, so you don’t have to worry about picking up ash that has blown away and littered your garden.

Hailed ‘nice and sturdy too’, ‘good stuff’ and ‘an ashtray for the garden’ by avid Amazon users, you know that you’re getting an ashtray that will last for a long time, which is strong and durable and of good quality with this wonderful product from drinkstuff.

Signstek Rotating Ashtray with Lid and Smoke Collector (14.5cm diameter)

Last but certainly not least, we have this rotating ashtray with a lid, melamine porcelain smoke soot collector and a stylish black colour from Signstek. This ashtray is wonderfully sleek, modern and elegant, and it looks like something from the future and definitely doesn’t look like a boring, standard ashtray! The melamine porcelain makes it very sturdy, heatproof and durable.

You can pop this handy ashtray in your bag and take it anywhere with you, since it closes perfectly well with the rotating red lid, and it has a special rotating design. This ashtray truly looks like no other, and you’ll be the talk of all of your friends with this one! It’s also odour proof.

Shopping Guide: Everything you need to know about ashtrays

You’ve seen the best ashtrays on the market, now it’s time for the buying part. If you’re interested in buying an ashtray for your garden or home, we’ve put together this fab list of things we recommend that you think about before making your purchase. We’ve also got a list of the most frequently asked questions by people who are considering buying ashtrays and we’ve answered them, so by the end of this section, any remaining doubts will be dispelled and any remaining questions will be answered. Let’s dive right in.

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You can get ashtrays in all different shapes and sizes.
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How do I use an ashtray?

It's very easy to use an ashtray: while you're smoking a cigarette, flick it into the ashtray so that the ash collects at the bottom. If you have an ashtray with a cigarette holder on it, you can pop your cigarette there when you're not using it. When you have finished, simply stub it out in the tray where you've deposited the ash and leave the butt there.

Where do I put an ashtray?

It is common to find several ashtrays if various smokers live under the same roof. You can put ashtrays anywhere where you smoke: in your room, living room, kitchen, or even in the garden if you tend to smoke there. Remember not to smoke near children, since second-hand smoke can damage their lungs.

Why are small ashtrays good?

Having a small ashtray at home will allow you to easily move it from one place to another. You could have a few small ashtrays that you can take from room to room, or have one outside during the day and bring it in at night. You could, however, have a large ashtray in the living room which could be decorative, like our vintage one that's included in our ranking. You could also have a large one in the garden.

Did you know that the term ashtray originally referred to the part located under the fireplace's grid that collected the ashes and residues generated by combustion?

Should I get an ashtray with a lid?

One of the different types of ashtrays available on the market are the ones that have a lid. This is a great feature since it prevents the ashes from scattering and being blown away by the wind. You can also find ashtrays that don't necessarily have a lid, but their opening is very small so not much air enters so these ones are also windproof.

cognac and cigar with smoke on black background

Ashtrays tend to be cheap, but sometimes they can be more expensive if they have additional features.
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How often should I clean my ashtray?

We strongly encourage you to buy an ashtray that will be easy to clean. If the one you're interested in has more than one part, make sure you read customer reviews to make sure that it's easy to dismantle and clean. It would be perfect if you could by one that you open and simply empty the ash into the bin. Empty and clean your ashtray very often, since this will prevent it from smelling. Also, wait for the ashes to cool!

What materials are ashtrays made from?

There are many materials from which you can make an ashtray. We've detailed them below:

  • Wood - very decorative and mostly handmade.
  • Crystal / Glass - these would look nice in a living room, but be careful since they're heavy and likely to break.
  • Bronze - decorative but heavy and need to be cleaned so they don't tarnish.
  • Ceramic - very decorative, cheap and can come in very decorative styles.
  • Stainless steel - perfect for outdoors, since they won't rust. They're also easy to clean.
  • Melamine - the most common material. They look like wood but are a type of heat-resistant plastic.
  • Silicone - pretty and come in many different colours.

What kinds of ashtrays can you get?

As you have learnt, ashtrays come in all different shapes, sizes and materials. Now, we're going to learn about the different types. Take a look at the table below:

Type of ashtray Description
Table The most commonly found in homes. They come in different shapes, sizes and materials.
Portable Generally made from stainless steel and are designed for you to carry when you're on the go. Perfect so you don't drop ash on the floor.
Beach Generally made from plastic and are cheap. Designed for the beach but can be used anywhere.
Freestanding Wonderfully decorative and perfect to spice up a living room.
Cigarette bins These are special bins found in public places that are used for cigarette butts so that you don't drop them on the floor, which could incur a fine of £80.
Push-button The button featured on top of these ashtrays is pushed to make the ashes fall inside. They are very practical and comfortable to use.
Car These are found in most cars. You could even buy a portable ashtray and place it in your car. Remember, don't smoke with an under 18 in the car - it's illegal and you could be fined £50.
Decorative Perfect for those who want to hide the fact that it's ashtray.

Can you get ashtrays that stop odours?

Yes! Most ashtrays with a lid are designed to stop odours, but some of them are even more high tech and are designed to turn off the embers and often releases negative ions with high-pressure air. This is because the air remains clean when oxygen ions are freed. There is one extremely important factor that you'll have to take into account if you decide to opt for this type of ashtray: the surface in square metres of the space they can efficiently be used in.

How much do ashtrays cost?

As with most products, you can get cheap ashtrays and more expensive ones. Let's have a look at rough the ashtray prices:

Type of ashtray Price
Ashtrays with lids £3 - £15
Portable ashtrays £3 - £10
Freestanding ashtrays £15 - £40
Car ashtrays £10 - £30
Push-button ashtrays £10 - £20
Table ashtrays £3 - £15
Cigarette bins £30 - £60.

What are the pros and cons of ashtrays?

Ashtrays seem to be the perfect addition to your home if you're a smoker. However, there are some things you should take into accound before you buy one, have a look at this little table:

  • Most of them are cheap.
  • They're generally easy to clean.
  • They help you keep your home clean.
  • Certain models have fun features.
  • Some of them don't look very nice.
  • You need to empty them often.
  • They encourage smoking.

Shopping Criteria

When you're thinking about buying an ashtray, it's important to think about lots of things. Luckily for you, we've done all the hard work. We've summed them up below - take a look!

What type of ashtray do I want?

Think about where you want your ashtray to be and what you want it for. Do you want it to look like an ashtray? Then get a more basic one. Do you want it to be a decoration too? Or perhaps you want to disguise it so no one knows it's an ashtray? In these cases, it's best to buy a decorative ashtray. These may be more expensive.


Ashtrays are important to have in your home if you smoke indoors.
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What size do I want?

It is important that you consider the size of ashtrays before opting for a specific one. Opt for a smaller ashtray if it's designed to rest on a table. Get a larger, freestanding one if you want it to be outdoors or if you have lots of space.

What design do I want?

This depends on what you want the ashtray to be used for. If you don't want to spend much money and you want it to be purely practical, then it's best to get a simple one. If you want it to be more of a decoration, then get an ornate one - you can get them in lots of different shapes and sizes! Remember our turtle one in the ranking? Well, you could get that one or a snail one which is by the same brand. It's really up to you!

Does it have any additional features?

Some ashtrays have extra features like a lid, a turning lid, a cigarette holder, or it could even double as a fancy decoration. Think about what features you want, and be prepared to splash a few more pounds if you want these ashtrays.

What material is it made from?

Think about the material the ashtray is made from. If you're planning on leaving it outside, then it needs to be weatherproof and made of stainless steel, durable plastic or ceramic. If it's indoors, however, it can be made from any heat resistant material.


An ashtray is a wonderful addition to any home or garden in which smokers live. There are many different types and they come in all different shapes and sizes: some are for hiding the fact that it's an ashtray, and others are simple, effective and very ashtray-looking. Basically, if you don't want ash in your home, you should probably buy one!

Thanks for reading! If you liked this ultimate guide and found it useful, leave us a comment in the section below and tell us which ashtray was your favourite and answer this question: would you prefer an ashtray that looks like an ashtray, or one like our turtle one that looks like a decoration? You can also share it on your social media! Happy buying!

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