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1-ply vs. 2-ply Toilet Paper – What’s the difference?

Jul 27, 2009

Who Am I?  1-ply or 2-ply?

Who Am I? 1-ply or 2-ply?

When you look at a toilet paper holder, its pretty easy to tell at first glance whether you’ll be enjoying the comforting benefits of 2 ply toilet paper or whether you’ll be roughing it with 2-ply’s distant cousin, 1 ply. Most people prefer 2-ply, but what gives it that softer feel?

1 Layer vs. 2 Layers
Simply put, 1 ply toilet paper is made of a single layer of paper, while 2 ply has two layers.   In the past, 2-ply toilet tissue was always thicker and usually assumed to be better. However, thanks to today’s technological innovations and product advances, now TP can be made of only 1 layer of paper, yet may still be thicker and stronger than 2 layers.

Price & Usage
Cost wise, 1-ply generally tends to run cheaper than 2-ply (less paper layers = less costs).  In terms of usage, people use relatively the same amount of sheets regardless of which version of toilet tissue they are using.  Since they are then actually using less paper when it’s 1 ply, it’s cheaper to use.

Which one do you prefer?

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16 Responses to “1-ply vs. 2-ply Toilet Paper – What’s the difference?”

  1. Henry Maglaya - July 15th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Practically speaking, I prefer the 2ply toilet paper. It’s the same as 1ply toilet paper but the quantity is different.

  2. Molly - July 15th, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Thanks for your input Henry!

  3. PlumberGuy - January 3rd, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Just ran across your website, and I love it. How fun! I myself am actually a 1-ply kinda guy. Being a plumber by trade, I deal with enough 2-ply disasters, so to speak. I go for the thicker 1-ply, and I have never felt like I was roughing it. Thanks for the informational yet entertaining website.

  4. VVS - March 9th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Hah, myself im a 2 layers guy. I cant stand 1 layer..

  5. Molly - March 11th, 2011 at 6:49 am

    I think it depends on the quality toilet paper. Some 1-ply toilet paper is as absorbent as 2-ply.

  6. Top Toilet Paper Brands from Good Housekeeping - March 17th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

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  7. logo plastic cups - April 19th, 2011 at 2:07 am

    I don’t think about the difference, I think about comfortably, like many other customers

  8. - August 13th, 2011 at 4:49 am

    i like 2 ply,more confortable

  9. Belfor Seattle - August 17th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I would definitely go for 2 ply–it saves you from quite a mess if you have little kids.

  10. Plumbing Contactor - September 30th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    From a plumber’s perspective, 1 ply is better on your plumbing – especially if have kids. You’ll avoid plumbing issues and the expense of a clogged toilet.

  11. Molly - October 3rd, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Thanks for your professional opinion!

  12. auto lease los angeles - February 8th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Honestly, I don’t care if it’s 1 or 2 ply, as long as it doesn’t hurt my delicate parts while used I’m up for whatever! I’d prefer to get 1-ply since it’s cheaper and uses less paper, but if it’s very uncomfortable or chaffs then that is no bueno!


  13. Molly - February 10th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    True, thanks for your input!

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