Mar 17, 2011
With the multitude of toilet paper brands and styles available, it can be difficult to make a decision on what to purchase. Luckily, our friends at Good Housekeeping Magazine ran a battery of tests on 22 different brands and compared the top performers for 1-ply, 2-ply, and 3-ply toilet paper on everything from strength to dissolvability. Below are the results – based on your own preferences this information can help you make a guided decision.
One Ply Toilet Tissue –
Cottonelle Aloe & E: This is a gentle, strong one-ply tissue with a lotion-like coating some prefer. The downsides were it was slower to dissolve then other tissues and some people did not prefer the lotion-like coating.
Scott 1000: Surprisingly strong even when wet for a 1-ply tissue, and dissolves easily. The downside is although it is as strong as some 2-ply tissues, it is not as absorbent.
Two Ply Toilet Tissue –
Charmin Ultra Soft: This toilet paper was deemed the softest tissue in the test, and it is also absorbent and strong. The con to this toilet paper is in case you have fussy plumbing, it did not breakdown as quickly as other toilet papers.
Target Up & UP: This toilet tissue tested super soft and quickly dissolving, as well as having good absorbency. The downside however is it was thinner than some other two-ply toilet paper brands.
Seventh Generation: This environmentally friendly toilet paper had a fast dissolving time, however it scored low for softness, and wasn’t too impressive for absorbency.
Scott Naturals: This two-ply bathroom tissue dissolves well and tested among the better performers for softness. The downside is the sheets are a bit thin, and did not test very high for strength.
Three Ply Toilet Tissue –
WhiteCloud Ultra: This 3-ply toilet tissue was absorbent, strong, and dissolved quickly, and a value at about 80% of the price of comparable three-ply toilet paper. The cons to this tissue though were it is not as strong as others when wet, and it had mediocre softness scores.
So there you have it – each tissue has strengths and weaknesses. Dissolvability, strength, and softness are the leading factors for toilet paper selection. Depending on which quality you find most important, among all of the above toilet paper brands there is bound to be one that suits your needs!