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Top Toilet Paper from Good Housekeeping

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!

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29 Responses to “Top Toilet Paper from Good Housekeeping”

  1. Managed Hosting - March 18th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I’m a fan of the 2-ply sheet; it’s a nice combination between the soaking one-ply and the almost too fluffy three-ply. Plus, Scott irritates my skin from being so harsh. I had no idea that Contenelle’s Aloe sheet was one-ply, though. I’m a Charmin or Up & Up girl myself. For the price, it’s works satisfactory. After all, on the commercial market, how can you beat 18 rolls for 8.99?

  2. Alison - March 20th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    2 ply with aloe vera does it for us everytime

  3. Cincinnati Health - March 20th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I’m a 1-ply person and Scotts is our brand of choice. For what it’s worth, we have found that the supermarket generic brand is often MUCH lower quality and not worth the savings you get.

  4. Jiu Jitsu Los Angeles - March 21st, 2011 at 10:15 am

    In a busy household, toilet paper is like gold and can be scarce. And who would have thought that cotton would be so expensive? Be it toilet paper, paper towels or even feminine products, it’s the right business to be in. However, I like the Up & Up for the price and absorbency. For some reason, the rolls seem to last longer then anyone and it’s cheap per package!

  5. plumbing bathroom - April 3rd, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Branded toilet paper has many extra features compared to store brand paper. It also benefits from the large commercial advertising that makes it more expensive, but a more popular choice.

  6. Tracy Mc Manamon - May 12th, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I think Scott Naturals are good because it dissolves well but if strength is the issue, rolling an extra ply should solve the problem

  7. Rug Cleaning Culver City - May 18th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever purchased 1-ply and always stuck with the 2-ply standard. Target Up&Up looks like it had a good review. Maybe I’ll try that out on my next stockup.

  8. Auto Title Loans - May 18th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    We use 1-ply in the office and I feel like it’s never thick enough to get the job done right. I’m unsure what’s ordered but maybe I need to suggest Cottonelle with this review to my boss :) Thanks for the results!

  9. Glen - December 2nd, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Im still confused about why we still haven’t ditched paper all together and started using bidets! They are significantly more hygienic,eco friendly, easy-to-use and don’t clog up the drains!

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    I like Scott toilet paper the best because it seems the most absorbent to me, and it is decently soft. I can’t stand the thick kind of toilet paper with aloe because it seems to have very little absobancy to me and leaves bits of paper behind. Wal-Mart’s store brand of Scott also works well for me, but not Target’s for some reason.

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