A quick and convenient way to soak up a mess, paper towels are a staple in many kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and more. Theyíre also a handy way to counteract bacteria. We find out which products really clean up the mess best for the money.
Generic brands may be cheaper but you might end up using more for the job. The stronger and more absorbent product may cost more, but do a better job with less.
Some recycled products are not as strong as those made with virgin fibres.
Recently, manufacturers are making towels that come in half-sheets, which reduces waste on smaller spills.
Towels that are white or coloured have been bleached, which is not as good for the environment as non-bleached options (usually a tan colour).
To retain the convenience and cleanliness and still be environmentally conscious, consider the ‘green’ towels, made with recycled materials and without dyes or harsh chemicals.
Ink of printed towels can transfer to food, and some cleaning products can release the dyes onto your counter top or floor.
Although recycled material paper towels are better for the environment, you’re still creating waste. Consider using a rag or sponge instead. Just remember to keep them as clean as possible.
We tested the amount, durability, and absorbency of these brands of paper towels:
- Bounty: $2.49/roll
- Viva: $1.09/roll
- Life (generic): $0.99/roll
- Environmentally safe: $3.29/roll
To compare how much we got for our money, we unrolled each and compared the length:
- The Environmental brand and Bounty were longest.
The Environmental held together okay.
The Generic was thin and fell apart easily.
Bounty had a waxy feeling.
Viva fell apart right away.
- In the lab, Bounty won out as the most absorbent compared to the others.
For wiping up spills, Bounty needed only 3 towels as opposed to 5 needed for each for the other brands.
Against grease, Bounty won again and was least saturated in grease after wiping up.
OUR TOP PICK
Bounty wiped out the competition when it came to value, absorbency and durability.