“Consumer Reports” Rates Best, Worst Tissues

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Just because facial tissues are advertised as strong or soft doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get what you expect.

“You can’t rely on a name’s claim,” Consumer Reports says in its August issue. “Ology Soft & Strong was one of the least strong; [CVS brand] Total Home Soft & Strong was among the least strong.”

In the magazine’s tests of tissues, a machine was used to gauge strength and human hands were used to test softness.

The highest-rated products were Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong and Kleenex Lotion Aloe & E.

The three products with the lowest ratings among the 18 tested were all store brands: Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value, Walmart’s Great Value and Walgreen’s Ology Soft & Strong.

Consumer Reports said tissues with lotion tested well overall, but “some without it are very soft.”

Kleenex Ultra Soft, without lotion, was a bit softer than two products with lotion: Puffs Plus Lotion and Kleenex Cool Touch.

The magazine also found the number of plies may not matter, as Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong, which has two plies, rated higher than all six products with three-plies.

Here is a list of Consumer Reports’ 18 tested products, starting with the highest-ranking products, and their cost per 100.

  1. Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong: $1.69
  2. Kleenex Lotion Aloe & E: $1.36
  3. Puffs Plus Lotion $2.52
  4. Kleenex Ultra Soft: $1.39
  5. Puffs Basic: $1.21
  6. Kleenex Cool Touch: $2.65
  7. Up & Up Aloe & Vitamin E Lotion (Target): $1.87
  8. Total Home Ultra Soft Lotion Aloe & Vitamin E (CVS): $2.65
  9. Great Value Lotion (Walmart): $1.12
  10. Kirkland Signature (Costco): $1.23
  11. Kleenex: $1.04
  12. Up & Up Everyday (Target): $0.99
  13. Total Home Soft & Strong (CVS): $2.21
  14. Nice (Walgreens): $1.00
  15. Scotties: $0.83
  16. 365 Everyday Value (Whole Foods) $0.93
  17. Great Value (Walmart) $0.92
  18. Ology Soft & Strong (Walgreens): $1.08

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