21 December 2021

Price doesn’t always equal quality when it comes to paper towels

The more plies the better

Tuffy white 3 ply paper towels earned the top spot in Consumer NZ testing, with a recommended score of 85.

Our lab tested 19 different paper towels, assessing performance mopping up spills in your kitchen including absorption, tearing and resistance to puncturing.

Tuffy White 3 ply 4 rolls was the top of the pile scoring a recommended 85, followed by Handee MAX white 3 ply 1 rolls scored 74.

Coming in at the bottom of the pile was Earthcare 100% recycled 2 ply 2 rolls, scoring 40, and Pams paper towels white 2 Ply.

Price doesn’t always equal quality, with some pricier paper towels performing poorly. Rolls of paper towels in our test cost between 80¢ and $2.67 a roll. However, they come in different sizes/lengths. This means a per sheet cost is the best way to compare value.

The top paper towels in our test that earnt our recommendation cost between 3 and 4¢ per sheet. They were mostly 3-ply, which drives the cost higher. The cheapest paper towel sheet cost 1.3¢, while the most expensive was 4.4¢ - neither performed particularly well in our test.

The best performing paper towels were 3-ply. In our test, 89% of paper towels were 2-ply with the rest being 3-ply (but you may occasionally find 4-ply paper towels for sale).

Take a look at our free full paper towel results.

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