Top Toilet Paper Savings

April 16, 2009 7:16:00 PM PDT
Toilet paper is an everyday necessity and, depending on which one you buy, it can cost hundreds of dollars a year. You don't have to pay top dollar to get a top toilet paper.There are so many different kinds of toilet paper, it can be hard to choose. But people seem to have a definite opinion about what they want!

Consumer Reports put 180 rolls of toilet paper to the test, including Charmin, Scott, Cottonelle and Quilted Northern.

To test for strength, testers wet each sheet then dropped lead pellets to see how much weight the paper could hold before breaking.

Turns out a one-ply paper was just as strong as many two-ply rolls. And this test checks how long it takes the paper to disintegrate.

Consumer Reports Jim Nanni said, "You need a paper that will break down quickly after it's flushed. It's less likely to cause plumbing problems. Unfortunately, there's no way to tell by the label which paper will do that."

Another important consideration softness. To determine this, trained sensory panelists touch and squeeze sheets of paper in this humidity-controlled chamber. The lights are dimmed so the testers can focus on the feel.

Testers also look at how easy it is to tear a sheet of paper from the roll ? or not!

In the end, Consumer Reports top-rated Quilted Northern Ultra Plush for overall performance.

But for about half the cost, Consumer Reports named Wal-Mart's White Cloud a best buy. While it's not quite as strong, it's soft, breaks up quickly, and it's easy to tear.

Consumer Reports says a couple of other toilet papers are also easy on your wallet. Scott Extra Soft is one. And if you're a Costco member, Kirkland Signature is also a good choice.

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