Consumer Reports best rated tissues

July 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
This year is record-breaking pollen season has been a real assault on senses and sinuses.

It is even more painful when you do not have a good tissue. When you need a tissue, a tough one can make all the difference. Consumer Reports evaluated 18 in all from the major players and store brands too.

"With tissues we wanted to test what was important to consumers, so we tested for strength of the tissues and also the softness of them," said Leigh Druckenmiller from Consumer Reports.

First up the instron test. Although a ball burst test machine, used to test tissue quality, can apply test forces of up to 10,000 pounds. Sunday it was set to a much more delicate setting to measure the force at which a tissue tears.

And because who wants to use a scratchy tissue, Consumer Reports' trained sensory panelists test for softness in a humidity-controlled room. The test conditions are nothing to sneeze at.

"Each tissue has to be assessed under the same conditions because moisture can change how a tissue feels," said Adam Kaplan from Consumer Reports.

Testers found you can not necessarily go by a name. Walgreens' ology Soft & Strong tissues were anything but, earning the lowest overall rating. But the top-rated tissues, Puffs Ultra Soft and Strong, did deliver on its name. In fact, Puffs Ultra Soft and Strong two-ply tissues were the strongest of all the tissues tested, blowing away all the three plies.

The next best tissue, Kleenex Lotion Aloe and E. this tissues can save you a little money. In fact, these were named a Consumer Reports best buy.


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