Toilet paper is an everyday necessity and, depending on which one you buy, it can cost hundreds of dollars a year. Consumer Reports just tested more than a dozen and finds 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!
"I think I just buy the softest one."
"Scott because it's strong and two-ply."
"Actually, the cheapest-I don't care if it's soft."
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.
"You need a paper that will break down quickly after it's flushed. It's less likely to cause plumbing problems," said Consumer Reports Jim Nanni. "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 papers 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 Walmart'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.