Garbage Bag Face-Off

Americans spend almost two billion dollars a year on garbage bags! To make sure you're spending that money wisely, Consumer Reports tested the claims of two big names, including one bag that's being heavily advertised.

In a commercial, watching two moving men try to catch a piano with a Glad garbage bag is pretty funny.

"Glad ForceFlex trash bags are so strong, one bag is all you need to pick up the pieces from even your biggest disasters."

To test Glad's claims, Consumer Reports' Bob Karpel constructed a rig and a tough challenge.

Karpel said, "No, we didn't destroy a piano. But what we did do is take enough pieces of metal and wood so that we could simulate pieces of piano had it broken apart."

Bob did the same test 10 times. He dropped 11 sharp pieces...in the same order...and in exactly the same way.

Then Bob loaded each bag with weights totaling 25 pounds.

That's a lot less weight than a piano.

Karpel said, "None of the bag were able to hold all the weight."

So much for Glad's claims.

Next, Bob put a Glad competitor-Hefty Ultra Flex-to the same test.

The results were much better. The bag could hold all the small piano pieces as well as 20 to 25 pounds of additional weight.

While the Hefty bags did tear, they didn't spill their contents.

Another plus, the Hefty Ultra Flex bags cost two dollars less for a package of 25!

Consumer Reports did a garbage bag face-off five years ago with the Hefty Ultra Flex and Glad ForceFlex.

You may remember then Glad's commercials showed the bags stopping an elephant's charge.

Hefty won that face-off, too.


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