Terrific Tissues

This year’s record-breaking pollen season has been a real assault on our senses … or more accurately, our sinuses. A good tissue can really help see allergy sufferers through. Consumer Reports just tested more than a dozen tissues to see which ones you can rely on.

“What this is a ball burst test. This is really showing everything live, the force as it’s moving.” said Leigh Druckenmiller.

Are these folks testing a new rocket?

No, nothing that complicated! But 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.

Druckenmiller said. “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.”

First up — the Instron test. Although this machine can apply test forces of up to 10-thousand pounds, today it’s 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 this
humidity-controlled room.

The test conditions are nothing to sneeze at!

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

Testers found you can’t 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, these 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 –– can save you a little money. In fact, these were named a Consumer Reports Best Buy.

No matter which tissue you choose, Consumer Reports finds tissues don’t need to have lotion added for them to be soft. However, all the tested tissues that did have lotion rated well for softness.

But a word of caution, don’t use tissues with lotion to clean your eyeglasses. You’ll only end up with more smudges!

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