Top Paper Towels

Bounty is the top-selling paper towel in the U.S. But does that make it the best? Consumer Reports put Bounty and nearly two dozen other paper towels through some serious tests to get the answer.

Testers evaluated three Bounty towels, along with 20 other kinds. There were ones from Brawny and Viva, and store brands like Kirkland Signature from Costco and Great Value from Walmart.

Consumer Reports also tested several green paper towels.

Mandy Walker of Consumer Reports says, "We don't mess around when it comes to testing paper towels. Our tests are designed to show which ones absorb the most, and which are the strongest."

A machine measures how much force it takes to pull apart a folded wet paper towel.

The paper towels are also dunked in water and then weighed to see how much liquid they can hold. This proved challenging for several.

In the end, Consumer Reports found none of the green paper towels did particularly well in the tests.

But there were a few standouts. Turns out the "regular" Bounty paper towels really can "bring it"-coming out on top in the ratings.

These scored excellent for strength...and scrubbing power and were also very good at absorbing liquids, so you really won't need to use as many...just like the ad says.

Consumer Reports says as far as the two other Bounty towels tested, the Bounty Extra Soft rated very good. But the Bounty Basic towels don't absorb as well as the two others. So make sure to look for the "regular" or "extra soft" Bounty.

A money-saver-Walmart's Great Value Paper Towels. While not quite as good as the two Bounty towels, these did do well in Consumer Reports' tests and cost about 25% less.

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