Consumer Report: Best Tissues

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - 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," Leigh Druckenmiller of Consumer Reports said.

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," Leigh Druckenmiller of Consumer Reports said.

First up was the Instron test Consumer Reports' trained sensory panelists test for softness in this 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," Leigh Druckenmiller of Consumer Reports said.

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.