Fiora paper towels review

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You probably know you can prevent cross-contamination after handling raw chicken and meat by using paper towels and hot, soapy water to clean kitchen countertops and cutting boards. Here are five more uses for paper towels and five things you shouldn’t use them for, even in a pinch.

• Wash and dry fruit and vegetables with paper towels before peeling to keep dirt and bacteria from transferring from the knife to the produce.
• Wrap food in wet paper towels to steam-cook in your microwave, creating healthy meals and snacks.
• Cover bathroom door handles with paper towels before turning them to reduce exposure to germs during cold and flu season.
• Make a tight pad from two folded paper towels, add some vegetable oil, and use tongs to drag it across your grill’s grates just before cooking to prevent food from sticking.
• Clean the rubber edge of your car’s wiper blades with a paper towel dampened with glass cleaner or water and a little dish detergent to extend the life of the wipers.

• Use paper towel to dust furniture. Chose a microfiber cloth or other soft cloth rather than a paper towel’s rough surface. That roughness also makes paper towels a no-no when cleaning TV screens and camera lenses. Use a damped microfiber cloth instead.
• Clean eyeglass lenses with warm water and a drop of dish detergent, then dry with a soft hankie or microfiber cloth, not a paper towel.
• Use a squeegee to wash windows; paper towels can leave lint behind.
• Paper towels may be great for cleaning up messes on the bathroom floor, just don’t flush them down the toilet. Paper towels take much lonter to disintegrate than toilet paper and can cause the toilet to back up, especially if you have a septic system or older sewer pipes made of cast iron or concrete.

The Best Paper Towel Brands

After researching for over 30 hours and performing eight tests, we have determined that Brawny – Pick-A-Size stands out as the leader among best paper towel brands on the market. We tested six of the top paper towel brands for strength, durability, absorbency and overall usability, and Brawny was the best performer overall. We found Bounty – Select-A-Size to be a strong runner up.

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  • How we picked finalists to test
  • Compare the best paper towels
  • How do single-use towels compare with reusable cloth towels?
  • Why should you use paper towels?
  • Important features to consider
  • How we tested
  • Best overall: Brawny – Pick-A-Size
  • Runner-up: Bounty – Select-A-Size
  • Honorable mention: Viva – Vantage
  • Other finalists we tested

How we picked finalists to test

During our research stage, we looked at the metrics used by reviews of the most popular and highest-rated paper towels. We read consumer reviews, finance blogs, environmental websites and home publication recommendations to narrow down our list of paper towels to the six best.

Our top six brands are all rated four stars or higher on and, and some — like Brawny Pick-A-Size, Bounty Select-A-Size and Viva Vantage – Choose-A-Sheet — were recommended in product reviews from publications like Good Housekeeping and Real Simple.

We read blogs, like Lifehacker, to find out what people look for in their paper towels. We also reviewed the findings in Consumer Reports, which tested 18 different products in its search of the best one.

After several days of research, we found that the key characteristics people look for in paper towels include:

  • Strength
  • Scrubbing power
  • Absorbency
  • Affordability/value

Next, we found products that rated highly in these categories and selected our finalists:

Compare the best paper towels

Originally, we intended to include Seventh Generation – Natural Unbleached paper towels in our analysis of the best products. However, after trying out the sheets in a couple of simple preliminary experiments — cleaning windows, scrubbing floors and holding weight while wet — we decided that they didn’t perform well enough to be included in our list of recommendations. They are, however, a popular choice for a 100-percent recycled, unbleached product.

Each of our top brands has the option to tear off a small sheet, about half the size of a standard paper towel, which helps reduce unnecessary waste. They also are easy to tear, function as sponges and can hold weight when wet.

As an added bonus, while all sheets are assumed to be single-use, the top six were easy to rinse, wring out and reuse after wiping down a countertop.

From our final list of six brands, we started the testing process to bring you our favorite.

Why you should trust us

We’re not the first people to test and rate paper towels. There are dozens of articles, forums and review sites that have produced really useful information. We know; we spent hours combing through them.

After considering the content that is already available, we were able to design tests that yielded new quantitative data to measure just how strong and durable these products are. It was important to us to create numbers that were an accurate measure of the claims printed on the packaging.

We put the top products through five days of home testing to bring you numerical data. Using the paper towels for a variety of tasks — from cleaning windows to prepping food — our eight household tests rated the products for water and grease absorbency, strength, durability, glass cleaning ability, softness and scrubbing ability.

Single-use paper towels vs reusable cloth towels

Paper towels were introduced as a replacement product for traditional cloth towels in the early 1900s. In comparison with cloth towels, the disposable varieties are more convenient, don’t need to be washed and are always dry when you need them.

The more significant appeal of paper towels, however, is that they don’t spread bacteria or chemicals around your house.

With cloth towels, once they have come into contact with chicken scraps, chemical-based cleaner, or even the hands of someone with a cold, they act as a vehicle to spread germs. Single-use paper towels trap these germs and take them to the trash can when they’re tossed out.

Why should you use paper towels?

Because paper towels eliminate the spread of germs, they can be a helpful tool for your cleaning and cooking routine.

We understand the ecological and environmental impact of disposable paper products. In fact, for many tasks around the house, we encourage you to use reusable cloth towels. They don’t eliminate other essential tools like the sponges from our kitchen cleaning sponge review. However, when you’re preparing meals with raw meat or using common cleaning products, single-use paper towels are the safest and most hygienic option.

They can also be used for the following household functions:

  • Scrubbing built-up grit and grime off surfaces
  • Cleaning up spills and pet accidents
  • Rinsing and drying fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Soaking up grease from bacon and fried foods
  • Covering microwaved food to prevent splatters
  • Polishing furniture
  • Wiping down the car
  • Disinfecting bathroom and kitchen surfaces
  • Cleaning windows and mirrors

Important features to consider

Packaging advertises a range of features and levels of thickness, absorbency and strength: “ultra absorbent,” says White Cloud; “the strength to take on tough messes,” says Brawny; “scrubs like cloth,” says Viva.

But how does this language translate to real-world performance?

While you can’t judge a product’s performance based on packaging when you’re shopping in a store or online, you can calculate its value with a few other metrics.


For the most basic value calculation, first look at the total cost and, using your phone’s calculator, divide it by the number of rolls in a package.

However, rolls come in various sizes, so figuring out the price per square foot is a more meaningful figure. Each of the six brands that we analyzed listed the total square footage on the packaging. Divide the total cost of the package by the total square footage to find the price per square foot, and you can easily compare two or three brands while you shop.


The ply is the number of layers in each sheet. Two-ply — meaning two layers of paper — is typical for effective single-use towels. Check the packaging to see if the rolls are one ply or two. Of our top six, only Scott Choose-a-Sheet and Viva were one ply.

Sheet size

Look for packaging that says, “choose-a-size” or “choose-a-sheet,” as an indicator that the product has additional perforations so you have more control over the size of the sheet you tear off.

Standard paper towels are 11-by-11 inches, but the sheets in this style are around 6-by-11 so you have the option of using a small sheet for a smaller job — or double up and use two sheets when you need to. This eliminates waste and helps you save money by ensuring your rolls last longer.

Environmental impact

If a brand takes any extra steps to be environmentally friendly, they’ll typically let you know on the packaging.

Some brands use paper that comes from responsible sources, like Viva; some are made from recycled paper, like White Cloud; and others even come unbleached, which allows them to be composted. Keep in mind that it might not be worth choosing a green brand if you end up using more paper towels to get the job done.

Remember that if you have a compost system in your backyard or live in a city that collects compost, your paper towel tube will be a welcome addition. When you’re finished with the roll, you could simply recycle it, or shred the inner core and throw it in the compost.

How we tested

With our top six finalists selected, we developed a series of tests to compare them. We looked at the following quantitative and qualitative performance metrics to find the strongest in each category and, ultimately, to bring you our top choice.

  • Price per square foot
  • Water absorbency
  • Strength
  • Durability
  • Glass cleaning ability
  • Softness
  • Grease absorbency
  • Scrubbing ability

Quantitative analysis

Test 1: Absorbency

To measure absorbency, we conducted two separate tests — one for water weight and one for volume.

Weight: First, we weighed a dry sheet of each paper towel. We then saturated the sheet with water, held it up until the water stopped dripping from the bottom edge and weighed it again to see how much of the water remained within the sheet.

Brawny came out ahead in this test, holding 0.7 ounces of water per sheet. Close runners-up were Bounty and Viva, each with 0.6 ounces.

Volume: Our second test determined how many sheets each brand needed to completely absorb two ounces of water by volume. We poured the two ounces onto a wide plate and used a consistent motion for each brand to drag quartered sheets until the plate was completely dry to the touch.

Brawny, Bounty and Viva all completed the task using just two-and-a-half sheets, pulling ahead of the other three brands.

Using this sheets-per-ounce data, we were able to calculate the cost per ounce of liquid absorption for each paper towel. Even though Great Value finished near the bottom of the pack in absorption per sheet, it actually works out to be the cheapest in terms of cost per ounce of liquid absorbed at $.013 per ounce — because a roll of it is larger and cheaper than most other brands.

White Cloud comes in at $.018 per ounce of absorption. Brawny just edged out Bounty at $.023 and $.026, respectively. The single-ply products — Viva and Scott — were the most expensive in terms of cost per ounce of liquid absorption.

Test 2: Strength
Next, we wanted to test the strength of each brand by seeing how much weight it could support before breaching. We saturated each product with water, stretched it tight, and started piling on the pennies until the sheet broke under the weight.

Bounty earned first place in this test, holding 224 pennies or 19.9 ounces. Brawny was the next strongest, holding 205 pennies or 18.2 ounces. The other four brands were substantially weaker, all breaking under the weight of 104-116 pennies or 9.25-10.3 ounces.

Test 3: Durability
Finally, we wanted to discover which brand could hold up to tough jobs the longest. Using medium-grade, coarse sandpaper, we tested how many swipes a sheet could handle until it wore through.

After folding each sheet three times, making eight layers of the paper towel, we dragged a sanding block across each sheet, using consistent speed and force to drag the sanding block with a string. We then checked for tears after each swipe.

Again, Brawny and Bounty distanced themselves from the competition, withstanding 13 and 12 swipes, respectively. Viva shredded after six strokes, White Cloud and Great Value lasted just five, and Scott wore through after four.

Qualitative analysis

The experience of using a paper towel involves much more than just measurable data. To evaluate overall user experience, we cleaned windows, used them as napkins and facial tissue, soaked up bacon grease and scrubbed dried red wine off the kitchen floor.

Test 1: Glass cleaning ability

With the mid-afternoon sun shining in, we cleaned sliding glass doors using glass cleaner and one sheet of each product. We wanted to see how easily each towel removed dirt, how it held up under wet cleaning solution and if visible streaks were left behind on the glass.

In this first test, Viva joined Bounty and Brawny in the top tier, performing better than the other three products. These top three towels, Viva in particular, have more texture than the others, with grooves and divots, making it easier for them to pick up dirt, grime and grease from surfaces. All three stayed strong and left the glass free of streaks.

Scott and Great Value are thinner than the other brands and, therefore, absorbed less of the glass cleaner.

Test 2: Softness
In addition to wanting a strong and absorbent sheet to handle the dirty work, it’s nice to know that a paper towel is also soft. To analyze the overall softness of the products, we used each sheet as a napkin and tested the feel of each on skin.

Bounty and Brawny are by far the softest and feel most pleasant, and they don’t irritate or scratch. With eyes closed, it’s easy to distinguish Bounty and Brawny from the other brands, but they feel very similar to one another. In a pinch, both paper towels can comfortably replace napkins and facial tissue.

Test 3: Grease absorbency
Next, we fried bacon in a hot pan pulled out two strips with a slotted spatula and placed them on a sheet of paper towel, which was directly on the kitchen counter. After folding the sheet over the bacon to blot the grease, we checked out the absorbency.

As we removed the folded sheets from the counter, there was clearly grease where the sheets of Scott and White Cloud had been. There was a fainter remnant of grease under the Viva and Great Value towels, which could be felt but not seen. There was also a trace bit of grease left on the counter by the Brawny towel.

A sheet of Bounty appeared to trap the most grease from the two strips of bacon, and the spot on the counter under it was dry to the touch.

Test 4: Scrubbing ability
For this test, we “spilled” red wine on the kitchen floor and let it sit for eight hours. We then tackled the six dried stains with one sheet of each brand.

Viva, Brawny and Bounty each remained strong. These sheets didn’t shred or wear thin as we repeatedly scrubbed the stain.

In fact, all three picked up the wine relatively quickly and easily without having to exert much pressure. Again, the more textured surface of these three towels probably explains their superior performance in this test.

The other three brands did eventually succeed in removing the spots, but only after increasing the pressure and number of swipes across the spill. Our hands went right through the Scott and White Cloud sheets as they thinned and shredded during the cleaning.

Best overall: Brawny – Pick-A-Size

Two brands stood out as top-of-the-line products after assessing the quantitative and qualitative data: Brawny – Pick-A-Size and Bounty Select-A-Size. They were tougher, absorbed more water, cleaned up messes easier with less sheets and distinguished themselves as better than the rest overall.

We give the narrowest edge to Brawny for its soft feel, durability and absorbency — for a price that beats Bounty.

Brawny feels cloth-like, which helps when washing floors and cleaning windows. It rarely wears thin, even when repeatedly scrubbing a stain. In our test of strength using sandpaper, it outlasted the competition, holding strong at 13 swipes across the rough surface. This just beat out Bounty and more than doubled the performance of other brands.

Top Choice: Brawny – Pick-A-Size

Overall performance in the four important areas of strength, durability, absorbency and overall usability make Brawny the best option available.

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The combination of strength and softness is unique. It’s a great tool for a variety of household functions and cleaning tasks. It even works well as an alternative to napkins and tissues.

But the real tipping point is the absorbency. A sheet of Brawny retained 0.1 ounces (by weight) more than Bounty — 0.7 ounces to Bounty’s 0.6 ounces. At $.04 per square foot, Brawny is half a cent cheaper per square foot than Bounty. That may seem small, but, combined with the higher absorbency, it becomes pretty significant.

In fact, over the life of a roll, Brawny collects nearly half a pound more liquid than Bounty and costs less.

Key takeaways:

  • Brawny – Pick-A-Size is our choice for best paper towel due to its strength, absorbency and scrubbing power.
  • Brawny also costs less per square foot than our second-best pick, Bounty.
  • Since it’s a leading brand, the cost is higher than a generic brand, but you’re paying for better performance.

Runner-up: Bounty – Select-A-Size

Bounty is the clear runner-up, joining Brawny in substantially outperforming the other brands. When we soaked the towels in water and subjected them to weight, Bounty held just under 20 ounces, an impressive show of strength that surpassed the others and nearly doubled the weight held by all brands except Brawny.

Bounty also tied Brawny in the volume absorbency test, needing just two and a half sheets to pick up two ounces of water.

Also Great: Bounty – Select-A-Size

Bounty joined Brawny in substantially outperforming the other brands we tested.

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Bounty finished either just ahead, just behind, or exactly even with Brawny in every test we conducted. In the overall user experience, the two products are very similar and perform tasks around the house with an almost-equal result. It is only with careful scrutiny of the data and consideration of price that Bounty is our second-best pick.

Key takeaways:

  • Bounty – Select-A-Size performed at or near the top in each household test.
  • It’s the strongest sheet, holding nearly 20 ounces of weight when wet.
  • However, because it’s a high-quality product, Bounty is the most expensive one we tested, at $.045 per square foot.

Honorable mention: Viva – Vantage

If there is a second tier in the paper towel market, Viva – Vantage Choose-A-Sheet is in it. In our tests around the house, Viva — which uses a mix of paper from responsibly managed sources — was a much closer rival to Bounty and Brawny than the other products.

Although it’s advertised as one ply, Viva sheets are constructed with the trademark V-weave technology that functionally seems to operate as a second layer. It picked up stains as efficiently and left windows just as clean as both of our best picks. The grooved texture helps it remove dirt, grime, and grease easily and reliably.

In the test of volume absorbency, Viva equaled both Bounty and Brawny in collecting two ounces of water with just two-and-a-half sheets. It also retained 0.6 ounces of liquid by weight, tied with Bounty and just behind Brawny.

While it may not be as soft or as tough as our two favorites, it shines brighter than the rest of the field. And at a similar price as Brawny and Bounty — $.05 per square foot — Viva is a good value.

Other finalists we tested

White Cloud GreenEarth paper towels are Rainforest Alliance Certified and sourced entirely from 100% recycled paper. However, the recycled material clearly impacts the effectiveness of the White Cloud sheet. It absorbed half the water of our favorite brands and held less than half the weight. It also shredded quickly in our home tests, like scrubbing floors and swiping over sandpaper.

Scott – Mega Roll Choose-A-Sheet also suffered from a functionality standpoint. Scott towels consistently failed to match the performance standards of the top three brands while being priced about the same as Brawny, Bounty and Viva.

If you’re making a decision solely on price, Great Value – Ultra Strong is a reasonable option. Its performance in our tests was about equal to White Cloud and Scott, but at just under $.02 per square foot, it’s the cheapest. In fact, it’s less than half the price of Brawny, Bounty, Viva and Scott.

The bottom line

We feel confident recommending both Brawny Pick-A-Size and Bounty Select-A-Size paper towel products, but we believe Brawny is slightly better for use all around the house at a better value.

Brawny and Bounty clearly established themselves as the favorites, often doubling the performance of the other products in our countable data. Both brands proved to be strong enough for the toughest of challenges, yet soft enough to be sensitive on more delicate surfaces, like glass and even skin.

In the end, Brawny pulled ahead on the merits of its higher absorbency combined with lower price, making it not only the best towel for the job but also the best value.

Our Top Pick: Brawny – Pick-A-Size

Outstanding performance in strength, durability and absorbency made Brawny our #1 pick.

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Blowouts are “rare” in the magazine’s tests, but Daniel DiClerico, senior editor at Consumer Reports, said Bounty DuraTowel, from Procter & Gamble, had a landslide victory with a score of 96 out of 100. The next highest-scoring product, Bounty Extra Soft, scored 75.

The third place winner was also a Bounty product, Bounty Giant, which earned 72 points.

Eighteen paper towels were tested for absorbency, scrubbing, and wet strength.

“It’s always surprising when one brand dominates the top of our Ratings, the way Bounty did,” DiClerico said. “And the fact that the Bounty DuraTowel is so far ahead of the pack is a credit to P&G’s efforts to develop a better paper towel. Even at its high price, the DuraTowel is one to consider.”

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Among Consumer Reports’ lowest-scoring paper towels were store brands from Family Dollar, CVS and Home Depot.

Home Depot’s HDX paper towels score 36 out of 100, earning just “fair” in the categories of absorbency and wet strength. The possible descriptions are excellent, very good, good, fair and poor.

“We were expecting more heavy-duty performance from Home Depot, but its HDX Paper Towels were real light weights in our tests,” DiClerico said.

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You may get what you pay for though, as HDX paper towels are $2.14, less than half the price of the first place winner Bounty DuraTowel, which cost $5.15. But store brands often do come up at the top of Consumer Reports’ other tests, such as its toilet paper report.

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Products made with recycled content, from Seventh Generation and Scotts, were “middle-of-the-pack at best,” he said.

“Going green still comes with some pretty hefty trade-offs,” he said.

Here are Consumer Reports’ 18 ratings of paper towels, including their scores and price per 100 square feet.

quicklist: category: 96 title: Bounty DuraTowel text: $5.15

quicklist: category: 75 title:Bounty Extra Soft text: $2.84

quicklist: category: 72 title:Bounty Giant text: $2.33

quicklist: category: 71 title:Viva Choose-A-Size text: $2.85

quicklist: category: 68 title: Great Value Strong & Absorbent (Walmart) text: $2.09

quicklist: category: 68 title:Brawny Pick-A-Size text: $3.21

quicklist: category: 65 title:Bounty Basic Select-A-Size text: $2.12

quicklist: category: 65 title:Up & Up Full Sheet Puddle Busters (Target) text: $2.31

quicklist: category: 65 title:Brawny Regular text: $3.16

quicklist: category: 61 title:Kirkland Signature Premium Big Roll (Costco) text: $1.47

quicklist: category: 60 title: Nice! Premium Ultra Quilted (Walgreens) text: $2.02

quicklist: category: 48 title:Scott Mega Roll Choose-A-Size text: $2.05

quicklist: category: 42 title:Seventh Generation Right Size text: $4.05

quicklist: category: 41 title:Scott Naturals Mega Roll Choose-A-Size text: $1.83

quicklist: category: 39 title: Sparkle Giant Pick-A-Size text: $1.97

quicklist: category: 36 title: HDX Paper Towels (Home Depot) text: $2.14

quicklist: category: 31 title: Just The Basics Paper Towels (CVS) text: $2.48

quicklist: category: 30 title: Family Values Paper Towels (Family Dollar) text: $1.79

Using paper hand towels in your powder room can be a great solution if you have a large number of guests since they allow you to offer the hygiene of a clean towel to each guest.

The cloth-like feel of a quality paper towel also gives your guest bathroom a touch of elegance and luxury while making your guests feel welcome in your home.

Look for nice texture in good quality paper towels. Some have the touch and feel of “real” hand towels.

If you’re looking for a quick recommendation, our pick for all-around best paper hand towel are these Silver Collection Linen Feel Disposable Hand Towels (check the price on Amazon) but we’ve also included a few other detailed reviews below to pick from.

By supplying your bathroom with nice quality paper guest towels, you also avoid the unpleasant experience of your friends going to dry their hands on a towel at a party and finding a clammy towel is already damp from being used over and over by other guests.

If you are hosting a busy party you don’t want to be stressing out about the bathroom. You won’t necessarily have time (or want to worry about) changing out your regular bathroom towels often enough to keep it fresh and clean.

As an added bonus, thick paper hand towels also give your guests an easy and convenient way to tidy up after themselves. A quick wipe down of the vanity here and there will go a long way to keep the powder room looking clean.

Many guests are actually pleased to find paper towels as it gives them a way to leave it clean (especially if there are other people waiting to use the bathroom) as it avoids the self-conscious feeling of leaving a messy bathroom at a nice party.

Elegant Power Room For Guests

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Best Paper Hand Towels for Powder Room| 2019 Top Picks and Reviews

BloominGoods Linen-Feel Guest Towels

BloominGoods Guest Towels are paper but almost feel like linen.

These paper towels are slightly off white. The color difference is only noticeable if you place them on pure white tiles and really isn’t a major drawback.

The towels feel thick when you pick them up and really do match up to the linen-like you’d expect from a quality guest towel. They are very durable, even surviving being used to scrub your face or even to clean-up the sink or counter-top.

The towels are lint-free so will not shed when used, leaving your guests picking bits of paper off their hands all night.

The only real downside to these towels is that they are not as absorbent as you might hope. They are sufficient for drying your hands, but they won’t do much with a spill.


  • Lint Free
  • Thick
  • Durable

They’re actually nice enough quality that you can dress them up as wedding napkins like this.


  • Not Massively absorbent

Silver Collection Linen Feel Disposable Hand Towels

Silver Collection Guest Hand Towels These plain white paper towels by Silver Collection are on the smaller size at 15” x 15”. As they are very thick and durable their smaller size does not impact on their function.

The quality of the material is very good and they have a silky texture to them rather than just plain linen, which makes them feel rather more decadent than other similar paper towels.

Despite the soft feel, the towels have some structure to them which means that they do not just ball up in your hands as you are using them, they have the right amount of stiffness to facilitate drying your hands while maintaining a pleasant texture.


  • Thick
  • Durable
  • Soft


  • Smaller size

SimuLinen Hand Towels

SimuLinen Guest Hand Towels

These lovely white hand towels feature a delicate floral pattern around the edge, in either gold or silver, which means you can select the towel that will best match your décor.

The downside to the design is that it does show through to the back side, which gives the impression that the towels are thinner than they in fact are. It is just a reflection of how deeply the dye has been absorbed.

These towels are very absorbent, as shown by the dye from the pattern! They are very at absorbing a great deal of water and are better than most paper hand towels in this respect.

The feel of these is akin to silky linen and they are pleasingly thick.

The towels come in a box that has a tear away section meaning they can be stored in the box and still easily accessed which is an advantage over some other budget options that come in a cheap plastic sleeve that makes the unused towels hard to keep organized.

The box could be used to dispense the towels if you are more concerned with function than form.


  • Absorbent
  • Soft cloth-like touch and feel
  • Nice Discrete border design


  • Appearance gives the first impression that they will be too thin and less absorbent than they are.

Magnifiso Disposable Guest Towels Review: Budget Pick

Budget Pick for Guest Towels

These plain white paper towels by Magnifiso are thinner than some of the alternative options but they are also a good cheaper option. The towels are soft to touch and are quite durable. They are very absorbent without becoming soggy which makes them very practical to use.

They are lint free so will not leave fibers behind when used which means they are also really good for cleaning mirrors without leaving streaks behind.

The major downside with these towels is that they come as a large stack that is only held together by a clear plastic sleeve.

Once you remove the sleeve there is nothing to contain the towels so they can be somewhat difficult to store.


  • Good Absorbency
  • Soft feel


  • Packaging is not very practical

Gmark Linen-Feel Guest Towels

Gmark Linen-Feel Guest Towels

These hand towels from Gmark are not linen, but they do feel like one.

These napkins are designed using only premium quality materials and advanced technology to conform to the standards set by the industry. The quality of these napkins is checked thoroughly on various parameters.

Gmark linen-feel hand towels are perfect for use during meal time – they have the right amount of thickness to absorb moisture and wipe off residue. And because these napkins are disposable, cleaning up is much easier. You can throw them out safely because the materials used in this item are eco-friendly.

Gmark designs their towels so that it looks stylish and trendy but without compromising the quality. You’re essentially avoiding laundry, which means you get to save your own money and water as well.

You can use these towels at home and for events like anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, and housewarming. It’s also perfect for kitchen use, catering, nightclubs, bars, as party decorations, restrooms, hotels, and restaurants.


  • Quick to absorb moisture
  • Comes with an easy to dispense container
  • Disposable and eco-friendly product


  • Feels a little rough for people with soft hands
  • The towels tend to have a slight chemical odor

Guest Linen Decorative Hand Napkins

Guest Linen Decorative Hand Napkins

With this Guest Linen Decorative Hand Napkins, you’ll forever say goodbye to damp hand towels.

These pretty hand napkins are disposable but they feel luxurious in your hands. They look and feel like linen, so wiping your hands with it won’t feel rough and coarse.

Guest Linen napkins are designed with gold floral trims on the edges, but they don’t just look pretty –they are thick and durable too, in fact, twice as thick of regular multifold tissues. You only need one piece to your dry your hands.

You can use these decorative hand napkins in both casual and formal occasions, be it parties, birthdays, engagements and weddings, graduation, wine tasting tea, gatherings, or anniversaries. You are also helping the environment because these hand towels are made of eco-friendly materials.

Guest Linen Napkins are also perfect for bulk use, such as in buffet settings or restaurants.


  • Made of strong and premium materials
  • Disposable and eco-friendly product
  • Lint- and dust-free, safe for people with allergies


  • Towels have a rough and hard texture
  • Has complaints concerning the packaging from customers

Party Bargains Disposable Linen-Feel Paper Guest Towels

Party Bargains Disposable Linen-Feel Paper Guest Towels

Your guest will feel extra special with these smooth, disposable paper towels. When unfolded, Party Bargains napkins measure 13 x 6 inches, perfect for your hand-drying needs. These paper towels also prevent cross contamination to ward off the spread of infectious diseases.

Compared to other paper hand towels, these ones from Party Bargains are more efficient to use due to its quick-drying material. It’s hassle-free and hygienic, and saves time since you don’t have to wash your towels – simply dispose of them. And you don’t have to worry about adding trash to the environment either. These are made of environmentally-friendly materials.

You can use these towels for regular days and on special occasions such as parties and formal occasions. At dinner time, you won’t have to scramble for clean towels since these provide the solution.

Party Bargains paper hand towels are made with premium quality materials and are good value for money.


  • Efficient and practical to use for small to large functions
  • Towels look attractive and stylish
  • Soft, durable, and affordable cloth-like towels


  • The towels may be too thin
  • The towels are a bit difficult to pull out

High-quality paper towels for the home | Photo Credit: Nadine Doerlé

Budget Pick: Scott 01510 C-Fold Towels

Scott 01510 C-Fold Towels

Scott Towels has made a name for itself as a brand that delivers performance and quality without breaking the bank. Their products help everyday consumers save time and money with innovations like the C-fold towels, which are very budget-friendly. This is a good option for small businesses or offices that go through a high volume of paper towels. The folded design also makes them very compatible with dispensers, although they can also be used at home in a simple holder.

Scott C-Fold Paper Towels are one of the best choices if you want an effective but economical hand-drying product. Each paper towel is recycled and designed with Absorbency Pockets that ensure efficient drying.

Getting these paper towels for your home will give your bathroom and cleaner look, and you and your family and guests will always have something to dry your hands on. These napkins come in just the right size so that it’s not too big when you unfold them, therefore reducing waste. You’ll only need a single towel to dry your hands, meaning you won’t have to refill frequently.

Scott C-Fold Paper Towels reduce bacteria by up to 77%. This is an eco-friendly product that’s certified by the FSC and EPA.


  • Comes in singles to help reduce waste
  • Hygienic method of dispensing napkins, since you don’t have to touch the dispenser itself, but only the towel
  • Works with most C-fold type dispensers


  • Single sheets are not connected and hard to dispense
  • The towels are much thinner than the previous version of the product

If you are looking for some additional tips and tricks to make your guest bathroom as stylish and welcoming as possible you might find this short video useful. At the beginning of the video, you’ll see on the vanity that they are using paper guest towels in a metal tray with silver accents.

At the 3 min mark or so she explains the reasons why she goes with paper napkins (basically the same reasons we do: hygienic, avoid the damp communal towel and give the feel of luxury). At that point of the video she also shows how she uses a small amount of this Scotch Removable Adhesive Putty to keep the paper hand towel dispenser in place…very easy and smart tip!

What to Consider When Buying Paper Hand Towels

  • Packaging – If you are buying a large number of hand towels then you will need to consider how you will be storing them. Some packs come with packaging that can be opened up so that it is easy to dispense the towels but still keeps them contained and easily manageable. The paper towels that are provided in plastic or paper sleeves, can be difficult to store, as if the stack gets knocked over they will just scatter everywhere.
  • Branding – Some paper towels come with the company name embossed or printed on to the towel. If you are going for an elegant look this can detract from the effect you are going for, we would avoid these in general but especially if being used for a guest power room.
  • Shape and Size– Most paper towels are 12” by 17”. This makes a good-sized hand towel that will be large enough for all your guests. Some hand towels come in 15” by 15”. The square napkins can feel a little smaller and as they are square they do have a different look to them.
  • Color – If you are planning to use these paper towel in an elegant setting then the color is an important consideration. If you get off white towels for a white bathroom they will just look dirty. Plain white is the most common option, but if you want something a little different that are patterned options available as well. There are actually some very unique and colorful designs available, like this wide selection on ebay.
  • Multifunctional – If you are planning to use these towels as more than just hand towel then you may need to decide on how important the durability and absorbency is. If you are planning to use these as paper table napkins then you might be better selecting a towel with higher absorbency, so that they can be used in the case of spillage. If they are going to be used for cleaning as well then durability will be the more important consideration.

If you are looking for inspiration, here are some photos on Pinterest all kinds of different paper towels for guest bathrooms.

While all of our picks above are available on Amazon, you may also want to check out other paper towel options at Bed Bath and Beyond or Target.

If you are looking to add a touch of elegance to your guest bathroom, you may want to check out these luxury bath accessory sets and these luxury rainfall showerheads can give your guest shower the feel of a spa in your own home.

Check the quality of the sheets before buying paper towels | Photo Credit: engin akyurt

Final Verdict/Conclusion

If you are looking for a good all-purpose hand towel that you are primarily going to be using in a powder room then you can’t go wrong with the Silver Collection Linen Feel Disposable Hand Towels as they have a clean look and quality feel.

If you regularly entertain people and want an elegant and hygienic option for your guests. Whether you are having guests at home or need quality paper towels for a bathroom at a professional office or small business these towels are good quality options without breaking the bank on a disposable product.

Not all paper towels are created equal | Photo Credit: Mabel Amber

Luxury 3 Ply and Airlaid Paper Hand Towels

3 Ply Paper Hand Towels

Our 3 ply hand towels are 50% thicker than a typical 2 ply towel, offering superior softness and absorbency. Available in M-fold format, the extra panel means the largest sheet size for a luxurious hand drying experience.

Airlaid Towels

One thick single ply of pure cellulose, Airlaid technology uses short fibres and air to ‘plump’ the towel, making it softer and more absorbent than all other disposable paper hand towels alternatives. A high quality, disposable, alternative to standard launderable linen hand towels.

As well as the Airlaid hand towels, we also supply Airtech Pro Salon Towels (43 x 77cm) made using the same Airlaid technology that guarantees excellent softness and absorbency. An ideal replacement for launderable linen towels, that can often look bleach stained in salons or as a disposable towel option for offices with showers or gymnasiums.

Contact us and discuss your requirements and we will recommend the right towel for your needs.

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Paper towels are increasingly becoming an integral part of our home life. From cleaning mirrors and windows, cleaning up cooking grease, cleaning kitchen spills, and drying dishes, paper towels are here to stay. They can even be used to cover bowls and to avoid any microwave splatters. While some people may opt for alternative cleanup methods, the value of paper towels cannot be underestimated, and they are essential for virtually every use in the kitchen.

Having said that, it is worth noting that shopping for the best paper towel that is both highly absorbent and offers value for your money can be quite confusing.

Best Paper Towels in 2020 Reviews

More brands are entering the market by the day, and you now have many choices than ever. Our list of the top ten products comes in to narrow down your choice. Read on and get inspired!

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10. Brawny Paper Towels, White, 8 Giant Rolls

With so many messes in your kitchen and throughout your home, you need an unmatched paper towel that is sufficient to hold up to them all, and there are very few models that can beat the Brawny paper towel. Whether the messes are light or tough, Brawny has the strength to take them on with unbeatable ease. It comes with 50 percent more sheets per roll compared to conventional rolls, and this makes it an excellent value for your money. Furthermore, these paper towels are soft enough to clean up the messy face of your toddler.

On the flip side, however, Brawny paper towels are a little bit thinner than most models in the market even though it always gets the job done perfectly.

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9. Kleenex Hand Towels, 60 Ct, (Pack of 6)

Kleenex hand towel is the ideal soft, highly absorbent hand hygiene solution. It comes with strong, unique dry-touch fibers that provide a cottony-soft feel. With a versatile packaging design, these hand towels can be used anywhere in your home, and they can fit into bathrooms, kitchens, or just any other room in your décor. Besides, the pop-up delivery system comes in handy to always keep you clean and fresh by providing a towel right at your fingerprints. Moreover, the towels are disposable to keep the spread of germs at bay, and the fact that they are available in different unique designs and colors gives you an opportunity to select one that matches your lifestyle.

Consumers have however complained about the softness of these paper towels. They tear easily when wet and you may find yourself using two where one could have done.

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8. Georgia-Pacific 21000 Signature 2-Ply Premium Multifold Paper Towel

Georgia-Pacific is a high-quality 2-ply multi-folded paper towel that offers absorbency and softness that every homeowner will appreciate. Their low cost and premium quality make them affordable choices for such places as washrooms in office buildings, lodgings, public facilities and food service facilities. They come with a patented honeycomb emboss that adds excitement and touch of elegance to virtually any washroom. It is ideal for drying and general purpose cleaning. Due to their resistance to tear even in wet environments, your customers will only use one towel, and this means that they will last for a significant period of time.

As per the time of writing, we had not received any complaints concerning this product. More than 800 verified buyers who have reviewed this model on; only a few have raised some minor issues which are not even worth mentioning.

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7. VIVA Choose-A-Sheet* Paper Towels, White, Big Roll, 24

Your kitchen is the heartbeat of your home, and it needs to be kept clean always, but with so many bogus towels in place, VIVA Choose-A-Sheet, 24 comes in to ensure that you get a premium paper towel that can solve all your woes. Providing you with a tough cleaning power for indoor use, Viva paper towels can take on the tough tasks with relative ease while the soft feel ensures that it remains soft and gentle on your skin and delicate surfaces. These towels stay tough when they are wet, and hence they are resistant to tearing and ripping.

The only concern about these towels, however, is because they stick and they don’t roll easily on some surfaces. Apart from that, they thrive in all other aspects.

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6. Sparkle Paper Towels, 24 Giant Rolls, Pick-A-Size, White

Sparkle 2-ply brings you all the features you need in a quality paper towel. From versatility, absorbency, to absorbency, you name it! Sparkle is truly magical. They are ideal for both small and big jobs, and they come in a wide range of colors to add some taste to your décor. Best of it all, they are fairly priced, and you don’t have to break your bank to purchase them. Lastly, sparkle gives you more cleaning options to ensure that the job is done right the first time.

The only downside of these paper towels is that they only come in white. If you are not an enthusiast of this color, you may be forced to look elsewhere.

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5. Kleenex Multifold Paper Towels (01890), White, Case of

If you are looking for paper towels that are compatible with the universal multi-fold dispensers, then the Kleenex is the best pick for you. It features one-ply absorbency pockets that are designed to offer additional absorbency and reduce waste as well. They are soft and come with a fold that is designed for “one at a time” dispensing. Besides, they meet the EPA standards and are Eco Logo, and FSC certified. With a combination of these features, rest assured that you are getting an efficient hand drying paper towel while reducing waste.

The paper towel comes in just one color and this that you have limited options to choose from. If you want a dull color, you won’t find it in Kleenex multifold.

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4. Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels, White, Huge Roll, 12

Bounty select paper towels are two times more absorbent than most conventional paper towels on the market. Consequently, the can quickly absorb messes so that you can clean up and proceed without wasting towels or time. It comes with a broad range of decorative prints that promises to add some excitement to your kitchen and home décor at large. They are long lasting and can withstand tough messes. Moreover, these towels have a special trap and lock technology which makes them stand out from the rest.

With an average star rating on Amazon after more than three thousand reviews, we can confidently say that this paper towel offers exactly what it promises. There are no major concerns.

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3. Viva Choose-a-Size Giant Roll Paper Towels, 12 Rolls

There are a few paper towels that can match the quality offered by Viva roll paper towels. Coming with tear and rip features, these towels thrives even when wet. It is the ultimate answer to both small and big messes as it is both thick and highly absorbent. When it comes to pricing, these towels offer unmatched affordability, and you don’t have to break your bank to acquire them. Their smooth texture makes them ideal towels to clean the face of your little Jane or John.

However, these towels are not recyclable. They are meant for a single use and cannot be reused.

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2. Brawny Pick-a-Size Paper Towels, 16XL Rolls

This Brawny paper towel pack is comprised of 32 regular rolls that save more space with fewer and long lasting towels. It is a two-ply paper towel that is durable, absorbent and strong that lets you focus on cleaning messes rather than worrying about continuous changing of towels. These premium paper towels are not only American made but American tough as well. In a nutshell, you will love everything about these paper towels right from packaging to the quality of service offered.

After going through more than 300 customer reviews on Amazon, we realized that virtually every customer is satisfied with the absorbent and the size of these paper towels. They get the job done when it comes to spills and messes. There are no complaints yet.

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1. Viva 10036000114178 Giant Roll Paper Towel, White, 27.9*25.4

The Viva 10036000114178 is our top choice for many good reasons. To start with, it is one of the most absorbent paper towels that boast a smooth texture for cleaning various messes in your kitchen. With a soft, strong and cloth-like durability, these paper towels can help you take on any task on both wet and dry surfaces as they clean like cloth. What makes them so spectacular is because they are tough on messes and soft on delicate surfaces or your skin. They are perfect for bathroom and kitchen cleanups, and they let you select the right size for any mess. Furthermore, the Amazon ‘subscribe and save’ allows you to save up to 15 percent. Plus, there is free shipping for all purchases you make, and you can even change or cancel the time of delivery.

Viva 1003600114178 is simply the best paper towel in the market with so many features that every homeowner would wish to have. It lives up to what it promises, and end users are satisfied with the quality of service they get.

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It is generally agreeable that we are living in an era where individuals wish to take care of their surrounding environment by keeping unnecessary pollution at bay. Consequently, the lifestyles of many have transformed especially when it comes to home cleaning matters. Paper towels have come in handy to provide you with the most convenient way to clean and take care of your environment, but which among the many are the best? Our review explains every detail!