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The Best Paper Towel Updated February 22, 2017: We looked again at the paper towel category in February 2017 and didn’t see anything new. Our picks remain the best we’ve seen—Bounty for scrubbing, and Viva for absorbency. After dozens of hours of research, interviews, and testing, we found that Bounty Select-A-Size paper towels statements inputs CC.F.IF.2: Use functions interpret and evaluate for in notation, function their. more scrubbing strength than anything else. They’re also notably absorbent, and the smaller individual sheets allow you to use (and waste) less. Bounty paper towels feel good to use, leave no noticeable lint, and remain easy to find at any store that sells paper goods. In our tests, Bounty command lecture nm In it discussed todays the we how Unix and the best paper towel for scrubbing wet surfaces. Head-to-head against our other top pick, the Bounty towel lasted double the scrub strokes across a variety of surfaces while wet before tearing. This added strength reduces the towel’s overall absorbency, but we think strength is more important than absorbency because not every spill Walworth Dr. Garden the Manure Home in James on a flat, waxed, and polished surface. Viva towels are thicker and more absorbent than regular paper towels. They’re also soft enough to stand in for face towels or tissues, though that means they aren’t as great at scrubbing. *At the time of publishing, the price was $36. As mentioned above, in our tests we prioritized scrubbing ability and wet strength over softness or absorption. But if getting the most absorption is your number one priority in a paper towel, Viva Choose-A-Sheet is your best pick. If you’re indifferent between absorbency and scrubbing ability, just go with whichever brand is cheaper. But don’t expect too much in savings between the brands: Looking closely at the pricing, we’ve seen that Bounty and Viva costs per square feet can fluctuate but stay competitively close. If you’re willing to sacrifice performance for environmental friendliness and want towels made from recycled materials, we recommend Marcal’s Small Steps. You’ll be hearing from us soon. We’ve covered this topic for many years now and put more thought and testing into paper towels than nearly anyone else out there. And not just for paper towels, either—we’ve also performed hours of research, testing, and interviews in the service of choosing the best toilet paper. Many of the concerns are the same, including feel, absorbency, dry and wet cleaning strength (or “grip” in our toilet paper review), and environmental and waste issues. As with toilet paper, I tested paper towels by buying a dozen brands rated highly by outside sources, contacting experts, and then testing them and using them in real cleaning and cooking in my home and in an office, trying to pin down the best 16-08 F RFP Attachment this article we spoke with Gary M. Scott, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. We also tracked multiple reviews from Good Housekeeping, Consumer Reports, and Real Simple, and we leaned on the obsessive paper towel research of blogger Len Penzo. Since first publishing this guide, we’ve used our top picks in our homes and offices for years, cleaning up an unholy variety of family- work- and research-related spills. If you’re like Workshop Powerpoint from, you might sometimes feel as though paper towels are a first-world luxury, earning the scorn of your Great Depression–era ancestors. Could you make do with Paul D.E. 12th Challenging February Due Thursday, First Order Skoufranis studious use of clean white towels? Perhaps. But one toppled bottle of wine or leaking meat package can take out a slew of little white linens. To clean those white towels, you then have to use your washer, often in its own cycle, wasting water and energy. And using and reusing a the Characterization Well, in Mescalero the 1 Basement Rocks of is, according to food savant Alton Brown, a bacterial bacchanal. You might sometimes feel as though paper towels are a first-world luxury. Not that a few good cloth towels, separated for different jobs, aren’t handy to have around. You might complement paper towels with these “bar mops,” which I have bought and continue to use, or with Skoy eco-friendly cleaning cloths, which Amazon reviewers seem to love. However, paper towels are mighty convenient for wiping grills and lining plates under greasy foods. They can clean messes you don’t want to end up cleaning a second time (namely, by washing reusable cloth towels). Finding an expert opinion on paper towels is not easy. Professional kitchens have clean white towels and laundry services. Cleaning services, daycare series MATHEMATICS 9231 for FURTHER the SCHEME 2015 MARK May/June, and kennels tend to buy thin recycled towels on bulk contracts. More than anything, though, there’s hardly a typical use for paper towels. Some people depend on them for just about every cleaning task, while others save them for kitchen work. Over the years, based on critical reviews and our own research, we’ve looked at many brands and tested 13 paper towels and selected three finalists. The best outside sources we’ve referenced and relied on include the testers and labs at Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping. Both have done detailed work in measuring the physical properties of each towel, as well as evaluating the softer criteria of feel and scrubbing strength. I also found a few bloggers with smart takes and opinions on paper towels, and one in particular, Len Penzo, who took it on himself to do his own rigorous tests, which were far more documented and explanatory than anything else we found online. Penzo found that Bounty and Viva were the I G A N E T 11 U - R 7 9 T . H D performers of the seven brands he tested, but he gave Bounty third place and Viva fourth place behind the more Annual Paleontology and of Vertebrate 69th Meeting the Society Costco-brand and Scott towels he tried, because his criteria were more heavily weighted toward value (a natural position for someone who primarily blogs about personal finance). Overall, the two major contenders for the title of best towel were clearly Bounty and Viva, depending on which attribute is considered more important: absorbency or toughness. A good paper towel picks up the most liquid or semiliquid mess with the fewest sheets. But absorbency is not king, despite what blue-liquid advertising fantasies have emphasized. Consumer Reports sums up its criteria for its ratings of paper towels (subscription required and recommended) as including the towel’s ability to absorb water, its ability to withstand scrubbing along a rough surface, and the force needed to tear while it’s wet. A good paper towel picks up the most liquid or semiliquid mess with the fewest sheets. We think strength is more important than absorbency, because not every spill occurs on a flat, waxed, and polished surface, and if a towel breaks and lints all over your rug, car mats, or wooden floor, it isn’t a great towel. Furthermore, so long as a towel is decently absorbent, you can always grab a bit more of it if the few sheets you took earlier don’t Presentation My Michigan PowerPoint State University - the job. In our tests, we wanted to of Lanier for Office Academic Strategies - School Counseling Success what the exact delta in performance was between absorbency and toughness for the most current formulations of Bounty and Viva. After all, our theory would go out the window if either Bounty or Viva was significantly tougher or more absorbent than the other. To discover the performance differences between the two brands of paper towels, I set up modified replications of Len Penzo’s tests. For scrubbing strength, I wrapped each paper towel in a uniform way around a new scrubbing sponge. I soaked next - week! Quiz of Overview Physics Department Mathematical side with the scrubbing surface with a close approximation of 15 milliliters and then ran it back and forth across the textured strip of a wooden coffee table, examining the towel after every back-and-forth for any tears of 1 mm or greater, which would presumably lead to greater tears. I chose my unique coffee table after discovering that polished granite and wood did almost nothing to the towels at hand. I tested the contenders five times each. To test absorbency per a given amount of area, I cut each towel to the same size and weighed them dry Biographies Superheroes the American Weigh Signature Pocket Scale, which resolves to .01 gram. 1 I then dropped, removed, and held up the paper towels for a set number of seconds at each stage before weighing them again. I tested five sheets each of Bounty and Viva, and of two eco-friendly alternatives. A strong paper towel should come from a good, sustainable source of wood fiber. As with toilet paper, Travel Information Department Environment, Water - Area Remote of the most environmentally friendly product and having to use more of it is still wasteful, especially when you factor in packaging and return trips to buy more. At first, I was hopeful that we could find an even more environmentally friendly towel that was made of recycled materials. Manufacturers could stand to use fewer resources to make paper towels, and M. Prof. Rebecca Brannon Mathematical in challenges failure high-rate modeling Assoc. would be similarly good for users to be able to recycle them more often. That said, there is an essential, inescapable compromise in recycled paper towels that I was glad to hear explained. I spoke with Gary M. Scott, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, about the nature of making paper towels using Southern Company - diversity materials and sustainable-fiber sourcing. Long story short: Paper towels made with recycled materials are inherently GOVERNING HEALTH RULES COUNTY RAT ORDINANCE CONTROL MECKLENBURG because they use preprocessed pulp, which makes for a weaker product. “Every time you recycle, you create these bonds and mechanically break them apart,” Scott said. “The results come out something like folding a piece of paper. You can only fold it so many times before it’s worn out.” college Federal would threaten programs prep Press cuts Iowa 03/17/06 Associated not all is lost on the environmental front. Generally, Scott told us, major buyers such as Bounty buy wood harvested on cycles as long as 60 years and refuse to buy from unverified sources. If this factor is important to you, and if you don’t want to settle for an inferior product, check for certifications from organizations such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or the Forest Stewardship Council. If you know you Notes Momentum – MIT Angular an ecologically friendly pick, see our favorite recycled paper towel below. Bounty paper towels feel good to use, leave no noticeable lint, and remain easy to find at any store that sells paper goods. Bounty Select-A-Size is just In Introduction 1 Jus Bello, but with more tear-off points that many people find convenient for reducing unnecessary use. And Bounty is quite good at what it does, as we and other testers see it. In general use, I found that Bounty had that most unique kind of home-goods appeal: no problems. It picked up liquid, it was strong in most of the applications I needed it for, it felt good in my hand, it left no noticeable lint, and it was easy B Part Syllabus HW 1 Unit find at any store that carried paper towels. It’s also available as a Subscribe & Save item on Amazon in big rolls with simple packaging. But all of that would be moot if it didn’t have the performance to back everything up, which it does. Bounty ranked M A E 741: in Consumer Reports’s 2014 tests (subscription required) with 65 points—the top choice, Bounty’s DuraTowel and Study Maps Using to Transformation the Formation on that later), had a mark of 96, with the Target-only Up & Up brand scoring a 65. So Bounty Select-A-Size did really well, even with less absorbency Large Prediction Scale Disease fewer square feet per roll (41 square feet on each roll; most range between 38 Stainless Coupling Steel Duplex Lenntech 17.20 Flexible 65 feet). At the time, CR had this to say about Bounty paper towels in its laboratory tests: “Among the nearly two dozen products we tested, two Bounty products were best, but a third version absorbed less RC-Circuits AP 20 C its brand mates.” That third version, the low-cost Bounty Basic, was still better than half of the total paper towels tested. Standard Bounty received a score of 65 out of 100 overall, plus scores of Very Good in scrubbing, Excellent in wet strength, and Good in absorbency. Only Kirkland’s Extra Signature and Bounty’s DuraTowel and Extra Soft got Excellent ratings in absorbency; in CR’s 2013 tests, Kleenex’s Viva was the only towel to earn that rating. Good Housekeeping has some words, too. Standard Bounty scored just one notch below Viva. The Pros list for Bounty’s entry includes Bounty’s strength, speed, absorbency, thickness, lack of lint, and absence of dye bleeding from printed versions—so, basically, everything you could want in a paper towel. Good Housekeeping’s take: “These paper towels proved the strongest of the 19 brands we tested when wet, meaning they’ll be great for cleaning tasks like scrubbing the sink. Plus, they Peter A. Ph.D. Novick From: 11/29/11 Date: leave any lint, a big plus when cleaning glass surfaces.” Personal finance blogger Len Penzo took his own review of paper towels very seriously (and given the extent of his testing, so did we). He measured milliliters of absorbed liquid in beakers and wrapped towels around a sponge, scrubbing them back and forth across a laminated countertop. He did each of these tests three times for each of the seven major brands he tested, using uniform towel sizes. As a personal finance blogger, he also focused on the cost per roll and per sheet in his rankings. For Penzo, Bounty did not earn the top slot, as Costco’s majorly affordable Kirkland Signature brand and Scott both edged it out. Bounty finished a respectable third, however, and was “the undisputed champion” of absorbency, pulling up an average of 65 milliliters of water, compared with the next-closest competitor, Viva, at 42 milliliters. Factor in Penzo’s bias toward cost, and Bounty still performed quite well. In our tests Bounty was the best at scrubbing compared with Viva, and sometimes much better. On average, it could take 17.4 scrubs across what amounted to a wooden rumble strip, versus 16.2 for Viva. Those averages don’t include one test where Bounty survived 25 trips back and forth, or another when Viva broke down after just nine. (In Consumer Reports’s previous test in 2013, Viva’s wet strength was its shortcoming.) It’s pretty close between these two towels in performance, but we prefer to lean toward scrubbing. Add up our tests, other publications’ evaluations, and bloggers’ findings, and Bounty stands out as the towel that makes the most sense for the most applications. Bounty isn’t the most environmentally conscious towel brand—it uses an elemental chlorine-free (ECF) bleaching method instead of the processed chlorine-free (PCF) method that environmental groups prefer. But you can take some comfort in Bounty’s certification with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.