6.30.2012

Toilet Paper Showdown

Hi everyone! It's finally the weekend, woohoo! Hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far. Today I have the awesome Travis serving up a really cool guest post on....toilet paper. How does this relate to finance you ask? Toilet paper isn't free, someone has to pay for it. Are you getting the most bang for your buck with the toilet paper you're buying? Let's see what Travis comes up with in this toilet paper showdown...


Travis is a contributing writer for the My Journey Out of Debt blog in the CareOne Community, as well as a member of TeamEOD.  He shares his family's experiences, struggles and successes as they fight their way out of debt. As a father and husband he provides a unique perspective on balancing debt, finances, and family.


I recently read an article that compared different toilet paper brands in an attempt to find the best value taking into account both price and quality.  The research concluded by naming White Cloud as the best value for the consumer's money.

I love finding cheaper products of similar quality, but I don't take anyone's word for it.  I decided to do my own research comparing my regular brand to White Cloud in a head to head, toilet paper battle royale.  I picked up a package of White Cloud and put a roll on the counter of my most used bathroom in order to compare and contrast with my usual brand during the next few visits.

In the near corner we have our champion Charmin Extra Strong toilet paper.....and in the far corner we have our challenger, White Cloud.






Lets get ready to rumble!

Round One:  Softness and Texture – The Dab Test

Be honest, men, we all know that in spite our best efforts, there's always that last drop of moisture that usually ends up in our shorts.  I like to make sure everything is nice and dry before concluding business.  You can easily understand why I believe softness and texture are very important qualities in toilet paper.

Although Charmin has a much less prominent decorative design engraved into the actual product, there wasn't a noticeable difference between the products.

Winner:  Draw

Round Two: Value – The Stats

Product: Charmin Extra Strong
2 Ply
176 sheets per roll
Price of 12 double rolls:  $6.97

Product: White Cloud
3 Ply
200 Sheets per roll
Price of 12 double rolls: $5.97

With thicker sheets, more sheets per roll, and still being $1 cheaper for a package of 12 double rolls, White Cloud is the clear winner of this round.

Winner: White Cloud

Round Three: Strength – Wipe Out

When we absolutely need quality toilet paper, strength is king.  If your fingers break through the product during use, let's face it, you're going to be in deep......let's just say it'll be very unfortunate.

White Cloud is 3 ply (compared to Charmin's 2 ply) and I could tell the difference.  It felt thicker, and stronger.

Winner: White Cloud

Overall Decision:  White Cloud

It's simply a better product, you get more product per package, AND it costs less.

Whether you prefer the “over the top” or the “underneath” role configuration, I think you'll agree with my conclusion. I will be switching brands immediately.

In my opinion, not switching to White Cloud would simply be flushing my money away.



Do you buy toilet paper for the quality or do you just buy whichever toilet paper is the cheapest?

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