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❶It's probably more than you think. What makes Bounty paper towels stronger than rest?

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By , they created a new line for kitchens that were larger at 13 inches wide and 18 inches long. It took some time before paper towels earned a place over cloth towels in the kitchen.

But by the middle of the 19th century, paper towels had earned their keep in households across the country. Paper towels are basically a collection of wood, cotton or other plant that has cellulose fibers. Cellulose fibers are large molecules that are bound with many small molecules, which are all linked together to create a strong bond. The smaller molecules are sugar, which is the key behind how absorbent a paper towel can be.

As liquid meets the paper towel, the water molecules cling to the cellulose fibers. Although all paper towels are absorbent, some are slightly better than others when you take in to account what makes them unique. 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.

Two brands stood out as top-of-the-line products after assessing the quantitative and qualitative data: 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. The combination of strength and softness is unique. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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. While it may not be as soft or as tough as our two favorites, it shines brighter than the rest of the field. 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 towels consistently failed to match the performance standards of the top three brands while being priced about the same as Brawny, Bounty, and Viva.

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.

Join our weekly blog newsletter to get notified of the best products available for your home. Bryan is our cooking and kitchen expert, with more than 15 years of experience of cooking and testing kitchen products. In the drying section, the sheet passes around a large honeycomb cylinder where hot air is forced through the fibers to dry the sheet. In just a few seconds the sheet travels the entire length of the paper machine which is the size of a football field and is dried to 95 percent fiber and only 5 percent water.

The sheet is then wound into large rolls, called "parent rolls," which can be more than 50, feet long. In the first stage of converting, the large rolls are placed on a machine called a "rewinder," where they are wound into smaller diameter rolls, called "logs. Finally, the paper towel rolls go through a packaging process where they are wrapped and inserted into boxes, so they can be shipped to retailers. While the paper industry uses a lot of water in the manufacturing process, the majority of that water is recycled.

Water not reused is treated to remove contaminants prior to discharge. Careful controls and monitoring ensure that the water leaving the mill meets or exceeds water quality standards. Throughout the manufacturing process, Kimberly-Clark continuously looks for ways to reduce the amount of natural resources and energy used per unit of production.

Each of the company's mills in the United States has energy conservation programs and receives technical support and advice from the corporate energy staff. Kimberly-Clark is also committed to the reduction of waste going to the landfill. Active waste reduction and recycling efforts are in place at each mill. Some mills have virtually eliminated all waste to landfills! These are flushable pre-moistened wipes for thorough cleansing and freshening. The flushability of Kimberly-Clark products is tested in accordance with trade association guidelines.

These guideline tests demonstrate that when used as directed, our wipes clear properly maintained toilets, drain lines, sewers and pumps, and are compatible with on-site septic and municipal treatment. Flushable Wipes are designed to safely break down in home septic systems and will not affect the normal bacterial activity in a septic system.

Flushable Cleansing Cloths are designed to safely break down in home septic systems and will not affect the normal bacterial activity in a septic system.

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Dye is also used for paper towels that do not have a solid white color. Resin is another ingredient in paper towels. The cellulose fibers in the paper pulp are sugar molecules, and this is the key ingredient that promotes the absorbency of paper towels. Paper towels are made up of cellulose fibers, which also make up wood, cotton, and many other plants. Paper towels are made up of cellulose fibers, which also make up cotton, wood, and most other plants.

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Consumer Reports reported that the best paper towel was the Bounty DuraTowel, and the next two down the list were also Bounty products. In , Bounty started selling napkins. Sale of British rights. In , P&G sold its European business that also produced "Bounty" to SCA, and the product was then rebranded to Plenty in the UK. The large, absorbent paper towel started out with a defective delivery. The Scott Paper Company rolled out a toilet tissue at 1, sheets per roll. The cent roll was a hit for the company in , and the company backed up its new product with tons of advertising that put a spotlight on what had been an embarrassing issue contained to the water closets.