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Best Paper towels

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Paper towels

Best Paper towels

We tested 18 paper towels to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Paper towel based on the following criteria:

  • Absorbency
  • Sheet size (in.)
  • Scrubbing
  • Wet strength
  • Sq. ft. per roll

Below lists the Paper towels that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Paper towel is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Paper towels

Best Paper towel for Absorbency

Absorbency is based on how much water a 5-inch square piece of towel could hold.


This Paper towel which tested best for Absorbency has the following features: .

Best Paper towel for Sheet size (in.)

Sheet size is the length and the width of the paper towel sheet.


This Paper towel which tested best for Sheet size (in.) has the following features: .

Best Paper towel for Scrubbing

Scrubbing is based on the number of times a towel could be rubbed along a rough surface before the sheet tore.


This Paper towel which tested best for Scrubbing has the following features: .

Best Paper towel for Wet strength

Wet strength is based on how much force it took for a steel ball to burst through a wet sheet of paper towel.


This Paper towel which tested best for Wet strength has the following features: .

Best Paper towel for Sq. ft. per roll

The number of square feet of paper towel contained in each roll.


This Paper towel which tested best for Sq. ft. per roll has the following features: .