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Last updated: 10 March 2021


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Paper towels are a staple in every household where they serve many uses – wiping up spills, an alternative to cloth napkins, and even checking engine oil or cleaning the BBQ. Our paper towels buying guide shows you what to look for, and how we test explains our testing rigour. 

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Our test covers all the kitchen paper towels we could find in national retailers.

Our expert testers will tell you which paper towels:

  • tear easily at the perforation
  • are strong and can resist puncturing
  • tear easily when wet
  • absorb the most liquid.

Our interactive tool helps you sort by price, and our Recommended list will quickly tell you which brands came out on top.

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