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Side by Side vs. Kirkland Signature
on July 14, 2010
As I am a complete dork, and decided to review paper towels for vine, I decided to test these paper towels against the Kirkland signature brand (from Costco).
Bounty Huge Roll:
Sheet dimensions: 11" (high) x 10.4"
Total square feet: 1239
**Updated to Reflect Sheets/Roll Decrease from 90-80
Sheet dimensions: 11" (high) x 14"
Total square feet: 1026
Note: at this update Kirklands cost per square foot(in-store) was .016 cents(+ tax) whereas Bounty on Amazon is .027 (+tax in some areas). However to get the convenience of online shopping (at least at the moment) you'd have to buy the kirland from a reseller, and the one on amazon brings the price up to .029/sq foot.
In order to evaluate both products I tested both products for water retention, use in cleaning up a spill with repeated wringing of the towels, and scrubbing of a spot on an abrasive surface (a carpet in this case). My goal was to establish which towel provides the best value and will preform best at normal, towely (I know thats not a word) tasks.
To test water retention I weighed a dry towel from each roll. I then soaked each towel in water and reweighed them. To account for the difference in size of the sheets I calculated a ratio of retention per square inch. Without boring anyone with the math, there did not appear to be any appreciable difference in water retention per square inch between the two rolls. Obviously the Kirkland towels held more water on an absolute basis, but basically they were the same.
I used each of the towels to clean up 1 cup (8 oz.) of cranberry juice, spilled on my kitchen floor, squeezing the towels out into the sink and then reusing them until the spill was cleaned up. I then rinsed and squeezed them out a few times to see if they could be made clean enough to actually rid the floor of any residue.
Again, both towels faired evenly. Each towel was more than up to the task of soaking up the spill and repeatedly wringing out the towels did not seem to have any effect on their integrity, or cause them to fall apart. Also neither towel was clean enough afterwards to make me feel that I could "clean" the floor with it, so I ended up using a second piece for this purpose. I did notice that the Bounty towel felt thicker than the Kirkland towel.
On an abrasive surface a difference became clear. After carefully wetting the towel and rubbing at a spot on the carpet the Kirkland towel began to fall apart, holes formed in the towel, the paper began to fray, essentially it wasn't up to the task. The Bounty roll on the other hand showed surprising durability, with just one sheet I was able to really scrub at a spot on the carpet, and only really vigorous scrubbing for a solid 30 seconds or longer began to cause the sheet to develop holes. It did not however fall apart in the same way as the Kirkland roll.
From a price perspective they are both good values, a 12 pack of costco brand rolls cost around $18 and is therefore a better value if you are already a member, but its not worth it if your not. Meanwhile the Bounty huge roll costs $25 (perfect for super saver shipping), and no membership is required. I do find the smaller size of the Bounty sheets to be annoying. If I'm honest with myself I have to say that I usually don't wring out paper towel rolls when cleaning up spills and the smaller size of the bounty sheet always seems to be just a little too small for the job. I wish they would either alternate half sheets or make the sheets a little longer, because I end up using two sheets where one Kirkland sheet, or one and a half bounty sheets would do (this is why I docked a star). Overall though the bounty proved to be the better product, for scrubbing and that counts for a lot, also, its cheaper than buying 30 individual rolls of bounty (~$27 at the time of posting), and much more efficient (unless you have 30 rooms that need paper towel).