The Best Facial Tissue

The Best Facial Tissue

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Our pick

Puffs Facial Tissues

Puffs Facial Tissues

This is a great all-around tissue, stronger and softer than many tissues that claim to be the best, and available in convenient packages and quantities. Plus, it happens to be the cheapest per tissue.

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$4* from Office Depot
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*At the time of publishing, the price was $33.

To reach this conclusion, I devised tests to check for softness, absorbency, and lack of linting. I made about a half-dozen friends blind rate 15 tissue samples. Then I took the samples to the lab with a universal testing machine in a controlled lab room, pushing a rod through each tissue and measuring the resistance and breaking point. I looked into the pore-clogging potential of tissues with lotion, blasted soaked tissues from an equal distance using compressed air, and discovered that some modern tissues cannot be soaked with water, which made me question a lot of things.

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Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong

Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong

The Tougher Upgrade Pick

Stronger than Puffs on our mechanical tests and rated well by testers and publications, Ultra Soft & Strong is worth the slight bump in cost for serious tissue season.

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*At the time of publishing, the price was $25.

For those who really bust their tissues apart in the throes of a cold, stepping up to Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong won’t cost you too much more and gives you a very tough tissue. It was the strongest tissue in dry puncture tests (my own and other publications’), stronger than Puffs in wet strength, and almost as absorbent as Puffs. It is also quite soft, though tests didn’t bear out the “ultra” qualifier.

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Kleenex Lotion Facial Tissue

Kleenex Lotion Facial Tissue

The Lotion Pick

For those who don’t mind the feel and potential pore-clogging issues of lotion-laden tissues, Kleenex Tissues with Lotion are a great balance between feel and strength.

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$10* from Office Depot
Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $12.

Lotion tissues can feel “too soft” or otherwise off to some people, while other people (including doctors) worry about the additives clogging their pores. What’s more, tissues with lotion are less absorbent than plain tissues. But lotion tissues also feel better on chafed and raw skin. If your nose and upper lip get very raw during cold season, the very smooth-wiping Kleenex Tissues with Lotion may help.

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Green Forest

Green Forest

The (Relative) Best Green Pick

Out of all the recycled and chlorine-free tissues we tested and researched, Green Forest did the best. But on the whole, green tissues didn’t perform very well and can be rough on the nose, in part because they are made from a huge variety of paper products.

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$4* from LuckyVitamin
Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $55.

And those who value sustainable goods above their own comfort can try Green Forest tissues. That’s not exactly a recommendation; the eco-friendly tissues in our tests filled out the very bottom rankings in our results. Green tissues are usually strong, or soft, but not often both. But Green Forest was the best of the recycled pack in absorption and wet strength, and all but tied for the most soft and most puncture-proof.

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Our pick

Puffs Facial Tissues

Puffs Facial Tissues

This is a great all-around tissue, stronger and softer than many tissues that claim to be the best, and available in convenient packages and quantities. Plus, it happens to be the cheapest per tissue.

Buying Options

$4* from Office Depot
Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $33.

Also great

Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong

Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong

The Tougher Upgrade Pick

Stronger than Puffs on our mechanical tests and rated well by testers and publications, Ultra Soft & Strong is worth the slight bump in cost for serious tissue season.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $25.

Also great

Kleenex Lotion Facial Tissue

Kleenex Lotion Facial Tissue

The Lotion Pick

For those who don’t mind the feel and potential pore-clogging issues of lotion-laden tissues, Kleenex Tissues with Lotion are a great balance between feel and strength.

Buying Options

$10* from Office Depot
Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $12.

Also great

Green Forest

Green Forest

The (Relative) Best Green Pick

Out of all the recycled and chlorine-free tissues we tested and researched, Green Forest did the best. But on the whole, green tissues didn’t perform very well and can be rough on the nose, in part because they are made from a huge variety of paper products.

Buying Options

$4* from LuckyVitamin
Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $55.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter
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