Tis not only the season to be jolly but Tis also the season to be struck with every single cough and cold bug on the planet - well at least in our house it is! We've been using a hell of a lot of tissues as one by one we've all come down with the dreaded lurgy, I don't usually buy the cheapest tissue products as frankly they don't tend to work as well (in terms of snot catching...) and with two small kiddies sneezing their germs around I want to protect the rest of us as much as possible. I bought Sainsbury's Basics tissues simply because my partner texted me to remind me we needed tissues and I didn't have the cash on me for a more expensive (and trusted) version.
For 55p you get 150 tissues, the tissues are 2 ply but very thin and immediately I was concerned that they weren't going to do the job - they don't feel particularly soft but don't have the kind of texture that makes me think they're going to irritate my nose any more than other tissues.
In terms of absorbency they're fine, you use a tissue to collect *whatever* is coming out of your nose then ball it up and throw it away or flush it. They're not the kind of tissues you'd want to reuse so it doesn't really matter too much that they start to feel like they're going to fall apart - the main thing is they DON'T fall apart in use and are strong enough to hold your bodily gunk long enough for it to be safely deposited in the bin or down the loo.
Although we all have sore noses I put this down to generally being ill with these colds, my nose doesn't feel any more sore than it would have done if I'd used other tissues and these don't leave bits of tissue on my nose or skin as other very cheap ones have done in the past - according to Sainsbury's you can use them for removing make-up but I haven't done this as I use cotton wool rather than tissues, I'm not convinced they'd do a brilliant job to be honest but then it's rare to find a cheap tissue that's versatile like that.
I'm not sure if I'll buy them again; they're a super price for a product that isn't too bad but personally I'd rather spend a little more and go for a softer tissue (preferably a balm type).
I always have a box of tissues in my car seeing as I always enforce the "no eating in the car" rule due to the abundance of crumbs everywhere but carrying a 2 year old really doesn't permit and she often needs a tissue at hand. On my recent shop in sainsburys I bought this box of facial tissues.
A box cost me a mere 68p for 150 tissues which for me really is a bargain! The tissues work out about 0.5p per tissue and for this price although the quality is nowhere near great this is reflected in the value. The tissues are extremely thin so no good for any heavy duty cleaning or wiping, but as these stay in the car they are really only used for wiping my little one's face and hands after perhaps eating some fruit or if she has a runny nose, they give a quick wipe. I also recently went to check my oil levels in the car so the tissue was handy for wiping the stick (I really don't know any technological word for it!) to dip in to see the level of oil and whether it was within the limit.
Overall these are basic tissues, no frills or fancy-ness and are as thin as anything but for me they do the job. The box does hideously scream "basic" with its plain white design and orange trim but I really couldn't give a toss and these sit happily on my dashboard for all passers by to see what is in my car. For me, hopefully the cheapness of the box screams to any thieves lurking past that there really is nothing of any value inside and will deter them from breaking in! (I have had my car broken into twice!)
WHAT ARE THEY?
A box of tissues from Sainsburys Basics range of products.
ARE THEY ANY GOOD?
The tissues are quite soft but not very strong. They are two ply but rip and tear very easily when you're using them, they are also not very absorbent so when you have a cold or hayfever you shouldn't expect them to be as effective as Kleenex when you blow your nose. I keep a box in the bathroom for blotting my lipstick or wiping away any smears of make up that I've got on the sink, the tissues aren't very good for this because they are so weak but they will work as long as the make up isn't too heavy.
They pull out of the box easily but are very thin so when you have used one it scrunches up into such a tiny ball that you can't use it again or sometimes I have to use three or four tissues to complete a job that just one Kleenex would deal with. I mainly buy these Sainsburys Basics tissues when I am working because they are thin enough that I can lay them on my clients cheek area while applying eyeshadow and mascara, this avoids messy dustings of colour where I have previously applied a flawless foundation and powder.
When I had a cold recently these tissues made my nose very red and sore, I know it was the tissues as I had to keep blowing my nose and as soon as I switched to another brand my nose started to feel better. I sometimes use them to wipe up milk when my daughter has had a feed but I don't use them on her young skin because they are too rough, they made my nose sore so quickly that I wouldn't want to touch her face with them.
A box of 150 tissues costs less than 50p. The box is very dull in the orange and white design of Sainsburys Basics but I keep them in the cupboard instead of on display in my home so it doesn't matter so much.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
I bought these tissues whilst I was caught short. My nose was running and I didn't have any tissues with me at the time.
The tissues cost me just 35p from Sainsbury's. They were a decent size and shape and there was plenty of tissues in the pack. The box can also be recycled. The tissues felt okay to me, although they didn't feel as soft as the Kleenex Balsam tissues which are my favourite tissues. Anyway, during my cold I managed to use up the entire box in one day and my nose had never felt so sore!
These tissues are far from mild and gentle. They're actually really rough and they made my nose even worse. They seemed to make my cold worse too and the tissues irritated me, leading me to numerous sneezing fits and a blocked nose. The tissues left my nose looking bright red and my nose felt so sore! My nose was nearly bleeding. I had to use Vaseline to soothe my nose after using these tissues as they were (and still are) that bad.
Also, you can only use the tissues the once as they are quite thin and flimsy.
I know these are cheap in value but they are also cheap quality and not worth buying.
Sainsbury's Basics Facial Tissues are not the best range of cheap facial tissues we have tried in my honest view. For a box of 150 tissues we paid 36p. Now that doesn't seem like a lot of money, and it isn't to be fair, but these tissues are two ply and very flimsy and not at all strong. For Sainsbury's we were a little disappointed as we were expecting better.
We get a lot of colds and coughs in our house as the little lad brings lots of bugs back from school. Kitchen paper is too hard on the nose and toilet roll is no good either. We dont' want to have to spend a fortune on something as basic as a facial tissue (and we have tried them all, believe me) but we thought we would give this box a try.
They are in the Sainsbury's Basic Range and we have bought other goods and foods from this range and they have all been really good quality, so we were a little disappointed, as I say, to find out these were pretty poor quality.
The box is plain white with orange writing and made of a fairly rough cardboard with perforated hole to remove each tissue. They come out easily one by one and there is no problem with several of them coming out at once. The trouble with these tissues in my opinion is that no matter how much of a bunged up nose you have, one is just never enough - I need at least two, possible even three, even the little lad needs more than one.
Once the tissue becomes wet it easily disintegrates and falls apart I feel so they are not at all robust and I don't think I would really recommend these even though they are very inexpensive.
Not a great quality product and not somehting any of can really recommend.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
As I have a newborn, prone to many dribbles (some of which end up on me), I have boxes of tissues dotted around the house - in the bedroom for night feeds, the nursery for changing mat drool, and in the lounge by the sofa. Obviously, having so many boxes around the house means that I am not really willing to spend £1 or over a box, it would cost me a fortune! So I was pleased to find in Sainsbury's, these Basics tissues which for me, do the job.
Available in all Sainsbury's stores, a box of 150 two-ply tissues costs 35p. This is a great price for a basic product and far cheaper than the other supermarket's alternative - the Asda Smart Price basic tissues cost 56p, so if you buy the amount I do it represents a huge saving.
OK, they won't win any awards in the pretty dispenser box Oscars, but if, like me, you don't really mind, then it's not a problem. They're not ugly (the Morrisons basics tissues come in a garish yellow box), they're just plain - a plain white cardboard box with a red orange stripe around the top and side. The dispenser is an oval perforated cut out which is easy to remove. Of course, you could always use a dispenser box cover, if you're worried people will think you are a tissue cheapskate ;)
Firstly, I was pleased to find that the tissues dispense well (not all of them do) and come out as they should - one at a time, with the next one ready for removal. Perfect.
I use the tissues mainly for wiping my baby's face, her hands, and her clothes, as well as my face/neck area, clothes, and occasionally the sofa! I do use them for blowing my nose, but far less. As I use them on my baby, I am glad that they do not contain balsam, aloe vera, olbas oil, nivea, or whatever else is the new tissue fad, as I want plain basic tissues, and that is exactly what they are. Yes, you can feel that they are not premium tissues, and if I had a bad cold, I wouldn't want to use them - they would make my nose dry with constant use. But for what I use them for they are great. I have read a few other reviews that comment that these tissues fall apart - I can't really say I've seen that problem, as I wipe up drool and baby sick, and they've stood up to that job admirably, absorbing and staying in one piece, and not bobbling / balling up as some tissues can do (leaving that annoying tissue residue everywhere).
I grab a few when I'm going out, and keep them in my handbag. I buy extra boxes to store so I can replenish empty boxes. I tuck a few under my daughter's chin, when she is having a feed, if I don't have a bib to hand. I wipe her eyes if they're sleepy or wet. I dry bathwater out of her ears. I use them to blot my lipstick on. I use them to catch loose eye powder. The uses I have for these versatile, affordable tissues is endless.
Whilst I totally understand that the tissues might be a little *too* basic for some, and certainly they're a bit too dry for constant nasal use, say if you have a very bad cold, I think that for the price the tissues do an excellent job. I wouldn't be without them dotted about my house, and I do rely on them! For 35p, you simply cannot go wrong - whilst Kleenex is my no1 'poorly tissue', for everyday tissues, I am more than happy with Sainsbury's Basics Facial Tissues. A solid four out of five from me and a high recommendation.
Usually I buy the tesco Value tissues in our house but having run out of these and needing to pick up a Bounty pack from sainsbury's I thought I would give their version a try. The tissues cost 36p for a box of 150 2ply tissues which is so cheap it wouldn't have mattered if they were useless, my daughter always pulls them apart as she thinks it's 2 tissues that have got stuck together!
The box that the tissues come in is a basic white box with a perforated oval on the top for opening and dispensing the tissues, it has an orange stripe across the top of the box which states sainsbury's Basic and then Facial Tissues in orange on the perforated oval. This is a very simple box as is all of the Basics range but it holds the tissues perfectly, there is no problem pulling the tissues out of the box and you don't end up with a hugh clump of them in your hand and although it our house the boxes always get a bit batter the box did last until the tissues were finished.
The tissues are like other values brands, they feel pretty rough to the touch and if you try to use them for a job that is too wet or a large areas they will tear but when you compare that the next cheapest tissues in Sainsbury's are £1.05 for 100 sheets buying 4 boxes of these is still cheaper. I tend to get 2 tissues out of the box at a time for pretty much any job I'm using them for and this is still by far cheaper. I have a baby in the house and obviously their skin is very delicate and a 3 year old who has suffered with eczema and neither of these have had any redness or anything from using these so although they feel a little rough they are gentle.
I have been trying out a lot of value type brands recently in a bid to bring down our household bills and these are one I would definitely recommend they are perfect for wiping little mouths and noses, cheap and cheerful but good at their job.
** Sainsbury's Basics Facial Tissues **
After I have been disappointed with some tissues of some other cheap own brand ones I almost give up but then I saw the Sainsbury's basics facial tissues and I thought I better give them a try. Since they costs only 35p for 150 two ply tissues I thought I couldn't really go wrong for that amount of money. You would normally just assume that the expensive brands are better but that's certainly not always the case.
I have tried several cheaper brands before and the problem normally is that they break every easily. When they break they become totally useless and they to break easily when they become wet and then a complete mess. Sainsbury's is a brand I do trust and didn't mind to spend the 35p to try these.
The Sainsbury's Basics Facial Tissues come in a standard box which looks very plain with the colours of white and red. The box is easy in use and there's nothing special about it. The tissues look and feel a bit thin when you get them out of the box. They are white in colour and only 2 play. They feel a bit rough when you touch them and I know I don't have a sensitive skin but if you do it might be a problem and cause redness.
As it goes for using them they are unfortunately are disappointing. I was hoping they would be different than the other cheaper brands but also these ones easily break when using them. When they get a little bit wet they will break so not very handy when you are blowing your nose.
Although they are cheap and might be handy for something I would rather spend a little bit more and getting facial tissues that are up for the job. A shame.
I do not usually buy cheap tissues as I usually think that they are too rough for my nose as I find they are not usually soft enough for my liking but occasionally I buy lower brands if I am trying to save a little money and because it is coming up to Christmas I am trying to save some money to buy my family presents etc as we all are at the moment and so I bought these tissues because I had tried them before and found them fine for the price.
These tissues are inside a cardboard rectangle box and the box is very basic and nothing special in design, it just has the basic colours of the Basics range and they are from the Sainsbury's own brand of cheaper products.
I bought them for only 35p for 150 tissues, each tissue is a good size of approximately 20cm inches x 15cm inches, the tissues are quite strong considering the price and they are a good quality too, I think they are suitable for anyone with a light cold but not for flu or a really runny nose because they can make the nose sore if used continually but I only buy these if I have a mild cold and I buy them for my grandchildren as they use them quite a lot to wipe their fingers etc after eating some foods or treats. I do think that these are nice for all family members and worth the money because children do waste a lot of tissues at times because they use so many when they are first learning to blow their noses but for the price of these, it does not really matter how many they waste.
Each of the sheets are folded and neatly piled inside the box and the box has an oval hole to pull out each of the tissues when they are needed to use, the tissues easily can be removed from this opening as it is quite a large oval.
It tells me on the box that Sainsbury's commit themselves to the responsible sourcing of products and so they protect the worlds forests.
The quality is good for the price and I find they last a long time because there are such a lot in the box, they are good for families who are on a budget because they are so cheap and when you have children or grandchildren tissues are always needed in the home as they are very handy to use. The box is small enough to place on a sideboard or bathroom or wherever you place your tissues.
I recommend this product as I think they are softer than some other cheaper brands I have tried as some have been too cheap and torn while using them but these are much better than most for my liking.
I rate these 5 stars.
When we recently needed some tissues at home (because some of us are starting to get the sniffles), my daughter bought home a box of these Sainsbury's Tissues which come from their Basics range. Now having already experienced the disastrous quality of the tissues from the Tesco Value range, I was a little sceptical about how these Sainsbury's ones would hold up.
As with all of their Basics range products, the packaging is simple. In this case, you get a white box with an orange/red banner across the top and the words 'Facial Tissues' in the middle. The cost is 35p which is directly comparable to what you pay in Tesco for their Value range tissues - a lot cheaper than the branded tissues, but would it be so cheap that the quality would be suspect?
In the box each tissue is 2-ply and measures 204 by 190 mm when opened out, and you have 150 of them which (as it states on the box) are made from recycled paper. Now it's not like they just go through the rubbish, select the used tissues and just give them a clean to recycle them. It is actually a more complex process than that - where they have machines to go through the rubbish to do the selecting ...............!! But seriously, it is worth noting that the tissues, and the box itself contains a significant amount of recycled material - so you buying these is doing your bit to help the environment.
To get them out of the box you need to press through the oval area on the top to break the perforations. Pulling out the top tissue first will start the chain reaction to pull the next through since they are all link folded together.
In terms of quality, I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised. My previous experiences with the Tesco Value ones revealed that the Tesco ones were fairly rough and course, and my initial thoughts were that the Tesco ones and these Sainsbury Basics ones may possibly be made by the same company and just repackaged for either Sainsbury or Tesco - hence the same prices etc. But these Sainsbury ones do feel slightly softer. They're still not supper soft and they do still feel of cheaper quality than your luxury quilted '4 times the price ones', but they don't seem to have the coarseness of the Tesco Value ones.
The real testing comes when you need to use these tissues 'in anger' to blow your nose. In this case, the Basics ones seem to hold together for what I would call a very light cold with a few sniffles. Perhaps one or 2 blows and you're ok. But anything more than that, or used on a heavier cold, and you are risking getting a handful of ................ you get the picture. I tried to test out this moisture absorption bit by wiping up some coffee spills on the table, and whilst they will do it, you very quickly end up with a mushy mess of a tissue afterwards, which wouldn't be good if you were relying on it to carry the results of your heavy cold.
In summary, you pretty much get what you pay for with these Basics range tissues. If I was suffering from a heavy cold, these definitely wouldn't be the first tissues that I would reach for. However, they should be ok to 'control' the occasional sniffle. But what did pleasantly surprise me was the softness, and comparing that with the Tesco Value range for the same price kind of swings me towards the Sainsbury Basics ones as the preferred option.
Overall, not brilliant, but not bad either for the price. So a 3* recommendation.
I'm not very loyal when it comes to different brands, and will try pretty much anything as long as I don't feel it's overpriced, which is how I came to buy a box of Sainsbury's Basics facial tissues. I had a slight cold whilst a work and popped to the nearest supermarket to get some tissues. I didn't see the point in paying between £1 and £1.50 for a box of tissue from brands such as Kleenex, when I could spend 35p on a box of Sainsbury's own brand tissues. If I had a sore nose, I might have bought the ones with balm, but I didn't, so I went for the normal cheap tissues.
For 35p each box contains 150 tissues, each 2 ply in thickness, and they are the standard tissue size of around 20cm square. To use, you just poke the perforated lid out of the box and pull a tissue out. This lines up the next tissue for use too, so you're not scrabbling to grab one the next time your nose is running. The box is quite dull and plain, but as I was only going to be using these at work, I'm not bothered if they look nice, only that they do the job!
When I used these tissues I noticed that they didn't feel rough on my nose. Some cheaper tissues can, but they were as soft as most other tissues I've used in the past, and they certainly didn't make it obvious they were the cheaper kind of tissue. As I said, if I had a sore nose, I think I'd opt for a balm coated tissue, as my nose does get irritated easily if I blow it a lot, but for everyday sniffles these tissues worked well for me and I had no criticism of them.
As well as for my cold, I've used these tissues with make up remover for cleansing my face when I've run out of cotton pads. Although I prefer cotton pads, as they're easier to manhandle, the tissues performed well then too, and do not rip when they are wet.
Made from recycled paper, these are also a good choice for the environment, so add to that the cheap price, and the good quality I can recommend these tissues fully.
With Sainsbury's Basics Facial Tissues you get a box of 150 two ply tissues for 35p. It's always tempting when you see a product this cheap and many of the supermarket 'value' brands are not that bad at all so I thought I would give these a whirl when my cold was in its last stages but still making my nose run. The tissues are not a complete waste of time but obviously they are not as strong as some of the more branded tissues and don't go as far.
Although you get a good amount of tissues the box this is one 'basics' product where you can tell you've gone for the bargain offer and sacrificed some of the quality. These do disintegrate quite easily if you give them some punishment with your conk and don't hold their shape and ability to absorb as much as the more famous tissues you can buy. I found they were smaller and more flimsy than the more expensive tissues I'd bought on previous occasions.
If you have to blow your nose very heavily too they are not really up to the job and they aren't the most soft or sensitive tissues I've ever encountered. This is very important I feel because if you have to keep wiping your nose it becomes sore and sensitive and you need a very soft tissue rather than one which is going to irritate the skin. These are just about bearable for everyday use but I don't think I would like to rely just on these if I had a very bad cold.
Overall, I found these to be a little too flimsy and superficial and although the price is very tempting I would personally pay a little more for a better box of tissues, especially if you are suffering from a very bad cold and need to use them a lot.
I am of the opinion that when it comes to paying a little more for branded products, it is sometimes worth it but often not. With paper products, such as tissues. I have no problem trying store's own brands and often you can end up saving a great deal of money. This was why I ended up buying a box of Sainsburys Basics facial tissues which at a cost of 35 pence for 150 2 ply tissues comes in at over one pound cheaper than similar sized boxes at Sainsburys. However, I'm not one for false economy and if the tissues were rubbish I would not buy them - but they are not!
Also, in their favour, they are made from recycled paper and are approved by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). In fact on the box, it says that 'buying this product helps you care for the world's forests! The packaging also contains a minimum of 90% recycled board.
The size and number of tissues is the same as you would find in any standard box of tissues - that is 150 two ply tissues measuring 204 by 190 mm. Therefore when you are comparing these with other boxes of tissues, the only difference is going to be in the quality. I also have a similar box from Boots at home so I thought that I would compare the two and to see if there is much difference.
Firstly the Basics tissue feels as soft as the other one. I was expecting it to feel quite rough to the touch but I can honestly say that this is just not the case. It also feels quite soft on my nose when I use it to blow it. I have to admit that I am only suffering from a slight sniffle at the moment so I do not need to blow my nose that much. However, I think that if I were having to blow my nose every minute I might want to go for something a bit more luxurious probably with a bit of balm.
I also wondered whether there might be a difference in the toughness and strength of the tissue but again I can't say that I notice any difference. The Basics tissue does not rip easily and because we should dispose of tissues after we use them, they are only going to be used once anyway.
Appearance wise, if I was being very picky, I would say that the Basics tissues are not quite as white as the Boots ones and have a very slightly grubby appearance but it is only very slight and I only notice it because I have two in front of me to compare. My only gripe really would be with the box itself which is very plain and boring (as is all the Basics packaging) and does not look comforting at all.
Overall though, there is nothing wrong with these tissues and the difference in price between these and others make them very favourable. At the end of the day, each of these tissues will do the job that it needs to do and you can't really ask for more than that!
We all love bargains and I love trying out some of the supermarket value ranges and I do this in the hope that one day I shall find an item worthwhile investing in for the future which will save me a fortune.
I went to Sainsburys and saw there value tissues and at first I didnt think they would offer much because they look so worthless in this rather boring and dull box which is white and has the Sainsburys colours wrapped around the edges and it just looks to simple and a waste of money even if the box was 35p.
You get 150 x 2pl tissues which is around the average a box you can get off tissues most places and to begin with I found them very light in weight and I wanted to use them for a few challenges.
When I have a cold I usually have a handkerchief with me and some small packs of tissues so I wanted to check out these tissues and they were good for when I needed to blow my nose. I usually use a few tissues to get a better grip and also because I worry if the tissue splits.
I found that the tissue held firm and collected the contents without causing holes the otherside or coming apart like some other value tissue brands I had used in the past. I found this encouraging so I ventured into other areas.
I poured a small amount of water onto a table which was a cola bottle lid full and I found this product of tissues needed 5 tissues to clean this small mess up because they did end up soaking up the liquid but also releasing it again straight away. So for general nose blowing and perhaps a wipe around the face and stuff they are good.
My box sits outside the tissues are put inside a Kleenex box and I do that because I wanted to know if people knew the difference and when blowing there noses no one did but when it came to touch they could feel the rough sort of texture which is not evident unless you are looking for it I guess and the weight of the item so there is big differences there as well.
For 35p compared to the bigger brands which can be higher then £2 they are pretty decent not the best in the world not by a long shot but they are fairly decent tissues to have in a home and for the price who could argue that point?
I am always looking for ways to save a few pennies and a lot of this involves replacing every day essentials with supermarket own brands. I normally do my shopping in Tesco's but occasionally I head over to Sainsbury's to buy some different products and get some variety. Unfortunately right now the weather is cold and miserable and for my household that means one thing, colds one after the other and lots of nose blowing and sneezing. This means we get through quite a few tissues. I decided to give Sainsbury's basic facial tissues a try.
The tissues come in a mainly white rectangular cardboard box with subtle orange detailing, very typical Sainsbury's basic packaging. The good news is that the packaging is 100% recyclable. They cost 35p for 150 tissues.
The tissues are thin and white and two ply. This means they have two layers softly bonded to each other. This makes the tissue slightly thicker, but the tissues are still very thin. This is sort of what I expected for cheaper tissues, but they are so cheap you could just double them up or fold them in half if the thinness was a problem for you.
Another thing with these tissues is that they are not super soft and can feel a bit harsh on your skin when you have blown your nose a few too many times. This however I find even when I have really expensive tissues, so I don't think it is a huge difference, it just happens sooner with cheap tissues! Vaseline does help, although you do have to walk around with a shiney nose for a while!
I have to admit-this is more me than the tissues- that I am a bit of a snob and I wouldn't want guests to see I had these, but like I say, that is more my downfall!
This is all me just being super critical for the point of a review, and these tissues to do a fantastic job for their price, I am just pointing out the downsides so you can weigh up whether they are suitable for you or not!