Product Type: Tesco Household Cleaning
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Tesco Value White Kitchen Towel
Member Name: hlb2009
Tesco Value White Kitchen Towel
I have to have kitchen towel in my kitchen, without it I feel lost! I am forever reaching for it and using it to mop up spillages and to dry the sides down and other such necessary little jobs which I do not want to use my tea towel for. I normally buy branded but my husband and I are trying to save some money so buying Tesco own brand seemed like a good way to do this.
Having said that it saved us money buying this I'm not actually sure that it did as the quality of it is quite poor meaning I found I had to use more than I normally would with a branded kitchen towel. The cost of these kitchen towels work out at just under 60p per roll.
The packaging is dull and boring as you would expect from the value range. It is a plastic wrapper which holds all 4 rolls together and is see through so you can see the rolls inside and that they are just plain white. The red logo of the value range is very clearly seen so when you buy this you are under no illusions as to what you are getting! The plastic holds the rolls together and once you've removed one it still will hold them quite well. I tend to keep my rolls inside here when I'm not using them so that they stay protected and don't end up getting damp.
The kitchen roll
the kitchen roll doesn't look like anything fancy, it is just white and has little tiny dimples in it which add to the surface area which helps make it absorbent. I don't mind that it doesn't look like anything special, I don't buy this so that it looks good, I buy it so that I can use it and then throw it away. Perhaps if it was patterned I would feel more awkward about how liberally I just dispense of this!
The roll pieces are a standard size and they tear away from the adjoining one although often not in a clean rip. I find that I often end up with part of the next towel attached to it or only half of a piece ripping away unless I use two hands to hold the roll still and to carefully rip it. This isn't always possible to do though when I am in the middle of something or if I have wet hands.
When I first ripped off a piece I noticed it was quite thin and so became dubious as to how absorbent it was actually going to be. It feels quite soft though so that was a bonus as sometimes I do use it for wiping Hope's fingers or face with so it's softness is of importance to me.
This kitchen roll did not impress me when I used it as it soon came to light that it just isn't very effective at being absorbent and that is the main purpose of this product- as far as I am concerned anyway.
I found that when I would wipe down a damp kitchen surface the towel wouldn't be able to absorb all of the dampness whereas other brands of kitchen towel would be able to do this. What was more annoying was that it became so saturated that it began to break down and leave bits of kitchen towel behind and this wasn't on a particularly wet, just damp, surface.
I also don't find it practical that you need to use two hands to rip off a piece as quite often the reason for me needing to use it is because I am in a hurry and have just spilt something and I'm desperately trying to stand up a glass of juice at the same time as grab the kitchen roll or my hands are wet through and I need some kitchen roll but using two hands means that I end up soaking other pieces on the roll! I think that it should be better cut so that you can just tug it and it will pull away from the adjoining piece just like other brands do.
When I use this for drying the kitchen sides or soaking up spillages I always grab a wad of it so that I can be sure that there are lots of pieces of towel together to absorb it all. This usually does the trick but then like I said previously, it also kind of defeats the object of paying less for it seeing as I am using more each time!
I do not recommend this as I cannot sing it's praises in any way. Well, perhaps the fact that kitchen roll is discarded and thrown away readily is a good thing with this, at least you won't be worried about throwing this in the bin after using it as it's so hopeless!
If you are looking for something cheap for wrapping birthday cake in then this kitchen towel will suit you fine but if you actually want to use it to be of use in the kitchen then there is no point in even buying this. It is barely any more absorbent than toilet roll so seems like a very pointless item to buy, you may as well just have a toilet roll on your kitchen side as they cost less than this but will work just as 'well'.
The towels are not absorbent and tend to break down if they do come into contact with a bit of water. Having bits of kitchen roll left on the side or on a plate that I have wiped is really annoying and just means more work. They don't rip off easily from each other so you can end up with torn pieces... it's just not at all practical in any way!
It looks dull with being plain white but this doesn't really bother me but the fact that it doesn't even work either just makes it a complete waste of money. In future I will be buying decent brands because they work out at a similar price as when you use this you need to use double or triple of other brands to have the same absorbency. It is available from Tesco but I don't recommend it to you. Stick to spending more money as it will work out as a saving.
Summary: don't bother