“ Brand: Thirstpockets / Type: / Towel / Category: Cleaning Products & Utensils > Wipes, Towels, Tissues „
I don't have much brand loyalty when it comes to essential household products like kitchen roll. I'll buy whatever's on offer, and a couple of months ago, it was these "Thirst Pockets" - I'd never heard of them but they carried the usual claim of "Super absorbent", were half price and had an additional claim of "Unique pocket technology". I could envisage this concept - a pocket to absorb and hold whatever I was mopping up, and the packet carried a friendly, thirsty looking elephant who presumably represented the amazing sucking-up power of these pockets! On the back of the pack it tells us that elephants can hold as much as two gallons of water in their trunks at any one time... I suspect that might be stretching it a bit as a like-for-like comparison with the roll.
On the shelf
The packet did strike me as being quite small rolls, but I was up for trying the offer and made my purchase. The rolls are plain white (I never see the point of patterned kitchen roll) and there are an average of 50 sheets per roll at an average size of 240x210mm.
One sheet or two?
That size of sheet isn't huge, and I have to say that because of that I tend to take two sheets at a time when there is any serious surface-wiping-down or mopping up to be done. That's purely because of the physical amount of paper I like to have in my hand rather than a reflection on its performance, but I'd find it hard to imagine anyone wiping any area (rather than a specific spill) with a single sheet, they are just too small.
Elephant not included
Giving a sheet a tug from either side proves that these sheets are very strong - in my non-scientific test just carried out, I actually had to pull really quite hard before it ripped. Even then, the bit that ripped was right next to my fingers, so there is clearly some very good structure in the sheets. In absorbency, whilst there is no audible sucking noise (so clearly no actual elephants in there), there is a very good performance, and one sheet was fine for a small water spillage. Because of the size, that small water spillage was the end of that sheet - there was never going to be any additional use from that sheet, no wringing out and reusing or anything like that, but there's no question that the water was properly and fully absorbed by the towel, no lingering drips.
This kitchen roll is nothing outstanding but it's still a good product.
I do seem to go through quite a lot of kitchen roll and so whilst I will often opt for a value range product or just a non branded name from the local pound shop when I spotted a eight pack of thirst pockets botanics in Tesco for just four pounds a couple of months ago I bought it because I knew it would last a while and it was an excellent price.
The thirst pockets come packed in a thin plastic which features the thirst pockets botanics name and we are told that this is a limited edition product and that this eight roll pack is a value pack. We are also told that the product is strong and absorbent which is of course something we want when we use a kitchen roll really. I have to say that generally with the value products I do end up using quite a lot each time and so it is perhaps a false economy to purchase these but with the branded thirst pockets in this value pack working out at just 50p per roll I knew I was getting excellent value.
The kitchen rolls are to me a standard looking size in terms of height but I do think they look thicker than the value brands I normally buy and so this automatically makes me think they are made from a thicker paper and are thus better quality. These botanics rolls feature a flower and leaf print around the roll and this covers about half of the height of the roll and so they do look nicer in your kitchen than just the plain white value ones. I do believe you can get plain white thirst pockets though as well as some other forms of decorated ones as well but I do quite like the look of this botanics one especially since we are coming in to Autumn and leaves are falling off the trees as it matches well. There is also a circular pattern of bumps on the sheets of kitchen towel which are of course the thirst "pockets" and are designed to draw in moisture from any spillages.
On each roll there are fifty sheets of kitchen towel and each sheet is a good size and so you do only really need one or two if you are using them to wipe down your kitchen surfaces after spraying anti back for example which is something that I often do with my kitchen towels. I also use kitchen roll for cleaning up spillages on the work top, my son's table and such like as well as wiping down the top of my hob and this product really does tackle those products with ease. When I would use a value product I would certainly need much more of the roll to clean things up as the roll sometimes rips but these sheets of thirst pockets are strong and do feel like they are a good quality, premium brand.
I have used four of my kitchen rolls in the couple of months I have had these and so I would say I get almost a couple of weeks out of a roll of fifty sheets which is very good value to be honest. I would normally go through a value roll in a week I think.
In terms of usual selling price I can advise that Sainsbury's have the eight roll pack on offer for £4.00 and Tesco have a four roll pack on offer for £2.00 and so these can be purchased on offer from time to time. The usual selling price of a two roll pack is around two pounds though and this is when I struggle to work out whether I am best invested in a higher quality product or just buying three rolls for a pound from my local discount store. Personally I think when I see this one on offer I will buy it and perhaps stock up but will stick to my value brands in between.
Thank you for reading my review!
These have to be the best kitchen towels/paper towels that I have ever used. In the past I have used value paper towels but they never really stand up to the little jobs around the kitchen that you need them to do. Thirst pockets are said to perform like a cloth and they really do have a cloth like make up. These paper towels are extremely thick and are woven more like a material cloth than a paper cloth. This is what makes them so strong in my opinion. When you try to pull them apart you really have to give them a good strong tug and even then it takes a long while for the fibres to stretch before they eventually give way but this is just to test them out, in regular kitchen situations the this wouldn't happen and I find the towels never really split apart at important times.
Thirst Pockets say that these cloths can do it all and that they are not just for use in the kitchen. From cleaning the bathroom, rinsing and shining to heavy cleaning jobs like scrubbing hobs and dusting and polishing without leaving streaks. I use my kitchen towel for all sorts of jobs around the house just like they say and this brand has always performed so well. When we first started toilet training our puppy I used this to mop up any little accidents he may of had and they were perfect for that. They never ripped when they got wet which was great as I really don't like the idea of touching dog pee. I also use these cloths to help me wash my mirrors. I wash the mirror down with water and then to stop streaks I tend to use these towels to dry the mirror. I never get the fibres coming off on the mirror like I do with other brands so I get a really nice clean mirror every time.
Thirst pockets go on to say that they offer superior performance when wet and are 60% stronger than the leading brand and that one sheet can do the job. You can actually see when you do get these wet by mopping up some juice, etc that the liquid just soaks into the fibres and takes it away without making the towel soggy and without it falling apart.
A great kitchen/all round house towel!
Kitchen roll, like toilet roll, is a necessity, and one that I feel you can't cut corners on by buying the very basic, but at the same time I refuse to pay for the top of the range. So, I stick to somewhere in the middle, and buy when there are offers on the dearer kitchen rolls.
Besides the big brands lik plenty, I also like to pick up these lotus thirst pocket kitchen rolls, when they are on offer. In Tesco, there are just under £1.80 for a pack of 2, but I recently picked up a 2 + 1 extra free for £1 in a b&m discount store, which I thought was amazing value. I cannot justify spending £1.80 on two kitchen rolls at full price and would never buy these full price.
On the front of the packaging, there is an elephant showing himself sucking the liquids up, with the words 'strong and absorbent' being sucked up too. THe rolls themselves are plain qhite, with a textured pattern on them showing the elephant absorbing the liquids again.
On the reverse of the packaging, it states that these 'strong and absorbent kitchen towel(s)' offer ' the power of an elephant in just one sheet'. They also claim to absorb spillages and lock in the moisture using their special and unique 'pocket technology' and thus claiming to save you 'time and waste'. This company also give more information at the back, comparing themselves to the elephant, who has a 'strong sense of community...fiercely protective of their young...'. I think this is taking the elephant theme a little too far, but it is amusing none the less, no entirely sure how you could say that a kitchen roll company is fiercely protective of its young?! It also states on the reverse, that this kitchen roll is perfect for 'mopping up spills', 'cleaning and polishing', 'wiping kitchen surfaces, ovens and hobs' and for 'grubby hands and faces'.
Although in comparison to some other brands, each roll which gives an average of 50 sheets, doesn't appear to be very thick, it does seem to last for a good length of time. I do find with these sheets, that if there is a spillage (unles we are talking about the whole milk container) that most times, one sheet of these thirst pockets will mop of the majority of the liquid. I also notice, in comparison to some of the cheaper brands, that they do not tear as easily when you wiping up.
All in all, when these Lotus Thirst Pockets are on offer, they are definitely worth getting as they do absorb a lot of the liquid and are strong like they claim to be, but I would not buy this or in fact, any kitchen roll for £1.80 for 2 rolls. I think it is far too much for kitchen roll. So, a great brand but only when at a suitable price!
I normally like to buy kitchen roll that has some sort of pictures printed on it- the stuff from the £1 shop with Disney Princesses on it is usually a firm favourite- despite the fact it is very poor as an absorbent product- atleast it looks pretty.
I accidentally ordered 9 rolls of Kitchen roll last month from Sainsburies online which had pretty stars on them and came with free packs of table scatter stars. But we used these all up surprisingly fast so I found myself in to Co-op looking for cheap kitchen roll a few weeks ago. I refuse to pay £3.60 for two rolls of Plenty (the stuff that used to be called Bounty) but I saw the Thirst Packets 2 pack of plain white rolls kitchen roll was on offer for £1 and though this was a decent price. I was disappointed it is plain white and quite boring looking, but when I opened the packs I saw each roll does have punched patterns into it like an embossed design of swirls. Its not exactly decorative, but it looks better than the value rolls.
The pack has a picture of an elephant on it and Thirst Pockets is made by Georgia- Pacific GB limited who I have never heard of. Each roll feels bouncy when you hold it and quite squeezy- a lot more of a quality product than Supermarket value kitchen rolls that now cost around £1.20 for two rolls! So Thirst Pockets seem like a more quality kitchen roll and on offer are cheaper than value kitchen rolls.
The pack claims this kitchen roll has "lock in technology". I always feel uneasy when a paper tissue product claims each sheet has "technology" as I find it an unnecessary term unless the item has a microchip or some wires sticking out of it! The pack recommends this kitchen roll for mopping up spills, cleaning and polishing, wiping work surfaces and wiping hands and faces.
I find I use a lot of kitchen roll to dry worktops after I have cleaned them with a kitchen cleaner and a dishcloth. Or we use kitchen roll when cooking to drain fat off food such as bacon after it has been cooked. I also use kitchen roll to dry off our hamster's cage after I have cleaned it. So our main use for this product is drying.
When I tested it out last week whilst drying the hamster's cage I found it is effective at drying, but I needed to use quite a lot of the kitchen roll. At first it seemed to smear more than it absorbed which was a little disappointing as it feels like it is going to be very absorbent. It performs better than value kitchen roll, but not as good as the leading brands (ie the hideously over priced Plenty, which I must admit is the best I have used for absorbency).
Overall, I found this to be effective, but a middle of the road as far as quality goes product. It works better and absorbs better than the value rolls most supermarkets sell (Tesco Basics kitchen roll etc) but I needed to use more sheets of this to dry worktops and to absorb washing up spills that I expected. As it is only £1 I would buy this instead of the supermarket value kitchen roll, but I think I will go back to the decorative rolls I normally buy as they look pretty and they are only £1 too but they apeal to me more as they look the part and do not do too bad a job when it comes to drying.
Thirstpockets Kitchen Towel is marketed as being a brand name, but really I've not been terribly impressed with it so far. I tried it twice now, the first time because it was on offer, and the second time because I had a coupon from Tesco that made it cheaper than even the Tesco Value kitchen towel was. It normally retails at £1.79 for a packet of two, or £4.08 for a packet of 6. That's hardly cheap.
This stuff looks like it might be effective when you first get a look at it. The towels are very thin, but they're covered in little raised 'pockets' that are allegedly for soaking up liquids with. They look just like you'd expect them to look, what with their claims for being covered in these 'thirstpockets', but when you actually use them you realise that the pockets are little more than a pretty pattern.
The towels tear quite easily, and because they're very thin, you need to use two at a time mostly. Considering that the rolls are expensive for the quantities you get, that's just not good enough in my book! I expect it from a value brand, but for this price and brand place, I expect one sheet at a time to be sufficient for small spills or holding a piece of cake with.
The thirstpockets really are quite ineffective. They don't appear to have any more absorption than the standard thin parts of the paper towel. They're just as quick and easy to tear, and it takes at least two or three towels held together to clean up a splash of coffee without getting your hands wet and dirty. If you're going to get your hands wet, you might as well have just got the sink cloth and gone to the bother of rinsing it out afterwards in my opinion.
Two stars from me. These are usable in groups, and I'm not too miffed having got these on offer. But I definitely wouldn't pay full price for them. Give me Plenty any day!