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      09.12.2014 18:58
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      False economy toilet rolls!

      Everyone needs toilet roll right? Well I have been getting through it at the rate of knots not just for use in the bathroom but I also needed to use it as I have a bad cold at moment which has also led to a couple of bad nosebleeds.

      I haven't been able to get out my house through feeling so poorly so my Mum took my shopping list and grabbed me a few bits and pieces whilst she was out and about and grabbed me a pack of these Sainsbury's 'Basics' Toilet Rolls in a 6 pack which are only available in white and cost her £2.10. I don't know if they can be bought in other sizes but they can't on the Sainsbury's website or in our local store.

      They come stored in a plastic wrap which is mainly see through and on that we are clearly told what they are and so on, on it. It does look very cheap packaging, not that, that matters its always product that counts to me!

      The Rolls:

      Well like I say I got 6 of them and they were a brilliant white in colour and very plain to look at, not quilted or anything and I did feel that they were smaller than more famous branded toilet roll that I usually use.

      There are about 400 sheets per roll and those sheets are large enough really and 2ply with easy to tear off perforations and the sheet size is 115mm x 98mm, so again a little smaller than I'm used to.

      However I'm not keen on these at all. They are not very absorbent and although they tear off the roll simply enough the 2 ply falls apart in contact with liquid. They are not all that soft either and simply feel as cheap as they are really.

      All in all I used them up but wasn't happy with them. Not soft enough, not absorbent enough and not as big as I'd like each sheet to be and really I feel that they are false economy as you use more per task and considering I can buy 4 Nicky toilet tissue in a pack of 4 of them for a pound which are great quality and larger rolls I would rather purchase those!

      Only available from Sainsbury's.

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        24.01.2014 21:01
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        Good budget busting tissue

        I normally buy toilet rolls from places such as Home Bargains and B&M. The quality and the price works well for me, but rather than going in the shop just for this item I tend to come out with unnecessary purchases as there's far too much to entice me. So rather than making the journey, I stuck to staying in Sainsbury's as I was doing a small top up shop anyway. These cost £1.95 for a pack of 6 rolls.



        Why did I buy these?

        I looked at the price of other tissues-branded and Sainsburys own, and to be honest I really didn't want to spend too much. When I had a look at these, I thought the size of each roll, the amount of rolls included and the price was within my budget. I also felt if these were really rubbish and I had to buy something else, we could make do for the time being and I wouldn't feel as if I wasted too much money.



        How are they packaged?

        Pretty much the same as other toilet tissues. The 6 rolls are encased in plastic, mostly clear. With this being a part of Sainsbury's basic range, the look and design is very plain. On the front in mainly white and orange, you have the Sainsbury's Basic logo in the corner, product name underneath with the amount of tissue and that's it.

        On the back it tells you how many sheets are included per roll, sheet size, abit of background knowledge in regards to the paper used in the product and company contact details.



        What are they like?

        The rolls themselves, before use, are actually quite big in regards to the size, and it's obvious that there's a lot of tissue around the cardboard tube on the inside. White in colour, and completely void of any patterns, but embossed with very small hole like shapes all over and throughout.

        Each roll is made up of individual sheets that need to be ripped from each other. Each sheet is around two thirds of my hand length ( I have standard sized hands ). Each tissue is made up of two layers that separate quite easily from another. Combined, the tissue is thinner than other toilet rolls, not together they are as thin as tissue paper.

        The texture of these is surprisingly not rough. It has a slight texture to it thanks to the embossed holes, but I wouldn't say it feels harsh on the skin just to touch with your hands.

        No fragrance.



        How do they perform?

        In regards to the usual uses of toilet tissue, these hold up very well. You have to take into consideration that I use them, a 4 year old and a toddler. The 4 year old goes to the toilet himself and performs all the cleaning duties of his body parts 99% of the time. His sister doesn't really use her potty anymore, so requires a little leg up onto the loo. She wipes herself after doing a number 1 and a number 2 is my job. So you can understand that any tissue we have has got to fit into all our needs-be soft enough for young sensitive bits, hold the strain of bodily fluids so absorbent and strong and have a lot of tissue per roll ( we get through tons of the stuff! ). This delivers on all counts. I've obviously used this on myself and it's been soft enough in use, but strong enough to perform an efficient job. It's not been rough in any way, and surprisingly quite strong despite its lack of thickness. Neither children have had a problem with this. My daughter being the one with the sensitive skin seems to be able to use this no problem. These children aren't exactly soft and gentle with their hand movements, so if this tissue was less than kind, their bodies would know about it!

        I can't tell you realistically how long these rolls last, as firstly we haven't finished them. But more importantly we never skimp with this type of product. If it needs to be used it will be. My son will use half a roll if he needs a number 2 and takes forever sorting himself out. His sister will throw rolls down the toilet or decorate the floor. So you can understand why it's hard to say how long this would last an average family.



        Would I buy these again?

        I would. Packaging is rubbish and you automatically think this tissue is going to be horrid but it's not. If on a budget I would purchase with confidence because it delivers on what it needs to do. When you have children who use this like it's going out of fashion, it's very cost effective.

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        30.06.2013 16:52
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        A little too basic

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        I never usually buy Sainsbury's basics products. Sometimes I buy Sainsbury's products, but I find that the Basics products falter. However, when it comes to toilet role I do not see the point in splashing out on an expensive brand when you only really need it for one thing. I can't think of much to say about this product without going into a lot of gross detail, but the product does what I bought it for. I find I have to use more sheets than I would with another product because it really thin. Lately, I have found that when I am in the shower and I have a runny nose the product is better for blowing the nose than anything else. Though I know you are not supposed to use it on the nose because it makes it sore and red, but when your in the bath or shower it is good. Specially, if you have Hayfever at this time of year. The product comes in a 6 pack and a 12 pack, usually a 6 pack lasts around a week in my house but there are only two people living here.

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        The price is somewhat expensive for Sainsbury's Basics. I was sent in with some money to buy it and I barely had any change. The product costs £1.96 and considering what you use it for and it being Basics I find this expensive. It isn't even that good. I recommend this product if you find yourself with little money to spare. Though this product is a little thin and you have to use a couple of sheets more, it is still a good product. I also find that it is a good product for family use.

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        29.01.2012 21:47
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        Great for people who are not fussy. A good option for kitting out the caravan!

        My husband and I disagree with each other when it comes to supermarket branded items. He thinks all the items in this category are naff (I think I have changed his mind slightly). I think around 75% are fantastic and the bonus is that they are sometimes dramatically cheaper.

        Sainsbury's Basics range have a main colour of white with Sainsbury's signature orange logo. They can be spotted easily on the shelf. A pack of these rolls costs £1.96 for six rolls.

        I have noticed a few reviews regarding toilet roll focus on softness. I do not notice. I can tell when one brand is thicker than another and only once in my life have I come across a toilet roll that felt like I was drying my 'front' with jagged and scrunched newspaper. A toilet roll has to be abysmal for me to notice the softness factor. This particular brand is half and half. It is not painful (yikes) nor uncomfortable to use.

        I can tell you something about this toilet roll, however. It is 2 ply. Each ply hates the other; they separate and come apart so you end up wiping with a scrunched up ball of thin tissue. It still does its job. There are 400 sheets per roll and you will probably end up using twice the amount of sheets in comparison to a more popular brand. If you normally use two sheets to wipe and use two sheets of this toilet roll, you may find yourself accidentally wiping your A with your fingers...

        As the sheets are thin, absorbency isn't fantastic but doubling the sheets sorts it. Even though you use double the sheets and get through the pack faster, this pack will still save you a few pence. Go for it if you are not picky about your loo roll.

        I am not a bloke, but as they only have one area to service, this pack would probably suit thrifty men.

        I believe the smaller four pack (if still available) can be purchased for between 50-60p. A bargain!

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          17.11.2011 10:53

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          Does the job!

          Well what can I say, obviously we all need to use loo paper and having super soft quilted extra thick toilet roll can be a luxery but to be honest after buying Sainsbury's Basic Toilet Paper for a while now I would choose this over more expensives rolls any day. Its not the softest toilet roll out but to be honest I prefer that as I think it "cleans" better.

          We started buying Sainsbury's Basic range products about 7-8months ago and toilet roll was one of my main worries...I imagined Sainsbury's Basic Toilet Roll to be like the school paper we all remember and detested but its really not, it's so much softer than you would imagine it to be and amazing value for its price. They can be brought in either a 4 roll pack or 6 roll pack, but the 6 roll pack are like giant rolls so more like buying a 12 roll pack and for under 2 quid!! you'll pay that for just 2 rolls with some brands!

          Lets face it for what we are actually using it for it only really needs to be basic and thats what it is, we've never had any complaints from friends and family! I would definatly recomend trying these basic toilet rolls at least once just to see for yourself.

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          08.09.2011 08:09
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          Recently on my idea of changing a lot of products to Basic brand products this kind of thing was next on my list. I remember trying Asda's version of Basic Toilet Rolls when I first moved into my first flat which was 10 years ago. Back then I believed that all Toilet Rolls were the same but they certainly aren't.

          I know that this is listed as being in a 12 pack, but the pack that I got was an 8 pack. When I bought this the other month I paid around £1.60 I think, but when you think of getting 9 rolls of the brand named Toilet Rolls which cost abour £4 then this is a good bit cheaper. This was the normal price for them and I don't think that a product like this will ever really be on any kind of offer due to the pricing of this.

          The pack looks simple. Just a cellophane wrapper and the rolls are stacked on top of each other. You can see the size of these rolls so be able to see the size of the sheets and even at a glace the sheet size looks a bit smaller than a brand named or even Supermarket brand one.

          Upon opening this pack and taking a roll out I could see such a difference in the quality of this paper and remember why I was put off with the budget rolls in the past. The paper seems to be not quite as soft as other more expensive brands and it's a lot thinner. When you go to use this then I feel that I ended up using more than what I would normally use due to this being thinner and slightly smaller, so price wise then you may find that there isn't too much difference in price from say Sainsbury's Supermarket one and this one. This doesn't seem to be overly rough or that, but it's not exactly soft either.

          I think I will pass on buying this again as it's kind of false economy in my eyes. A cheaper price tag, but it goes down quicker and I will keep buying more expensive Rolls for the job as they are so much better.

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          07.07.2011 08:08
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          Good value rolls.

          I like to cut down on my shopping bill whenever I can, I do not mind using shops own brands of toilet tissue because some of them are not bad for the price. I do have a lot of grandchildren who always use a lot of toilet roll when they come to visit. They sometimes use more than they need to as most children do at times and some adults too and so a cheaper brand is a must in my home.

          These tissues are white in colour, they are a clean looking white and not a grey kind of white colour, these are very fresh and clean looking tissues indeed. They come inside a plastic wrapper and there are 4 rolls in a pack. They have a strong cardboard roll or which the tissues cover in the usual way. Each roll has 200 sheets, they are a nice texture and are quite soft for the cheap price of them. They are just plain looking sheets with no fancy pattern on them, just tiny dots on them, very basic indeed, hence the name Basics since they are from Sainsbury's Basics cheaper products.

          These tissues feel nice and soft to use, they are not at all scratchy or rough on the skin, they are a 2 ply and quite thick and they are quite strong too. They do not tear easily while using them and they are joined together with a thin join of which is easy to tear to separate the sheets. Each sheet is square. They also flush well and I have found them to be no problem at all flushing.

          I find they are a lot softer than some of the other supermarkets own brands of toilet roll. These ones are very good quality and superb value for the price of just 60p for the pack of 4. They are also available in packs of 6 of which cost around £1.75 but these ones have 400 sheets per roll and so a little larger in size. I think these prices are very good for these rolls because I find that no more amount of sheets are needed to do the job. My grandchildren have not complained that they do not like them or they have felt rough on their skins. They are suitable for all the family.

          The cardboard roll and packaging can be recycled too.

          I cannot fault these toilet rolls, they are super value for anyone on a lower budget or have lots of children or just want to save a little money. These are well worth it and I do highly recommend them for people to try as I do not think they are a disappointing brand of rolls and I like them so much I will always buy them when I shop at Sainsbury's supermarket.

          I rate them 5 stars.

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            06.06.2011 21:16
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            A lovely way to cut back on the big shopping bill

            I used to think that the cheaper branded products of toilet tissue would, well frankly leave a sore patch. (I think you can imagine where!). But recently I brought these in their 4 pack, which was something like 50p so fab value, and I was pleasently surprised (even though I am spoilt using andrex!).

            Part of the fact these are a cheaper product, is simply because of the rather simple packaging. Like the majority of there basics range, this is tightly covered in see through wrap, with a bit of detail on the front just explaining the product.

            The price of these loo rolls is very good value, being just 55p for a pack of 4. They don't hold as much as other rolls, because the paper is a bit thin (so then you do have to use a few more sheets), but overall, they are about £1-2 cheaper than others out there.

            They aren't rough on skin, or not in my opinion anyway, so if you are looking for something to cut down on your weekly shop I would recommend going for something like this.

            They have about 50 sheets to a roll, compared to about 70 in others, but again they usually cost a considerable amount more, not pennies more!

            They are part of the basics range, so don't expect 5 star hotel treatment on the rear but then appreciate the fact they are only 55p, which is a great budget buy, and they do the same job after all!

            Recommend!

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            04.05.2011 21:24
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            For the price, it is a great toilet tissue.

            Using the bathroom and toilet tissue is something that we use everyday and take for granted. Making the wrong choice when buying toilet paper can leave you feeling a bit rough and sore, however buying the "softest" and most "comfortable" can leave your wallet feeling a lot lighter.

            As a student, I'm a bit tight when it comes to toilet tissue as having to share a house with friends means that it gets used up quickly. I have therefore switched to this toilet tissue and have been using it for the past month now.

            --- The Pack ---
            The pack of 4 rolls of toilet tissue costs 50p from any Sainsbury's supermarket and it comes wrapped in a clear plastic wrapper. On the front there is a label printed onto it which is white and orange, which matches the rest of the Sainsbury's basics range. On the rear there is a small amount of information about the tissue and where the paper for the tissue has been sourced from.

            --- The Toilet Tissue ---
            Each roll contains 200 sheets of 2-ply toilet tissue. Each sheet is 11cm x 10cm, which I have noticed is a bit smaller than the more expensive brands. I have never noticed this a problem though as this is still large enough for all needs.

            For a own brand toilet tissue, it doesn't feel too cheap at all. It is reasonably smooth to touch and doesn't remind me of the nasty tissue found in public toilets at all. I had expected it to be quite rough however this is not the case. The thickness of the two sheets isn't as thick as more expensive brands, however I find that doubling up two sheets together makes the tissue strong enough.

            Once you take the rolls out of the pack, they look just like any other brand of toilet paper and I don't anyone would recognise the own brand tissue on looks alone. Compared to more expensive brands I don't think it is as soft, however as it is around a quarter of the price of other brands, then I would of never of expected this. However for the price it is very good quality and well worth the price.

            --- The Verdict ---
            I never used to buy cheap toilet tissue as I always thought it would be more like sandpaper than tissues, however this pack has changed my mind on this as I am more than happy to buy this again and again. It is comfortable enough for me and doesn't leave my bum feeling rough/sore at all. If you are looking to cut a few costs and use a lot of toilet tissue then I would recommend giving this a try as it is great value for money.

            I am going to give this 4/5 as it is very good for the price, however it obviously isn't the most comfortable and I find the sheets need doubling up to be useful.

            Thanks for reading.

            This review may also appear on my blog and Ciao under the same username.

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              12.09.2010 16:47
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              Not for us

              We are trying to save money at the moment, therefore when we usually shop in Tesco we always buy the Tesco value toilet roll. This is because it is of good quality and is an excellent price.

              Therefore, when we went shopping in Sainsbury's the other day I thought we would be fine buying this basics toilet roll because I assumed it would be very similar to the Tesco version.

              We bought 4 rolls for 51p but there is also a 12 pack available which I think costs around £1.29. The 12 roll pack is obviously better value for money however I wanted to try it out before buying too many!

              The packaging is very basic and is exactly what you can see above, a simple clear wrapping with simple basics logos.

              Getting the rolls out of the packet I immediately noticed it looked it like the rolls we used to have when we were at school with the little bumpy bits all over it. I tore off a bit to see how thick it was and I noticed it was very thin. If its held up to light you can easily see through it and it tears easily.

              Using the toilet roll, I immediately made a mental note to always buy the tesco equivalent in future! The toilet roll is so thin that when you use it you need at least 4 sheets, with other toilet rolls I usually only use two. Therefore it is false economy.

              The toilet roll is also quite scratchy and not soft at all. If we have visitors whilst we are still using this I think I will try and swap the toilet roll over before they go in the bathroom as it is obviously cheap and not very nice at all to be honest!

              As you can probably tell, I dont like this toilet roll! I appreciate it is very cheap and less than half the price of other brands however it is rubbish! It is very thin and very scratchy, not recommended.

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              08.09.2010 23:46
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              Budget but poor quality

              I don't know why it is, but I always find that it is a real gamble with the supermarket's basic/value ranges. You find the odd gem of a product where the quality is up there with the leading brands but then some of them really are cheap in price and also in quality. I do always try and give them a go though as if you find a product you are happy with, there are huge savings to be made.

              As the size of my family is increasing... as is our weekly consumption of loo roll. We seem to get through stacks of the stuff, so I decided I would give the Sainsbury's Basic Tolet Tissue a go. Firstly I couldn't believe how cheap the stuff was costing only £1.29 for 12 rolls..... that price wouldn't even but 4 of the rolls I normally purchase. It was certainly worth giving a go and I was hoping I would be pleasantly suprised by the quality.

              Unfortunately, this was one of those products that turned out to be quite disappointing. As soon as I opened the packet I could see that quality was quite poor. The paper felt very thin and flimsy, and although it was two ply, the individuals seperated really easily and didn't hold together as they would with more expensive rolls.

              As well as being flimsy the paper also felt quite rough against the skin, I wasn't expecting velvet soft but this was far too harsh for my liking. My middle girl actually complained that the loo roll was scratchy and horrible.

              The rolls are also very small and do not hold much paper, I would say less than half of what you would get on a standard roll. So to sum up, I think in this instance, the cheap budget option is actually a false economy that I won't be bothering with again.

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                06.08.2010 23:36
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                I'll Stick To Andrex!!!

                When my mum sent dad shopping the other day I knew he'd come back with loads of the wrong stuff, he did pretty good actually but made a BIG mistake buying this Basics toilet roll.

                It's a good price and only costs about £1.40 for a pack of 12 toilet rolls. Well that sounds good until you realise what BAD quality these toilet rolls are!

                I'm NOT going to go into detail about how and when I go to the toilet so you'll have to put up with my review being a bit general. It's dead rough, nowhere near as soft as the Andrex we've got in the habit of buying because of it being such good quality and a roll lasting so long. I sometimes use toilet roll with baby lotion to take my make up off and when you use these like this you can feel just how rough and unkind to my skin they are.

                Another thing is that these toilet rolls don't last! The 12 in this pack will probably last about the same amount of time as 4 Andrex and so you're not saving all that much cash when you look at it like that..... and are probably losing a layer of skin off your bum each time you go to the toilet! lol

                Seriously though these are quite small toilet rolls but another reason they seem to be used so quick is that they are not very strong so you have to use more than you usually would for each wipe. I'm talking toilets here too so use your imagination! I reckon though for each wipe you do with these loo rolls you're going to have to use at least double the sheets as you would Andrex just to avoid your finger going through the paper at a dodgy time!

                Not recommended..... toooooooo cheap!!!

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                17.07.2010 12:17
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                good value product

                Let's face it, using toilet paper is something that we all do every day, except the Queen. Goodness knows what she uses, maybe her corgis. I am always trying out new brands because I think the leading brands are too dear these days. I have already sampled Tesco's own version and a make called Springforce. Now onto the Sainsbury's version. A snip at forty two pence for four rolls. That to me says good value and it also puts the price in line with the other competitors.

                The packaging is simple and effective, though if you are hard of seeing, you might mistake it for kitchen roll. A bigger illustration would have helped here. Easy to open, just tear the outer packet and you're away!

                The softness of the toilet tissue is pretty good, with a sprightly bounce to the rolls. The quality of the paper itself is also pleasing and possibly a little better than the Springforce quaility, in that it does not tear as easily. The tissue is comfortable to use on personal areas and does not disintegrate in the hands which is very important.

                There is no balm on the tissue like leading brands nor is there any scent. I always hanker after a toilet tissue embalmed with the smell of coconut, but I guess this would bump up the price. For your money you do get a sturdy tissue paper, it does not cut the skin like that nasty school loo paper and it also tears easily from the roll.

                My quibble is that it is not the most absorbent tissue. If you try and mop up water then it will go a bit droopy and fall to bits, unlike some leading brands which stay intact for longer. My advise is to use this for bathroom activities and invest in kitchen roll for spillages. On reflection, I will get this roll again as it delivers on softness, longevity (two hundred sheets per roll) and price. As an interesting closer, it is rumoured that former Spice Girl Melanie C uses only one sheet of toilet paper per session. Maybe that is something we can all learn from in these tight economic times!

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                  28.05.2010 16:55
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                  worth buying.

                  £1.32 for 12 rolls, 45p for 4...this is literally the only thing I was looking at when I chose to purchase my first-ever pack of Sainburys Basics Toilet Roll!

                  I do remember that veeery painful toilet roll we had at school, and to be fair this isnt as bad as that; our school loo roll was less like tracing paper, more like greaseproof! It was weirdly see-through...strange...anyway I digress. This is one of those WYSIWYG products.

                  Yes, it IS thinner than say, Andrex, and you do probably need twice the amount to do a decent job of wiping your...nose ;) - but I dont really understand those people that complain about cheaper toilet paper and say they need to have quadruple-quilted, scent-of-peruvian-mountain-fragranced paper...you spend a heck of a lot of time sitting on yours, does it really need THAT much pampering?!

                  Basically, Im saying if you are after a reasonably priced toilet roll that does its job and not something to take pride of place in the bathroom and talk to your neighbours about, then buy this :)

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                  27.05.2010 19:47
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                  Definately recomended!

                  I'll be honest I was expecting quite a rough ride the first time I used Sainsburys Basics Toilet Tissue. Being on somewhat of a budget recently I decided to take the plunge and try this out, because it really is cheap! At £1.32 for a pack of 12 loo rolls it is an absolute bargain and almost a third of the price of the branded varieties.

                  I was really surprised by the quality of this product. I had been worried that it would resemble that horrible hard school loo roll from back in the day, the one that felt like sand paper! However, Sainsburys Basics Toilet Tissue was perfectly comfortable to use and perfectly strong. I didn't find that I was having to use more of it than I would with the branded varieties.

                  In terms of aesthetics, this loo roll is not great. It is a dull grey colour instead of the colourful peack or violet of Andrex. Given what you are going to use it for, it shouldn't really be too much of a problem, unless you want it to match your bathroom colour scheme!

                  All in all I would say this is a really good product. Toilet roll is one of those essential products that can be extortionately over priced; not so the Sainsburys Basics Toilet Tissue! At £1.32 for a pack of 12 it is exceptional value and is surprisingly good quality! 4 out of 5!

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