I got this product once before while trying to save some pennies, and thinking how expensive toilet paper was considering what it actually is.
You can get 12 rolls of this for £1.32, which is a huge amount cheaper than other brands such as andrex.
The rolls only come in white, which is fine by me, I'm not fussy about the colour. They do look smaller than other rolls and when you actually use them you realise why.
This toilet tissue is so thin it's just ridiculous, you have to use loads of the stuff at any one time. It must be 1ply at the most. I think if you directly compared this to other brands you would immediately know the difference.
The texture of this tissue is also quite unpleasant, it's not quite as rough as sand paper, but it's quite close, It's really is unpleasant.
After using about 1 roll of this I used the rest to clean my house with, and even for that it was quite rubbish. People would immediately know by looking at this on the holder that it is budget and I'm glad that no-one visited us while we were trying it out.
Do not use this brand, it's just not great, if there is no other toilet roll in the shop then yes it's ok as a last resort but I would steer well clear of it. It's just not nice.
I recently had a quite horrific experience at a friends of mine, we had been having a drink at hers and we were getting ready to go out when nature called and I had to pay a visit to the little girls room.
My worst fear when using someone else's toilet used to be that there would be no toilet paper but it is now that they will be using Sainsbury basic as she was that night.
This stuff should never be used by a human being as I am sure it is unsafe in some way or another. It is not rough but has a sort of uncomfortable feel to it and it feels like your fingers could go through it at any time even if you double it over or even treble it.
I am sure it would have been very cheap and after a bit of research I have come up with a price of somewhere around 99p for four rolls which is a good bit cheaper than even the Asda shades toilet roll which incidentally is actually ok.
You can basically get around twice the toilet roll for your money if you choose this over Andrex or the likes but why would you want to risk your human dignity to save a few pennies??
The thought of having no choice but to use this stuff again has become so bad that if I am heading to that particular friends house for any length of time I take baby wipes in my bag as I do not have the heart to tell her about the paper.
In a student house it's often the norm to purchase the 'value' version of everything possible, toilet paper included. However, the experience of using Sainsbury's basics loo paper has taught us a valuable lesson: YOUR INTIMATE AREAS DESERVE BETTER!
Sainsbury's basics loo roll is somewhat softer than other brands, however, as with many value toilet papers, it has the tendency to 'melt' as soon as it is used. Furthermore, you end up using ten times as much per wipe, and getting lots of disintegrated bits of loo roll stuck up your arse which is unhygenic and highly unpleasant.
It may be cheap and get you 12 rolls for the price of four luxury ones, but supermarket's standard own brand toilet roll is infinitely better and only marginally more expensive. Save the value stuf for houseparties where it's more likely to be used to mummify some friends than to wipe arses!
On a recent trip to Sainsburys I saw a woman out of the corner of my eye, heading down the bathroom products isle. I had faith in this strangers ability to make the right decision, and this turned to disillusion as I saw her reach for the cheap option, Sainsburys Basics Toilet Tissue. I persevered with my laden basket and didnt turn back. It wasnt my time to be a hero. Im not saying Im Superman, thats for other people to say. She would have to learn this one on her own. Besides, it would just embarrass us both if I approached a stranger buying such a sensitive item and got into an argument based around her rear end. Actually, it would only embarrass her, I evidently dont get embarrassed discussing toilet roll. Im either enlightened or depraved.
As a companion piece to my review of Sainsburys Super Soft quilted toilet tissue, I thought it was important to check out the other end of the scale. Exploring Sainsburys Basics economy product line is a nice adventure regular customers can embark upon which leads to many surprises, both good and bad. Self-professed low quality equivalents of essential products at a budget price (although Im not sure how essential red wine and Jaffa Cakes are), Basics products aim to provide cheaper customers with the minimal possible quality for the best possible price.
There are worse toilet rolls out there, plenty of them. Sainsburys Basics, despite being an economy brand, has to produce goods of a higher standard than would be expected in budget stores, but this is nevertheless a rather nasty product. People buy it for the price, Ive done so myself, out of curiosity. The plain, no-frills packaging is almost a guarantee of inferior quality on sight, and this is obviously marketed at a different crowd than the luxurious quilting and pointless honey hue of Andrex. Basics toilet roll is only available in 4-packs, as bulk-buy savings would be largely irrelevant. Even compared to the next ascending tier of quality, the stores own, non-economy brand, there is a saving of £1.16 for four rolls, or 11 pence per 100 sheets.
You get what you pay for, and if there is any discrepancy between price and quality, its perhaps even weighted in the latters favour. Thin, coarse and minimally absorbent, this certainly isnt a tissue for sensitive areas, but is acceptable as plain old toilet roll, as long as care is taken. There are people for whom this wont present a problem, such as those with asbestos skin for example, but in honesty the tissues fulfil their function adequately. Dont expect a roll to cover the larger ground of facial tissue and kitchen roll (as I always expect and put into practice with toilet roll), as its not very absorbent and is sufficiently weak to tear under the slightest dampening. You also dont want to breathe those loose confetti shards in through your nostrils. A subsidiary box of facial tissues and roll of kitchen roll are therefore essential for once.
One pack of four contains roughly 800 sheets, 200 per roll, which is a little below average. As the paper consist of two very thin layers, this smaller quantity is further emphasised in the slightly thinner shapes. Compared to the bulky rolls of Andrex or even Sainsburys own brand, the rolls are flimsy and unattractive, the surface attempting something of a pattern but only revealing itself for the extraordinarily thin tree-peel that it is. The packaging admirably makes no attempt to conceal the product, as the trademark orange-and-white plastic occasionally gives way to transparency. As such, any resulting disappointment with the product would be naïve. Buyers know what youre getting into and for many on a budget, this is good enough.
Basics toilet tissues can be bought from all stores for 40p (price verified this morning), and even online at sainsburystoyou.com. Oddly, the image for the product features the old-school Sainsburys Economy packaging which hasnt been in use for some time, further indicating the budget of this product. Basics doesnt go in for the tempting offers of other brands, such as the quilting rivalry and 12 for the price of 9 offers floating between toilet roll brands at the moment, and really dont need to. At 10p per roll, it's all down to the individual buyer's tolerance.
Despite being something of a nice and cheap way to acquire a necessity, Id feel a little disappointed if I was in someone elses bathroom and the best they had to offer was Basics roll. Still, it would provide a nice insight into the truth of their financial situation. As most of the people I know are incredibly poor, I wouldnt feel obliged to complain. Id simply make a disconcerted tut sound within earshot and hope they knew what I meant. While were on the subject, dont buy Basics cola or crisps either. Basics polish, prawns and pies are all acceptable.
Let me tell you something very exciting. I'm a student, and have lived in a student house for two years now. At first, being skanky and studenty we opted for "value" loo roll, you see loads and loads of it in Sainsbury's, and every student walking back from the supermarket is carrying a pack (or 5) of this stuff. So we followed the trend, and suffered with it for a year. During this period of time, we found that we were using masses and masses of loo paper, about a roll a day (for 4 people), which is horrendously rediculous. The reason behind this is simple. It's manky. Not only do we have to suffer with itchy bottoms from stratchy toilet paper, but it's not absorbent in the least, and so you have to use more to get the same result as less of a "better quality" loo roll would give you. So, we came to the conclusion that... CHEAP LOO ROLL ISN'T GOOD VALUE. SO we started buying slightly more expensive stuff. I'm not talking Andrex or Charmin or anything, I'm talking about simple, bog standard (no pun intended) shop's own bog roll. Much better. It's not scratchy, it's absorbent enough, and we don't use a ton of it every time we pop to the loo. Yes, we'd prefer to spend more on the posh stuff, but we can't afford that sort of luxury. But normal shops own stuff is just as cost-effective as nasty-cheap-scratchy Sainsbury's economy stuff, so I'd recommend getting that over the "10p a roll" stuff.