“ Brand: Somerfield / Subcategory: Bathroom Care / Type: Tissue / Category: Cleaning Products & Utensils > Wipes, Towels, Tissues „
Somerfield Luxury Bathroom Tissue may at first seem like lovely soft and cuddly sort of toilet roll, but you may find that you end up with lots of little shredlets when you use it! That is because it seems to tear into shreds in your hands when you use it, which can be most unpleasant to say the least. It is very soft to the touch, however, which is a bonus. It comes in a large impressive looking 9 roll pack (where you sometimes get 3 extra free making it a 12 roll pack) and retails for approximately £5 except when it is on special offer and then you might be "lucky" enough to get it for £2.20 for a 9 roll pack. You can also buy this in two roll packs for about £1 and a 4 roll pack for around £2. It comes in nice pastel shades, like most loo roll, white, pale blue, honeysuckle and pale pink, to coordinate with your bathroom and seems like very good value. I bought this lots of times before I realised that the standards were slipping. I have to say I have been using Somerfield for a very long time as it is my local supermarket and was very disappointed to discover how easily their standards have started to slip especially in respect of their toilet rolls and other standard, basic products of their own brand. I would not be able to say that I recommend it wholeheartedly but if you are in need of a small amount please do just buy 4 rolls to tide you over until you become richer and can afford a better quality of roll such as Andrex.
I found this loo roll (aka bathroom tissue, but does anyone really call it that?) to be perfectly ok.
Not quite as thick and soft as some of the extortionately priced "leading brands", but perfectly fine, and not harsh and scratchy at all.
Unlike the "supermarket super-cheap" versions, a roll of this seems to last just as long as a roll of the premium stuff. The supermarket super-cheap brands (Somerfield Simply Value, Tesco Value etc) are not only less absorbant, thinner and lacking softness but also seem to last no time at all (some of them seem to sneak in a larger cardboard inner tube to give the impression that that they contain more paper than they actually do). This Somerfield Luxury loo roll doesn't suffer from this misleading and deceptive design.
For the money, this stuff is great value, and perfectly suitable for day to day use. The premium brands may be slightly softer, but not enough to justify the massive price jump.
At my branch it is usually only available in white, but that's fine. I can't stand coloured toilet paper (especially "Avocado". If you have an Avocado coloured bathroom suite, replace it - it is devaluing your home :) )
PRICE: £1.69 for 4 rolls
Loo roll is something we presumably all need, and often I find the quality brands outside of my price range, now that I'm on a much reduced salary to how I once was.
Mostly, I find supermarkets' own brands of loo roll pretty good, but I'd never tried the Somerfield variety before, until very recently.
On studying what Somerfield had on offer as regards their loo rolls, I spotted their own make of "luxury" bathroom tissue, and decided to give it a go - if it was rubbish, then at least I could write a DooYoo review on it.....which is what I'm now doing.
Though other colours may be available at different branches of Somerfield, or at my own branch at different times, on this particular day, the only colour they had was white. Not a problem for me, as my bathroom needs decorating anyway, so I'm not too fussed for the time being about having things match the walls and bath.
The Somerfield Luxury Bathroom Tissue I bought came in a plastic sealed bag, which is different shades of blue and white. The four rolls nestle tightly inside, and each roll is 2-ply, averaging at 240 sheets per roll. There is a warning on the pack to keep the plastic away from babies and young children, together with Somerfield's quality claim and their contact details.
I found the plastic packaging difficult to prise open, and I had to use my teeth to tear a hole for finger leverage. Eventually I managed to rip the plastic away, and I removed the first roll.
In usual fashion, the first sheet was stuck down to the body of the roll, and I found it more difficult to pull it apart so that the paper could flow freely, than with all other brands I've ever tried.
I did the texture test - by rubbing a little of the paper (unused, of course!!!) on my face, and the insides of my arms where the skin is softer. I then repeated that test with the paper scrunched up.
My first impressions were OUCH OUCH OUCH! I found the paper to be hard and scratchy, almost as unkind to the skin as the medicated Izal of the 1950s schooldays which those of us of a certain age had to contend with. It felt as though I'd torn a couple of sheets of paper from a writing pad and was rubbing them over my skin, but its absorbency levels were good when I briefly tested it for the purpose for which it is designed.
Not wanting to subject certain, rather delicate parts of my body to what wasn't a million miles away from scraping sandpaper across my skin any further, I declared the loo roll unfit for its proper use, and am now using it gradually to clean nail varnish from my nails with. The paper is very useful for that, because of its abrasive qualities.
I certainly won't be buying Somerfield's Luxury Bathroom Tissue again, as other supermarkets' own brands are far superior, far softer, and there is a far greater colour range on offer.
So, to pass across a little warning to anyone who values the delicate parts of their body, I suggest you give this one a miss.
Thanks for reading!