Product Type: Tesco household products
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Tesco Trounce Bounce
Tesco Summer Fresh Tumble Drier Sheets 40s
Member Name: Hishyeness
Tesco Summer Fresh Tumble Drier Sheets 40s
Advantages: Does what it says on the tin. Almost a quarter of the price of the "named" brand.
Disadvantages: Nothing of any note. The box is not as robust as its more famous counterpart.
First off, let me clear something up. I am not usually "clueless man" when it comes to matters of domestic husbandry. In fact, I often muck in with the chores regularly to help take the strain off my harried and hassled wife. However, it has been some time since the running of a household has been entirely my responsibility.
With my wife recovering from a caesarean section and focussed on looking after a preemie baby, and having been specifically instructed by her (suspiciously) female doctor not to do any housework for six weeks, it has been left to me to get on with things, and things, in this context, include (for some reason) laundering the entire contents of our house.
I was despatched to the local supermarket with a list of things to procure to facilitate the mass cleansing of every fabric not tied or glued down, and having limited my previous visits to Tesco to things of a generally edible nature, I wandered, ever so slightly dazed and confused, down the cleaning and laundry products aisle in search of "tumble dryer sheets".
I eventually found what I was instructed to retrieve - an attractive looking yellow box of "Bounce Summer Breeze" - but baulked when I saw the £3.37 price tag. I had a vague idea of what tumble dryer sheets were supposed to do (make your clothes smell nice at an educated guess) so when I saw the plainer and slightly less loud blue and yellow box of Tesco "Summer Fresh" Tumble Dryer Sheets next to it for the more miserly sum of £0.94, common sense kicked in and I plumped for the value alternative.
USE & PERFORMANCE
This is simplicity itself. Just place a sheet in your tumble dryer with your wet wash and dry as normal. The product claims to reduce static cling, make your clothes softer, make ironing easier by reducing creases and ensure they come out smelling fresher.
With several loads of laundry to do and a spate of wild and wet weather plaguing our part of the country, I had the benefit of "testing" the product alongside the four Bounce sheets left over from my wife's previous shopping expedition.
I can honestly say that there seems to be little practical difference between the two products. The Tesco "Summer Fresh" sheets have a very similar fresh and flowery smell to Bounce "Summer Breeze" but the aroma is slightly weaker and a little "sharper" than its branded counterpart. The Bounce sheets definitely smell stronger when they come out of the drier, but as both boxes discourage re-use, it's no real advantage.
Performance wise, the dried load smells just as nice as Bounce, there is little static cling in evidence, and the product generally does what is advertised with less pomp, fuss and expense than its haughtily-priced counterpart.
Both products come with forty (40) sheets to a box, but the price differential is astonishing and totally unjustified in my view (Bounce comes out at £8.43 per 100 sheets while its Tesco stable mate does the same job for £2.35 per 100 sheets - that's almost 25% of the cost). The Bounce box is slightly more robust than its Tesco competition, but both are fully recyclable.
OTHER USEFUL INFO
The product and its ingredients have not been tested on animals. It should not be used on any products labelled as "flame resistant" (such as children's sleepwear) as it can retard their effectiveness.
I am usually something of a brand snob, and if it weren't for the massive price differential (i.e. had it been tens of pence instead of pounds more expensive) I probably would have mindlessly plumped for Bounce over the Tesco own brand, following the mantra that "you get what you pay for". In this case, I was happy to be proved wrong. The best part is that my wife did not notice the difference and was pleasantly surprised herself to find that I had replaced our previous branded purchase with Tesco's cheaper alternative.
© Hishyeness 2009
Summary: Does what it says on the tin for a fraction of the cost of Bounce.