Product Type: Other Brands Kitchenware
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Plenty of Plenty in my shopping trolley
Plenty Kitchen Paper
Member Name: scooch12
Plenty Kitchen Paper
Advantages: Fantastic absorption, reasonably priced, pretty looking, the list is endless!
Let me point out that I've never previously been loyal to any brand of kitchen roll. I always used to buy the cheapest supermarket one, after all, it's only used to wipe up mess. After being used for five seconds, it just ends up in the bin, never to be seen again. I don't buy many branded products on my supermarket shop in general, I mostly opt for supermarket own labels with a few exceptions (like cornflakes!).
The cost of the 'value' kitchen roll just seemed to go up and up, until eventually it reached £1.25 for two rolls. That might still sound cheap, but I also thought it had become far worse in quality. I'll be frank, it went from being ok to being terrible - I started to need about ten sheets to mop up even the smallest mess properly, even more for bigger spillages and before I knew it the roll was gone. It seemed false economy to keep on buying it when it had become so poor. The advert for plenty had stuck in my mind - "one sheet does plenty". I saw that Tesco had a pack of two 'fat one' rolls of plenty on sale at a special offer price of £2, the same offer currently on in their stores at the moment. This seemed too good to miss and perfect opportunity to see if it was as good as it sounded. I'd been getting a bit more disgruntled with the value kitchen roll and if this lived up to it's statement then it surely would be much more economical for me to use. I can now say that it did live up to it - a value pack of kitchen roll has never ended up in my trolley again.
The plenty kitchen roll comes in many different forms - the one I always pick up is 'the fat one' as you get more sheets per roll. According to the packaging, you receive 50% more sheets per roll than on their standard plenty roll. There is an average of 75 sheets on each roll, together covering an area of over 7.8m2 (I haven't tried this out in the kitchen honestly, it says on the pack!). I find that one roll lasts us just under one week for a family of three (and a cat).
As soon as I ripped the first roll from the packaging and before I even took a sheet, I immediately noticed how much better quality it felt to touch. When I did take a sheet from the roll, I couldn't believe how much thicker it was than my previous one, it felt like it was worth far more than the 75p extra that I'd paid. It has a bumpy texture to touch which I assume aids with it's absorbency. The bumpy texture is slightly visible and forms almost a swirling pattern on the sheet. Each sheet measures 22.9cm x 22.8cm and are 2 ply. I just have a standard kitchen roll holder to hold mine and the chunky rolls of plenty fit very nicely on it so it's certainly not too thick to store. The pattern on the roll that I buy is of teapots with a 'plenty' word imprinted every so often. The pattern goes all the way across the top and the bottom of each sheet. This was a new thing for me, as the cheap value range is just plain white!
We have lots of spillages in our house - from drinks being knocked over, my baby being sick, the cat knocking his water over, the list is endless. While I'm not completely sold on the 'one sheet does plenty' statement that they have made - as I find I always still need 2 or 3 sheets - I definitely don't need half as many as I used to need previously. I find 2 to 3 sheets of plenty mops up a small to medium spillage. If a whole glass of water gets knocked over, it takes around 5 to mop it up completely - again, a lot less than needed with my previous kitchen roll. The sheets aren't so thick that they're not flexible - they can be folded very easily if desired.
Their claims on the packaging are 'mega absorbent', 'rinse and re-use' and 'ultra durable'. I can whole heartedly agree with the kitchen paper being mega absorbent. The absorbency is second to none. The towel still feels quite strong once it's been used across a spillage and absorbs all liquid up fast. I always used to find that the value roll just disintegrated into smaller pieces when mopping up any sort of spillage. I also agree that the towel is 'ultra durable'. With this kitchen roll, the whole sheet stays in tact, I can't think of any time that it's even shown signs of falling apart. This also makes it easier to pick back up once it's soaked up the mess to discard. I have other uses for it too, not just mopping up liquids. I often peel vegetables on top of the kitchen roll to make it easier to collect the peelings when I finish - the kitchen roll has always been strong and never collapsed as I've moved with the pile to remove them. I have no doubts that these two claims are fully deserved. But, the 'rinse and re-use' claim, although not something I have ever tried, is something I do doubt a little, even though I think it's fantastic quality overall and worth every penny it costs. I just don't see how this is possible with any kitchen roll after mopping up a major spillage in the home. I wouldn't purposely buy it for this quality, but I suppose it would be worth a go to see if it's true nonetheless.
I also use some sheets of plenty in the bathroom to mop up after a shower or round the sink to keep watermarks at bay. It should be noted however that the kitchen roll is too thick to be flushed down the toilet - it even shows a picture on the packaging to this effect. I just save mine until I've finished and throw in the bin as normal.
I have to rate the plenty kitchen roll 5 stars, it's a fantastic product available at a reasonable price and mops up all spillages with very minimal effort. Even at full price in Tesco, £2.99 I wouldn't hesitate to buy a pack. It's now one of very few brand names added to my shopping list. So long value kitchen roll!
Thanks for reading :o)
Summary: A superb quality product - I can't fault it!
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