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Bounty Basic Paper Towels....Basic is an Understatement

Posted Fri August 21, 2009 1:47 am, by JoAnne N. written to Procter & Gamble

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I used to always purchase Bounty paper towels. In the last year or so the price for these paper towels has risen dramatically and in these tough economic times I decided to try some less expensive brands. I now regularly purchase the Target store brand which is called Up & Up and I have been quite happy with them. Today however I went to Target to puchase a pack of paper towels and I noticed that they had a six pack of Bounty Basic paper towels on sale for less than the Target brand that I had been buying. I trusted the Bounty name, even though I realized that being called "Bounty Basic" that they would not be the same quality of paper that you would get buying the more expesive Bounty towels. I thought that at minimum they would be as good or better than the generic that I'd been purchasing.

Boy was I wrong! These are by far the WORST paper towels I have ever spent my hard earned money on. The first thing that I noticed when I opened the package was the smell! YUK- the only way I can describe it is sweaty feet! After looking on the net I see that other people have complained about this as well with this product. I also noticed that they were not tightly wound on the roll causing them to unravel too easily when on the holder. I then used some to try and dry my hands and they crumbled and left a flakey mess all over my skin. It was like using toilet paper to dry off. And forget using them for a spill- I had to use several to clean up some water on my counter.

I know they say that you get what you pay for, but I have tried many of the less expensive brands on the market and none of them are this cheapy made. Bounty Basic is usually more expensive then the Target brand yet the Target brand is worlds better. I'm annoyed that I have wasted money on six rolls of this junk and have to suck it up and use them until I run out as I am not keen on wasting product and money.

I think that P&G really needs to re-think the quality and production of these paper towels. I would think that they would be embarassed to put the Bounty name on such garbage. If they are going to continue to make this poor excuse for a product then it needs to be priced considerably less then other generic paper towels as the quality isn't nearly as good.


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by Schmom Posted Thu August 12, 2010 @ 2:50 PM

Wow! I do not work for Bounty nor do I have stock in the company but
I have to disagree with this entire column. First off, I have never
noticed a smell so I can't comment on that. I have noticed that these
paper towels do seem to last as long as the ones we used to buy
(Brawny) and they do not leave "dust" on everything I try to clean
with them like regular Bounty towels do. (Especially windows and
mirrors.) My ultimate test of these Bounty Basic towels has been
inadvertently tried again and again (thanks to my forgetful teenager).
He keeps leaving paper towels in his shorts pockets after he gets
done with his trap shooting. Whoever happens to do the laundry does
not check said pocket first and the paper towel goes thru both the
wash and dry cycles. I have yet to have a Basic fall apart during
either one. As a matter of fact, since it goes thru both wash and
dry, I recycle it and use it for some other cleaning job and it still
works well.

On the other hand, I think I may try the Up&UP brand from Target as
well. I have tried other Up&Up products and was happy with them so
thanks for the tip.


by MA Cunningham Posted Mon August 24, 2009 @ 9:08 AM

we've heard complaints about these paper towels stinking. What's up
with that? I shudder to think what they must have recycled to get
these "basic" towels.

While I wouldn't have been shocked that they quality was poor, stinky
paper shouldn't even be an issue here!


by Casmly Posted Fri August 21, 2009 @ 6:50 PM

There's also a Charmin Basic. Honestly when I first purchased it, I
thought basic meant no perfumes, no designs, none of the fancy stuff.
I didn't know it was going to be one notch above the scratchy one ply
you occasionally come across in a public bathroom!

If you don't do so already, try extreme couponing. I pair
manufacturer coupons with sales and store coupons at my local grocery
store. I can get so many items for free or nearly free. It certainly
cuts down on the bill and is a great way to save room in my budget for
things like the "good" paper towels.


I need to get better at that! by Jo23 Fri August 21, 2009 @ 7:10 PM

by rentalracer Posted Fri August 21, 2009 @ 2:25 PM

I bought them once and felt the same way you do. Not to mention you
have to use 2 or more of them to wipe something that even the target
or wal mart brand would handle with 1, so you are not really saving
any $$ there. Lucky for me I only bought one roll not a 6 pack.

Sometimes, it pays to spend the extra buck or 2, some items are cheap
for a reason.


by Donno Posted Fri August 21, 2009 @ 10:52 AM

There is your warning sign.

I agree that it seems like a questionable practice for a brand that
has been known for quality to offer a budget line. I would be pretty
upset if I bought a Bounty product and it was clearly inferior to a
store brand.

Good letter.


by Venice Posted Fri August 21, 2009 @ 2:31 AM

I don't like Bounty Basic either. I didn't notice any smell, but the
quality is not worth the price. They are not THAT much cheaper than
regular Bounty.

I recently bought Target's Up and Up brand, and I love them. They
hold up when wet and are not overly linty. I picked up select-a-size
by mistake, which I usually don't prefer, but for some reason they are
better than other select-a-size ones. I hope this new Up and Up brand
isn't just a teaser version to get people hooked. I will be very
disappointed if Target cuts back on quality when these towels become a
good seller.

If I try new paper towels and don't like them, I either use them in
the laundry room or give them to my husband to use in the garage.
Whatever you do, DO NOT try the new Marcal environmentally friendly
paper towels. I'm all for saving a tree, but these towels are so
small and useless that you need at least two of them every time. So
much for saving a tree.

Nice letter. I hope you get an explanation about the smell.


Thanks for the heads up by Jo23 Fri August 21, 2009 @ 3:09 AM

Pffffffftttttt by RowdyRetailer Fri August 21, 2009 @ 8:58 AM

How are your cooling bills? by Just Jeffrey Fri August 21, 2009 @ 10:55 AM

"However, trees that are not located on my lot, I kind of appreciate." by Venice Fri August 21, 2009 @ 2:30 PM

I love trees too, but... by The Return of BellaSera Fri August 21, 2009 @ 6:56 PM

RE by RowdyRetailer Mon August 24, 2009 @ 11:30 AM

I love Select A Size.. by Harleycat Fri August 21, 2009 @ 2:05 PM

The new Up and Up towels... by Venice Fri August 21, 2009 @ 2:36 PM

I'm the opposite. by The Return of BellaSera Fri August 21, 2009 @ 6:58 PM

Remember Bounty Rinse & Reuse? by Venice Sat August 22, 2009 @ 12:12 AM

Yes, I do. by The Return of BellaSera Sat August 22, 2009 @ 8:37 AM

And dont even THINK about the CVS paper towels! by tinky1966 Sat August 22, 2009 @ 6:02 PM

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