Sunday, November 22, 2009

Charmin Basic is not a good deal

 Warning: toilet paper review ahead.  But this product was so inferior that I needed to share.

Chez Goat, we have sensitive heinies.  Toilet paper is one area in which an ounce of prevention saves a pound of doctor visits, so we don't get frugal.  Mr. Goat insists on Charmin, and, a year or so after it came out, I always bought:

I found that it held together better than the regular Charmin, while maintaining the requisite softness.

I was in the grocery store the other day, and they were having a big sale on a new brand of Charmin,  Charmin Basic.

I correctly deduced that it was a cousin of Tide Basic, a slightly cheaper product designed to mimic the original somewhat and retain customers looking for a bargain.   In my case, I paid nearly $3 less than a comparably-sized 12 pack of Charmin Ultra Strong ($6 vs $9).

It sounded like a bargain, but it wasn't.  When I got home and tried it, it was still as soft as Charmin, but it was so flimsy that I had to use three times the amount that I normally do.   So I paid 1/3 less, but I am really losing money on the deal.  Next time, I'll go back to buying the regular paper.


  1. I feel the same way about the paper towel bounty basic. I use so many more that it's no longer a bargain!

  2. TP really is one of those areas not to cheap out on! I've found a budget brand that is actually pretty good, but try to pick up nicer brands on special whenever I can.