BUFFALO, NY - This year's record-breaking pollen season has been a real assault on our senses, or more accurately, our sinuses.
A good tissue can really help see allergy sufferers through.
Consumer Reports just tested more than a dozen tissues to see which ones you can rely on. Consumer Reports evaluated 18 in all; from the major players and store brands, too.
First up - the Instron test. Although this machine can apply test forces of up to 10,000 pounds, it's set to a much more delicate setting to measure the force at which a tissue tears.
And because who wants to use a scratchy tissue, Consumer Reports' trained sensory panelists test for softness in this humidity-controlled room. The test conditions are nothing to sneeze at!
Testers found you can't necessarily go by a name. Walgreens'ology Soft & Strong tissues were anything but, earning the lowest overall rating.
But the top-rated tissues, Puffs Ultra Soft and Strong, did deliver on its name. In fact, these two-ply tissues were the strongest of all the tissues tested -- blowing away all the three-plies!
The next best tissue -- Kleenex Lotion Aloe and E -- can save you a little money. In fact, these were named a Consumer Reports Best Buy.
No matter which tissue you "ah ... choose," Consumer Reports finds tissues don't need to have lotion added for them to be soft.
However, all the tested tissues that did have lotion rated well for softness. But a word of caution, don't use tissues with lotion to clean your eyeglasses. You'll only end up with more smudges!