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Last updated: 30 January 2018

Tissues are a staple in every household whether it's cold and flu season, hayfever or just your everyday sniffle. We lab test and review the latest products to help you find the best facial tissues for you. 

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Our test covers all the tissues we could find in national retailers, plus a few more.

Our expert testers will tell you which tissues:

  • are the softest
  • are strong and can resist puncturing
  • absorb the most liquid
  • won't tear easily when wet.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you sort by price, and our Recommended list will quickly tell you which facial tissue brands come out on top.

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Claims to be bleaching-free (chlorine-free)

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The Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international organisation that works to promote sustainable forest management.

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FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) is an international, non-profit organisation that promotes responsible forest management. It achieves this by setting standards on forest products with a certification process. You'll find the FSC tree-tick logo on some packs, but if you take a closer look at the fine print you'll notice there are three classifications to the label – FSC Mix, FSC Recycled, FSC 100%.

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Absorption score

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We assess how much the tissue can absorb.

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Softness score

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We measure the softness of each tissue.

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Puncture score

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We assess the strength of the tissue by testing its resistance to puncturing. In this test a higher force is the most desirable result, meaning your finger is less likely to go through the tissue, along with the blast of a sneeze.

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  • Overall score
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  • Absorption score
  • Puncture score
  • Wet tear strength score
  • Time to fall apart (secs)
  • Size of sheets (mm)
  • PEFC Certified claim
  • Suitable for any toilet systems
  • Claims to be bleaching-free (chlorine-free)
  • Other enviro claims
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