In previous generations, it was almost unheard of to leave the house without a handkerchief. The cotton or linen pieces of square fabric were used to do everything from blow your nose to clean a seat before sitting down. Handkerchiefs were also a way to show your manners by offering a clean piece of fabric to someone in need or cover your mouth when coughing. Now we have disposable facial tissues that do all the same things but with a more hygienic approach.
It’s tough to think of a situation when we don’t need a tissue. Sure, they’re a must-have during allergy season or when a cold or the flu strikes, but facial tissues have a purpose year-round, regardless of the weather. Sweating before your big meeting? Dry your forehead and palms with a tissue. Crying during your best friend’s wedding? Dab your eyes with a tissue. Spill your coffee all over your car on the way to work? Clean up the mess with, you guessed it, a tissue.
While most facial tissues can be used for the same purpose, the options of which tissues to use are much broader and diverse than you would think. There really is a perfect tissue for every situation. To find out which tissue(s) you need to incorporate into your daily life, check out our comprehensive ‘best of’ list below. Gesundheit!
1. Kleenex Ultra Soft Facial Tissues
Facial tissues often go by two names; tissues or Kleenex. The company that is synonymous with the product is also the number one facial tissue brand in America. So it’s no surprise that the Kleenex Ultra Soft Facial Tissues are one of the best selling facial tissues available. This set includes eight flat boxes with 120 facial tissues each for a total of 960 tissues. The set comes with a variety of designs on the boxes for an item that is attractive enough to display in any room in your home or business. We also like that the Kleenex tissues are safe for delicate skin and can even be used to clean glasses without leaving scratches.
Pros: Sme of the softest Ultra tissue among national brands and are made durable with their 3-ply design.
Cons: The set includes a random assortment of designs and customers aren’t able to choose which designs they receive.
2. Quilted Northern 3-PLY Ultra Facial Tissue
For a trusted name that delivers a product that is silky, smooth and soft, try the Quilted Northern 3-PLY Ultra Facial Tissue. Each box contains 65 non-lotion sheets, with each cube measuring 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 5.12″. Like the Kleenex brand, the Quilted Northern are also 3-ply, making them strong enough to stand up to wet coughs and noses. The cube boxes are easy to open, making them ideal for people with hand issues. We also like that they come in three attractive designs.
Pros: Because the Quilted Northern cubes are smaller than a standard flat box of tissues, they’re more conducive to travel and fitting in small areas like glove boxes and desk drawers.
Cons: One of the more expensive boxes on our list.
3. Puffs Plus Lotion Facial Tissues
Don’t start cold and flu season without an arsenal of Puffs Plus Lotion Facial Tissues on hand, literally! The tissues soothe dry and irritated noses thanks to the Puffs brand of lotion that is built into each individual tissue. Puffs are designed to form a soft cushion for noses that are red and dry. One set includes eight flat boxes that each contain 120 tissues for a total of 960 tissues.
Pros: The Puffs Plus Lotion Facial Tissues have been tested by dermatologist and certified to be gentle on sensitive skin.
Cons: The Puffs have a slight fragrance because of their lotion and some users may be sensitive to the smell.
4. Solimo Facial Tissues
Whether you’re looking for a big stockpile of tissues to keep on hand all year or need to outfit numerous rooms at once, the Solimo Facial Tissues are the way to go. This affordable option includes 18 boxes with 160 tissues, making them the biggest boxes on our list. The Solimo set comes with a total of 2,880 tissues in total and is comprised of a variety of brightly colored boxes that will fit into any décor.
Pros: You can feel good about using Solimo tissues, which are made in conjunction with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Certified Sourcing and are comprised of fibers from responsibility sourced trees.
Cons: The Solimo tissues are only 2-ply and aren’t as thick as other options, like Kleenex and Quilted Northern.
5. Scotties Everyday Comfort Facial Tissues
If the Solimo set of tissues has you searching for storage space you can’t spare, we recommend the Scotties Everyday Comfort Facial Tissues. The four-pack of tissues are comprised of compact cube boxes that each come with 64 tissues. Available in an assortment of designs, the Scotties are comfortable, soft to the touch and gentle on skin.
Pros: The Scotties are free from dye and fragrance and won’t aggravate people with allergies.
Cons: Like the Solimo, the Scotties are also 2-ply and therefore not as strong as their 3-ply competitors.
6. Kleenex Trusted Care Travel Pack Facial Tissues
Keep a tissue on hand wherever you go with the Kleenex Trusted Care Travel Pack Facial Tissues. The compact and convenient travel packs are 4.25” high, making them the ideal size for discreetly fitting into jacket and pant pockets, briefcases, backpacks and more. The Travel Pack facial tissues measure 8.6” x 8.3″, making them only slightly different in size from the Everyday Kleenex tissues on our list, which measure 8.2” x 8.4″. Each pack contains 10 of the high-quality, soft and durable 3-ply facial tissues that Kleenex is renown for making.
Pros: The Travel Packs are designed with fun and vibrant packaging that includes inspirational messages on each pack.
Cons: The most expensive on our list.
7. Reeflex Car Canister Facial Tissues
Cup holders are everywhere. From your car to your reclining chair, to lap desks and strollers, if you have a cup, there’s usually a designated place to hold it. That’s why we like the Reeflex Car Canister Facial Tissues, which are designed specially to fit into standard sized cupholders. No more searching your backseat with one hand while trying to keep your eyes on the road in a desperate attempt to locate your tissue box that has gone rogue. With the 8-pack of 2-ply cannister-designed tissue containers with 50 tissues each from Reeflex, a soft tissue is never far away.
Pros: The cylinder design of the Reeflex makes them small enough to place discreetly in areas like the car door or the exposed side pocket of a backpack or briefcase, but the brightly patterned outside means they’re also attractive enough to leave out in the open on display.
Cons: Like the Travel Packs, because the Reeflex are in a specially-designed container, they come with a premium price.