CHOICE names top tissues for sniffly noses

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Photo: iStock 

With winter lurgies rife right now, the last thing on your mind when you grab a pack of tissues off the supermarket shelf might be quality. Whatever gets the job done, right?

That is, until your child blows the full contents of their nose straight through the tissue and onto their hand...

Not all tissues are created equal and this is actually quite significant if we are trying to prevent the spread of nasty germs to others.

CHOICE, Australia's consumer advocacy group has put leading brands to the test, with results reflecting a difference of 23 per cent in overall scores.

Testers looked at softness, absorption, puncture force and wet tear strength to arrive at the overall scores for each brand.

Here are the top three box tissues, followed by the best pocket tissues. Make sure you take a look at the full report to see how other types fared under scrutiny.

Top three box tissues

1. Kleenex Breathe Eucalyptus

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Overall score: 74 per cent

Softness score: 89 per cent

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Absorption score: 75 per cent

Puncture score: 58 per cent

Wet tear strength score: 57 per cent

Cost per 100 tissues: $2.11

2. Allure Hypoallergenic 3 ply

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Photo: CHOICE

Overall score: 73 per cent

Softness score: 90 per cent

Absorption score: 70 per cent

Puncture score: 55 per cent

Wet tear strength score: 67 per cent

Cost per 100 tissues: $1.58

3. Kleenex Hypoallergenic silk touch 55 pack

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Photo: CHOICE

Overall score: 72 per cent

Softness score: 86 per cent

Absorption score: 68 per cent

Puncture score: 60 per cent

Wet tear strength score: 55 per cent

Cost per 100 tissues $4.18

Best pocket tissues

Aldi Confidence Hypoallergenic pocket tissues

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Photo: CHOICE

Overall score: 71 per cent

Softness score: 55 per cent

Absorption score: 74 per cent

Puncture score: 90 per cent

Wet tear strength score: 70 per cent

Cost per 100 tissues: $2.15

If you weren't already aware, tissues aren't flushable, so never put them in the toilet. Here's a short video from CHOICE about why this is.