Clean up life’s messes with the world’s best paper towels

Life is messy, and sometimes you need a quick fix for spills. That's where paper towels come in handy, for cleaning all the dirties that come your way. While some paper towels just flat-out work better than others, some come conveniently sized to suit different needs. Here's the rundown of what we like and why.

Blitz it

Regina Blitz Household Towels

Staff Pick

Durable, absorbent and reliable, that's Regina in a nutshell. The build quality is streets ahead and will see you whiz through all your household chores with ease. Regina Blitz works excellent on several surfaces around the house, including glass and glossy ones without leaving any fluffy or lint residue. It can double up as a napkin or clean your pet's muddy claws.

£12 at Amazon

Machine washable

Ecoegg Re-usable Bamboo Towels

If you grimace a little each time you throw a paper towel away, you will adore these machine-washable bamboo paper towels from Ecoegg. They are made from bamboo and are entirely lint-free, so they're great on windows, mirrors, and other shiny surfaces. They're also super durable. So durable, they're machine washable and reusable up to 85 times.

£10 at Amazon

Smart handy sheets

Regina Wish, 12 Kitchen Towels

If you like the idea of having smaller sheets from paper towels, Regina grants that Wish, these Regina Wish paper towels have the added convenience of being able to tear in halves. Each large sheet is perforated into smart hand-sized sheets, so you only use what you need. You can work with the entire paper towel if you need to wipe up big spills, tear it in half for smaller splatters. The unique tear-away design lends itself to a wide variety of uses both inside and outside the home.

£17 at Amazon

Jumbo sized

Amazon Brand - Presto! Jumbo Pack

If you long for old fashion full-sheet paper towels, this 18-count pack from Presto! will impress. With 80 sheets per roll, you'll get well over one thousand thirsty paper towels per box. These Full-size sheets are sourced from sustainable forests, something we always like to see. Do they work? Yes! The towels can soak up big and small messes, and suitable for handling food. As a former user of big brand name paper towels, I've made the switch to Presto and haven't noticed a difference in quality.

£26 at Amazon

Tough on grime, easy on the planet

The Cheeky Panda Kitchen Towel

Cheeky Panda has made a name for themselves producing eco-friendly toiletries that are easy on the planet yet tough on dirt. These paper towels are made from 100% naturally sustainable bamboo, which is a joy to eco-warriors and packs excellent absorbency properties compared to regular paper towels. Although the sheets are two-ply, the towels don't disintegrate into mush mid cleaning.

£17 at Amazon

Towels you can take anywhere

Scott Essential Multifold Paper Towels

Scott paper towels don't come on the usual roll but are instead folded and tucked into cardboard packs. There are 16 packs included, and each contains 250 sheets. In case you're not doing the math with me, that's a whopping 4,000 paper towels per box! The towels can fit in most universal multifold paper towel dispensers, or a glove compartment, on your kitchen counter, or anywhere else you need them.

£26 at Amazon

Plenty of PLENTY

PLENTY Kitchen Towels

It's worth mentioning that these paper towels work even better when wet or at least damp. They tend to absorb more liquid and power out stains with less elbow grease when pre-moistened. Whether you are mopping and wiping, polishing and shining, or cooking and cleaning, a sheet or two of Plenty is all you need to get the job done.

£16 at Amazon

Gets the job done

Morrisons Kitchen Towel

These aren't the greatest for cleaning windows or mirrors, something that's true for many brands of paper towels. But they get the job done on other surfaces. Though they tend to leave a bit of lint behind on glass, for basic cleaning and wiping up messes, Morrisons paper towels are a choice you won't regret. They come as a pack of two, four, or six rolls.

£3 at Amazon

A pennysworth

Regina XX-Large 1 Roll

These are big towels, and they're made for big jobs. When you want one paper towel that can do it all, reach for Regina XX-Large paper roll. Regina XX paper towels excel at cleaning large spills, polishing fingerprints off glass and mirrors, and general cleaning. Their biggest plus is that no lint or streak is left behind on windows or mirrors, and the roll has double the number of sheets compared to a standard roll, so the value goes on and on.

£1 at Amazon

Our top picks

If you prefer to use one paper towel for a little bit of every chore and on multiple surfaces around the house, Regina Blitz Household towels is the go-to paper towel. The build quality is fantastic, way ahead of alternative brands, which lets you whizz through chores easily. Boasting super absorbency qualities, the sheets don't disintegrate into mush mid cleaning, and they work great even on glass and mirrors, without leaving lint residue.

Harness the power of nature by switching from single-use paper towels to the Ecoegg Re-usable Bamboo Towels. The towels are made from sustainable bamboo, and bamboo is one of the strongest and super absorbent materials available today. Even better, the towels are machine washable and reusable up to 85 times. You'll get fewer towels per roll, but they still seem to go as far.

When the regular-sized sheet of paper towelling often seems like overkill, you will love Regina Wish. Just as absorbent as regular Regina towels, these sheets have hand-sized perforations that give you options of using as a little or as much paper as the task in hand. They are great for small messes or your child's little hands, and we love that not much goes to waste.