(🧻 mini-thread) So, what makes a good deal on toilet paper?

According to the co-creator of the Toilet Paper Value Calculator: “After looking at hundreds of data points, I came to the conclusion that the deal price for quality toilet paper is:

0.253¢ per sheet."
So to receive a *passing grade* on the TPVC, the toilet paper in question has to cost <0.253¢ per sheet

To get an *A-rating*, it must beat the TP roll that TPVC co-creator Victor Ly has deduced to be the king of bath tissue deals:

👑 Costco’s Kirkland Signature toilet paper
The Costco Kirkland Signature toilet paper breakdown

Its in-store pricing* is:
🧻for a 30-roll pack
🧻w/ 425 sheets per roll

which boils down to an unbelievable 0.133¢ per sheet

(Costco increases the price to $20 for online purchases).
Though the Toilet Paper Value Calculator is a great tool to confirm a bargain price, it’s just that—a tool.

Toilet paper is a very personal thing, and a factor that makes one person’s ideal brand is another person’s dealbreaker.
We at Wirecutter used softness, cleaning power, absorption, & prevention of lint or remnants as our testing criteria for our toilet paper guide.

But those factors have little to do w/ affordability.
In contrast, the calculator’s A rating refers to affordability alone, so it’s best used only to determine whether your preferred brand—or a brand you’d like to try—is priced to sell.
With that in mind, we think the Toilet Paper Calculator is an excellent resource that can help many people cut through the marketing tactics of ply, sheets per roll, & rolls per pack to discern what's an actual deal 🏅
🚨 But for someone who's spent so much time studying TP prices, Ly has a confession:

“I may be known as the ‘Toilet Paper King’ but I’m actually a traitor to toilet paper.

I have a luxurious bidet at home, & it is truly a step up from even the highest-quality toilet paper.”
^ Along with toilet paper recommendations, we also have bidet recommendations when you're finished reeling from this devastating bombshell.

It's okay. We know. Take your time. wrctr.co/37G4Ko1
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