I used to be a Bounty girl. It’s what I grew up with. They are the only paper towels my father will use. I noticed when I first moved out that I used all the same products that my parents used. As did my husband, which caused some problems at first, but anyways. When I became frugal I began trying other brands (and no name brands) of paper towels and found that though Bounty is good, there are others that will do, if the price is right.
One paper towel I never tried was VIVA® Towels. I’m not really sure why. Maybe they were never on sale, or I didn’t have a coupon when they were on sale, I really don’t know. When I was contacted by a representative of Kimberly Clark and VIVA® Towels I was excited to try them out!
The first day my samples arrived I opened up a roll, right away. I had heard about how cloth like they were but I needed to know right then and there. You know what? They really are cloth like. As a matter of fact I immediately thought of lots of uses for these towels. This was going to be fun!
After a few weeks of using only VIVA® Towels, I have to say I am sold on them. They are great! And I will be looking more often for coupons and sales.
Here is what I liked about them:
- They are cloth like, really they are! So soft!
- I can use them to clean my kids faces (and noses when needed) and they won’t scratch them.
- When wet, they held up really nicely. I used them to wash down my counters and my table and they didn’t fall apart!
- My husband liked them, that’s a plus! He’s not one for change and lets face it these were different than any other paper towel I’ve ever bought.
- The rolls I received where the pick your size roll. They lasted forever by only using 1 at a time.
- I loved using them while cleaning my bathroom! It was like using a cloth, but then I tossed it into the garbage. Perfect!
- We ran out of napkins, I riped off some VIVA® Towels, folded them and they were perfect napkins. And they felt like cloth napkins with no washing involved.
As you can see they are very practical and I’ve enjoyed using them. I almost feel like royalty having such nice paper towels in my house!
VIVA® Towels has teamed up with Sunny Anderson from the Food Network in a campaign called Get Closer To Your Food.
This campaign features Food Network’s, Sunny Anderson and shows her sophisticated, yet approachable hands-on cooking style. The unmatched softness of Viva® paper towels distinguishes them from other paper towels. Families are eating in more and are enjoying their time together due to the economy. It’s essential to have that perfect paper towel that’s good for preparing food and cleaning up the messy eating.
You can check out some of Sunny’s recipes here.
Do you use Viva® paper towels? If so I’d love to hear what you think about them. Also if you try any of Sunny’s recipes, let me know!
M80 sent me some Viva Towels for review on behalf of Kimberly Clark. I received no other compensation for this post. My words and my opinions are my own.
My experience with VIVA Towels is much simular to your Bounty experience. I grew up with them. My mom loved them, she would not use any other paper towel that wasn’t VIVA. They are very cloth like and work great in any messy situation.
But they have a little different smell to them. Have you noticed it? It’s not strong but if you pay close attention to it, it’s there.
So from there on, I started using any paper towel, anything t hat wasn’t as pricey or that was on “sale”,but of course, they are not as durable as VIVA.
I use Viva and will only use Viva. Something about the quality and how they aren’t scratchy was the selling point. I also use them to strain things like wet herbs and cheese.
I found tons of coupons in the fall and stocked up but haven’t seen any coupons lately. The pick a size really are the best but the drugstores don’t usually carry those, which is a shame because they do last forever!
anyway, avid Viva user and will not change even for a coupon!
Thanks Jenny – I hadn’t even thought about using them to strain things, great idea!
I’m probably one of the few people who are avid Viva users, but not for its’ intended purpose. I have been sneezing my head off for nearly 30 years and Viva is the only thing that does not irritate my nose! And I have been using Viva for nearly as long as I’ve been sneezing.
I have to say that I am very surprised to hear your rave review on these. I have used them a couple of times and felt that while they certainly are cloth-like that they leave little white particles all over my counter tops, mirrors and glass. I will never use them again unless they are all that the supermarket has left besides the store brand. I give them a big “thumbs-down” . Sorry.
Thanks for your comment Heather. That surprises me because I don’t have that problem. I was just using them again to wipe down my glass top stove and no lint.
Anyone else have this problem??
I LOVE Viva. I used them for the first time when I was able to get a double roll pack for $0.50 on Black Friday. They are durable, which I have found is not the norm. I hope to see more coupons and sales for these soon.
BTW- no lint issues at our house.
I am a Viva fan but recently I feel like they have decreased in durability. I used to use and reuse them for everything. However, they just don’t seem to hold up like they used to. I found your blog when searching online to see if they changed their towels. Have you experienced this recently? Just curious. Also, their roll size seems to be decreasing as well IMO. I still love them but might have to switch brands if they continue to disappoint in durability.
Kristen this post was from earlier in the year, Feb… and I didn’t use them before that so I don’t know if they changed them before hand. I’ve used them a few times since, actually just put a roll on today, and I don’t notice much of a difference.