It may seem like paper towels are a kitchen necessity that have been around forever, but in truth they were first introduced in the early 1930s by Arthur Scott of the Scott Paper Co. who decided one day to perforate toilet paper into sheet-sized portions and sell them. A whole new industry was born. Today’s paper towels all boast their extreme absorbability and toughness, but they’re all essentially the same thing - loosely woven layers of paper pulp that seemingly defy the laws of gravity by sucking liquids upward. While you mull that marvel, here are four modern-day brands of paper towels we recommend for the home, kitchen and office.

Bounty Quick-Size Paper Towels

Bounty Quick-Size Paper Towels
This pack has 16 family-sized rolls, which equals 40 regular rolls.Amazon

You'd have to be born on the Moon to not recognize Bounty's omnipresent monicker - "the quicker picker-up." Keep your home stocked with Bounty and relax knowing that 100 percent of the pulp used to make their towels is from responsibly managed forests.

Presto! Flex-a-Size Paper Towels

Presto! Flex-a-Size Paper Towels
Each roll of Presto towels lasts 2 ½ times longer than a regular roll.Amazon

Clever name aside, there's no magic involved with Presto towels. They're up to 75 percent more absorbent than competing 1-ply brands and are made of responsibly sourced materials.

Brawny Tear-A-Square Paper Towels

Brawny Tear-A-Square Paper Towels
Brawny’s Tear-A-Square rolls offer three sheet sizes - full, half and quarter sheet.Amazon

I use paper towels for practically everything in my house: as napkins during dinner, tissues during cold season, packing material and - oh yeah, as paper towels. That's why I'm fully on board with these "tear-a-square" rolls. These two-ply rolls do the work of twice as many one-ply rolls, so this 16-pack will have you covered.

Scott Essential Multifold Paper Towels

Scott Essential Multifold Paper Towels
Each case has 16 packs with 250 tri-fold paper towels. That’s 4,000 towels - we did the math for you.Amazon

As a seasoned veteran of 30 years in the office world, I feel a natural attachment to these pre-folded paper towels from Scott, which usually are perched above every workplace sink. Awaiting the next runny nose or coffee spill, these gems can be found stuffed in half my desk's drawers. Why? Because a regular roll of paper towels won't fit there. Simple genius, I say.

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