Kirkland Signature Create-A-Size Paper Towels Review

I love paper towels as much as the next guy, and when smaller sheets started appearing among major manufacturers, I was happy, as I understood I could use less to clean minor spills than I previously did. When Costco’s Kirkland Signature line of products started offering the ‘Create-A-Size’ paper towels, I switched to that brand right away.

Kirkland Signature Create-a-Size Paper Towels

Kirkland Signature Create-a-Size Paper Towels

This paper towel offers great value; it is sold – at Costco only – in packs of 12 individually wrapped rolls for $15.49 (Canadian dollars), which comes out to $1.29 per roll. I have personally purchased this latest batch on special with $3 off, which lowers the cost per roll to $1.04.

Each rolls contains 160 11″ x 7″ ‘small sheets’, in a 2-ply configuration. This means a total surface area of 85 square feet of paper towel, or so the package tells me. I’m sure they did their math correctly.

In terms of absorption, the Kirkland Signature paper towels perform admirably, at least as well as major brands. When I find really impressive is that I can take a single sheet, completely imbibe it with water – or whatever else – wring it, rinse it, wring it again and reuse it. You can’t do that with every brand, especially not the cheaper store brands of lesser stores.

The bottom line is this: this is a great paper towel, and I’m happy to use it, and I’ll gladly recommend it to friends, family and readers. What I didn’t know is that there are people out there that take their paper towels seriously. I mean *seriously*. Check out this guest post on ‘Addicted to Costco’. I’m not criticizing, and it’s probably because of these folks that I can enjoy these highly-convenient Create-a-Size paper towels. That being said, when I couldn’t get smaller sheets, I just cut or ripped them as I saw fit and it never was much of a problem, or issue. It just seems that an arbitrarily-placed perforated line should not dictate how I use the product…

Update – September 21st, 2015 – I replenished my stock of paper towels recently, not the first time since originally writing this review. The price of the Kirkland Signature Create-a-Size Paper Towels has climber to $15.99 per package. When shopping at my local Costco, I saw that the Bounty paper towels were on special – $19.99, minus $4, so the same price as the Kirkland, so I figured, they’re on special, might as well give them a try, it must be good value, right?


Each package of 12 rolls of Bounty paper towels contains a total of 61.2 square meters of paper towels, which might seem like a lot, but pales in comparison to Costco’s paper towels, which clock in at a staggering 95.4 square meters, or a whopping 1027 square feet per 12-roll package.

Even assuming that the Bounty is a superior product, which it’s not, I would be a fool to ignore such incredible savings. Anyone would be. And remember, that’s when the Bounty is *on special*.

7 thoughts on “Kirkland Signature Create-A-Size Paper Towels Review

  1. frazer

    I HATE the new? select a size paper towel. This from a guy who has as a mantra “A man cannot have too many paper towels” If I wanted a half sheet towel I would buy one but with this towel you sometimes get a half when you wanted a whole and the you end up with a towel and a half when you go back. I was a firm buyer of this kirkland brand and I bought a lot of them ~ no more. BTW if you go to the costco site they don’t allow you to comment on this “upgrade” because there is no listing for the product!

    1. admin Post author

      I have to agree with you that you simply can’t have too many paper towels, however I have found that the Kirkland brand works well for me. It is true that they could have made the separation between half-sheets and full sheets different so that it would be easier to get what you need, but I haven’t found that to be a huge distraction.

      Thanks for reading and make sure to come back for more KS product reviews 🙂

    2. Gusm98

      I always purchased them.. For years.. And for my office too… No more! Hate the new product… Actually more waste = more cost for use at the office

  2. Jo-Ann Work

    I HATE the tear-apart paper towels being produced by so many sources; I want and need a full-sized paper towel for my uses. I LOVE Kirkland paper towels, but will not buy them if they only produce the tear-apart type. I’ll search for a substitute that gives me a WHOLE sheet, every time.

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  4. Cwj

    I just don’t like the “creat-a-size” paper towels. At first, I thought it was a good idea. Since I have been using them, I find they are annoying to use. I always try to use 2 sheets, but when using it I find that it always tear at the perforation and separate. I don’t like that and defeats my purpose. Two small sheets just don’t perform like 1 full sheet.

    1. admin Post author

      I find myself agreeing with you more and more, although I still find plenty of uses for the smaller half-sheets. I do find that the paper seems thinner these days. Is it just me?


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