Better, but barely, than plastic.
I have always purchased the Q-Tip brand cotton swabs because they were stronger than plastic, but recently they have Changed. Please bring back the old version, they were so much better than what you are selling now.
March 24, 2015
Bring back the old manufacturing process and materials! the sticks sometimes break. cotton isn't attached consistently and comes off. after 35 years this just started recently.
March 19, 2015
not like they used to be
I've been using Q-Tips all my life. I've tried the store brands, but I've always come back because the store brands were inferior. The last Q-Tips I bought seem to be just like the inferior store brands. They are as sturdy and don't hold up like they used to. I hope this is just an abhorrent batch and not a change in production.
March 15, 2015
Bad batch - ?
Was only able to use one end of Qtip because the other end was cut to the stick. I've noticed the quality of Qtips has declined in the past few years and with the purchase of this box I'm beginning to question Unilever quality inspections. My family has always used Qtip but I will now look for another brand.
March 7, 2015
Not as strong as before
The last box I bought is not as strong as they have been in the past, they bend when you use them!
March 6, 2015
Another Customer Gone... Nice Job.
I've been buying these for 20 years, but no more. Q-Tips was once head and shoulders above the competition, but they've resorted to cost-cutting measures that have reduce the quality to less than that of their generic competitors. I once stocked up on Q-Tips when I traveled abroad, just in case they weren't available where I was traveling. Well, this is the last box I'll ever use, unless former quality standards are reinstated. If I wanted swabs that snapped off in the middle of use or swabs with 50% less cotton, I'd have been buying generic all along. Now, you've ensured that generic is all I'll buy.
February 22, 2015
No more great features
I just can't use them any more. The stick is so weak it is useless. The cotton has been reduced to almost nothing. They have completely lost their functionality.
February 1, 2015
Poor quality compared to the past.
It's really a bad idea to skimp on the cotton tip. That's the reason consumers buy Q-tips as opposed to the store brand. The last box I purchased convinced me there is no reason to pay for name-brand any longer and I will be exploring other options. That seemingly small change makes a huge difference when using. In the picture below the original Q-tip is on the left, the new version is on the right.
January 23, 2015
Why?! Please change back!!
I have been using Qtips my entire life. What has happened to the quality?!! Please change back to the comfortable amount of cotton on each swab I beg of you!!
January 16, 2015
If I could give no stars I would. Poor quality.
I'm not sure if Unilever even pays any attention to these negative reviews that are posted here and across the web. I relied on this product for 50 years but not anymore. This is NOT the excellent product it once was about five years ago. The cotton swabs are inconsistently made from one to another. Loose cotton, too much cotton, shreds/pills of cotton, etc. I keep complaining and sending the product back to Unilever to no avail. Unilever always replies stating they have quality control standards. If that were true, why are there so many unhappy customers? I would gladly pay more to have the cotton swabs they once were five years ago.
December 17, 2014
I've always used qtips. raised with them growing up. I know buy them for my family but with that being said I'm currently searching for a new brand! The last three boxes I've bought don't seem to be any better than other brands. They bend in my ear as I'm swabbing and they have scaled back on the cotton at the end of the tip. I'm so disappointed. I'm not sure if they thought nobody would notice but I HAVE!!! :(
December 3, 2014
Not more cotton
"More soft cotton at the tip than any other swab" is not true when purchasing the 625 size package. Swab has no more cotton than the store brand.
November 30, 2014
I've used Q-tips for over 50 years. The Q stood for quality. I'm very disappointed in the quality now. There's not enough cotton on the end anymore. I'll being trying another product......sorry.
November 15, 2014
I got on this web site to find a phone number to call, when I noticed so many other reviews mentioning the same fact. Now I know I am not the only one with this concern. Yes, I too have noticed that the cotton ends are not the same. They are very compact and not as soft as before. I too have gone to purchasing another brand. I didn't mind paying more for better quality, but why pay more for a lesser quality. Sorry, I had been a trusted Q-tip buyer for over 50 years, but not anymore.
November 7, 2014
Much weaker sticks recently
I can't believe how awful these Q-Tips are now. I clean just my outer ear and the stick bends (with very little pressure). I am very upset at the quality as it looks like Q-tips is trying to save a buck or two by cutting back on their stick quality of strength. I will definitely be looking for different ear cleaners if the quality is not restored very soon.
October 23, 2014
Went from "The Best" to the worst!
I have been using Q-tips for decades and until recently would never even consider buying a different brand. What happened??? The Q-tips brand is no longer a quality product and is now comparable to a cheaper generic. There is almost no cotton on the ends and the sticks are useless. I expect a better product from Unilever and will not waste my money on this one again.
October 10, 2014
I recently purchased a package of Q-tips and found that the sticks/staffs were noticeably weaker. I hope this wasn't planned, as it was a major deference between your product and less expensive substitutes.
September 9, 2014
not what they used to be
not the product it used to be. might as well buy the generic
September 7, 2014
Q-tips aren't the same, cotton tip falls off in your ear or when using for make up!! I'm very disappointed, I purchased 3 boxes of the 300 count and all 3 boxes were like this. Was waste of my money as far as I'm concern. All you get is a stick in your ear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
September 7, 2014
Q Tips no longer have higher quality than others
Q Tips used to be a high quality product, and I would spend more for them than the off brand. No longer true! The stick bends with simple use and the cotton tip is thin and tears easily. I really think the off brands are now better. I can only imagine the customer loss because of this. I would advise changing back quickly, or your market share will be gone, and soon. Whomever made such a poor decision should be fired.
August 22, 2014
Restore Q-tips Swabs To Their Former Excellence
I too have used Q-tips for a long time - 35 years or more.
I used to use them: as tiny paint “brushes“; for cleaning/dusting in tight places; to clear clogged nozzles on opened tubes of glue, paste, caulk, etc.; and, yes, to swab my ears, including the ear canals (I was aware of the concern/controversy about the ostensible danger of this practice, I had noted the disclaimer on
Q-tips packages, and I swabbed with a very slow and gentle circular motion --- with no reluctance and at my own risk).
* Now, the paint brush function doesn’t work because the sparse and weakly-
applied cotton unravels when pulled from the paint, deforming the cotton tip
and marring the painted area.
* Now, the cleaning/dusting function works only if the “tight places” aren’t too
tight and there isn’t much finger pressure required - inserting the tip into certain
places causes the sparse and weakly-applied cotton to unravel when
removed and renders the tip useless, and applying anything other than very
slight finger pressure causes the flimsy shaft to bend, almost to breaking, and
renders the entire swab useless.
* Now, the nozzle unclogging function doesn’t work because the flimsy shaft
bends, almost to breaking, and renders the entire swab useless.
* Now, the ear swabbing function doesn’t work because the sparse amount of
cotton causes it to seem, as another reviewer wrote, “like I am sticking a 'stick'
in my ear”.
I adapted when the blue plastic shafts were effectively discontinued, and I continued to purchase and use Q-tips. But, the reduction in the amount and/or quality of cotton in the tips and rolled paper in the shafts has substantially reduced the utility of this product and is a proverbial deal-breaker.
My primary concern is about the loss of use for swabbing my ears. I used to be able to dry my ears with a single swab (and if the humidity wasn’t too high I could do it with just one end of a single swab). Now, almost immediately after beginning to rotate a swab about in my ear, the cotton begins unraveling, I can feel the end of the shaft scraping on my skin, and the shaft begins to flex and then to bend, almost to breaking. It now takes 2-4 swabs to dry my ears. This isn’t acceptable.
After decades of being not just a good product, but a great product, Q-tips cotton swabs is now an inferior product. Q-tips/Unilever, you know it’s true ---
why else would you have so many reviewers writing about how much they used to like this product, and how they are now dissatisfied and disappointed with it.
I doubt that there’s one of us who wouldn’t willingly pay a reasonable rise in price to get back the Q-tips Cotton Swabs that we used to get.
Please fix this right away.
August 19, 2014
Bad Batch ?
Have always purchased Q-Tips. I learned 30 years ago, that similar cotton swabs are not close to the same quality.
But, I recently purchased a 3 pack of (qty) 625 swabs from a warehouse club. I am through the second box and have experienced the same problem through-out. The tips are breaking easily (about 3/4" down) on one end of about one in three. They are breaking very easily!
I am hoping this is a bad batch. The one box I have left is marked 05182CS43. I am still satisfied with the quality of the "tip".
July 28, 2014
Not the same :(
I've always purchased the Q-tip brand, and I have always been more than satisfied. Maybe i'm being too critical, or possibly too spoiled, but the last few times I have purchased them I was very dissapointed. The stems aren't sturdy anymore. They practically break in half. Also, there is about half of the cotton as there used to be. I understand cutting costs, but the price of the product has only risen in the past few years, that shouldn't mean the quality does as well. Unfortunately, I keep going back and buying more. Always with fingers crossed that it will be better. Hopefully my next purchase won't be the last :(
July 22, 2014
cotton tip has been on a diet
I thought I was imagining it when the cotton tip of my Q-tips seemed less soft and fluffy. But then my mother gave me some that she had had for a while and there is no comparison! OMG they were a lot softer. Could you bring those back, please? I would pay more for a fatter tip!
July 13, 2014
I also buy Qtips over other brands because of the amount of cotton WAS better then any other brand. I remember the old commercials that showed the higher percent of cotton compared to another brand. Not so anymore!!! I am sure that costs have everything to do with the decrease in cotton but I will not purchase Qtips any longer.
July 8, 2014