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
Imagine my surprise when my husband and I buy a new package of Qtips, only to find out that the once strong, sturdy swabs that we have been used to are now flimsy and weak. As a joke we made a pact when we got married, that no matter what we bought, we could never skimp on our favorite swab. There was just no other substitute. We purchased a double bonus package of 1000 swabs and they are nothing like our previous swabs. The "stick" is flimsy and bends immediately on the first use. Please bring back a better swab! I hope that this was a one time whoops, but I'm not sure.
July 6, 2014
Loss of quality
Like others, I notice a decline in quality as with my last purchase the q-tips bend quite easily. Will Unilever return to their previous quality or is it time to shop around for a different brand?
June 30, 2014
Why change a good thing?
just purchased a big box of Johnson's Q-Tips and am SO DISAPPOINTED that they've changed the stick from sturdy cardboard to weak and very flexible plastic. What a bad move Don't change a good thing!
June 26, 2014
Quality gone down
Definitely not the same product I have bought for years. The quality is the same as the cheap brands.
June 8, 2014
What happened to the quality of q-tips? These are THE worst ever. They used to have cotton at the top of the stick, now its just like using a stick with the end wrapped in a few strands of cotton. I've used them forever but will switch to another brand. Like other review said, they get worse with every package. Very disappointed in this product. I'd give it a negative rating of I could.
May 4, 2014
Great for cleaning ears! THough cotton sometime's come's off.
April 23, 2014
The quality of Q-tips is NOT what it used to be. The cotton on the end is insufficient to do tasks they are designed for and the stick it much too exposed!! I'm looking for a product like the old Q-tips and not having any luck.
April 5, 2014
Used for EVERYTHING
I use these for everything - they are the perfect size and texture for eyeshadow application as well as makeup removal. These Q-tips are nice and plump, and the base stick is firm. I also use them to clean my keyboard, as well as in small cracks around my desk. Super versatile!
March 27, 2014
Thank God I'm NOT alone in my disappointment!!!
What in the world happened to the quality of Q-tips! I have been using this product for as long as I can remember and within the last year or so (maybe longer, but I've been in denial for so long, I'm not sure...lol), every box I buy gets worse and worse! The sticks are SOOOO flimsy they just bend all over the place which allows for almost ZERO control during use and as everyone else has stated, there's barely any cotton on the sticks. I'm so, so, so sad and most importantly, disappointed in the quality of todays Q-tips!!! Sadly, there's not many other options for Q-tips...but now with the poor quality that Q-tips is putting out, I'm going to have to hunt for a solution!!! GGGRRRR!!! Please fix this problem...I'm not sure why you had to mess with them in the first place...they used to be perfection!!!
March 19, 2014
As others have said I only buy Q-Tips for the dependable quality. At least I did in the past, lately (especially the Antimicrobial) seem to have less cotton at the tip and what is there does not stay put. Besides using them to clean the outside of ears and nose etc. I wear and clean a CPAP daily, I wash the mask and dry the small recesses with a Q-Tip, lately the cotton unravels and leaves strands in the mask not so good when you are trying to go to sleep and strands of cotton go up your nose. Give us back out Quality product please. P.S. I only buy the paper stick type not the plastic ones.
March 16, 2014
Never buying generic again
I confess...I cheaped out and tried a store brand swab last month. I never realized how much better REAL Q-tips really are! The generic ones bent and broke so much that I had to use twice as many. What a waste! I'll be sticking with the real deal from now on!!!
March 16, 2014
simply the best
Great product, soft and gentle on my ears and face.
March 15, 2014
These have been a staple in my routine for years. There are the highest quality (i find other brands to be cheaper/ plastic). Will continue to use forever!
March 14, 2014