I like this product because they use cotton sticks rather than plastic. Makes them stronger.
July 29, 2013
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
A necessity in every home
I cannot even count the amount of times I have needed a small cotton tipped applicator to clean small dirty spaces. Not to mention cleaning my earings, necklaces and even my cats ears. also, my doctor told me about something called "lid washing", which is for management of eyelid styles (look it up! It's safe and effective) so there are just so many uses. Other products have too little cotton, or the stick bends with any pressure. I'm sticking with Q-tips.
March 14, 2014
Ive been using Qtips for over 40 years now and in the last year ive notice that the cotton
on the tip is not very Thick to say the least the no name brand has more so to say so but facts are facts .
March 13, 2014
not the same
not enough cotton on end - they downsized the amount or the quality. now they truly feel a little too stick like!!!!
February 23, 2014
I am so dissapointed... :(
I have used the Q-tip brand for ever!! Growing up and with my children. They claim that the swab has "more soft cotton and the tip* than any other swab". * indicated it is from "the end of the sick to the top of the swab". That may be true BUT... they are no longer soft. I thought that I had purchased a bad package....I would pay a premium if you would bring back the old swabs which were very soft and did not feel like a stick!!! Maybe offer those as additional product on you line??? PLEASE
February 15, 2014
I have been purchasing this brand for so many years now. I cannot believe how the quality has diminished! I think I can make a better product at home! That way I know I won't be using a stick with a few strands of cotton on it.
February 8, 2014
The cotton is firm and well attached to the stick but there is an extremely unpleasant
odor from the swab.
February 6, 2014
Plastic Sticks and Less Cotton
I have used these for over 50 years but now have to find a new brand. Less cotton stinks, but the real game change is the flimsy plastic sticks!!!!! Bring back the paper sticks and I may stick with these a little longer
January 21, 2014