I know Bounty Basic is only one ply and therefore thinner & cheaper than regular Bounty, but I do not like it as much. I've used Bounty 40 years, since before I could really afford it, because it was the only paper towel that was really really good! The last time I picked up paper towels at the store I got Bounty Basic. Wrong decision. It does not tear off the roll as good as the regular Bounty, it feels thinner and cheaper and one thing I use my regular Bounty for a lot is to wet it, wring it out, and wipe off the counters or floors in the kitchen...it tears too easily. I will not make the mistake of buying Bounty Basic again. I'll just stick to my regular old trusty faithful...the regular Bounty.