Folded Paper Towels: C-Fold vs. Multifold

What’s the difference between C-fold and multifold paper towels?

That’s a question you probably don’t hear very often. In fact, plenty of us may have not even been aware there was such a thing as C-fold or multifold paper hand towels. That’s because when shopping for paper towels, identifying the softest or most cost-effective product is usually the first motive that comes to mind.

However, there actually are some critical differences between sheets of folded paper towels that consumers should be aware of when the time comes to refill their dispensers. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can differentiate between the two. From the type of fold to the dispensing style, Dixie is here to address each of the ways C-fold and multifold paper towels differ from one another.


First things first, let’s talk about fold.

In the world of paper hand towels, fold refers to the way a towel is folded up in the packs. This impacts the way a towel comes out of the dispensers.

C-fold towels have tabs that are folded in on each other to form a “C” shape.

Multifold, or Z-fold, towels, have an extra fold, which creates a “Z” shape. These are dispensed one at a time.

Dispensers for Folded Paper Towels

High-traffic restrooms have a continuous flow of customers constantly rotating in and out of the facility. One way to ease up the congestion and keep lines from forming is to install dispensers filled with towels that can be quickly distributed and used.

Once installed in dispensers, C-fold towels can be pinched to grab multiple paper hand towels at a time. This is more difficult to do with multifold towels because you can only get one at a time.

Keep in mind that when folded paper towels come out in clumps, this sometimes adds up to more wasted paper on the floor. This paper can get wet from the droplets of just-washed hands, which equates to a messy restroom. Messy restrooms usually dampen your business’s image.


When a C-fold towel is pulled from a dispenser, the product is still folded up. As you pull on a multifold towel, the paper opens up. This results in fewer towels being needed to dry your hands.