Finding a reliable supermarket can sometimes be a challenge, but one continues to stand out from the crowd. Indeed, you’d be hard-pressed to spot better-priced items than those at Aldi. So keeping that in mind, we’ve compiled a list that details 20 of the chain’s finest bargains – as well as 20 products which apparently failed to live up to customers’ expectations.
The Best Bargains
20. Salsa Sauce
If you love salsa, Aldi could be the ideal place to pick up a jar or two, with a blogger named Lydia backing that up. As she wrote on the Thrifty Frugal Mom website, “We love Newman’s Own salsa, but when I can’t get a good deal on it, we use Aldi’s brand. It’s quite tasty and the price is great!”
19. Seasonal Items
In certain stores, seasonal items don’t come cheap for consumers. However, Aldi is known for offering some excellent deals on camping products and other holiday accessories. To give you an example, shoppers could purchase a pop-up tent for just under $30 from the chain in 2019, according to the Aldi Reviewer website.
If you consider yourself to be a cheese connoisseur, you’ll definitely want to hear this. From brie to gouda, the PureWow website reported that these blocks were available for just $3 at Aldi back in 2018, but that’s not all. Indeed, the store’s white cheddar selections were even cheaper than that, coming in at $2.
17. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil doesn’t always come cheap at supermarkets, but Aldi has been known to buck that trend. For instance, you could pick up a jar for just over $4 back in 2017, much to Crystal Paine’s delight. As the blogger wrote on the Money Saving Mom website, “Their prices on coconut oil are so much better than what you’d pay [in] many other places.”
16. Gluten-Free Products
Gluten-free items can be hit-or-miss for supermarket shoppers, as the quality varies in different places. If you’re struggling, though, Aldi might be the answer. The chain stocks a large number of specialist products that could serve your dietary needs, while also retaining the flavors that are sometimes lost.
15. Sour Cream
At $1.34, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more desirable price for a tub of sour cream than Aldi. In addition to that, the quality is said to be pretty high as well, according to Lydia from Thrifty Frugal Mom. She wrote, “I personally think the taste of Aldi sour cream is better than several popular name brands.”
14. Canned Tomatoes
For customers who prefer to buy their tomatoes in a can, Aldi has offered some eye-catching deals in the past. Paine was certainly impressed, as she recalled on Money Saving Mom. She revealed, “We’ve purchased pretty much all of the Aldi tomato products many times over the years, and had no issues with them. Plus, you can’t really beat the 49 cents price tag!”
Much like cheese, butter is also reasonably priced at Aldi, with the chain offering better deals than some of its competitors. For example, website Business Insider reported that Walmart would charge you over $1 more for four sticks of the dairy product in 2015. Meanwhile, a 16-ounce quarter cost $3.37 in 2017, compared to Aldi’s price of $2.99.
12. Baking Products
If you’re a keen baker, you’ll know that the process can be quite costly. Whether it’s the flour or certain types of sugar, the prices do have a tendency to get pretty high in supermarkets. However, Aldi is slightly different in that regard, as its stores sell those items for relatively small amounts of money, according to the Better Be website.
Aldi’s milk selection has always been worth looking at, with the chain pricing their gallon bottles at just over $2 each in 2017. And regarding the flavor, Paine had no qualms. As she wrote on Money Saving Mom, “We’ve purchased milk at Aldi for years and had great success with it. I’m not sure that milk ever tastes differently if purchased from different places, but I’d recommend [its] milk.”
10. Paper Plates
If you’re finding it tough to uncover a good deal on paper plates, Aldi is probably your best bet. Back in 2016, the Frugal on the Prairie website looked at the differences in price between the chain’s products and Walmart. After compiling the figures, the site noted that the disposable dishes were nearly 60 cents cheaper in the former’s stores.
Whether it’s in a sandwich or a salad, mayonnaise is the perfect condiment to add some additional flavor to your food. But unfortunately, the prices can be more than a little extortionate in certain supermarkets. Aldi isn’t one of them, though, as you can pick up jars for under $2 from its stores, according to Better Be.
Shopping for berries can be a little perilous at times, but Paine believes Aldi’s offers can’t be beaten. The Money Saving Mom blogger wrote, “I basically can’t stomach paying regular grocery store prices for berries after the deals I’ve gotten at Aldi. A few times per year, they’ll have them on sale for just 99 cents per container!”
If you love your spices, you’ll no doubt be aware that the prices vary from shop to shop. However, Aldi has stepped up in that regard, offering its customers an excellent deal. Indeed, you could pick up a jar for as little as $1.19. As Lydia noted on Thrifty Frugal Mom, “[That’s] so much cheaper than most brands!”
6. Maple Syrup
While pancakes can be delicious on their own, maple syrup really pushes them over the top. If you’re looking to grab a bottle for a low cost, Aldi could be the answer. The chain sells a product that’s “100 percent Pure” for just over $6, and it’s said to be the nicest brand on the market according to Good Housekeeping magazine.
It can be difficult to find decently-priced yogurt at times, given the sheer number of brands in supermarkets today. Yet Aldi has tried to make things a bit easier down the years. For instance, a blogger named Lauren Greutman discovered that the shop offered a 32-ounce tub for 50 cents less than Walmart back in 2016.
4. Peanut Butter
When it comes to spreads, it could be argued that peanut butter is the tastiest of all the different options. If you hold that opinion, you might want to direct your focus to Aldi’s selection before stocking up. In the past, the chain has sold jars for just $1.39.
This is an interesting one. The Statista website reported that the average cost of a standard loaf of bread was $1.32. But according to a writer on the Kitchn site, they purchased a pack for much cheaper than that at Aldi. Indeed, Jelisa Castrodale revealed that she spent just 89 cents on a white loaf in 2018.
Unsurprisingly, bottles of wine can be very expensive in certain stores. So for the customers who don’t want to spend too much money on the tasty beverage, Aldi is the perfect place to spot a bargain. As it turns out, the chain sells different brands of wine for less than $10 each.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, chocolate is the ideal snack to munch on during the day. But once again, these products vary in cost at different supermarkets. So with that in mind, Aldi has looked to grab people’s attention with its pricing strategy. The Food & Wine website revealed that bars were available for as little as $1.99 in 2018.
Least popular products
20. Potato Chips
According to a blogger named Ruth Soukup, you might want to veer away from Aldi’s potato chips. As she wrote on the Living Well Spending Less website, “[The] chips just aren’t as tasty as brand name chips. I’ve also found it always seems like there’s only half a bag of chips once you get Aldi chips open.”
19. Paper Towels and Toilet Paper
While Aldi’s paper plates are certainly worth looking at, the same can’t be said about its paper towels and toilet paper. For you see, those two items aren’t favorably priced when compared to other stores. And in some cases, customers might be able to get them for cheaper from competing shops thanks to discount offers, revealed personal finance website Kiplinger.
If you’re a fan of shrimp, you’ll probably want to note down this piece of advice from Soukup before heading to Aldi. On the Spending Well Living Less blog, she revealed, “The frozen jumbo shrimp are always a bargain. [But] don’t bother with the other sizes of shrimp, though, they aren’t worth the price compared to their weight.”
17. Pre-Ripened Avocados
Finding the right fruit can be quite tricky in the supermarket, as you have to judge if the produce is ripe or not. With avocados, you can buy them pre-ripened in Aldi for a slightly higher price, but there’s a potential issue there. As reported by The Guardian newspaper, those items are often on the verge of spoiling.
More often than not, you can’t go wrong with an oven pizza. However, according to the Mashable website, Aldi’s selection isn’t the greatest. The site claims that the chain’s products could use a few additional toppings, while the lack of herbs and spices will also let your taste buds down.
15. Small Appliances
When it comes to Aldi’s smaller gadgets, you might want to heed this warning from an angry Reddit user. They recalled, “I bought the Ambiano single-serve coffee pot to replace a Keurig that died. WORST COFFEE POT EVER! From the beginning, it blew out the k-cup (many different brands, and had coffee grounds over [the] counter, cup and coffee machine every time.”
If you’re looking for toiletries, Aldi is well-stocked in that department. But as it turns out, one of the chain’s competitors could be a preferable option. As a user wrote on the Cheapism website, “We saw that a liter-size bottle of Aldi’s Dentiguard mouthwash was ten cents more than Target’s store brand. Throw in Target’s better selection and REDcard discounts, and it makes more sense to stock up there.”
13. Plastic-Wrapped Produce
Given what we now know about plastic waste, you might be shocked to see plastic-wrapped vegetables in Aldi. If you’re wondering why they’re packed in that manner, the News.com.au website uncovered a surprising answer in 2017. Supposedly, the chain sees it as a way of sprucing up its veggies, despite the mess it’ll create.
12. Microwave Rice
Back in 2019, U.K. newspaper the Daily Mirror put together an online poll for Aldi’s frequent customers. In that survey, people were told to list their least favorite items in the store, which led to some interesting results. Microwave rice popped up in that category, so you might want to hold off grabbing a pack from their shelves.
For customers that are looking to save a few bucks, Aldi’s egg selection is a welcome sight. However, while the produce is well-priced, you should probably keep this in mind. The Ethical Consumer website discovered the cheaper eggs came from chickens kept in “enriched cages.” This came after the chain had previously condemned poor treatment of the animals generally, and pledged that it would stop selling eggs produced in this manner altogether by 2025.
10. Frozen Fries
Whether it’s with a burger or another fry-up meal, you can’t go wrong with a helping of french fries. If you’re preparing those dishes at home, there’s a good chance the latter will be cooked from frozen. But should you be looking for a bag of them in Aldi, you might want to reconsider. According to the Daily Mirror’s poll, the store’s fries aren’t well-regarded by customers.
While you can rely on Aldi to offer deals on certain products, meat isn’t often included in that group. To expand on that, a Reddit user shared their thoughts. They wrote, “The meat is a miss for me. Since they never have a sale, I can almost always get better prices from the draw sales at major chain supermarkets.”
8. Frozen Sushi
In most cases, you’d be hard-pressed to find quality frozen sushi at the supermarket, but Aldi’s selection is said to be really sub-par. As a Cheapism user explained, “If I lived somewhere rural where sushi joints were few and far between, I may buy this. But I live less than a mile from a really delicious sushi restaurant, and the frozen Fusia just doesn’t compare.”
7. Black Pepper
Going back to the Daily Mirror’s online survey, Aldi shoppers flagged up another bothersome product. As it turns out, the store’s black pepper also apparently leaves a lot to be desired. So keeping that in mind, you might want to think about swerving it in the future.
6. Zipper-Top Bags
Zipper-top bags can be useful if you need to take your lunch on the road, yet the ones in Aldi are somewhat problematic. As a user on the Frugally Blonde website reported, “I have noticed that Aldi ziplock bags have a plastic smell to them that I just can’t get past. The idea of putting my food in there grosses me out.”
5. Chocolate Spread
If you’re starting to get bored of butter or jam on your morning toast, chocolate spread could be a worthwhile replacement to consider. But you should probably sidestep the jars from Aldi, though. Once again, the Daily Mirror survey prompted the chain’s existing customers to dismiss that particular product in 2019.
4. Cheap Coffee
For keen-eyed bargain hunters, Aldi’s coffee will immediately jump out as a potential purchase. After all, one of the lowest-priced selections costs just under 20 cents per ounce, according to Better Be. However, while that’ll save shoppers a decent wedge when compared to other brands, the taste is said to be lacking.
3. Baked Beans
In addition to the meat and condiments, no barbecue is complete without a serving of baked beans. So with summer on the way, families are no doubt looking to stock up on the tasty side dish. Yet according to the Aldi shoppers that took part in the Daily Mirror’s poll, the store’s beans aren’t worth the hassle.
At first glance, Aldi’s selection of breakfast cereal might seem like a good bargain. But in the opinion of Forbes magazine, other chains have the upper hand on that front. The publication suggested, “You can often find better deals on name-brand cereals at your local store when combining coupons and sales.”
Much like Aldi’s coffee, the soda also jumps out thanks to its low price. However, those cans might fail to measure up to some of the more recognizable drinks on the market today, according to the Better Be website. Due to their reportedly underwhelming taste, it might be an idea to steer clear of them during your next shopping trip.