What to buy in Aldi (and what not to buy)

With so many people switching their supermarket swap over to Aldi from one of the ‘big’ supermarkets I thought it would be handy to put together a what to buy in Aldi list along with a few notes on what not to buy in Aldi. These are just a few of our favourite must-haves which we tend to add to our shopping list on a regular basis and of course this is all down to our personal tastes. I’d love your feedback and recommendations in the comments below.

What to buy in Aldi

 





BEEF

- Severn Vale Quick Frying Steak
- Specially Selected British Angus Mince
- Premium Lean Steak Mince
POULTRY

- Specially Selected Free Range Whole Chicken
- Turkey Mince
PORK

- Ultimate Pork and Apple Sausages
- Ultimate Pork Chipolata Sausages
- Ultimate British Back Bacon (Smoked)
- Pork Loin Steaks
- BBQ ribs
- Polish pork pepper sausage
FISH

- Smoked, peppered mackerel
- Fresh salmon
- Prawns
PRE-CUT MEAT

- Pastrami
- Salami
- Sliced chicken
- Black Forest ham
 
CHEESE

 

- Parmigiano Reggiano
- Specially Selected Vintage Cheddar
- British Extra Mature Cheddar (purple pack)
- Sliced Gouda
- Mozzarella balls
- Port Salut
- Goats cheese
YOGHURT

- Brooklea Mango and Passion Fruit Yoghurt
- Brooklea Low Fat Natural Yoghurt
- Brooklea Greek Style Yoghurt
OTHER DAIRY

- Butter
- Creme Fraiche
OTHER

- Specially Selected Orange Juice
- Tapas Al Minito – the entire range
- Cornish pasties
- Chicken soup
WHAT NOT TO BUY

We’ve found their parma ham/proscuittio and similar to be very stringy and a tad on the fatty side so we tend to avoid it. The cheap trays of mince are incredibly fatty to the point we’ve cooked meals and thrown them away because the fattiness made them inedible. When it comes to lamb we avoid altogether from supermarkets (unless we can find shoulder or neck as per this lamb and lentil curry recipe) as it tends to be all bone and no meat and Aldi is no different.
Filled pasta from the fridge is in my opinion horrible and sludgy, I really suggest opting for the dried versions, they’re lovely.
The items we’ve liked least from Aldi has to be their cream cheese, it tastes incredibly synthetic and although passable as an ingredient we tend not to buy it because if you can’t eat it on a bagel what’s the point?

Both fruit and veg are really dependant on what is in season and what they have as they rotate their stock so often. Here are our favourites based on what we’ve bought multiple times.

FRUIT
- Pears (all varieties)
- Granny Smith apples
- Fair Trade bananas
- Nectarines
- Kiwis
- Plums
- Satsumas
- White grapes
- Raspberries
- Oranges
- Cherries
VEG

- Courgettes
- Vine tomatoes
- Butternut squash
- Celery
- Red onions
- Spring onions
- White onions
- Bell peppers (3/4 in a pack)
- Green beans
- Mixed chillies (4/5 in a pack)
- Carrots
- Parsnips
- Cucumber
- Little gem lettuce
- Watercress
- Corn on the cob
 
WHAT NOT TO BUY
We’ve found the Garlic tastes really synthetic and strange so we’ve given up on it altogether. I’m not overly fond of a lot of their berries and Mr Thrifty doesn’t like their tomatoes other than the vine tomatoes (I don’t like fresh tomatoes DEVILDEVIL, so I can’t pass comment). I think I might be a Spud Snob but I’ve always found Aldi potatoes to be rubbish, we tend to avoid at all costs.
 





TINNED AND JARRED FOOD ETC.

- Tinned whole tomatoes
- Gherkins
- Tuna in Brine
- Mayonnaise
- Pesto – all varieties are nice
- Specially Selected Manuka Honey
- Tinned soups
- Chopped tomatoes
- Stock cubes (chicken and vegetable)
- Bockwurst
- Grapefruit marmalade
- Tinned ravioli
- Rice pudding
- Tomato puree
- Chicken gravy granules
- Morrelo cherry conserve
- Passatta
- Sardines
DRIED FOOD

- Tortellini - the dried is much nicer than the fresh
- Gnocchi
CEREALS

- Muesli
- Bran Flakes
- Everyday Essentials Porridge Oats
- Wheat bisks
BREAD AND CRACKERS ETC.

- Savour Bakes Mini Crackers (red packet)  - these and many of their cracker products come wrapped per portion so they don’t go off which is really, really handy.
- Savour Bakes Wheat Crackers (green packet)
- Oat cakes
- Pastas
- Sunnyhills Tortilla Wraps – plain
- Sunnyhills Naan – garlic and coriander
- Sunnyhills Pitta Bread – wholemeal
- Savour Bakes Bread Sticks (green packet)
- Sunnyhill Bagels – plain
- Multiseed Deli Rolls
- English Toasting Muffins
- French Marble Brioche
BASICS

- Everyday Essentials Penne
- Everyday Essentials Spaghetti
- Egg noodles
(We buy our rice from Asian superstores so I’d be interested to hear what Aldi rice is like.)
BAKING

- Self raising flour
- Plain flour
- Caster sugar
SNACKS AND TREATS ETC.

- Oaties biscuits
- Disco biscuits (although they’ve changed the name but I can never remember what to)
- Pistachios
- Everyday Essentials Salted Peanuts
- Everyday Essentials Roasted Salted Cashew Nuts
- Moser Roth Chocolate Dark Bar (70% & 85%)
- Everyday Essentials Tortilla Chips
- Popcorn
- Titan bars – a dupe for Mars Bars
- Passions crisps
- Ice pops – they come ready to freeze
WHAT NOT TO BUY

Any time we’ve bought crisps which have a meat or mustard flavouring they’ve been too salty and we ended up with an odd coating on our tongues so we stick to their excellent sea salt flavour crisps. Their tinned salmon was a let down, especially because their tinned tuna is packed full of flavour.
I really, really don’t like their sliced bread in any form, I’m a bit funny with sliced bread in general - Gerrard’s Sliced bloomer is passable for toast.
Another we like to avoid is their brown sauce which my friend described it as ‘akin to licking the floor of a kebab shop on a sweaty Saturday night.”





FISH, MEAT & ALTERNATIVES
- Wild Pink Salmon Fillets
- Smoked Haddock Fillets
- Specially Selected Raw Jumbo King Prawns
- Northern Catch Fish Fingers
- Quorn – we often find regular branded Quorn mince in the freezers
MEALS

- Specially Selected Italian Stone Baked Salami, Rocket and Mozzarella Pizza (lovely thin bases)
- Specially Selected Italian Stone Baked Spicy Chicken & Peppery Rocket Pizza
OTHER

- Specially Selected Chunky Oven Chips
- Everyday Essentials Garden Peas
- Potato wedges
- Garlic bread
WHAT NOT TO BUY

Carlo’s Takeaway BBQ Chicken Pizza has a really rough textured crust and an awful, acidic sauce.
 





HOUSEHOLD

- Kitchen roll
- Magnum washing up liquid
- Tin foil (the more expensive range)
- Tissues (cube boxes)
- Magnum dishwasher tablets
- Almat washing powder (blue box)
BEAUTY

- Q10 Anti-wrinkle Night Cream
- Lacura cotton buds
- Lacura roll on deodorant
- Kick Start shower gel
- Sea Mineral foam bath
- Carino Hairspray
- 6 in 1 Mouthwash
WHAT NOT TO BUY

I find their toothpaste has a really odd texture so I won’t be buying it again. Their cling film drives me batty, RUN FAR AWAY FROM THIS STUFF unless you want to spend eternity wrapped in it trying to find your way out.
So there you have it those are my current Aldi recommendations. We haven’t tried everything in store, so I can only recommend items we’ve tried, enjoyed and considered good quality but I hope this might help you out in some way.
 If you’d like me to put together a list of my recommended beers, wines and spirits let me know and I’ll put one together for you soon and the same goes for Christmas products when we head into the festive season.
I’d love to read some of your must buy and must avoids in the comments below – let’s make this into a great resource for people seeking quality on a budget! If you think this post might help someone in a tight financial bind please pin this or share it across your social media – make sure you’re sharing the direct post link and not just the link to this main page so they’re able to find the tips straight away! Thank you.
This post is purely based on my opinion and those of my family. I am UK based so the products may vary from country to country. Please check out the comments below as there are some great ideas and recommendations from people all over the world.

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Comments

  1. Great post! I absolutely love their fresh piri piri chicken breasts and their pitta breads. I love most things about Aldi, a bit like yourself. A great shop!

    Donna xx

  2. Really interestingly, the exact items that are not good from Aldi’s chiller (cream cheese, fresh pasta, air-dry type ham) I find OK from Lidl and vice versa. Useful for shopping around as between the 2 budget supermarkets it looks like you can get everything!

  3. Their fresh green pesto is gorgeous. The stuff in the jar is YUCK. Their rooster potatoes are fine. Their oranges are like bullets at the moment, easy peelers they are NOT. Their noodles & pot noodle mock-ups are good, their rocket lollies are tasty, their simmer soups are good for casseroles or stews, their nappies and baby wipes are fantastic, their toilet roll is like wiping your backside with a cheese grater, but their 2-pack kitchen towel is every bit as good as Plenty. Their firelighters are excellent. Their shower gels and hair colours are good too. Their sanitary towels are almost as good as Always.

  4. Their jaffa cakes are yummy, the super cheap big 30p chocolate bars are nice and really good value for cooking with, they do nice little flavoured Brie type cheeses and we love the smoked salmon fillets that come with a dressing (although, we bin the dressing because it’s horrible – the fillets themselves are full of lovely flavours).

    On the bad side, their soya milk is RANK, the low fat Muller Light type yoghurts are thin and synthetic tasting, their sliced bread is rubbish, and you have to be really careful with the fruit and veg (in the branch closest to me, at least) because it often goes rotten quickly, or the bananas will have weird crusty black bits all the way through them, or the potatoes will be covered in icky holes and stuff.

  5. Ooh I love Aldi! My favourite thing is their Feta Cheese, and always on my list! The cherries are amazingly priced and as nice as from anywhere else. Can’t think of anything I don’t really like, but I tend to buy the same things each week, so haven’t tried everything, and I always cook from scratch so haven’t tried the ready meals myself.

    Great post and very useful.

    Love Claire xxx

  6. This is so helpful. We switched to Aldi a month ago and are complete converts. I’m pleased with everything we have tried so far…I don’t love the cream cheese but my other half thinks it’s nicer than branded (doubtful).

  7. Their limited offers can be good. The running gear is a great affordable way of kitting yourself out. I have their tights, long sleeved top, socks and jacket. Camping mat was also a good buy.

  8. Ah. Aldi. My children love their gnocchi (actually, they love any gnocchi but I love that it’s 59p).

    I would tell you to steer clear of their Premier £5.99 Baileys Irish Cream knock-off. Not because it’s horrid (the £3.99 stuff is pretty rough) but because it’s rather too lovely and you can’t see how quickly the bottle is emptying because the glass is too dark brown.

  9. I’ve heard their under eye highlighting concealer pen is a dupe for the YSL Touche Éclat, and although I don’t own the more expensive offering, I must say that for £3.79, it’s very good and something I’ve repurchased time and time again!

    http://thebeautypier.blogspot.com

    Megan x

  10. I love Aldi’s benefit flakes, they are like Special K and now that Special K has changed recipe the Aldi ones are better!

  11. Fantastic and thorough blog. I have to agree that the potatoes are poor quality. I’ve had to cut lots away and the bags they come in just aren’t breathable.

    The jars of antipasti items are great and always in my trolley. As for the cling film – take it out of the box and keep it in the fridge. It’s easier to use. There you go, that’s my top tip x

  12. Wow! This was mega useful as we often switch between the supermarkets and haven’t been to Aldi in a long time. The thing that bugs me about our local Aldi is that they get some excellent plants in for the garden but then they literally just let them die and don’t water them. What a waste and also frustrating when you want to buy some but don’t get there until after the offer started and they’re just brown and limp.

  13. I LOVE Aldi! For red wine, you really can’t beat the Kooliburra Shiraz & the Toro Loco Tempranillo, excellent!

    Sarah | Fortytherapy.blogspot.co.uk

  14. I love shopping at Aldi, especially as it is right next to my student accommodation (so handy). I can usually manage to do a weekly shop from £10-20! My favourite items are the tomato and spicy pepper pasta sauce, tomatoes and pizza.. but I don’t think I’ve bought anything I don’t like from there.. except the scones, they were too sweet!

    http://laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk/
    xx

  15. woman after my own heart, LOVE ALDI xx

    Charlotte| LongHairDontCare

  16. I LOVE Aldi. But I can’t do a whole shop there. I like to shop a various places. But Aldi do some good continental meats there.

    • Yes we find Aldi works best for us when we also supplement our shop with markets, butchers and top up shops in Morrisons or Sainsbury’s.

    • If you have a B & M near by all I can say is use it use it use it, I save so much there! and their non brand small tin of beans 19p are lovely, has anyone else found heinz have gone seriously yak! Ps as a newbie I luv luv luv getting your emails about posts and having a mooch!

  17. GREAT POST me and hubby are massive Aldi fans when we discovered it when we moved into our own place. I recon we save atleast 30% of our money when we do our shop at Aldi compared to Sainsburys/Morrisons. We found Fruit and veg amazing especially when you work out when it’s stocked (fridays for our local!) I dont like the pre cooked packet meats but pastrami was our fave (agree with stringy though) We love chicken breasts and lean mince (did as I just eat fish now)I never touch dairy apart from milk as its locally sourced. I just find it very much like yogurts you get abroad (weird) Although cheese is good especially Parmesan and red Lester. You have to be wary for that buzz word *style* as I don’t like cheese that is impersonating my favourite cheeses i.e greek style..

    If I just stick to my list we get great bargians Its the all the household stuff that pushes my bill up, I love it though! like TKMAXX hidden gems…

    Is anyone elses Aldi take credit card?? My hubby did a whole shop planning to pay via credit card due to the date his payday falls every month and got to counter and they didn’t take it!! He didn’t have any other way of paying so he just left!!! I heard from different people that they did/didn’t.

  18. This was a great post! So helpful. I’ve only recently started shopping in Aldi so it’s great to know what’s good to buy and what’s not :)

    http://louloubella92.blogspot.co.uk/

  19. Their pack of Wiltshire ham is lovely, as is their trays of Pink Lady Apples. Nearly £1 cheaper than sainsburys!
    Also like their free range eggs and their baking selection is pretty good too, nuts etc.
    Their “Seal” bars are nicer than actual Penguin biscuits and ooooh can I mention their chocolate with almonds…..it’s heavenly!

  20. I loooooove their amaretto, and cocobay rum, vodka is fab- the baileys copy is a bit much for me very tangy! But good prices and taste for the other spirits!!

  21. Thank you so much for posting this guide! I’m off to uni in September and I was planning on doing as much of my shopping as possible in Aldi so its good to know what to avoid. Definitely adding this to my bookmarks! :)

  22. I’m not sure if Ireland and UK Aldi’s stock the same stuff but if you can try the Curry Ketchup…it is sheer perfection! xx

  23. I recently switched from Asda to Aldi and my weekly shop dropped by a tenner, I was shocked. So far I’ve been really impressed with everything I’ve bought.

    The Oakhurst frozen chicken pieces by far trump any other supermarket’s versions, and I loved the fresh salmon which I had the other night. All my other basic fruit and veg has been very comparible and I was impressed to see so much branded stuff too. I picked up some of the frozen yogurts they have in at the moment and really liked the strawberry one.

  24. My mum’s a serious Waitrose and M&S snob so as an impoverished student I’m trying to sneak in cheaper things here and there without her knowing on my days to cook dinner this holiday to see if she can really taste the difference! I’ll definitely take all this into account, thanks! xx

  25. Such an amazing idea for a post – Please do the same for Lidl if you go there, I can help, there are some very hit and miss stuff in there too and I know of some hehe!

    Wish there was an Aldi closer to me, their lacura night serum is awesome too I think, the ingredients are impressive considering its about £4! Love cheap chocolate too, their weird lindt style chocolates in a gold hexagon box are YUMMMYYYY :D x

  26. Aldi is mint! It’s still not the cheapest ingredient as it is, but their maple syrup and ground flax are excellent prices compared to other places. I bought one of their watermelons last week and it was bloody lush!

  27. I used to shop there quite a lot, I particularly enjoy their ringed donuts, sharing bags of crisps, almat washing tablets, anti-bac washing up liquid, and tinned veg (for curries).

    I was not keen on the tinned spaghetti (hoops etc) as they taste so ‘tinny’, likewise the tinned mac and cheese is a bit weird too. The cheese and onion pasties are a bit odd, and perhaps its just the store I used but always a little bit frozen?! The cheapy bin bags fall to bits (as one would expect) But the star of the show is their cut flowers! I only used to buy them when they were reduced, but you could buy a few bunches for £1 each, as gifts or for the home – and they last SO long – look out for the reduction stickers next time you are in x

  28. This is so helpful! We always shop in Aldi and top up with some food from Tescos, it saves us a fortune- we calculated approx £40 a week!!

    Food we love which you haven’t mentioned (I think!)
    The Hot Pepperoni
    Torchon Ham (this is incredible)
    Be Light low fat diet crisps
    Chorizo

    Food we don’t like
    Harvest morn cereals: all have tasted like cardboard
    Specially frozen pizzas (cardboard again)

    xxxx

    PS We love their pesto too- also we like their spreadable cheese, each to their own!

  29. Yes, some great bargains. Lovely onion chutney, for example. However, their basic vanilla icecream is only so-so (when compared with other basics at other places).

  30. Yes, I agree about bargains. Love their onion chutney, for example. But the basics vanilla icecream is only OKish when compared with other supermarkets’ basic versions.

  31. This is so helpful! I used to shop in Aldi all the time as a student and knew exactly what I liked and what I didn’t, but I stopped once moved back home with my parents. Judging by our food bill this week I should probably start visiting again…

  32. I want to print this off, it’s so useful. I love the frozen basa in lemon breadcrumbs with their lemon and coriander cous cous (a lot of lemon but so yummy). I avoid Aldi dips like there’s no tomorrow, the sour cream and chive one is vile, everyone in my house hates it.

  33. Great post – really interesting to see what other people buy in Aldi!

    Don’t try their rice – it’s the starchiest rice we’ve ever used and doesn’t taste of much at all!

    We’ve also found a couple of their chocolate bars to be kinder copies – i think they’re called animations which are like the little kinder bars and there are also some that are like beunos (but better in our opinion)!

    Can’t go wrong with their cereal or cereal bars (by harvest moon), wraps, pittas etc.

    We also found some yoghurts which are like crunch corners but again even better!

    We do most of our shopping at aldi now but like you find we have to do a little shop somewhere else for things like cream cheese, dips and the odd bits of fruit and veg if we can’t find them in aldi!

    xxShivvyxxx

  34. I love their jelly babies, they’re sooo tasty and excellent value for money and quantity!

  35. Fantastic recommendations thanks Thrifty. I like the frozen sea bass fillets from Aldi.

    We have bought the low fat custard and it is just as good as Ambrosia and also we like the Haribo copy sweets and chocolate.

    Claire

  36. Great post! I’ve been on the verge of switching to Aldi for a while now and this weekend might just be the right time! I would love a Christmas version of this post as I’m hosing Christmas dinner for my family for the first time this year so I will need to save some cash!

  37. Fabulous post. We are Aldi converts, initially we only bulk bought their £5.99 Prosecco (we still do!)but more and more extras used to end up in the trolley starting with the Aberdeen Angus fillet steak which is half the price of our local supermarket Booths.
    Other foods we regularly buy;
    fairtrade coffee instant & Ground
    Specially Selected Quiches
    Foccacia -from the chill cabinet
    Chunky Houmous -I’m eating a pot right now!
    Specially selected crackers – cracked pepper especially
    Cumberland sausage
    Everyday essential rice pudding
    Devon custard in cartons -perfect for a quick trifle like pudding
    Cheese Scones – just make sure you eat them within two days
    Part baked rolls
    Toaster Waffles
    I also prefer their cream cheese to branded, try spicing it up with a spoon of Horseradish mixed in.
    Smoked Salmon
    4 bird roast
    Thai green curry sauce in a jar for those lazy days…

    Foods we don’t like;
    Tinned Soups – Apart from Heinz Chicken I don’t like ANY tinned soups,we usually make our own, so nothing particularly wrong with the aldi ones
    Alcafe coffee refills – too bitter
    Crunchy Cereal Bars – it’s like eating birdseed
    Frozen salmon

    Thanks for such a helpful post, you’ve mentioned a few things we haven’t tried yet. I tend to buy the same things every month so there are a few more bits to add to the list now!

  38. thank you so much for this!So useful!I use tesco and they tell you if you couldve got your shopping else where, generally it tells us we couldnt. I would say steer clear of Aldi’s nappies-theyre the worst ive used! x

  39. Thank you for this!

    Maria xxx

  40. Great and very useful post :)
    http://joannavictoria.co.uk/

  41. I’m another Aldi lover and have been for ages. I get a big shock if I ever go to Tescos now!
    We especially love the red onion chutney, the goats cheese, the Harvest moon strawberry crunch museli, the fake shreddies, baby nappies, and the kids yoghurt pouches they can drink up!

    Some of the fruit hasn’t been the best (kiwis that went from rock hard to shrivelled seemingly missing the ripe stage), and I find the chicken doesn’t last well… but if you buy then eat quickly its great.

  42. The medium cheddar they do is my most favouritest cheese ever. The 99p (Carlos?) pizzas are awesome too but we normally add a bit of extra cheese to our pizzas, not sure if that makes a diffference.

  43. Great post!x

  44. What a thorough list! Good stuff! Although, I must admit to never having shopped in Aldi, as I am more of a Lidl girl myself! :)

  45. hi !

    I really like Aldi , I like all the cooked meats and also the cereal bars but I once used the face was ( the foam kind not the gel one ) and it broke be out really bad , I now use the gel one which is amazing and cleared the brake out up , I also love the ice creams they have ( also the yoo moo frozen yogurt ) and the tiny pots of cheese cakes ( you get them in a pack of 3 for 99p )

    mollie x

  46. Great post. We did a shop there yesterday and my fiance really enjoyed the sweet potatoes he got. I’ve been impressed by the veg but the grapes, strawberries and blackberries have been dire. Makes me shudder just thinking of my fail of a fruit salad last night!

  47. This is such a useful post, I’m gutted that our local Aldi is so far away. I might have to do some calculations to see if the saving is more than the cost of travelling there.

    Slightly Skint Blog

  48. Almat washing powder is amazing, that is all x

  49. Love Lidl and Aldi, for all sorts of things but one thing I keep an eye on is salt and sugar contents of all sorts of thins from pizza to crackers, because sometimes the own brands are much higher in both than other compatible brands and own brands. Same goes for juices and drinks.

  50. I agree with the above comment, Almat washing powder (non-bio liquid, in my case) is wonderful and excellent value. I also love their washing-up liquid and their fabric conditioner. Personally, I also find their tinned salmon excellent and have no problem with their clingfilm either – unlike Sainsbury’s value clingfilm which drives me nuts! I would say steer clear of Aldi marmalade – yukkity, yuk.

  51. Love aldi coffee (Italian not French) it is fab and so cheap, potatoes always been a bit dodgy or us too x

  52. I love Aldi so really enjoyed this post! My top tips are the gnocchi, the basics tortilla chips (far superior to Doritos for making nachos), the Pimms knock-off, Austins, the cotton pads/buds, most of the biscuits and the luxury yogurts. I really haven’t enjoyed the Southern Comfort copy, Southern Delight, most of the yogurts, and the pizzas.

  53. I love their malibu rip off, can’t remember the name of it now, but for 4.99 may have gone up to 5.99 now its lush, and they do a pear bottled cider, I mean the big (drink in a park) bottles lol, now I was dubious as I rarely drink in parks :D but I bought it on hols as a change and its lovely, not acidic and I think a lot nicer than some brand names which can give me terrible heartburn sometimes. And come christmas you have to try their stollen, I have never had better anywhere else!

  54. I enjoyed reading your post. I haven’t really shopped much at Aldi before, they have a lot of brands that am unfamiliar with. I bought some toothpaste there and have yet to try it but thanks for the heads up about it.

    http://jonbearandcarlyngirl.blogspot.com.au/

  55. Anonymous says:

    Read the ingredients on the yogurts, you may be less inclined buy them again :( Try the gin cheapy or Oliver Cromwell both aces :)

  56. Greetings from australia’ I shop at Aldi’s and find that most of their products are pretty good’I always buy their flour,diced tinned tomatoes,which are really good.(Great for sauces)Tomato paste,Canned tuna in brine,dried pasta, Brooklea yoghurt is good.Not keen on their bread and sometimes fresh tomatoes go rotten fairly quickly.I use the Lacura Serum.That is excellent value.On the whole i shop at Aldis for most of my grocerys.I have noticed that in reading this very helpful post (thanks by the way) the different varieties available in other country’s.some of it sounds great.Shopping at Aldis certainly makes a difference at the checkout for sure*( oh their choc chip cookies are yummy LOL) cheers everyone :)

  57. Hi from Australia ‘I shop mostly at Aldis and buy most of my ‘staples ‘there.Their ‘White Mill flour is great value,as is the diced Italian tomatoes and tomato paste.Their Romano dried pasta is pretty good’Not too keen on the sliced bread or toothepaste (tastes odd)The ‘Grandessa’Jams are ok.Fresh free range chickens are good.Good flavour.The pre-packaged cooked meats are a bit tasteless and dry” Cheese variety is good is pretty good. as is the Brooklea Vanilla Yoghurt;interesting to see the varietys available in different countrys.Some look great.Most produce is sourced locally,which is good.All up Aldis prices certainly help to keep my grocery shopping bill down.( I also use the ‘Lacura Serum’ fab value) cheers everyone. and thanks for the lovely and helpful post :)

  58. There are lots of things I agree with here and in general I like cupboard basics like pasta, tinned tomatoes, baked beans etc. But the following are items I love & can absolutely recommend you go and buy now lol –

    -Frozen specially selected 2 x battered extra large cod fillets. Really good size compared to other brands ideas of ‘extra large portions’ and very very tasty. Price is good when you compare the quality and what you are getting. Very delicious.

    -Moser Roth Milk chocolate. In my opinion slightly nicer than lindt and a dam sight cheaper. Love the fact it’s split into 5 individually wrapped bars too making it easier to manage or I’d prob be tempted to scoff the whole lot in one go. I also have it on good authority from my mother that the dark orange & almond one is very good too. It’s her favourite chocolate of all time now.

    -Gianni’s Deluxe 3 milk chocolate & almond ice cream sticks. The ice cream is really nice, doesn’t taste cheap at all rather the opposite and at 99p they are less than half the price of Magnums. Just as nice as well!

    -snackrite tortilla cool chips. Fab with some snackrite mild salsa (my fave ready made salsa) and some fresh sour cream. Great value as a fraction of Doritos and in my opinion nicer even than equivalent own brands as well.

    -Belmont jaffa cakes. McVities jaffa cakes were on a really good offer recently and as my husband is a jaffa cake addict and I rather love them too we picked them. I was so disappointed they seemed drier and had less flavour. I always thought Belmont ones were tasty but I hadn’t realised just how much nicer they were. Lidl’s versions are nice too but they are bit more tangy and I can find them a little too acidic for me.

    There aren’t many things I don’t like but these are some of the few –

    – Bramwells tomato ketchup. I can’t stand vinegar, not one bit (I know I’m odd, I blame my father & grandfather for this) so any slightly vinegary ketchup is going to be a big no no for me. There aren’t many ketchups I do like. I believe most people like a vinegary ketchup so maybe others will love it.

    - Specially selected west country yogurts. To me they just taste very sweet & full of sugar. I love chocolate but I don’t have a very sweet tooth. I rarely eat doughnuts as they normally smothered in caster sugar to give you an idea of my strange tastes. I much prefer Brooklea individual creamy yogurt pots.

    Tbh that’s all that comes to mind for dislikes though I’m sure there are a few more. In general I love Aldi and love waiting to see what special buys they have. I’ve picked up cycling gloves cheaply, a pair of shopping panniers at a good price and we often pick up various other seasonal items / special buys throughout the year to put in our Christmas present box. I also shop at Lidl too though not quite as much, but I recently came across a fab gem. The Cien nail varnish remover has a pump you press down on limiting spills (fab for me as most of my last remover accidently ended up on the floor) and the cotton pads are nice and thick. However seeing your recent post about reusable washable ones I may be looking into them now. Anyway great post, Aldi is definitely do well in reputation only problem is we’ve noticed over the last couple of years our local store has become very popular, when we started shopping there the carpark was barely ever half full but now we have to time our visit carefully otherwise there isn’t any available parking! Plus we’ve noticed a lot more top range cars in the carpark too. ;-) x

  59. Hi I have recently started following your blog & find it very interesting to read :’) I usually do most of my shopping at Aldi & can agree with your what to buy and what not to buy!

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  60. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this!
    My husband is a supermarket snob and to him the thought is Aldi was ridiculous, only poor people shopped there!
    Knowing he knew I followed this blog I left the screen up one day and an hour later found him pondering the list! 10 minutes later he said ‘let’s try this’ …… Woah!!
    We went yesterday and although there were some products I just could not convince him to let us buy we managed to get a full weeks worth of food for 42!! Wow!
    We will be heading back to Aldi!
    Thanks!

    Ami

  61. Hi

    I recently found your blog, great post. Another Aldi fan here! not too much to add that hasn’t already been mentioned, but when you get to Christmas time you must mention the German marzipan logs, heaven… (if you’re a marzipan fan of course) – the plain ones are the best, the praline ones not so much as a bit too sweet. They used to do fab rye bread but I rarely see it now, and was also dischuffed when they seemed to discontinue the oat bran flakes, hope they bring them back.

  62. Ooh, great post! I’m a recent convert to Aldi for some of my shopping too. I buy mainly milk, but their bitesize shredded wheat are great, and so is the muesli. Also, the value orange juice is tasty, and I love their cheese topped buns and seeded bread, and the bananas are great value and in good condition. The wine is nice, and I’m determined to try their gin soon, as it’s a winner in blind taste tests. The chocolates are edible and cheap too! Whatever you do, do not try the shreddies, they stay cardboard like, no matter how much milk they absorb!!

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  64. Anonymous says:

    there carrabian rum with coconut is devine! but not to keen on there fresh fruit and veg it goes off quickly ! other than that i have no problem with aldi its excellent!

  65. I never thought Aldi was that good a supermarket, I always chose the more high end ones like M&S. Thanks for your interesting post :)

  66. great post. Just think that perhaps some of the stuff is question of what one is used to. I am from Central Europe and a lot of tastes are familiar to me including that cream cheese :). I go there for all their German cold meats, and that frozen strudel which I love! I am also happy with their potatoes in the sense that I cannot taste any difference whatsoever between any potatoes in the UK – to me they are all white and watery – so I just buy their basic potatoes as I am not willing to pay any more for them.

  67. I love this blog! Lively, interesting, helpful…
    Aldi’s Lacura Daily Face Cream is fantastic – it’s not greasy, it’s SPF 15 so protects you from too much sun, and it’s only £1-something, which saves oodles compared to all those ‘posh’ face creams in Boots.
    I like Aldi’s dark chocolate too – the darker, the better.

  68. Great post! I would love to hear your suggestions on Aldi alcohol.

  69. Their choc and orange benfeit bars are delicious and much cheaper than alpen lights too.

  70. Anonymous says:

    I’m surprised no one mentioned the best buys in their dairy section, the creams: either their single, double or soured creams are excellent and cheaper than in other supermarkets. The butter is also OK.
    We also like their spray cream (hardly seen at other supermarkets and for more money, it’s not very British I think).
    Their nutty cereal is also great, I would compare them to the Dorset cereal but much cheaper.
    And finally Aldi is the only supermarket which has the frozen chicken breast without added water.

  71. Anonymous says:

    I live in the US & I shopped at Aldi’s for the first time last week. My favorite purchase was the Roma Parmesean Cheese Encrusted Tilapia. I also like their Millville Get Balance cereal (a knock off of Kashi Go Lean). I couldn’t taste the difference! The fit and active protein bars were really tasty too. The only thing that I bought that I didn’t like was the buffalo chicken pizza. It was way too salty!

  72. Anonymous says:

    Aldi really offers a great value for money, because most of the articles are popular branded goods sold under aldi’s private brands. I wonder wether there is nearly the same product range available in UK as in Germany. I will check it out next time in Uk. Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland :o)

  73. Oooooo! Shampoo’s are good VFM, I like their Herbal Essences copy for shiny hair (green bottle), and they also do a good Tresemme copy, which smells great! I’m also a big fan of their Power Force Lemon Fresh Kitchen Cleaner, which is about 64p for 750ml, and is comparable to Flash Orange Kitchen Cleaner, which can retail from anything between £1 (if on promotion!) to as much as £2.29 (that was in Sainsbury!) for 500ml. It is absolutely fabulous at doing exactly what it says on the bottle *Tough Cleaning *Removes grease & grime – I even use it to loosen up stuck on food on my plates when washing up, and it makes the crockery and glassware shine a treat!!! There are so many great products, it’s difficult to list. My suggestion to a ‘newbie’ would be to go and give it a go, see what your likes and dislikes are. There is definitely more to like than dislike, and you’ve gotta luv them prices ;-)

  74. Anonymous says:

    It must depend on your locale (I am in the US), because we have found all their produce, especially their berries, to be far superior to the chain groceries in both flavor and shelf life. We avoid most of Aldi’s frozen prepared foods; their pizzas for example are awful in our area as are most of their Asian frozen meals we’ve tried. The children will eat most of their cracker type snacks and chips/crisps but I feel they taste “off” and their cereal bars are overly sweet IMO, even the “healthy” label variety. We’ve never had any trouble with their plain or flavored cream cheeses, although I believe those come from a dairy in our state, which may explain the discrepancy. It just goes to show you have to experiment with some of their products until you find what you like, but there are huge savings to be had!

  75. Ehhh thank you for this! I never go there and should now you have made it easier.

  76. We are obsessed with Aldi! Probably my absolute favourite thing I buy there is the maple syrup and pecan cluster cereal by Harvest Morn for £1.19 a box. It’s only a small box, but tends to last me a week and is pretty much the only cereal I will eat now! We have also found that their pesto (the more expensive one) is our favourite out of all the big supermarket pestos (found by extensive experimentation during a period our aldi were out of stock)!
    I also love their angus steak mince, angus burgers, bacon and sausages and the prices for them are fantastic. Their frikadellen burgers are really tasty and the meatball version are great for recreating swedish meatballs at home for dinner.
    My fiance finds their Highland Earl whiskey to be his favourite, and we love their church’s ginger beer. Next for me to try is their dark rum.

  77. Anonymous says:

    I think Aldi’s is very good value shopped there before it became as popular as it is now.

  78. Anonymous says:

    I love the savings like everyone else. but I would like to mention that the aldi version of cereals have almost have the sugar of the national leading brands. Great health benefit.

  79. Anonymous says:

    Loved the fish – Best frozen fish of any supermarket at £2.99 for 2 large pieces of haddock. Tried the assorted chocolates that were supposed to be a sort of Roses assortment – ate them, but wouldn’t buy again, even if they were cheap. I was put off initially by their frozen turkey breast – did not have the consistency of a bird at all – couldn’t stomach it.

  80. Anonymous says:

    Hi I have just tried Aldi tinned Ravioli for a quick hot lunch at work, (popped into the Aldi in Lichfield for a quick look and purchased quite a few items), I am sure it was only 35p I have not tried tinned Ravioli for years and was worried I might be disapointed but no, its was spicy and tasty just as I remembered and a bargain and according to a Slimming World member in my office only 1 Syn per tin!!!!!!

  81. Anonymous says:

    Hi- I try to get to Aldi as much as I can. Although I have not tried the canned tuna yet, but it sounds like everyone seems to enjoy it. I have tried some of the boxed pasta meals, and we have had to throw them away. Are there any updates about the horse issue?

  82. Anonymous says:

    I work for an ‘upper class’, well known supermarket and get a discount and admit there are still a few things I prefer from work….but not many! Aldi’s Chicken is always good and plenty of meat on it, but watch for it’s sell by date, as from our experience it has gone off a few days earlier than marked, a couple of times. The pork leg is excellent and lean. My Mum was hesitant about buying their tinned corned beef, but tells me that it’s a cut above the leading brands and isn’t fatty like them. Baked beans….I’m not a fan of ANY baked beans but their own brand, I honestly couldn’t taste the difference between them and Heinz thought it was just me, but baked bean lover, Mum, confirmed my feelings. We find their fruit and veg lasts longer than any other supermarket and tastes as good. Their peaches in the Summer are what you pay over the odds for in other places, as they’re ripe and juicy! Someone mentioned their Special K? I have the one with berries, cheaper and preferred! I sneak a couple of naughty chocolate eclairs in, every few weeks…they have more cream in than other supermarkets. Their baby bath is lovely too! Remember parma violet sweets? Smells like them! Their 1000 island dressing is as good, if not better, than the leading brand. Their frozen prawns, taste better than the ones labelled as premier in other supermarkets. Mother likes their smoked haddock, oh, and their evaporated milk. (Not that she eats them together). Booze wise? Their version of Stella is 100% better than Stella and doesn’t give me a headache either!

  83. Anonymous says:

    I would avoid the Strong White bread flour. I love making bread and when I’ve made a plain white loaf with this, it is so hard to knead and the gluten doesnt develop even after 15 minutes vigorous kneading. When proving, it just sits there, a sullen little lump. I’m using Allinson Yeast so no issues there. The moisture is fine and its not drying out.
    After an hour’s proving it had barely risen, knocked it back which I’m sure damaged my knuckles and gave it a 2nd prove and it very slowly got going. I’m going back to Allinson, or better still Wessex Mill. Never get any issued with either of these brands. Never using Aldi bread flour again

  84. Anonymous says:

    Here is a great tip a chef gave me with tomatoes: buy the cheap as chips, usually fairly tasteless ones going for practically nothing in Aldi. Halve and mix with olive oil, salt and pepper and spread out on oven tray. When oven is heated to 80 degrees C (no higher), bung in tomatoes and and leave there for eight hours. When done, stuff in a jar and they make a such a tasty relish, addition to pasta sauces, whatever you like. I think they’re better than the sun dried ones from shops and are a million times tastier than eating raw cheapie tomatoes.

  85. Anonymous says:

    I have shopped at Aldi for several years both on my own and with my parents. Most of the items they sell are great, however I highly recommend do NOT buy their canned pumpkin! I got some to use in a drink recipe and took one sip before spitting it out into the sink. It tasted like dirt and had little black chunks of something as hard as rock. After a closer look these little black specs were all through the can. I dumped out my drink and trashed all the pumpkin I had purchased.

  86. Anonymous says:

    Greetings from the USA: I LOVE ALDI’S!!!!!!
    Love:
    Vegetable Juice
    Butter
    Mayo
    Parmesan (shredded)
    Peppers, Carrots, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Celery, Seedless Cukes, Cabbage, Romaine Lettuce,
    Pesto (both basil and tomato OUTSTANDING!)
    block Cheeses
    canned Salmon
    all canned Vegetables
    Tortillas
    Baking supplies (sugars, baking powder. baking soda etc),
    DON’T LOVE SO MUCH:
    frozen Fish (just because it comes from China, as in most stores)
    Gnocchi
    Chips ( the vegetable ones….all others are fine)

  87. Anonymous says:

    I really can’t agree with this list. I think it all has to do with preference. For example, I think their ground cinnamon is ridiculously over powering but another person may think it’s fine. This post is strictly one persons opinion and may be regionally different from what your local Aldis might carry. My advice is to try something anyway. Their prices are low enough not to make a major dent if you don’t like it and feel the need to throw it away.

    • Of course it has to do with preference and I would encourage people to try anything they liked. I’m sharing what I like, what my family likes and what I do and don’t buy for whatever reason. The reasons I might dislike something might be the exact reason someone else loves it and I given people the opportunity to share what they think of the products they’ve tried.
      The list isn’t set in stone.

  88. Their Greek Style yogurt and fruit pots are excellent and far cheaper than the Muller (i think) they sell in Tesco. My wife is happy with the £2.99 white wine. Incidentally, when living in Mallorca a few years ago, a friend swore by the cordon bleu that was sold in Aldi’s in Inca.

  89. My cat is a fussy eater but she goes mental for aldi foil portions. It doesn’t smell as bad as other brands either and some have veg which she also ate!!. I try and stock up as we dont have an aldi near enough for convenience. Do like their root veg crisps though.

  90. My cat is a fussy eater but she goes mental for aldi foil portions. It doesn’t smell as bad as other brands either and some have veg which she also ate!!. I try and stock up as we dont have an aldi near enough for convenience. Do like their root veg crisps though.

  91. Anonymous says:

    Recent Aldi convert, I’ve saved an absolute fortune. My normally fussy cat loves their food both dry and wet. My son loves the garlic bread, sweets (of course but come on, 29p for a bag of choc eclairs and 27p for a bag of toffees – who wouldn’t! yummy too), diet lemonade, Barvarian ham. I love the whole chickens – at £3 for a small one although it’s more like a medium at Sainsburys and I can honestly say Aldi chickens are so much tastier than the Sainsburys chickens too. Bratvurst sausages yum and really cheap too. Haven’t been brave enough to try washing powder as this along with loo roll and washing up liquid that my mum told me never to skimp on! However, a few of you seem to like it so will give it a go next week. The Ridges crisps are lovely too – nicer than McCoys I think.

  92. I loved this post but I’m wondering if the same will hold true for our Aldi stores here in America?!

  93. Sorry, but have tried Aldi and Lidl…hate them both. The prices may be cheaper but have you checked the pack sizes? Much smaller. Any major supermarkets basics ranges are just as good and same price. My husband recently made redundant and to keep paying the bills our food bill has taken a major hit so I have been shopping around…plan to stick with Morrison’s though.

    Aldi foods tend to be heavily processed and full of additives…read the labels folks.

    Sadly this “lets all shop at Aldi and Lidl” is a new trend, a fad for the middle class. You should see the cars in the car park at the Aldi near where I live…yesterday there were two Jaguars, a Rolls Royce and three of those 4 x 4 monstrosities.

  94. I use Aldi for a main monthly shop usually in combination with a money off voucher for £40 spend.

    So far I can say that there are very few things I would say we’re of inferior quality to any mainstream brands. Some items obviously are not quite to my taste but most are great. Their white chocolate and cranberry cookies go down a storm in my office. They are far better than any others I have tried.

    I always use Magnum washing up liquid and its great. No problems with itchy skin after using it which often happens with cheaper brands. I will steer clear of their luxury toilet roll as it didn’t last anywhere near as long as my normal brand.

    I have only ever had one occasion when I had to complain about something which I did by letter as my nearest store is approx 15/20 miles away and it was dealt with by the Area Manager with a full refund on my next visit in store AND a personal home visit to deliver flowers by way of an apology. Incidentally the flowers were obviously from Aldi and lasted in excess of 3 weeks. They don’t appear to have the standard Customer Service (complaints) Dept that all major supermarkets have. Is this an indication that they have fewer complaints to deal with?

  95. David Potter says:

    On the odd occasions that I’ve had reason to complain, the store duty manager has refunded without question. Moreover, the staff know where everything is shelved and have left the till to get something for me when I couldn’t find it. In the major supermarkets I’ve found that customer services have to contact departments to find out about products and years ago when one store lost our photos – which we never got back – and after several visits, we were never not allowed to see the store manager, but after making a scene we did eventually see the Assistant Store Manager and received a small amount of compensation. In Aldi’s I would have seen a relevant manager immediately!

    • Think that you are getting off the topic by talking about the ‘complaints procedures’ …all supermarkets have customer services that deal promptly with complaints. The original post was all about ‘what to buy’ and ‘what not to buy’

  96. I avoid fruit and veg from all supermarkets, cheapest place by far is the market. We’ve had some hit and miss moments with their coleslaw and I’ve found some of their freezer stuff is cheap, but sometimes its cheaper to go Iceland for that. They’re still good value tho, I get a lot for what I spend.

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