The Best & Worst Bargain Items To Buy At Aldi

Published on November 15, 2020
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Aldi is a German-owned discount supermarket chain that has made its way across the world. It is a wonderful alternative to many leading chain supermarkets as it offers many products of high quality at a much lower price. But which products are actually worth it? Here we’ll reveal which products you should absolutely buy as well as which you should skip out on.

Buy – Mayonnaise

The popular condiment can get pretty pricey. Aldi offers Burman’s mayonnaise which is tasty and very affordable. A jar containing 887 ml of mayo is just $1.89.

Buy Mayonnaise

Buy Mayonnaise

Buy – Pure Maple Syrup

Adding maple syrup to pancakes is a must, and the delicious sap adds depth of flavor while baking and cooking other items as well. Real maple syrup can get very pricey, but Aldi offers a discount option. According to Good Housekeeping, the syrup is “not overwhelmingly sweet” with “rich, complex notes of floral, roasted grain, and Christmas spices.” Sounds great to us!

Buy Pure Maple Syrup

Buy Pure Maple Syrup

Skip – Aldi Cereals

While Aldi does have a wide selection of cereal knock-offs, you’re better off buying the real thing. The taste and quality just aren’t the same, and according to Forbes: “You can often find better deals on name-brand cereals at your local store when combining coupons and sales.” 

Skip Aldi Cereals

Skip Aldi Cereals

Skip – Aldi Soda

Aldi sells a selection of both name brand sodas and also Aldi varieties of the same favorite drinks. The knock-offs are quite disappointing, with mediocre flavor that just doesn’t hold up to the name brands. But don’t rush to grab the name brand options here either, make sure to check the price since it tends to fluctuate and can even be sold for the same price of other supermarkets.

Skip Aldi Soda

Skip Aldi Soda

Buy – Gluten-Free Products

A raised awareness in gluten intolerances has led to many GF-products being introduced to the market. As such, many of these products tend to get pretty pricey. You’ll be happy to know that Aldi offers a fantastic selection of GF products at a very fair price. What’s more, they actually taste good too!

Buy Gluten Free Products

Buy Gluten Free Products

Skip – Fresh Produce

Fresh produce at Aldi is quite the mixed bag, so maybe you shouldn’t skip buying it here altogether but rather proceed with caution. Inspect the products thoroughly before buying, especially boxed berries that can hide moldy ones on the bottom. You can find good deals, just do your due diligence to make sure you’re not buying perished produce.

Skip Fresh Produce

Skip Fresh Produce

Skip – Aldi Zipper-Top Bags

The plastic zipper top bags sold at Aldi are very affordable, but their quality doesn’t stand up to the name brand options available. According to housekeeping blogger Frugally Blonde, ” 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. They really aren’t that good of a deal either.”

Skip Aldi Zipper Top Bags

Skip Aldi Zipper Top Bags

Buy – Wine

Looking for a great wine with a price that won’t break the bank? Aldi has got you covered. They carry a great selection of affordable wines that are all $10 or less. According to The Guardian, the best option is the Exquisite Collection Limoux Chardonnay. The wines at Aldi are great quality and are a total bargain.

Buy Wine

Buy Wine

Buy – German Beer

For those who prefer beer to wine, Aldi has got a great selection of these too. It’s not too surprising, after all, it is a German brand. The selection is not huge, but the beers they carry are high quality and very moderately priced. According to a reviewer on Kiplinger: “Its six-packs of Broegel Bock Beer go for $6.99, not bad for an imported beer. Brewed in Belgium, this bock scores a 3.8 on a scale of 5 as rated by Beer Advocate.”

Buy German Beer

Buy German Beer

Skip – Frozen Sushi

In general, sushi offered at grocery stores is not going to be the best quality. The next worst thing you could do is buy frozen sushi. As Aldi Nerd at Cheapism.com says: “If I lived somewhere rural where sushi joints were few and far between and I had a serious hankering for it, 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.”

Skip Frozen Sushi

Skip Frozen Sushi

Buy – Speciality Cheeses

Speciality cheeses are very delicious, but are frequently exorbitantly priced. Aldi comes to the rescue once again. They have a fantastic selection of specialty cheese with many flavor options and the best part is that they are not expensive, ranging from $2-$5! One Reddit user shared: “I really like the specially selected roasted garlic cheese wedge. There are a few varieties in the box, but that one is my favorite. The vintage aged white cheddar is good too.”

Buy Speciality Cheeses

Buy Speciality Cheeses

Skip – Small Appliances

Aldi also sells affordable versions of small kitchen and home appliances. These are also very hit or miss, and usually the quality of these appliances is not the best. One Reddit user shared: “I bought the Ambiano single-serve coffee pot to replace a Keurig that died. WORST COFFEEPOT EVER! From the beginning, it blew out the k-cup (many different brands) and had coffee grounds over counter, cup and coffee machine every time.” Make sure to do your research before buying these.

Skip Small Appliances

Skip Small Appliances

Skip – Cheap Coffee

Coffee is an essential part of many people’s day, but great quality coffee can really be very expensive. However, it’s important to know that Aldi’s cheapest coffee option, Daily Basics brand, which is just 17 cents per ounce, is just not good quality. You can even find coffee at a similar price at other grocery stores that just tastes way better.

Skip Cheap Coffee

Skip Cheap Coffee

Buy – Spices

Something you should always buy from Aldi is spices and spice mixes. The Stonemill brand is great with quality that is comparable to name brands at a fraction of the price, at just 95 per container. Your best bet is to stock up on spices while at Aldi, since these are really an incredible deal.

Buy Spices

Buy Spices

Buy – Canned Goods

Aldi has a wide selection of canned goods and they are all very fairly priced, so these are also a good to stock up on. You can fully supply your pantry with all the basics (and more!) at a fraction of the price of other supermarkets. Their selection includes canned soup, vegetables, applesauce, and more.

Buy Canned Goods

Buy Canned Goods

Skip – Meat

While Aldi has very affordable meat, fish, and chicken, the biggest drawback is that these are often not of the best quality. You can even find better tasting meat for similar prices at other shops. One Reddit user shared: “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.”

Skip Meat

Skip Meat

Skip – Toiletries

There is a wide selection of toiletries that are available at Aldi, ranging from shampoo, to deodorant, to razors. While these might seem like a great deal, more often than not they aren’t. According to Cheapism.com, you can find better products for less at Target. They shared: “For instance, we saw that a liter-size bottle of Aldi’s Dentiguard mouthwash was 10 cents more than Target’s store brand, Up & Up. Throw in Target’s better selection, frequent sales, and REDcard discounts, and it makes more sense to stock up there.”

Skip Toiletries

Skip Toiletries

Buy – Baking Products

For avid bakers, it is actually a great idea to stock up on baking staples at Aldi. The store has flour, brown sugar, pure cane sugar all from its private label Baker’s Corner brand, which sells these products for half the price of the same products at other supermarkets.

Buy Baking Products

Buy Baking Products

Buy – Bread

Aldi has a seriously impressive selection of breads, and their prices are hard to beat. They offer everything including bagels, baguettes, bagged bread, and more. Kiplinger shared: “You can snag a 20-ounce loaf of Aldi’s L’oven Fresh white bread for just 85 cents. That same size loaf of bread at Walmart sells for 88 cents under the Great Value store brand. Giant was offering a 22-ounce loaf of its store-brand white bread for $1.89.”

Buy Bread

Buy Bread

Buy – European Sweets

Due to Aldi’s German roots, the franchise offers European chocolates and candies at incredible prices. While other stores may mark these up because they’re from Europe, Aldi sells them for incredible prices. Hip2Save shared: “Aldi dark chocolate is my crack. $1.99 for a decadent large 4.4 oz bar has made me an official junkie.”

Buy European Sweets

Buy European Sweets

Skip – Chips

Everyone loves a good potato chip and they’re great to have in the pantry for times when you’re having a salty craving. Unfortunately, Aldi’s selection of chips from Clancy’s just doesn’t hold up to more iconic brands like Lay’s. While they are inexpensive, Aldi chips just don’t taste as good.

Skip Chips

Skip Chips

Skip – Butter

Butter is a kitchen staple that will always be needed, which is why it is so important to have it on hand all the time. There are several low-cost options at Aldi, but you’re better off paying a bit more for better quality butter. While less expensive is more tempting, you’ll be happier with the pricier kind. Kerrygold is a great option.

Skip Butter

Skip Butter

Buy – Milk

When it comes to milk, there’s just no beating Aldi. Walmart sells a gallon of its Great Value brand milk for $2.53, while Giant sells a gallon on milk for $3.29, Aldi’s Friendly Farms milk brand sells for $2.48 per gallon. For families that go through a  lot of milk, that is a massive price difference.

Buy Milk

Buy Milk

Buy – Raspberry Lemon Spiked Lemonade

Each month, Aldi offers up “Aldi Finds,” which is limited time products. In the summer, Aldi offers raspberry lemon spiked lemonade, which is absolutely delicious. The best part is that six-packs of 12 oz. cans are just $6.99. These are so tasty and will get a nice buzz going, without having to pay a lot of money.

Buy Raspberry Lemon Spiked Lemonade

Buy Raspberry Lemon Spiked Lemonade

Skip – Kitty Litter

For those who need to keep a supply of kitty litter handy, it may be tempting to go for the kind sold at Aldi, since it is so inexpensive. However, the quality is not at the same level of other brands, and you should really go for quality in this case. Aldi Reviewer shared:“This new Heart to Tail formula is still dusty, although maybe slightly less so than the old Fine Feline litter.”

Skip Kitty Litter

Skip Kitty Litter

Skip – Mini Bear Grahams

Although Aldi’s Benton’s Kids brand Mini Bear Grahams may look similar to the brand name Teddy Grahams, these just don’t stack up to the real deal, flavor-wise. The same goes for other knock-off snack items. According to a Reddit user: “I bought their generic Goldfish crackers (penguins) and knock-off Teddy Grahams and they were completely inedible.”

Skip Mini Bear Grahams

Skip Mini Bear Grahams

Skip – Paper Towels And Toilet Paper

While you might think that stocking up on toilet paper and paper towels at Aldi is a good idea, but you might be surprised that this is not the case. Though the quality is okay, the price is not that great. As stated by Kiplinger: “Once you stack frequent shopper discounts or manufacturer coupons on top of those low prices, the big chains sometimes come out ahead.”

Skip Paper Towels And Toilet Paper

Skip Paper Towels And Toilet Paper

Buy – Frozen Fruits

For those who love stocking up on frozen fruits for smoothies and other healthy desserts, they’ll be happy to hear that there is a great selection of frozen fruits at Aldi for amazing prices. According to Mashable: “They’re very easy to use over cereal or to defrost and eat plain, contain plenty of that fiber we were talking about, and taste just as fresh and sweet as the real deal.”

Buy Frozen Fruits

Buy Frozen Fruits

Buy – Take-And-Bake Pizza

One item at Aldi that certainly does not get enough attention is the Mama Cozi’s take-and-bake pizzas. They costs between $4-$6.99 and they are a fantastic option since they’re cheap and huge, coming in at 16 inches. According to The Kitchn: “Unlike most frozen pizzas, these once-frozen-now-refrigerated pizzas don’t taste like freezer-burned cardboard. The toppings really cover every inch and they taste pretty close to fresh.”

Buy Take And Bake Pizza

Buy Take And Bake Pizza

Skip – Yogurt

Another hit or miss product found at Aldi is the yogurt. The problem is that their off-brand option is just not that great. There is a whole Reddit thread that just deals with yogurts sold by Aldi. One user said: “I have tried the yogurt at Aldi and I wasn’t a fan, I didn’t like the kids “gogurt” replica either, it tasted too sweet. I prefer the Chobani Greek yogurt over Aldi’s.”

Skip Yogurt

Skip Yogurt

Skip – Clothing

Something else you’ll find at the “Aldi Finds” section sometimes is a variety of clothing. These are very inexpensive, but sometimes that comes at the cost of the quality. According to Aldi Reviewer: “The tricky thing about almost all of Aldi’s adult clothing is that it comes packaged in cardboard or, in the case of these pajamas, in neatly folded ribbon-tied packages. It can be difficult to know what you’re getting because you can’t easily hold a shirt up to examine the dimensions.”

Skip Clothing

Skip Clothing

Buy – Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a pantry staple since really, who doesn’t love peanut butter? Aldi has a great selection that includes Peanut Delight Creamy Peanut Butter, Peanut Delight Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread, and Simply Nature Organic Creamy Peanut Butter. According to Aldi Reviewer: “All of the different varieties of Aldi peanut butter are good at what they do, whether you want a budget standard peanut butter or a minimally processed organic spread.”

Buy Peanut Butter

Buy Peanut Butter

Buy – Funnel Cake Mix

Funnel cake is a beloved carnival treat, and it’s easy to understand why. Aldi’s Baker’s Corner Funnel Cakes Pitcher and Mix has become a cult favorite, and for good reason. It brings the fun carnival dessert to your home and make it super easy and fun to make. Best of all, the final result is absolutely delicious.

Buy Funnel Cakes

Buy Funnel Cake Mix

Buy – Seasonal Items

The seasonal section at Aldi will have surprisingly great options available at very affordable prices. During summertime, they offer good quality camping essentials, while during the holidays, you can find delicious candy and cookies for very fair prices.

Buy Seasonal Items

Buy Seasonal Items

Buy – Salsa

Whether you’re using salsa in a recipe or just dipping your favorite chips, the sauce is always good to have on hand. Aldi brand Casa Mamita Salsa holds up great flavor-wise and is super affordable. Plain salsa is just $1.49 and special varieties are $1.99.

Buy Salsa

Buy Salsa

Buy – Tortilla Chips

Of course, you can’t have salsa without tortilla chips. According to MoneysavingMom: “We can’t tell one bit of difference between ALDI tortilla chips and any other store brand or even brand name of tortilla chips. Plus, we love the $1.19 regular price tag!”

Buy Tortilla Chips

Buy Tortilla Chips

Buy – Chocolate Chips

Chocolate chips are a wonderful addition to countless baked goods, but they can sometimes really add up. Some bags sell for $4 or more! Aldi has delicious chocolate chips that stand up to Nestle, for just $1.79 per bag. Best of all, they have several varieties available, all for the same price.

Buy Chocolate Chips

Buy Chocolate Chips

Buy – Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has become quite popular lately as a healthier oil option for cooking, baking, and also beauty. Many jars of coconut oil can get extremely expensive, but Aldi comes to the rescue here once again. A jar of organic coconut oil sells for $4.49 at Aldi.

Buy Coconut Oil

Buy Coconut Oil

Buy – Olive Oil

Another healthy oil option is olive oil, which can be used for cooking or topping a salad as a great source of healthy fat. Again, good quality olive oil can get crazy expensive. Aldi has options for both regular and organic olive oil that is both delicious and affordable.

Buy Olive Oil

Buy Olive Oil

Buy – Sugar

Another baking and cooking staple that’s important to have on hand at all times is sugar. Aldi has regular sugar, cane sugar, powdered sugar and light brown sugar for very good prices. These prices beat the other supermarkets and the product has the same level of quality.

Buy Sugar

Buy Sugar