Shannen Findlay

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Experts reveal: What you SHOULD and SHOULDN’T buy from ALDI

Experts reveal: What you SHOULD and SHOULDN’T buy from ALDI

Over the years, ALDI has built a cult following for its affordable prices and various specials which offers massive savings to shoppers.

However, as the supermarket chain continues to grow in popularity in Australia, leading consumer advocacy group Choice has found out what products are worth spending your money on – and which aren’t.

While there are many gems to be found at the beloved ALDI, there are a few items you can skip out on throwing into your shopping trolley.

Here is what you should and shouldn’t buy from ALDI.

What to buy

1. Stain remover and dishwasher tablets

ALDI has a number of top performing cleaning products, and the Di-San Oxy Action alongside the Enzymes Pre-Wash have proven to be two effective sprays that will get the job done. At $1.25, what can go wrong?

Alongside those items, you can throw in ALDI’s Logix dishwasher tablets.

2. Nappies

If you’ve got a tiny tot you’re babysitting anytime soon, then it is best to stock up on the Mamia range of nappies – not only are they some of the most affordable on the market, they are very popular based on Choice reviews.

The reviews completed by experts tested each nappy brand for absorbency, leakage and strength.

3. Ski gear

ALDI’s annual ski gear sale is coming up on May 18, and so many fans of the German supermarket are thrilled to be able to get the opportunity to get their hands on some bargain-priced, well-made snow goodies.

4. Premium ice-cream

If you’re looking for a reason to treat yourself, let the fact ALDI’s Monarc Indulge Vanilla Opulence gourmet ice-cream be the one.

For just $4.49, the sweet item is one of the cheapest gourmet ice-creams on the market, and according to Choice customer reviews – it will NOT disappoint.

What to avoid

1. Televisions

Denis Gallagher, TV expert for Choice, said despite the reasonable prices for the electronic item, there may be better options out there.

“ALDI has offered pretty good value on TVs over the years, but these days there's more competition and prices are coming down across the board.

“You're better off going with a branded product – the ALDI TVs we've tested in the past have had variable results,” he explained.

2. Capsule coffee machine

It may have sold extremely well and is a popular product among shoppers, but Choice experts say satisfaction based on taste was at just 45 per cent.

If you’re looking for a cheap alternative for a coffee machine, the $120 ALDI Expressi multi-Beverage Capsule Machine 595 could be a good option but may not fulfil all your coffee-loving desires.

3. Liquid laundry detergent for top loaders

If you have been shopping for laundry detergent from ALDI, it may be best to think again, as items such as Trimat Advanced Laundry Liquid Sensitive, and Almat Laundry Liquid Concentrate did not perform well based on customer reviews.

If looking for a better alternative, try Trimat Advanced Laundry Liquid Regular, although keep in mind it did not perform much better than its competitors.