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Just looking for a general opinion of quality of products at Aldi. Thinking of venturing in for the first time tomorrow but if its a waste of time I wont bother. Thanks for reading and for any replies… Read More
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7m, 2w agoPosted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Just looking for a general opinion of quality of products at Aldi. Thinking of venturing in for the first time tomorrow but if its a waste of time I wont bother. Thanks for reading and for any replies
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7m, 2w agoPosted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
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I love Aldi and not too keen on Lidl. I split my shops between Aldi and Sainsburys. Aldi do excellent kitchen products, like washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, foil etc. Toilet rolls are fab. All squash and kids drinks I get from there too. Fresh meat, fruit, veg, cakes etc all excellent. Special buys brilliant too, hubbies got nearly all the tools and never had a problem with any of them. I only tend to go to Aldi once every three weeks as its not the nicest shop to browse in and I buy it all in bulk. I save a fortune in there.

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#1
I don't use Aldi but have you tried Lidl? I use them for fish and steak, really nice. The veg and fruit is good as well.
My mam always buys the fresh stuff from the bakery
#2
For food shopping yeah it's great. You can get products just as good as the leading supermarkets for cheaper prices

Only thing I'm not keen on is when the shop is full and they only open 2 of 9 checkouts!
Other than that, go check it out
#3
yep Aldis good
#4
You can only try and decide for your self but I always go to Aldi I'm quite selective on what I buy in there but I think it's good quality
#5
Fab. Thank you all for your comments, I will give them a go :)
#6
Don't go if you are a label snob because you won't find them . If you are prepared to try stuff from a manufacturer you've never heard of , go for it . I prefer lidl but that's mainly because it's closer for me .
#7
Toon_army
I don't use Aldi but have you tried Lidl? I use them for fish and steak, really nice. The veg and fruit is good as well.
My mam always buys the fresh stuff from the bakery
As my esteemed Geordie friend has already intimidated, Lidl are fantastic at the moment for meats/veg/fruit and other everyday items.

Aldi pale in comparison, quality wise. Cheap known brand knock-offs mostly, personal opinion notwithstanding.
#8
Make sure you dont bag your items at the checkout... you get some stares! :D. Took a while to get used to that!! lol..
Generally good but you will always need to do a top up shop. As aldi do not do everything...
#9
Interesting to see how feedback differs. Personally, I find Aldi head & shoulders above Lidl.

We stopped shopping at Lidl as the fruit and veg quality was awful. Aldi has been fantastic and very, very good value.

When our local Aldi opened, our Tesco clubcard vouchers we received quarterly fell from £12-15 to £2. There are items which you cannot get at Aldi, but we've adjusted our shopping habits accordingly.
#10
Babbler
Make sure you dont bag your items at the checkout... you get some stares! :D. Took a while to get used to that!! lol..
Generally good but you will always need to do a top up shop. As aldi do not do everything...

May be a stupid question but why don't you bag at checkout?
#11
Aldi and Lidl are amazing nowadays, I personally don't shop there but that's cos my partner prefers Sainsbury's :(.

Lidl & aldi used to be a lot like netto which was dreadful but a great solution for low income family's, both the stores are still looked at by many as a netto like store.
#12
pookypony
Babbler
Make sure you dont bag your items at the checkout... you get some stares! :D. Took a while to get used to that!! lol..
Generally good but you will always need to do a top up shop. As aldi do not do everything...
May be a stupid question but why don't you bag at checkout?


I believe staff have a "time limit" per customer - they scan goods so quick you wouldnt have time to bag anyway! Thats why you see so many people putting their items in bags at the windows.

Not sure exactly why - just seems "the done thing".
#13
slows the line down, so you stick it all back in your trolley, and bag it up on the side.
#14
The cashiers work at hyper speed, it's not really possible to pack in our local one. lol Try the microwave curries very tasty. Don't buy much in there but what we do is good. :)
#15
pookypony
Babbler
Make sure you dont bag your items at the checkout... you get some stares! :D. Took a while to get used to that!! lol..
Generally good but you will always need to do a top up shop. As aldi do not do everything...
May be a stupid question but why don't you bag at checkout?

because there are people like me that need to put certain things in certain bags. when they throw your items at 100mph it's pretty difficult to keep up, so I'd rather my OCD bagging was done away from the checkout otherwise people in the queue would be waiting a long time
#16
pookypony
Babbler
Make sure you dont bag your items at the checkout... you get some stares! :D. Took a while to get used to that!! lol..
Generally good but you will always need to do a top up shop. As aldi do not do everything...
May be a stupid question but why don't you bag at checkout?
BECAUSE THEY ARE QUICK AND COUNTER IS SMALL EVERYONE PUT BACK IN TROLLEY HOPE THIS HELPS
#17
Ahhhh, thanks for the heads up!!! Looking forward to going now as have been getting really fed up with Tesco. Quality has really gone down hill and I usually have it delivered but I have had enough of potatoes being packed on top of bread and split cream pots and damaged fruit!! Hopefully Aldi will be much better!

Edited By: pookypony on Dec 08, 2016 13:02
#18
I love Aldi and not too keen on Lidl. I split my shops between Aldi and Sainsburys. Aldi do excellent kitchen products, like washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, foil etc. Toilet rolls are fab. All squash and kids drinks I get from there too. Fresh meat, fruit, veg, cakes etc all excellent. Special buys brilliant too, hubbies got nearly all the tools and never had a problem with any of them. I only tend to go to Aldi once every three weeks as its not the nicest shop to browse in and I buy it all in bulk. I save a fortune in there.
#19
Love Aldi, you won't get everything you need but I can fill my trolley to the brim for £80 That would be £120 in Tesco, you won't look back!
#20
pookypony
Babbler
Make sure you dont bag your items at the checkout... you get some stares! :D. Took a while to get used to that!! lol..
Generally good but you will always need to do a top up shop. As aldi do not do everything...
May be a stupid question but why don't you bag at checkout?
To keep the costs down.
The quicker till operator can checkout customers the better efficiency of the staff.
More efficient staff means less staff which means less staffing costs.

Everything from limiting the selection of items, not displaying use by dates on the fruit and veg to the layout of the store is done to maximize through put of the customers and therefore profit.
#21
The meat in Aldi - and I'm talking about sandwich meat - blows other supermarkets out of the water in terms of quality and value for money. Particularly their Torchon Ham.
#22
joedastudd
pookypony
Babbler
Make sure you dont bag your items at the checkout... you get some stares! :D. Took a while to get used to that!! lol..
Generally good but you will always need to do a top up shop. As aldi do not do everything...
May be a stupid question but why don't you bag at checkout?
To keep the costs down.
The quicker till operator can checkout customers the better efficiency of the staff.
More efficient staff means less staff which means less staffing costs.
Everything from limiting the selection of items, not displaying use by dates on the fruit and veg to the layout of the store is done to maximize through put of the customers and therefore profit.

Why don't they put use by dates on fruit & veg? Just out of curiosity :)
#23
sh0pgirl
joedastudd
pookypony
Babbler
Make sure you dont bag your items at the checkout... you get some stares! :D. Took a while to get used to that!! lol..
Generally good but you will always need to do a top up shop. As aldi do not do everything...
May be a stupid question but why don't you bag at checkout?
To keep the costs down.
The quicker till operator can checkout customers the better efficiency of the staff.
More efficient staff means less staff which means less staffing costs.
Everything from limiting the selection of items, not displaying use by dates on the fruit and veg to the layout of the store is done to maximize through put of the customers and therefore profit.
Why don't they put use by dates on fruit & veg? Just out of curiosity :)
Because they don't have to.
If they did they would have to have staff check each item for the date, without them the staff can just look at the condition of the item and decide for themselves.
It also means they don't have the issue of throwing items which are perfectly fine after the use by date meaning less product loss.

There is a dating system on the fruit and veg, but use by dates are pretty much useless when it comes to fruit and veg anyway.
http://www.cheapeats.ie/2012/10/09/lidl-and-aldis-mysterious-best-before-dates-on-fruit-and-veg/
#24
Their stuff's okay, but the majority of the people that shop there... Jesus!
#25
I am going there first time today I have run out of coffee ! I have been to lidl before but yeah the people that go there put me off poundshop people ect
#26
Lots of great products at both HOWEVER, continental processed foods tend to have much less sugar than the UK version, so it may taste "funny".

Give it a few goes before forming an opinion; I love their own brand multigrain bread - and wish I didnt have a yeast allergy, so I could go on eating it.

I dont like Aldis cheap sausage rolls, dry and tasteless compared to the Lidl version.

The cereals and chocolate are superior to nearly anything else you can buy for less than 10 times the money.
UK versions are all sugar and no taste.

I had a "French" bottle of Tango Orange, just after finishing a "UK" Tango Orange,, the French version tasted as sour as anything until I had got used to it; afterwards the UK version tasted so sweet, my teeth hurt.
The French version has 30% less added sugars and artificial sweeteners.
#27
Some nice wine too,
#28
Aldi has really nice tasting Baileys own brand, fraction of the price (think 1/3).
#29
LoRdPlOps111
The meat in Aldi - and I'm talking about sandwich meat - blows other supermarkets out of the water in terms of quality and value for money. Particularly their Torchon Ham.

I thought the same until we tried the Lidl Durano Wafer thin ham .... no added water...makes ALL of the other supermarket sandwich ham seem like slop

People seem to be suggesting Aldi and Lidl are just low income supermarkets, We are a farily high income household but just prefer the food from there...another great one is LIDL's own brand XXX cola, my kids genuinely prefer it to Coke/Pepsi and it's something like 35p for a 2 Litre bottle.

Edited By: Uridium on Dec 08, 2016 21:03
#30
Uridium
LoRdPlOps111
The meat in Aldi - and I'm talking about sandwich meat - blows other supermarkets out of the water in terms of quality and value for money. Particularly their Torchon Ham.
I thought the same until we tried the Lidl Durano Wafer thin ham .... no added water...makes ALL of the other supermarket sandwich ham seem like slop
People seem to be suggesting Aldi and Lidl are just low income supermarkets, We are a farily high income household but just prefer the food from there...another great one is LIDL's own brand XXX cola, my kids genuinely prefer it to Coke/Pepsi and it's something like 35p for a 2 Litre bottle.

Weird, i've never heard anyone call it a low income supermarket, the place is well kept and looks good! I always see people driving up in nice cars to shop there, it's good bang for yer buck. ;)

I'm gonna try that cola next time i'm there!

I love their milk chocolate and nut bars in the green packaging seen here:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/fin-carre-milk-chocolate-with-hazelnuts-100g-bar-only-22p-lidl-1116247

When they were selling for 22p I went CRAZY and bought maybe 12, good old times. :p
#31
steve1221
Their stuff's okay, but the majority of the people that shop there... Jesus!

When is the last tie you went ? That was years ago when they first opened. Now it's not the people that you allude to typically.

My local Aldi I don't use for veg now unless I'm definitely using it within 48 hours. everything else is good quality.
#32
PenguinsForAll
Aldi has really nice tasting Baileys own brand, fraction of the price (think 1/3).
Yep Id have to agree with that. Got a couple of bottles lines up for Christmas!
#33
steve1221
Their stuff's okay, but the majority of the people that shop there... Jesus!
... are disciples?!? oO
#34
The stores vary from area to area so its not possible to say about your local. What you generally find is that youneed to go early or very late to avoid the masses and frustrating parking and waiting. The fresh fruit and veg has obscure best before dates hidden in small print near the bar code (these are four digits long and the fist two are the week of the year, 1 to 52 and the second two are the day, 01 to 07). A number of times I have found out of date food on display so its worth knowing what calendar week you are in before going shopping!
On the whole its good value but if you need help or customer service desk......forget it!
#35
Splodger101
steve1221
Their stuff's okay, but the majority of the people that shop there... Jesus!
... are disciples?!? oO


yes, those damn Christians really did get under your feet :)
#36
PenguinsForAll
Uridium
LoRdPlOps111
The meat in Aldi - and I'm talking about sandwich meat - blows other supermarkets out of the water in terms of quality and value for money. Particularly their Torchon Ham.
I thought the same until we tried the Lidl Durano Wafer thin ham .... no added water...makes ALL of the other supermarket sandwich ham seem like slop
People seem to be suggesting Aldi and Lidl are just low income supermarkets, We are a farily high income household but just prefer the food from there...another great one is LIDL's own brand XXX cola, my kids genuinely prefer it to Coke/Pepsi and it's something like 35p for a 2 Litre bottle.
Weird, i've never heard anyone call it a low income supermarket, the place is well kept and looks good! I always see people driving up in nice cars to shop there, it's good bang for yer buck. ;)
I'm gonna try that cola next time i'm there!
I love their milk chocolate and nut bars in the green packaging seen here:http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/fin-carre-milk-chocolate-with-hazelnuts-100g-bar-only-22p-lidl-1116247
When they were selling for 22p I went CRAZY and bought maybe 12, good old times. :p

I have heard people stating Aldi is low income quite a lot, or that only people in tracksuits shop there, etc.

It's funny because in my local Aldi when I drop in there's only ever "very respectable" people that you'll find in there. That goes for Lidl too. I don't do a big shop at Aldi, but there are certain items that I will go specifically to Aldi for. Same respect for Lidl, their bakery is lovely.

As for nice cars being an indicator of income though? Nah, most "nice cars" are financed by people up to their neck in debt which is never an indicator of income.

All the riff raff in my experience go Iceland. ;)

But I really don't care, if a shop has got what I want and like, then I'll shop there regardless of whether people consider it beneath them or not.
#37
We've been shopping at Aldi for years and have been very happy with 95% of the things we have tried. They are VERY good on wines. Somebody there knows what they're doing buying wine.
#38
PenguinsForAll
Uridium
LoRdPlOps111
The meat in Aldi - and I'm talking about sandwich meat - blows other supermarkets out of the water in terms of quality and value for money. Particularly their Torchon Ham.
I thought the same until we tried the Lidl Durano Wafer thin ham .... no added water...makes ALL of the other supermarket sandwich ham seem like slop
People seem to be suggesting Aldi and Lidl are just low income supermarkets, We are a farily high income household but just prefer the food from there...another great one is LIDL's own brand XXX cola, my kids genuinely prefer it to Coke/Pepsi and it's something like 35p for a 2 Litre bottle.
Weird, i've never heard anyone call it a low income supermarket, the place is well kept and looks good! I always see people driving up in nice cars to shop there, it's good bang for yer buck. ;)
I'm gonna try that cola next time i'm there!
I love their milk chocolate and nut bars in the green packaging seen here:http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/fin-carre-milk-chocolate-with-hazelnuts-100g-bar-only-22p-lidl-1116247
When they were selling for 22p I went CRAZY and bought maybe 12, good old times. :p

Private Eye have always referred to them that way, but they are a bunch of snobs.

Plenty of rich people shopping at my local Lidl, although they do block up the disabled bays because they dont want their shiny cars scratched by one of us plebs.

I regularly see a Maseratti parked up there.
#39
I used to shop at Aldi, but found the prices are very similar in all stores. Aldi are cheap because they have 1 brand, whereas the larger stores do their own brand (roughly same price as all Aldi products) and then they give you the opportunity to choose named brands. Only you can decide whether or not the produce is good for you, some may be and some may not. Lidl is basically the same as Aldi too.
#40
missleading
It's a 10 mile round trip and wasted time because they don't stock everything needed for a full shop

We do a full shop for a family of 6 each week in Lidl

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