Newest Review: ... my total up to £40! The prices are just incredible. I now do my food shop at Aldi every week. Unfortunately, I have coeliac disease an... more
Pick and mix
Member Name: Hoggle-DR1749
Advantages: Quality goods at great prices
Disadvantages: Pick-a-mix attitude to what they have in and how good jt is
Having been shopping at Aldi for the best part of 7 years (on and off) i have to say Aldi is a fantastic supermarket that could really rival the mainstream supermarkets- if it weren't for a few issues here and there.
I think Aldi food and cleaning products are absolutely fantastic. So much so i've converted those closest to me into doing most of their weekly shopping there and used Aldi cleaning products for some of my clients and always had good reviews about the quality of cleanliness these products helped me achieve.
For example, the smoked salmon sold at Aldi for (at last check) £2.79 in 200g packs has been described to me as the best quality and tastiest smoked salmon they've ever had, and best value for money. The Wedneslydale and cranberry cheese (sold in 300g packs for £1.79) is the creamiest cheese i've ever had and compared to mainstream supermarkets also the best value for money. Along with these my top ten food products also include:
10: Tinned Spaghetti, 39p a tin, better than Heinz
9: Ocean Rise Tuna chunks in brine, 79p a tin, quality line caught tuna at a brilliant price
8: Harvest Morn yoghurt and fruit bars, 99p for a pack of 6, available in Forest Fruits and Strawberry
7: Duck legs in Hoi Sin sauce, £2.99 for two duck legs, lots of meat and beautiful sauce
6: Salmon Wellington, £2.79, available with a white wine and dill sauce or a cheese and prawn sauce.
5: Steak cut chips, £1.99 for a large bag, really nice oven chips
4: Apple and raisin Strudel, £1.99 for a serving for 4, tangy yet sweet dessert that goes well with custard or icecream.
3: Rio Doro Apple Juice, 90p for 6x 200ml cartons, brilliant for school lunches or if you're in a bit of a rush
2: Gold tea bags, £1.19 for 80 teabags, smooth brew that could rival Tetley or even PG tips
1: Choceur hazelnut and fruit chocolate, 99p for 300g, the only chocolate bar that uses whole hazelnuts within their chocolate, also available in milk chocolate, white chocolate (which i am told is really creamy) Dark chocolate, dark chocolate with hazelnuts, and in a mini bar series ideal for lunches at 99p for 6 mini bars.
Aldi also do a weekly 'specials' on certain fresh fruit and veg each week that knocks off a percentage of the price to help motivate us into eating more healthily.
And i haven't mentioned anything about the cleaning products yet! Primarily Aldi sell the Power Force range along with 'Mistik' polish and air freshening products, i have to say that after a year of using various other cleaning products provided by clients these have to be the best products to use- at least judging by the feedback i've been given. Of the Power force range i mostly use the lemon toilet cleaner (not the bleach) (99p for a litre) the lemon All in One, (£1.19 for a litre) the kitchen and the bathroom cleaner. (Both 99p for a litre) They smell really fresh and are surprisingly good at getting up skid marks, paint stains, and if used regularly, limescale, grot and grease stains that are often a cleaner's nemesis. The All in One and toilet cleaner also come in Pine Fresh and Sea fresh options, but i wouldn't recommend these as they can stain your toilet and floors. I always go for the lemon. The Mistik multi surface polish is also very effective at polishing skirting boards, mirrors and glass leaving them particularly shiny and always with a pleasant but not too overpowering scent.
Along with these domestic cleaners the personal cleaning products are just as outstanding. The Dentitex dental care range (in particular the 'ultimate six in one mouthwash, £1.39 for 500ml and the total care toothpaste, 79p for a tube) rivals Aquafresh and Colgate in teeth-whitening ability and gum disease prevention in such a way i'd even venture to say that Dentitex is better than Colgate and Aquafresh. The Carino hair care range is also particularly good, in particular the almond milk family pack, (£1.19 for 500ml) for damaged hair but is also effective on all hair types, including people with sensitive scalps and those prone to dandruff. Along with this the Almat washing powder (£2.79 for 800g) provides excellent whites, though it clumps a bit in the drawer and when doing a coloured or dark wash i'd recommend using half the recommended amount as you often gain powder marks on dark clothing if you use the recommended amount, and is brilliant for sensitive skin along with leaving your clothes smelling fresh and clean.
*Please note that the prices and amounts above vary from store to store and week from week thus might not be accurate to your nearest store*
Aldi has many great products and great prices. However it also has it's downsides. Due to it's very pick-a-mix attitude on what products they have in from week to week, along with the quality of some products, it can be hard to find the great products i've just mentioned from week to week. By pick-a-mix attitude i mean that some weeks you may see great value tortilla wraps, but then others they'll just disappear. Along with that i'd be very careful particularly with the bread and fresh foods in some stores, on a rare occasion you might find blatantly off food on the shelves, my last experience of this involved mouldy pittas. Quite often this is a genuine mistake, for upon questioning the staff are shocked and will immediately get rid of the unsellable product right then and there, but as this has happened more than once in more than one store, i'd be a tiny bit wary and always check the sell by dates.
Along with this, most Aldi stores don't have the proper facilities to bag your shopping, thus it is company policy that customers must bag their shopping on the shelf opposite the tills. This is quite a good thing if you have trolleys full of food, for it saves time in the long run to not have them repack their shopping at the tills. However, if you're doing a midweek top up and just have a full basket full of goods this is very bad, for quite often customers have to run from the till to the shelf with armfuls of produce and have to leave it unattended while they pay for it. It's a lot of unneeded hassle that lays way to opportunities for stealing and causes a lot of stress. Not only that, but not everybody knows the company policy, and some stores don't even have it displayed, yet staff see fit to give attitude to those who don't know the company policy because they don't know the company policy but should. Many times in quite a few different stores now i've seen lengthy arguments over the company policy to the point where managers have been gotten involved and threats to sue have been issued. Personally the first Aldi store i went into had the company policy in big letters above the till so i'm used to bagging at the shelf, but there's no need to argue about it like so many people do. It would help if all Aldi stores had what the first store i went into had to stop such hold-ups happening as often. But that's just a suggestion.
All in all Aldi is a fantastic store with quality produce at great prices, that could just use a few tweaks to make it great.
Summary: A good store with good products and prices, just in need of a few tweaks