What Not To Buy At Aldi

What Not To Buy At Aldi In 2022 (15 Products To Avoid)

People will often settle for sub-par quality when they think they are getting a deal. Or they pay more for an item they might have found cheaper if they had shopped around.

While Aldi strives – and for the most part, succeeds – to offer top-notch products to their shoppers, at the lowest prices, even the German grocery giant can fall a little short, or not be the best match for an individual shopper’s needs.

What Not To Buy At Aldi In 2022 (15 Products To Avoid)

What Not To Buy At Aldi In 2022?

  • The list includes 15 items at Aldi I recommend you avoid.
  • Side note: This article is not meant to be negative towards Aldi, but just to share personal opinions of some of their products. Aldi is a great place to shop and I share my experiences with them on other Aldi blogs.

  • 1. Toiletries + Paper Goods
  • Aldi stocks a range of toiletries as well as paper goods.

    You may be able to get these goods in bulk at Costco, Sam’s Club or online.

  • 2. Cleaning supplies
  • Although Aldi cleaning products are good, the quality is not great. They can also be purchased cheaper at Dollar stores for roughly the same price.

    Another option is to shop online and bulk warehouse stores. This will give you more results with less trips.

  • 3. Personal Hygiene Products
  • Go elsewhere if your needs are for razors, feminine hygiene, or any other type of products. Aldi does sell some great quality and beautiful products. However, the personal care products they offer are extremely limited.

    We are all pretty attached to our personal grooming products. Aldi offers a narrow range so you can stick with what you know and love.

  • 4. Seafood
  • Aldi’s seafood has a higher price than the other grocery shops (and especially Walmart’s), as well as being less expensive. Aldi has also been criticized for its poor sourcing.

    Aldi, for example, revealed that it had imported some seafood from China in 2017. This could have meant that North Koreans were being treated badly and their wages went directly to North Korea.

  • 5. Pizza
  • Be aware that frozen pizzas are not gourmet quality food.

    Aldi’s lowest-priced pizza, the frozen thin, has poor flavor and is very expensive. Many who’ve tried it have found that they find it bland.

    This doesn’t just apply to the $2 pie. Having tried several Take & Bakes (in the refrigerated section, versus the frozen), I have found those to be weirdly bland as well, especially when you look at them and see how chock full of toppings they are.

    If you have a hankering for pizza, stop by your local Little Caesar’s for a Hot N Ready, and skip Aldi.

  • 6. Sourdough Loaves
  • This might be a personal pan, but I’m not overly fond of Aldi’s sourdough loaves.

    They all come pre-sliced. While I see the convenience of this for most shoppers, I think Aldi should offer a selection of sourdough bread unsliced. This would allow me to choose how thin or thick I prefer, or even hollow out pieces and create a bread bowl.

  • 7. Produce
  • Aldi often sells their produce packed in plastic bags. That gives shoppers less control of what they buy home.

    Aldi’s produce department will delight you if you like to pick each piece of vegetable or fruit by hand. The majority of the produce is not sold in individual packages.

  • 8. Chicken
  • Aldi generally sells high-quality meat at reasonable prices. But, the chicken they offer can be a bit disappointing.

    Family packs of chicken breasts offer a fantastic deal. However, these can require extensive trimming. Chicken thighs can be just as bad, or worse. After unpacking your groceries, it will take you about 15-20 minutes to remove all of the fat from the meat.

    If you don’t have the time to devote to this or you don’t have a good sharp pair of kitchen shears, you might want to skip it.

  • 9. Pet Food
  • Aldi’s pet food is very affordable, so it can be tempting for some to change brands.

    You’re best to stick with your existing brand. Heart to Tail is not the most healthy pet food for animals. It has corn filler and not actual meat as its first ingredient.

  • 10. Cheesy Crackers
  • Multiple bloggers have noted that any of the cheesy cracker knock-offs – Goldfish, Cheez-it dupes – don’t live up to their brand name counterparts.

  • 11. Granola Bars
  • Aldi’s Millvale Granola Bars were my first taste. I was surprised by their lack of flavor.

    I ate the rest out of sheer hunger, but if that hadn’t propelled me, I very likely would have tossed it.

  • 12. Frozen Sushi
  • It should go without saying that Aldi shouldn’t sell frozen sushi, and no one should buy it or eat it. Sushi tastes best when it is fresh.
  • 13. Ground Coffee
  • Aldi offers many delicious ground coffees. The majority of these are sold under the Barissimo label. But the Beaumont grind in the large plastic container tastes strongly like roasted coffee beans.

  • 14. Name Brands
  • Aldi may carry a few brand name items but not all of them are the most expensive. Also, manufacturers coupon codes don’t work. You can probably find the same item somewhere else, at a discount with or without a coupon.

  • 15. Clothing
  • Aldi’s autumn line has a poncho that I own, and it is about the same depth as what I would wear. You can expect less-than-tailored fittings and in some cases, lower quality.

    For more information on shopping at Aldi you can visit our other posts about what Aldi has to offer, Aldi’s special buys and Aldi’s manufacturing process. Also, see 17 reasons Aldi is so affordable.

  • Conclusion
  • Aldi can be described as a shop with high quality products that has many highs. However, it also has some low points. You should ultimately make the right decision for your family.

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