What Not To Buy At Aldi In 2022 (15 Products To Avoid)
People often think that they’re getting a great deal when they buy something. They end up buying inferior quality or paying more for items that they could find for less if they did their research.
Aldi attempts – and almost always succeeds – to give top-quality products to shoppers at low prices. But, every shopper has different needs, so even Aldi can sometimes fall behind.
What Not To Buy At Aldi In 2022?
Side note: The article isn’t meant to be negatively aimed at Aldi. It simply reflects my opinions on Aldi’s products. Aldi is a great place to shop and I share my experiences with them on other Aldi blogs.
Aldi does sell your typical selection of toiletries and paper goods, including toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates/bowls, and they’ve got all your basics covered.
There is a good chance that you will find the same goods cheaper at a bulk shop (such as Costco or Sam’s Club), or online, particularly if you subscribe and save.
Aldi’s cleaning supplies are decent, but to be perfectly honest, they aren’t great, and they can be found cheaper – for about the same quality – at dollar stores.
Or again, bulk warehouse stores or online shopping might yield you better results, with fewer trips to the store.
If you need feminine hygiene products, razors, body wash, any of those types of things – go elsewhere. Aldi is a great place to buy quality goods, however, their products for personal care are not as extensive and lack in variety.
Many of us are pretty attached to personal care products. Aldi has a limited selection so it’s better to stick with the ones you love.
Not only is Aldi’s seafood often more expensive than other grocery stores (especially Walmart’s), shoppers find the quality hit or miss, and Aldi has faced some tough criticism for its unethical 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.
You shouldn’t expect gourmet pizza-quality food if you buy frozen pizzas for as low as $2.19.
Aldi’s most affordable pizza, however, is the frozen thin crust. It lacks both good and bad taste. It is bland tasting to those who have had it.
It doesn’t seem to be limited only to $2 pies. I have tried many Take & Bakes. The refrigerated version is better than the frozen.
For pizza lovers who crave hot and spicy food, you can stop at Little Caesar’s to get a Hot N Ready.
Aldi’s breads are good, though it might just be my personal preference.
These loaves are all 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.
Aldi typically sells large quantities of their produce bagsged in or in container, which gives customers less control over what they bring home.
Aldi’s produce section is for you, if you love to personally pick every piece of fruit and vegetable. Very little is sold individually, and yes, sometimes you get home and it’s bad the next day.
Aldi is a good place to buy quality meat and affordable food, however, they can sometimes be inconsistent with their chicken.
While the family packs of chicken breasts are an especially good deal, they can also require a lot of trimming. Even worse, the chicken legs are just as good. After unpacking your groceries, it will take you about 15-20 minutes to remove all of the fat from the meat.
Don’t bother if you haven’t got the time, or don’t possess a sharp pair of kitchen scissors.
Aldi’s affordable pet food can make it tempting to switch brands.
However, you are better to keep your brand because Heart to Tail, which uses corn filler instead of real meat, isn’t the best pet food choice.
Many bloggers noticed that many of the Cheez-it and Goldfish knockoffs don’t compare to their brands.
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.
Aldi has many great ground coffees. Most of them are under the Barissimo brand. However, the Beaumont coffee in the large plastic canister taste strongly like burned coffee beans.
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.
Aldi has a fall line of ponchos that I have, however it is not the deepest I would go. Look for less-than perfect fitting clothes, and occasionally, poor quality.
Aldi offers many great deals, so make sure to check out our post on Aldi Special Buys, Who Makes Aldi Products, and 17 Reasons Why Aldi Is So Affordable.
Aldi has many highs in quality product, but it doesn’t have all the lows. The bottom line is that you have to make the best decisions for your family.
.What Not To Buy At Aldi In 2022 (15 Products To Avoid)