Back when I worked full time I was a loyal customer of Tesco’s home delivery service. I didn’t have time to spend traipsing through the aisles of a supermarket and the convenience was ideal. But when I went on maternity leave I started to dabble in the odd trip to our local Aldi store. It started with the odd top-up shop and soon I was a fully-fledged Aldi shopper. To say that I’m a fan is an understatement. I absolutely love their products and value for money – so much so that I wrote a whole post about my transition to Aldi once before, and now I’m going to share with you some of my top Aldi products. Seriously, if you haven’t yet shopped in Aldi, these products are most definitely worth the visit.
10 products you must try from Aldi
1. Rump steak
Apparently the steak in general is good, but my go-to is their rump which costs just £3.29 each. I tried it once and it’s now a regular on the menu for our Friday night date night (which realistically we get around to once a month!) A butcher once told my hubby the best way to cook a steak is to fry it off and then put it in the oven for 10 minutes and we find that cooking it this way makes it really tender. If you’re looking for a good quality steak that won’t drastically up the shopping bill, then you should definitely give this one a try.
2. nappies and baby wipes
Okay, that’s actually two products but I didn’t want to make this post all about my favourite Aldi baby products (Mamia rice cakes, sweet vine raisins, infant paracetamol, Harvest Morn porridge…) but if you are still buying Pampers nappies, WHAT ARE YOU DOING??? Sorry Pampers, you are good, but just not as good.
I know that all you loyal Pampers mums out there are still in doubt, but trust me, you have to give Aldi’s Mamia nappies a try. You can pick up a pack of 48 nappies for £3.39 – and get even better deals if you buy the jumbo box of 84. We used Pampers for the first six months of Taylor’s life and then made the swap to Aldi nappies – they are very similar in quality, but just so much better value.
Similar story on the baby wipes – I used to use Huggies which now seem so flimsy in comparison to the Aldi Mamia baby wipes. The Mamia wipes are bigger, stronger and also come in a pack with a plastic clip seal – no faffing about with that silly sticker. Plus you can pick up a box of 12 wipes for 5.99 – that’s less that 50 pence per pack! Just trust me on this one.
3. specially selected Extra virgin olive oil
Okay, I’m not an expert on olive oil to be honest, but this one looks posh in my kitchen and it costs just £3. Plus it was featured in the Independent’s 12 best olive oils. According to a top Italian chef (whose name I don’t recognise) this outclasses oils five times its price – and who are we to argue with a top Italian chef?
4. magnum premium washing up liquid
I know, I know, I once said I would never use anything other than Fairy. Well I did and it looks remarkably like Fairy actually, it’s just got ‘Magnum’ written on the front instead.
In all honesty it is very slightly thinner than Fairy, but you really do only need a very tiny amount for a big bowl of bubbly water – so it lasts almost as long as Fairy. Put it this way, it wipes the floor against any other own brand washing up liquid and costs just 69p – meaning that it actually washes 3x more plates than Fairy for every £1. It’s also been ranked top by both Which Best Buy and the Good House Keeping Institute. If it’s value for money you’re after, this one’s for you.
5. cambalala SA pinotAGE
Let me be honest here and admit that I’m not a wine snob, nor an expert on what makes a good wine. I’ve always tended to pick up the bottle that’s from the mid price range (or even better – on offer), preferring to avoid paint stripper but too tight to invest in anything over £7. So I picked up this bottle on one of my first trips to Aldi simply on the basis that it’s from South Africa and we did some wine tasting in SA on our honeymoon (I was probably trying to set the scene for date night!).
It’s so smooth to drink, not at all acidy and full of flavour…if you want the expert’s opinion apparently it’s fruity and perfect with roasts and creamy cheeses.
But in our experience it’s perfect on its own after a long day with a screaming toddler, sat on the sofa watching Made in Chelsea. And it costs just £3.99! If you need any more convincing, I’ve even converted my parents – who are far more refined than me. Definitely earned its place as one of my top Aldi products.
6. CORALE BAKED BEANS
If you’d told me a year ago that I would no longer be eating Heinz baked beans I wouldn’t have believed you. I’ve been a Heinz lover my whole life but thought I’d give these a go, just on the off chance that they could be good. And they really are. In fact they taste just like Heinz but better – more rich and tasty. Unfair? Perhaps, but come on, they also cost just £1.15 for four cans – that’s £29p per can. Definitely worth a try.
7. APPLEBYS ROAST BRITISH whole CHICKEN
Like so many of the products in Aldi, it took me a while to hunt this one out. I had no idea they did cooked chickens until I found them one day next to the packets of salami and cooked ham – it comes cold so don’t expect to find them smelling delicious in a heated counter. I love having a cooked chicken in the fridge each week for a quick sandwich filler, salad staple or to throw in my bowl of noodles at dinner. I can’t remember how much these cost but I know it’s less than £4 and they are medium in size and really succulent. Plus the use-by date always seems to be quite generous so I can usually take a week to get through it.
8. SPECIALLY SELECTED SUPER NUTTY GRANOLA
The cereal aisle in Aldi is not one to be missed – full of exciting mueslis, granolas and replicas of all your familiar favourites (you have to try the own brand Wheatabix and Ready-brek for the kids)…I’ve fallen in love with this super nutty granola from their Specially Selected range which has a combination of Brazil nuts, flaked almonds, macadamias, cashews, pecans, pistachios, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Phew! Breakfast is so much more exciting since I’ve had this in my life. I’m not really one for label checking, so it may not be the healthiest, but there are plenty of super healthy options worth trying too – again, all at great value.
9. Saxon softest 3-ply quilted toilet tissue
Or just the toilet rolls in general – they’re all worth checking out. This one is such good value at £2.99 for 9 rolls and it really is great quality – not at all flimsy. There’s really not much more I can say about toilet roll, just try it.
10. specially selected melt in the middle chocolate puddings
You’ll find these in a pack of two in the refrigerated section next to the yogurts and they really are to die for! I take no responsibility for calorie intake yardy yardy yar, but they taste amazing with a spot of double cream if you’re after a little bit of indulgence. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture as we ate our last night and I can’t remember what they cost, but I’m guessing they’re pretty good value. And even if they aren’t, they’re worth it.
So there you have it, my top Aldi products. I realise that this list is looking rather indulgent – believe me when I say I do buy lots of healthy fruit and veg too (honest!), but I can’t compare an apple with an apple now can I? Other than it will be cheaper of course.
Do you shop at Aldi? What are your top Aldi products?