What Not To Buy At Aldi (15 Different Products To Avoid)

Often times, when people think they are getting a great deal, they settle for the lowest quality possible, or they unwittingly pay the most for an item that could have been purchased for less.

 Many shoppers have been complaining about the Aldi stores having a hard time keeping their shelves stocked with their requested products and finding them at the best possible price.

What Not To Buy At Aldi In 2022?

I’ve gathered 15 reasons why you might want to avoid products at Aldi!

It’s all about what’s good for you. There’s no harm in switching brands. Many people have switched from Safeway to Aldi and then back to Safeway or a different store.

1. Toiletries + Paper Goods

Aldi sells a variety of toiletries and paper goods, from the standard toilet paper, paper towels, and paper plates/bowls to a large selection of household cleaning products.

You could buy the supplies in bulk from your local bulk store or online, or you can pay even less if you use a subscribe and save option.

2. Cleaning Supplies

If you need to buy cleaning supplies, Aldi will do. It will be cheaper and of a higher-quality than what you can find at other stores, but it has it’s own drawbacks.

You might find yourself buying a bunch of items at bulk to use them in one specific recipe.

3. Personal Hygiene Products

If you are looking for feminine hygiene products, razors, body wash, any of those types of products, go to another store. Aldi sells many wonderful and quality products, but their personal care products are very limited.

You’ll be amazed how little and how good your everyday products really are. It’s not a huge deal to switch brands or go from product line to line.

4. Seafood

Aldi is not known for its quality seafood. Shoppers find it hit or miss, and Aldi has gotten a lot of backlash because of its unethical seafood sourcing.

Aldi has been very explicit about how they don’t intend to use North Korean sourced seafood in their stores yet they have also been very vague on the topic. There were also the more well known cases of fish being found to have traveled from China to Korea, but then not sold to the South Korean population. This is where the market makes a lot of difference. Aldi is much smaller than say Lidl, so they have less of a need to import products from China.

5. Pizza

This is true. The people who want to make a lot of change in the world and have lots of money, they want to spend it on food, cars, and other useless products. When you buy a frozen pizza for $2.19, you shouldn’t expect to get super high-quality food. It’s just not a thing frozen pizza companies are able to do, and it’s a bit silly to expect them to.

However, Aldi’s cheapest pizza, the frozen thin crust, lacks good flavor, and is flavorless for many who have tried it.

I don’t think this is limited to the $2 pie, either. 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 it, and see how chock full of toppings it is.

When you crave pizza, stop by your local Little Caesar’s for a Hot N Ready and ditch Aldi.

6. Sourdough Loaves

The breads are delicious, but they lack that slight sourness that I really love.

If you buy a loaf of sliced bread, pre-sliced, you know that you have to slice it yourself. It would be a pain to have to cut it apart, so I would just buy the rolls and hollow them out to make a bowl.

7. Produce

To keep things consistent for customers, Aldi will take out a portion of their produce to put in containers, giving you less control over what you buy.

If you are the kind of shopper who likes to hand-pick each individual piece of fruit or vegetable, it is very bad news for you. There might be a few fruits and vegetables in Aldi, but they sell in large quantities and therefore they are generally of a very low quality.

8. Chicken

Aldi can have quite a few items at a competitive price, but for many that does not mean that their meats are great.

A pound of chicken thighs usually require about an hour of work once you’re done with chopping, trimming, and marinating. But, if you buy them boneless and skinless, you can get them all taken care of at once.

If you don’t have the time to dedicate to cutting up a bunch of different meats, you may want to skip it.

9. Pet Food

When it comes to dog food, the best option is to stick with what you know.

It’s a very unhealthy food. They shouldn’t have it if it’s for pets. Corn is a filler. When you fill it with corn, you’re not feeding the meat your dog is craving. They should be fed meat. They should have meat.

You’re better off to just stick to the meat and avoid this kind of stuff.

10. Cheesy Crackers

A review that a friend shared about some of the cheesy crackers that didn’t live up to their brand name was pretty bad.

11. Granola Bars

The first time I bit into one of Aldi’s Millvale granola bars, I was surprised at how uninteresting they were.

I would only use the present tense in a writing that takes place in the present. This means that in the future or past tense, when the event in the past occurred in the present, you should use the past tense when describing the event that happened in the past.

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

12. Frozen Sushi

No one should buy the frozen sushi, but we shouldn’t be surprised about the fact that people will do it. Some people just find the taste of frozen sushi better than the fresh.

13. Ground Coffee

Aldi has a lot of great coffees and Beaumont is a great one. Unfortunately, its flavor in this coffee was a little off.

14. Name Brands

If you shop at Aldi, you probably won’t find the lowest prices on name-brand products in the area you shop, but they may be cheaper than at more well-known retailers.

15. Clothing

So, if you’re thinking about giving your daughter a fall wardrobe from Aldi, think about the above. If your daughter, however, is tall and slim, she should be able to find a few pieces that look good. If she isn’t, she might not have a lot of options.

Don’t expect bargains from Aldi.

If you’re looking to learn more about shopping at Aldi, some of the posts that we have on this page include what are Aldi special buys, who should you be shopping for your groceries at, and why you should never shop at Giant Eagle.


When looking for a quality sofa, you should consider Aldi. Aldi, a German-based supermarket, is known for having some of the best sofa options and also a fair price.

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