12 Items That Are Never Worth Buying at Aldi

Aldi is a great and affordable option for your next shopping trip, but there could be some items that are better if they stay on the shelf.
Updated May 1, 2024
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Aldi has a dedicated following of shoppers around the world, including savvy store aficionados in the United States. In fact, there are almost 2,000 Aldi locations in 36 states for shoppers to choose from.

But not all products are created equal when shopping at the discount grocer. While most products will help you save on groceries, their in-house brands might be a miss rather than a hit at times.

The next time you head to your local Aldi, keep these products in mind as things you may want to skip.

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Zoriana/Adobe Attractive mature woman buying wine at the supermarket

Aldi is known for its affordable wine, particularly its in-house Winking Owl label, which tastes great to many and can help you keep more money in your wallet

But not all cheap wine is created equal, and some may be hit or miss depending on the brand. If you buy a bottle at Aldi, be aware that it may be a wine that’s more suitable for cooking than drinking.


Birgit Reitz-Hofmann/Adobe meat in ALDI grocery Store

Unlike packaged products with a longer shelf life, fresh products may not be one of Aldi’s strong suits. Case in point: meat.

Chicken may have extra pieces that need to be cut off to prepare it for dinner, or beef may have a slightly off texture and not the right amount of fat.


zefein/Adobe vegetables in the supermarket

Produce is another area where Aldi might not hit the mark when it comes to fresh foods. Instead, stick to prepackaged items so you don’t waste money on food that may spoil quickly and go to waste.

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Name brands

Kristina Blokhin/Adobe plant based sausages in City Market Kroger

One of the great things about Aldi is the discounts you can get on their in-house branded products.

On the other hand, some of the name brands they carry may not have any type of discount, which means you could be paying full price or potentially even more than at another retailer. And remember that Aldi doesn’t accept coupons as other stores do.

It may be better for you to just skip any of the name brands on Aldi’s shelves and instead focus on the store-brand products that they get right.


monticellllo/Adobe Bottles with popular carbonated soft drinks in supermarket

Name-brand sodas like Coke or Pepsi may be more affordable at other stores compared with Aldi, particularly considering they are usually on sale on a regular basis.

That’s also why soda may be a bad deal at Costco as well. Instead, it might be more convenient and budget-friendly to pick it up somewhere else.

Paper towels

JHVEPhoto/Adobe Bounty Select-A-Size Paper Towels

Paper towels and other paper goods like toilet paper and napkins stocked by Aldi may not have the durability as name brands in other stores.

And remember that paper products are another item that is frequently on sale or can be discounted with coupons at other places.

Personal care

zephyr_p/Adobe Asian man shopper choosing hair gel for men from shelf in supermarket

You want deodorant to keep you cool under stress and your teeth to look good. And that may mean it might be better to skip Aldi for those products. The same could apply to things like shampoos, soaps, and facial cleansers.

In these cases, spending a few more dollars could be the difference between your personal care products working great or failing you when you may need them the most.

Refrigerated dough

Viktor/Adobe Crisp butter crescent rolls

Items like crescent rolls, biscuits, and cookie dough are great quick-fix foods in the refrigerated section at Aldi. In fact, they are so popular that you can find them in many different grocery stores on sale or discounted with coupons.

But like other coupon-friendly items, it may be easier to save money by going somewhere else than picking them up at Aldi.

Sandwich bags

ColleenMichaels/Adobe  Ziploc and other brands food storage containers

Packing lunch for the kids or a work snack for yourself? You may want to steer clear of Aldi’s sandwich bags.

They may be more affordable than name-brand versions, but you may want to pay a little more for extra quality so your snacks don’t end up breaking free and spreading themselves all over the bottom of a backpack.

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Cleaning supplies

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Cleaning supplies are another thing you don’t want to be cutting corners on, and Aldi’s products may not be able to withstand the scrubbing needed to clean your home.

So skip the window cleaners and bathroom scrubbers at Aldi. Name-brand versions may have a better outcome for a more affordable price from another retailer.

Frozen sushi

Goodpics/Adobe sushi and fresh Japanese products

Yes, Aldi sells frozen sushi under a store-brand name with a selection that includes California rolls or shrimp and avocado rolls.

But most sushi eaters might tell you that the dish is best served fresh, or at least as close to fresh as possible.

So, if you have a sushi lover in your home, it may be a good idea to steer clear of Aldi’s in-house brand of frozen sushi.

Shopping bags

Evgeniya Biriukova/Adobe Shopping with eco shopper bag at street market

Aldi encourages customers to bring their own shopping bags when picking up items on a quick trip or spending some cash on groceries for your family.

Don’t have your own bags? Aldi will charge you for theirs. Instead, manage your money and your bag consumption by remembering to bring your own on your next visit to the store.

Bottom line

Björn Wylezich/Adobe  Aldi branch

There are items you should pick up during your next Aldi trip and items you shouldn’t. Perhaps the in-store version of the product isn’t as good as the name brand, or you may not be getting the deal you think you are.

Keep an eye on what you put in your cart the next time you wander the aisles of Aldi in order to maximize the amount of money you can save, which might be even more if you earn cash back with a credit card.

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