Recently there has been an increase in the popularity of the discount supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl, with the upmarket supermarket Waitrose being leapfrogged by Aldi to become Britain’s 6th largest supermarket. So this clearly shows that the way we now shop for food in the UK is changing, we seem to really be embracing the discount stores.
I can honestly say that I am amongst that group of Britains that have swapped the mainstream supermarkets for the discount stores. I’m not saying that I will never step foot inside Sainsbury’s again, but I highly doubt that I will do a big shop there. This is because just this month we have had a new Lidl store open in our town. It has been conveniently placed very close to Aldi (coincidence I think not), which now means that I can happily split my weekly food shop between the two stores, hunting for the best bargains available. 🙂
Having said that, I know that it will be nearly impossible to be totally fair and buy exactly half of what I need in each store. I think that there is inevitably going to be a favorite shop that I do most of my shopping in, and then I will pick up the odd bits from the other. But which one will I spend the majority of my money in?
What I like about Aldi
The products that Aldi sells are usually a great hit in our house. The boys love their yummy biscuits, cakes and sweets, and I love their prices! I am always pleasantly surprised at the prices in this shop. You can pick up the majority of items that are on your shopping list for a fraction of the cost in Aldi compared to other shops like Sainsbury’s.
I always like to check out what ‘Special Buys’ they have on offer each week. There always seems to be something that catches my eye, whether it is something for the house or the boys, the prices and products are always great. For instance, some of my best tea towels are from Aldi, they have a wonderful woodland theme to them and they cost just £2.49 for 3! Now comparing that to Sainsbury’s price of £6 for 3, you can see why I think that it is such a good deal. The boys are always finding things that they like in Aldi too. Whether it is some new books or stationary sets, cosy character pajamas or a toy, Aldi always seems to have a great bargain on offer.
I also really like some of their cleaning products. I’ll admit that I haven’t tried them all but so far I really like their Ultra kitchen roll, it is by far the best kitchen roll that I have bought. I know that this seems like a really silly thing to rate but I use a lot of kitchen roll, and I hate nothing more than thin useless sheets that last 2 seconds. Aldi’s Ultra kitchen roll however is far better than any of the main brands that I have used. It costs 95p for 2 rolls and they last a long time.
I also like their antibacterial floor wipes. I use these on both my kitchen and bathroom floors and they are great. The sheets are large and strong and the apple scent is lovely. They leave your room sparkling and smelling gorgeous!
So overall I think that it is a great store, but what about Lidl?
What I like about Lidl
I won’t lie to you, I do like shopping in a brand spanking new shop! Everything is so perfect and clean and new (I especially notice this when I use the trolleys as they drive so smoothly) that it does make the experience very nice.
The first thing that hits you when you walk into the store is the amazing smell of the bakery, everything that I have tasted so far is delicious, from blueberry muffins, doughnuts and cinnamon rolls to warm tiger loafs.
The store itself isn’t massive, well not in comparison to my local Asda and Sainsbury’s, but it feels very spacious. The aisles are wide and the products are easily accessible. So moving around the store is pretty much a stress free experience.
There is a variety of products that Lidl sell. Some items are brands that we know and trust, others I assume are German brands. So far I have been happy with the new brands, but I must admit that I haven’t got round to trying out loads of these products. I think that I am too drawn in by the brands that I already know. My aim is to try out all of their products so that I know exactly what we like and don’t like, and hopefully find a few real gems in the process!
Their prices are good, but not quite as good as Aldi. This can be forgiven though when I am able to buy products like Heinz, Weetabix, Nestle, Walkers and so on at a much cheaper price than the mainstream supermarkets.
They also do some really good limited time offers. At the moment they have Men’s and Women’s hiking gear, DIY tools and children’s waterproof clothing.
Which is better?
Now, as much as I love Aldi, I don’t like to buy my meat from there. I’ll admit that it has been a while since I last tried their meat, but this is because our previous experience was that we didn’t feel that items like their chicken and bacon tasted very nice, so we continued to buy those from Sainsbury’s.
In comparison, last week we tried Lidl chicken for the first time and we were all really shocked at how nice it was. So maybe this will be one of the areas where I decide to shop at Lidl over Aldi?
Aldi’s fruit and veg are very cheap, but I do sometimes think that they are bordering on the over ripe. Because of this I do try and be selective with the fruit and veg that I buy from Aldi.
So far, Lidl’s fresh produce has been really nice. I think that their plum tomatoes and grapefruits have been the biggest hits with our boys. So again this might be another area where I choose Lidl over Aldi.
After looking at the pros and cons to both shops, I think that my shop will actually be pretty much equally split between both Aldi and Lidl. There are certain products such as meat and branded items that I think are worth spending that little bit more on, so for this I will go to Lidl. But I do feel that a lot of Aldi’s products are really good and the prices are great so I won’t be completely swapping over to Lidl purely out of convenience, no, I think that Aldi still has a lot to offer. I just need to pick my favourite products from each shop. Which is easy as they are just across the road from each other. Perfect! 🙂
Which of the two discounters do you prefer? Aldi or Lidl?