Australians have unveiled the best and worst ‘Special Buys’ they have taken home from Aldi’s popular bi-weekly sales events.
From great white goods, televisions and linen to vacuum cleaners that ‘don’t work’ and ‘tinny sound bars’ fans of the German retailer have weighed their best and worst buys.
The question, posed by Choice Australia, was answered promptly – with hundreds of people offering their final list of the ‘good and bad’ buys.
Australians have revealed the best and worst special buys they bought from Aldi – and many say their headphones broke quickly
Many people said they loved the white goods from the store and have had fridges and freezers for over a decade without any problems
At the top of the ‘worst’ buys list was a range of vacuum cleaners, from wireless models to robot versions.
“We had a robot vacuum cleaner and it just scratched all our floors,” complained one woman.
“I bought one of the cordless vacuums to find out that I had to buy the battery and charger separately, but they didn’t have any!” said another woman.
Another woman was given a cordless vacuum cleaner and found that the suction was not strong enough to clean her floors.
“I could have picked up more dirt by sniffing the area,” she said.
Sound bars and headphones were also high on the worst buy list.
“We bought three Bluetooth headphones and they all broke in the same place,” said one man.
‘We also bought the headphones and two broke after replacing them – they quickly replaced them though.’
“The soundbar was difficult to install and sounded so tinny,” said one woman.
One woman said the Aldi television was the worst she ever bought.
“The sound quality was awful so I took it back for a refund,” she said.
But others highly rated their television sets.
‘Ten years ago we got the TV from the Vivid brand. It cost us less than $ 200 and is still going on, ”said one woman.
Camping gear also seemed quite popular.
Some people bragged that they had some of their stuff for over 15 years, including tents, clotheslines, and waterproof bags.
Many people complained about the vacuum range, including robotic vacuum cleaners, but did not mention the exact models
Others could not recommend the camping chairs and tables highly enough.
But others thought it was ‘hit and miss’.
“The second clothesline we bought didn’t last nearly that long, it broke after the first use.”
“ We had a tent that will last for years and one that broke when we first tried to use the zip – and they were bought at the same time, ” explained another person.
Others said they did not rate kitchen appliances or glass containers, complaining that they were leaking badly.
Most people agreed that the sheets, towels, and bedding were all ‘great’ and ‘really soft’.
“We still have towels from 20 years ago, they are still good as spare parts.”
Most people said the cordless drills were a good buy and that they bought ‘a lot of good power tools’ there
Some people’s reactions contradicted others.
One woman said the best thing she’d ever bought down the aisle was her waffle iron.
Worst, a log splitter, but she said she got a refund easily.
One woman who had experienced the exact opposite said her log splitter is “ entering its third season. ”
‘In the first season, we split about 20 fallen hardwood trees. It is still going well. We must have been lucky with ours, ”she said.
But her waffle iron was a different season, and he didn’t rate it as ‘opposites’ at all, he laughed at the end of his comment.
One woman had mostly negative things to say about the purchases.
‘My dad used to buy things from Aldi to break it up super fast and become expensive junk.
Some people raved about the supermarket chain’s washing machines
“The only thing that never broke was the washing machine,” she admitted.
Most people agreed that the white goods were all good value for them.
Many had their fridges and freezers for over a decade and said their washing machines never let them down.
However, according to a customer, that does not apply to the dryers.
Heated too hot that it melted the fluff container. And because of that, and it only turned in one direction, it melted a mattress protector. And now, just out of warranty, it’s not heating up anymore, ”she said.
The post received hundreds of responses within hours.
Most people admitted that when they had problems, they got a refund or that the items were easily replaced or repaired under warranty.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Aldi for comment.
What was rated as the best buys?
1 – Cordless drill
2 – Camping equipment
3 – Ski equipment
4 – Washing machines
5 – Refrigerators and freezers
What did people rate as their worst purchases?
1 – Vacuum cleaners
2 – Glass jerry cans
3 – Dryers
4 – Waffle irons
5 – Bluetooth headphones