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Have you tried an Aldi or Lidl ‘special buy’ appliance?

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Pop into Aldi or Lidl for your weekly shop and you might spy a tempting ‘special buy’ piled up in a corner. Both stores have a tradition of selling cheap gadgets for a limited time. Some of these products have impressed us – but what have your experiences been at home?

From hedge trimmers to coffee machines, these products are usually a bargain price compared to bigger brands.

But, Lidl and Aldi products rarely make it into our full lab tests as they’re only available for such a short time, meaning that by the time we’ve tested them they’ve already gone – incidentally, if you’re on the hunt for a high-spec pressure washer then Aldi has one for £80 on sale from Monday!

As part of our home appliance research team, I’ve tried a number of these products out to share with you our first impressions on these products and give a steer on which ones are worth buying.

Special buys

I’ve tried out gadgets including a £15 Lidl cordless iron and an £80 Lidl espresso machine with automatic milk frother – and in some cases I’ve been pleasantly surprised by them.

Knowing the kind of branded equivalents these gadgets are up against, the features you get with some of these products are impressive. And I thought some did a good job too, especially considering the price.

Many of these products also come with a three year warranty, which again is pretty generous for a small appliance, especially when they’re compared to similarly-priced competitors.

It seems like a no-brainer to take a punt on these cheaper gadgets then, and plenty of you are doing just that. Our reviews of Aldi and Lidl products are some of the most viewed on which.co.uk, and these products tend to sell out rapidly in stores too.

Highs and lows

Some products we’ve tried have fallen far short of the mark though, making jobs harder than they need to be – or just not doing their core job very well.

Others aren’t actually that much cheaper than branded products we’ve lab-tested, so that special buy may not be so special after all.

Have you ever bought one of these special buy products? What have your experiences been?

Have you ever bought an Aldi or Lidl appliance?

Yes - I loved it (51%, 528 Votes)

Yes - it's OK (24%, 251 Votes)

No (21%, 214 Votes)

Yes - I hated it (4%, 37 Votes)

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Comments
Guest
Ron Atkinson says:
22 April 2017

My Aldi/Lidl hardware purchases have all been good with prices unbeatable by other manufacturers. However, I particularly want to praise the Aldi FM/Dab radio. I have 2 bought at different times and sourced from a UK company, Maxtek. At £25 each, compact, with lots of presets, easy button changes and good sound quality where else could one find a Dab radio. The Which? tested cheapest radios are much more expensive so Aldi has my vote. Just remembered, I bought a GPS wristwatch 2 years ago for £65 from Aldi. It works well and one can download walks etc. onto a computer. I had occasion to contact the suppliers in Germany and received excellent service.

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Derek Archer says:
22 April 2017

I bought a Lidl power washer and some seperate attachments, like a Karcher product, a year ago. Instruction booklets very clear, except for a plastic bottle of cleaning fluid to use with the washer, that had incomplete directions for use.
Having fairly expensive garden slate slabs, and my landscape designer cautioning me to be very wary of such solutions which may discolour the slates, I have not used the Lidl liquid product in their machine.

However, the Lidi washer does “all it claimed to on the tin”. At £97 all in, it was about £20+ cheaper that the Karcher equivalent. It’s marvellous with excellent results

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James Eaton says:
22 April 2017

Having bought various electronic devices and one heavy duty drill from both Aldi and Lidl I cannot say I was impressed with the quality. Two satellite TV receivers (bought at different times) each lasted about a year and I noticed the tip of the drill moved off-centre when used rendering it almost useless to use. Cheap? – yes but better value for money can be found elsewhere imho.

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Sandy Henderson says:
22 April 2017

Aldi/Lidl electrical/mechanical goods are covered by European standards. What is going to happen when England/Wales leave the EU? Home made articles are generally poor quality unless one is prepared to pay thru’ the nose, motor vehicles for example.

Guest

The same standards will continue to apply.

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Sandy Henderson says:
24 April 2017

Malcolm r.
Will they?

Guest

Yes they will, Sandy. It will be essential to maintain existing standards and not remove or lower them if we are to be able to compete with European manufacturers and trade around the world. Many British Standards are superior to other international standards. I dispute that low price UK-manufactured goods are worse than low price imported goods. Are Nissan and Toyota cars inferior in quality to equivalent French or Italian ones?

In the context of appliances and household articles on spot sale in Aldi and Lidl stores, the picture emerging through this Conversation is mixed; there are some good quality items as well as some bad ones. Both stores have a good reputation for refunding or substituting in the case of recently-purchased defective products but many just wear out prematurely; other major retailers have similar policies but possibly less need to exercise them so evidence is not forthcoming.

Guest

Currently most British Standards are simply the implementation of international standards – usually Euro Norms. Hence they are numbered BS EN ######. This arose from the harmonisation of standards so we all work on the same basis. This allows us to trade – sell products and services – with other countries without having to assess products against individual countries standards with their own peculiarities, as used to be the case.

You have to be careful when you introduce “quality” into standards. Many standards lay down the minimum safety that products, for example, must achieve. Quality, in the standards sense, then means ensuring that those minimum standards continue to be maintained. This involves assessing producers systems, from design and development, production, to after sales to ensure that the production continues to produce products consistently that will meet the safety standards (and performance where that is a standards issue).

So, for the UK to sell to other countries will require us to adhere to existing and updated standards.

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June says:
22 April 2017

I bought a steam iron and love it. I bought a second one (stored in loft) even though they have a 3 year guarantee. My american daughter-in-law over here recently on a visit thought it was wonderful and said that if she could buy an iron like that in the US she would definitely iron more!