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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)

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Comments
Member

I have bought many specials from both Aldi and Lidl. These have ranged from top-line computers to power tolls and other tools. Recently we have bought a small free-standing induction hob and a grill like a George Forman.

Quality has always been good in my view and experience. The reasons why there offerings are good I think derives from the fact that both companies are German and in Germany Test.de*, the German consumer testing body, is very highly respected and what they say about products can be damning.

Also Germans are always very technical and despite some cheating in the auto industry and some duff designs generally quality and longevity are much appreciated. Think Miele, Bosch etc.

*Test. de can be viewed and as the equivalent of Which? I find their testing is much more to my liking. Running washing machines non-stop for 6 months I think its a great way to find out if they will last a decade.

Member

You would imagine that a Consumers’ Association belonging to international organisations including BEUC would be able to reproduce test results from its sister organisations – like Test.de which is often praised for its approach and work. They would lose no subscribers – how many British are members of other associations? – and it would save Which? considerable money that they could spend on other worthy projects.

Member

Got to agree with that Patrick Taylor , I watch German satellite TV 24/7 and even the ordinary programmes leave Free-view in the dust. Whether its -“the Germans bombed my granny” or the like , I think their standards are much higher than ours in everything including food content while we are subjected to chemical food in all its aspects . They also listen to public opinion more and have a social conscious providing programmes and films free you would pay for here . I think the owners are/were related (brothers ) and either live on or own local islands in Germany , if others own them now I would be interested to hear.

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Susan Parker says:
22 April 2017

Aldi and Lidl have always been owned by totally different families, but Aldi is divided into Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud and the two areas are run by brothers.

Member

HOE DO YOU GET THE GERMAN SATELLITE TV

Member

“But, Lidl and Aldi products rarely make it into our full lab tests as they’re only available for such a short time, ..” Nonetheless, if something is offered at a particularly low price we should query the quality. It would be useful if Which? got an expert to dismantle a product to check its build and components. We might then have a better idea on whether to purchase future offerings, and the ethos behind the brands.

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PatrickTaylor says:
16 April 2017

I have bought many tools from them and currently have two types of sander , a powered scraper and some hand tools. The quality is good. The only thing I have chucked was the battery driven drill when the batteries had no power on re-charge and it was unnecessary for me to have a third drill. Currently an AEG Battery, AEG mains, and a very old Wolf.

Battery power is great but the chances of finding the right batteries in 3 or 5 years time may be slim or the cost heavy. Of course this could apply to any battery driven device so the question should be how long do you intend to keep it, and the company to supply. An area that should be of interest to consumers.

Member

Wolf – Patrick Taylor ? I remember going for a job there at their London factory in Hanger Lane -W1 (I didnt get it ) .Remember the drills though , went on forever -Crown Approved as well , and I like AEG also.

Member

I don’t know any brand of DIY-grade power tools where replacement batteries are available at a sensible price. The old Ni-Cd batteries tended to fail prematurely unless used fairly regularly. Lithium batteries are better, especially at holding their charge, but I don’t know how long they will last.

It would be better for the environment if manufacturers would agree on standard sizes and voltages so we could have a few sizes of rechargeable batteries that would fit different brands of power tools, cameras, etc. At present, functional equipment is scrapped when the rechargeable batteries fail. Thank goodness we have a few sizes (e.g. AA) of rechargeable batteries that can be used in a variety of small electrical goods.