If you’ve ever shopped at Aldi, it’s likely you’ll be familiar with its middle aisle, which has earned the budget supermarket a cult following in recent years. Home to what Aldi calls its “Specialbuys”, it’s filled with practically everything you could ever need, from cordless vacuum cleaners and silk pillowcases to fancy pet beds and even barbecues.
Delivering an exciting mix of great-value products that cover a wide range of activities and hobbies, such as sports, camping, DIY, beauty and much more, the bargain buys are available to purchase in Aldi stores.
But, if you fancy skipping the queues and being first in line, you can shop many of these deals online through the supermarket’s website too. By shopping online, you get to check out which products are up for grabs before they land in stores – which usually happens every Thursday and Sunday – and order them up to a week in advance.
This week, the supermarket continues to gear up for the holiday period with kitchen appliances for festive feasting and plenty of Christmas gift ideas for kids including a series of Marvel and Harry Potter themed smartwatches and more.
Aldi Specialbuys FAQS
What days are Aldi special buys?
The budget supermarket launches new Specialbuys every week on Thursday and Sunday morning.
What time do Aldi special buys go online?
The time that these items become available to purchase online depends on which day they are launching. Aldi Specialbuys launching on Thursdays can be bought at 8am, while Sunday’s deals are available from 10am.
What happens to unsold Aldi specials?
If in the rare instance that some items are leftover, they will remain on sale until they are sold out. There is also a chance that some Specialbuys could be discounted every four to six weeks, depending on how much stock is remaining.
How does Aldi’s special buys work?
Aldi’s special deals are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so shoppers need to be one of the first online, or through store doors, to ensure they get their hands on their item of choice. You can either buy direct from your local store the day they go on sale or order from the online shop.
The supermarket delivers an exciting mix of top-quality, great-value products that cover a wide range of activities and hobbies, such as sports, camping, DIY, beauty and much more.
Can you pre-order Aldi special buys?
Yes. Shoppers can place an online order for any Specialbuy items up to a week in advance. However, the products will not be dispatched until the launch date.
Does Aldi repeat special buys?
Due to increasing popularity, many of the supermarket’s deals sell out within a matter of minutes. But, fear not, because you could get another chance to snap one up if you miss out. While some of Aldi’s Specialbuys are limited-run and only launch at a specific time of year, some are brought back, owing to popular demand, such as its famous Gardenline egg chair, which has sold out every time it has been relaunched.
To help you decide which products to add to your shopping basket, we’ve rounded up our picks from Aldi’s latest arrivals.
Ambiano electric lazy Susan: £44.99, Aldi.co.uk
With the festive season fast approaching, you may want to consider impressing hungry guests at your next Christmas gathering with this heated lazy Susan tray. Perfect for use at the buffet table or long family lunches, the heated tray rotates while keeping your festive spread toasty and warm at around 60C. It is also cordless which means no trixy trip wires to end up dangling off the dining room table.
Tower 3-in-1 cordless vacuum: £59.99, Aldi.co.uk
This cordless vacuum cleaner is one of the cheapest we have seen, and we have Aldi’s impressive middle aisle prices to thank for that. Touted for being lightweight when it comes to breezy cleaning sessions, the three-in-one vacuum cleaner boasts two speed settings, an anti allergy hepa filter and crevice tool and brush attachments for cleaning hard to reach spots. As this is a cordless vacuum cleaner, fully charging it will power a hoovering session of 35 minutes but the model doubles as a handheld which is perfect for tackling quick clean ups.
Ambiano pressure cooker: £49.99, Aldi.co.uk
A helping hand in the kitchen is always welcome, but that is never more true than during the holidays. If you’re looking to kit out your kitchen in time for the festive period, this pressure cooker from Aldi’s own home appliances brand, Ambiano, features multiple pre-set modes for fast tracked cooking on everything from rice to soups. Catering to guests and family members who love going back for seconds is also easy as the keep warm function warms your dish for up to 24 hours. It’s relatively purse-friendly at under £50 and verstaile too, the kitchen gadget includes a measuring cup, rice spatula and steaming rack.
‘Harry Potter’ smart watch: £29.99, Aldi.co.uk
Proving not every smartwatch needs a hefty price tag, here is a magical Christmas present for young Potterheads for under £30. Designed specifically for children aged six-years-old and above, this kids’ smartwatch can play games, record videos, take selfies and count their daily steps using the built in pedometer. Perfect for putting under the Christmas tree, Aldi is selling a range of popular themes including a Disney Frozen (£29.99, Aldi.co.uk) and Batman watch (£29.99, Aldi.co.uk).
Kirkton House long hot water bottle: £7.99, Aldi.co.uk
With bedtime becoming especially nippy as the weather draws in, cosying up with a hot water bottle may be a cost effective way to stay warm without relying on the central heating. Costing £7.99 each and warming larger areas of your body than regular bottles owing to their shape, these from Aldi’s homeware brand Kirkon House are covered in plush looking faux fur and are available in pink, dark grey, navy and cream faux colourways.
Stylpro facial ionic scrubber: £24.99, Aldi.co.uk
Helping your skincare work harder is Stylpro’s vibrating facial scrubber. Started by the winner of BBC’s 2011 The Apprentice, Tom Pellereau, the beauty brand sells everything from make-up brush cleaners to facial steamers and light-up vanity mirrors. Touted for targetting wrinkles while cleansing the skin, the Stylpro facial scrubber uses ultrasonic vibrations to boost how well your daily lotions, serums and creams are absorbed into the skin.
Hotel Collection X large pink pepper and rose candle: £8.99, Aldi.co.uk
The Hotel Collection of candles and diffusers from Aldi are not only a money saver, but are ideal for those who warm to luxe home fragrances – especially as they have been dubbed as dupes of The White Company. Housed in a stylish glass container with sleek black and rose colour scheme, the three-wick candle is fragranced with pink pepper, rose, amber and leather and could make a lovely gift or calming addition to your home.
Last weeks’ additions are still available to buy online too:
Perfect Christmas berry wreath: £14.99, Aldi.co.uk
If you’re excited to deck the halls this year – or front door, in this case – Aldi is now selling its Christmas lights and decorations selection, which stars this traditional berry wreath, complete with jute loop for hanging. Whether gifting for friends or adorning your front door, it doesn’t get more festive than this.
Perfect Christmas inflatable santa, 6ft: £24.99, Aldi.co.uk
Here to keep your garden merry and bright this season, this fun inflatable stands at an impressive 6ft tall. The corded Santa Claus features a built-in fan for simple assembly, while helpful guide ropes and pegs are included so he doesn’t fly off in a wintry gust. Plus, Mr Claus can be set up in larger gardens too, owing to the fact he can be plugged into the mains with a 10m cable. Complete the winter wonderland scene with an inflatable penguin (£24.99, Aldi.co.uk) or snowman (£24.99, Aldi.co.uk).
Perfect Christmas pop-up snowman family: £99.99, Aldi.co.uk
There are three charming snowmen included in this winter wonderland set-up, which light up with 200 white LED’s which can be set to twinkle mode for a little extra magic. Corded with a 10m cable, the snow family set-up is powered by a single socket for ease, while the helpful timer function will ensure the lights won’t waste electricty after being accidentally left on during the day.
Revlon hair dryer volumiser brush: £49.99, Aldi.co.uk
This TikTok famous hair tool from Revlon earned the IndyBest seal of approval in our best hot brushes roundup. Considered a budget alternative to Dyson’s tool, the cordless styler should smoothen tresses while adding volume, which is achieved by ionic technology. Boasting three heat settings for drying and styling, our tester found that it “doesn’t get tangled or leave hair frizzy” while being “very easy to get to grips with”.
Lacura girl gone bad mascara: £5.99, Aldi.co.uk
Housing everything from cruelty-free BB creams (£2.99, Aldi.co.uk) to primers and suncream, Aldi’s own brand Lacura is an affordable beauty treasure trove. Arriving in the retailer’s latest SpecialBuy drop is its mascara, which is formulated to volumise and lift for an elevated flutter. For under £6, it’s especially tempting.
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