Aldi Reviewer Presents: The 2020 AR Awards

The AR Awards

Hello, and welcome to the 2nd Annual AR Awards! These awards, chosen by Aldi Reviewer staff, are meant to recognize the good, bad, and ugly of everything Aldi-related that we covered during the year. Below you will see our nominees and winners in several categories.

(Past awards: 2019)

Before we continue, two things:

  • One, when it came to product awards, we only considered nominees among the products we covered in some way during the last 12 months. If we didn’t cover the product during that time, we didn’t consider it. That means there could be legitimately good candidates that we just didn’t get around to covering.
  • Two, lists like this are always subjective, which means one person’s favorite might be another person’s most hated. If you think there is a deserving product, feel free to let us know (politely) in the comments!

With that said, let’s begin.


Regular Buy / Seasonal Favorite of the Year

Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Breast Filets

Winner: Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Breast Fillets (Regular Buy)

We reviewed some really awesome products this year, including a delightful brownie bar mix and a tasty sourdough loaf. But nothing approached the mystical hype that was Aldi Red Bag Chicken. Aldi superfans have touted this as a Chik-fil-A clone, and we think it comes pretty close, especially out of the air fryer. Pair this with Aldi brioche buns (lightly toasted), and you have a peerless combination.

Honorable Mention:

Aldi Find of the Year

Gardenline Walk-In Greenhouse

WinnerGardenline Walk-In Greenhouse

Gardening was a popular activity this year, and Aldi sold several kinds of greenhouses — including a 4-tier greenhouse and a drop-over greenhouse — to help protect plants from weather and pests. The most interesting greenhouse to us, however, was the walk-in greenhouse. We grew three large tomato plants in this and had a steady supply of fresh tomatoes through the season.

Honorable Mention:

Surprise of the Year

Crane Full Sized Tennis TableWinner: Crane Full-Size Table Tennis with Paddles and Balls (Aldi Find)

Aldi went all-out for the holidays this year, running a collection of toys that made me think they were trying to do a department store impersonation. None was bigger — literally — than the Crane ping-pong table, which we’ve never seen sold at Aldi before. We didn’t review it ourselves, but if the initial comments are any indication, this was a pretty good buy.

Honorable Mention:

Disappointment of the Year

Heart to Tail Pure Being Cat Treat Advent Calendar

 

WinnerHeart to Tail Pure Being Cat Treat Advent Calendar (Aldi Find)

We reviewed a number of Advent calendars this year, and we liked all of them. Our cat, though, was not so pleased: after a few tentative bites of cat calendar treats, she refused to touch them. It got so bad that I tried leaving the treats in her bowl overnight with her food … and despite the fact she was meowing loudly for food the next morning, the treats were still there, untouched.

Honorable Mention:

News Story of the Year

Winner: Aldi Adapts to the Pandemic

There’s no denying that no news story in 2020 was bigger than the pandemic. Grocery stores quickly became one of the most important focal points in the economy, especially as certain products became harder to find. Aldi took a number of measures throughout, from early sanitation measures to carving out special hours for vulnerable customers. The grocer also temporarily reduced its return policy before quietly bringing it back later in the year. Aldi adjusted its Aldi Finds, too, shrinking them for a time to focus on essential products before finally — to the joy of most of us — ramping them back up, especially around the holidays.

Honorable Mention:


Thoughts? Reactions? Lists of your own? Feel free to let us know in the comments!

About Joshua

Joshua is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. He is also a writer and novelist. You can learn more about him at joshuaajohnston.com.

3 Comments

  1. Many of the items you mention were never sold and I never even saw them advertised in the circular for my aldi. I dont understand that. Also tho you obviously live in a large city type of area i live in a rural area but our prices are higher.

    • Every item we profiled here was sold in our local Aldi at some point. We do live in a major city with a number of stores. Some smaller towns may not get as many items, especially if your store is smaller.

  2. We love the Crane ping pong table! Great price and well made. However, our local Aldi only received two tables. We were lucky to get ours.

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