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Aldi Almat washing powder and fabric conditioner - tester review thread

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AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 19-Apr-13 10:29:23

This thread is for the MNers' who've been trying out Aldi's Almat non bio washing powder and fabric conditioner. Below are some questions to get you started, but please add any other comments you would like to. All testers who add their feedback to the thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a hamper of goodies worth £100

Aldi say "Our award winning washing range, Almat, has been endorsed by the likes of Which? and Good Housekeeping Institute. We'd now like to hear from the real experts - you, on what you think about our Almat non-bio washing powder and fabric conditioner. We know that washing the family's clothes is an important and careful task - for little ones you want to ensure their clothes are clean and soft and avoid having to re-wash any stubborn stains out, so we've worked hard to develop a product that performs well without the hefty price tag of the big brands.."
Find out more here

Aldi would love to know:

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

Aldi Almat washing powder - £2.99 per 2.4kg pack (30 washes)
Aldi Almat fabric conditioner - £0.99 per 1 Litre

Thanks and good luck in the prize draw,

MNHQ

rm95 Fri 19-Apr-13 10:59:10

Initial thoughts were, how on earth do I get in the box!! Needless to say I have ended up with a torn box as could not get it to open how it should of. I gave used this for over a week now and I fairly impressed. I have used it on a wide range of washes and it has performed well. As of yet i havent had any really tough stains so cant comment on the effectiveness for heavy loads. The price is really attractive and I would probably buy again if I was in Aldi. I usually shop at Sainsburys.

m0nkeynuts Fri 19-Apr-13 11:09:09

I had the same problem as rm95 with the box! Eventually I got into it, but it wasn't easy. Other than that, the packaging is fine - easy to read etc.

I've found that it is cleaning my clothes well. I wasn't overly impressed by the smell when the washing first comes out (in that I didn't really notice that much of a smell) but I notice there is a delicate fragrance left on the clothing which is pleasant.

I haven't had any tough stains to try it on, so can't comment there.

The prices are very appealing and I would buy it in future.

If it came up in conversation, I would recommend it as it's effective and reasonably priced.

When I'm buying washing powder, I aim for non-bio first then usually whatever is on special offer / is the best value for money at the time.

I usually shop at Asda as it's closest on foot (I don't drive), but occasionally Aldi.

Caitycat Fri 19-Apr-13 11:09:25

I had no problems with getting into packaging and instructions were clear. My one difficulty was that as I usually use capsules I have no measuring scoop and found it a pita to work out how much to use. Providing a scoop would have enhanced my experience!

I was pleased with the cleaning power and it dealt with most of my 8month old's stains well, probably better than what I usually use. I did find the smell a bit overpowering though I prefer as little smell as possible!

It seems good value for money and I will buy it if I am near an Aldi, I don't think I will drive to one especially though! I would recommend it to a friend -in fact I did yesterday, does that get me extra brownie points?

Price tends to be my main concern when buying washing products so it definitely wins there, I don't have a main supermarket, we live near Sainsbury's and Morrisons and I will use either for a big shop, we also have a local Coop which I use for smaller shops and have a Waitrose in town that I will use if I need to get shopping on the way home.

noo1985 Fri 19-Apr-13 11:12:22

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Just like someone else has said, it is not an easy box to get into, I have flaps sticking out at the top and I did rip it trying to get into it so won't store very well.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
I was quite surprised how well it cleaned my clothes even with a big load. It smells ok, but it doesn't produce a massive clean smell on clothes once they are dry.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
Again I was surprised at its effectiveness on tough stains. My daughter got some bright red antibiotics on a brand new white cardigan so I thought I would try I first as I was doing this trial. It removed it without a trace on first wash. Very impressed!

~We?ve included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
I would say they are pretty good value, tho like with all fabric conditions that are concentrated I always use more than the recommended stated dose so I would be more inclined to purchase the powder rather than the fabric conditioner.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would consider it if I was to go to aldi as the products did perform on my washing, but there is not an aldi near me so I don't tend to shop there.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi?s Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend it as I believe it is a good low cost range which does what it says on the tin.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere? Whatever is on offer normally...

mkj2 Fri 19-Apr-13 11:27:23

Easy to understand packaging, found the box easy to open. The powder cleaned our clothes well, but would have liked a stronger smell although appreciate that may be difficult as its for sensitive skin.

I found on tougher stains it did work although on some stains caused by my baby I had to add vanish as well.

The products are extremely good value for money and to be honest I would definately consider changing to aldi looking at those prices. I think I am going to change to this product as it has worked and not irritated my sons skin and he has excema and is cheaper and better value than the surcare range I use.

My mum already uses Aldi's products but for other family members I would definately recommend as its good for sensitive skin and great value for money.

I have occasionally shopped at Aldi and hope to go there more frequently now one has opened up locally to me. For me personally when buying washing powder I have to get non bio and senstitive because of my sons excema and of course price has to be considered as well.

It would be great if a scoop or something to get the powder out could be included in the box as its a large box .

Thanks for the free trial and I hope to pop to my local to buy some more!

workhomelifebalanceisrubbish Fri 19-Apr-13 11:30:31

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?- difficult to open and not damage the box. Took as while as really didnt want to store in something else.
Did have a dig around in the box to see if a scoop was provided,would be useful if was as dont usually buy powder so had to find something else.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?- effectiveness good, washed football kit, school shirts with no problem. Really liked the smell of the fabric conditioner, used slightly more than the dose as seemed fairly thin in consistency compared to usual products. No new reaction in terms of irritating kids sensitive skin

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?- not used on grass or blood-(kids get frequent nose bleeds) but usually use a separate stain remover anyway.

~We?ve included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money? yes, good value for money.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?- I don't like big boxes of powder as have limited storage.Also prefer the convenience of tablets/liquid.The powder did not always dissolve fully in the drawer. Powder also now feels/seems slightly damp.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi?s Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not? I would recommend the fabric conditioner-smells good and would recommend powder as was effective and well priced.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere? Cost/special offers and knowing certain brand are more suitable for my family's skin. Usually shop at Tesco but also buy household products from Home Bargains or Wilkinsons

Aldi Almat washing powder - £2.99 per 2.4kg pack (30 washes)
Aldi Almat fabric conditioner - £0.99 per 1 Litre

Pascha Fri 19-Apr-13 12:36:04

Mine only arrived this morning so I will leave feedback in a few days.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Fri 19-Apr-13 13:07:23

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read? it's a bugger to get into. Normally those tear round strips have a loose bit at the end for you to grab onto, but this one doesn't. It was a giant pain in the arse, frankly. I agree, a scoop is needed. Labelling was easy to read, yes

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell? I like the smell. Not as overpowering as some brands (that's a positive!). It didn't do very well on the whites, but generally it was ok.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains? I haven't had any really tough stains. I will add more feedback if I do. I am a committed tester, but I draw the line at chucking stuff on my clothes on purpose wink

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money? Yes. I think they are very good value for money

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not? maybe not the washing powder. I prefer liquids to powders. If you come up with a liquid then probably, yes.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not? if they were talking about expensive brands then certainly. It does a good enough job for a lot less money.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? how much it costs, if I'm being honest! I wouldn't get the really cheap ones because they don't do the job, but the least money I can possibly pay for a product that actually cleans my clothes.

And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere? no. I don't normally shop at Aldi, although I do use it from time to time. I HATE being rushed. I loathe feeling like I am being told give us your money and sod off! as my shopping is thrown at me and I frantically try to shove it into my trolley and hurl the money at them before getting the hell out of their way! If you would rethink that, I would certainly make you one of my main supermarkets. Why do you do that to us anyway?

fledtoscotland Fri 19-Apr-13 13:43:26

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read? It looked like every other washing powder but I found it difficult to open the pack. A measuring scoop would have been helpful

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell? It's effective on everyday washes but didn't remove the tomato soup stain on my husbands t-shirt. I would normally have used a stain remover on it first but thought I'd try without. Smells lovely and fresh

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains? See above - has got felt pen out if school shirts but struggled with the tomato soup

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money? Yes good value for money

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not? Am not sure the washing powder stands out from the other supermarket own brands although the price is attractive. Will definitely buy the fabric conditioner again as I love the smell

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not? Would recommend the fabric conditioner whole-heartedly as love the smell and the powder is good value for money

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere? Effectiveness and allergy potential. We have a new aldi opening in our town next week so will buy this over the normal ship brand I use (although please can you include a scoop!)

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Fri 19-Apr-13 13:53:40

If you don't want to add a scoop to every box, you could either have them on the shelves for people to take if they need one, or have 2 packs - one clearly marked as having the scoop and one marked as not. That way, if people already have the scoop, they won't need to get another one.
although that's probably a lot of faff and potentially more expensive than just giving us a scoop every time!

Just make it a liquid! then you don't have to worry about it. Or about clogging up our machines with that horrible paste that a powder turns into!

fledtoscotland Fri 19-Apr-13 14:12:55

Do aldi do a liquid in the range? I normally use liquids too as less mess and easier to measure. Just brought a wash in off the line and impressed with the fragrance

Pascha Fri 19-Apr-13 14:32:02

Is there no scoop? hmm. I'm going to have to measure by calpol spoon aren't I? At least the first time, then I will just guess. Not sure this is going to be a particularly accurate test.

derektheladyhamster Fri 19-Apr-13 14:38:36

I use the almat range - and yes they have a liquid and a gel (I think)

* I too found the box difficult to open so have a slightly ripped cover but it was good packaging other than that and easy to read.

* I have used this on 5 loads of washing now and have found it very effective on all of them. It did get rid of my toddlers stains so I was very happy with that. I found the smell to be pretty strong at first but weather I got used to it i dont know but I like it now.

* Haven't used it on anything other than normal stains so dont know.

* Yes I think the products are good value for money.

* I will probably buy these products in future as long as they do not go up in price as they are good products.

* Would recommend these products if it came up in conversation as I like the product and think its a good product over all.

* The first thing I look for is non-bio, after that the price so usually buy whatever is cheapest on offer. I usually shop at Tesco as I walk and its the closest.

Would also like to echo posters above saying adding a measuring scoop would be nice.

Debster73 Fri 19-Apr-13 15:01:03

Box not the easiest to get into but I managed it without tearing the box or spilling any of the powder. I was frustrated with the lack of scoop or measure and have had to guess how much powder to use in my washes, using a cup. I have a 6 month old, so lots of challenging marks and stains on clothing! The powder was as good as other brands at removing marks, although i use pre wash stain remover for any particularly nasties. For the price I was pleased with the results, i would buy the product again and recommend it. I didn't notice a distinctive smell, but I personally prefer that than a heavily scented product. I didn't find the fabric softener made any difference to the cleanliness, softness or smell of the wash so I probably wouldn't buy that product, although I appreciate that the price (of both items) is good.

My nearest supermarkets are Asda and Morrisons so frequent those for ease and i usually buy branded washing products on offer. My nearest Aldi is a bit of a trek but other items they sell are good quality/ value so will make the effort to shop there when I need specific items they sell.

Snowflakepie Fri 19-Apr-13 16:12:15

My first problem was getting into the box. It ended up really ripped and I would find this very annoying as it would be a problem to store. Also in a kitchen, which can get damp at times, I suspect the powder would clog and be a pain to use. There was then no scoop, so I guessed with a yoghurt pot. I have no idea if I used the right amount. That would also wind me up big time for every wash.

The smell on opening the box was nice, fresh and laundry scented, but very little was left on the washing. I thought it smelled musty but has since dried ok. So if you like unscented products you would probably like this. The fabric softener smelled much like other more expensive brands and the clothes were soft.

I decided to give it a real challenge and wash my preschoolers whites with no stain remover, extra treatment or prolonged cycle. She'd been playing outside in white socks with no shoes, so mud, grass, purple paint and something else that I don't want to know about. It really didn't manage to remove much at all. Now in fairness, I often find that nothing will deal with the preschool mess, which is why we have separate clothes for there. But it was really poor. The socks are going in a vat of bleach now.

The price is good, washing products seem to be getting more and more expensive. I would certainly buy the softener at that price. However I think I would give the powder a miss. Too fiddly, inconvenient and didn't actually work on the stains that for me are an everyday thing. For less messy families it might be great!

PregnantPain Fri 19-Apr-13 16:38:27

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

Nice packaging, information clear enough.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

*Cleaned clothes well, I definitely prefer liquid mainly due to the lack ofscoop provided. It did say there might be one in there, but why bother saying that just say there is probably no scoop, do you want one?

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
*Worked well on DD's vests that were a bit soiled but did not*completely remove stain (didn't expect it to though tbh)

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Yes I would buy it at that price.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I will buy it as a cheap alternative to my usual favourite.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
Would reccomend to those looking to save on costs yes

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
I usually buy liquid persil in large bottles when its on offer, when it isn't I buy asda own sensitive

Breesy Fri 19-Apr-13 17:16:45

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read? The labelling is fine but I agree it was hard to get into the box, I ended up ripping it open and getting powder all over the work top. A scoop would be good.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell? I liked the smell but I'd like it if it lingered a bit more afterwards. It cleaned the clothes well.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains? Didn't have any tough stains but I'm expecting a baby in the next couple of weeks so I'm sure I will find out then!

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money? Very good value.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not? I would if I had an aldi nearby but I wouldn't make a special trip just for the powder.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, if they shop at aldi it's a good choice.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere? I've always just bought supermarket own brand powder because it's cheaper, but now I'm looking for a good non-bio for baby clothes. I'd really like to shop at aldi more but it's a bit of a drive away and I have an asda around the corner so I go there for ease.

NorbertDentressangle Fri 19-Apr-13 18:27:27

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Unlike everyone else it seems, I found the packaging OK to open (do I get a special prize for that? wink). I would have been annoyed about the fact that there was no measuring scoop if it wasn't for the fact that I generally use powder anyway so happened to have one handy.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
Washing powder seemed to perform as well as any other I've used. Day to day grime and dirt washed out fine. The smell seemed quite strong initially but wasn't unpleasant - it just smelled of clean laundry whereas some can smell too artificially perfumed IYSWIM. Seems less noticeable now but I expect I've just got used to it.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
It didn't shift grass stains from DDs shorts (but TBH I would've been surprised if anything had without a pre-treatment of stain remover)

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Yes they seem good value for money.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
If I was in Aldi then yes I would buy the powder but our nearest one is 30mins away so I don't go often. I don't tend to buy fabric softener so probably wouldn't buy that.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
Possibly, if it came up in conversation but on the whole I don't tend to recommend products unless they really are mind-blowingly special!

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
I tend to buy shop-brand ones that I've tried and know that they work well (eg. currently using Lidl one) or buy one of the big brands if on offer.
We usually shop at a variety of places each week - Waitrose, Morrisons and Lidl, and then occasionally we will go to Aldi, Tesco or Sainsburys which are approx. 30 mins away

Thank you for letting me try it!

EvaGk Fri 19-Apr-13 20:20:23

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

All fine

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

Very effective, it cleans well, the smell is subtle which is what i want

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
Yes, it worked ok

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Very good value for money

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Unsure as don't live any Aldi

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes i would because of its effectiveness and value for money

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
Criteria: Non-bio, subtle smell, effectiveness, value for money. normally shop at Sainsburys

vickipickernicker Fri 19-Apr-13 20:45:04

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Packaging good and labelling easy to read. Already had a scoop from ages ago, but to include one would be good, but Aldi not the only brand to not include one as many other washing powder brands don't seem to include a scopp at the moment.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
It cleaned all the clothes well. I like the smell of the powder, but didn't find the softner left much smell after tumble drying.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
Felt tip pen and paint came off my son's clothes.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Powder is very good value fo rmoney. Softner quite thin compared to other brands - so I don't think thats quite so good value.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would buy the washing powder again. Not sure about the fabric softner.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi?s Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend it.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere? Norrmally buy whatever is on offer normally. But have also tried Aldi's bio washing powder before.

Salukigirl Fri 19-Apr-13 21:29:50

Aldi would love to know:

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Yes it was fine, found it difficult to start the tear off strip but once I got it there was no problem. Like others have said a scoop would have been very useful as I never know how much I should use and with the ALmat Bio I managed to flood the kitchen by putting too much in!

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
I have been using Fairy non-bio until now, Almat is at least as good. I haven';t noticed a smell, I wish there was one! One thing I really miss after changing from Bio to non bio is the lack of 'clean washing smell', Fairy is exactly the same. I guess it is because perfume is an irritant but it would be lovely to have that clean smell in a non bio.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
I have only had one "poomaggedon" event and I was really impressed that it got the stains out of a white vest without any extra stain remover. This is much better than Fairy.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Excellent value for money.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
yes definitely, it works as well as Fairy if not better and is much cheaper. I wish it came in bigger boxes as we don't have an Aldi very close to us.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I already have recommended it after it cleaned up the pooey vest!

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
Normally I buy the well known brands such as Persil or Fairy, but I did try the bio powder from Aldi after seeing it performed so well in Which. Normally I buy washing powder which is on special offer but the price of the Almat means that it doesn't need to be on special offer.
I don't usually shop at Aldo but I will make an effort if i am passing now to get washing power.

nushcar Fri 19-Apr-13 22:18:22

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

Packaging is pretty standard. As many others have commented, I struggled to get int box, other than just ripping top off. This means that I had a giant box of powder left more exposed than would like and had to keep it up high so it was not in danger of being toppled by my toddler. It also did not come with a measuring scoop, so I had to guesstimate. Liquid washing powder is far easier. Labelling was easy to read and understand.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

Cleaned well and at lower temperature would ordinarily use.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

Seemed OK as usually have puree stained bibs and did not notice anything come out still stained.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

Yes, but better value liquid washing powder available from Asda,

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

No - prefer liquid washing powder and do not live near an Aldi.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

No, powder form is more tricky to use and no-one I know lives near an Aldi.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

Price and effectiveness, liquid firm and nice smell. Usually shop online at Asda for washing liquid.

sahmummylincs Sat 20-Apr-13 07:55:52

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
The packaging was easy to read and eye catching. It did take a couple of minutes to get into the boxn but was a good design.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
I have used this washing powder this week and it has washed the clothes well and I do like the smell. The smell wasn't too strong which I like and actually combined with the conditioner the clothes also seemed easier to iron when dry.
~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money? I think they are quite good value for money, though for the amount of washes you get from the large bulky box you can also purchase a washing gel from any of the leading supermarkets for the same price and it takes up less space in the cupboard.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I don't think I would go specifically to aldi to buy this powder as I actually prefer a gel liquid, its easier to measure and to store, it also doesn't block up the dispenser in the machine. If aldi bought out a gel version I would absolutely consoder it. The powder was also very difficult to measure without the special measuring cup normally included. I did read on the packaging that you can request one of these but quite frankly you want to use the powder straight away so its a bit of a pain to do this seperately. I would use the conditioner again as loved the results and was easy to use.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not? I would reccomend this powder/conditioner to friends if I knew they were going to aldi for other shopping howeveri wouldn't say it was outstanding enough for a special trip there. I often reccomend Aldi for their brilliant olive oils/balsamic vinegars/anti-pasti and fruit juices!

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere? Price and how kind they are to the skin as my husband and son suffer from eczema so I prefer the milder washing detergents. I shop mostly at sainsburys (online) but do shop at Aldi once every couple of months to stock up on my favourite products from there.

Thank you Aldi for sending me this product, I have enjoyed using it and would certainly consider it in the future if I am in the store shopping for other products.

Hopezibah Sat 20-Apr-13 10:40:41

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

Yes - this was all fine. It would have been handy to have it's own scoop for measuring the right amount as I used a different scoop but then wasn't sure if i was using the right amount as it was shown in grams how much we needed to use.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

This was fine. Just about average like other brands.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

I didn't really notice specifically for tough stains - so about average.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

Yes these are very competitive prices and I would consider buying at this price as it is a lot less than others for a product that is equally as good.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would. Our closest aldi is a little way away but when we visit I would stock up. I have recently begun to also use a liquid detergent and find this takes less cupboard space to store so that is the only down side to the aldi one.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

yes - good price for a good product.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

Non-bio is key, then value for money and trusting the brand

thanks for the opportunity to take part! xxx

katiewalters Sat 20-Apr-13 11:51:02

I thought the packaging was good, labelling was clear and easy to read. Liked tha the screw top on the conditioner was easy to get off, but with the powder I thought that it could do with an easier way to open the box and should come with a scoop. It says you can request one, but dont think this should be the case, it should just be included like all other powders. A gel version would be great too.
They cleaned our clothes very well, as good as the stuff I use now. My son had some stains on clothes I washed, such as dirt and dried in food, and they came out no problem. Once out of the wash, I thought it left the clothes with a strong smell, but once aired out on the line it wasnt as strong.
I liked the smell of both, but preferred the smell of the conditioner.
I dont normally shop at Aldi as there isnt one by me, and I normally buy fairy liquitabs and conditioner. I would definately recommend them and use them again, as the prices are brilliant, a lot cheaper than what I buy now and does the same job. My mom shops ast Aldi as there is one near here, so will definately be recommending it to her and getting her to pick me some up when she next goes.
The most important thing for me is that washing powder is non bio and has been dermatologically tested, as that suits my skin better as i have excema and sensitive skin. The powder was both of these and it didnt effect my skin, which is brill, as a lot of powders I have tried do.

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
I also had problems getting into the box, I opened the top instead of tearing round the perforated bit so the box is tatty looking.
The labelling was clear otherwise.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
It's good for small stains/ dirt. It doesn't get out baby poo though! The smell is ok, fresh but not overpowering.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains? Only used it on baby poo stains, it didnt remove them completely.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Yes the price is very competitive.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not? Maybe if I'm in/ near Aldi and need powder but I usually shop in Asda and probably won't go out my way to buy it.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes based on price but that's it.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
I like it to have long lasting freshness and a good price.
I usually shop at Asda.

Goldrill Sat 20-Apr-13 19:39:30

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Packaging ok, but labelling not. I don't have a scoop, and I don't have a measuring jug small enough to be accurate for the amounts given: why not just provide a scoop with the amounts marked on? If one of the main points you're selling on is value for money, people will be using more powder than they need which will reduce the number of washes they get (because no-one ever uses less powder if they're unsure of the amount to use!)

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
Cleaning definitely as good at Tesco or Sainsburys tablets which are my usuals. Can't smell it at all, which is fine by me.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
As good as my usual stuff. I use cloth nappies and they are coming out as sparkly as usual!

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Yes, very, provided the right amount is used.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not sure. I like the price and the outcome, but I find powder a bit of a faff (especially when there's no scoop), and unless there was really dire economic necessity I would probably stick with tablets.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not recomend as such, but would certainly say the results it produced were as good as any other non-bio and that it was pretty cheap for that.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
Firstly format (ie tabs); secondly price - I would always pick supermarket own brand unless a branded one was heftily reduced (I just look at price per wash). I never, ever, shop at aldi because I used to have to do a weekly massive shop there for an outdoor centre I worked at and it was hell. I think I should probably get over this as it was 10 years ago and things have clearly changed!

Nigglenaggle Sat 20-Apr-13 21:23:47

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

Actually no probs getting in the box here and instructions seemed clear enough. Lovely picture on the box I thought.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

Effective against poo stains and crawling through the flower beds trouser dirt. Conditioner makes the clothes smell lovely.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

Haven't had grass or wine yet to test it on.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

Absolutely astounding value for money, to be honest. Done lots of washes and hardly any powder has gone, the box is going to last for weeks - you don't need to use as much as stated.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Our normal shop is in Tesco - its a larger store we don't have a large Aldi nearby that I know of, but definitely think its worth buying if I'm there.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

Already have done smile

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

Price comes into it but efficacy and quality are more important. Normally shop at Tescos but its a matter of convenience, like Aldi and a couple of other supermarkets better on the whole.

Aldi Almat washing powder - £2.99 per 2.4kg pack (30 washes)
Aldi Almat fabric conditioner - £0.99 per 1 Litre

Thanks for inviting me to the test, haven't been a fan of powder prefer liquid but this has swayed me a little.

Nigglenaggle Sat 20-Apr-13 21:25:14

Ooh the post above has reminded me that one thing I would change was I did wish there was a scoop included

CarolineLT Sun 21-Apr-13 11:36:31

What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
I don't tend to read labels.... does anyone these days?

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
Cleans really well, smells nice

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
no experience.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
very good value

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
would do if we had an aldi close by.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
definitely.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
elsewhere

there was no measuring cup in powder.... had to guess how much to use.

BlueMonday17 Sun 21-Apr-13 13:54:46

Thanks for sending these products, they have been great to try.

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
I opened the box OK and the instructions were clear. However, I don't usually like cardboard boxes under the sink because of the risk of leaky bottles and other spills weakening the cardboard. I usually decant powder into a plastic container, but don't have one big enough just now! It's a pity there isn't a scoop in the box - or easier dosing instructions. Don't give me grams or ml, give me 'level tablespoon' or similar, so that I can at least use my measuring spoons for an accurate dose of powder.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
Seemed to clean just as well as the big brand non-bio liquid I usually use, although I had no tough stains to try it against. Smell was OK, wasn't expected heavy perfume because of being non-bio. The fabric conditioner smelled identical to the big brand non-bio/sensitive one I usually use.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
Sorry, haven't been able to test this aspect this week.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Both seem very good value for money compared to big brand (even when on offer)

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I prefer liquid to powder, so would try Aldi liquid, if such a thing exists. would definitely buy the fabric conditioner again. I don't have an Aldi locally, but might see if there is one near my parent's house (they live in another city) and stock up there.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
Would definitely recommend.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
I prefer to get liquid - less scope for mess and I find that big boxes of powder tend to 'clump' after a while. I like to get concentrated liquid and for non-bio I like to see suitability for sensitive skin. Price is important too. I tend to stock up when I see my favourite brand on offer. I do my main shopping at Sainsbury's because I don't have a car and it's walkable from my house.

cather Sun 21-Apr-13 20:46:33

What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
The packaging was fine other than it was tricky to get into it!

How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
I found it just as effective as my normal washing powder, I usually use a non-biological washing powder so I'm used to there not being much of a smell and this was similar. My son has eczema and different washing powders can cause his skin to flare up, I have been very pleased that there has been no flare up whilst we have been using these products

How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
I have washed a lot of muddy clothes and it has got rid of all the stains first time, without the need for a stain remover

We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
I think it is excellent value for money, it is just as good as my normal branded powder but much much cheaper, I will definitely be changing.

Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, it is just as good as my normal powder but much cheaper.

If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I am very impressed with the results

Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
I always look for a non-biological powder and I go by friends or family recommendation.
I shop at Aldi monthly, I find I can't do a full shop there but I will go once a month and buy the products that we like

Lindsey83 Sun 21-Apr-13 21:20:24

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

Product was packed well, with easy to read instructions

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

Clothes washed surprisingly well, I have a 10 month old who is currently feeding himself so making lots of mess and clothes have come out very clean. The scent is nice too, not too overpowering.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

As said above it performed surprisingly well on the tougher stains.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

Very good value for money!

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would definitely consider buying in the future, it is reasonably priced and cleans well.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

If it did come up in conversation I would recommend for the reasons already stated above.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

The most important thing for me when purchasing washing powder is a good clean and value for money. I have recently started shopping at Aldi.

charlie7 Sun 21-Apr-13 22:13:01

Thank you for sending me this product!

What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
I too really struggled to get in the box - and made a mess of it in the end. I also didn't have a scoop so had to use something else. The labelling was fine to read.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
I found the washing powder just as effective as my usual one and everything was clean. I couldn't really tell there was much of a smell at all.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

It got out all our stains.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Yes I think this is good value. I usually buy whichever capsules are on special offer, but this is cheaper.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would like to buy this again but I don't live near an Aldi. They are building one near me so then I would shop there.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would as it did what it was supposed to do.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
I usually go for one of the same 3 or 4 brands, whichever is on special offer. I know that they do the job so that's why I choose them. I usually shop at Sainsburys as it is the nearest shop to me.

YorkshireMumof2 Mon 22-Apr-13 10:17:39

Like others, the packaging was a little hard to get into but eventually got into it and gave the powder a try. Having a scoop would have made it easier to measure out but luckily i already have one form previous powders so used that one.

Performance wise, the clothes came out looking clean and smelling nice. Whites came out shining white and I was thoroughly impressed with the powder. The fabric softner, I used on a wash of towels, I hate hard crunchy towels and so like to use fabric softner on them. It worked as expected, making the towels very soft, no crunchyness at all.

I think it is very good value for money and if I am ever near an Aldi, I would be tempted to go and stock up on it for future use.

It has already, in fact, come up in conversation, as one of my friends noticed the smell on me and asked what washing powder it was. I explained about this trial and that it was Aldi's and she said she may give it a go.

The most important thing for me is whether it can get my whites white. If that can be achieved then I know that it is cleaning our clothing thoroughly.

fivesacrowd Mon 22-Apr-13 14:28:30

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

Box was quite difficult to get into and a scoop would have been nice as I usually use liquid. I had to weigh out the powder the first time so that I had the correct amount to use. The labelling was fine and the baby on the box is cute.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

Cleaned everything the way my usual liquid does, the smell is quite subtle and dd said it smelt like the holidays (when we were in Portugal I picked up a box of soap powder with a baby on the front assuming it was non bio and the the smell of it was the same)

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

It didn't get mud out of ds sweatshirt, but I don't think any laundry detergent would have without a stain remover added.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

I think they are good value for money, but I rarely pay full price for laundry products and tend to buy whatever is on special offer so the prices are very similar

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I'd buy the washing powder again, but not the fabric softener as I felt it didn't soften the clothes as well as the better known brands.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

I'd recommend the soap powder, but not the fabric softener (see above)

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

I always buy non-bio with a separate softener as ds skin reacts to all in one detergents and I go for whatever is on special offer in the supermarket. I don't have an ALDI nearby, but when the new store opens in East Kilbride I will def go and try it out.

Aldi Almat washing powder - £2.99 per 2.4kg pack (30 washes)
Aldi Almat fabric conditioner - £0.99 per 1 Litre

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Nice blue colour, cute baby, appealing packaging and obviously washing powder. My box also ripped on opening. I would have liked a scoop as am guessing at amounts of powder. The softener also nicely packaged.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

I have used this 3 times now - on a white wash, a dark wash and on a load of my husbands butcher's aprons which are very mucky - all at 40 degrees. The powder performed very well and cleaned every satisfactorily leaving a light pleasant smell.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

My 6 month old is currently being introduced to solids so he is very messy. Not all of the stains - tomato sauce and banana purée - came out.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

Excellent value for money, very cheap which makes them very attractive.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would. However I don't drive and there is no Aldi within close walking distance.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would, definitely a worthy competitior to other overpriced brands.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

Usually price and value for money - I often buy what's on special offer. I normally do an online shop from either Tesco or Ocado.

Thanks for letting us try this, overall am very impressed.

NettleTea Mon 22-Apr-13 20:25:47

What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

Like many, I had trouble opening the box. Instructions were clear and easy to read. I didnt have a measure so just ended up tipping a load in so might have had too much or too little!

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

Seems to have washed as well as everything else, and daughter has just commented on a nice smell

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

again seems to have coped as well as our usual detergent.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

I think they are very good value

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

If I am in Aldi then I probably would use it - we have a small guest facility and it may be worth a trip to purchase as we get through alot of washing.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

If it came up, then yes, but washing powder isnt a subject I usually discuss!

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

I occassionally go into Aldi, but price is quite an important factor. That said if I bought a cheap powder and it didnt wash well/smalt horrible/was scratchy or made us itch, I wouldnt be buying it again, however cheap it was.

Ninneve Mon 22-Apr-13 21:34:35

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Washing Powder - Like other reviewers had a bit of trouble getting into it as the pull tab wasn't obvious or easy to get hold of without breaking and splitting a nail!
Both products - Labelling was absolutely fine as was the general design.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
I really wouldn't know if it was effective because it turned into a big hard clump in the dispenser draw every single time, leaving my clothes to be washed with water alone. To ascertain it wasn't fault with my machine, I put both some Daz and Persil in the draw and they were taken away just fine. Very disappointing, given the product had a pleasant smell.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
No idea - see above!

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
If they worked, yes definitely. But as the washing powder didn't even at that price they're a complete waste of money.
The softener works out as good value. Whilst it had a stronger (and therefore more pleasant) smell in the bottle as compared to after the wash, it did soften the clothes sufficiently.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I wouldn't bother with the washing powder. I tend to stick to well known brands because I have assurance that no matter how much they cost, they WILL do the job I bought them for. The Aldi Almat did nothing but create a hard clump in the dispenser draw. This is why I don't use brands like this and other supermarket powders - they tend to clump as the Almat did, and/or are ineffective.
I would use the fabric conditioner again 'if' I just so happened to be in Aldi, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it alone.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, for all the forgoing.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
It's ability to the do the job and the price. I only buy branded washing powers, though am not loyal to any one brand - I generally buy whatever is on offer at the supermarket.

I sometimes shop at Aldi, but not very often - I don't like shopping somewhere where my custom isn't valued - in every Aldi I've every been in checkout staff rush customers through the till, bashing the shopping about, getting short and sometimes quite rude if you don't move through the process as quickly as they can. If the Aldi experience wasn't like that, I'd probably do more shopping there more often.

Spadgeroo Tue 23-Apr-13 11:37:07

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Good packaging, non-bio in big letters on the powder which is helpful. Not that easy to get into and bit silly that there is no dispenser included.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
Nice smelling powder, but didn't use enough initially (as there was no dispenser) and washing didn't smell particularly clean when I removed it from machine. Even when more was used the smell wasn't particularly lingering on the newly washed items. Not blown away by the smell of the fabric conditioner.
Seems to clean the clothes as well as my usual brands (Fairy or Arial - don't usually use powder though) I put the powder straight into the drum as this has been recommended to me by a washing machine blokey.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
It got my 6 week old baby's peanut butter poo stain off a white towel with no need to use any stain remover (it was only a little bit but it is pretty tenacious stuff!!) so that was quite impressive.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
It is exceptionally good value for money, and worth buying for this reason alone!

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would not usually go for powder but would try the liquid version if there is one, I don't think I would use the fabric conditioner again as you seem to have to use a lot in order for it to have an effect, and I'm not too keen on the smell.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend the washing powder, and the conditioner in terms of price.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
Effective stain removal, smell and price.
I would shop at Aldi if there was one local to me.

Stujobohm Tue 23-Apr-13 11:40:07

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read? Yes it was easy to read. I like the packaging.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
My clothes were very clean and I love the smell.
~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains? It helped lift stains.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money? Very good value

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not? I do not have an aldi otherwise I would definitely buy this product.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes I would as its very good value for money

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere? We do not have an Aldi on the Isle of Wight.

SunshinePanda Tue 23-Apr-13 21:45:15

Packaging was OK, as was the labelling, but like others I needed a scoop! Completely happy with the powder itself. maybe used to a stronger smell although DS sometimes dislikes the smell of his bedding when using stronger smelling products so this is better for him. It has performed well but not marvellously better than anything else.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money? Yes definitely - Would buy powder again but prefer tablets I think. Not so sure about conditioner to be honest I tend to think it is included in the powder I buy so never buy separately.

Yes I would recommend it because it is good value and performs well. I get some things from Aldi so will buy it now when we go although that may not be every time I need washing powder. Glad I got to try it - thanks.

DaisyFay Tue 23-Apr-13 21:57:39

Packaging fine - no problem to get into and clear instructions.

Very effective, cleaned well, nice smell ( better when dry than wet though).

Got rid of red wine and mud!

Very good value for money

I would buy this, good price for effective washing powder/ conditioner.

I want effective cleaning that deals with stains first, want a nice smell/feel to laundry. Want good value too.
I do shop at Aldi, and find the more I try, the more I like, the more I shop there...

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Packaging fine, labelling etc easy to read. Didn't stand out particularly.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
Not overly keen of the smell, I actually started using the washing powder with my usual fabric softener as I was so unimpressed with the smell.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
Not very well I found. I have two young boys (1&3) who regularly have mud stains etc and dirty knees from crawling around. I've certainly noticed more of their clothes are still visibly dirty after they have been washed. I also use real nappies and usually wash these with a small amount (around a tablespoon) of my usual washing powder. In general, this worked ok with the Almat washing powder but I did notice more nappies than normal were still stained after the washing.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Very much so.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'm not sure. If I was, I would need to have an alternative for clothes which were heavily soiled or marked as having Almat as my only washing powder would not be sufficient to clean our family's clothes. I wouldn't buy the fabric conditioner again - in terms of softening the clothes it did a good job but I really didn't like the smell.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
Possibly, but my sole reason for doing so would be the financial savings.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
I have a preferred washing powder and softener which I repeatedly buy. A brand that I trust, a product which I know causes no problems to my family's skin, a smell that we all like and a washing powder which cleans well. I have recently started shopping at Aldi in combination with another major supermarket for anything which Aldi do not stock.

Heavenlywineandroses Wed 24-Apr-13 02:13:47

Thanks for the chance to try this!

I struggled to open the box and the top ended up ripping. We have sensitive wooden floors that don't like chemicals so I have ended up getting out the dustpan and brush to clean spillages each time I've used it - very annoying and a better designed box with perforations would have prevented this. I was also frustrated with the lack of scoop and had to guess how much powder to use in my washes. no idea if i guessed right!

I have a 6 month old and her food stains came out but not the poo stains. I usually pre-wash with Napisan but didn't this time as I was wary of distorting test by using supplementary powder.

i really liked the smell, both of the powder and conditioner, but was disappointed that the smell was gone once the clothes were dry. I love the smell of freshly laundered clothes and this would be an overriding factor for me. to the cleanliness, softness or smell of the wash so I probably wouldn't buy that product, although I appreciate that the price (of both items) is good.

The value seems good but not enough to overcome other problems: lack of smell and awkward box.

I buy another leading supermarket's own brand liquid so am not committed to branded products but I won't buy the powder again because I prefer liquid and the box annoyed me. My nearest Aldi has no parking anyway so it wold be hard to buy the powder there but this trial inspired some loyalty to Aldi in me so I dropped in for nappies this week and found them great and will pick some up whenever I'm passing again. If I have room in the buggy, I may also buy the conditioner.

mm1975 Wed 24-Apr-13 14:33:59

had a bit of trouble opening the box of powder but once inside liked the clean fresh scent, washed clothes well without leaving any residue and didnt irritate any of my childrens skin even those with sensitive skin.

It is good value for money and if we had an aldi within walking distance i would buy it again, I shop online at Tesco as i dont drive.

If a friend asked I would recommend it if they shopped there already but not sure it would be worth a special trip.

I think a scoop would have been helpful as I didn't have one and had to guess using a cup.

NikkiCrick Wed 24-Apr-13 16:53:08

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
The information on packaging was easy to read.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
It performed as well as any other washing powder. It cleaned clothes fine. It was overly perfumed, so smelt clean as opposed to chemically.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
It didn't really stand up to cleaning baby clothes and additional products needed.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
I think it is relatively good value.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would possibly buy in future, but the store isn't easy to get to (no public transport stops near there).

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend based on that it is as good as other powders.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
I usually look for non-bio, but often cheapest of certain brands, as I know these won't irritate my family's skin.
I don't usually shop at Aldi as the store is very difficult to get to.

As a separate note, this washing powder didn't irritate my family's skin, which can often happen.

TheBreastmilksOnMe Wed 24-Apr-13 17:37:55

I thought the packaging was fine, I didn't struggle to open it and found it easy to read.

I found the powder washed ok but didn't get out tougher stains like tea. The smell was mild and I prefer a stronger smell.

I probably wouldn't buy this powder again as I prefer a stronger smell and a more effective powder. It also didn't dissolve completely in the drawer.

The value is ok but if its not removing every stain as effectivly as leading brands then you're not getting value for money.

I wouldn't recommend to a friend as I don't think its as good as my usual. I also use a liquid especially for coloured clothes and I'd worry after prolonged use Almat would fade my clothes.

I usually buy a bio that has colour care and I never shop at Aldi.

MAsMum Wed 24-Apr-13 20:12:06

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

I thought that it was only me who had difficulties opening the box! When I tried to open it the cardboard strip came off in my hand but the box remained stuck.

The labelling was easy to read but hard to apply as it didn't have a measuring scoop inside. I ended up guesstimating with a plastic cup.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
On every day clothes washes it performed well. There was a pleasant but not overpowering smell from the clothes after each wash.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
It worked well on the after effects of a nappy explosion- the heavily soiled clothes came out looking like new. It didn't work as well on more stubborn preschooler stains but then again I would usually add vanish to these washes so wouldn't expect a washing powder alone to get rid of them.( Bearing in mind I mostly do 30 degree washes)

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
I think that the price of this washing powder is perfectly pitched. It's a lot cheaper than my existing powder and does an equally good job.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not? I would buy the washing powder as it is reasonably priced and does a good job.( My son's skin is sensitive and this powder agrees with him).Unfortunately though, I will be unable to buy it as there are currently no Aldi stores in Northern Ireland.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend it to a friend who lives near an Aldi store as it is very competitively priced and delivers good results on low temperature washes.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
I look for non bios which are sensitive to my childrens' skins but are reasonably priced and give effective results at 30 degrees.
No I don't shop at Aldi as there are none nearby.( Would love one nearby though!)

sharond101 Wed 24-Apr-13 20:18:11

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

Packaging took alot of care to open so as I could keep the box in my kitchen cupboard. i was disappointed there was not a scoop in the box. Labelling was easy to read.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
Cleaned well and smell was nice. I prefer my normal conditioner although this one was not at a unpleasant.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
Took food stains off my babies bibs which are hard to get rid of.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Excellent value.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I normally buy biological powder so would buy the biological equivalent rather than the non-biological provided.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend it yes. I love Aldi and tell lots of people about it and wold tell them about this product.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
The most important thing is how effectively it washes. I normally shop at Aldi.

cookierock Thu 25-Apr-13 12:48:19

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
The packaging was attractively designed and easy to read although the box of powder was a bit tricky to open so some of it ended up spilling on the floor. I also would of appreciated a scoop so as to know how much powder to use however there are details on the box of how to obtain one.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
For general cleaning I found this powder worked well at 40 degrees (my normal wash temp). It does state that it is effective at 15 degrees but I have not tested that theory. The clothes smelled very fresh once dry and were lovely and soft.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
It struggled to remove very orange food stains and mud stains from my sons white socks. I am yet to find a detergent that does remove them completely though!

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
I think the products are excellent value for money.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I will definitely buy in the future if I happen to be in an Aldi store however I would not make a special journey.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would recommend it as it is good value and washes light to moderately soiled clothes well.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
The price is generally the most important thing although I would not continue to buy a product that didn't work effectively just because it was cheap.
I usually shop at Asda but will shop at Aldi when I'm close by.

stimlin Thu 25-Apr-13 13:00:37

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Clear, easy to read. Also easy to store in the cupboard

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
Honestly, I haven't noticed a 'smell' or lasting fragrance. Effective though - I haven't had any major stains thankfully, but everything has come out of the machine nice & clean

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
See above

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Powder is excellent value for money, although not so convinced the softner is.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I dont have an Aldi nearby but if i was passing by & had a few other bits to get I would probably buy more of the powder.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, definately worth a try. My sister lives near an Aldi & have already told her to get some when she's next there.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
Price/size of product. Usually shop at morrisons & occasionalyy tesco/sainsburys.

Misschicken Thu 25-Apr-13 14:22:10

Packaging fine - functional and info easy to read.

Powder is effective in cleaning clothes and it smells nice and fresh.

Still needed an additional stain remover for some of the tougher stains but I wouldn't expect any washing powder to get everything out.

Very good value for money.

Would recommend as so many people are trying to save money these days and some people might expect Aldi products to be inferior to leading brands.

I'm guided by price and ease of use - I normally buy capsules as they are less messy.

I'm planning to do a shop at Aldi to compare with where I usually go which is Asda.

DinoSnores Thu 25-Apr-13 14:23:24

What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

All labelling easy to read. Clear packaging. A scoop would have been helpful.

How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

Good cleaning. Can't really comment on the smell. It doesn't smell of anything.

How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

Managed them well. Really impressed actually.

We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

Very good value!

Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I don't like washing powder as it makes a mess and is a bit more of a fuss to measure, so I use washing tablets, so I wouldn't go out to buy it although I'd happily use it again.

If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

Very effective and very good value.

Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

Non-bio, doesn't exacerbate DS's eczema, nice smell, easy to use.
Usually shop with Ocado.

georgieandjess Thu 25-Apr-13 14:57:11

What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
I thought it was quite a large box and not overly obvious how to open it. Once in the box I was disappointed by the lack of a scoop. I was left guessing how much powder I should be using.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
I thought it worked well. Clothes came out very clean and the smell is not too strong which is good

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
The clothes have been stain free. I tend to use Vanish on tougher stains as well.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
I do think they are good value for money.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I might buy the powder again. It is good, only disadvantages being lack of scoop (I phoned up for one so will be good when that comes) and the fact that it is quite bulky and now sits out on the counter as doesn't fit it the cupboard. I probably won't buy the fabric conditioner as it is not something I buy much. If I were to buy fabric conditioner though I would buy this.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would definitely recommend it as it is effective and good value for money

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
I usually use one with as little nasty stuff in it as possible as both my husband and daughter have sensitive skin so it is not something I try many different brands of. They have had no reaction to this so I may continue to buy it. Price is also important so I mainly buy laundry stuff when they are on offer.
I shop in Aldi most weeks for the majority of my shop and then Sainsbury's for the stuff I can't get in Aldi.

BestLaidPlans Thu 25-Apr-13 16:54:26

The packaging was attractive and surprisingly sturdy. Instructions were clear, although like others, as I usually use liquid I didn't have a scoop. I like the idea upthread of having some available in stores. I was surprised by the dosage instructions on the softener as I thought you were meant to use less on towels to avoid clogging the fibres (this may just be my slatternly housekeeping though!)

Very effective, dealt with several poo-splosions on both white and bright clothes really well as well as more general everyday stains. The fragrance was nicely subtle. However, I wasn't as impressed with the softener which seemed less effective than my usual supermarket own brand.

Fantastic value for money, I'd definitely buy the powder again as it was very effective at a very low price per load. I probably wouldn't buy the softener for the reasons stated above.

I'd definitely recommend if it came up, as it's a great value product.

I look for value for money and gentleness on skin. I usually have an online shop delivered but sometimes visit Aldi when I have the car.

jenni75 Thu 25-Apr-13 17:04:29

Aldi would love to know:

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Yes, labeling clear, opened box with tear off strip - no problems.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
Cleaned clothes fine, smells fine.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
Did not bring out really tough stains, but i think these items would have needed a separate add in stain remover to be fair

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Yes!

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I have already bought the exact fabric conditioner today! I would probably buy the non - bio washing liquid though, as prefer liquid

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I would recommend the Almat range, I usually use the colour liquid, and bio gel in the Almat range, and sometimes buy the so soft fabric conditioner

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
I always buy my washing liquid/gels from Aldi, I sometimes buy fabric conditioners from other supermarkets eg Asda, Sainsburys

jenni75 Thu 25-Apr-13 17:06:49

What's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy?
Make sure the product won't irrate my family's skin, Value for money, Smell

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

Packaging looked fine, although like most other washing powders! Labelling was easy to read. Box was easy to open and nice and sturdy but again, like the others, no scoop. And with the sort of box opening you can't even pour it straight into the drawer so you definitely need something to get it out of the box. I often buy BIG boxes of powder for cost effectiveness and dispense them into a smaller container so I have a scoop that I use for that, but most people wouldn't have that.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

Seemed to wash fine and smelled nice. However the powder seemed a little more 'claggy' than the persil powder that I normally use, meaning it stuck to my fingers more while I was loading it in and I had to wash my hands every time after using it (I don't normally with the persil that I use)

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
Pretty well. As well as the persil I would use. I often use the ariel stain removers anyway to deal with stains.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Yes - very well priced

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Probably not because I don't really shop in Aldo so doubt I'd make a special trip for it. If I'm honest I'm not even sure where my nearest Aldi is!

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
If it was someone that I knew shopped in Aldi then yes probably - it did a good job and was well priced.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
To make sure that it won't irritate skin and then value for money (as long as it doesn't smell awful)

kelandab Fri 26-Apr-13 00:16:24

I found the packaging a little tricky to open so I thought that maybe it would all go downhill from there, I was however very wrong as this product has proved to be just as good as my regular product!

The packaging 'instructions' were pretty much like any other product, not 100% straightforward but then it didn't take me long to work out dosage size etc

This Is just as good as my regular product, apart from the smell - which is lovely by the way, I don't think there is any difference whatsoever ever in cleaning performance.

The price is amazing! I will certainly be sticking up next time I visit Aldi!

I would certainly recommend this to anyone who will listen! I mightbe able to change most of my friends perspectives that buying brands is buying best - I have discover this is p far from the truth!

I generally buy washing products that are "on offer" but with this price I won't need to shop around to get the best deal

A big thumbs up form the Hirst family 10/10!!!!

cantthinkofanythingfunny Fri 26-Apr-13 13:23:34

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

All very standard, no issues here. The only issue I had was that it didn't come with a measuring device, I normally use liquid or tablets so I had to use my noddle.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

Again no issues, Smell was discreet and it washed my soiled clothes well (2 boys who are constantly outside and grass stains everywhere came out)

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

As above - As the weather has been nice my boys have been outside at school at at home and there grass stains have come out.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

Very good value

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I might, it's just I rarely go to Aldi as it's the other side of town to my 2 nearest supermarkets (Tesco and Morrisons)

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

First I look at special offers and pricing on the big brands (Bold, Ariel etc) I don't normally go for own brands as in my experience they don'y 'cut the mustard' but this one has been very surprising. I don't normally shop at Aldi

Aldi Almat washing powder - £2.99 per 2.4kg pack (30 washes)
Aldi Almat fabric conditioner - £0.99 per 1 Litre

Pascha Fri 26-Apr-13 17:00:46

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Pretty typical for a box. I had no trouble with the riptape but I can see how easily others did. The labelling and logo is very clear. Whether it would stand out on the shelf is another matter.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
It seems as good as my usual detergent. I have little sense of smell so no idea what it smells like but my husband assures me it just smells clean with no particular smell.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
It seems to shift the baby poostains well enough.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Yes very good value.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not likely because we don't have an Aldi very near, if I did I would buy it.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would because it does as good a job as any other.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
Price, ability to do its job. No because there isn't an Aldi anywhere near me.

Pascha Fri 26-Apr-13 17:02:20

Did everybody get fabric conditioner? I didnt.

Pascha Fri 26-Apr-13 17:03:14

Oh yes. No scoop - Pain in the arse because I'm a liquid gal usually.

izzerwizzer Fri 26-Apr-13 17:10:12

What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Packaging was easy to open, I didn't have any trouble with it. I would have liked a scoop. I read that I could send off for one but that seemed like a hassle. Labelling was easy to read.

How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
The powder cleaned all the clothes well but there were a few stains on a towel that it didn't remove, but I would usually put some vanish in for that. I really really like the smell, and I'm quite fussy with smells. It's fresh and not too strong.

How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
Again, it didn't remove tougher stains, but I was washing a white towel at 40 degrees and i would usually wash it at 60 and maybe with vanish too.

We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Excellent value for money. Cheaper than sainsburys own brand, which i normally buy.

Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would definitely buy the fabric conditioner again. I would like to try the almat gel instead though because the powder leaves deposits in my machine.

If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, definitely.

Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi
I look for low price, but still like it to work well. And non bio because i have a baby.
I have started shopping at Aldi recently, but whatever i can't buy on my list i have to then buy from sainsburys afterwards because they don't have as wide a range of products as i like.

cutie101 Fri 26-Apr-13 17:50:29

~What do you think of the product packaging?
To be honest fairly boring and not that eye catching
Was the labelling easy to read?
Yes
~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
Its effective and cleans well but I really don't like the smell I find it toI overpowering even just in the box!
~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
Pretty good, got the pop stains out!
~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Yes, less than I pay at the moment
~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I don't like the smell of the powder so wouldn't buy it. I like the conditioner but wouldn't buy it as I don't usually shop there
~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not? It worked but I think the smell put me off so probably not
~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere? 
smell, price and functionality
No, elsewhere

MyDaydream Fri 26-Apr-13 18:19:16

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Like a few other people have mentioned I struggled to get into the box as the pull here tab was pretty well glued down, I had to use a knife to get into it. I have noticed this brand in store previously, so it does stand out to me but would prefer a slimmer box as it's quite bulky to store in my small cupboards.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
It cleaned my clothes well, although I did notice some powder residue after running a black wash, although this did come off with a bit of a shake when the clothes were dry. The fabric softener wasn't too overpowering, I do like it's subtler fresh smell and would have been put off using it if it was any stronger.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
It removes the baby sick out of clothes very well, this is the strongest that is required from my washing powder.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
I think they measure up to what I would expect to pay for these products, and similar to own brand in other stores.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I probably won't switch to Almat full time in the future as I don't drive and carrying the powder on the walk home would make my shopping very heavy, but in a washing powder emergency I would go to Aldi to buy this rather than travelling further away to another supermarket, which I wouldn't have done before the trial.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would mention Almat to friends and family if the subject came up, the family members who know I am taking part in this product test have asked how I'm finding it and I have spoken fairly positively about the product.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
I usually go to Aldi for cheap sweets and biscuits, or if I'm shopping in other stores in the retail park where it's situated in my town I'll pop in. This isn't regular, probably once or twice a month.

MyDaydream Fri 26-Apr-13 18:21:02

Sorry didn't fully answer the last question.
When choosing what washing powder to buy I usually look at non bio and how many washes the product estimates I'll get then compare prices for best value.

russetbella1000 Fri 26-Apr-13 20:01:53

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read? Packaging was fine but initially quite hard to get into. The tear around strip needs to be easier to grab. Also, like others have said, the lack of scoop is a bit annoying.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell? The washing powder was effective but the clothes just smelled damp when they came out of the machine, not that usual fresh laundry smell.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains? The strawberry stains came out of my little girl's top so quite impressed. It was a 40 degree wash so think it did pretty well

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money? Yes good value.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not? If I was in Aldi, possibly. Although I prefer the liquid detergents as a rule.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes I would as it's good value.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?*Definitely that it actually washes the clothes well...Also, I do like the wash to smell clean so probably a fresh pleasant fragrance too. Aldi is a bit out of the way for me but I do occasionally go there. I usually go to Sainsbury's for the main family shop.*

Aldi Almat washing powder - £2.99 per 2.4kg pack (30 washes)
Aldi Almat fabric conditioner - £0.99 per 1 Litre

Thanks and good luck in the prize draw,

PeachActiviaMinge Fri 26-Apr-13 20:30:53

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

Labelling was fine nice and simple instructions. DH opened it and claims he had no problems with opening it but couldn't find a little tab to help either.
Again though it does need to include a scoop otherwise DH will use half the bloody box in one go.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

I think it works really well actually for a non-bio I'd prefer a nicer smell but with having just quit smoking its still strange for me to noticing the smells of things more.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

Really excellently I'm very surprised by this given the cost.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

I think they're amazing value for money especially the conditioner.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I will indeed, I need a decent priced washing powder and conditoner with having a baby soon and 2 people in the house with exczma too who suprisingly haven't complained about this stuff.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would, its good value for money and effective. Everyone's struggling right now so letting each other know what works saves wasted cash and stress.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

Price I guess, I really can't afford to be picky. I either shop at Aldi or Tesco recently but usually its a bit of everywhere.

This thread is for the MNers' who've been trying out Aldi's Almat non bio washing powder and fabric conditioner. Below are some questions to get you started, but please add any other comments you would like to. All testers who add their feedback to the thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a hamper of goodies worth £100

Aldi say "Our award winning washing range, Almat, has been endorsed by the likes of Which? and Good Housekeeping Institute. We'd now like to hear from the real experts - you, on what you think about our Almat non-bio washing powder and fabric conditioner. We know that washing the family's clothes is an important and careful task - for little ones you want to ensure their clothes are clean and soft and avoid having to re-wash any stubborn stains out, so we've worked hard to develop a product that performs well without the hefty price tag of the big brands.."
Find out more here

Aldi would love to know:

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read? I found the packaging easy to read. It was difficult to get into as I have long nails and found ulling it around tough. I also don't understand why they don't include a measuring cup.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell? I didn't find it really had a smell. Which was disappointing as I quite like a nice fragrance. I would continue to use my normal brand conditioner

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains? It cleaned well. Always hard with non-bio for really stubborn stains to come out. I washed as I would with stain ore treatment.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money? Yes

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? Yes the washing powder as it cleaned really well, didn't cause any issues with sensitivities and great value. The conditioner wasn't as good as my normal brand

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? Yes fab detergent and good value

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere? Cleaning ability. I have never shopped at Aldi. I normally use Tesco or Sainsbury's asi shop online

Aldi Almat washing powder - £2.99 per 2.4kg pack (30 washes)
Aldi Almat fabric conditioner - £0.99 per 1 Litr

violetwellies Fri 26-Apr-13 21:53:55

What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Unlike some, I had no problem getting into the box, also managed to read the instructions.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
Following the instructions everything appeared quite clean, compared well to my usual powder.

Dislike scented powders, this was no worse than many, but I can think of no good reason to smell like a laundry.
However, using the recommended amount my son got the most god awful nappy rash, we did an extra rinse and halved the amount of powder, he now has a milder rash. We had just changed from Ecover zero bio as it was making me itch, to Ecover non bio, so its back to that for nappies.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
Enough powder to clean the nappies made for a very sore bum.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Reasonably so.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I dont use fabric conditioner and will not be buying the powder due to
1 ds's bum, and 2, the smell.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
It is highly unlikely that it would come up in conversation, but due to the nappy rash no.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
No supermarket loyalty, but like to use our local health store who stock Ecover non bio.

Jac4478 Sat 27-Apr-13 06:54:34

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
I had not problem reading the labelling and found the packaging to be of standard/average for laundry powder and fabric conditioner. It didn't really stand out for me but its acceptable. It would also be useful to include a measuring cup for the laundry powder.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
I found that the clothes washed well in general but it was not very effective at removing tougher stains such as gravy. For general everyday clothing, the washing power was acceptable. The smell of the washing powder was quite strong when I opened the box but after washing, there wasn't much of a smell on the clothes. I found the fabric conditioner didn't really have much of a smell either.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
Not very good. It failed to remove gravy stains. I was not pleased and had the run the clothing through another clothing cycle to remove the stain.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
The price is very competitive and seems good value for money. However the product did not perform well against tougher stains and the fabric conditioner could be better.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I might buy the laundry powder to use for everyday clothing wash but will not use it for tougher stains. Although good value for money, the fabric conditioner could be better. For this reason I will not be buying the fabric conditioner in the future.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend the laundry powder for easy everyday washing but not for hard to remove strains. I would not recommend the fabric conditioner.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
Performance and value for money are 2 conditions I look for in my decision on laundry powder. I occasionally shop at Aldi but my preferred supermarkets are Sainsbury's and Tesco

Aldi Almat washing powder - £2.99 per 2.4kg pack (30 washes)
Aldi Almat fabric conditioner - £0.99 per 1 Litre

MsInterpret Sat 27-Apr-13 09:40:43

Thanks for letting me do this product test - I was surprised how effective the washing powder and conditioner were!

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Had problems with the rip tape as others have mentioned. Box labelling fine but wouldn't stand out against others.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
I found it very effective - it cleaned some baby poo stains out of a towel that my previous brand had been unable to do! Cleaned everything else to a good, high standard. Smell is fine - clean and fresh. I don't like it as much as my usual brand but I dont dislike it, which is unusual for me with washing powder.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
See above re baby poo!

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Yes, good value.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, it might prove reason enough for me to go to Aldi which is across town, but I would have to need a few other things from there too.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would because it does a good job and smells fresh and clean for a good price.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
Price, good at cleaning, scent, eco credentials. Usually shop elsewhere than Aldi.

bracken101 Sat 27-Apr-13 11:07:03

What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

really hard to get into, as others have said! But it was easy to get into.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

It seems to work as well as the Fairy powder I was using, better than the Tesco's own that I sometimes use.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
I've not had any really tough stains yet!!!

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

Yes

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes if I was in Aldi.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

I normally buy branded powder when it's on offer. We only have a Tesco anywhere near us, I'm in quite a rural area but if I shopped in an Aldi I would buy this.

amrobe Sat 27-Apr-13 16:21:16

The packaging was fine, nothing off putting about it, it looks similar to other brands packaging and it was easy to read the labelling.

It cleans our clothes well and leaves a pleasant smell. It's not that strong of a smell though so that's why I like to use fabric softener to give that extra fragrance. I like the washing powder as it always dissolved, I've found in the past that when I've taken the washing out of the machine that the powder hasn't dissolved and it's gone on the floor, so no problems of that nature with this one which is a plus for me as that's put me off using powder.

It didn't really get rid of some of the tougher stains which for me was pen and dirty knees on my child's trousers but I would expect to have to use a little stain remover on those anyway.

I think they're excellent value for money.

I would definitely buy this in the future but cannot at the moment as I don't have an Aldi near enough to me to make it worth a trip therefor it!

I would definitely recommend the products as they are really good value for money and do the job very well.

The powder actually dissolving is the most important thing for me as I've had problems before where it hasn't and has left white marks on clothes so I've been put off buying other brands in the past because of this. I usually shop at Tesco as it's my nearest supermarket.

ln1981 Sun 28-Apr-13 16:28:41

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
the packaging was fine. found it easy enough to get into. although i normally use powder mostly, i dont have a scoop either! would really like it if a small scoop was in the box. the labelling was easy to read and clear.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
The powder was very effective at cleaning. all the loads have come out really clean, although one of my sons school shirts had paint splashes on it which needed an extra wash. there wasnt really much of a smell that i noticed. the fabric softener definately had a smell, which im still trying to decide if i like or not!

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
most stains came out first wash, but as above the paint stained shirt needed an extra wash.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
the prices are quite reasonable. its roughly what i try to spend on laundry products where possible.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
i think i would buy the powder again because its not too expensive and does the job. not sure about the fabric softener, i think im not that keen on the smell although it does a fairly good job of softening the clothes.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
i probably would because of the price.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
Price is an important factor for me, as well as how good at cleaning it is. I normally shop at Aldi so i think i may well start buying this washing powder.

Sparklesandglitter Sun 28-Apr-13 18:59:33

Packaging is easy to read but not as easy as it could be to open.
I used it on a variety of washes, including quick washes and really dirty loads, I found it to be effective and my dd who has sensitive skin didn't react to it
The product is very good value for money. I would consider buying it if I was going to aldi but would not make a trip just to buy it as it is out if the way.
Yes I would recommend it as a good budget powder and conditioner.
I usually shop at asda and purchase aerial, persil and comfort. The main reason for my choices are quality and effectiveness on really dirty loads

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 28-Apr-13 19:32:01

~ I'm another that found the box REALLY hard to get into. The rip strip was really ineffectual, IMHO. I found that the 'lid' of the box doesn't close as easily as I'm used to, once the box has been opened.
The packaging, incl. dosage instructions was clear. I had a scoop from another packet, so I used that.

~ I find the powder very effective. It seems to clean my clothes as well as more expensive, branded products. As others have said, there is less fragrance, but this is a positive for me. It still smells clean and fresh, but not over-poweringly so.
I don't aways use softener, but this one seems to be doing the job well also. Again, not at fragrant as Lenor etc, but fabrics certainly feel as soft.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains? Good, IMHO. I've successfully tackled blood, ketchup, blackcurrant squash, mud, egg... As well as general toddler grime. Oh, and makeup. The only thing I pre-treated was the egg. All came out ok on a 40 wash.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money? At 10p a wash, yes! The only things in Tesco that work out cheaper than the Almat are Tesco's value range (at 7.2p per wash for bio), and their Daisy 'brand', which is 5p cheaper per 30-washpack.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I possibly will. Probably will. The only thing that might stop me is that I have noticed my machine's drawer getting a LOT more gunged up than normal. So I've cleaned it out, and at the end of my Almat box, if it is still getting very gungy, I might decide to not use it.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
I've decanted some for my sister already (saddo), as I was raving about it to her!

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere? It's value really - so price + performance + convenience + what it does to my clothes and machine. Also does it set off allergies/skin, which the Almat did not.

Tigerlily13 Sun 28-Apr-13 19:34:44

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

Packaging was fine, similar to other brands of powder in terms of ease of use. Easy to read the instructions.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

It did the job and left clothes smelling fresh.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

Well it worked on newborn baby poo so did a good job!

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

Very reasonable prices compared to other brands.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes as the price is good and it worked.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, same reasons as above

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

Shop at Aldi regularly, along with other supermarkets. Most important factor at the moment is price.

lagoonhaze Sun 28-Apr-13 21:35:22

I was selected and never received it although I had a email to say delayed?

Glitterfairys Mon 29-Apr-13 13:08:59

I thought the product packaging was ok, the box was a but difficult to open I thought . The labelling stood out and got my attention and was clear on what the product was.
Almat cleaned the clothes fine the only thing which I noticed was that the smell wasn't as strong as I normally like .
It didn't really perform that well on tough stains , I tried it on grass stained jeans of my sons and it didn't shift the stain unfortunately.
Almat is good value for money , it is a fair price for washing powder.
I probably would buy the powder again as it does clean clothes fine .
I think I would recommend it to my friends/family as for the price you can't really fault it.
The most important thing to me is the smell really. I find I am drawn in by the different fragrances they have.
I mostly shop at Aldi and sometimes Tesco.

Dysgu Mon 29-Apr-13 16:40:00

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
The labelling on the package was easy to read and understand. The box was hard to get into and I also expected to have a loose end to the tab to open. I think I ended up tearing the box and then decanted all the powder into a large tupperware container which has kept it tidy. A scoop would be great. I usually buy liquid tabs so had never measured washing powder before - I weighed it the first time and then guesstimated with a small tupperware...

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
The powder seems to do a good job. I have had no issues with everyday laundry and it has coped pretty well with newborn pooh in reusable nappies and liners. It did struggle with one explosive pooh in a vest but I think most non-bios would. I have not really noticed a smell and that is fine.

The fabric softener was nice - this is not something I would usually bother buying but it did seem to make clothes nice and soft, especially from tumble drier.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
It coped well with everyday washing including school and pre-school uniforms.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
They do seem very good value for money. We have generally stuck with buying Fairy Non-bio due to sensitive skin but the children have had no reaction to this product.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would buy this product in the future if there was an Aldi on the island. As there is not one at the moment then I will not be buying this - but will do once it opens here.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
If I was discussing laundry products then yes, but again, we have no Aldi in the county so it would be a hypothetical discussion for the time being. I would recommend it as it is reasonably cheap but does a good job - and if it had a scoop and was easy to open then so much the better!

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

My first thought is always how my daughters' sensitive skin will cope with it - and if it is on special offer then I will stock up on what we use. I do no shop at Aldi as we have no shop in the county/on the island but we do like going to Aldi when we go to the mainland and are looking forward to Aldi opening here.

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

I thought the packaging was simple, easy to read, clear and effective.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

I think the powder was really effective at removing dirt and stains from my washing, i didnt notice any residue left behind - which nearly always happens when i use powder and is a big bugbear of mine! I loved the smell of my washing after i used this product.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

Tougher stains were removed and i didnt notice any stains left behind.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

I think they are an absolute bargain compared to the prices of similar items out there plus this product does a better job!

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would love to if i was near a local Aldi but i wouldnt go out my way specifically to buy these products even though i really liked them.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend them, i would mention how surprised i was at actually how good they were for the price and the brand! (No offence)!

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

The most important thing is that they are gonna remove dirt and stains first time round, whilst being a decent price. I dont normally shop at Aldi, i tend to stick to Sainsburys!

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
It was sufficient, suitable for the market it is in.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
We have been using it for over a week now and haven't had any problems at all. The smell is OK, not too strong.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
Everything has come out clean so far, including DD's white socks after running around at the play barn, and a spaghetti sauce-encrusted top.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Ok, but not as cheap as I imagined. I usually buy main brands when on half price special or similar deal, so in comparison this is better, but not enough to make me go out of my way just to buy it.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'm afraid not, as I just don't shop at Aldi. If if were sold via the supermarkets I buy from with internet ordering, I would. But I just don't have the time or the justification to drive somewhere just to do specific bits of my shopping.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I would.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
Effectiveness, minimal smell, non-bio, price.

Nicnot Tue 30-Apr-13 17:43:54

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
*Nice product, simple packaging (it would be helpful if the washing power came with it's on eco friendly measuring cup of some sort though).

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
* Good, our clothes felt clean and soft, the smell was minimal, not over powering. Nice!

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
* Pretty good, it does just as good of a job as liquid washing detergents I normally use.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
* Yes, I think that's value for money. I normally use liquid washing detergents but I may be converted to power now.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
*Yes (if Aldi opened up a little closer by), I like smell, easy to use and cheaper than liquid washing power.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
*Yes, I would due to smell, feel and price point.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
* I rarely shop at Aldi as there isn't one that close by, but if I would, I would buy this washing power, I normally prefer liquids and not own brand items but now realise it's just as easy to use washing powder, and the own brand has the same results as other big brands.

Thanks!

Emmie10 Tue 30-Apr-13 21:23:31

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
I thought the packaging was rather plain and the colour was pleasing to look at. The labelling was clear and easy to read. The box was very difficult to open which was slightly off-putting and I would have preferred it to include a scoop.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell? The washing powder smelled nice and cleaned slightly dirty clothes well. The fresh smell remained on clothes once they were dry which I like.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains? The powder was not particularly effective on stains e.g. mud and grass.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money? I think they are excellent value for money.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes I would as there is an Aldi nearby and for this price I would buy it.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not? I would recommend this to a family member or friend as I think it is as good as other, more expensive washing powders on the market.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere? I usually bulk buy whichever of the leading brands is on offer in Tesco/ Asda/ Morrisons. I have not used an own brand before but I have been very impressed overall with the quality of the product. I do not regularly shop in Aldi.

tenlittlebuns Wed 01-May-13 15:53:07

Packaging is just standard. Opened nicely; didn't have any of the problems others have listed here. Totally thrown by lack of scoop, and am not sure if I have been using correct dosage as I don't have anything similar.

The laundry didn't seem to smell at all, which was quite disappointing. I may have got a whiff of it when ironing but generally you didn't get a 'clean' smell from it. Effectiveness: seemed quite good, although I would always wash really dirty stuff with a bio.

I am very motivated by price in buying laundry detergent, and this is priced incredibly well. I don't shop at Aldi regularly (I am a Sainsburys regular), but I go there occasionally to bulk buy moisturiser, so I would be tempted to buy it then to use alongside other laundry detergents (e.g. bio and colour).

I'd recommend it on the basis of its price: its performance is good for the price.

MinnieBar Thu 02-May-13 10:56:29

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

My box had split in transit so I had to sellotape it up at the bottom. My husband struggled to open it (!) but I saw the rip tab no problem. As others have said, some kind of measuring implement would have been good. It was easy to see how much to use, etc.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

No problems with cleaning and the smell is a nice, general 'fresh laundry' smell.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

To be honest, on tough stains I usually add Vanish or similar anyway.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

Yes, very.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Probably not because I don't think I'd make a separate trip to Aldi just for that. However, if I were near an Aldi I might well buy it.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

yes.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

Price and effectiveness - for example I wouldn't buy a two-in-one because I don't think they work as well.
I usually shop at a combination of Ocado and Sainsbury's.

Lastly, many thanks for the samples!

MaOmi Thu 02-May-13 21:45:41

I've been using Aldi washing liquid for 2 years and have recently tried the powder; both are excellent at 30 dg too. The packaging design is pretty standard; straight forward and clear to read.
Both my partner and I have bouts of eczema but have not found any irritation.
We have been using the fabric softener for the same period too. As with any fabric softener two capfuls are needed if you are using a dryer and want a really strong scent.
I would recommend Aldi and have converted friends and family.
Great value for money! Why would you pay more?!

3sthenew2 Thu 02-May-13 22:02:37

Product packaging: I have mixed feelings, the packaging generally is appealing but I felt that the red writing cheapened it a little. I agree with previous posts that it was difficult to get open.
effectiveness: I wasn't expecting great results as I'm not a fan of own brands but despite the lack of fragrance when the washing came out of the machine once dried it had a lovely fresh clean smell. It coped well with lightly soiled washing. I needed to add extra stain remover for school shirts. Considering the price I'd be happy to pay the extra when adding the occasional stain remover.
I might consider buying the powder in the future but with a premium brand conditioner to bump up the smell. however i'd recommend it to friends family members wanting a cheaper alternative.
There isnt an Aldi near me and I tend to buy well known brands that are on offer. I like a long lasting smell on my laundry.

StuntNun Sat 04-May-13 16:03:56

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

Comparable to the products I usually use (Persil non-bio and Comfort Pure)

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

At least as effective as the products I usually use, everything came out clean. I prefer the smell, it's not a strong perfumey smell, just a nice clean smell.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

It got baby poo out of a white vest first time which is very impressive.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

I think they're exceptional value for money, less than half the amount I usually use and the performance was just as good.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

No, there are no Aldi stores in Northern Ireland.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, as a direct but cheaper replacement for Persil or Comfort.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

I have been using the same products for years as I have sensitive skin so I don't want to change something that works for me, plus I don't like the strong perfumes that some washing powders leave on the clothes. I usually shop at Tesco but now I'm wishing there was an Aldi around here!

salcz Sun 05-May-13 11:13:16

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?
Great, east to follow.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?
Baby food stains faded but not gone but everything else was very clean. It smells nice in the box.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?
Tough stains are faded more than they would be after using other brands.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?
Great value washing powder, but the conditioner is not as good as other brands which I only buy when on offer.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'd buy a liquid version of the powder as I don't like using powders, but not the conditioner as the fresh, clean smell did not last very long.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'd recommend the powder as it is cheap with good performance but there are better conditioners around.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?
I look at special offers and prices first. I occasionally shop at Aldi but Sainsburys is closer and I can walk there with my son in the pram.

YouHaveBeenOutbid Mon 06-May-13 15:39:08

Can I add my tuppence worth for Aldi even though I'm not part of the product test?

I bought Aldi Almat gel around a year ago and used it for a few months. Initially I was very impressed, it cleaned well, smelled good and was a good price. However a few months in I began to notice clothes fading and bobbling faster than I would expect. I switched back to my old non bio gel (and bought new socks!) and the problem has not reoccurred. I wouldn't use it again and wouldn't recommend it. I do however buy lots of other things there.

suseb99 Wed 08-May-13 19:35:11

I found the box pretty straight forward ( though not as easy as some other brands) to open and the instructions were clear.

It worked well on my clothes getting rid of most stains, although it did struggle with getting paint stains out of my 4yr olds clothes, though to be fair all brands I have tried struggle with that.

It has a nice fragrance and smells clean without being too overpowering.

I think the product is very good value for money and I would recommend it, however as I do not live close to an Aldi and due to that, it is unlikely that I will purchase this product.

When I am buying washing powder, I take into consideration: price, efficacy, fragrance amongst others.

MinnieBar Fri 10-May-13 15:57:18

Also, if it's not too late to add DH's feedback:

'Tell them I don't think much of the fabric conditioner!' grin

sarahbanshee Fri 10-May-13 23:03:26

Like some of the other testers, I found it difficult to get the box open - but I liked the packaging and labelling, it looks modern and bright (and not too much like a discount brand!)

I have found the washing powder effective, it has got various food and paint stains out of my children's clothes at 40deg. I am happy with the smell which isn't strong, which I prefer. I wish it came with a measuring cup though.

I think at those prices they are very good value for money. I might buy them again if I was in Aldi - I don't shop there very often but occasionally go to stock up on cheap basics and I might well add washing powder to that list. On the same basis I would probably recommend it to anyone who was going to Aldi or wondering if they should.

When I buy washing powder I look for price and eco credentials and I am also concerned about sensitivity - I have had a rash before from strongly fragranced washing powders so I am wary.

crackersncheese Sat 11-May-13 19:00:56

Packaging was easy to read but I tore the box trying to get into it.
Could have done with a scoop.

It's cleaned all our every day clothes fine, including head to toe bolagnase stains. don't love the smell but it's ok. Clothes are lovely and soft.

I would recommend if I knew a friend was going there any way but we 're not particularly close to an Aldi and I don't think it's worth a journey on its own.

I've got No brand loyalty when it comes to washing powder. Whatever is the best offer on a branded non-bio when I need it. Tend to buy the big bottles of liquid when they come on offer. Normally shop at Morrisons, occasionally Asda with top up shops at the co-op. would buy again if I was on there anyway.

Abgirl Mon 20-May-13 20:19:11

Very late to the party after issues getting the powder and returned packages - thank you to those at mumsnet and aldi who sorted these out so I could still participate:

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

Packaging v standard, tbh am not really influenced by packaging and didn't have any issues opening it.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

Smell is different to my usual brand and think I prefer my normal brand but it's not unpleasant. Cleaned clothes well, probably better than I expected and comparable to my usual brand

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

Good despite my DS1's best efforts at staining his clothes with bolognaise!

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

Yes these are very good prices compared to what I usually pay

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

If I was in Aldi I would probably buy some. That said, I am not even sure where my nearest Aldi is!

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would say that I had tested it and had been impressed

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

Will this washing powder cause my husband's skin to flare up? And the only washing powder we've found so far that's been OK has been Fairy which is extremely expensive so I buy it from any shop where it's on offer! I never shop at Aldi normally but would go in to buy this powder in future.

hpsaucy Wed 22-May-13 17:50:45

Also late!!! I forgot!! (which is a good sign!)

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read?

Packaging was bright

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell?

I liked the smell of the powder, the soften was mild smell. It cleaned aswell as any branded product (hence I forgot I was doing a test)

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains?

Very good

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money?

Brillant Value

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere?

I do sometimes shop at Aldi, but will go more often now and will definitely buy the washing powder.

shortbreadsharon Wed 22-May-13 21:28:36

~What do you think of the product packaging? Was the labelling easy to read? I think the box is very hard to open and I lost some of the powder just trying to get it open. The fabric conditioner is packaged very similar to a leading brand.

~How do you find the washing powder in terms of effectiveness? Does it clean your clothes well? Do you like the smell? I thought it did the job of cleaning rather well but I wasnt impressed by the smell or the fabric conditioner in general.

~How does the washing powder perform on tougher stains? My husband is a chef and my 4 year old is currently going through an "I'll only eat/drink red things" phase so I know about stains and this performed quite well but there were some stains left on like bolognese sauce.

~We've included the prices of the products below - do you think they're good value for money? I think for theamount of washes the price is good but in terms of effectiveness, especially the fabric conditioner not great.

~Do you think you'll buy this washing powder/fabric conditioner in future? If so, why? If not, why not? I would definetely buy the washing powder but I think I would stick to my usual fabric conditioner on the basis I didnt like the smell and I wasn't impressed by softness.

~If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Aldi's Almat range to a friend or family member? If so, why? If not, why not? I wold definetely recommend the washing powder as on tough stains it was great.

~Lastly, what's the most important thing to you when you're deciding which washing powder you buy? And do you usually shop at Aldi or elsewhere? I usually shop at asda and my main factor in buying washing powder is if its going to work on tough stains.

debbiemeredith Sun 26-May-13 15:20:53

Hello, I was told by email that I was on this trial, but never received the products to try. Did they get lost somewhere?

1sttimemummy89 Tue 22-Apr-14 23:50:49

I have only just received the fabric conditioner but havnt received the washing powder.
The conditioner smelt nice and has left a nice smell to the clothes I will be buying this product when I am next in the shop. The only thing I think could be improved is the thickness of the plastic bottle I found the bottle very flimsy and as a result spilt some of the conditioner.

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