Aldi's $25 cast iron ovens 'no different' to $500 versions: 'The best'

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Aldi customer's generally know a great deal when they see one, and it's no different as the popular German supermarket brings back one of its most popular kitchen Special Buys this week.

The cast iron cookware - particularly the $25 Dutch oven - is on sale today (Wednesday Oct 13) with shoppers taking to social media to rave about the items that some even claim are "no different" from much more expensive brands.

Aldi special buy cast iron cookware
Aldi's popular cast iron cookware Special Buys are back this week. Photo: Aldi

The Special Buy range includes the 3.7 litre Dutch oven for $25, a French pan for $28, as well as a collection of roasting trays, saucepans and frypans.

Each cookware item is available in cream, blue, green and red, and customers have been sharing reviews of the range online.

"I love mine, have had them for a few years now," one happy customer wrote in an Aldi Facebook group.

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"I got a french pan 2 years ago and I love it. I have an expensive pot from a different brand and there doesn't seem to be any difference," another noted.

Another shopper said the range was "sensational to cook with", while another agreed, saying "The best … just the best."

Aldi special buy 3.7 litre Dutch oven for $25
The 3.7 litre Dutch oven costs $24.99. Photo: Aldi

Indeed most of the items barely cost a fraction of what you can be expected to shell out for a very similar-style cast iron range from French cookware brand Le Creuset.

A similar Le Creuset large Dutch oven currently costs $509 at David Jones - and that's on sale from its usual price of $640.

Even the experts agreed it was a great deal. In a report published in May 2021, consumer advocacy group Choice compared Aldi and Kmart versions against leading brands, including the ultra-trendy Chasseur and Le Creuset pots.

The review did find the wear and tear on the cheaper versions to be more pronounced, but both experts and Choice members couldn't deny the Aldi version's proven durability and high satisfaction rates.

Thankfully New South Wales residents won't be missing out, with Special Buys returning to NSW stores this week, as restrictions loosen across the state.

Though some Aldi Special Buys items are experiencing delays, so shoppers should check the supermarket’s website before heading to their local store.

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