We Compared the Prices of the Most Popular Aldi & Trader Joe's Foods

by Justina Huddleston
Nov 9, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET

We've been going to Trader Joe's for years whenever we want to get a fanciful bagged lettuce or inexpensive yet gourmet-tasting snack. But there's a new discount store in town, one that promises many of the same perks as Trader Joe's, minus some of the frills.

Aldi is a European grocery store, but it's been rapidly expanding throughout the US. It's pretty bare-bones — Aldi tends to have fewer employees in the store and shorter hours of operation and has a few other quirks. For example, you have to "rent" your shopping cart for 25 cents and you have to bring your own bags and bag your purchases yourself.

Similar to Trader Joe's, Aldi sells a lot of in-house brands that are super-cheap compared to what you might see at a regular grocery store. There's a large selection of affordable wine too.

But I started wondering — if I only have time to go to Aldi or Trader Joe's, which should it be? I went to each store (both located in Santa Clarita, California) to see how exactly the prices of some of my most commonly purchased ingredients matched up.

While each store has its strengths — Aldi is better for bulk buying; Trader Joe's is better for buying specialty items — the prices in the following slides tell their own story.

1 /17: Hummus

1/17 :Hummus

Aldi: Hummus quartet, $3.99
Trader Joe's: Hummus trio, $3.49
Winner: Trader Joe's

2 /17: Canned chickpeas

2/17 :Canned chickpeas

Aldi: $0.65
Trader Joe's: $0.79
Winner: Aldi

3 /17: Dark chocolate sea salt caramels

3/17 :Dark chocolate sea salt caramels

Aldi: $2.99
Trader Joe's: $2.99
Winner: Tie

4 /17: Eggs, one dozen

4/17 :Eggs, one dozen

Aldi: $0.79
Trader Joe's: $1.79
Winner: Aldi

5 /17: 90/10 ground beef

5/17 :90/10 ground beef

Aldi: $4.19 per pound
Trader Joe's: $5.99 per pound
Winner: Aldi

6 /17: Frozen pizza

6/17 :Frozen pizza

Aldi: Supreme pizza, $2.49
Trader Joe's: Pepperoni pizza, $4.99
Winner: Aldi

7/17 :Wine

Aldi: Winking Owl, $2.39
Trader Joe's: Charles Shaw, $2.99
Winner: Aldi

8 /17: Whole milk, gallon

8/17 :Whole milk, gallon

Aldi: $2.75
Trader Joe's: $2.99
Winner: Aldi

9/17 :Onions

Aldi: $0.99 for 3 pounds
Trader Joe's: $0.59 each
Winner: Aldi

10 /17: Bananas

10/17 :Bananas

Aldi: $0.44 per pound
Trader Joe's: $0.19 each
Winner: Aldi

11 /17: Riced cauliflower

11/17 :Riced cauliflower

Aldi: $2.29
Trader Joe's: $2.49
Winner: Aldi

12/17 :Almonds

Aldi: 14 ounces for $5.19
Trader Joe's: 16 ounces for $5.99
Winner: Aldi by a fraction of a cent

13 /17: Boneless, skinless chicken breast

13/17 :Boneless, skinless chicken breast

Aldi: $1.89 per pound
Trader Joe's: $2.69 per pound
Winner: Aldi

14 /17: Organic extra-virgin olive oil

14/17 :Organic extra-virgin olive oil

Aldi: $3.99
Trader Joe's: $5.99
Winner: Aldi

15/17 :Brioche

Aldi: Chocolate chip brioche, $3.99
Trader Joe's: Plain brioche, $3.99
Winner: Tie

16 /17: Almond milk, half gallon

16/17 :Almond milk, half gallon

Aldi: $1.99
Trader Joe's: $2.99
Winner: Aldi

17 /17: Cheddar cheese

17/17 :Cheddar cheese

Aldi: Kerrygold, $3.49
Trader Joe's: Unexpected Cheddar, $3.99
Winner: Aldi