Reviewed by Jo Knox
I was sent some samples to review from the ALDI DIY range. Their stores don’t just sell food, they do have a variety of household items as well. I was sent some samples from the WorkWear range to review and some of the DIY product range.
The Men’s WorkWear Trouser (£8.99) and Shorts (£6.99) were packaged with a grey concrete effects card wrapper with a yellow and black diagonal strip around the top and bottom, similar to hazard tape you would find on a building site. They were a camel/tan colour which I think is quite light for work wear and I would probably have opted for the grey or black ones available in the range. The material is 100% cotton which makes them light and breathable and not too heavy. The shorts and trousers came in waist sizes 32 ins – 40 ins so there should be a pair that would fit most men available. The shorts were just above knee length and the trousers were available in two leg lengths 31ins and 33ins. However, there is a note on the packaging which says ‘NOT ALL SIZES ARE AVAILABLE IN ALL LEG LENGTHS’. I don’t find this particularly useful and would probably be better to just say what is available and in what size.
Both the shorts and trousers had an elasticated active waistband and a utility pocket on each side of the legs. There was also a specific pocket for a phone. The trousers in addition had a zip security pocket which is useful, a bellows pocket with pen loops and there are fastening knee-pad pockets. The Knee-pads (£3.99 pair) that can be bought as part of the range fit perfectly and are comfortable to use when working on your knees (or so my husband tells me!). As the packet says, they are strong, hard wearing and durable.
In addition to the about bottom half work wear, we were sent some which Utility Shirts (2 pack for £4.99) with a round neck. Similar packaging to the trousers and shorts and also 100% cotton. They came in sizes Medium (39-41 ins chest) right up to XX Large (48-50 ins chest). These have a good soft feel to them and wash really well. My only criticism is that for work wear, I’m not sure that white is the most practical colour to have these in but there are assorted colours in the range.
The Work Socks (2 pack £2.99) in the range are sizes 6-11 with reinforced heel and toe. My husband said these were comfortable under his feet and his feet didn’t sweat. These wash really well and don’t fall out of shape.
We tested a set of three Builders Gloves (£2.99) within the range in medium and large sizes. These are especially good value for money. They had different colours on the wrist band so you can identify the sizes. These have a latex coated palm which provides adequate non slip protection. We used these in the garden and with a range of two sizes we both had a set that fit well.
There was a set of 4 Transport Castors we reviewed and these were heavy duty and my husband used these on the bottom of a workbench in the garage. They were easy to attach and the bench was easy to move about.
A range of household items are available such as Light Switches and Plug Sockets (starting from £1.69 each). These are white and made of plastic and come as single or double. Both came with clear instructions on how to fit them and these are reasonably priced.
The most useful review was for the Damaged Screw Remover Set (£4.99). This set comes with 5 pieces which are suitable for use with all standard variable speed drills. The set is contained in a plastic case. The set removes Phillips, slotted, Pozidrive and other types of screws. We tested this on some old, worn screws around the garage and this worked really well, pulling out the screws with ease. A really useful little case to have around indeed.
Overall, the ALDI DIY range is good quality products at reasonable prices and I would give the range I reviewed a 4 out of 5.
Aldi tools and workwear Specialbuys are in stores nationwide from 5 July 2015. For more information or to find your nearest Aldi store visit www.aldi.co.uk.