Why You Should Think Twice About Buying Aldi's Flex Trash Bags

Up until recent years, Aldi has been something of an outlier in the grocery store chain field. The German company's comparatively sparse selections, Spartan services, and low-cost ideology might seem strange for Americans who are used to hypermarkets and their loaded isles full of countless options. Still, as CNN noted in 2019, Aldi's novel strategy is paying off. The chain is emerging as one of the winners in the grocery chain field, thriving in the business environment that has seen many more conventional companies call it quits and file for bankruptcy. Even the great Walmart's U.S. CEO Greg Foran has praised Aldi's tactics.      

However, all of this doesn't mean that the company's excellent at everything it does. Every chain is prone to the occasional misfire, and Aldi's had its share of products with terrible reviews. Recently, some consumers have pointed out that the discount grocery store chain's Flex trash bags might very well turn out to be one of these cases. Let's take a look at why you should think twice about buying Aldi's Flex trash bags.

People are accusing Aldi's Flex trash bags of ripping too easily

It appears that Aldi's Boulder Flex Extra Strong Tall Kitchen Drawstring bags have provoked the ire of some consumers due to their unfortunate tendency to rip apart at inopportune moments. In one Reddit thread, several people lament over the product's lack of tenacity. "I love Aldi but these bags are terrible," one poster writes. "They rip every time!" Other people agree with the sentiment and wonder whether the bags' manufacturing process has been altered recently, seeing as even the classic "double-bagging" technique is useless. "I've started double bagging them and both rip. Can't wait to run out of them!" The Budget Reviews notes that the biggest culprit seems to be the string part, as strings on two bags they used ripped "almost completely off" when they tried to take the bags out of the trash can.   

To be fair, others point out that the bags work just fine for them, at least as long as the bottom of the bag rests on the bin's floor and isn't left hanging. Possibly, this is just a situation of the occasional bad batch, but it's still something to keep in mind when you consider your next trash bag purchase. After all, no one wants to find themselves in the same situation as Redditor Fawncy. "I screamed bloody murder as the used kitty litter flowed down the stairs," they say of their Flex trash bag experience. Ouch.