It looked like the Aldi Snack Maker was going to give the Kmart Pie Maker a run for its money. But it seems Aldi shoppers are pretty peeved off about the shocking quality of the Special Buy appliance.
Aldi’s super versatile 4-In-1 Multi Snack Maker was snapped up in seconds when it went on sale last week. Facebook groups were abuzz with excited shoppers who managed to snag themselves a machine and loads of grumpy ones too who missed out.
But it looks like those who were too late in the line are having the last laugh, as those formerly smug owners of the snack maker are dealing with some big quality issues.
Melted Clips And Power Surges
Most of the problems reported by Snack Maker owners include melted plastic clips, excess smoke and causing the power to trip.
“Mine started smoking and melted the plate where it clicks in on both sides,” said one disgruntled shopper.
“It started smoking and then tripped the power”
“I returned mine to Aldi. It did amazing waffles the first day, then the second day I did doughnuts and the clips melted,” one user said.
Poor Poor Quality
Another shared a pic of her machine’s melted clips, which are meant to press the machine together during the cooking process, saying:
“Well, I’m disappointed. All I did was heat it up and the clip has melted apart.”
One Aldi shopper suggested that the issue lies with all of the retailer’s electrical products, saying:
“That’s the reason why the warranty is never that long on electrical items from Aldi, I never shop for anything electrical after buying two ceramic heaters in winter and both faulty after a few uses.”
What A Mess!
Another bugbear about the snack maker is that it’s not that easy to clean.
A shopper has shared a pic of her blackened snack maker after only a few uses.
“Does anyone know how I can clean this off my multi snack maker?” she implored. Yuck!
Thank Goodness I Didn’t Get One!
After hearing about all these gripes. many shoppers were relieved that they didn’t land up getting the appliance.
“Seemed me wasting my time lining up to get one and still missed out was a blessing in disguise. I have seen complaints regarding these such as blown fuse and parts breaking and melting. Dodged a bullet I did. Am gonna research the Tefal one – heard good things.”
Loving My Snack Maker
But others have said that they haven’t had any issues with the machine and have already produced a feast of waffles and mini doughnuts. One mum shared that her hubby was using the snack maker to make oreshki with custard filling – YUM!
Take It Back
An Aldi Australia spokesperson said anyone who is experiencing issues with the product is urged to contact their customer service team.
“The safety of our products is our number one priority and we take feedback such as this very seriously,” the spokesperson told news.com.au.
“We encourage customers to report any such incidents to our Customer Service team so we can thoroughly investigate.”
The Aldi Multi Snack Maker comes with four interchangeable cooking plates. There’s the plate which makes a half-dozen of mini doughnuts. Another plate crisps up two thick Belgian-style waffles in minutes. Yet another plate is a grill for toasted sandwiches and then the final plate makes oreshki, which are officially Russian walnut shaped cookies.
Did you manage to get hold of the Aldi snack maker? Have you had any issues with Aldi electrical appliances in the past? Tell us in the comments below.