A new survey by Which? has revealed the cheapest and most expensive supermarket in the UK. In their monthly analysis of prices of everyday items, the consumer guide compared the price of a trolleyful of 70 items at the UK’s eight largest supermarkets. A second test looked at a trolley of 150 items.
The cheapest supermarket in the UK is Aldi, according to the latest study by Which?. A trolley full of 70 everyday items from the German retailer in September came in at just £60.01—an average of less than 86p per item. Competing discount supermarket Lidl came in second-cheapest at £63.66 for the same shop.
The study looked at the price of a trolley of 70 staple grocery items including pasta, bread, yoghurt and vegetable oil from Aldi, Asda, Lidl, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose. A second test looked at the price of a larger 150-item shop which included more branded items.
For the 150 item shop, Asda was the cheapest supermarket at £232.87—Aldi and Lidl were excluded from this second test as they don’t stock all of the items. Morrisons was the next cheapest for a big shop at £245.54, followed by Tesco (£249.09), Sainsbury’s (£253.07) and Ocado (£278.55).
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Waitrose was the most expensive supermarket in both tests, coming in at £98.53 for the 70-item shop—£38.52 more expensive than cheapest supermarket Aldi – and an eye-watering £283.57 for the bigger 150-item shop. That means a big shop at Waitrose could cost over £50 more than buying the same items at Asda.
Meanwhile, both Morrisons and Waitrose have hit headlines this morning for pledging not to use glitter in their own-brand Christmas ranges due to its effects on the environment. Morrisons home director Christine Bryce said:
We've taken glitter and plastic out of our festive range this year—so that our customers can enjoy their festivities without worrying about the environmental impact.