Need to know
- Aldi often sells TVs and soundbars from its house brand Bauhn as part of their Special Buys sales
- We've tested previous models but they haven't rated well in our lab tests
- Our experts test TVs from popular brands including LG, Sony, Samsung, Hisense, TCL and more
In a move set to see queues out the door, this Saturday Aldi is selling a 50-inch TV for $349 and a bluetooth soundbar for $179, as part of its Special Buys sale.
Both are made by Aldi's own house brand Bauhn and are priced hundreds of dollars cheaper than similarly-specced models from other brands. The smart TV delivers all the features you'd expect from a 50-inch unit such as 4K resolution and HDR support, as well as HDMI connection with ARC support, making it easier to hook up a soundbar.
The 2.1 soundbar is a bluetooth speaker that comes with a 90 watt subwoofer. Both come with a one year warranty.
At such low prices, they might be a tempting deal for any TV tragic, but how do Bauhn's bargains really rate for quality? And are they worth lining up for?
Spoiler alert! Bauhn's track record on tech doesn't paint a pretty picture
Our TV experts haven't reviewed these exact models yet (stay tuned), as Aldi products pop up at short notice and usually sell out on the day. But we have tested previous TVs and soundbars in our labs and – spoiler alert! – Bauhn's track record on tech doesn't paint a pretty picture.
We spoke to our in-house TV expert Denis Gallagher about their patchy performance and what you need to know before queuing up outside Aldi at sunrise.
Bauhn to be bad?
There's no arguing Aldi do some products really well. Cheap ski gear and grocery staples, for sure. Electronics, not so much.
Our experts have lab-tested a range of Bauhn TVs and soundbars over recent years, and one thing's been consistent – they've all scored pretty averagely. Unfortunately, in this case, it seems you get what you pay for.
"Previous test results have ranged from mediocre to poor, so there's a lot of room for improvement," says Denis.
Last year's 65-inch Special Buy – priced at $699 – boasted a decent range of features, but fell flat in our lab tests with a CHOICE Expert Rating of just 64% overall. It currently ranks in the bottom four models we've tested, alongside mediocre performers from Linsar and Ffalcon.
Aldi's recent 65-inch 4K TV, priced at $699.
"It scored OK for standard definition viewing, but got progressively worse when watching high and ultra high definition 4K content," says Denis.
"There were also occasional issues with motion blur and inaccurate colours in 4K, and some distracting backlight patterns when watching sport. The internal sound quality was also muddy and rumbly."
"So far we haven't really seen a Bauhn TV that's performed well," says Denis.
"Of course, that can change with new models – we've seen that with other brands – but despite the undeniably low price, shoppers should be careful when considering these bargain models based on what we've seen. Especially if you really love your movies or shows and want a great TV experience."
We do review other low-price TVs – check out our full review.
Bauhn's recent $129 soundbar rated poorly in our lab tests.
Soundbars perform even more poorly
Aldi's house brand TVs may struggle but sadly we've found their soundbars fare even worse when tested.Aldi's house brand TVs may struggle but sadly we've found their soundbars fare even worse when tested.
"The last Bauhn soundbar we reviewed was the worst in the test group by a long shot, scoring under 50%," he says.
"Its scores for stereo and multi-channel listening were some of the poorest I've ever seen in a test. It was the cheapest model in the test, but with scores like that, I couldn't recommend it."
Special Buys availability tip
Still keen on a TV? To find out which store has the most models, go to the Aldi Australia Facebook page before the day of the sale. Open up a message to the page and type 'Get started'.
The chat box will automatically bring up several Special Buys sales dates. You can then choose the product, type in your postcode, and it will tell you which stores within a 20km radius have the item in stock.