ALDI’s Awesome Pan is $120 Less Than The Always Pan & You Can Grab it Now!

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We’re adding ALDI’s newest dupe to our shopping list NOW!

We’re super excited to score an awesome dupe from ALDI! You’ve probably seen us obsess over the Always Pan, but we don’t love the price (a whopping $145 😬). So when ALDI announced that they were releasing their own version for ONLY $24.99, we knew we had to be on the hunt!

Even better, ALL stores will have them out now, but be fast as some Hip readers and sidekicks have mentioned that stores are only getting a few of the awesome pans in stock!

aldi crofton awesome pan in dusty blue on stovetop

The Crofton Awesome Pan boasts some of the same features that make the Always Pan so popular, including a nonstick ceramic coating and an aluminum body for fast and even heating. They both also have lids and handles that will stay cool while you fry, sauté, boil and more!

Following the Always Pan style, ALDI’s dupe is available in trendy matte black, beige, or dusty blue colors.

aldi crofton awesome pans in store

How similar is this dupe to the original?

  • The Crofton Awesome Pan has a slightly larger diameter of 10.25″ vs. 10″ for the Always Pan.
  • The Always Pan comes with a spatula that fits perfectly into the built-in spoon rest AND a steamer basket.
  • The specifics of ALDI’s lid are not yet known, but the Always Pan has a modular lid that unlocks to easily let out steam.
  • Both are compatible with all cooktops, including gas, electric, glass ceramic, halogen and induction.
  • Both are made without toxic materials, such as PFOAs and PTFEs.

This pan is beautiful! I’ve heard amazing things about the Always Pan but was never willing to pay hundreds for one pan. When I saw this dupe at Aldi, I knew I had to give it a try. The pan is gorgeous and appears very well made. I love that this pan is made without toxic ingredients. The blue color is lovely and makes me happy every time I look at it on my stove. I’m excited to get cooking with it! Stay tuned! – Melinda, Hip Sidekick

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Comments 40

  1. lexiloowho

    I was able to get one through my instacart shopper this morning and I was so excited! It looks great. Happy to be able to try it out. 😊

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Woohoo! SO glad you could score one! 🙌

  2. MrsG

    My husband just picked one up from me! 😍

    • MrsG

      For*

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How sweet!🥰 Happy to hear that, MrsG! Hope you love your new pan!

  3. elabella814

    I got one this morning! Couldn’t believe it! There were only 6 in my store, and only one each of the white and the blue. They appear well made.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m SO glad you scored one! Thanks for letting us know what you’ve thought of it!

  4. Kristina

    Does it come with the steamer basket? I looked on the Aldi website and didn’t see it 👀

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      No, it does not.

  5. Melissa

    So does this come with a steamer basket as well? What exactly makes it similar to the always pan and not just another pan? Is it multifunctional? Thanks!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Melissa! It does not come with a steamer basket. Here are some of the ways in which they are similar –
      “Both are compatible with all cooktops, including gas, electric, glass ceramic, halogen and induction.
      Both are made without toxic materials, such as PFOAs and PTFEs.”

      Hoping this is helpful! 💖

  6. SpaChica

    Got the blue one. Very pretty color in person. There was a line when I got to the store 2 minutes before opening.

  7. Missy

    My store had about 8. About 5 min after opening, all gone. I was able to get one

  8. A.B.

    Hi I just received the Aldi Awesome Pan from an Instacart delivery, and it does not have a steamer basket. Also upon reading the instructions, it states that the handle will get hot with either stovetop/oven use. Oven safe to 300 degrees. I don’t think it’s has a function to release steam. It’s VERY pretty, but I don’t think it has the same functionality as the Always pan. I use cast iron for all of my stovetop cooking, and was looking for something a bit lighter, and easier to care for, as my 13 year old has developed a keen interest. I think it’s a lovely pan, but not an exact dupe. I’m still pleased with my purchase, I hope this will help answer some questions! 💕

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks SO very much for your helpful comment! 🙌We sure appreciate hearing the details you found on it! 💞🤗

  9. tctbtob

    Went to 3 Aldis & they said all were bought right at opening. I hate that there are people who buy them all & sell on eBay etc for a profit. Aldi PLEASE put enough in stores so everyone can get one.

    • misskuttles

      Wow I didn’t know they did this. When I got there at opening there was a line. Now I learned my lesson to go when it opens or else people take everything !

  10. Jessica

    I got one😁…there were three total in the store..Can’t wait to try it.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m so glad you got it! If you follow us on Instagram, you can see Collin test this pan out against the original Always Pan.

  11. Bunny

    My local store had several at 12:30 pm today. Definitely worth checking out other nearby stores.

    • Smartchick412

      My store had four and I was able to get a blue one at noon.

  12. Csandst1

    Mine had about 6 at lunchtime. It’s too small for my purpose.

    • analisa

      just a hype

  13. acgold

    I understand that the Always Pan is multi-functional and everyone here seems to love them. The reviews are not great, they even mention that the coating peels off. Am I missing something?

  14. 7angeleyes

    My store didn’t have them yet. They are waiting on a shipment. Fingers crossed I get one.

  15. Darla

    Just think they will be on eBay and Mercari next week…AAARGH!

  16. browniesmomma

    All sold out at my store today. Not fair they put them out early…

  17. Blue

    My husband brought me home one today. I think I’m going to return it. Way too small for my family. Looking at it not really sure what the hype is.

  18. Leslie

    70 dollars on ebay. Grrrrrr

  19. Desiree

    Went to Aldi tonight at 7pm and there was one black one waiting for me. It’s a little smaller than I thought but we’ll see how it performs

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I sure hope you love it! Let us know what you think, Desiree!😍

  20. Steph

    After reading reviews I am going to pass this one up. One word comes to mind with products like these to me, hype.

  21. Julie D

    I hope I can snag one. I was all set to buy the original but it gets such crappy reviews.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that you can score this one fom your ALDI! 🤞💞

  22. sis

    I got off work early and scored the last beige one! Got home opened to wash it and use for supper and the knob is not on it. I can’t exchange cause there is no more, and I want to keep it wonder if the company that made it would just send me a knob?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh darn! Sorry to hear this. You could try reaching out to ALDI customer service through email when you head to their site and scroll all the way down to “Contact us”. Hoping they may be able to help!

      • Lauren

        Take it back to Aldi with your receipt. They should refund you and replace it!

  23. Lauren

    I got one yesterday around 2pm and there were a LOT in my store. I do live in a fairly small town though. I chose the powder blue and used it last night to make Parmesan chicken. I will say- I was pretty impressed that nothing stuck at all and all the grimey oil/cooked breadcrumb bits all slid out right on its own into the sink. It looks fresh and clean without me even washing it (although I did of course). I will be trying eggs in it today! So far- totally worth the $25 and I needed a new pan anyway. Yay Aldi!

  24. Nancy

    I came across this post well after it came out. I kept my eyes open whenever I visited an Aldi store. I had given up on finding one after trying four stores all in different cities. A couple of months later, on a grocery trip while visiting my son I got lucky and spotted one on an odds and ends rack. I had given up on finding one. Three months later I use it almost every day for just about everything! And it cleans miraculously! It beats the heck out of my expensive Calphalon and $70 stainless steel specialty store fry pan.

    • Nicole (Hip Sidekick)

      I can certainly see why the pan is so popular. So glad to hear you were finally able to snag one and that you love it!

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