LIDL has narrowly beaten Aldi as the cheapest supermarket of 2020.
Consumer group Which? tracked the price of 45 items – both branded and own-brand – over the year at eight leading supermarkets.
Research by Which? found Lidl was the cheapest supermarket of 2020
In total, the Lidl shopping trolley of goods came to £42.67 on average over the year.
It was only 34p cheaper than the average trolley costs at Aldi, which came in second place at £43.01.
Which? included the Big Four supermarkets – Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Asda – in their investigation.
The food monitored were essentials such as Hovis bread, Knorr stock cubes and free-range eggs.
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It’s the first time Which? has included both Aldi and Lidl in its annual price comparison.
Asda was the third-cheapest supermarket with the same basket of items costing £48.71 on average, but it was still over £5 more than Aldi and Lidl.
Unsurprisingly, Waitrose was the most expensive supermarket in 2020 with the 45 items costing ££68.69 on average.
Compared to Lidl, the same products were around 60% more expensive.
Waitrose usually puts its higher prices down to higher quality and welfare standards.
Even so, the consumer group’s research found Lidl’s own brand products cost significantly less than Waitrose own essential label.
For example, a pack of Waitrose own-label cooked and peeled prawns would set customers back £4.60 on average, compared to just £1.99 at Lidl.
Customers had to fork out £2.47 for a six-pack of own-brand large free-range eggs from Waitrose but Lidl’s equivalent cost just £1.27.
Ocado was the second most expensive supermarket of 2020, where the trolley of goods costs £66.83 on average.
Sainsbury’s was the third most expensive retailer charging shoppers an average of £56.38.
This was compared to Asda (£48.71), Morrisons (£53.61) and Tesco (£53.30).
Supermarkets have face unprecedented demands this year as shoppers have relied on them to supply groceries through the pandemic.
Fear of tough restrictions saw shelves stripped of essentials such as pasta and toilet roll, causing retailers to slap limits on certain products.
The grocers have also more than doubled the number of delivery slots to help those relying on online shopping because they are self-isolating or vulnerable.
Natalie Hitchins, head of home products and services at Which?, said: “Many households have been under financial pressure due to the pandemic, so getting value for money on their weekly shop has become more important than ever.
“Our analysis shows that customers do not have pay over the odds for their groceries.”
Ryan McDonnell, chief commercial officer at Lidl GB, said the supermarket was “delighted” to be crowned the cheapest.
He added: “As we expand further into to the future, we will continue to work hard to bring our high quality, affordable products to even more customers across the country.”
The Sun has contacted Waitrose for comment.