The EU Energy Label

The European Union Energy Label was introduced to allow consumers to factor in energy performance when purchasing new domestic appliances. Initially the label only applied to a small number of product groups, but with the ongoing implementation of the EU Energy-related Products Directive and Energy Labelling Directive, you will see the label appear on more and more electrical and electronic goods. 

The new Energy Label must currently be displayed on the following product groups: 

  • fridges and freezers
  • washing machines, tumble dryers and washer-dryers
  • dishwashers
  • air conditioners
  • electric ovens
  • light bulbs
  • televisions 

The current EU Energy Label for washing machines, which came into force in December 2011, ranges from A+++ (most efficient) to D (least efficient), as shown. The annual energy consumption shown on the label is based on 220 standard wash cycles for cotton programmes at 60°C and 40°C at full and partial load. 

The label also displays a separately measured spin drying efficiency (rated between A and G) and the annual water consumption of the machine shown in litres per annum. As with the annual energy consumption, this is based on 220 standard wash cycles for cotton programmes at 60°C and 40°C at full and partial load. 

For the most efficient models, look out for the darkest green band. Our Top10 ranking is based on the official Energy Efficiency Index which shows the differentiation within the top label class(es).