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 dishwashers ranges from A+++ (most efficient) to D (least efficient) as shown.


The label shows a separate rating for the Drying Efficiency Class, ranging from A to G, and for water efficiency denoted in litres per annum. 

Also displayed is the amount of energy the product uses annually based on 280 standard cycles per year, also factoring in any power consumption in ‘left-on’ mode. 

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