In order to be displayed on Topten, vacuum cleaners must meet the following criteria:
- Meet the tier 2 requirements of ecodesign regulation 666/2013
- Energy efficiency class A or better
- Dust re-emission class of A
- Cylinder vacuum cleaners: Cleaning performance class (carpet / hard floor): at least A/C, C/A or B/B
- Upright vacuum cleaners: Cleaning performance class (carpet / hard floor): at least C/C
Values are taken from the product's energy label as declared by suppliers - Topten does not carry out product testing.
Ecodesign minimum rating
New ecodesign requirements apply for models entering the market from 1st September 2017.
The current minimum energy rating of a vacuum cleaner that can be placed on the market is the D class.
Best available technology
The most efficient vacuum cleaners currently on the market achieve the A+ class.
Brand and Model: Clicking on the product images gives a more detailed view. Where a product has other equivalent models or ones with an identical technical specification, these are listed under 'similar models'.
Power (W): Rated input power in Watts. Current Ecodesign requirements from 1st September 2017 specify that only vacuum cleaners with rated power below 900W can now be placed on the market.
Energy class: Energy efficiency class according to the Energy Label. The class is determined based on the declared annual energy consumption.
Energy consumption: Annual energy consumption in kWh/year, according to the declaration on the Energy Label. The annual energy consumption is calculated from the measured energy consumption and the dust pickup during a standard test, and based on 50 cleaning tasks per year.
Cleaning class carpet / hard floor: Cleaning class on carpet and hard floor according to the Energy Label. The cleaning classes (A-G) are detemined based on the a standard test of dust pickup values on both surfaces.
Dust emission class: Dust re-emission class according to the Energy Label (A-G).
Bagged/Bagless: Bagless models don’t need a dust bag. Dust particles are collected directly in the cleaner’s canister instead. Bagless vacuum cleaners maintain their cleaning performance while filling up, while the cleaning performance of vacuum cleaners with a bag decreases as the bag fills up. Emptying the canister of a bagless vacuum cleaner can however be accompanied by dust emissions.
Dust capacity (l): Volume of the dust collector in litres.
Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and Labelling
- EN 60312: Vacuum cleaners for household use - Methods for measuring performance
- Commission communication on harmonised standards for vacuum cleaners: 2014/C 272/06
- Guidelines accompanying the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling regulation for vacuum cleaners. DG Energy, September 2014.
- The european council for an energy efficient economy eceee provides a status overview on all products in the Ecodesign & Energy Labelling process
- Coolproducts informs about the EU ecodesign process on vacuum cleaners and other products. It is a coalition of NGOs' campaign for a stronger, faster Ecodesign Directive to save the climate and money.
- Topten UK vacuum cleaners Product Guide