Refrigerators

Refrigerators last updated: November 2016

In order to be featured on Top10, refrigerators must comply with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1060/2010 with regard to energy labelling of household refrigeration appliances, and meet the following criterion:

  • Have an Energy Efficiency Index rating of  < 33 (corresponding to the A++ label class)

Ecodesign minimum rating

The current minimum energy rating of a refrigerator that can be placed on the market is the A+ class.

Best available technology

The most efficient refrigerators currently on the market achieve the A+++ class. 

Inefficient model selection

The inefficient model is an anonymised product currently available on the market representing the lowest permissable energy class, which is currently A+ for refrigerators and fridge-freezers.

Glossary

Annual energy consumption: energy consumption per year in kWh, based on manufacturers’ declarations of standard test results for 24 hours.

Climate Class: the climate class indicates the temperature range in which the product is designed to operate. Some appliances are designed to operate across multiple ranges. The definition of each is outlined below.  

Climate class

Temperature range (°C)

SN

10 – 32

N

16 – 32

ST (Sub-Tropical)

18 – 38

T (Tropical)

18 – 43

Construction: free-standing or built-in (integrated).

Dimensions: the unpacked dimensions of the product in mm.

Energy Efficiency Index: the basis for the determination of the energy efficiency class: the lower the value, the more efficient the refrigerator. 

Energy label: the energy efficiency class according to the EU energy label. The classes range from A+++ (most efficient) to D (least efficient). New appliances below an A+ rating are not allowed to enter the market under the terms of the Eco-Design Requirements for Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive.

Frost-free: whether the freezer compartment has a Frost-Free feature (if applicable)

Noise level:  the noise emissions of the product in operation, in dB.