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 tumble dryers was introduced in May 2012 and ranges from A+++ (most efficient) to D (least efficient) as shown. 


The label also shows the time it takes to run a standard cotton programme at full load in minutes. 

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).