Vacuum Cleaners

Vacuum Cleaners last updated: December 2016

Criteria

In order to be displayed on Topten, vacuum cleaners must meet the following criteria, as declared on the the EU Energy Label:

  • Energy efficiency class A or better
  • Cleaning performance class (carpet / hard floor): at least A/C, C/A or B/B
  • Dust re-emission class A

Values are taken from the product's energy label as declared by suppliers - Topten  does not carry out product testing.

 Ecodesign minimum rating 

The current minimum energy rating of a vacuum cleaner that can be placed on the market is the G class.

 Best available technology 

The most efficient vacuum cleaners currently on the market achieve the A class.
 

Inefficient model selection

The inefficient model selection represents an anonymised vacuum cleaner of the same type from a low energy class.

Glossary

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 specify that only vacuum cleaners with rated power below 1600W can now be sold.

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 based on the measured energy consumption and the dust pickup during a standard test.

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.

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Further information

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.

Links

  • 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.