Washing machines

Washing Machines last updated: July 2017


Washing machines are divided into three sub-categories, by load capacity: 

  • 7kg or under
  • 8kg
  • 9kg or over 

In order to be featured on Topten, washing machine models must comply with EU Energy labelling regulation No 1061/2010 as well as with the following energy efficiency criteria: 

  • have an Energy Efficiency Index rating of < 46 (corresponding to the A+++ label class)
  • have a spin cycle efficiency class of A

Ecodesign minimum rating

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

Best available technology

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


Annual energy consumption: the energy consumption per year, based on 220 average cycles, in kWh.

Capacity: the maximum capacity of the washing machine for dry laundry in kg.

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

Energy consumption per cycle: energy consumption per cycle in kWh for the 60°C programme at full load.

Energy label: the energy efficiency class according to the EU energy label. The classes range from A+++ (most efficient) to D (least efficient).

Energy Efficiency Index: the basis for the determination of the energy efficiency class. The lower the value, the more efficient is the washing machine.

Noise level on wash/spin cycle: the noise emissions during wash and spin cycles in decibels (dB), according to the EU energy label.

Spin efficiency class: the spin-drying efficiency class according to the EU energy label. The classes range from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

Spin speed: the maximum spin speed in revolutions per minute (rpm) according to suppliers' declarations.

Water consumption per cycle: the water consumption for the standard cycle according to suppliers’ declarations, in litres.