Washing Machines last updated: November 2016
Washing machines are divided into three sub-categories, by load capacity:
- 7kg or under
- 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.
Inefficient model selection
The inefficient model represents the following:
- The most common load capacity in each sub-category (7kg, 8kg and 9kg)
- The mid-point bracket of the market comprising models of the lowest permissable Energy Label class, curently A+, ranked by annual energy consumption
- The model representing the price average for all models within the mid-point bracket
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.