Vacuum cleaners are subject to EU energy labelling and ecodesign requirements. By switching to one of the most energy efficient vacuum cleaners, you can save €70 over the lifetime of the product. With more efficient vacuum cleaners, Europe as a whole can save up to 20 TWh of electricity per year by 2020. This is equivalent to the annual household electricity consumption of Belgium. It also means over 6 million tonnes of CO2 will not be emitted – about the annual emissions of eight medium-sized power plants.
Floor polishers, robot vacuums, mattress cleaners, and hand-held and battery operated vacuum cleaners are excluded from these regulations.
These ratings take into account the vacuum cleaners' total power and how efficiently that power is used to pick up dust.
- A consumer guide to energy efficient vacuum cleaners (en | fr | nl)
- EU energy labelling regulation for vacuum cleaners
Ecodesign requirements apply to vacuum cleaners sold in the EU. These requirements cover energy efficiency, performance and product information.