The EU regulations for dishwashers apply to all automatic household dishwashers that cleans and rinses tableware. They do not apply to dishwashers designed for commercial purposes or those household dishwashers operating principally on batteries.
The EU energy label for household diswashers uses, as of 1 March 2021, a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). The label provides information on the product’s
- energy efficiency class
- energy consumption for 100 cycles
- eco-programme duration
- water consumption for 1 cycle
- capacity of the dishwasher
- noise emissions
The European Product Registry for Energy Labelling (EPREL) offers detailed information on models placed on the EU market, by scanning the QR code featured on the new energy labels. The database provides information such as, the model dimensions, its capacity, the programme duration, the delay start if present, or the minimum guarantee offered by the supplier.
The legal framework is Regulation on energy labelling for household dishwashers (EU) 2019/2017 that repeals and replaces Regulation (EU) No 1059/2010.
Rules on ecodesign household dishwashers are mandatory for all manufacturers and importers wishing to sell their products in the EU.
From 1 March 2021, the Regulation on ecodesign requirements for household dishwashers (EU) 2019/2022 repeals and replaces Regulation (EU) No 1016/2010.
To improve the reparability of products, the new rules require that spare parts such as door hinges and seals, spray arms, filters and racks must be available to all for a period of 10 years after the product is taken off the market. Moreover, professional repairers will have access to the spare parts and information needs for the repair and professional maintenance of dishwashers for at least 7 years. The spare parts have to be delivered within 15 days.
By switching to a more energy efficient dishwasher, you can save up to €300 over the average lifetime of the product.
With the implementation of the new EU energy labelling and ecodesign requirements for efficient dishwashers, the EU will be able to save up to 2.1 TWh of electricity per year by 2030. This will in turn contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 0.7 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year.