Dishwashers sold in the EU must comply with ecodesign requirements and must have an energy label showing their energy efficiency rating and other information useful for consumers.

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.

Energy label

Dishwashers are labelled on an energy efficiency scale ranging from A+++ (most efficient) to D (least efficient). These ratings take into account:

  • energy consumption
  • programme time
  • power consumption when the dishwasher is not switched on
  • power consumption in standby mode
  • standby mode duration
  • capacity of the dishwasher

Besides providing energy efficiency insigths, the label also includes information about:

  • water consumption
  • drying
  • noise emissions

From 1 March 2021, Regulation (EU) No 1059/2010 will be repealed and replaced by Regulation on energy labelling for household dishwashers (EU) 2019/2017.

New appliances will be labelled on an energy efficiency scale ranging from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

Ecodesign requirements

Rules on ecodesign apply to dishwashers sold in the EU. These rules cover 

  • energy efficiency
  • cleaning and drying performances
  • product information

From 1 March 2021, Regulation (EU) No 1016/2010 will be repealed and replaced by Regulation on ecodesign requirements for household dishwashers (EU) 2019/2022.

To improve the repairablity 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.

Energy savings

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.

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