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Selection Criteria Vacuum Cleaners

Methodology

Topten (Best products of Europe) presents the most energy efficient vacuum cleaners of Europe. Considered are upright and cylinder cleaners, with or without dustbag, and handhelds.

Technical criteria

In order to be displayed on topten.eu, vacuum cleaners must meet all of the following criteria, declared according to the EU Energy Label:

  • Energy efficiency class A or better
  • Cleaning performance class (carpet / hard floor): at least A/C, C/A or B/B
  • Dust re-emission class A

Relevant values have to be provided by the suppliers. Suppliers who are not able to provide these values cannot claim to have their appliances displayed on topten. All declarations can be verified by random measurements.

Data sources

  • Producers’ and suppliers’ declarations
  • National data-bases and Topten-sites such as www.topten.ch

Order of presentation

The products are ranked according to their electricity costs during 10 years. The order of presentation can be changed by clicking on the headings of the tables.

Glossary

Brand and Model

A click on the column of a product shows the detailed view.

Products of similar construction and identical technical values are displayed only once. Similar models’ names are listed under ‘similar models’.

Power (W)

Rated input power in Watt.

Electricity costs (€ in 10 years)

Assumptions:
  • annual energy consumption according to the declaration on the Energy Label
  • costs for electricity during 10 years (product’s lifetime)
  • tariff of electricity:  0.20 €/kWh (there can be large differences depending on country or electrical utility).

Energy class

Energy efficiency class according to the Energy Label. The class is determined based on the declared annual energy consumption.

Energy consumption (kWh/year)

Annual energy consumption in kWh/year, according to the declaration on the Energy Label. The annual energy consumption is calculated based on the measured energy consumption and the dust pickup during the test.

Weight (kg)

Weight in kg according to producers‘ declarations.

Bagless

Bagless models don’t need a dust bag. Dust particles are collected directly in the cleaner’s canister instead. Bagless vacuum cleaners keep their cleaning performance while filling up, while the cleaning performance of vacuum cleaners with bag decreases with the bag filling up. Emptying the canister of a bagless vacuum cleaner can however be accompanied by dust emissions.

Dust capacity (l)

Volume of the dust collector in litres.

Dust pickup on carpet / on hard floor (%)

Dust pickup on carpet and on hard floor according to the Energy Labelling regulation. Dust pickup on hard floor is higher than on carpet and can reach values > 100%.

Cleaning class carpet / hard floor

Cleaning class on carpet and hard floor according to the Energy Label. The cleaning classes (A-G) are detemined based on the dust pickup values.

Dust Emissions (%)

Dust re-emissions in % according to the Energy Labelling regulation.

Dust emission class

Dust re-emission class according to the Energy Label (A-G).

Available in countries

Countries in which a product is available according to producers declarations; country codes according to ISO.

EU= available throughout the European Union
CH= Switzerland
On demand= producers could not indicate the availability and consumers have to ask on their own.

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Standards and Labels

  • EN 60312: Vacuum cleaners for household use - Methods for measuring performance
  • Commission communication on harmonised standards for vacuum cleaners: 2014/C 272/06
  • Guidelines accompanying the Ecodesign and ENergy Labelling regulation for vacuum cleaners. DG Energy, September 2014.

Links

  • The european council for an energy efficient economy eceee provides a status overview on all products in the Ecodesign & Energy Labelling process
  • Coolproducts informs about the EU ecodesign process on vacuum cleaners and other products. It is a coalition of NGOs' campaign for a stronger, fast Ecodesign Directive to save the climate and money.

Producers and retailers are kindly asked to contact info[at]topten.eu to inform about more products which meet the topten selection criteria.

April 2015, Berger, Michel, Bush