Recommendations Tumble Driers
Download full Policy Recommendations for Tumble Driers (July 2016)
The new Energy Label for driers with classes up to A+++ has been introduced in 2012. In November Ecodesign tier 1 banned driers less efficient than class C from the market. Since November 2015 tier 2 applies: only for classes B and better new models can be put on the market. The consumption differences are still huge: A+++ driers consume 65% less energy than class B driers. Class B driers have no heat pump, while driers in classes A and better all use the efficient heat pump technology.
Market data shows that in 2014, already 42% of all drier sales in Europe were heat pump driers. Product lists on www.topten.eu show that there is a huge market offer of efficient heat pump driers: there are already 22 A+++ and 57 A++ driers on the EU market (A+ models also have a heat pump, but are not listed on Topten). 32 of these models also reach the best condensation efficiency class A.
The new label allows consumers also to see the large efficiency differences between different heat pump driers, which was not possible with the old label. The Ecodesign regulation bans only the worst performing non-heat pump driers from the market. There is a much higher saving potential, which should be tackled in a near revision of the regulations: