This is my third article about what the individual sections on washing machine energy labels actually mean. It also looks at how useful they may or not be. (Links to the previous articles at the bottom of this article).
This is a rating from A to G, the same as the energy efficient rating. It allows you to see that one washing machine is rated higher than another though without any reference to how much. It doesn’t show what the difference between a wash performance of A and B is? Is it significant? Most people will clearly want one rated A but A isn’t necessarily significantly better than B. It’s just “better”.
The washing performance section is arguably less important now because most washing machines soon became A rated. I can’t imagine one being rated D or G. If you look at the picture above, the first 3 ratings are now A+, A++ & A++. So what’s the difference between the new ratings and the old A,B,C? Again, we only know that one is better than another but not by how much. They need to rethink them.
Manufacturers soon made it their goal to achieve A wash efficiency ratings so it’s unlikely any washing machine will be rated less than A. The problem with this rating is that only one wash cycle is tested. So it’s possible for any manufacturer to make sure this particular cycle passes the tests to get an A rating – even if it means making the wash last 2 to 3 hours. Therefore two different washing machines can get the same rating, but one could achieve it much quicker than the other. This isn’t accounted for.
Washing performance is only for 1 wash cycle
For some reason they chose to rate the washing machine’s washing performance on a 60° wash. According to statistics hardly anybody uses these days. So they will award an A washing performance rating to any washing machine as long as just one wash programme achieves this status. This is the case even if the rest its wash programmes were less than satisfactory. (continued below..)
The current situation is that the washing performance rating is not doing the job it was intended to do. All washing machines are now virtually rated the same. Not only are they rated the same but they are only rated on special 60 degree wash program that isn’t used much any more. Most consumers will assume the entire washing machine has been tested and deemed “A rated” on all washes.
Even the cheapest budget washing machines with a poor reputation proudly boast they are A++ wash rated. Until they come up with something better it’s best not to pay too much attention to it.
- Part 1: What do the energy labels on washing machines mean? Energy Efficiency Ratings
- Part 2: Energy Labels: Energy consumption kWh/Cycle
- Part 3: (this page is part 3)
- Part 4: Final Part – spin drying performance, water consumption & Noise levels
- How designing for eco labels can be misleading
- Eco-labels suggestion
- Do we really need to dump our old inefficient appliances to save money and the world?