Written by Nadie

Everything on the new energy label

Since September 2017, vacuums have a new energy label. That means that there are stricter maximum standards for vacuums that have come onto the market since then. It's great for the environment, but for you as well. Why? I'll tell you in this article.


** *Note: since 19 January 2019, the energy label is no longer legally required by the European Union. The reason for this is that the energy label scales vacuum cleaners in an energy class in the most ideal conditions (empty dustbin/bag). Since this is not a good representation of the actual usage situation, the energy label has been 'canceled'. **

  • The requirements imposed on the vacuum cleaners are still valid. More information about this can be found in the table under 'changes'.

Quick reminder: what's the energy label?

What is the energy label

The energy label shows how energy-efficient a vacuum is, and how it performs on different surfaces, since the label shows the results of different tests new vacuums have been subjected to. These tests are determined by the European Union. The more energy-efficient the vacuum, the higher its classification. In addition, it tells you how well a vacuum will work on carpet for instance or how much dust the vacuum re-emits to the air during use.

What has changed since September 2017?

The European Union's requirements for new vacuums, have become a lot stricter since 2017. That way, the EU wants to encourage EU vacuum manufacturers to market more energy-efficient products. In short, these requirements mean the following:


Power The maximum power allowed has been reduced from 1,600 watts to 900 watts.
Noise level The maximum noise level allowed has been reduced to 80 decibels.
Dust re-emission Vacuums aren't allowed to re-emit more than 1% of dust particles now.
Classification The new classifications go from D to A+++. E, F, and G are gone.
Dust pickup efficiency Dust pickup efficiency on hard flooring has to be at least 98%. On carpet that's 75%.

What we think of the energy label

What does Coolblue think of it

Looking for a new vacuum? We definitely recommend checking out the energy label, but don't base your entire choice on it. There are several reasons for that.

  • Vacuums are tested in a factory, where the most ideal situation is simulated. That means these factory results never reflect actual day-to-day living situations.
  • Want to use the label to find the cheapest possible vacuum? Be aware that the difference in annual energy costs is often a matter of a few euros. Ask yourself if you think it's worth it to base your choice on that.
  • The energy label is mostly intended to force manufacturers to make more energy-efficient products. The energy label is more a way of stimulating manufacturers to do the right thing, than for consumers to make the right choice.

What can you read on the label?

There are different aspects of the vacuum that you can read on the energy label. Such as noise, energy consumption, and different performance scores. Again, it's important to remember that the energy label offers an indication, but should not be the decisive factor.

Efficiency class

Vacuum energy label efficiency class

The efficiency class indicates how much power the vacuum consumes in kWh. This energy label is indicated on a scale of A+++ to D, with A+++ being the most energy-efficient class of vacuums.

Energy consumption

Energy consumption vacuums

If you know what a vacuum's annual energy consumption is, you also know how much it will cost you. You pay approximately 0.23 euros for 1kWh. The lower the number of kWh it uses, the more energy-efficient the vacuum is – meaning lower energy costs.

Noise level

Vacuum noise level in decibels

In this section, you can see how much noise a vacuum makes, indicated in decibels. Are you looking for a silent vacuum? Choose a vacuum with a noise level lower than 60 decibels.

Test scores

Vacuum test scores

This section shows how the vacuum has scored on different tests, such as dust re-emission, dust pickup efficiency on hard flooring, and dust pickup efficiency on carpet. Do you want the performance class to be in line with the energy consumption? Choose a performance class of A or perhaps B.

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