New EU energy labelling is failing vacuum cleaner users.
That’s according to Justin Binks, Managing Director of SEBO UK, who claims the new energy efficiency legislation could needlessly reduce the effectiveness of appliances.
It will see the rated input power of vacuum cleaners being reduced from 1600W to less than 900W and annual energy consumption being limited to 43kWh.
Mr Binks suggests this is likely to have an impact on the performance and consequent user satisfaction.
It has also been claimed tests to determine performance are unrealistic and do not represent real life cleaning situations.
Pick-up tests use a specific type of sand to represent debris and the test for hard floors requires the machine can remove dirt from a 3mm wide, 10mm deep crevice, with no requirement to actually clean the surface of the floor.
Mr Binks believes these issues could open the door to vacuum cleaners being designed to achieve good efficiency ratings but that are actually difficult to use and poor at cleaning.
He added: “Seeking to make appliances more energy efficient is obviously a good thing but manufacturers should be allowed to use their design and manufacturing skills to produce versatile and effective machines that answer the needs of end-users in terms of performance, reliability and ease of use within prescribed levels of energy use.”