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Important Rules and Facts About Vacuum Cleaner Energy Labels

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The 2017 new vacuum cleaner energy label rules brought about three major requirements to which manufacturers must adhere to remain compliant:

● Maximum power for any hoover manufactured or sold in the EU may not exceed 900W (down from 1600W).
● Restrictions on noise levels limit vacuum cleaners to 80 decibels (dB).
● Minimum durability requirements may mean that the newer model vacuum cleaners manufactured after the implementation of the new regulations will last longer than their predecessors.

Over a year has passed since the new regulations went into effect, and many consumers are finding little fault with the newer model vacuum cleaners.

Energy Efficient with Less Noise

More power does not necessarily mean better cleaning according to testing that has been conducted on a wide range of vacuum cleaners of varying power levels. In fact, some of the vacuum cleaners with the smaller 900W motors, compliant with the vacuum cleaner energy labels, work as well, and in some cases better, than the more powerful versions.

Although there may not be a noticeable reduction in power bills by individual homeowners, the EU has estimated that there will be an overall savings of 20 TWh each year as a result of the regulations. An added bonus is the reduced noise level in the vacuum cleaners manufactured after the 2017 regulations went into effect.

Improved Cleaning Performance and Durability

The vacuum cleaner energy labels have had a positive impact on both the products manufactured after the regulations were implemented and the consumers who use the products. Cleaning performance has actually improved due to minimum cleaning standards introduced for different floor surfaces.

As a result of the durability requirements that are part of the vacuum cleaner energy labels, the average vacuum cleaner purchased under the new regulations should last longer. The minimum durability standards for motors and hoses mean that manufacturers cannot produce vacuum cleaners with poor quality parts as they will not meet the new regulations.

Increase in Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Sales

The energy labels have caused a tremendous increase in the production of cordless vacuum cleaners because the cordless versions are exempt from the vacuum cleaner energy label regulations. The fact that they use a rechargeable battery instead of electrical current mean they are not bound by the energy label rules. For consumers, the cordless versions are convenient as the slim stick design makes it easy to manoeuvre the vacuum cleaner around the house.

Versatile Mini Tools

Many of the vacuum cleaners that are subject to the energy label rules have shown to do a good job of picking up a variety of debris, from fine dust to large food crumbs. They also seem to function well on different surfaces such as hard floors, thick carpet and various types of upholstery. Some of the lighter weight vacuum cleaners are easier to lift and push while still doing a good job of sucking up dirt.

One of the best developments in order for new hoovers to pass EU cleaning tests is the range of mini floor tools now available. These can be used for anything from pulling pet hair out of heavy upholstery to sucking up dirt from cracks in flooring. Many consumers prefer to stick with the main floor tool for all surfaces to keep from having to change the floor head; however, others find the plethora of mini tools useful in homes with different types and textures or flooring. Overall, the vacuum cleaner energy labels have provided a positive experience for many consumers.

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First Bagged Cordless Stick Vacuum Launched by Gtech

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The newly designed, mid-priced Gtech Pro vacuum cleaner can clean up to 15 times before emptying than other vacuum cleaners with its extra-large 1.5-litre dust bag and cordless stick design. Combining the convenience of cordless vacuuming with hygienic dust bags for convenient disposal, the reasonably priced Gtech Pro features a number of improvements over the older model Gtech Air Ram vacuums.

Convenient Mini-Tools

Gtech Pro Attachment Combinations

The uniquely designed, small handheld vacuum unit includes a detachable floor tool along with a variety of other mini tools for cleaning tight areas. It is not necessary to purchase a separate hand-held vacuum cleaner for small jobs as the Gtech Pro can do it all. The larger floor tool is strong enough to pick up bigger objects such as food, yet still does a good job picking up fine dust particles and hair. The mini-tools can suck particles out of most small spaces such as corners, cracks and crevices.

Gtech Pro Handheld

Disposable Bags Great for People with Allergies

The larger than average dust bag design means that bags do not have to be emptied, discarded or purchased as often. The strong, durable bags have triple layers of protective fabric to collect and keep dust securely inside. Each bag includes a small cap so that bags can be closed tightly and easily discarded. The initial purchase of a Gtech Pro includes two bags, and packs of 10 can be purchased at low cost. The average household should be able to make one pack of 10 bags last a full year making the disposable bag a convenient option for busy households with little time to spend on cleaning.

Gtech Pro Bagged Function

With its newer design, the Gtech Pro continuously sucks in air while compressing dirt in the bag which means the user can clean a large area efficiently without having to stop and empty a full bag. The sturdy bag keeps dirt and dust particles securely confined cutting down on allergens in the air. Discarding the full bag instead of emptying it keeps dirt and dust from being released back into a clean room, and prevents allergy sufferers from breathing in irritating dust particles.

Long Battery Life

The Gtech Pro has a longer battery life of approximately 40 minutes when used in standard mode and 20 minutes when placed on the highest setting. The battery can be easily removed for charging which takes about four hours. The lightweight, more compact design enables almost anyone to handle the vacuum cleaner with minimal effort, and the fast recharge times means an average-sized home can be vacuumed completely in one day.

More Advancements Coming Soon

Ever a pioneering company, Gtech is not stopping with this recent launch of the new Pro version. The company is working on what it calls an entirely new approach to hoovering and will be unveiling a new product later this year. In 2019 the company plans to begin manufacturing exclusively in the UK, with its products made to order and picked up by couriers at the end of the production line for fast delivery to customers.

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What you need to know about the 2017 EU Vacuum Cleaner Ban

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Reducing energy consumption is vital to environmentally conscious Europeans and efforts to reduce the amount of energy consumed across the continent continue each year. In 2014 the vacuum cleaner energy label was introduced and new rules have been added since then for the purpose of conserving energy.

Energy Conservation Is Key

The EU Commission has stated that more energy-efficient vacuum cleaners will save as much as 20 TWh of electricity each year by 2020. Although individual household savings are small, collectively, the savings are expected to total the annual household consumption of the entire country of Belgium.

The regulations surrounding the vacuum cleaner energy label place a limit on the maximum motor power a vacuum cleaner can have. Beginning in 2014 the power was limited to 1,600W down from the previous limit of 2,200W on older vacuum cleaners, and from 2017 reduced to 900W (discussed below). The consensus among users is that the lower powered vacuum cleaners still seem to be strong enough to effectively clean floors, carpets and upholstery.

A-G Rating System

Along with regulating the power of vacuum cleaners, the new regulations assign A-G ratings on four elements of vacuum cleaners including energy use, fine dust pick-up on the carpet and hard flooring and filtration efficiency. In regards to energy use, the most efficient vacuum cleaners have an A rating and the least efficient have a G rating. It’s also worth noting that A-rated vacuum cleaners pick up the finest dust on carpets and floors while leaving the least dust behind. The higher rated models of vacuum cleaners keep dust and allergens trapped once they are sucked up into the vacuum while the lower rated models tend to leak dust particles back into the air. One other factor the label includes is the noise volume of vacuum cleaners measured in decibels.

Power, Noise and Durability Requirements

In 2017, additional regulations were imposed on the vacuum cleaner energy label affecting both power and noise. The maximum power level was reduced to 900W and the maximum noise level was set at 80 decibels (dB). Along with the reduced power and noise requirements, vacuum cleaners now have to pass two durability tests of both the hose and the motor. The tests measure how well vacuum cleaner motors stand up to repeated use and how resistant the hoses are to breaking. New ratings that now range from A+++ have been added to the regulations as well.

Results Remain Strong  

So far, there is no firm evidence suggesting that the regulations imposed with vacuum cleaner energy labels have caused inferior cleaning results. The hundreds of energy-saving vacuum cleaners that have been tested appear to be able to clean as well as the older, more powerful models. Some tests even showed an improvement in cleaning performance since the introduction of the vacuum cleaner energy labels.

Smaller, less-powerful vacuum cleaners can not only clean well, but they make considerably less noise while in operation. The quieter vacuum cleaners are not less effective because the noise reduction is achieved by good internal sound insulation. In addition, the new durability requirements that are part of the regulations mean that the newer vacuum cleaners with the energy label are lasting longer which is a plus for consumers. Overall, the vacuum cleaner energy labels appear to be having a positive impact across Europe.

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Dyson Makes a Bold Statement with their New Cyclone V10 Cordless Vacuum

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Dyson vacuum cleaners are now halting development of their corded vacuums to dedicate all research and development to cordless versions of their products. Their new release of the Dyson Digital Cyclone V10 cordless vacuum is a testament to their intentions as it has more power, a longer cleaning time and a number of versatile tools and features. It’s the most advanced consumer vacuum cleaner on today’s market and is sure to be a big contender for our best cordless vacuum.

Smaller Size but Greater Power

Dyson V10 Wall Mounted charger

The Cyclone V10 is smaller, lighter and more powerful than older Dyson models. It includes a variety of innovative features such as a battery designed to last over 15 years and a V10 motor that generates the suction power of a full-size vacuum. Even smaller than the older V8 version, the Cyclone V10 weighs half as much as older models, yet has 20% more suction power. The motor spins at an amazing 125,000 rpm and uses 14 cyclones, enabling the machine to pick up particles as small as 0.3 microns – which is made especially possible with Dyson’s whole-system-filtration.

The V10’s longer lasting battery enables the vacuum to run up to 60 minutes without charging, up from the 45 minute maximum of their popular V8 models. The lightweight machine can be carried from room to room with minimal effort, and the lack of a cord makes cleaning an entire house fast and efficient. Even large homes can easily be cleaned within the Cyclone V10’s improved runtime without needing to be recharged.

Versatile Tools Make Cleaning a Breeze

With the Cyclone V10, there is no need for multiple vacuums for hard floors and carpet. This new machine can accommodate all floor types. Three different settings allow the machine to adjust to various floor surfaces, and its array of tools allow for the cleaning of furniture, automobiles, curtains, mattresses and stairs as well as door frames and baseboards. The versatility of the V10 that allows it to be used both as a stick and a handheld makes it easy and even fun to thoroughly clean your home. It’s the perfect hoover for today’s busy consumers.

Dyson is dedicated to expanding and improving its products in the cordless, battery-powered vacuum cleaner market, and the V10 is its latest offering. Not only is the battery power longer than previous cordless models, but the bins on the Cyclone V10 models are 40% larger. Vacuum users do not have to stop to empty the bins as often which makes housecleaning more convenient as well.

Multiple Models to Meet Every Household’s Need

Innovative attachments, adjustable speed and carbon fibre bristles to catch more dirt and dust make the Cyclone V10 a popular vacuum for today’s busy consumer. However, there are three versions of the V10, all of which have the same motor and battery, but have attachments better designed for various tasks.

The versions include:

  • Dyson V10 Animal (6 Attachments retails for £399.99)
  • Dyson V10 Absolute  (6 Attachments retails for £449.99)
  • Dyson V10 Total Clean (8 Attachments retails for £499.99)

The Absolute is the mid-priced offering with two cleaning heads and the basic necessary tools (such as the combination, crevice dusting and mini motorhead tools); the Animal is the cheapest and in addition to the basic tools just contains one cleaning head that is best used for homes with pets; while the Total Clean is the most expensive of the three and includes all attachments as well as an additional extension hose, mattress cleaning tool, and up-top adapter.

The Dyson digital motor V10 is Dyson’s most advanced”, says creator and engineer, Sir James Dyson, adding that, “it is the reason why I’ve stopped developing full-size vacuums.” With a hand on the pulse of today’s busy consumers, Dyson will continue to revolutionise the vacuum cleaner industry with its commitment to quality and innovation.

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Vacuum Cleaners are Failing to Meet New EU Regulations

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Over six months after the EU Ecodesign law regulating vacuum cleaners was passed in September 2017, a large number of vacuums on the market still remain non-compliant. The regulations limit vacuum cleaner motor sizes to 900W and specify noise limitations of 80 decibels. The rules also set minimum cleaning standards and durability requirements for vacuum cleaners manufactured and sold in the EU.

Vacuums on the Market Still Exceed Noise Limitations

Some of the vacuum cleaners on the market today continue to measure well over 80 decibels which are as loud as a lawnmower or a busy road in a high traffic area. There are numerous older model vacuum cleaners currently available for sale in the EU that do not meet the EU Ecodesign requirements over six months after passage of the law.

Vacuum cleaners currently for sale that do not meet noise rules are made by manufacturers including Argos, Shark, Bush, Hoover and Vax. Both Argos and Shark state that their non-compliant models have been discontinued; however they are still readily available on the market in many locations in the EU. Manufacturers of Bush, Hoover and Vax vacuums claim that their models still being sold today are compliant with the new EU noise regulations. On the contrary, independent testing of the vacuum cleaners has found that their noise levels do, in fact, exceed the 80-decibel limits.

Some Models not Meeting Cleaning Requirements

The energy label requirements that are part of the Ecodesign law include minimum cleaning standards for vacuum cleaners sold in the EU, but some vacuums do not even come close meeting them. Some of the vacuums tested left the fine dust on carpets, left dust trapped in crevices on hard flooring and did not pick up hair even after several attempts. Some of the vacuums that did pick up dirt and dust particles were not able to keep them confined in their bags, and released allergens back out into the environment.

Vacuum cleaners are an expensive appliance; therefore it is vital that consumers know which ones meet EU minimal noise and cleaning standards and which ones fall short. Features to look for include ability to suck up dirt and dust particles and retain them in the vacuum bag, the suction power that remains strong even after the bag or dirt receptacle begins to fill and pet and human hairs are picked up on the first pass (especially on hard flooring).

Older, Non-Compliant Models Still Easy to Find

Some vacuums still being sold at major retailers today exceed the 900W noise limit, and models like the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Upright are readily available in stores across the EU. Many non-compliant vacuum cleaners were imported prior to the introduction of the EU Ecodesign regulations, but it is still surprising how many of these models are available on the market.

Further, it is shocking that the government is not doing a better job of policing the retailers still selling non-compliant model vacuum cleaners when there are so many that meet the new requirements being available for sale in the EU. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has been notified of the non-compliant vacuum cleaners still being sold.

Some of the newer model vacuum cleaners that meet the regulations passed in 2017 have been found to pick up over 80% of fine dirt on carpets and floors and operate at 65 decibels, which does not exceed normal levels of conversation. There is no reason that non-compliant vacuums should still be available on the market in the EU when so many compliant versions, that perform superbly in all categories, have been developed and are easy to find at major retail stores.

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