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03.Whitegoods

We’ve selected a handful of whitegoods that scored highest for energy efficiency. CHOICE whitegoods expert Matthew Steen warns that a high energy efficiency rating does not necessarily equate to high overall performance. Washing machines (see below) are a case in point. 

When it comes to Whitegoods, a Green Buy is a good overall performer that's very energy and water-efficient, from a brand with a good reliability rating, and whose combined purchase price and running cost is among the lowest on test. You will notice that some of the products below have not been awarded the Green Buy stamp. These products are the most energy efficient of the models recently tested but don't quite meet all our Green Buy criteria.

If you are interested in learning more about the product testing results see our recent tests of Kitchen and Laundry whitegoods and appliances. 

Our running costs are calculated based on the following usage pattern: once a day, every day for 10 years. Costs are based on 20cents per kWh (and $1.50 per 1000L for water). Fridge running costs are based on its energy use every day, as they aren't appliances that are normally turned off regularly.

Fridges

Two fridges take top honours for energy efficiency. Both have energy consumption scores lower than their claimed amount. To find out more about these models and others, see our review of Fridges

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Electrolux ETM4407SC  

Energy efficiency score: 90%

Claimed Energy Consumption (kwh/yr): 369

Measured Energy Consumption (kWh/yr): 353

Running costs ($/10yrs): 706

 

 

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Electrolux ETM5207SC-R  

Energy efficiency score: 90%

Claimed Energy Consumption (kwh/yr): 402

Measured Energy Consumption (kWh/yr): 377

Running costs ($/10yrs): 754

 

Dishwashers

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To find out more about these models and others, see our review of Dishwashers.

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Bosch Classic SMS50E12AU07  GreenBuy_35

Energy efficiency score: 89%

Energy use (kWh): 0.66

Running costs ($/10yrs): 548

 

 

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Bosch Classic SMU50E25AU 

Energy efficiency score: 90%

Energy use (kWh): 0.63

Running costs ($/10yrs): 526

 

  

 

SiemensSN45E502AUSiemens SN45E502AU 

Energy efficiency score: 90%

Energy use (kWh): 0.64

Running costs ($/10yrs): 533

 

 

 

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Energy efficiency score: 90%

Energy use (kWh): 0.63

Running costs ($/10yrs): 526

 

 

Bench top

Omega DW101WAOmega DW101 WA 

Energy efficiency score: 94%

Energy use (kWh): 0.49

Running costs ($/10yrs): 436

 

Washing machines 

We don't score energy efficiency of washers, but we do measure energy. As Matthew explains, the following CHOICE tested models scored well for using the least energy but only scored OK for overall performance. In this case we have included overall score. To find out more about these models and others, see our review of Washing machines.

Top loader

LG WT-H755LG WT-H755 

Overall Score: 67

Energy used (kWh): 0.096

Running costs ($/10yrs): 852

 

 

Front loader

BoschWAE24271AUWasherBosch Maxx WAE24271AU 

Overall Score: 66

Energy used (kWh): 0.11

Running costs ($/10yrs):  365

 

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