Australia’s most energy-efficient home appliances

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We all know the trusty 30-year-old fridge or washing machine that your grandma gave you when you moved out of home is built to last. As such, it can be hard to get rid of, but chances are it’s an energy sucker. Energy-efficiency has come a long way in recent years, and it’s often one of the biggest things people look out for when buying a new appliance. So, sorry grandma, but the old trusty appliance from the 1980s is going to have to be put aside.

If you’re looking at replacing some of your old household appliances and want the best of the best when it comes to energy efficiency, we’ve got your covered. Canstar Blue has been through the huge selection of whitegoods available from Appliances Online and other leading brand websites to find you the most energy-efficient products from each major category – from refrigerators to washing machines – so you’ll know what to look for when you go appliance shopping. In cases where there were several models tied for being the most efficient, we picked two models as examples.

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Fridges

Fridges are pretty easy to figure out. Often, the smaller the fridge, the more energy-efficient it is, but it still pays to refer to the energy rating of each fridge that you’re looking at. Made in Germany, Liebherr claims to regularly invest in research and development in order to discover new trends and “keep one step ahead” and so it has with this model, which goes above the five-star energy efficiency rating. So without further ado…

Liebherr CNEF4315 350L Bottom Mount Fridge

This bad boy isn’t very ‘white goods-y’ at all – in fact, it’s finished in stainless steel. It stands at 185cm in height and has a width and depth of 600mm and 665mm respectively. Its fridge volume is 230L, which places it in the smaller range of fridge sizes, and its freezer volume is rather large at 120L. Most importantly, its energy consumption is 202kWh, which gives it a 5.5 star energy rating. To aid in this 5.5 star rating, Liebherr has employed DuoCooling – two independent cooling circuit systems. This feature is boasted to remove food odour transfer between the fridge and freezer, minimise food drying out, prevent freezing of fruit and veg, as well as allow you to switch the fridge and freezer on or off independently from each other.

In addition, you’ll find its SuperCool function stated to reduce the temperature of the fridge to 2°C for 6 hours and then automatically switch back to normal operation. This is recommended to be switched on prior to grocery shopping as it’s claimed to assist with cooling new food rapidly and prolonging food preservation, plus reducing excessive temperature rise from existing items while the door is open. Overall, expect this fridge to cost around $2,599, which places it in the premium-end of the fridge world, but its energy efficiency is outstanding.

  • 5.5 stars out of 6 for energy efficiency

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Dishwashers

Buying a dishwasher can be a confusing process with all of the different types of dishwashers out there, including integrated, freestanding, dish-drawers and so on. You may find it helpful to consult our buying guide if you’re ‘washed’ with confusion.

There is only one 6 star dishwasher on Appliances Online, and it has come from left of field. It’s by V-Zug – a seriously quality Swiss appliance brand. So let’s see how this V-Zug dishwasher earned its stripes.

V-Zug ‘Adora’ GS60SLZWPVI Fully Integrated Dishwasher

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Finished in a rather ominous-looking matte grey metal, the Adora doesn’t look very adorable, but it’s what’s on the inside that really counts. It features a massive nine washing programs, and comes with a half-load option, as well as a quick wash cycle function. It features a limescale sensor, adjustable upper basket and has a digital display for easy cycle selection.

It’s a larger unit, suited for four or more people. That doesn’t mean it’s an obnoxious size though – it’s less than 90cm tall and operates at 46 decibels – barely louder than a whisper. It earned a 6 star energy rating, and uses a low 111kWh of energy. It also boasts a 5 star water rating, using 11.2L per cycle. Expect to pay a fairly hefty sum of around $4,500 for this dishwasher, but for top quality and energy efficiency, you may find the price is worth it.

  • 6 stars out of 6 for energy efficiency

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Washing Machines

There’s a great divide in the washing machine world: Are you a front loader or a top loader household? Each have their benefits and drawbacks, but as far as all-out energy-efficiency is concerned, you can’t really go past a front loader. Two such front loader brands to dominate the rankings are possibly two of the biggest Swedish powerhouses since ABBA – Asko and Electrolux. Let’s see how both brands fared.

Asko W4086P.W Pro Wash 8kg Front Load Washing Machine

With 8kg capacity, this Asko front loader washing machine gets the perfect 5 stars for energy efficiency! And while this is an article about energy efficiency, we definitely think it’s worth mentioning that this particular washing machine also ranks high for water efficiency – 5 stars. It contains a massive 21 pre-programmed functions, and perhaps most noteworthy, a pause function. This allows you to toss in that stray sock you left out without having to cause chaos. It boasts 216kWh energy consumption, and for water uses a relatively measly 56L of water a cycle. Considering top loaders can easily use twice the energy and twice the water, we think this one is a winner. With a retail price tag of $1,999, it’s a high-end washing machine, but the trade-off is more efficient operation.

  • 5 stars out of 5 for energy efficiency

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Electrolux EWF14013 10kg Front Load Washing Machine

This front loader from Electrolux is another model to boast a 5 star energy-efficiency rating. It features 16 wash programs including quick wash and delicates. Similar to the Asko model above, you have the option of a pause button to add in any missed items. You’ll also find variable time and delayed start features, giving you the ability to select the time you want to start and end your wash, so that you can make use of the off-peak energy prices as an example. It has an annual energy consumption of 214kWh and for water it uses 84L per wash, giving it a 4.5 star water efficiency rating. With 10kg of washing capacity, this model is ideal for a family, retailing for $1,699.

  • 5 stars out of 5 for energy efficiency

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Clothes Dryers

Let’s face it, clothes dryers are never going to be the most energy-efficient appliances. Not all are made equal, however. As far as efficiency goes, you can’t really beat a heat pump dryer. Heat pump dryers basically work in reverse of an air conditioner – they bring warm air from outside to dry the clothes.

Did you think the energy-efficiency scale only went to 5? We hate to break it to you, but you’d be wrong – the scale actually extends up to 10 for some appliances, with those scoring 5.5 stars or more deemed to be ‘super-efficient’. Two brands that are drying up the competition are LG and V-Zug.

LG TD-H802SJW 8kg Heat Pump Dryer

Enter this heat pump clothes dryer from LG with a whopping 9 stars for energy efficiency! It comes with 14 different drying programs, including specific cycles for both delicates and jeans, plus it has 8kg of drying capacity. It’s packed full of sensors to determine things like temperature and moisture among other variables. With 9 stars of its energy efficiency, it has an energy usage of just 115kWh/52 uses. This makes it costly compared to some other dryers at around $1,950, but we suspect the trade-off might be worth it in the long-run.

  • 9 stars out of 9 for energy efficiency

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V-Zug WTATSWPZ 7kg Condenser Dryer

Swedish manufacturer V-Zug is another brand to offer a clothes dryer with a 9 star energy-efficiency rating. It’s boasted for 20 different drying programs with anti-crease, baby garments and wool specific options. Other settings include everything from iron dry to energy saving programs. Expect an annual energy consumption of just 86kWh/52 uses. All this does come with a price though, as this bad boy retails for $3,999. But your energy savings from this appliance might help pay it off over time. That’s the thing about buying energy-efficient appliances – you need to consider the upfront cost versus what you can expect to pay, and save, in power bills over time.

  • 9 stars out of 9 for energy efficiency

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Air Conditioners

Perhaps the most notorious black sheep for energy-inefficiency, you have to be generally careful with air conditioners as running them constantly can blow out your power bill. Some are worse than others, but luckily brands such as Daikin are working to change air conditioners’ bad raps.

Daikin Ururu Sarara 7 (US7) 2.5kw Split System Air Conditioner

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Certified to be ‘the most energy-efficient split-system air conditioner in Australia’, Daikin’s US7 model air conditioner has a 7 star super-efficiency rating – hence the name. It’s also packed with features such as automatic self-cleaning and the ability to humidify, dehumidify, ventilate and purify, and it likely won’t terrify you the next time the electricity bill comes round.

The US7’s advanced functions also give it the ability to project conditioned air up to 12 metres from the unit, so energy-efficiency isn’t the only thing that the US7 has going for it! It also has an optional Wi-Fi function that lets you control all settings from your smartphone or tablet. At 2.5kw, it’s a smaller unit suited to rooms around 20m² and expect to pay over $2,000 for the privilege of being energy efficient.

  • 7 stars out of 7 for energy efficiency

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Televisions

TVs have become an essential appliance for Aussie homes, but even on stanby, TVs can chew up a large amount of energy. Hisense is a multinational whitegoods and electronics manufacturer based in China with televisions being one of its leading product lines. Let’s see what its most energy-efficient TV has to offer.

Hisense 75P8 75 Inch 190cm Smart 4k Ultra HD ULED LCD TV

This 75 inch TV from Hisense has an energy-efficiency rating of 7 stars. Its boasted for Quantum Dot technology to enhance colour depth, while its Wide Colour Gamut is stated to display over 1 billion colours with accuracy. In addition, it features Backlight Scanning Technology to reduce motion trail along with a 200 Smooth Motion Rate panel, ideal for sports lovers, according to Hisense. As with all other high energy efficient appliances, this ULED TV comes with a pretty hefty retail price tag – $4,499.

  • 7 stars out of 7 for energy efficiency

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Are these appliances right for me?

Although these appliances are undoubtedly very energy-efficient, they are also very costly. Before buying the latest and greatest appliances, it’s worth considering how long it’ll take to recoup the cost of the unit price versus the actual energy savings over time. One things’s for sure, the next time you go shopping for new home appliances, you’ll hopefully be better informed about what energy-efficiency really looks like!

When it doubt, you can always look for the star ratings sticker. It’s also important to do some research on the appliances you’re in need of in relation to your household size – if it’s just you and Biggles the cat at home, chances are you don’t need a $4,000 dishwasher… though you might – who are we to judge? Happy shopping!

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