Residential Laundry Appliances

Manufacturers have made tremendous strides in increasing the energy efficiency of clothes washers in recent years. This has been aided by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) minimum efficiency standards, the federal Energy Star program, and efforts of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). Energy Star and CEE standards are based on a modified energy factor (MEF), which measures the number of cubic feet of laundry that can undergo an entire wash and dry cycle using 1 kWh of electricity. The higher the MEF, the more efficient a washer is. The water factor (WF) is a measure of the number of gallons of water used per cubic foot of laundry. A lower WF means less water consumption. Energy Star requires a minimum MEF of 2.0 and a maximum WF of 6.0.

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Products in Residential Laundry Appliances

Asko Clothes Washers
Asko Appliances, Inc.
In-O-Vate Technologies, Inc.
GE Clothes Washers
GE Appliances
LG Clothes Washers
LG CNS America
Samsung Clothes Washers
Samsung Electronics


Aug 17, 2016 4:15 PM ET

Response to Genevieve Holubik
by Martin Holladay

Here are links to three relevant articles:

Heat-Pump Clothes Dryers

Energy-Saving Clothes Dryers Hit U.S. Markets

Alternatives to Clothes Dryers

Aug 17, 2016 3:13 PM ET

clothes dryers
by Genevieve Holubik

yes where are the heat pump ventless dryers?

Mar 24, 2016 11:56 AM ET

Edited Mar 24, 2016 12:02 PM ET.

Heat Pump Clothes Dryers (even better..... ventless heat pump)
by C. B.

This list is missing the most efficient typically-sized clothes dryers ever available in the US. See:

Feb 4, 2011 7:09 AM ET

Edited Feb 4, 2011 7:17 AM ET.

Condensing dryers
by Martin Holladay

I agree; we could be doing a better job on clothes dryers. You might be interested in Alex Wilson's blog on the topic: Drying Clothes With Less Energy.

Both LG and Bosch make condensing clothes dryers. Here is a link to the one from Bosch:

I also suggest you do a Google search for "condensing clothes dryer." Here are two pages to get you started:

Feb 4, 2011 2:06 AM ET

by Joseph Emerson

This site is a big disappointment as it does not address energy efficient dryers. They are hard to find, but are available. Even though they do not get energy ratings in the U.S. they do in Europe. It is worth addressing here.

May 26, 2010 3:39 PM ET

by Robert Dynan

Where are the dryers?