Kitchen appliances – how to choose the most efficient

Kitchen appliances – how to choose the most efficient

Lots of things might cross your mind when you are thinking about buying a new kitchen appliance. The first thing is probably cost, then performance and then how it will look in your kitchen. But energy efficiency is an important factor and an across the lifetime of a major white goods appliance, this can be the difference between a product that withstands the test of time and one that you might need to replace sooner rather than later.

In the UK, kitchen appliances such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and cookers come with an energy performance rating. This allows you to compare one appliance with another and make a judgement on whether the value for money is worthwhile considering its energy rating.

When looking at energy ratings you should also consider the size of the appliance you are buying. A more powerful washing machine could have the same rating as a smaller one but may cost significantly more to run. Therefore you should always make sure you are comparing like for like.


A rating of A+ is recommended for cookers as they are used intensively and daily. It is also worth noting if your oven has any additional functions that might make it more expensive to run. This could include self-cleaning functions and fans.


It is thought that a dishwasher can cost around £45 per year to run, therefore choosing the most efficient A+++ rated models may offer you a slightly less energy-hungry choice. They will also use less water.

Fridges and freezers

Go for the highest rating you can afford with this appliance. It is on all day every day and the higher rated models can save you as much as £200 in energy bills across its entire life. Remember the size issue here though and remember to choose one that is just the right size for your needs – not any larger.


For such a small appliance, a kettle can use a surprising amount of energy and is used several times a day. If you choose an ECO kettle and only ever boil the amount you need for your tea, you will save as much as 20% in energy costs.

Tumble dryer

Choose a tumble dryer that is at least A+ as this is by far the most expensive appliance to run of them all. Choose one with a sensor that tells you when your clothes are dry and consider partially drying them on the line of a rack to save money.

Washing machine

Your choice should be worked out on the energy rating and the amount of water it uses. This way you can save on electricity costs and on your water bill too.