Do you know how long your washing machine program should last
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Do you know how long your washing machine program should last?

washing machine program

The energy labels show the load capacity, the level of emitted noise, and the consumption of energy and water, but what about the duration of the programs? It is the great neglect of the regulations, which implies a penalty for the user.

The duration of the washing machine program

we carry out periodic laboratory tests for each appliance

and therefore we can boast of having a responsible and independent spirit.

We are concerned about everything related to energy efficiency, since we understand that they positively affect the consumer’s pocket and the environment.

That is why we have considered what happens to the duration of the washing programs in dishwashers and washing machines, which seem to be outside the measurements. Learn more about washing machine


In this sense, we have been echoing the

new energy efficiency label,

which came into force last December and which included significant improvements in the consumption of refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines.


had advantages, such

as being able to integrate Stand-by consumption and increase the number of programs to be tested in the case of washing machines (representative measurements of reality).


energy labels

show information of interest to the consumer: the appliance’s load capacity, emitted noise, and energy and water consumption.

However, we understand that the

duration of the programs

is the great oversight in this type of regulation, which implies a penalty for the user, who has to wait longer for these

presumably more efficient

programs to finish



duration of the washing machine program


Our evidence

According to our own results, in the case of

washing machines,

to carry out the synthetic washing cycle at 40º, at full load (between 3 and 4 kg of clothes):


  • In 2008 they took 1 hour and 10 minutes on average
  • In 2010 they needed 1 hour and 16 minutes on average,
  • In 2012 they used 1 hour and 28 minutes, on average.
  • Therefore, there is an
  • increase of 18 minutes on average in the last four years.


, in 2008 the Normal program (at 65ºC) invested 1 hour and 18 minutes in its washing cycle, while the Eco (at 50ºC) required 2 hours and 40 minutes on average.

Currently, they spend 2 hours and 7 minutes in the case of the normal program, and 2 hours and 50 minutes in the Eco program. This implies increases of 9 and 10 minutes, respectively in four years.


More efficient yes, but not slower

From the OCU we want to summon the different agents involved in the implementation of this energy labeling regulation to take this fact into account, so that the protocol followed includes a

limitation in the duration of the programs.


Although in product efficiency calculations, time appears as a variable to take into account, it is too lax.

We believe that

increased efficiency should not imply a longer wait

for the completion of programs.