Home Appliances and Rating Systems
For many buyers and homeowners, kitchen and laundry appliances are the most visible signs of a home’s energy and water use.
Around the world, manufacturers have taken steps to achieve greater efficiency and improve their brand reputation for sustainability.
“In my market, roughly an hour west of Manhattan, I’ve observed that European buyers gravitate toward the Electrolux and Miele brands,” says Joanne Douds. “If they see these appliances in a kitchen, they immediately appreciate the home more.”
Many of the most efficient global brands are less familiar to U.S. consumers. For example, among dishwasher brands, Miele, Beko, and Blomberg dominate ENERGY STAR®’s Most Efficient 2020 list.