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Commercial Clothes Washers

Last Updated: 09/18/17 Click to see brand name products that meet these requirements

A soft-mounted front-loading or soft-mounted top-loading clothes washer that is designed for use in applications in which the occupants of more than one household will be using the clothes washer, such as multi-family housing common areas and coin laundries.

Life Cycle Cost Savings

EPA estimates that clothes washers meeting the version 8 standard will use, on average, approximately 28% less energy and 33% less water than required by minimum efficiency standards effective in 2018.

An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Energy Star considers both upfront costs and lifetime energy cost savings when setting required efficiency levels. Federal purchasers can assume that Energy Star-qualified products are life-cycle cost effective. On its Purchasing & Procurement page, Energy Star offers MS-Excel-based calculators to estimate how much money and energy you can save purchasing ENERGY STAR clothes washers.

Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
Additional Guidance

The effective date for the Version 8.0 ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer Specification is February 5, 2018. The specification includes Residential Clothes Washer and Commercial Clothes Washer as specified within the ENERGY STAR certification. 

Excluded Products: The following products are not eligible for ENERGY STAR certification:

  • Products with a primary clothes washer drum volume of less than 1.6 cubic feet
  • Products configured in any way other than a front- or top-loading design
  • Combination All-in-One Washer-Dryers
  • Residential Clothes Washers with Heated Drying Functionality
  • Commercial Clothes Washers with a clothes container volume larger than 8.0 cubic feet
  • Commercial Clothes Washer with top-loading design