- Video report by ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi
Shoppers will be vying to hoover up the last of the most powerful vacuum cleaners on the market as a new EU law comes into effect.
The new energy rule means manufacturers will not be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeds 900 watts.
Vacuum cleaners are subject to EU energy labelling and ecodesign requirements.
However, robot vacuums, mattress cleaners, and hand-held and battery operated vacuum cleaners are excluded from these regulations.
The European Commission website says: "From September 2017, the most efficient vacuum cleaners will carry a label of A+++.
"These ratings take into account the vacuum cleaners' total power and how efficiently that power is used to pick up dust."
It lists the following benefits to the new rules:
- Consumers can save £64.50 over the lifetime of the vacuum cleaner
- Europe could save 2-TWh of electricity per year by 2020 - the equivalent to the annual household electricity consumption in Belgium
- Six million tonnes of CO2 will not be emitted - around the annual emissions of eight medium-sized power plants
Will any models be banned?
No specific models will be banned, but once stocks are sold, vacuums with motors of more than 900W will no longer be on sale.
Some critics argue homes will not be properly cleaned once the new rules come into force, but energy experts say the best low-power appliances clean just as well as high-wattage machines.
Examples of some of the most popular vacuum cleaners and their wattage include:
- Dyson V8 Absolute is 425W
- Henry Hoover is between 580W and 620W
- Philips PowerPro Ultimate FC9920/69 is 650W
- Hoover’s Vortex Upright Turbo Vacuum Cleaner is 750W
- Miele Complete C3 Comfort Boost EcoLine is 800W
- Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Upright is 1,200W