“British and other European competitors of imported Asian [vacuum cleaning] appliances that were marketed for their high wattage, said power consumption did not improve cleaning and so needlessly added to buyers’ fuel bills.” (

At this time of year, it’s hard to avoid needles added to your vacuum bill.


“An EU energy label, to be introduced from 1 September, means manufacturers will not be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeds 1,600 watts.” (

The move is intended to make Europe suck less.