Maytag. With a Water Factor of 2.7, the Maxima washing machine uses as little as 11.5 gallons of water, qualifying it for both Energy Star and CEE Tier 3 labels. The washing machine features front-load technology, which tumbles clothes through a small amount of water instead of rubbing them against an agitator in a full tub like most traditional top-loaders. A water level sensor matches water usage to load size, further increasing water efficiency. 800.344.1274. www.maytag.com.
Electrolux. The Energy Star–labeled EIDW5905 dishwasher houses water efficiency in a sustainable package. The fully integrated model, which claims to use 40% less water than those used 10 years ago, features a 100% recyclable stainless steel dishwasher tub. According to the company, the water savings can be attributed to the dishwasher’s advanced hydraulic and filter system. 877.435.3287. www.electroluxappliances.com.
Asko. In addition to having a Water Factor of only 3.3, the W6884ECO washing machine saves energy by having two water inlet connections: one for hot water and one for cold. By utilizing the hot water already available in the home, the company claims users can save up to 60% of the machine’s electrical energy consumption. If the water needs to be warmer than the incoming hot water, the Energy Star–labeled washer heats it to the specified temperature. 800.898.1879. www.askousa.com.
Fisher & Paykel. The AquaSmart top-loading washing machine features high efficiency and traditional washing modes. In the Eco Active wash mode, water and concentrated detergent are recirculated during pre-wash, improving wash performance and creating an action similar to a front-loader without the time constraints of heating water. Sensors and a low-profile agitator design help the washer achieve a water factor of 4.3, qualifying it for Tier 3 CEE designation. 888.936.7872. www.fisherpaykel.com.
LG. The LDF7932 fully integrated SteamDishwasher from LG utilizes steam technology to help achieve its CEE Tier 2 efficiency designation, saving 49% more water than the Energy Star qualifying standard. According to the company, steam is a more water-efficient way to clean baked-on foods compared to most traditional power-scrub methods. A half-load cleaning option allows homeowners an additional way to conserve water. 800.243.0000. www.lgusa.com.
Kenmore. The 28002 is an example of one of the appliance industry’s more recent innovations: high-efficiency top-load clothes washers. With a Water Factor of 3.9, the top-loading appliance has earned CEE Tier 3 status and is more efficient than some of today’s front-loading washers. Instead of the agitator and deep-fill methods used in traditional top-loaders, this model uses a wash plate for concentrated cleaning, eliminating the need for the washer to fully fill with water. 888.536.6673. www.kenmore.com.
Bosch Home Appliances. Using as little as 1.57 gallons of water per cycle, the 800 Plus dishwasher from Bosch is one of the industry’s most water-efficient models. In addition to turbidity sensors that automatically adjust water usage based on the soil levels of the water, the Energy Star–rated appliance has a triple filtration system, which filters out food soils from the water before it goes into the pump. This allows the least amount of food soil to be sprayed back onto the surface of the dishes, enabling a more efficient use of both water and detergent. 800.944.2904. www.boschappliances.com.
Miele. The G2872 is classified as a CEE Tier 1 dishwasher, exceeding current Energy Star standards. The appliance uses as little as 1.1 gallons of water in its eco programs and 4.96 gallons in normal wash programs. Sensors help increase water efficiency by measuring the turbidity or clarity of the water and then adapting water consumption, program duration, and wash temperatures based on the level of soiling. 800.843.7231. www.mieleusa.com.