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i.e.c. capacity

Posted by andy_m (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 12, 10 at 22:49

Hi All,
I'm researching purchase of a front loading washer and notice that at least some of the FL manufacturers cite the I.E.C. equivalent capacity. I understand what that's about, and it makes some sense when looking at FL drum capacity v. TL capacity.

My question is, do ALL the FL manufacturers use the I.E.C. method? Some don't seem to mention it, others like Whirlpool state "I.E.C." front and center. If there are two measurement systems in use out there, it becomes meaningless to try to compare since we don't know which maker uses which method. Seems to me like it's more important to be able to compare FL to FL rather than FL to TL machines. I'm sure some of you who are most familiar with the methods can comment on this.

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RE: i.e.c. capacity

I think "all" mfg use the IEC as it is international whereas the DOE is the USA version.

When I looked into washing machines around 6 yrs ago, I read on the forums that the DOE rating is just a pretend an agitator is in the FL to get the equivalent TL agitator capacity; now I read that the IEC is a rating where it uses an equivalent theoretical TL agitator to get the same capacity & not an actual number.

No idea which is more accurate. However, if the European mfg have been doing FL, then the IEC should be more real as the TL is supposed to be rare.

Have never seen any IEC & DOE ratings on an agitator TL which may help understand the different ratings.

RE: i.e.c. capacity

Most manufacturers use the "if this front loader were a top loader with agitator, the capacity would be" standard. For example, the 5.1 cu.ft. Electrolux is really only a 4.42 cu.ft. machine. has a list of all washing machines and their true drum volume.


RE: i.e.c. capacity

The "problem" with the energystar table is that it excludes the inefficient TL; e.g. Whirlpool stacked 1.5 or 2.5 cf for apartments. Is the 1.5 or 2.5 DOE vol or some other rating?
They are only the models that will fit some closets like my old apartment.

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