AEG has gained certification for selected programmes across several of its award-winning appliances from leading test competence centre, Swissatest Testmaterialien AG.
The certification from Swissatest means consumers can have confidence that these programmes show an outstanding efficiency to remove bacteria and viruses. This certification applies to the following cycles on a number of AEG products including washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers, all of which will show the Swissatest logo:
For tumble-dryers: The Hygiene/Duvet cycle removes more than 99.9% of bacteria and viruses including Candida albicans and Escherichia coli; and
For dishwashers: The ExtraHygiene function removes more than 99.9999% of bacteria and viruses including Micrococcus luteus and MS2 bacteriophage.
Luke Harding, general manager at Electrolux UK & Ireland, said: “We know there are a great number of people who are concerned about bacteria and virus spread, particularly in light of the past 18 months.
“We are therefore delighted to be able to offer certified programmes which can remove up to 99.9999% of certain bacteria and viruses. This collaboration with Swissatest supports our company goal of helping to shape living for the better. It should also hopefully give some peace of mind to our consumers.”
In recent research undertaken by AEG, tackling germs was very much front of mind with consumers. The research found that one in five of all Europeans polled had increased the number of times they were doing the laundry due to COVID-19 – 14% of all Europeans cited ‘getting rid of germs’ as the main reason for washing clothes.
Iain Wareham, Electrolux’s head of product line care, said: “This is an incredibly important piece of work with absolute relevance in the times we are now living in. In order to achieve it, we involved people across the business including from R&D, product, marketing, fabric care and dish care.
“We are proud to have met the challenging test requirements set by Swissatest and delighted to be able to share the news with consumers.”
Christian Portmann, chief executive of Swissatest, said: “While it is not uncommon for programmes to target the removal of bacteria, the high performance against virus removal within AEG products is remarkable.
“This is the very first time, that we, as a scientific test institute and test material producer, are able to share our comprehensive view on washing processes with the end user, taking cleaning performance, sustainability and hygiene aspects into account.”