The specification below provides the recommended improvements needed to improve product durability. They are ranked from bronze to gold based on the effectiveness of the change in improving durability, with bronze being the minimum and gold being the maximum.
Good design tested to meet minimum EU standards
Achieves 75% cleaning performance on carpets and 98% on hard floors; <0.01mg/m3 max. dust readmission; Noise limit <75dB
Improved reliability of components can reduce early returns and improve brand reputation which, in turn, can lower business costs and increase long-term sales.
To calculate overall cost savings for your business, use the WRAP cost/benefit analysis tool (currently in draft form and available on request).
Minimum performance requirements will be mandatory so cannot be regarded as an additional cost option. Suppliers will incur R&D costs to improve performance but knowledge gained will benefit all future models so be spread between all future products and the cost per vacuum cleaner will be relatively small.