Household and professional appliances. What’s the difference?

Since 1 January 2022, the distinction between household or professional appliances has been determined on the basis of their intended use, and no longer on the basis of objective criteria such as weight/size/capacity.  

Electro-appliances that are used in both household and professional environments are considered as household appliances. If they are intended to be exclusively used in a professional environment, they are considered to be professional appliances. 

Note: an appliance is considered to be a household appliance unless it can be proven to be of a professional nature.

Example: a laptop can be used for domestic or professional purposes and is therefore considered household equipment. A barcode scanner is exclusively for professional use and is thus considered to be a professional device.

A coffee machine designed for professional use (office, bar, etc.) that an individual could potentially use at home is still considered as a professional appliance. In this case, the use by an individual is considered as exceptional and not as reasonably foreseeable.

In the appliance list, you will find definitions, examples and exceptions. If this list is not sufficient, follow the three steps in our step-by-step guide. It is important to respect the order of the steps. If step one already gives the solution, there is no need to move on to step two. Consult our step-by-step guide here.

For the Recupel contribution, we distinguish between an ‘all-in’ contribution for household appliances and an ‘administrative’ contribution for professional appliances.

Watch the video for more info on the difference between household and professional appliances