RiDC has assessed ten washing machines for features which make them easily accessible for blind and partially sighted people.
The Beko WR84PB44DW washing machine has the following ease of use features:
1. Tactile features
- This machine has a dial. All other functions are touchscreen buttons.
- The dial to select programmes clicks into place.
2. Audio output
- The controls have audible tones.
- This washing machine emits an audible tone when the cycle is done.
- It also makes an audible tone when it's powered on and off.
- If your selection is not valid, there is an audible tone.
3. Visual contrast
- There are LED lights around the dial that correspond with programme settings.
- The controls correspond with LED lights on the digital display.
- If your selection is not valid, an LED light blinks.
- This machine has an LCD digital display and touchscreen interface for functions aside from programme settings.
- The colour contrast is grey on white around the dial, white on black on the control panel and white on black on the digital display.
- The print size is large and the controls are well spaced.
- The on/off button has poor contrast (grey on white) and is located to the right of the control panel.
- The machine is turned on by pressing the on/off button. You use a dial to select the programme setting. The other settings are accessed using touchscreen buttons on the control panel. The machine is started by pressing the start/pause button once.
- The buttons on the control panel are large and well-spaced, but they don't stick out.
- There's a manual dial and an electronic control panel for functions aside from programme-setting.
- This machine has 16 programmes.
- The digital display shows settings and the time remaining at each stage.
- The buttons make audible tones when pressed.
- The dial clicks into place.
- You can pause the cycle using the start/pause button.
- This washing machine has no auto-cleaning programmes or settings.
- The detergent tray is fairly easy to remove and compartments are wide enough to clean.
7. Smart features
- The machine has auto-dosing functions.
Last updated: May 2019
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