Drayton Digistat + IRF RF710 Wireless Room Thermostat

Manual room thermostat
Mobile controls
Hands-free controls
Visual features
Audio output
Dexterity features

What is it? A wireless room thermostat with large buttons and digital display

Category: A manual room thermostat 

Money-saving features:

  • Frost protection

Ease-of-use features:

1. Visual features

  • Small-medium LCD digital screen with no backlight
  • Actual room temperature displayed in large figures with setpoint temperature displayed in small figures.
  • Small moon and sun symbols to indicate on and off modes
  • Small flame symbol to indicate when the device is calling for heating
  • Visual interface consists of four buttons which are labelled with on/off  and +/- symbols

2. Tactile features

  • The device's user interface consists of four tactile buttons

3. Dexterity features

  • The +/- buttons are medium-large sized and rubberised. They press easily and distinctly with light-medium pressure.  
  • The on/off buttons are small-medium sized and rubberised. They press easily and distinctly with medium-firm pressure 

4. Simplicity 

  • This is one of the simplest visual heating controls we reviewed, it has helpful visual symbols to indicate what settings it is on

Is there anything I should watch out for?

  • The display does not have a backlight and has a poor mono colour contrast making it hard to read in bright light 
  • The colour contrast on the buttons is poor with white text on a light grey background
  • On the device we tested the on/off buttons were not as responsive and the +/- buttons and required a firm definite press

Who might want to buy it?

We think that this product would be great for people who want a simple-to-use room thermostat with a digital screen and who only want basic control of their heating.  

Our consumer panel said that:

  • It was really simple to use making it very accessible for people with cognitive or memory impairments 
  • The easy-to-push button make the device more accessible for people with dexterity impairments
  • The lack of poor colour contrast and lack of audio output makes this device less accessible for people with visual impairments