RiDC has assessed ten washing machines for features which make them easily accessible for blind and partially sighted people.
The Bosch WAB28162 washing machine has the following ease of use features:
1. Tactile features
- This machine has a dial and raised buttons for start/pause, pre-wash, SpeedPerfect (faster but uses more energy), time, and spin speed.
- The dial to select the programme clicks into place.
- The detergent tray has raised markings to indicate compartments. There are no raised markings to indicate fill lines.
2. Audio output
- The buttons do not make audible tones when pressed.
- This machine makes a series of beeps when the cycle is done.
- There is no audio output when an invalid selection is made.
3. Visual contrast
- There are LED lights to signal when the start/pause, pre-wash, and SpeedPerfect buttons have been pressed.
- There are no touchscreen elements.
- The digital display shows the time remaining throughout the cycle. It also shows the time and spin speed when setting the machine. The digital display uses large red font on a black surface.
- A red mark on the dial matches up with the programme selected. The programmes around the dial are written in black on a white background. The font size is acceptable.
- You switch on this washing machine by turning the dial to the desired programme and pressing the start/pause button once.
- The buttons are large and well spaced.
- The control interface is manual.
- It has 15 programmes.
- The digital display shows the time remaining in each cycle.
- There is no audible verification for either the dial or the buttons.
- The dial clicks into place and the buttons are tactile, but not very protruded.
- You can pause the cycle using the start/pause button.
- There are no auto-cleaning programmes or settings.
- The detergent tray is not very easy to remove and clean. The compartments are small and not easy to wipe down.
7. Smart features
- There are no smart features.
Last updated: May 2019
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