John Lewis JLWM1428
RiDC has assessed ten washing machines for features which make them easily accessible for blind and partially sighted people.
The John Lewis JLWM1428 has the following ease of use features:
1. Tactile features
- This machine has a dial and a tactile power button. All other functions are touch control.
- The dial to select programmes clicks into place and has a raised pointer that lines up with the programme selected.
- The detergent tray has raised markings to indicate compartments.
2. Audio output
- The controls have an audible tone but it is not very loud.
- The JLWM1428 will beep once if you make an invalid selection.
- The machine emits an audible tone when it's powered on and off.
3. Visual contrast
- The programme settings have corresponding LED lights above them.
- The dial has a black pointer that lines up with the programme selected.
- There is an LCD digital display.
- The colour contrast is grey on white around the dial, white on dark grey on the touchpad, and white on black on the digital display.
- The font size around the dial and on the touchpad is small.
- The machine is turned on by pressing the power button. The programme is set by turning the dial. All other settings are accessed using the touchpad.
- The JLWM1428 is started by pressing the start/pause button once.
- The buttons on the touchpad are large and well spaced.
- This machine has 14 programmes.
- The digital display shows the time remaining.
- The buttons make audible tones when pressed.
- The dial clicks into place and the pointer lines up with the programme selected.
- The touchpad buttons have corresponding LED lights.
- You can pause the cycle using the start/pause button.
- There are no auto-cleaning programmes or settings.
- The detergent tray is not easy to remove and the compartments are small, making them difficult to wipe down.
7. Smart features
- The John Lewis JLWM1428 does not have any smart features.
Last updated: May 2019
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