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LG F12C3QD washing machine front

RiDC has assessed ten washing machines for features which make them easily accessible for blind and partially sighted people.


The LG F12C3QD has the following ease of use features:

1. Tactile features

  • The LG F12C3QD has a dial and buttons for power, start/pause, spin, temperature, intensive, and prewash.
  • The dial to select programmes clicks into place.
  • The detergent tray has raised markings to indicate compartments and a max fill indicator for the softener compartment.

2. Audio output

  • The buttons make audible tones when pressed.
  • This machine makes an audible tone when the cycle is done.
  • There is an audible tone to indicate an error message.

3. Visual contrast

  • There are small LED lights to signal the spin speed and temperature settings.
  • There are no touchscreen elements.
  • There is no digital display.
  • The colour contrast is grey on white and the print size is small.

4. Simplicity

  • The LG F12C3QD is turned on by using the power button. Programmes are set by turning the dial. The spin speed and temperature are set using two protruding buttons.
  • The machine is started by pressing the start/pause button once.
  • The buttons are large and well spaced.
  • The control interface is manual.
  • There are nine programmes.

5. Verification

  • This machine does not display the time remaining or the stage of the programme the machine is in.
  • The buttons make audible tones when pressed.
  • The dial clicks into place and the buttons protrude outwards.
  • You can pause the cycle using the start/pause button.

6. Maintenance

  • There are no auto-cleaning programmes or settings.
  • The detergent tray is easy to remove and clean; the compartments are small but easy to wipe down.
  • This machine features LG's Smart Diagnosis system.

7. Smart features

  • LG's Smart Diagnosis-enabled machines can be connected to an app (on either Android or iOS). The app communicates with the LG customer service helpline to diagnose a problem and provide feedback and troubleshooting advice.

See more:
Choosing a washing machine
Features which make washing machines easier to use
Top ten washing machines that are easy for blind and partially sighted people to use

Last updated: May 2019

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