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LG F4J6JY1W washing machine front

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

The LG F4J6JY1W has the following ease of use features:

1. Tactile features

  • The machine has a dial, power button, and start/pause button. All other functions are on the touchpad.
  • The dial for selecting programmes clicks into place.

2. Audio output

  • The touchscreen buttons make audible tones when pressed.
  • The machine will beep twice if you make an invalid selection.
  • It makes an audible ringtone when it's powered on and off.

3. Visual contrast

  • Each control had a dedicated LED. Programme names are lit by LEDs.
  • There is an LCD digital display.
  • The colour contrast is dark grey on white around the dial. The contrast on the digital display is poor (grey on black), but settings light up when selected.
  • The font size around the dial and on the touchpad is small.

4. Simplicity

  • 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.
  • It is started by pressing the start/pause button once.
  • The buttons on the touchpad are small and close together.
  • There are 14 programmes.

5. Verification

  • The digital display shows the time remaining and the programme stage.
  • The buttons make audible tones when pressed.
  • The dial clicks into place.
  • The programme settings and touchpad buttons all have corresponding LED lights.
  • 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 a reasonable size and easy to wipe down.
  • The machine has NFC, which can diagnose problems when connected to an Android smartphone.

7. Smart features

  • The LG F4J6JY1W has NFC (works only with Android devices) which allows the user to download LG's Cycle Download app to access extra programmes.
  • This machine also has LG's Smart Diagnosis feature, which provides troubleshooting feedback and advice via the app.

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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