Yes, you can now, thanks to unique research from the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC).

The research reveals the top ten washing machines which are the easiest for blind and partially sighted people to use. This washing machine information is available online and, on request, in Braille, please phone 0208 9950 880 if you require this. It is also available over the phone as an audio recording for the cost of phoning a landline. Dial 0330 223 53 55 and follow the instructions.

Image shows Washing Machine Control Panel.

Image shows Washing Machine Control Panel.

With funding from Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT), RiDC ran a workshop with blind and partially sighted people to find what their ideal washer would be. RiDC researchers also spoke to washing machine manufacturers.

The research highlights the seven top features which make washing machines accessible for people with little or no vision. These include simplicity of use, audio output, tactile information, and good visual contrast on the controls.

After analysing data for more than 80 models which consumer tests show are the best performing, RiDC researchers shortlisted the top ten most accessible washing machines on the market.

Image shows Washing Machine Drum.

Image shows Washing Machine Drum.

This unique practical information will be of great use to many people thinking of getting a washing machine and to those shopping online and in stores.

RiDC and TPT hope that, with the increasing use of smart technology in our everyday lives, designers will continue to provide good visual and tactile features ensuring that future washing machines are simple and easy to use.

“This really is a cracking bit of work you’ve done. I’ve read the product reviews for some of the washing machines, and the information you’ve included is just the sort of information we, as blind people, need in order to make informed choices when buying equipment like this.”
(UK blind tech user)

There’s no spin. RiDC is an independent, national research charity. It doesn’t sell products. You can find all this unbiased information on the RiDC website along with more information about consumer research with disabled and older people.

For more information please contact:

Chris Lofthouse, RiDC on 020 7427 2460 or chrislofthouse@ridc.org.uk.