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Unique research from the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC) has unveiled the top ten washing machines which are the easiest for blind and partially sighted people to use.

With funding from the Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT), RiDC ran a workshop with blind and partially sighted people to find out 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.

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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. Its list includes models from notable washing machine manufacturers like Bosch, LG, Samsung and John Lewis.

The practical information aims to be an informative guide for visually impaired and blind people thinking of purchasing a washing machine.

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

The washing machine information is available online here and can be requested in Braille. It is also available over the phone as an interactive listing on the RiDC Infoline.

Phone the RiDC Infoline for the cost of phoning a landline.

Dial 0330 223 53 55 and follow the instructions.

RiDC is an independent, national research charity which provides expertise in person-centred research involving disabled and older consumers.

It has a UK-wide consumer research panel of nearly 1,000 disabled and older people who assist by taking part in surveys or interviews or by trying out products and services.

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) is a national charity for people with sight loss. Its research programme commissions and funds social and public health research initiatives to identify ways to improve the lives of people with sight loss.

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