Once you've thought more about your:
- home environment
- must-have important features for your needs
Go to a shop: take the design features checklist with you
- find a knowledgeable sales representative
- try out cooking appliances to discover the tactile landscape of cooking appliances and understand the control layout.
- Phone before you visit and ask for someone to help you with choosing the right cooking appliance for your needs – you may need to arrange a time
- Tell the store you are blind or partially sighted
- Go to a store that has plenty of appliances on display
- Rule of thumb – the larger the store the more likely it is to have examples of products on display
Warehouse stores (e.g. B&Q, Wickes, Homebase)
These can have a wide variety of products on offer; however they often only have a limited number on display. It is worth phoning the store to ask how many of their products are on display.
Chains (e.g. Currys)
White-goods chain stores, especially the larger ones, can be excellent for trying out the feel of different products.
Small high street independent retailers will often have limited space and consequently a limited range of products on display. Larger independents such as John Lewis have more products on display.
The internet is a great source of information with most stores and manufacturers having their own website.
Use these to explore options and start to identify some appliance types. Price information is often included.
These are likely to have a more detailed technical description of the appliance you have identified. Remember, there is no substitute for going to a store to find out first-hand how the appliance feels.
Last updated: March 2016