When shopping for appliances, it can be reassuring to see an ADA compliant label. Whether you’re renovating your kitchen or just looking to update your dishwasher, here, we’ll explore some of the best luxury, ADA compliant options on the market today.
The ADA Standards
The Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA is based on the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards. In order for manufacturers to have appliance models to conform to the ADA standards, it must be operable for differently abled users. Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center boasts a full range of ADA compliant dishwashers and other luxury appliances. The ADA dishwasher standards include:
Controls and operating mechanisms need to be operable with one hand and not require pinching, tight grasping or twisting of the wrist.
The force needed to activate the controls should be less than five pounds.
All rack space needs to be accessible from the front of the appliance for both loading and unloading dishes.
A maximum height forward reach for the operating mechanisms and controls of 48 inches, with a maximum low forward reach of 15 inches.
This dishwasher is from the Lumen series and has all the features you would expect from a Miele luxury model. The G6880SCVI has 12 wash programs and a 16 place setting capacity. The ergonomically designed basket has handles to make it easier to load and unload, while the Knock2Open feature allows automatic door opening with just a light tap.
The lower basket features a MultiComfort area to accommodate different sized items including larger pans and pots, while the adjustable cutlery tray provides optimal cleaning conditions.
In addition to the ergonomic features, the G6880SCVI also showcases Miele’s superb cleaning capabilities including EcoTech to save energy and water and SaniWash that uses a higher wash temperature to get your items hygienically clean.
This fully integrated 18 inch built-in dishwasher is narrower than the standard 24 inch configuration, but it still offers a 13 place setting capacity with five wash programs. The SMEG STU1846 also has a number of features contributing to its ADA compliance including self balancing door hinges that allow the door to remain open at your desired angle for versatile loading and unloading. Additionally, the upper basket has height adjustment, while the lower basket features a folding rack.
Fisher Paykel DD24DAX9N
The dish drawer dishwasher is a specialty of this brand, and it makes opening and loading easy, particularly for those with issues of fixed mobility. Despite the unusual configuration, the Fisher Paykel DD24DAX9N has an impressive 14 place setting capacity, and there is a genuine half load capacity for significant energy savings. Additionally, each drawer can be used independently with a choice of 6 wash programs for excellent flexibility. For example, you can use one drawer for heavily soiled items such as pots and pans while you wash fine glass or crystal in the other drawer on a delicate program.
The Bosch SGV68U53UC is part of the 800 series and features the RackMatic system to allow superb loading flexibility with nine rack positions. The silverware basket can also be adjusted to create two halves that can be placed in different lower rack positions to increase loading flexibility.
The location of the ActiveTab Tray in the middle of the dishwasher improves the dissolving of the detergent tablets rather than being in the standard door position, and the operating noise level of 44 dBA, makes this model one of the quietest on the market.
If you’re interested in these or any other new dishwasher models, you can explore your options with this collection of ADA compliant dishwashers, or speak to a home appliance specialist for further help and guidance.