Access to at-home refrigeration should be accessible to everyone, regardless of ability. That's why the American with Disabilities Act gives special designation to home appliances for those with disabilities, including beverage centers. As such, the experts at Appliances Connection have made a list of the three best ADA compliant beverage centers of 2021.
This ADA compliant beverage center from XO measures 32.25-in. tall, but the toe kicks can raise it to 34.8125-in. if needed to accommodate a variety of counter heights. It is the most compact unit on the list, holding 118 cans at maximum capacity. Users have the option to choose different door panel options thanks to its panel ready design. The standard option is a single vertical handle, but handleless or double diagonal handles are also an option. Both of the top shelves slide out allowing for easier access. The bottom shelf allows for horizontal wine storage. The interior LED is tri-colored, which can change to midnight blue or honey amber at the push of a button. This beverage center utilizes carbon filters while circulating air, which enables more uniform temperature and quieter fan noise.
The Cafè CCP06BP2PS1 is perhaps the most elegant option of the three due to its customization options as part of the Customizable Professional Collection Series. It's back lit LED lighting and copper accents make it a showcase appliance, making it a pleasure to look at even when not in use. This beverage center sports a surprising assortment of high-tech features, such as its built-in WiFi capabilities allowing remote smartphone control. It measures at 34.15-in. and offers 5.1 cu. ft. capacity. In total, it can hold 126 cans and 14 bottles. The bottom wine rack is designed to hold up to four 1.5 L bottles of wine or prosecco without scratching the label or sacrificing space on other shelves. This beverage center was made with articulating door hinges, meaning it is unlikely to strike anything else in your kitchen, including neighboring cabinets. The slide out shelves are removable, making it easy to adjust your space to accommodate larger beverage containers.
The Summit ALFD24WBV succeeds at combining luxury design with practical usage. This beverage center measures at 32-in. tall, making it compliant with ADA counters. It also has leveling legs that can raise the unit to 33.5-in. for more standard counters. It has a capacity of 4.6 cu. ft. allowing it to hold up to 21 bottles. This cooler is a nice choice for the more environmentally minded, as it utilizes hydrocarbon-based technology for a greener footprint. It is also 100% CFC free. The French door design of this unit has two separate climate zones: one on the right and one on the left. The right side is intended for wine bottles to lie horizontally, while the left side is for your typical canned or bottled beverages, diversifying the types of beverages it can store while accommodating their specific temperature requirements.
What is ADA compliant on a beverage cooler?
ADA compliant beverage coolers must be of a certain height so wheelchair users can easily access them. Specifically, they must be able to fit under 34-in. high countertops. In most cases, this means ADA beverage coolers will have shorter legs or casters when compared to other models.
What should I look for when buying a beverage cooler?
The most important thing is planning. Knowing the coolers' intended location, measurements of the location's cutout, and what you plan on using the cooler for will give you best results. Some coolers are better for outdoor use while others are better for indoors. Some are better for storing wine and others better for aluminum cans.
Are beverage coolers noisy?
In most cases, at-home beverage coolers will generate as much noise as your typical refrigerator. There will be some humming and fan noises, but nothing too far out of the ordinary.