Laundry is a chore that never ends, and a dependable washer and dryer are essential for staying on top of it. Dryers must meet specific standards to receive ADA compliance, including a maximum high forward reach for controls and operating mechanisms of 48-in. and a maximum low forward reach of 15-in. This makes it easy for individuals to dry their clothing from the comfort of a wheelchair. We've gathered the best ADA compliant dryers of 2021 so we can closely examine their capabilities. That way, you can make an informed decision for your next dryer purchase.
This Bosch 300 Series 24-in. electric dryer has a 4.0 cu. ft. drum capacity. That means you can dry 16 bath towels in one load, and you'll hardly hear it running thanks to its anti-vibration circular side walls. This ENERGY STAR® Certified dryer is equipped with an ActiveDry® system that uses moisture sensors and intelligent controls to perfectly dry every load. In fact, Bosch recently won the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for energy efficiency. The extra-fine lint filter prevents lint from recirculating and clogging up the exhaust duct, and the child lock prevents accidental starting and stopping of your dryer. Choose from 15 different cycles that are aided by a unique drum pattern which creates air cushions to protect clothes.
This 27-in. electric long vent dryer from Whirlpool has a massive 7.4 cu. ft. capacity for drying extra large loads. The intuitive controls allow your dryer to guide you to the right cycle combo, or you're welcome to customize up to 36 combos of your own to perfectly dry each load. The sanitize cycle dries your clothing while effectively removing 99.9% of common household bacteria, while four quad baffles tumble your clothing in a randomized pattern to get every square inch of fabric completely dry. Utilize the Wrinkle Shield™ option to periodically tumble your clothing after the cycle is complete, so wrinkles don't set in. This ENERGY STAR® Certified model has an Eco Boost™ option that allows you to save energy by using less heat while extending the dryer's cycle time, earning it a place among the best ADA compliant dryers of 2021. Choose from 12 cycles on this space-saving dryer while utilizing the advanced moisture sensors to track moisture and temperature with every load. With this feature, your dryer will adjust the drying time accordingly.
This Maytag electric dryer has an incredible 7.3 cu. ft. capacity and is equipped with extra power to take care of even the heaviest loads. Advanced moisture sensors detect the moisture level and air temperature of each load to ensure that even the heaviest fabrics are perfectly dry when the cycle is complete. Select the extra power button to take care of thick fabrics, pockets and hems and choose the quick dry cycle for small, light loads. The dryer's wrinkle prevent option allows the cycle to continue for up to 150 additional minutes, so wrinkles won't set in. Choose from 10 unique drying cycles and four different temperature selections. The company also prides itself in providing Maytag® Commercial Technology that ensures their dryers are built to last. Each Maytag® dryer comes with a 10-year limited parts warranty for the drive motor and drum and all of their dryers are made in the U.S.A.
What makes a dryer ADA compliant?
In order to qualify as an ADA compliant dryer, it must have a maximum high forward reach for controls and operating mechanisms of 48-in. and a maximum forward reach of 15-in. That way, you can dry your clothing from the comfort of a wheelchair.
Are stackable washer and dryers ADA compliant?
Stackable washer and dryers are only ADA compliant when they're installed on the floor. If they're stacked or mounted on pedestals, the controls become higher than 48-in. from the ground, and then they're no longer considered ADA compliant.