People tend to think of microwaves as being convenient and easy-to-use appliances because you just have to press some buttons to operate it. While the ease of use is true for most people, it's not true for everyone. People with disabilities may have more difficulty than other people operating the units. That is why many notable manufacturers have increasingly been releasing ADA compliant microwaves that are easier to use for people who may not have full use of their hands or other disabilities. ADA compliance means the unit meets or exceeds the accessibility guidelines established by the American With Disabilities Act. Here are three of the best ADA compliant microwaves in 2021.
GE Profile PEB9159SJSS
This countertop model from GE Profile gives you a roomy 1.5-cu. ft. capacity with 1,000 Watts of power. You can utilize the convection cooking setting when you want to bake or brown your food. The specially designed convection rack provides even heat distribution by allowing the air to circulate around your food during convection cooking, giving you golden-brown results. The built-in sensor adjusts time and power settings to give you perfect results every time you use the microwave. The flush design of the recessed turntable can accommodate multiple dishes while maximizing the available interior space. Finally, an optional trim kit allows this stylish unit to sit cleanly inside your cabinetry for built-in convenience.
Whirlpool meets the standards of the ADA with this countertop unit that offers a capacity of .7 cu. ft. The 700 Watts of power gives you what you need for your microwaveable foods. This model offers 10 variable power levels that let you quickly and easily tailor the settings for your cooking needs. If you misjudged the cooking time you needed for your food, you can utilize the Add-a-Minute function to get your food done right with just the push of a button. The glass turntable is removable to make it easy for you to clean the microwave's interior. For added safety when Control Lock is activated, the electronic child lock feature disables all the electronic control buttons to ensure youngsters can't accidentally turn the machine on.
This Monogram 24-in. countertop unit is another one of the best ADA compliant microwaves on the market. It gives you a spacious 2.2-cu. ft. capacity and is powerful with 1,100 Watts available for heating your favorite foods and drinks. The Instant On controls let users get one-touch instant operation. The ZES1227SLSS gives you steam cooking options, in addition to sensor cooking. Weight and Time Defrost makes it easy when you need to defrost something; you just enter the weight of the food and the microwave automatically sets the optimal defrosting time and power level. Or you can set your desired defrosting time if you prefer. The 16.5-in. turntable can fit large dishes and cooking vessels, and the machine gives you the option of having the turntable rotate while the oven is in use or not. This model offers a sleek, modern look with a smooth glass design on the controls that make the oven easy to operate while also being easy to clean.
What are the signs that a microwave is going bad?
If your microwave is going bad, it will likely let you know. There are certain signs you should look for that indicate the unit may be near the end of his usefulness. They include your food not cooking properly, the door not sealing properly, or the oven producing smoke, sparks, or burning smells while in use.
How long do microwaves normally last?
You can expect a microwave to last from 7-10 years, with proper use and maintenance allowing you to maximize the length of your unit's lifespan.