Good food should be for everybody, which means there will always be a need for accessible kitchen appliances. That's where the Americans with Disabilities Act comes in: it lays out principles for accessibility for many ordinary household devices, including refrigerators. That's why the experts at Appliances Connection have compiled a list of three of the best ADA compliant refrigerators of 2021.
SHARP is known for its robust, versatile appliances, and the SJG2254FS certainly qualifies as one of the best ADA compliant refrigerators on the market. At 36 in. wide and with 21.6 cu. ft. of capacity, it's also the largest refrigerator on this list. As the only refrigerator on this list that has an integrated water dispenser, it also adds a high level of convenience to your kitchen. This French door refrigerator also includes double humidity-controlled crisper drawers to optimize the storage of your produce and a multipurpose Flex drawer that allows you to adjust the temperature anywhere between 30° F and 41° F. Chill-Boost and Freeze-Boost technology kick-start the appliance's cooling action after you insert warm items into it. Meanwhile, the freezer includes a fully removable upper pullout drawer for frequently used items as well as a third cooling system dedicated to the ice maker. The slide-in shelves are easy to adjust to fit anything you need to cool, as well.
The Frigidaire FFTR1821TS is the only top-freezer refrigerator on this list, and at 30 in. wide, it's ideal for apartments and smaller kitchens while still boasting 18 cu. ft. of capacity. The wide glass shelves and clear dairy bin allow you to organize your food in whatever way works for you, while the Store-More™ humidity-controlled crisper drawers are designed to keep your produce fresh and easy to reach. Meanwhile, the Store-More™ shelves allow for storage of even gallon containers, making it simple to keep items like milk out of the way (but still accessible when you need them). Top it all off with the fingerprint-resistant stainless steel doors and a reversible door hinge, and you have a wonderfully customizable appliance.
The LG LFCS22520S is a 30 in. wide, 21.8 cu. ft. French door refrigerator that will bring sleek, modern charm to your kitchen. Its Linear Compressor motor uses fewer moving parts than a traditional fridge motor, reducing energy use and noise while increasing the life of the appliance. Vents are strategically placed around the interior, allowing the Smart Cooling® System to eliminate warm spots. Meanwhile, the Glide-N-Serve™ Pantry drawer spans the width of the fridge, letting you organize your food even further while still being able to access it easily. Interior LED column lighting illuminates every corner of the appliance, providing soft, even lighting throughout the cavity. As a bonus, the SpillProtector™ tempered glass shelves repel stains and contain any leaks that may occur in your refrigerator. It even comes with a factory installed ice maker that holds up to 12 lbs. of clear, filtered ice at a time.
What is ADA compliant on a refrigerator?
ADA compliant refrigerators are required to allow wheelchair users to approach and open them, be operable with one hand without twisting or pinching the wrists, and need less than 5 lbs. of force to open.
Is top or bottom freezer better?
Because heat rises, it can be more efficient to place the freezer below the refrigerator. Additionally, bottom freezer refrigerators are more accessible to people with disabilities who may not be able to reach a top freezer. It's also easier to store heavy items in a bottom freezer, as less lifting is involved to place and reach them.
What should I look for when buying a new refrigerator?
Your first consideration should be the size and shape of the refrigerator. Choose a fridge that will fit into the space you have. Then decide whether you want a built-in refrigerator or a freestanding model. Then look at special features that you want to make a priority, such as smart controls.