ADA stands for The Americans with Disabilities Act (based on Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards). To conform to ADA requirements, appliances must be operable by those who are differently abled. Appliances Connection sells a full range of ADA compliant appliances including high-end dishwashers. When it comes to dishwashers, ADA standards are as follows:
- The maximum high forward reach for controls and operating mechanisms is 48 inches and the maximum low forward reach is 15 inches.
- Controls and operating mechanisms must be operable with one hand and shall not require tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist.
- The force required to activate controls shall be no more than 5 lbs.
- All rack space must be accessible from the front of the dishwasher for loading and unloading dishes.
We’ll look at 5 ADA compliant dishwashers all of which prove that having a disability does not mean having to forego an appliance that is feature-rich.
Taken from the Lumen Series, this panel ready dishwasher has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a Miele luxury appliance. There is room for 16 place settings and 12 wash programs. The basket is ergonomically designed with handles that make loading and unloading easier. The Knock2Open feature is useful for those of any capability, with the door opening automatically when tapped lightly.
Equally, the MultiComfort area in the lower basket allows plates of different sizes to be easily placed in the adjustable area including larger pots and pans. The cutlery tray, too, is adjustable. Hinged rows and spikes in the center allow more space for larger items.
In addition to these ergonomic features, the appliances revel in all Miele’s advanced cleaning capabilities. EcoTech storage ensures water is not wasted but transferred to the incoming fresh water, saving energy, water, and thus money. A SaniWash mode gets items hygienically clean, eradicating bacteria with higher wash temperatures. A double waterproof system shuts off the water supply to the dishwasher if a leak or blockage is detected. Miele also bears the cost of any property damage as a result of any defect.
Narrower than a customary 24-inch model, this 18-inch panel ready dishwasher packs a powerful punch for a small package. It offers capacity for 13 place settings and 5 wash cycles. There are many features which assist in its ADA compliance. The self-balancing door hinges allow for the door to remain open at any angle the user sets. This gives them versatile access depending on what task is necessary. The 3 level height adjustment of the upper basket and the lower basket folding rack makes for easy loading. The delayed timer option means that for 3-6-9 hours the appliance can be pre-programmed for a time that is convenient for the owner to open and retrieve the contents. Other highlights include 5 wash and 5 program cycles to cater for every degree of soiling, contents type and load amount.
This dish drawer is a specialty of Fisher Paykel. Firstly what could be easier for operators to open and load than two drawers? This machine is able to handle considerable 14 place settings. The advantages of this style are immediate. The ease of loading and unloading without opening a pull-down drawer and negotiate two baskets is helpful for those with fixed mobility. Also, the ability to run a true half-load without engaging the whole machine is a big energy saver, attested to by the Energy Star rating. The ability to use both dishwashers separately with 6 different wash programs allows much greater flexibility than with a regular dishwasher, For example, fine glass and crystal can be loaded one drawer and heavy pots and pans in another.
This sizeable dishwasher from Asko’s 30 Series includes 3 racks which has enough room for 16 place settings. The 11 wash programs include those for crystal glasses, plastics, heavily soiled items, and a hygiene program. It’s packed with features. The Superior Cleaning System (SCS+) runs a pre-wash program which cleans the fine filter and interior surfaces before running the main wash. No need to wash plates under the tap anymore before putting them in the dishwasher. The Green Mode is, as the name suggests, an energy and thus money saving program. It lowers the temperature at each stage of the wash, saving water but still achieving the same wash results as with the regular program.
Taken from the 800 Series, this 24-inch built-in dishwasher uses the RackMatic system which allows up to 9 rack positions for ultimate loading flexibility. Equally, the silverware basket adjusts along its length resulting in two halves which can be placed in a variety of different positions in the lower rack. This increases the loading versatility. Also, the ActiveTab Tray is integrated into the middle of the dishwasher instead of the door. This assists in dissolving detergent tablets efficiently and effectively. As with Miele’s dishwasher, Bosch’s Aquastop Plus detects leaks in the in the solid molded base of the dishwasher, automatically shutting it down if any are discovered. Additionally, it pumps out the water before it can make contact with the floor. At 44 dBA, this is one of the quietest dishwashers on the market.