Which Refrigerators Are ADA Compliant?

Which Refrigerators Are ADA Compliant?

Many appliance brands such as GE, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and Frigidaire produce ADA compliant refrigerators. The GE 33-inch Top Freezer Refrigerator model GTE21GTHCC is an example of an ADA compliant refrigerator.

To be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, top-freezer models must have 100 percent of the fresh food space lower than 54 inches, 50 percent of the freezer space below 54 inches and controls lower than 54 inches. Both top-freezer and side-by-side models must be operable with one hand and require less than 5 pounds of force to activate.

Whirlpool makes many ADA compliant refrigerators. The 30-inch top-freezer model WRT549SZDB, among others, is also Energy Star certified. The Frigidaire Gallery model FGHS2631PE refrigerator is an example of a side-by-side option.

Appliance Connection features a database that is searchable according to ADA compliance, along with other features. The website offers 18 brands of ADA compliant refrigerators ranging in price from $100 to over $5,000 in 2015. These refrigerators also come in numerous colors. Some have glass doors. The refrigerators can be both built in and freestanding.

Feature options for ADA compliant refrigerators are the same as for any refrigerator. These features include specialty colors and finishes, beverage centers, ice makers, door locks and automatic defrost. Some models are even approved for commercial or medical use.