We all depend on kitchen appliances to jumpstart our daily lives, whether it’s making breakfast on the stove or grabbing water from the refrigerator. But for someone with a disability, using the average kitchen appliance may be less convenient. Especially refrigerators, where accessing and operating it due to its design can be a serious struggle for someone with a physical impairment. That’s why with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines, industry brands can now design dishwashers, ranges, or refrigerators for better accessibility and control for those with a physical handicap to make their home lives a little easier.
Learn more about the benefits of having an ADA-compliant refrigerator below. Explore our list of top picks that might make your kitchen more accessible to your friends, family, or guests with a disability.
At a Glance:
What is an ADA Compliant Refrigerator?
Regardless of model, brand, or configuration, just about any refrigerator can be ADA compliant as long as they meet the requirements. But you may be wondering what an ADA fridge is? ADA refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act that established accessibility guidelines for many products and appliances. So, ADA compliant refrigerators allow for complete access and easy operation of controls.
For a refrigerator to meet ADA compliances, it must pass the following requirements for each configuration:
Below we have picked out some of our best ADA compliant refrigerators just for you and your family.
Our Top ADA Complaint Refrigerator Picks
Best Overall: KitchenAid® 24.8 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel with PrintShield™ Finish Side-by-Side Refrigerator (KRSF705HPS)
If you struggled to search for an ADA compliant fridge, look no further with our best KitchenAid ADA compliant refrigerator. With the PrintShield™ finish, easily wipe away smudges, fingerprints, or food stains with a soft cloth and some water to get back to showing off your once-again pristine stainless steel refrigerator. And thanks to the exclusive Preserva® Food Care System, food odors are minimized. As a result, your produce stays fresh for longer, and over-ripening of your favorite fruits is delayed the minute you put them away in this large capacity fridge equipped with adjustable clear door bins, humidity-controlled drawers, glass shelves.
Why We Like It:
- 24.8 cu. ft. capacity
- Preserva® Food Care System
- In-Door-Ice® System
Sometimes keeping an appliance plain and simple is preferable. With this GE ADA refrigerator, you can get the dependability of a standard fridge without all the bells and whistles. This easy-to-operate and accessible refrigerator has upfront temperature controls so you can create an ideal environment for your fresh and frozen foods without the hassle of reaching all the way into the back like other models. And this 19.1 capacity refrigerator is perfect for the average-sized household (3–4 people), featuring LED lighting and moveable wire shelves so you can easily see how to adjust the racks to fit a variety of different size foods.
Why We Like It:
- 19.1 cu. ft. capacity
- Upfront temperature controls
- Adjustable wire shelves
Best Luxury: Bosch Benchmark® Series 19.4 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Built In French Door Refrigerator (B36BT935NS)
This luxury ADA compliant French door refrigerator from Bosch’s Benchmark series is more than worth it for the latest in refrigeration technology. Use Home Connect to stay “in the know” with your fridge getting push notifications sent to your smart device to ensure you and your food are looked after whether you are home or out. And with the MultiAirFlow™ cooling system and dual evaporators, your groceries will have the most optimal environment to maintain a fresh, cool, and odor-free atmosphere.
Why We Like It:
- 19.4 cu. ft. capacity
- MultiAirFlow™ cooling system
- Smart Compatible
Best ADA Compliant Undercounter Refrigerator: U-Line® ADA Series 5.3 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Compact Refrigerator (U-ADA24RS-13B)
Get all the high-quality performance of a full-sized fridge with half the size using our ADA compliant undercounter refrigerator from U-Line®. Conveniently set the temperature of the convection cooling system with the upper facing digital touchpad for rapid and efficient cooling of your beverages or food between 34°F –45°F degrees. And with the three adjustable glass shelves, you can make plenty of space for groceries or room for tall items with ease.
Why We Like It:
- 5.3 cu. ft. capacity
- Digital touchpad
- LED lighting
Best ADA Compliant Side by Side Refrigerator: Samsung 22.0 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Counter Depth Side-by-Side Refrigerator (RS22T5201SR)
Our ADA compliant side by side refrigerator from Samsung offers a minimalist built-in look, accessibility, and easy operation for the whole family. This fridge has 22 cu. ft. of flexible storage featuring adjustable shelves, an in-door ice maker, and gallon door bins; all arranged for a spacious interior to put away your food and drinks without the frustration of playing grocery Tetris to make everything fit. To top it off, keep an eye on your refrigerator and make sure the All-Around Cooling system isn’t working overtime when you use the Wi-Fi connectivity. You’ll receive immediate notifications to your smartphone if the temperature drops, whether it’s due to a power outage or someone accidentally leaving the door open again.
Why We Like It:
- 22 cu. ft. capacity
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Fingerprint resistant finish
Top ADA Refrigerator Brands
GE is a brand that takes pride in building and designing the world’s best appliances for the lives of its consumers over the last 100 years. Buyers will experience smarter refrigeration technology and high-quality hardware from their appliances to modernize your home life, bringing more convenience and fun to your daily routine.
As the leading brand in the home appliance industry, it’s no wonder Samsung has received the most J.D. Power awards for household appliances in 2021. Awarded by the American Customer Satisfaction Index Survey (ASCI) as #1 in Reliability and Customer Service for home appliances, users can confidently purchase a Samsung refrigerator built to cater to their every refrigeration need and style preference.
KitchenAid has existed for more than 100 years to make a kitchen a place of endless possibility with home appliances designed to ensure its users get the most out of it. Premium refrigerators built with intuitive storage designs and equipped with the latest refrigeration technology keep your produce fresh, so your ingredients are ready whenever you are when that spark of culinary inspiration hits.
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Shop ADA Compliant Refrigerators at Spencer’s TV & Appliance
Looking to upgrade your home bar, or are you just constantly running low on ice? Spencer’s TV & Appliance has it all from high-quality electronics to mattresses to meet the needs of their customers within the Arizona community. Be sure to browse our ADA Compliant Refrigerators online for the best price! If you have any questions about our brand-name products, don’t hesitate to call or visit us at one of our 10 appliances showrooms throughout Arizona, including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, and Glendale.