A range is the heart of your kitchen, allowing you to sear, boil, bake, broil, and do everything in between. When shopping for this appliance, there's no one-size-fits-all option as options range from gas, electric, or dual fuel ranges, not to mention various cooktop configurations, different oven-door arrangements, smart capabilities, down to choosing a customized knob. But even with wide-ranging features, using a standard range can make this appliance a lot less convenient and even dangerous for persons with disabilities. Luckily, several brands now make the best ADA compliant ranges that can make a difference in the daily lives of so many of us, including:
Fisher Paykel OR30SDG4X1
Enjoy instant response and precision with this front-control gas range from the Fisher & Paykel Contemporary Series. The Fisher & Paykel OR30SDG4X1 provides four sealed burners that produce up to 18,000 BTUs for fast boiling. Easily slide heavy pots across burners thanks to the continuous cast-iron grates. The oven uses an Aerotech™ convection cooking system, which circulates air throughout the oven to ensure even heat distribution for optimal multi-shelf cooking. You'll also appreciate the storage drawer as it provides additional space for storing and organizing your cookware and bakeware. With a 3.5 cu. ft. capacity, two telescopic racks, broil pan, and grill rack, there's enough space in the oven for cooking multiple dishes at once.
If you want one of the best ADA compliant ranges but have a relatively tight budget, the GE JS645SLSS slide-in electric range is your best bet. With the controls positioned face-up, you can access them in front of the cooktop without reaching across hot burners; plus, they are designed for one-hand operation. The cooktop has four elements, including two 9-in. /6-in. 3,100-Watt power boil elements that can boil water 25% faster than standard GE heating elements. A dual-element bake oven uses upper and lower elements to produce consistent, even heat for great results. The 5.3 cu. ft. oven with two oven racks is large enough to cook an entire meal at once and has a self-cleaning function that requires no scrubbing. This electric range also comes with a removable full-width storage drawer to store and organize your kitchen accessories or cookware, as well as LED lighting to illuminate the interior.
Frigidaire's Gallery Series FGGH3047VF model is a 30-in. slide-in gas range with a front-mounted control panel and features that make it both functional and beautiful. The easily accessible Express-Select® Controls keep you from reaching over the cooking surface for adjustments. The cooktop has five sealed burners, including an 18,000 BTU power burner for faster boiling and a 5,000 BTU burner for simmering delicate foods and sauces. A 10,000 BTU center oval burner is perfect for the included griddle pan, allowing you to make pancakes, quesadillas, and other favorites to perfection. The 5.6 cu. ft. oven uses True Convection to produce faster, more even multi-rack baking. A Smudge-Proof® stainless steel finish and a self-cleaning oven make cleaning this appliance a breeze. Lastly, there's an Air Fry feature, so you can prepare your favorite crispy foods with little to no oil.
What makes a range ADA compliant?
To be considered ADA compliant, a range must be accessible to persons with disabilities. For instance, users should also be able to use controls and operating mechanisms with one hand without tight grasping, pinching, or twisting the wrist. There are also requirements for reaching the controls, the force required to operate controls, and knee spaces underneath the appliance.
What is ADA height compliant?
ADA clearly defines the distances and heights from walls for operable parts. With the floor as the reference point, the controls and operating mechanisms should be no lower than 15 inches and no higher than 48 inches.
What should I look for in a range?
Do you need gas, electric, induction, or dual-fuel ranges to match your fuel type? Do you want one that is freestanding, slide-in, or drop-in? Ranges also come in different width sizes, so make sure your choice will fit in the available kitchen space. Once you're done with the essential features, choose a color and finish to match your kitchen décor.