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What is the ADA Compliance for Dishwashers?

ADA compliance allows persons with disabilities to have easy access to their appliances. For a dishwasher to be ADA compliant, the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that all controls on a dishwasher be within arm's reach. Compliant models sit between 15 and 48 inches above the floor. Controls, always on the front of the machine, are made to be easily operated with one hand. To assist those who are physically incapable of maneuvering standard controls, like turning gauges or pushing buttons, ADA compliance requires all of the controls to be operable with less than five pounds of force. Likewise, all rack space for loading and unloading an ADA-compliant dishwasher is accessible from the front of the machine.

Benefits of an ADA-compliant dishwasher

  • Easily accessible for people with and without disabilities
  • Convenient operation
  • Effortless controls make it simple to turn the machine on and off