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Stoves and Refrigerators

Refrigerators

As you look through selections of large appliances, keep your unique needs in mind. How low do you want your oven placed in order to reach it easily? If bending is a problem, do you want the refrigerator positioned up higher than standard?

Stoves
Using a standard stove, with its oven below it, can be difficult for a person seated in a wheelchair because it's impossible to view the burners to oversee food while it cooks. Not having knee room is also a big problem.

If replacing the stove is not an option, a
wall-mounted mirror can be installed above the burners to provide a view of food cooking. However, a cooktop range set into the counter, leaving knee space below it, is the optimal solution. One can be installed into any counter or workspace as long is there is adequate ventilation. Some come with built-in exhaust fans or you can use a separate fan.

A separate oven can be installed at any level. Ideally, it will have doors that open to one side instead of forward.

Dacor, Inc., Inc.
www.dacorappl.com
950 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: (818) 799-1000
Accessible cooktops, ovens, kitchen appliances.

Frigidaire Company
www.frigidaire.com
6000 Perimeter Drive
Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: (800) 685-6005
27-inch side-swing wall oven, installed at any height. Comes with automatic controls, electronic clock/timer combination and black-on-black styling. 30-inch Smoothtop Cooktop with marble styling provides very smooth surface to slide pots or pans from burner to burner. Controls are located in front and the smooth surface cleans off with a quick wipe. 30-inch self-cleaning Slide-in Range is installed in a convenient location for you. It has front controls, a handy storage drawer and easy to clean surface.

Kitchenaid
www.kitchenaid.com
701 Main Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
Phone: (800) 253-3977
Fax: (616) 923-4531
Built-in wall ovens can be positioned at various heights. Self-cleaning is optional. A variety of cooking modes also is optional. For example, you may choose a combination microwave/convection upper oven and thermal/convection lower oven in a double-oven model.

Refrigerators
Choose from many types of refrigerators on the market today. There are refrigerator-freezers which stand side-by-side, compact models, or those with a freezer on the bottom.

Penguin Products

47 NE 11th Way
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Phone: (954) 425-0622
Horizontal refrigerators and freezers.

Whirlpool Corporation
www.whirlpool.com
Administrative Center
Phone: (616) 923-5000
Side-by-side refrigerator freezers accessible from a seated or standing position; slide-out shelves, baskets and bins; and through-the-door ice and water dispenser.

White-Westinghouse and Frigidaire Company
www.frigidaire.com
6000 Perimeter Drive
Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: (800) 685-6005
Top-mounting, energy efficient, no-frost refrigerators are made 54 inches from the mid-point of freezer to the floor and meets HUD's handicap accessibility requirements. Side-by-side refrigerators puts both frozen and refrigerated foods within comfortable reach for arthritis sufferers and wheelchair users. Adjustable shelves can be positioned low, and it comes with an ice and water dispenser.

Kitchenaid (owned by Whirlpool)
www.kitchenaid.com
701 Main St.
St. Joseph, MI 49085
Phone: (800) 253-3977
Side-by-side refrigerator-freezers have compartments with wall shelves for ease of use to seated users or those with limited mobility. Its 24-inch depth also makes it easier to reach. An in-door water and ice dispenser is available. Kitchenaid also makes user-friendly dish washers especially convenient for wheelchair users. Companies like Maytag, Asko, and Frigidaire make washers and dryers in universally accessible designs.