With the advent of new technologies, slick, intuitive user-interfaces and bold designs, there has never been a better time to upgrade your kitchen with a modern wall oven.
With available features like Dual-VertiCross convection (Wolf) for more uniform oven heat, user-friendly touch screens (Miele, Dacor and Jenn-Air) to guide you through a new recipe, hybrid-ovens (speed, combi-steam) and so on, the wall oven has truly come of age.
When shopping for an ADA compliant wall oven, however, the choices narrow but are way better than any time before.
To be considered ADA-compliant, a wall oven must meet the following requirements:
Maximum high forward reach for controls and operating mechanisms is 48"; maximum low forward reach is 15".
Controls and operating mechanisms must be operable with one hand and shall not require tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist. The force required to activate controls shall be no more than 5 lbf.
Ovens shall have controls on front panels; they may be located on either side of the door.
Furthermore, the placement or mounting of the wall oven in the kitchen can have an impact on whether or not the end result is considered ADA compliant.
Bosch, Electrolux, Frigidaire, Gaggenau, Maytag and Whirlpool all offer ADA products. As one would expect, while there are a number of features that are shared among these brands, each one has their own unique look and the prices can vary from brand to brand depending on size (30” is by far the most common; they are available in 24” and 27” as well). Convection or non-convection, self-cleaning mode would be a few considerations.
That being said, although not deemed a necessity in order to meet ADA compliance requirements, one feature has a big impact on overall accessibility and ease-of-use: the side opening door. When combining the compliance requirements mentioned previously and the side opening door feature, two manufacturers immediately come to mind: Bosch and Gaggenau. We will look at these two and a few others as well.
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