What is an ADA Ice Maker?
Ice makers come in all shapes and sizes to meet various business needs. Sometimes the shape and size of an ice maker has to meet regulations purposed by state and federal lawmakers. The ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act was established in 1990 as a measure to prohibit the discrimination of people with disabilities. This act has given rise to several ADA-complaint appliances that help people with disabilities access them without assistance. An ADA ice maker is no different.
Let’s discuss what makes an ice maker ADA compliant and the types of ADA-compliant ice machines that are right for your Kansas or Missouri business.
What are the Criteria of an ADA Ice Maker?
According to Title III of the American Disabilities Act, public accommodations must be accessible to individuals who require wheelchairs. Countertops can’t be higher than 32.5 inches tall. ADA ice makers are either built to fit underneath these countertops or have their ice bin doors below 32” high.
Many undercounter machines are ADA compliant, but not all. Since hotel ice machines in Kansas or Missouri are generally accessible to the public, they have their ice dispensing zone and activator below 32”.
Types of ADA Ice Makers
ADA ice machines come in different designs to fit various business needs. Here are some of the most popular types:
- Undercounter Ice Makers: Designed to fit under countertops, ADA compliant models measure 32.5” and below. These models meet the height regulations instituted by the federal government. Models like the Hoshizaki KM-201BAH ice machine have ice bin doors that meet ADA requirements.
- Hotel Ice Dispensers: It’s important that hotel ice dispensers be ADA compliant since they need to be accessible to guests. Ice machines for hotels or motels like the Hoshizaki DB-130 hotel ice dispenser and Hoshizaki 200H hotel ice dispenser are designed for this very reason.
- Cabinet Style Ice Makers: Popular for office use. Cabinet-style ice makers open like a refrigerator or cabinet, so people can scoop ice for drinks. Models like the Hoshizaki AM-50BAJ-DS ice machine fit underneath counters or blend into walls and other fixtures.
One negative to buying these ice makers is they generally do not produce enough ice for businesses with high-volume needs. If you require over 1000 lbs. of ice a day, it’s better to purchase a large modular ice machine with a bin or more than one ADA ice maker.
ADA Ice Makers for Kansas and Missouri Businesses
If you run a business in the Kansas or Missouri area that needs an ice machine that’s open to the public, an ADA ice maker helps to ensure everyone has access to ice. Since they’re small, they won’t take up a lot of space in your business. If you’re in the market for an ADA ice machine, contact us today! Our ice machine rentals include maintenance, cleaning, and ice machine repairs in the Kansas City area, so it’s always in top condition!