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Accessible Hands-Free Appliances for your Home in 2020

Home appliances were originally designed to make our lives easier. Whether you’re in the kitchen preparing a meal, cleaning the house, or doing laundry, your hands are busy. Not only will hands-free appliances make your life easier, they also prevent the spread of germs, bacteria, and viruses. There are three major categories of kitchen appliances for a hands free kitchen.

1. Push-to-Open Appliances

Push-to-open refrigerators are an upscale option originally designed to match modern handle-free cabinetry. To open a handle-free refrigerator, you simply need to push on the door and the door will pop open. If you’re holding a heavy platter or stock pot, you can simply nudge the refrigerator with your hip or shoulder and gain hands-free access to the interior. Most push-to-open refrigerators are sold as all-refrigerator, all-freezer, or wine storage columns that can be combined to fit your storage needs.

Push-to-open dishwashers were also designed to match modern handle-free cabinetry. To open a handle-free dishwasher lightly push near the top 1/3 of the door. If you are unable to push on the door with your hand, the unit will open with a light tap from your knee or elbow.

Push-to-open refrigerators and dishwashers are typically covered in a custom cabinet panel to blend seamlessly with the rest of the kitchen. If you don’t want your appliance doors to be covered with custom cabinet panels, some brands offer a optional stainless-steel panel kits that can be installed on the front of the refrigerator or dishwasher.

Push-to-open wall ovens and another handle-free alternative giving you a sleek contemporary look and easy access to the oven cavity.

  • Key Features:
    • SteelCool™ Stainless Steel Interior illuminated by 3DLighting™
    • Push-To-Open™ Door Assist opens the door upon a slight push for a luxuriously convenient experience
    • Internal Water Dispenser for easy access to clean, filtered water
    • Dual ice makers with standard and Cocktail Ice™
    • Best-in class food preservation with dedicated evaporator/compressor and Precise Cooling Technology

  • Key Features:
    • The Thermador 24-inch Wine Column holds up to 98 bottles in this three zone unit so you can store your entire collection.
    • Enabled with Home Connect; helpful notifications, remote control, and recipes - all in one app!
    • A prominent display section allows you to place select wines where they can be seen, so you can share with your guests. An eye catching wine presenter made of Wenge wood and aluminum will enhance your presentation.
    • Auto door opening opens the door with just a slight push or a pull.
    • UV protected glass, Humidity & Vibration control, while running extremely quiet to protect all of your finest collection of wines.

  • Key Features:
    • Use your smart device as a remote control to control appliance functions, whether you're home, in the office, or on the road.
    • Never run out of detergent again. Select smart dishwashers and washing machines can connect to Amazon Dash periodically shipping detergent to your home.
    • Bright interior lights ensure you can see every inch of the dishwasher interior.
    • Push-to-Open Function

  • Key Features:
    • Stainless steel, handleless design for Wolf performance at its sleekest
    • 10 cooking modes for predictably delicious results include Convection, Roast, Bake, Broil, Convection Roast, Stone, Gourmet, Warm, Proof and Dehydrate
    • Advanced Dual VertiCross convection system for faster preheats and consistent cooking across all racks
2. Smart Home Appliances

Given the rise of smart home technology, many cooking and cleaning appliances are wi-fi connected to integrate with leading smart home automation systems. Among the many benefits smart appliances provide, hands-free operation is a bonus. Simply connect your smart appliances to your home smart speaker and operate them using voice commands. With smart appliances you can ask your smart speaker to preheat your oven, make your morning coffee, change the temperature on your refrigerator, or run your washer. These appliances aren’t totally hands-free as you do need to put clothes in the washer, for example. But with smart appliances you can use voice commands to avoid touching knobs, buttons, and electronic control boards.

  • Key Features:

    · Just ask Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant to tell GE Appliances' voice control assistant, Geneva, which of the 11 most popular DiGiorno® pizza styles you're serving up, and your oven will determine the right temperature and time controls for the perfect result
    · ADA Compliant
    · Integrate your Nest products with your connected appliances to give you peace of mind. Keep an eye on your appliances while you're away, receive a notification if your oven is still running, or turn off your appliances remotely.
    · Innit is a personalized solution to help you easily shop for the right ingredients and confidently cook delicious meals. Step-by-step videos and easy how-tos help you go from inspiration to cooking with confidence.

  • Key Features:
    • Select a cycle, start or stop the wash and get notifications about when your laundry will be done, all from your smartphone or speaker.
    • Uses up to 6 different wash motions to provide a smart cleaning experience that is gentle on clothes and maximizes washing performance.
    • Control compatible smart appliances with Amazon Alexa. Simply speak your commands and Alexa will do the work for you.
    • Control compatible smart appliances with Google Home. Simply speak your commands and your Google Home will do the task for you.

  • Key Features:

    · Smart home/voice command device compatibility with Amazon Alexa
    · Advanced airflow design
    · High-density insulation and foam for sound absorption
    · ENERGY STAR® qualified models

  • Key Features:

    · The MyChef™ monitors cooking times and temperatures
    · Voice Activated
    · 640 sq. in. Primary & 295 sq. in. Secondary

  • Key Features:
    • Intelligent navigation: 2 front cameras enable high-precision 3D object detection for comprehensive cleaning.
    • 3D Smart Navigation: cleans without collisions and falls by detecting furniture, obstacles and stairs.
    • Crumbs under the breakfast table Dog hair in front of the sofa The Scout even takes care of these little mishaps for you: simply activate the Spot mode and the Scout cleans a target area of about 180 x 180 cm.
    • Auto Mode: in Auto Mode, the Scout cleans on its own and even recharges on its own.
3. ADA Compliant Appliances for Accessibility

The final category of hands-free home appliances are appliances originally designed for accessible operation. These appliances are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are many ADA appliances out there, but these are really outstanding products with some hands-free capabilities.

  • Key Features:
    • Home Connect lets you remotely monitor and control your Bosch wall oven with your smartphone, tablet, or speaker
    • ADA Compliant
    • 4.6 Cu. Ft. Capacity provides plenty of space to cook dinner and dessert for the whole family.
    • Whether cooking poultry, beef or pork, use the Temperature Meat Probe to monitor the internal temperature and get perfect results every time.

  • Key Features:

    · MotionSense Wave™ uses a motion sensor for touch free faucet operation by turning the faucet on or off with just the wave of your hand
    · Single-Sensor Touchless Activation allows you to easily turn the water on and off. Simply wave your hand in front of the faucet
    · Reflex™ Pulldown System offers smooth operation, easy movement, and secure docking

  • Key Features:

    · ADA Compliant
    · The first and only UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock™ eliminates excess moisture to help prevent odors ensuring your washer stays fresh and clean.
    · Microban® Antimicrobial Technology built into components including the gasket, dispenser and draining system delivering protection that lives on load after load.
    · SmartDispense™ Technology saves time and make laundry effortless with an intelligent dispenser that holds up to 32 loads of detergent and automatically dispenses the right amount each time.