Whirlpool Brand Meets Homeowner Accessibility Needs with New ADA-Compliant Ranges
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BENTON HARBOR, Mich., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Whirlpool brand is helping make cooking more accessible and for all homeowners with the introduction of two ADA-compliant* (American with Disabilities Act) ranges. The Whirlpool® 30-inch drop-in self-cleaning ranges meet accessibility guidelines established by the ADA to make daily activities easier for those with limited mobility.

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"With Baby Boomers approaching retirement age, it has become increasingly important for builders and remodelers to furnish homes with appliances and controls that are easily accessible for all, without sacrificing aesthetics," said Terri Connett, senior manager contract marketing and design, Whirlpool Corporation. "Whirlpool brand's new ADA-compliant ranges are an excellent addition to our existing line of ADA-compliant appliances, which not only support seniors, but anyone with limited mobility."

The electric ceramic glass model features a cooktop with two 6-inch and two 6-inch/9-inch radiant elements, while the electric coil cooktop has two 6-inch and two 8-inch coil elements. Both cooktops accommodate pots and pans of varying sizes and feature 4.5 cubic feet of capacity and the AccuBake® temperature management system, which surrounds food with even temperatures for consistent results every time. Each range also features the Delay Bake and Delay Clean functions, which allow pre-programmable baking and cleaning.

With more than 150 ADA-compliant Whirlpool brand appliances to choose from, homeowners have several options at their fingertips for an accessible kitchen.

Prime examples of these ADA-compliant appliances include: appliances that have handles, buttons and graphics located on the front, positioned closer to the user; appliances with labeling that is 48 percent larger for easier visibility; ovens with large windows; and drawer dishwashers.

About Whirlpool Corporation

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, Whirlpool Corporation's influence on home and family life has shaped trends in the kitchen, laundry area and beyond. The company strives to exceed expectations with appliances that help building professionals create homes of distinction. Whirlpool Corporation's The Inside Advantage™ Program offers Powerful Brands, Innovative Products, Targeted Services and Market Insight to support building professionals.

Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of more than $18 billion in 2010, 71,000 employees, and 66 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.  The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world.

For more information on Whirlpool Corporation and its offerings for building professionals, please visit insideadvantage.com or call 1-800-952-2537.

*Model meets applicable ADA requirements and must be installed in compliance with current ADA Standards.

SOURCE Whirlpool Corporation