Refrigerator and freezer have pull-out doors. The lower shelf is attached to the door. The other shelves can be pulled out individually.
Susanne’s technique for removing objects from the refrigerator or freezer (photos 2 and 3): She pulls out the door and leans on it to avoid losing her balance. Then she grasps the object with both hands.
Unfortunately, only refrigerators and freezers with side-hinged doors are currently available. It works well for Susanne if the shelves are cassettes that can be pulled out. Such freezers are available, but Susanne has been unable to find this type of refrigerator. In the case of low pull-out shelves Susanne needs to consider how foods are packaged; e.g., handles on milk containers, or vegetables sealed in plastic bags, which she can grab with one hand.
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Norcool produces refrigerators, with pullout shelves, see Norcool drawer fridge, www.norcool.com (last checked May 2017)
This tip is from 2005