The Amana NTW4516FW is a traditional washing machine that still sports the center post agitator that swishes your clothes around to clean them. This is an affordable, compact top-load washing machine with 3.5 cubic feet of space. It has basic features and functions, as well as the dual-action agitator that provides extra rotating action to clean your clothes thoroughly. Its matching dryer, the Amana NED4655EW, is a 6.5-cubic-foot front-loader with 11 dry cycles. Together they make a solid, affordable washer-dryer combo.
This top-load washer is not Energy Star certified, but it performs with decent energy efficiency nonetheless. With its annual energy use of 206 kilowatt-hours, you’re looking at about $25 a year to operate your washing machine, which is decent but not as low as the operating costs for high-efficiency models. It has a standard capacity for an agitator-style washing machine at 3.5 cubic feet. You get nine wash cycles, which cover the essentials, plus two wash options, three soil levels and five water temperatures.
The cycles you get are fairly basic, including heavy, regular, bulky, quick wash and casual. You also get a deep-water wash for when you need extra water in the washtub and a clean-washer cycle to help keep your machine free of soap scum and bacteria. There is also a bleach dispenser built into this washer to distribute the bleach evenly.
This Amana washer includes the limited one-year warranty that only covers defective parts and labor to replace the parts or machine. The manufacturer’s website gives you access to the documentation you need for your unit, including the user manual. You can also contact a member of customer support by phone, email or live chat on weekdays.
Although the Amana NTW4516FW is a very basic washing machine, it is a good choice for those who are looking to spend less money upfront for a traditional washer. But you will likely spend more in the long run on your energy and water bills than you would with a high-efficiency washer.