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Amana NTW4516FW top-load washer review

The Amana NTW4516FW washer is simply a great budget top-load washer that does the job at a fraction of the cost of other washers.

Amana NTW4516FW top-load washer review
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Our Verdict

The Amana NTW4516FW is a budget top-load washing machine that still sports the center post agitator. It’s an affordable, compact washing machine with 3.5 cubic feet of space.


  • Low price
  • Dual-action agitator


  • Small capacity
  • Limited wash options

The Amana NTW4516FW is a traditional, top-load washing machine that still sports the center post agitator. It’s an affordable, compact 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.  

Find all the models we reviewed in the best top-load washing machines round up, and for the best smart top-load washing machine, check out our LG Smart Top Load Washer WT7300CW review, or for the best value top-loader, read our GE GTW335ASNWW review

Amana NTW4516FW: Price  

The launch price of the Amana NTW4516FW places it at the budget end of the top-load washing machine market. The RRP is $399.99 and at such a low price, discounts are few and far between. The budget price tag does mean this model relies on more traditional technology and there’s certainly no smart features on offer, but that’s to be expected of a model that sits towards the cheaper end of the scale.

Amana NTW4516FW top-load washer review

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 Amana NTW4516FW: Design and features 

You get nine wash cycles with the Amana NTW4516FW, which covers the essentials. It also offers two wash options, three soil levels and five water temperatures, which is on the small side for a range of wash selections.

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. It also comes with a bleach dispenser built in to distribute the bleach evenly.

Amana NTW4516FW: Key specs

Washer Capacity: 3.5 cubic feet
Max Spin Speed: 700 rpm
ENERGY STAR Certified: No
Width: 27 ½ inches
Depth: 27 inches  

This top-load washer is not Energy Star certified, but it’s still pretty energy efficient. With its annual energy use of 206 kilowatt-hours, you’re looking at about $19 a year to operate your washing machine, which is decent. If you prefer a machine with Energy Star certification, consider the Samsung WA50R5400AW.

The Amana NTW4516FW may be one of the smallest machines we compared, but it’s still fine for most loads, although you probably won't be able to wash your comforter in it.

Amana NTW4516FW: User reviews 

This is a pretty popular model amongst users, scoring an average of 4.5 out of 5. Many note that it’s mostly quiet but the odd review noted that it could be a bit noisy when washing bulky items. Most importantly, users loved the performance, with clothes coming out really clean even on high efficiency, low detergent settings. 

The auto-sensing feature is also particularly popular, allowing the machine to save water when the drum isn’t as full, helping to save on water bills. A few reviews did note that the auto-sensing feature didn’t always work for them, but this only seemed to apply to a small number of users.

Should you buy the Amana NTW4516FW? 

The Amana NTW4516FW is a rather basic model that relies on more traditional technology, but it does a good job and is one of the cheaper models on the market. The small capacity is likely to be a big drawback for large families or those that often wash bulky items, who may need to pay a bit more for that extra capacity.

It isn’t Energy Star certified so it could have a bit more of an impact on bills than other models, but the auto-sensing feature should mitigate some of the extra cost. Overall, it’s a popular budget model that does a good job without putting too much of a dent in your wallet.