The Amana Corporation is one of the oldest American household appliances brand. The company dates back to 1934 when it was officially founded as ‘The Electrical Equipment Company’ in Iowa. Starting off as a manufacturer of commercial coolers, the business was later taken over by the Amana Society and was given the name Amana Incorporation. Presently it is owned by the conglomerate that is Whirlpool Corporation.
Whirlpool Corporation supervises the sales and marketing of most modern washing machine companies including – Whirlpool, KitchenAid, May-Tag, Gladiator, GarageWorks, Ignis and Amana. The company is the world’s chief home appliance manufacturer.
Amana has been a household name in American markets for decades. They are mostly known for their dependable, practically priced, made in America home appliances. The product that we will be reviewing – the Amana NTW4516FW Top-Load Washing Machine falls perfectly under this category. Any homeowner who is researching new and cost-effective models of washing machines is bound to have come across the brand name Amana.
Their products have a reputation of being value for money. Even though Amana has always expanded their expertise into engineering an assortment of other home appliances, such as heaters, ovens, dishwashers and refrigerators, their innovative peak has always resided in the washers and dryers sector. In 2000 Amana launched a traditional dryer and top-load washer which offer unprecedented capacity at that time. Since that launched, Amana has established itself as a notable brand in the washer and dryer industry.
Amana NTW4516FW Top-Load Washing Machine is a conventional style top load washer. Made with the average homeowner in mind, the machine is very easy to operate and has dial-style controls. Its 3.5 cubic feet capacity makes it ideal for people who prefer small and simple washers. The mid-sized capacity works perfectly well for most nuclear families, meeting the laundry requirements of around three to four people.
The Amana NTW4516FW Top-Load Washing Machine is in many ways old-fashioned. So, the cleaning process of this top-load washing machine is traditional because it employs the old-style center post agitator. This agitator is dual-action. It offers additional rotating periods to clean clothes which need more attention methodically. Since the unit in itself is not big or multifaceted enough, it is recommended for users to purchase it along with its matching dryer– the 6.5 cubic feet front loader Amana NED4655EW, a dryer that offers Eleven dry cycles. Collectively they make an effective and reasonably priced washer-dryer combo.
The Amana NTW4516FW Top-Load Washing Machine has–
In addition to that, there are 3 soil levels –
The machine also offers five temperature choices. There is an additional option of Extra Rinse. Automatic load-size sensing feature enriches the machine’s performance in treating the fabrics in a manner that is most suitable. There is a Deep-Water washing option which is specially designed to treat severely soiled loads.
The unit has a maximum spin speed of 700RPM.
The Spin Speed Recommendations in terms of materials for this product are
The spin speed can be controlled by using the machine’s easy to use dial controls.
The Amana NTW4516FW top-load washing machine is not Energy Star certified. However, its annual energy usage of just 206 kilowatt-hours makes it pretty energy efficient. The average expected operational energy cost is around $20/year, which is fair. For users who would prefer a machine in a similar mould but with Energy Star certification, the LG WT7200CV is recommended.
The autosensing feature for determining the load sizes and auto adjusting the water fill makes it extremely water efficient. Despite it not being Energy Star rated, the machine uses considerably less water every wash than Amana’s older conventional models such as the Amana NTW4601BQ.
There are 9 wash cycles, 2 wash options, 3 soil level options and 5 water temperature options. That is the fewest in all of Amana’s Agitator Washer Catalogue.
The cycles are somewhat basic, including
There is a built-in bleach distributer that helps in dispensing the bleach evenly.
The Amana NTW4516FW Top-Load Washing Machine comes with a 1-year warranty which covers malfunctioning parts and labor costs to fix/replace the parts.
|Adjustable Settings||Does not come with a stainless-steel tub (Porcelain tubs are more sensitive)|
|Offers automatic water temperature control||Can’t wring all the water out, needs an additional dryer purchase|
|Offers auto bleach dispenser||Deep water wash mode only available when washing bulky loads|
|Quiet Wash Cycles||No auto detergent or fabric softener dispenser|
|Option for extra rinse cycles||Does not have an end-of-cycle signal|
|Offers Deep Fill||No Steaming Options|
|An extremely low-cost product||Very Small Capacity|
The Amana NTW4516FW comes with limited capacity, limited wash options and a small warranty period. However, for consumers who live alone or in a small family, it is the perfect economical buy.