NTW4611BQ Review

Amana NTW4611BQ Amana

Capacity: 3.6 cu ft
Width: 27"












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Amana NTW4611BQ

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Washer Pros and Cons
Cleaning Older design that uses an agitator to wash clothes. Newer technology washers employ tumbling, infusors, impellers, or plates that are gentler on fabrics. Does not have an internal water heater.  
Cycles Number of cycles and options is 39% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new washers for FAIR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles makes it harder to meet your fabric care needs.  
Energy Modified Energy Factor is 33% lower than the average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new washers for POOR energy efficiency. MEF = capacity / energy use; the lower the factor, the more electricity it uses.  
Water The NTW4611BQ Water Factor is 82% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new washing machines for POOR water efficiency. WF = consumption / capacity; the higher the factor, the more water it uses.  
Warranty This model has been discontinued by the manufacturer but may still be available at some stores that sell Amana washers. Should provide at least the standard one-year parts and labor warranty.  
Price Price per cubic foot is 55% lower than average and ranks in the top 1% of new washing machines for BEST affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $152 less than the average new washer.

Amana NTW4611BQ Washer

Performance Ratings
700 RPM - Maximum spin speed is 38% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new washers for POOR moisture removal. Lower spin RPM usually leaves more water and requires longer dryer times.  
Auto Temp Control - Automatically regulates the hot and cold water supply to ensure that water enters and stays at the proper temperature. On cold days the hot water runs longer or more often to compensate.
Standard Wash Motions - Cleans using standard agitator wash motions that may be satisfactory for some wash applications. Agitators are old technology and substantially harder on fabric wear.  
No Internal Heater - Water temperatures cannot be increased beyond the input hot water supply. Heavy soil and stain removal is best achieved with high temperature water produced from an internal heater.  
No Steam Cleaning - The Amana NTW4611BQ does not have the capability to produce steam. Steam cycles are now available on about 40% of new washers, and they are very effective on soil removal.  
No Sanitize Cycle - Clothes cannot be sanitized by raising water temperatures to high levels that kill germs and bacteria. Bleach may be an alternative depending on your tolerance for odors and fabric-wear.  
No Foam Cycle - Powerfoam is only available on select Samsung washers. Foam cleaning has not proven to get your clothes any cleaner, but it can lessen wash-times and may be easier on certain fabrics.  
No Allergen Cycle - The NTW4611BQ does not have any cycles designed to eliminate many of the common household allergens such as dust mites or pet dander. Only available on about 25% of new washers.  
Automatic Water Level - Designed with sensors that detect the load size and then adjust the water level to achieve the best cleaning and rinsing performance. Convenient feature that also saves water.
Basic Vibration System - One of the 25% of washers that do not have a specific vibration control system. Many vibrations can be prevented by loading the drum evenly and placing the washer on a level surface.  
Non-Metallic Wash Drum - One of the 10% of new washing machines that does not have a stainless steel tub. The tub is made of nylon, porcelain, or other lower-cost materials that are not as durable.  

Convenience Ratings
Capacity 3.6 cu ft - Interior capacity is close to the new washer average of 3.9 cu ft. Capacity is a personal choice, but the larger the washer, the less loads you'll have to do, and the more time and money you'll likely save.  
MSRP $449 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is 60% lower than average and ranks in the top 1% of new washing machines for BEST overall price. Also check the cost per cubic foot.
Display No Display - Amana's NTW4611BQ is in the small (15%) group of new washers that do not provide visual information on wash program status and cycle time. Makes home multi-tasking more complicated.  
Delay Start - You can program the wash cycle to start at a later, more convenient time. Allows you to fit the laundry around your schedule and to consider hot water availability or planned home arrival.
Dispenser 1-2 Tray Dispenser - The NTW4611BQ has a basic dispenser that can release detergent and sometimes bleach or fabric softener at the appropriate time. About 75% of new washers have 3-4 tray dispensers.  
Settings 4/3/2 Temp/Soil/Spin Settings - Lower than average number of settings for temperature, soil level, and spin speed. Fewer settings may provide less flexibility with cleaning or fabric care.  
Standard Quick Wash - Standard quick-wash capability where you can run a small-load, short cycle (generally 30 minutes). Allows you to quickly do some last-minute laundry for unexpected events.  
No Overnight Wash & Dry - Like most washers, this one does not have the unique capability to both wash and dry your clothes in an extended multi-hour cycle. Only found on less than 5% of new washers.  
No Custom Cycle - Cannot program a custom cycle with soil, spin, temperature and other settings that you use most often. Convenient capability - only available on about 20% of new washing machines.  
No Smartphone Connect - You can't control washer operations or troubleshoot problems through a smartphone application. About 25% of new washers now have some type of phone connectivity.  
No Detergent Reservoir - Does not have a large reservoir that holds a month or two supply of detergent. Less than 5% of new washers have on-board, multi-day detergent and fabric softener storage.  
No Reversible Door - The washer door is fixed and cannot be changed to open from the other side. Only a few brands such as Electrolux and Kenmore offer some washers with reversible door capability.  
Stackable Not Stackable - Cannot be stacked vertically with a dryer to save space in your laundry room. About 75% of new washers are stackable with their companion dryer. Need extra space in your laundry area?  

Energy Ratings
Not Energy Star Qualified - Does not meet federal ENERGY STAR standards. An inefficient washer can cost you hundreds of dollars in wasted electricity and water over its average life of 10-12 years.  
No Most Efficient Award - Like most new washers on the market, the Amana NTW4611BQ has not earned Energy Star's Most Efficient award and does not pass their toughest criteria for elite efficiency.  
488 kWh Annual - Estimated annual electricity use is 205% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 1% of new washing machines for POOR KWh usage. Check the Modified Energy Factor for efficiency.  
Tier III
Not CEE Tier III Rated - The NTW4611BQ has not earned the highest Consortium for Energy Efficiency rating for super-efficiency. CEE Tier III criteria is significantly greater than Energy Star.  
Standard Cold Wash - Does not employ special technologies to help get your clothes really clean on a cold wash cycle. Basic cold wash sometimes works with lightly soiled, unstained clothing.  
Not Smart-Grid Capable - Cannot be hooked into your present or future local utility smart-grid and programmed to operate when utility rates are lower. Most new washers are still not smart-grid capable.  

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