NTW4601BQ Review

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Washer Pros and Cons

Cleaning

Older cleaning technology with a standard agitator and no internal heater. Most new washers now employ tumblers, infusors, impellers, and plates that are gentler on fabrics, use less water, and provide more internal space.

 

Spin

Maximum washer spin rate is 38% lower than average. Lower spin RPM usually leaves more water in the clothing and requires longer, more costly drying times. Ranks in the lower 10% of new washing machines for POOR moisture removal.

 

Energy

Energy Factor is 37% lower than average. Clothes washers with lower Energy Factors are less efficient and will cost more to operate because they use more energy. Ranks in the lower 5% of new washers for POOR energy efficiency.

 

Water

The NTW4601BQ Water Factor is 200% higher than the average new washer. Higher Water Factors indicate the washer is less efficient and will use more water to operate. Ranks in the lower 1% of new washers for POOR water efficiency.

 

Cycles

Cycles and options are 45% lower than average. Less operating flexibility may be an issue if you have a wide array of fabrics or soil conditions within your family. Ranks in the lower 1% of new washers for FAIR program selection and flexibility.

 

Price

Price per cubic foot is 45% lower than average. Based on the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), each cubic foot costs about $112 less than the average new washer. Ranks in the top 5% of new washing machines for BEST price efficiency.

Performance Ratings

Steam

No Steam Cleaning – Does not have the capability to produce high-temperature steam. Steam can gently penetrate fabrics and is very effective on soil removal. Steam cycles are now available on about 50% of newly manufactured washers.

 

Sanitize

No Sanitize Cycle – Does not have the option to sanitize clothing by raising water temperatures to high levels that kill many types of bacteria. Bleach or OxiClean may be a partial alternative depending on your chemical sensitivity.

 

Allergen

Not certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) or the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to reduce allergens such as dust mite and dander with high temperature water.

 

Temp Control

Auto Temp Control – Automatically regulates the hot and cold water supply to ensure that the wash water is at the proper temperature for the cycle selected. On cold winter days the hot water runs longer or more often to compensate.

Heater

No Internal Water Heater – Water temperatures cannot be increased beyond your home’s hot water tank supply. Internal heaters are necessary for steam cleaning capability and are the preferred method to sanitize clothes with high temp water.<

 

Water Level

No Auto Water Level – Pre-set, standard water levels must be manually selected for different estimated load sizes. Does not employ load sensors that can automatically and efficiently adjust the water level for small to large loads.

 

Drum

Porcelain Wash Drum – Porcelain wash baskets are the old standard. They’re durable and gentle on fabrics, but prone to chipping. Stainless steel is the current standard with less than 10% of new washers having porcelain or plastic drums.

 

Vibration

Standard Vibration Control – designed with a standard spring suspension to help reduce vibrations. Effectiveness of this system compared to other washers with advanced anti-vibration is unknown.

 

Wash Type

Agitator – Top load washer with older agitator technology. Agitators can be effective, but they take up valuable drum space and are harder on clothing and fabrics. Uses significantly more water than newer tumble or impeller designs.

 

MSRP

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is 54% lower than average. You should save about $566 compared to the average-priced washer. Ranks in the top 5% of new washers for BEST overall price. Also check the cost per cubic foot.

Motor

Standard one-year parts and labor warranty on the washer drive motor. The drive motor is one of the more expensive components to replace and several brands offer longer part warranties of up to 10 years. Warranties are subject to change.

 

Convenience Ratings

Capacity

Interior capacity is about average for a new washing wachine. Smaller washers generally cost less, but if you want to minimize the time you spend in the laundry room, a larger washer will likely save both time and money in the long-run.

 

Periodic Tumble

No Periodic Tumble – After the wash cycle completes there is no extended tumbling of the clothes. Periodic tumbling, especially with circulating air, keeps the clothes fresh if you are delayed in transferring them to the dryer.

 

Time

No Time Display – One of the few new washing machines that doesn’t have an estimated cycle time remaining display. Time displays make multi-tasking around the home a little easier.

 

Delay

No Delay Start / End – Cannot be programmed to start or end at a later time. Over 80% of new washing machines produced today have a delay feature that allows you to better schedule the laundry around your busy life.

 

Dispenser

Bleach, fabric softener, or detergent can be preloaded into the dispensing trays and automatically released by the washer at the optimum time in the wash cycle.

Settings

3 Temp-Soil-Spin Settings – 3 Temperature, 0 Soil, and 0 Spin settings. Lower than average number of settings for these key items on a new washer. Fewer settings limit your flexibility in caring for a wide range of fabrics, stains, and conditions.

 

Quick Wash

No Quick Wash – This washing machine does not have a fast wash cycle that can have your clothing ready in much less time than regular cycles. Some washers can have a small load ready in just 15 minutes.

 

Wash-Dry

No Overnight Wash & Dry – Like most washers, this model does not have the unique capability to both wash and dry your clothes overnight. A few washers can continue to tumble the clothes and circulate drying air after the wash cycle has ended.

 

Drum Light

No Drum Light – There is no internal lighting of the wash drum area when loading or unloading clothes. Sometimes shadows or an unlit laundry room can hide a stray sock that remains missing until the next wash cycle.

 

ADA

Not ADA Compliant – Does not comply with American Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. Most top loading washers are not ADA compliant because of the door location and the controls are higher from the ground than front load washers.

 

Wi-Fi

No Wi-Fi – This washing machine is not Wi-Fi Enabled or Wi-Fi Ready. It cannot be remotely programmed, operated, or diagnosed through a home Wi-Fi Internet connection or Smartphone. It is not Smart Grid or Smart Meter capable.

 

Detergent

No Detergent Reservoir – Like most washers, this machine does not have a reservoir that holds a large supply of detergent. A Few brands such as GE, Maytag, and Whirlpool offer new washers with multi-day detergent and fabric softener storage.

 

Reverse Door

No Reversible Door – Reversible doors generally do not apply to top load washers as they usually open from front to back. They are available on some front load washers where an open door can sometimes block the dryer.

 

Stackable

Not Stackable – Most top load washers cannot be stacked vertically with a dryer to save space and make dryer loading easier. This is a handy feature with front load washers if your laundry room area is small.