Amana Tandem NFW7300WW 3.5 cu. ft. Front Loading Washer
At $699 from Amana, the NFW7300WW is a spartan washer that does a good job getting clothes clean. If you don't mind that it has only three cycles and no customizable options to speak of aside from temperature, it may be a good fit for you. Just remember that better washers with more features sell for less.
Some of the most legendary sitcoms of the 1970s were the humorous social commentaries produced by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin's Tandem productions. The Amana Tandem Washer may not bring as many didactically-induced laughs as a Very Special Episode of Maude, but with solid stain removal and good energy numbers it sure isn't a piece of junk destined for Sanford and Son's scrapyard.
One things for sure -- like Lear's harvest gold tinged sitcoms and Archie Bunker's political views, this Amana is a relic from another time. The Tandem features the simple clean lines and big buttons that have all but disappeared from newer washers in favor of LED displays and even color LCD screens. More importantly, it only has three preset cycles, while most modern washers have at least five.
If you only need a basic, cheap washer and prefer a front loader, though, it's still a good deal -- as long as you can find it on sale. As of May 2012, numerous online retailers list the Tandem series as discontinued. We called Amana, who told us the washer and dryer are still in production -- as they have been since 2010. Amana's own store sells the NFW7300WW for $699, which is pretty high for a washer with so few features.
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