The times, they are a changin!
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last twenty years, you have experienced the massive shift in major appliances going from electro-mechanical controls to straight electronic controls. No appliance on the market today has been left untouched by this electronic control craze. Boards, boards and more boards! The two legitimate arguments FOR these changes, and granted they are legitimate are: 1) More cycle options can now be offered to consumers. 2) Energy use standards have decreased energy consumption.
My rebuttal to these two issues are simple 1) the vast majority of customers don’t care about or use the options provided on their appliances. Because we are creatures of habit, most of us use 1-2 cycles. That’s it! And 2) Although consumers spend less on energy we have to replace the appliances twice as often (or worse) so our out of pocket costs are much higher over the life of the appliance.