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farlander762:
I hate them all. 

The dishwasher complains if it isn't level enough, or if the water doesn't get hot fast enough, and the stupid soap cup never opens right.  AND WHY DOES IT NEED TO SING TO ME!!!!

The washing machine also complains about water temperature, or a load imbalance.  The motor control wizardry seems to be too weak for the motor it's driving.  AND WHY DOES IT NEED TO SING TO ME!!!

The dryer has hell with the dryness sensor...GAAA!!!  That's it's one flipping job!!!

The refrigerator, oh the refrigerator...I hate it the most!  Two ice makers that never want to make ice, one of which can never decide if crushed or cubed.  The ice makers have heated tubes to keep the water from freezing on its way to the ice maker, and they fail.  IT even spits water from the door sometimes while being told to dispense ice!!  The control system can be deprogrammed down to some fail-safe state with a combination of button presses but can only be restored to full function by replacing the motherboard.  Somebody please tell me why I need a refrigerator with a motherboard???  It annihilates fruits and vegetables in days, I haven't found the setting to stop that.  It always wants its filter changed ($60 each).  It even had to have a door seal changed on the freezer.   Every systems seems to be tied to every other system by an under-powered power supply that is of course part of the motherboard.

I want my appliances dumb.  Real dumb.  Tired of this overpriced, under-performing garbage.   

xrunner:
Yea it's marketing, product differentiation - we gotta one-up the competition with some feature they don't have. But sure, maybe a line of super dumb appliances would be a way to do that eventually ...  :popcorn:

Cyberdragon:
You sound like that old Ozzy Ozborne reality show where he would get frustrated and confused by modern tech.



Everything has a microprocessor, been that way for at least 20 years! Don't like it? Wash your dishes in the sink, use an old washtub and washboard with a crank ringer and clothes line, and get an ice box.

You just wait till all the yuppie hipsters get their way and you have to pair your phone and subscribe to data farming to toast your damn bread.THEN, you can complain, untill then, RTFM! [/rant]

Cyberdragon:

--- Quote from: xrunner on September 08, 2021, 12:48:57 am ---Yea it's marketing, product differentiation - we gotta one-up the competition with some feature they don't have. But sure, maybe a line of super dumb appliances would be a way to do that eventually ...  :popcorn:

--- End quote ---

The one thing I do want brought back...the fully automatic Sunbeam toaster.

TimFox:
When my modern US made clothes dryer failed 3 months after the warranty ended, it was a trivial fault on the single digital board that contained the controls, processor, and display.  Luckily, contrary to my normal practice, I had purchased an extended warranty:  the normal cost to replace the board (not field-repairable) was roughly 2/3 the purchase price.  The “10 year warranty” prominently noted on the front panel only covered the stuff the company actually knew how to do, essentially the mechanical drive train.  I replaced the previous unit (same brand, but the company had merged into a different corporation) after 35 years, and the electromechanical timer/control switch was still original.  How smart does a clothes dryer need to be?  The old one had a moisture sensor that worked as well as the new one.

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