This washer is the first to allow interaction with a Smartphone. Download the free app from the iTunes store to your iPhone, and you're ready to go! The app can control start time, even from another room in the house. The machine will send your phone an alert when your wash cycle is complete. The control panel is totally touch-controlled, so there are no knobs to twist to activate a cycle. There are several cycles available to choose, and you can add features such as a prewash or steam cycle for extra deep cleaning. This model is very energy efficient and is also a water-conserving machine. Clothes come out extra clean, and you can find any cycle length you would like. This is definitely the coolest washing machine I've ever seen! I highly recommend it!