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One-button laundry

A one-button washing machine that's so simple anyone can use it.

The people in this house seem to wear clothes every single day. Some of them even change their clothes multiple times a day, and my children believe that if you have worn an outfit for even one minute, it is laundry.

Say what you will about my parenting, but there is a lot of laundry to be done in this house. And my husband, who is a software developer and who can hook up complex home theater systems in nanoseconds, professes that the washing machine is "too hard" for him to master.

The Reason washing machine eliminates this excuse. Touted as "the best washing machine ever made," the Reason distills laundry to its simplest form. Pull out the drum, drop in the laundry, push one button, and walk away.

According to the company, the Reason weighs your laundry and doses exactly the right amount of detergent, softener, and water, meaning nothing is wasted. You don't have to choose a cycle or set a temperature or fool around with any of the other buttons that seem to confuse my poor husband.

Of course, if you want to select a cycle, you can manually turn the button to choose one of 20 wash programs, alter the spin speed, and so on. Just don't tell your husband. Or mine.