Probably as a dd command user, what you are missing the most is knowing how the command is progressing towards the task completion. Well, seems that in the newest versions that is quite easy to know.
dd in GNU Coreutils 8.24+ (Ubuntu 16.04 and newer) got a new status option to display the progress:
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/null status=progress
462858752 bytes (463 MB, 441 MiB) copied, 38 s, 12,2 MB/s