I am having a new washing machine delivered next week (after the untimely demise of my 6 year-old $950 Whirlpool Calypso). The salesman explained to me that the delivery people are only allowed to install the machine with 'new hoses in their package'.
After investigating the options, I decided to go with Braided Stainless Steel washing machine connector hoses again. Although they are three or four times as expensive as plain rubber hoses, the total cost for outfitting the washer will only be $20 plus tax (and they will provide some piece of mind). I also usually turn off the water supply to the washer when I am not using it, and definitely if I go out of town.
I considered using some hoses with an automatic shut-off feature in the event of a hose rupture or other system failure. However, I ruled out these fancy hoses because they evidently sometimes automatically shut-off in error and it would be difficult for me to remove and replace the hoses to perform the reset procedure.
My Eastman Steel-Flex Series hoses have solid brass octagonal nuts which allow them to be loosened or tightened (very carefully) with a wrench. One feature that these hoses lack is a 90 degree elbow so the hose does not kink if the washing machine is pushed too close to the wall. These hoses are 'Guaranteed Not to Burst for the life of a residential machine'. It appears that if it burst you get new hoses (but no mention about covering other damage).
I am pretty sure I will be very happy with my Eastman Steel-Flex washing machine connector hoses.