The steel braided hoses are the best made to protect your home. Since standard rubber hoses have a tendency to burst the steel braided hoses are recommended. The are rubber inside but braided with steel to prevent them from bursting. You don’t use your washing machine 24/7 so it sits there with the hoses filled with water that is under pressure. In all of my years I have never had an issue with standard rubber hoses, however, there was once that I found a bulge in the hot water hose that could have potentially caused an issue if I had not caught it in time. That is why I insist on the steel braided hoses and always replace the water hoses each time I replace the washer. It does cost a little more but it is worth the investment since if the hot water hose bursts you would have very hot water spraying which could potentially cause harm to you or a loved one.