If you are cooking something special one Sunday evening (ie after the shops have closed), the jar of the most essential ingredient in the fridge will turn out to have mould growing in it and the new jar you knew was in the cupboard will turn out to be something that looked identical, but is in fact completely different. Furthermore the packet of lovely fresh herbs that you bought specially only yesterday will have gone extinct overnight.
Yes, I often pause the program and do that though I don’t think it always restarts perfectly (cheap Beko machine).
When our fancy direct drive 1600 spin Miele died with a lot of cacophony and smoke we got a Samsung washing machine simply as it was lighter, could be lifted into the car and was in stock at Currys. The more expensive Samsung washers had a ‘flap’ in the door through which you could add the missing sock/whatever during the wash - potentially handy I think.
Maybe mine was an outlier, but it was the most expensive consumer model available (circa £1300) when we had young kids, 10 year free warranty, great deal, ‘blew up’ after 12 years - suspect the bearings or something went given the smoke, it was a fantastic machine but I don’t think it would have been in any way economical to repair. Still have it stored actually as it’s too bloody heavy to move (around 110kg).