For us this has seemed to be the way to go as washing machines don't seem to be built to last more than a couple of years anymore.
The washing machine has a larger size drum and is also an A+ rating on the energy grading, this means that it now will wash more in each load (less loads during the week) but is also good for energy consumption etc.
Just in the 2 weeks since we have had this I have noticed that our electrictiy usage has gone down, and nothing else has changed.
The bread machine was an annoying thing as the old machine worked perfectly well but the pan leaked and it didn't matter how many parts places I contacted a spare one could not be found.
I have kept the old machine in case a pan does become available.