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What is the best flooring for your kitchen?

Luxury vinyl 9" plank installed in kitchen

Luxury vinyl plank or LVP

Our first choice is based on what we see people putting in their kitchen remodel plans. LVP has many benefits: it is durable, it looks and feels like wood, it is waterproof or water resistant depending on the brand, and it is economical because it will save you money and time on installation. There is a wide assortment of styles, colors, and brands of LVP. Other factors such as the installation site and the interior design will contribute to what you choose. Below is a photo of a kitchen floor we recently completed. The luxury vinyl manufacturer is Lux Flooring, the collection is Royal Oaks, and the color is Honey Suckle.

Luxury vinyl 9" plank installed in kitchen
Luxury vinyl planks that are 9" wide in the color Honeysuckle. This lighter wood color makes a breezy and airy feel. It creates room for lots of flexibility in decor.

Waterproof hardwood flooring

Hardwood is a good choice for the kitchen because the natural variation of real wood grain. Unlike LVP, which is made with a limited number of wood patterns, and in a large space some people will notice that the patterns repeat, hardwood has unlimited natural variation. Today, manufacturers like MSI Surfaces (shown in the photo below) offer natural hardwood floors that are waterproof which takes the worry out of hardwood. Homeowners thinking of selling their homes often choose hardwood because it has a reputation for adding value to the house.

MSI Surfaces Aura Gold waterproof wood flooring
MSI Surfaces Aura Gold waterproof wood flooring is recommended for kitchens and bathrooms.

Waterproof laminate flooring

Our third choice is laminate flooring. You will probably save the most money buying laminate but you won’t be sacrificing durability and quality. Products like the one shown below by Engineered Floors have a waterproof warranty and trendy new styling.

Dreamweaver Wood Lux Timberstep laminate flooring in the color: Casta Brava.
Dreamweaver Wood Lux Timberstep laminate flooring in the color: Casta Brava.

Why is it important to hire a skilled flooring installer?

One of your installation team’s highest priorities should be to protect your flooring and warranty by following the manufacturer’s installation instructions. After installation, they should also go over the care and maintenance of your new floor. The reason Saddleback Carpet & Flooring gets 5 Star reviews is that we guide you through the process of buying new flooring. It starts with the Free In-Home Consultation where we help you decide on the best option for your home or office. Once a customer has made their selection, we move quickly to get our installation team working on your new floor. Our clients are amazed at how quickly we install flooring and take care of all the small details that add up to customer satisfaction. Click the button below to get started.

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Other things to consider

Kitchen flooring has many texture options. We recommend coming into our showroom to see a wide assortment. 


Distressed planks are popular. Distressing makes the floor look worn in with scrape, burn and other wear marks.

Wire-brushed planks have subtle scratches and raised grain in a more uniform look.

Hand-scraped planks are marked with varying width and length scrapes and saw cut marks that give a handcrafted impression.

Reclaimed planks look like they have been recycled from old buildings. They tell an intriguing story


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