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The Best Durable Flooring Options for Your Kitchen

Versatile Kitchen Flooring

The best flooring for kitchens combines beauty with stability. Your kitchen floors should offer a stunning, stable, and versatile environment for your family and guests to enjoy.

Versatile Kitchen Flooring

The best flooring for kitchens combines beauty with stability. Your kitchen floors should offer a stunning, stable, and versatile environment for your family and guests to enjoy.

The Importance of Kitchen Flooring

Life happens in the kitchen. And by life we mean gatherings, messes, experimentation, happy hours, late-night snacking, pets looking for a handout, and hopefully more wins than fails. All that action demands a floor that both looks amazing and can be cleaned quickly and easily so you can go back to the fun stuff. In practical terms, this means the best kitchen flooring is waterproof or highly water-resistant, protected against scratches, and durable enough to withstand heavy traffic. Ideally, for consistency’s sake, it should also be the same style flooring as other rooms in your home. Sound like a tall order? No worries. There are plenty of high-quality kitchen flooring options. Let’s dive into what you should look for in your next kitchen floor.

Kitchen Flooring Options

What to Look for in a Kitchen Floor

A new kitchen floor can change the entire feel of the room and continuously make a positive impact on your day. A few characteristics of a quality kitchen floor are incredibly important to ensure you’re happy with the update for years to come. When it comes to kitchen floors, you’ll want a durable, aesthetically pleasing, and easy-to-clean material.


Kitchen floors should be very durable. This is one of the most high-traffic areas of the home, so you’ll need a material that is up for the task. The best kitchen floors will be scratch-resistant and at least water-resistant if not waterproof. These qualities will ensure your flooring holds up to everything from spilled milk to a dropped appliance.
Check the flooring material’s moisture resistance abilities, Janka Hardness rating, and the strength of its top wear layer to ensure you’ve got a floor whose durability matches the needs of your kitchen.

Pleasing Aesthetics

Your kitchen floor should be as aesthetically pleasing as any other room, but sometimes this can be difficult to balance with all the other needs specific to kitchens. The wood flooring look is always a stunning style but remember this style doesn’t have to mean a solid wood material. There are many options available, including vinyl and engineered materials, that provide the wood style to match the rest of the home and include the moisture and scratch resistance required for the kitchen.


Arguably one of the most important aspects of kitchen flooring, the ability to clean the floor quickly and easily is paramount. Easy-to-clean kitchen flooring ensures moisture resistance, so spills don’t soak into the material and stain your floors. The ideal flooring for your kitchen also allows for versatile cleaning options like vacuums for flat surfaces and non-specialized cleaner restrictions.

Kitchen Flooring Options

The ideal kitchen flooring options will include durability with a beautiful style. Plus look out for materials with the added benefit of sustainability!

Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl flooring is some of the best kitchen flooring material on the market. With a high-quality vinyl plank floor in your kitchen you will enjoy a DIY-friendly installation, an aesthetically pleasing appearance, and a waterproof surface for easy cleaning.

  • 100% Waterproof
  • Stylish Wood-Look Appearance
  • Easy Cleaning
  • Easy installation

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Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring couples the beauty of real hardwoods with water-resistance and sustainability. For the same aesthetic benefits as solid hardwood flooring with the added durability and versatility, engineered flooring is a highly recommended material for kitchen floors.

  • Water-resistant
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Beautiful Wood-look
  • Sustainable Material
  • Easy Installation

Engineered Floor with a Waterproof Core: GeoWood

Looking for an even tougher engineered floor? Introducing GeoWood engineered flooring. GeoWood is perfect for high-traffic, water-prone areas like your kitchen with its waterproof limestone core and tough real-timber top layer.

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Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood flooring is beautiful and comfortable but not typically recommended for high moisture areas of the home. Solid wood floors can be an okay option for a kitchen if you’re consistently able to quickly react to spills.

Cork Flooring

Cork flooring is a great option for kitchen flooring due to its resistance to moisture and thermal and noise insulation. You’ll notice the positive differences in comfort after long hours of cooking with cork floors.

  • Easy to clean
  • Comfortable underfoot
  • Sustainable Material
  • Moisture resistant
  • Scratch resistant

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Frequently Asked Kitchen Flooring Questions

What is the best flooring for a kitchen?

The best flooring for a kitchen will be durable. Look for scratch-resistance and water-resistance in your flooring material along with the beauty.
Our flooring experts recommend engineered wood or vinyl plank flooring.

What is the most durable floor for a kitchen?

The most durable floors will be waterproof or water-resistant as well as scratch-resistant. When reviewing the durability of a floor, check the Janka Hardness rating, its ability to deal with moisture, and the quality and thickness of its top layer.
Engineered hardwood or vinyl plank flooring are the most durable options for kitchen flooring.

What is the best waterproof flooring for a kitchen?

The best waterproof flooring for a kitchen is vinyl plank flooring. Vinyl is 100% waterproof and its added benefits include a stylish appearance and a scratch-resistant top-layer.

Is vinyl flooring good for kitchen?

Vinyl flooring is a great option for kitchens since it is 100% waterproof and often comes in versatile styles to match any home.

What kitchen flooring is best for dogs?

The best kitchen flooring for families with dogs will be any material that is scratch-resistant and can handle moisture. A water-resistant or waterproof floor will ensure any accidents won’t ruin your floors. A scratch-resistant floor will help defend against your dog’s nails. Engineered wood or vinyl floors are great options for families with pets.

Kitchen Flooring Durability Test

Watch Walker drop some green beans on Redefined Pine Cali Vinyl Pro flooring to see if it dents. Spoiler Alert: Nope!

Kitchen Flooring Options from CALI

Kitchen with Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl Flooring for Kitchens

Our luxury vinyl plank collections use specialized imaging technology and detailed wood grain texturing to make them look and feel just like actual hardwood flooring. Plus, all those good looks come with a 100% waterproof construction, an extra pet-friendly scratch-resistant finish, and planks that can be wet-mopped clean.

Kitchen with Engineered Flooring

Engineered Kitchen Flooring

This layered wood flooring is more moisture-tolerant and more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood. We offer engineered flooring topped with thick, beautiful veneers of European oak, hickory, maple, and Fossilized bamboo. The bamboo is the densest option and hard enough to withstand most denting from falling pots and cans.

Kitchen with Wood Flooring

Wood Flooring for Kitchens

Technically another engineered flooring option, GeoWood layers actual timber (your choice of oak, maple, or Fossilized bamboo) over a limestone composite core. That core is 100% waterproof, making the overall plank far more resistant to spills and moisture than typical hardwood. The wood veneer on top is also protected by a 7-coat scratch-resistant finish.

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