It’s not hard to find a kitchen floor that’s beautiful, durable, and easy to keep clean. With so many options, the hard part is knowing which to choose. Today’s popular choices include traditional favorites like hardwood flooring, tile, linoleum and vinyl – plus newer options like laminates and cork.

What’s best for you will depend on your kitchen design, lifestyle, and budget. As you explore your options, consider floors that provide a pleasant contrast against your cabinets. Patterns and variegated colors can tie in accent colors and make a small room seem larger, or help a large room feel more connected—just be sure the scale of the pattern is appropriate to the size of the room.

  • Hardwood Floors
  • Ceramic Tile Floors
  • Cork Floors
  • Vinyl Floors
  • Linoleum Floors
  • Laminate Floors
  • Stone Floors
Select a material type to view photos above Hardwood Ceramic Tile Cork Vinyl Linoleum Laminate Stone
Durability 2 3 3 1 2 3 3
Easy to Clean 2 2 3 3 3 3 2
Environmentally Friendly 1 2 3 2 3 2 2
Stain Resistance 2 3 3 3 3 3 3
Water Resistance 1 3 3 3 3 3 3
Fade Resistance 1 3 2 3 3 3 3
Impact Resistance 1 2 3 3 3 3 2
Low Maintenance 2 3 2 3 2 3 2
Color/Style Options 2 3 3 3 2 2 2
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Description Hardwood flooring is made from different types of wood, such as oak, pine or bamboo. Ceramic tiles are made from ceramic material and come in a variety of sizes. Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree, an evergreen oak tree native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. Vinyl flooring is composed of vinyl materials. Linoleum is a floor covering made from renewable materials. Laminate floors use several materials such as resin, wood fiber and Kraft paper (materials vary by manufacturer) compacted under pressure to create the final product. Stone flooring is made from naturally occuring stone.
Ideal for Increasing the value of your home High traffic areas and design flexibility A softer surface for a lot of standing or for noise reduction Low cost option with lots of design choices Easy maintenance and an environmentally-friendly option The hardwood look and feel with less maintenance A durable and easy-to-clean option