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Our guide to flooring for kitchens

Food splashes, drinks spills and drips, footprints and paw prints, kitchen flooring gets put through its paces on a daily basis. In this guide, I explore all you need to know about kitchen flooring, including the most durable options, as well as my top 10 product picks.

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What type of flooring is best for kitchens?


‘Best’ can mean all sorts of things to different people. For some, it could mean the most modern-looking and easiest to clean, while for others, the ‘best’ kitchen flooring in their eyes is something that’s going to last for years and years and is the most affordable.


From a practical perspective, the best type of kitchen flooring can stand up to how it’s treated every day, with the most common floor types including: tiles, vinyl, laminate, carpets and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT).


What is the hardest wearing kitchen flooring?


Tiles and vinyl are up there when it comes to finding kitchen flooring that’s durable and designed to withstand the wear and tear of everyday life in one of the busiest rooms in any home. 


Tiles

Granite tiles are renowned for being hard-wearing because granite is a natural stone. Glazed porcelain tiles are also a popular wear-resistant choice and, once fitted, require minimal maintenance, if anything at all.


Vinyl


Highly practical and easy to install compared to other kitchen flooring, vinyl features in plenty of kitchens because it can withstand lots of usage, it’s easy to clean, and water spillages don’t wind up with it getting warped (like wood does).


There’s also Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT), which is a more cost effective option and less labour intensive way of having a tile effect kitchen floor.


What is the best laminate flooring for kitchens?


There are so many different laminate options out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed if you’re looking for just one style you like for your kitchen floor.


As is the case with most products, laminate isn’t of the same quality across the board.


My advice - if you’re looking for something that’s going to last, keep an eye out for options that have a 10, 20, and even, 30-year stain guarantee.


It’s also possible to buy laminate that comes with a guarantee wear for up to 30 years and is slightly thicker than most for extra comfort. 


What is the easiest kitchen floor to keep clean?


Getting food and dirt out of cracks and crevices can be a real nightmare, which is why tiles, vinyl and LVT are great for keeping clean with minimal effort.


A quick once over with the dustpan and brush or vacuum, followed by a good mopping, is all it takes to get your kitchen floor squeaky clean again.

10 of the best kitchen flooring options

1. Ruby Luxury Vinyl Tile


The Ruby Luxury Vinyl Tile comes in wide range of warm and inviting colours which brings elegance to any space, guaranteed to make a statement in your kitchen.


This is fantastic family and pet friendly option is durable, hard wearing and also scratch proof thanks to its textured surface.


Easy to install and has a15 year wear and stain guarantee so no need to worry as its guaranteed to last!


The Ruby LVT can also be installed over warm water underfloor heating for extra cosiness.

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Ruby 1.37m2 Luxury Vinyl Tile | Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) | ScS
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Only £ 37 .99 sqm

  • 15 years stain guarantee
  • Guarantee Wear: 15 years

2. Coral Luxury Vinyl Tile


The Coral Luxury Vinyl Tile features enhanced knots and the texture provides an authentic look and feel of natural woodgrain.


Available in a range of thicknesses and colours, the Coral LVT has a 25 year wear and stain guarantee.


This LVT is waterproof making it ideal for a kitchen or other areas of the home where spills are inevitable.

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Coral 1.75M2 Luxury Vinyl Tile | Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) | ScS
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Only £ 44 .99 sqm

  • 7 years stain guarantee
  • Guarantee Wear: 7 years
  • Thickness: 5mm

3. Onyx Luxury Vinyl Tile


The Onyx Luxury Vinyl Tile features realistic wooden finishes in a variety of attractive colours, making it a perfect versatile choice to match many kitchen colour schemes.


Durable, waterproof and suitable for warm water or electrical underfloor heating, this LVT is a practical addition which will withstand the busy life of your kitchen.


Family and planet friendly, the Onyx Vinyl Tile is 100% recyclable.

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Onyx 2.16m2 Luxury Vinyl Tile | Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) | ScS
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Only £ 49 .99 sqm

  • 20 years stain guarantee
  • Guarantee Wear: 20 years
  • Thickness: 5mm

4. Delamere Laminate

Boasting a beautiful Victorian tile effect, the Delamere Laminate flooring option offers a contemporary yet timeless look to any kitchen. 


With a thickness of 8mm, the Delamare is a tough and durable option for your kitchen. 


It is also suitable for warm water and electrical underfloor heating for an extra touch of luxury.


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Delamere 2.32m2 Laminate | Laminate | ScS
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Only £ 39 .99 sqm

  • 25 years stain guarantee
  • Guarantee Wear: 25 years
  • Backing: Laminate

5. Sherwood Laminate


Our Sherwood Laminate options offer a superb collection of high quality, water-resistant flooring in a range of beautiful finishes.


Boasting a water-tight finish, scratch guard coating and a fantastic 25 year stain and wear guarantee, the Sherman offers a stylish laminate option you’ll love for years to come.


Suitable for both warm water and electrical underfloor heating for added comfort.


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Sherwood 1.835m2 Laminate | Laminate | ScS
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Only £ 39 .99 sqm

  • 25 years stain guarantee
  • Guarantee Wear: 25 years
  • Backing: Laminate

6. Heartwood Laminate


Providing exceptionally natural designs, the Heartwood Laminate options feature stunning finishes that will never go out of style. 


Offering a choice of 8mm and 10mm thicknesses, and a 20 year stain and wear guarantee, this flooring offers a fantastic, highly durable choice for your kitchen.


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Heartwood 10mm 1.73m2 Laminate | Laminate | ScS
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Only £ 24 .99 sqm

  • 30 years stain guarantee
  • Guarantee Wear: 30 years
  • Backing: Laminate

7. Gemstone Zircon Vinyl


Providing a practical option, the Gemstone Zircon Vinyl is a durable, easy to fit and easy to clean flooring solution, with a 10 year wear guarantee for added peace of mind.


Available in a selection of timeless designs, the Gemstone offers a stylish addition that will compliment many interior decors. 


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Gemstone Zircon Vinyl | Vinyl | ScS
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Only £ 20 .99 sqm

  • Guarantee Wear: 10 years
  • Backing: Vinyl
  • Available widths: 2m, 3m and 4m

8. Gemstone Opel Vinyl


Our Gemstone Opel Vinyl flooring offers a collection of classic wood designs and contemporary geometric patterns for flooring that will look the part against any decor.


Durable, easy to clean and with a 10 year wear guarantee, the Gemstone provides a practical addition for your kitchen and many other areas of the home.


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Gemstone Opel Vinyl | Vinyl | ScS
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Only £ 23 .99 sqm

  • Guarantee Wear: 10 years
  • Backing: Vinyl
  • Available widths: 2m, 3m and 4m

9. Rhino Flooring Monsoon Vinyl


Available in a range of stylish finishes, including wood and attractive stencil designs, the Rhino Flooring Monsoon selection offers a choice of traditional and contemporary patterns to suit many interior styles.


Boasting a 10 year wear guarantee and easy to clean functionality, this vinyl flooring offers a practical addition to any kitchen.


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Rhino Flooring Monsoon Vinyl | Vinyl | ScS
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Only £ 21 .99 sqm

  • Guarantee Wear: 10 years
  • Backing: Vinyl
  • Available widths: 2m, 3m and 4m

10. Rhino Flooring Montane


Available in an impressive 18 options of attractive designs, including woods in different colourways, tile patterns and concrete styles, the Rhino Montante collection has something for everyone. 


With easy to clean and easy to fit functions the Rhino collection offers a stylish, practical option for many homes.



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Rhino Flooring Montane Vinyl | Vinyl | ScS
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Only £ 19 .99 sqm

  • Guarantee Wear: 7 years
  • Backing: Vinyl
  • Available widths: 2m, 3m and 4m

You may be surprised to see there are so many types of kitchen flooring to choose from.


This list is just the starting point.


For more options, browse our full kitchen flooring product range.

Jack Odgen

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Flooring Specialist

at ScS Coventry

29th March 2023

Jack is the Flooring Specialist based at the Coventry ScS store. Having been part of the ScS flooring team since 2019, Jack knows everything there is to know about the flooring ranges at ScS. Jack's favourite flooring is carpet as it can make a house feel more homely, has a nice underfoot feeling and can help to keep the house a little warmer.