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Best Engineered Wood Flooring of 2021: Top 6 Flooring Options to Elevate Your Home

Who doesn’t want a floor with authentic hardwood visuals and even more durability? Engineered hardwood floors have been taking over the flooring industry with their real wood veneer, easy installation, and ultra-durability. You’ll even recoup 70% to 80% of your investment through your property values with engineered wood because of its style and durability. But what makes engineered wood the best?

To help find the best engineered hardwood flooring for you, let’s start at the top. By comparing our engineered wood floor reviews and weighing the pros and cons, we have compiled a list of the best engineered hardwood flooring options on the market. Let’s take a look!

How to Choose the Best Engineered Wood Flooring

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Finding the right engineered hardwood flooring depends on several factors. While a new hardwood floor is great, factors such as cost, durability, and installation can set your floor apart from the others. Let’s go over the key components of what makes an engineered wood floor the right one for you.

  • Cost: Engineered hardwood prices can range anywhere from $4 – $12 per sqft depending on the quality of the planks. Even though you will get excellent durability and style regardless of costs, start with a set budget before shopping to narrow down your options.
  • Species: The species of wood that tops engineered wood planks help determine the durability and style of the floor. 
  • Surface layer thickness: The wear layer on most engineered wood is incorporated into the plank’s real wood veneer layer and ranges from 3mm – 5mm thick. In all cases, a thicker surface layer with more durable wood species helps your floors live in your home for a lifetime. 
  • Finishes: Some engineered wood floors are topped with a protective finish that acts as a UV and scratch barrier. This layer helps your floor last and keeps the floor looking like new and often adds an exceptional waterproof surface layer. 
  • Janka rating: Since engineered wood flooring is topped with real wood, the Janka rating scale is used to measure the hardness of a wood species and ensure excellent durability. 
  • Installation method: There are four methods of installation for engineered wood floors. You can float, staple, nail, or glue down your floor which can be done without a professional, it just depends on your comfort with each process. 

Now that you have an idea of what you’re looking for, allow me to introduce the best engineered wood flooring options of the year!

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Anderson Bandsaw Natural Timbers Engineered Wood

Anderson Bandsaw Natural Timbers flooring in a living room setting

For a classic, lighter natural wood that brings character to any room, you can invest in a floor that adds value to your home. Anderson Natural Timbers takes a modern, wide plank and combines it with the traditional wood look to create a floor that has loads of character and style.  

Backed by a lifetime warranty, this engineered hardwood flooring option can be floated, nailed, glued, or stapled down in every room of the home. Plus, this floor is radiant heat approved so no matter where it’s installed, the floors will stay warm, even during the cold months. Anderson floors are ready to elevate your space with a low-gloss, wirebrushed, engineered hardwood floor. 

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How It Measures Up

Cost 4/5💲💲💲💲

1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

Anderson Bandsaw Natural Timbers is on the higher end of our price spectrum. But with the style, durability, and excellent warranty you can’t go wrong. So if there is room in your budget, this flooring option is worth it. 

Durability 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

1 – least durable to 5 – most durable

Created with a plywood core, and topped with a UV Aluminum Oxide finish, Anderson Bandsaw is an extremely durable form of engineered wood flooring. Its core makes it moisture resistant, while its finish makes it scratch-resistant and UV stable. Not to mention it’s also radiant heat flooring approved, so install this floor anywhere, and the floors will stay warm on the coldest of days. 

Janka Rating 

Anderson Bandsaw Engineered Wood is topped with white oak wood veneer and has a Janka rating of 1360. Our entire selection of engineered hardwood is rated for residential use. 

Style 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

1 – good to 5 – best

These floors have a beautiful, white oak rough sawn and wirebrushed finish that will add value to your home. Plus the wide plank gives the floor a modern, finished look. White oak wood is certainly one of the more desirable species for wood flooring, if you’re looking for a more natural oak floor, this line gives you a bunch of shade variations that are still natural and light.

Pros

  • Durable 
  • DIY installation
  • Moisture and scratch-resistance
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Limited shade options

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Anderson Imperial Pecan

Anderson Imperial Pecan Engineered Hardwood in a living room setting

For a rich, warm engineered wood floor, Anderson Imperial Pecan is the floor for you. It’s topped with a beautiful pecan wood veneer, which is known for its linear grain and high contrast. Your engineered wood floors will stand out and add character to any room. 

Installed by staple, nail, glue, or floating, Anderson Imperial Pecan comes in a variety of gorgeous shades that will easily match your decor. Plus, this floor has a smooth finished surface to add a modern touch to your room. 

How It Measures Up

Cost 3/5 💲💲💲

1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

A gorgeous new floor that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? Yes, please! Anderson Imperial Pecan is right in the middle of the price spectrum, so you can have warm, wood-look floors that add style and value to your home with no problem at all. 

Durability 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

1 – least durable to 5 – most durable

Anderson Imperial Pecan is an extremely durable form of engineered wood flooring thanks to its plywood core, and UV Aluminum Oxide finish. Moisture and scratch-resistant, these engineered hardwood floors are meant to last and will look great for years to come. 

Janka Rating 

Anderson Imperial Pecan engineered hardwood has a real pecan wood veneer that has an 1820 Janka rating, making this floor extremely strong and ready for anything. 

Style 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

1 – good to 5 – best

Available in warm color shades and a smooth surface, Anderson Imperial Pecan is the dream of a modern home. While it’s only available in one species of wood, pecan, it’s also classic and will look great in every room. 

Pros

  • Durable 
  • Classically styled
  • DIY installation
  • Moisture and scratch-resistance
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Limited shade options

SHOP ANDERSON IMPERIAL PECAN

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Johnson Hardwood Wilderness Birch

Johnson Hardwood Wilderness Birch Engineered Wood in a living room setting

For a floor loaded with character, there’s Johnson Hardwood Wilderness Birch. The Wilderness Birch collection is complete with rich wood grain and the warm tones of birch hardwood flooring. 

Topped with an 11 step aluminum oxide finish, these floors are durable and will last for years to come. Plus, each engineered plank is made from real Birch so there are no pattern repeats. 

How It Measures Up

Cost 2/5 💲💲

1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

Johnson Wilderness Birch is at the lower end of the price spectrum. So you can have a durable engineered wood floor and add value to your home for a decent price. 

Durability 2/5 ⭐⭐

1 – least durable to 5 – most durable

Because of its 1.5mm thick surface layer, this floor is less durable than other engineered hardwoods. However, thanks to its 11 steps Aluminum Oxide scratch-resistant finish, these floors can be enjoyed for a long time. 

Janka Rating

Topped with a birch veneer, the Janka rating for this flooring is 1260. This is a standard residential floor rating, therefore Johnson Wilderness will certainly hold up in heavy foot traffic. 

Style 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

1 – good to 5 – best

Available in rich, warm shades, these floors look great in every room. You can enjoy the realistic wood look and stunning colors while adding character to your space. 

Pros

  • Durable 
  • DIY installation
  • Scratch-resistance
  • 11 step Aluminum Oxide finish
  • Variety of color shades

Cons

  • Thin surface layer

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Mannington Park City Oak

12mm Mannington Park City Oak Engineered Wood in a kitchen setting

For a beautiful floor that is health-conscious and increases your home’s value, consider Mannington’s Park City White Oak collection of engineered hardwood. It offers a modern western-style wood flooring option that is perfect for your home upgrade. 

These floors are Lacey Act & CARB/TSCA Title VI compliant and have no volatile organic compounds (VOC) in their finishes, so they are non-toxic. Plus, when it comes to installation, all you have to do is interlock the planks together with a little bit of tongue and groove glue. Once these floors are installed, they’re sure to turn heads and be the hit of every room.

Reviews

“We already have Park City in the guest house and were ready to redo our floors in the main house. The guest house gets used as an AirBnB and sees a good amount of traffic. We have had no issues with it since installation and it has held up so well. The color creates a beautiful experience for our guests and completes the room well. We shopped a few other options but decided to make the investment in something we knew when it came to our own flooring and are looking forward to years of enjoyment.” – Madison from Ojai, CA.

How It Measures Up

Cost 3/5 💲💲💲

1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

Mannington Park City Oak is also in the middle of the price spectrum. So as long as there is room in your budget, this flooring option will help your budget go a long way.

Durability 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

1 – least durable to 5 – most durable

Thanks to its moisture-resistant plywood core, this floor is ready to support you through it all. Topped with a scratch-resistant finish, Mannington Park City Oak is ready to add value to every room of the home. 

Janka Rating 

The white oak wood veneer has a Janka rating of 1360. With our entire selection of engineered wood being rated for residential use, this engineered wood floor can handle an impressive amount of traffic.  

Style 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

1 – good to 5 – best

Available in a wide variety of shades, Mannington Park City Oak is ready to elevate any room with character. This floor’s edges seam together with a micro-bevel that allows the natural character of the wood to define the planks so your floors will have a realistic wood look. 

Pros

  • Stylish
  • DIY interlocking installation
  • Moisture and scratch-resistance

Cons

  • Limited shade options

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Johnson Hardwood Italia

Johnson Hardwood Italia Engineered Wood

For a moody, cool engineered wood flooring, check out Johnson Hardwood Italia Engineered Wood. Distressed hickory real wood veneers give this floor character and style. 

Topped with 11-step aluminum oxide, these floors are backed by a 35-year limited residential warranty and have a CARB II & TSCA Title VI Certified Plywood Core to give even more durability. Choose from one of four installation options such as staple, nail, glue, or float, and enjoy a timeless floor that is bound to turn heads. 

How It Measures Up

Cost 2/5 💲💲 

1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

Enjoy a gorgeous engineered hardwood floor with Johnson Hardwood Italia. Use the money you saved on floors and buy eye-catching decor to elevate your space and let your durable engineered wood floors handle the rest!

Durability 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

1 – least durable to 5 – most durable

Never worry about durability when Johnson Italia is at play. Thanks to its plywood core and 11-step aluminum oxide protective layer, your floors are water and scratch-resistant and are here to support you and your family through it all. 

Janka Rating 

Hickory wood has a Janka rating of 1820, so it takes a lot of force to penetrate or damage these floors. The surface of your floors is sturdy enough to withstand wear and tear. 

Style 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

1 – good to 5 – best

There are so many options to choose from when it comes to color tones and variations for Johnson Italia. Add that to its classic distressed surface, which is super on-trend this year, and your floors will be a hit. 

Pros

  • Durable 
  • 11 Step Aluminum Oxide finish
  • DIY installation
  • Moisture and scratch-resistance

Cons

  • Thin surface layer

SHOP JOHNSON HARDWOOD ITALIA

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Shaw Brushed Suede

Shaw Brushed Suede Engineered Hardwood in a bedroom setting

For a gorgeous hardwood that has a delicately suede surface, there’s Shaw Brushed Suede. Each plank has hand-brushed wire markings on the soft portions of the wood, leaving the harder part intact. This process creates more unique, enriched color variations, as it puts more emphasis on the grain. 

With stunning color options in a warm, rich pallet, Shaw Brushed Suede can elevate the style of every room. It can be installed on any level of the home with four easy installation methods: nail, staple, glue, or float. Plus, these planks are topped with ScuffResist Platinum in a UV-cured polyurethane finish with aluminum oxide. So your floors will look beautiful for years on end. 

Reviews

“The floor is so nice, great product!” – Beth from Peru, IL.

“I installed this floor in two rooms in our home and it couldn’t have been easier. Simple installation and high quality. Would recommend it.” – David from Hayward CA.

How It Measures Up

Cost 4/5 💲💲💲💲

1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

On the pricier side, if your budget allows, this floor can elevate your space, increase your home value, and can do so at a much lower cost than most high-quality flooring options. 

Durability 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

1 – least durable to 5 – most durable

Made with a ScuffResist Platinum UV-cured polyurethane finish with aluminum oxide and a plywood core, these floors are moisture and scratch-resistant. So come kids, pets, or just the occasional accident, your floors will remain beautiful. 

Janka Rating 

One of the higher Janka ratings, Shaw Brushed Suede is rated at 1926. With this rating, you can rest assured that your floors will handle a lot of traffic, easily.

Style 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

1 – good to 5 – best

Since this engineered hardwood has a variety of color options that work with every kind of style, this floor makes it easy to add character and is popular in the flooring industry. 

Pros

  • Durable 
  • UV-cured polyurethane finish
  • DIY installation
  • Moisture and scratch-resistance

Cons

  • Thin surface layer

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Conclusion

The best engineered wood flooring options are all known for their durability and style. When shopping for your new engineered hardwood flooring, consider your price range, what installation process you prefer, the thickness of the surface layer, and its Janka rating. This way you find the engineered wood flooring that is perfect for you and your home.

Let the shopping begin. Remember, you can always order samples before you buy!

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About Sydney Shields

Sydney Shields

Sydney Shields is a home improvement enthusiast with a passion for writing. Being a huge fan of the DIY revolution, her experience in crafting, blogging, and marketing led her to join Flooring Inc. She takes a personable approach to her blog posts and prides herself on the ability to dive deep into research for a fresh understanding of flooring, and...

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