Tile Review

Bottom Line


  • Elegant look
  • Adds to home's resale value
  • Easier to install than stone
  • Durable, good for kitchens, baths


  • Can crack or chip
  • Can be cold and slippery underfoot
  • Hard and noisy
  • Can be expensive
Our Analysis
Consumer Reports mentions the pros and cons of tile flooring but doesn't rate it. We found good general information about tile flooring from retailers Lowes.com and WolfeFlooring.com. Better Homes & Garden offers good real-word advice in two reports.

Our Sources

1. Consumer Reports
Editors of Consumer Reports, Aug. 2008

Consumer Reports doesn't rate ceramic tiles but does cover vinyl imitation tile. A subscription is required to view the ratings, however.

2. Lowe's
Editors of Lowes.com,

This retail website offers a basic look at choosing and installing tile flooring. It is written and organized in a very user-friendly format, with lots of pictures and links to products.

Editors of Better Homes and Gardens,

This article describes different types of flooring and includes a section on ceramic and stone tile. The information here is quite basic, and there's not much here on installation or cost.

4. Better Homes & Gardens
Editors of Better Homes and Gardens,

This short report offers flooring ideas for high-traffic areas. Tile is briefly mentioned as one possibility. There's not much here about installation or cost considerations.

Editors of Essential Industries, Inc.,

Essential Industries produces polymers and resins for floor finishes, but the website offers helpful information on the various types of tile used for flooring.

Editors of WolfeFlooring.com,

This retailer website provides helpful information on buying and installing ceramic tile. There are useful descriptions of what to expect in terms of installation and wear.

Editors of SeeMyDesign.com,

This website exists in part to direct readers to sellers of flooring, but there's a useful chart comparing the different types of flooring, including tile.

Editors of FlooringGuide.com,

This website directs readers to manufacturers and retailers, but it also has helpful articles on selecting and installing tile flooring.

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