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Vinyl flooring Review

Bottom Line


  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to clean
  • Good for kitchens, bathrooms


  • Varies in appeal
  • Grades vary widely
  • Not a natural material
Our Analysis
Consumer Reports presents the most comprehensive unbiased coverage available, rating ten vinyl flooring products. However, you'll need a subscription to see the chart. We found good general advice on the website of home-improvement columnist Tim Carter, at Better Homes & Gardens and at retailers Lowes.com and WolfeFlooring.com.

Our Sources

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

Consumer Reports test 10 vinyl flooring products and rates them according to their ability to resist wear, scratches, dents, stains and sunlight. A subscription is required to view the ratings, however.

Tim Carter,

Home improvement columnist Tim Carter presents helpful information on vinyl flooring while answering readers' questions. Several articles address installation, types, and common problems with vinyl flooring.

3. Lowe's
Editors of Lowes.com,

This retailer website offers helpful information on choosing, maintaining, and installing vinyl flooring. There's an especially helpful section on installing sheet vinyl.

Editors of Better Homes and Gardens,

This report describes basic flooring options and includes a very short section on vinyl that mainly highlights the different types without much information on installation or costs.

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

This report offers brief flooring suggestions for heavily trafficked areas. Vinyl is mentioned several times, but there's little information here on installation or cost.

Editors of Essential Industries, Inc.,

Essential Industries makes resins and polymers for floor finishes. However, this website offers a helpful overview of the general characteristics of vinyl flooring.

Editors of WolfeFlooring.com,

This retailer website sells flooring. It also presents useful information on buying and installing vinyl tile and sheet vinyl.

Editors of FlooringGuide.com,

This website offers detailed information on installing and caring for vinyl flooring. The how-to sections include some photos, so it's easier to get an idea of the labor involved.

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