Wooden floors look wonderful in any room, whether classic or contemporary. But if you want the look without the price tag and maintenance, vinyl is a great alternative.
When it comes to wood look vinyl flooring, the choice can be overwhelming. And with so many options, how do you know which brands will give you a quality finish? That’s where we come in!
We’ve searched out 10 of the best wood look vinyl flooring options out there. And we’ll share everything you need to know about what makes them great, as well as any weaknesses.
So if you’re ready, step this way to find out more!
The Best Wood Look Vinyl Flooring Options on the Market
1. Lucida USA Maxcore Luxury Vinyl Floor Tiles, Pioneer Oak
Lucida USA makes a number of different lines of luxury vinyl flooring. Maxcore is the top of the range, and comes with a 25-year warranty for domestic use. Even light commercial use is covered by a 10-year warranty.
You can be confident, then, that this robust flooring. It’s 100 percent waterproof too. That means you can use it in high-humidity environments, like bathrooms or kitchens, where real wood would be vulnerable.
Cleaning is very straightforward, and the surface is scratch-resistant. You won’t have to worry about pets or children causing serious damage.
The flooring comes in the form of interlocking planks. They’re easy to install, and have integrated underlayment to reduce noise and improve insulation. Just make sure you check them on delivery. We’ve heard of cases where edges have been chipped in transit.
The wood look is very convincing, helped along by the plank construction that’s similar to traditional floorboards. The surface is textured with a realistic wood grain, and the pattern is printed in high definition.
Each box contains 10 planks and will cover an area of 24.5 square feet. This is among the more expensive vinyl flooring options, but you’ll get great quality for the price.
2. Achim Home Furnishings Vinyl Flooring Plank, Walnut
If you’re looking for a more budget conscious pick, Achim Home Furnishings’ vinyl flooring planks could be the answer.
One pack costs about a quarter of the price of Lucida’s Maxcore. The pack is smaller – the 10 planks cover an area of 15 square feet. But that still works out at just over a third of the price per square foot of coverage.
The planks here are thinner, with a depth of just 1.2 millimeters. That means they’re best used over a perfectly smooth and level sub-floor, or even over old lino or vinyl.
Rather than interlocking, the planks here are glued into place. The adhesive is already applied to the backs, so installation couldn’t be easier. Simply peel off the backing paper and press each plank into position.
Note, however, that the glue isn’t particularly strong. That makes life easier when you’re putting the planks down, as you can adjust the positioning as needed. But you’ll need to leave them for a day or two before they’ve completely bonded.
And we’ve heard of cases where the edges have curled up. If you live somewhere that experiences very high or low temperatures, you may want to add extra adhesive.
3. Achim Home Furnishings Vinyl Tile, Medium Oak
Achim’s vinyl tiles cost about 20 percent less per square foot of coverage than their planks. That makes them a great choice if you’re managing a tighter budget.
In this case, the flooring takes the form of 12-inch square tiles, printed to give the look of narrow planks. They have a subtle wrinkled texture and a high gloss finish. They look more like vinyl rather than wood, but they’ll give you a fresh, clean surface.
As you might expect at this price point, they’re very thin. That means you’ll need to make sure your sub-floor is perfectly clean and smooth before laying them.
They’re self-adhesive, and at just a foot square, they’re easy to maneuver. But you may need to add extra glue to get a secure fit. We’ve heard of cases where tiles have come loose shortly after installation.
That means these aren’t the best option for high traffic areas like hallways. But if you have a smaller area, subject to lighter use, they’re a decent buy.
4. Achim Home Furnishings, Vinyl Flooring Plank, Light Gray Oak
The third option from Achim Home Furnishings to make our list, this light gray oak plank flooring is very attractive.
Each plank is 3 feet long by 6 inches wide, and you’ll get 10 in a pack. That will give you coverage of 15 square feet.
Like Achim’s walnut plank flooring, this is just 1.2 millimeters thick. That means you’ll need to take your time preparing your sub-floor so that there are no lumps or bumps before you lay it.
It isn’t the toughest flooring out there, but for light traffic areas it works well. It comes with a limited one-year warranty.
One thing to be aware of with all the vinyl plank flooring from Achim is that it contains phthalates. The chemical in question here is DEHP, which is added to plastic to make it more flexible.
It is, however, linked to cancer and damage to male reproductive health. Exposure to DEHP while pregnant may also affect child development. And it can be released into the air of your home over time.
While this sounds alarming, it’s important to note that there’s no scientific consensus on the levels of DEHP exposure that cause health problems. The CDC state that there’s no evidence of harm to human health at the levels generally found in the environment.
To find out more about DEHP, check out the guide at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
5. ROSEROSA Peel and Stick Plank Vinyl Flooring, Wood Pattern
ROSEROSA’s vinyl plank flooring comes in packs of 5 planks, each pack covering 8 square feet. It’s not cheap, but the small pack size means you won’t be left with lots of waste.
The pattern here is an attractive wood grain with gray and pale brown tones. The vinyl is slightly thicker than budget products, with a depth of 2 millimeters. That gives it a quality finish, but it’s still easy to cut and install.
The back of each plank is covered in self-adhesive. In most conditions, this will be plenty sticky enough to hold it securely in place.
Anyone worried about harmful chemicals in their home will also be reassured that ROSEROSA don’t use any plasticizers in the production of this flooring. And the manufacturers claim that their product is five times more durable than “standard” vinyl.
Note, however, that there may be color variations between batches. It’s a good idea to order as much as you need in one go. Then mix and match the contents of different packs to get a more consistent finish.
6. Floorpops Peel and Stick Floor Tiles, Brown Wood
Floorpops’ peel and stick floor tiles are another inexpensive option to give your floor a makeover.
Each tile measures a foot by a foot, and is 1.5 millimeters thick. The design is a rustic mid-brown that will suit any interior design scheme.
Note that the grain print here varies from tile to tile, just like natural wood. But it won’t match up perfectly, so it will give you the look of tiles rather than planks.
This is another product with a self-adhesive back, so the tiles are easy to lay. Just prepare your sub-floor carefully, then peel off the backing paper and press them in place. You’ll need to make sure there’s no dirt or debris underneath them to achieve a smooth finish.
In most cases, the glue will stick firmly. But note that this will depend on the material of the sub-floor, as well as the room temperature. You may want to have some extra adhesive on hand in case of any issues.
7. Oneinternational Luxury Wood Vinyl Flooring Roll
If you prefer sheet vinyl to tiles or planks, check out this flooring roll from Oneinternational. It measures 118 inches long by 24 inches wide, so a single roll will cover an area of 19.3 square feet.
It comes in a choice of three different colors – a whitewashed wood grain, blonde wood and a rich deep brown. All three are printed in high definition and look remarkably authentic. And there’s a realistic grained texture to the surface too.
This is a very versatile product. As well as going on your floor, it can be used in the same way as contact paper to cover almost any surface.
The reverse is coated in glue, which sticks effectively to most surfaces. But note that the vinyl is very thin. You’ll need a perfectly smooth and clean sub-floor to stick it to. Any lumps or debris underneath will dent the surface.
8. Floorpops Peel and Stick Floor Tiles, Knotting Hill
The Knotting Hill design peel and stick floor tiles are the second product from Floorpops to make our list. Like the Brown Wood design, these come in a pack of 10, each measuring one foot by one foot. And each one has a depth of 1.5 millimeters.
The design incorporates shades of mid-brown and gray, with a rustic open grain. It creates a convincing impression of real wood, albeit in tile form rather than planks.
This is another product that’s designed to be stuck in place. The reverse of each tile is covered in self-adhesive, but its effectiveness varies. It’s a good idea to test the bond when you’ve laid a couple of tiles. If you find it isn’t secure after a few hours, add extra adhesive during installation.
Maintenance is very easy. The tiles are both water-resistant and washable.
9. Lucida USA Basecore Luxury Vinyl Floor Tiles, Chestnut (Our Top Pick)
Lucida’s Basecore range is the lower priced alternative to the Maxcore reviewed earlier.
The planks here have a depth of 2 millimeters, compared to the 5.5 millimeter thickness of the Maxcore versions. But they’re about half the price – and they’re still thicker than many other brands of vinyl flooring.
Each plank is 6 inches wide and 3 feet long, giving the look of real wooden floorboards. They come in a wide range of colorways too. Choose from tones including chestnut, honey, greyscale and smoked. And for a smart contemporary look, there’s “Barn”, patterned like mismatched strip flooring.
The high definition prints and textured surface look just like real wood. Each plank has a self-adhesive backing – just peel away the protective paper and stick it to your floor. They also have integrated underlayment to reduce noise transmission.
The planks are scratch-resistant, and they come with a limited 10-year warranty for domestic use. Each box contains 36 planks, which will cover an area of 54 square feet.
10. Art3d Peel and Stick Vinyl Floor Tile, Aspen Yellow
Last but not least are these peel and stick vinyl floor tiles from Art3d. They come in six different shades, and we love the warm glow of Aspen yellow. The textured surface and quality printing give a convincing wood-like appearance.
They’re more accurately described as planks than tiles, since they’re 3 feet long and 6 inches wide. You can buy them in packs of 6, 12 or 36, so whatever size your floor is, you can minimize waste.
They have the same 2-millimeter thickness and 12-mil wear layer as Lucinda’s Basecore range, but these are significantly more expensive. In fact, you’ll pay about the same price as for the higher spec Maxcore planks.
Installation is by the peel-and-stick method. It’s very straightforward, but make sure you take the time to prepare your sub-floor properly before you start. The planks can be applied to vertical surfaces too, but add extra glue to make sure they stay put.
Ready to choose your new flooring?
We hope you’ve enjoyed our round-up of 10 of the best wood look vinyl flooring options out there! There are some excellent products here, whether you’re looking for a temporary fix or a long-lasting, quality floor.
Our favorite is the Basecore range from Lucinda USA. It offers a great balance between price and durabililty. It’s very easy to install. And there’s a great choice of colors to suit any interior.
But whichever vinyl flooring you choose, it can give your whole room a lift. Good luck with your next project!