The best replacement for hardwood is laminate.

The best alternatives to hardwood are rated as following:
★★★★★  laminate
★★★★  softwood
★★★★  carpet
★★  tile
★★  softwood pellets
★★  bamboo
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★★  engineered
★  engineered wood
★  tile in kitchen
★  engineered hardwood
★  pergo
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★  laminate floors
★  carpet in bedroom
★  engineered flooring
★  tile flooring
  carpet stairs
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  solid hardwood
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  laminate pros and cons
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  cedar mulch
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  ceramic tile

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Speaking about hardwood, one probably shouldn't forget about radiant floor heat.

Other search terms related to hardwood and their ratings are:

★★★★★ radiant floor heat
★★★★ carpet stairs
★★★★ carpet
★★ carpeted stairs
You have in mind a companion for hardwood and it is not yet here? Propose!

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