Welcome, looking to buy Vinyl Plank flooring but can’t decide which brand is best for you? If that’s right then you have come to the right place. In this article, we compared and ranked the best Vinyl Plank brands in the flooring industry on Durability, Pricing, and Value.
We ranked the brands according to Best Overall, Best Value, Most Durable, Cheapest, and Worst. Our Rankings will give you a good idea of which brands suit you the most, whether you’re looking for decent affordable options or higher priced durable options.
To make your experience easier, we have ranked the specific lines of each brand not the brands as a whole. This should help you find the best specific lvp line for you depending on Durability and Price.
Best Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring Brands
Our top picks for this year are:
- Most Durable – Coretec Grande
- Best Overall – Proximity Mills SPC
- Second Best – Cali Bamboo Legends
- Third Best – Shaw Floorte Plus
- Best Value – NuCore RigidCore
- Best Cheap Vinyl Plank – Home Decorators Collection (Home Depot)
- Worst Quality – ProCore
- Best Glue-Down Plank – Armstrong Vivero Best
- Best Commercial Vinyl Plank – Shaw Floorte Plus
- Worth a Mention – Armstrong Empower
Vinyl Plank Thickness Ranking
For this Ranking, we selected only the thickest lines from each brand. These lines are the top 10 most durable vinyl plank options available on the market right now.
As you can clearly see in our ranking table below Coretec Grande (15 mm thick) is outshining the competition in terms of overall thickness. This line was released to the public in 2020 and Coretec Grande has been the thickest of all vinyl plank flooring products since then.
Shaw Floorte Plus, Cali Bamboo Legends, and Coretec Plus Premium follow close behind while NuCore seems like the Best Value.
|Brand / Line||Overall Thickness||Wear Layer||Price per Square Foot||Warranty|
Residential / Commercial
|Coretec Grande||15 mm||30 mil||$10.99 per sq. ft||lifetime / 10 year|
|Shaw Floorte Plus||12 mm||30 mil||$6.99 per sq. ft||lifetime / 20 year|
|Coretec Plus Premium||12 mm||20 mil||$7.00 – $7.50 per sq. ft||lifetime / 10 year|
|Cali Bamboo Legends||12 mm||20 mil||$6.49 per sq. ft||50 year / 15 year|
|NuCore Rigid Core 8mm||8 mm||22 mil||$3.79 per sq. ft||lifetime / 15 year|
|Proximity Mills SPC Vinyl Plank||5 – 6.5 mm||22 mil||$3.50 – $7 per sq. ft||lifetime / 10 year|
|Mannington Adura Max||8 mm||20 mil||$5.50 – $6.00 per sq. ft||lifetime / 10 year|
|Armstrong Luxe Plank||7.8 mm||20 mil||$4.39 – $5.39 per sq. ft||30 year / 10 year|
|Smartcore Ultra XL||7.5 mm||12 mil||$3.89 per sq. ft||lifetime / 5 year|
|LifeProof 7mm LVP||7 mm||20 mil||$4.00 – $4.99 per sq. ft||lifetime / 15 year|
|Mohawk SolidTec Plus||6 mm||20 mil||$4.35 per sq. ft||lifetime / 10 year|
|Paramount Keystone XL||5.5 mm||20 mil||$5.00 – $5.50 per sq. ft||lifetime / 15 year|
Vinyl Plank Price Ranking
In our Price comparison, we rank the cheapest vinyl plank options on the market. These lines are very affordable but often don’t last very long. However, there are some low-priced options that offer decent durabilities such as Home Decorators Collection (Home Depot) LVP, and NuCore.
Because there are two main vinyl plank types we have split these options into two tables according to the installation method, cheapest rigid vinyl planks (locking) and cheapest glue down vinyl planks. Glue Down vinyl planks are usually very thin and their durability depends a lot on the subfloor under them.
Cheapest Rigid Vinyl Plank Options
If you are looking for really cheap vinyl plank options then the table below should help you find what you’re after. These lines are the Top 5 cheapest options we could find after comparing over 20 different flooring brands.
NuCore vinyl plank and the home decorator’s collection (home depot) are definitely the more durable of the cheapest. We actually don’t recommend any of these lines as we think the longevity of a floor is more important than the price.
|Brand, Line||Price per Square Foot||Overall Thickness||Wear Layer Thickness|
|Procore Heirloom||$1.49 per sq. ft||3.2 mm||6 mil|
|Home Decorators Collection||$1.79 per sq. ft||4 – 4.2 mm||8 -12 mil|
|Mohawk Solidtech||$2.29 – $2.39 per sq. ft||4.5 mm||12 mil|
|NuCore 5mm||$2.49 per sq. ft||5 mm||22 mil|
|Procore Plus||$2.49 – $2.59 per sq. ft||5 mm||12 mil|
Cheapest Glue-Down Vinyl Plank Options
Glue-Down vinyl planks are much cheaper than rigid vinyl planks, they are much thinner and greatly rely on the subfloor just like vinyl sheet flooring.
Glue-Down planks are also something of which we are not a fan. Although they have hardwood designs you can clearly see that the floor is not real hardwood. This gives the floor a ‘fake’ look. Some rigid vinyl planks on the other hand look very similar to actual hardwood planks.
Here are the cheapest glue-down vinyl plank options we could find on the flooring market as of 2021/22. We don’t recommend these lines apart from Vivero Best. Vivero Best is probably the best choice for glue-down planks if you want decent durability and performance.
|Brand, Line||Price per Square Foot||Wear Layer Thickness||Overall Thickness|
|ProCore Pro 2mm||$1.19 per sq. ft||8 mil||2 mm|
|Armstrong American Personality 12||$1.39 per sq. ft||12 mil||2 mm|
|Armstrong Vivero Good||$1.59- $1.79 per sq. ft||6 mil||2 mm|
|Mohawk Ultimate Flex||$1.79 per sq. ft||10 mil||2 mm|
|Shaw Matrix Advanced Flex||$1.99 per sq. ft||6 mil||3.2 mm|
|ProCore Pro 2.5mm||$1.99 per sq. ft||20 mil||2.5 mm|
|Armstrong Vivero Best||$3.89 – $4.49 per sq. ft||20 mil||2.55 mm|
Most Durable – Coretec Grande
COREtec is and always was one of the leading vinyl plank brands, you see in 2013 Coretec was the first brand to introduce 100% waterproof floating rigid core vinyl plank flooring. This completely changed the game and soon other brands followed with their own Rigid Core flooring. The durable construction of their planks and the wide range of styles to choose from really make them stand out as a brand.
Coretec boasts a large selection of Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring. COREtec offers five different product collections, each one of which serves its own purpose. However, the line we chose for the Most Durable Vinyl Plank is Coretec Grande.
Why Coretec Grande?
The Coretec Grande line was released in 2020 and completely blew away the whole Vinyl Plank flooring sector. Before this line was released Shaw Floorte Plus was the thickest vinyl plank standing at 12mm thick whilst having a 30 mil wear layer. As of its release, Coretec Grande is the new thickest Vinyl Plank line of all so you can expect excellent durability.
It is very thick, 15 millimeters to be precise. The Grande line is 3mm thicker than Shaw Floorte Plus and Cali Bamboo Legends but also matches Shaw’s 30mil wear layer. This makes it the top-performing vinyl plank on the overall thickness and wear layer thickness, the two most important aspects for Durability.
Best Overall – Proximity Mills SPC
Proximity Mills is one of the fastest-growing flooring brands in the US. Although the brand has only been around for a few years, they’re already one of the most popular flooring options in 2022, and that’s for a good reason. At first, Proximills only offered Vinyl Plank flooring, but over the years, they also added Hardwood, Carpet, and Laminate to their catalog.
The brand’s main aim is sustainability, performance, and an easy buying process from local suppliers. Their vinyl planks have an entirely-waterproof SPC (stone-plastic composite) core. Vinyl planks with this type of core are known for their durability and high moisture resistance. Currently, the brand offers a wide range of stylish vinyl lines, including hardwood and tile look planks, with 11 highly-durable SPC collections.
Why Proximity Mills SPC?
We chose Proximity Mills SPC as our Best Overall vinyl plank because it’s an all-around performer that ticks all the boxes. Their planks are affordable, durable, and eco-friendly.
For example, Proximity Mills Vinyl Plank can be bought for as low as $3.50 per square foot, which is an excellent bang for your buck if you consider its stone-composite core’s durability and water resistance. In addition, almost all of the Proximity Vinyl Plank collections have a 22 mil wear layer thicker than most vinyl plank brands, only losing out to brands like Coretec and Shaw, which are much more expensive.
Apart from being affordable and durable, Proximity LVP is also highly eco-friendly. Their planks are FloorScore certified with zero-VOC levels, something we rarely see with vinyl plank flooring. VOCs stand for Volatile Organic Compounds, basically harmful substances which are released at room temperatures in gas form.
Furthermore, the brand has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. After conducting in-depth research, we found that most reviewers are happy with their experience with the brand.
Second Best – Cali Bamboo Legends
Cali Bamboo was the first flooring brand to introduce bamboo flooring in the US, based in San Diego, California. The company was founded in 2004 by two college friends, first, it offered bamboo fencing, after that it added bamboo flooring. Cali Bamboo steadily expanded into the large brand it is now and offers and a wide variety of flooring, decking, fencing, and other products including Vinyl Plank flooring.
Cali Bamboo Vinyl is the brand’s vinyl plank flooring range. These Vinyl Planks have a strong structure combined with realistic wood looks. The planks feature a mixed Bamboo and Vinyl Composite Core, Bamboo is well-known for being a very strong material, stronger than wood in some instances.
The brand’s toughest and most durable range is Cali Bamboo Legends which we chose for the second-best Vinyl Plank line.
Why Cali Bamboo Legends?
The main reason we chose this line as our second best is the overall structure and style. First of all Cali Bamboo Legends is 12mm thick which is the second-best thickness we have analyzed, equal to Shaw Floorte Plus. This accompanied by the Bamboo-Vinyl WPC Composite Core makes these vinyl planks very strong and long-lasting.
Another key reason is the overall style. Unlike some other vinyl plank brands, Cali Bamboo Vinyl looks very similar to real hardwood. The line comes in extra-long sizes to mimic the look of long hardwood planks even more. We do recommend Cali Bamboo Legends if you are looking for Durability and Style no matter what the price is. Definitely a great choice for new Vinyl Plank Flooring.
Third Best – Shaw Floorte Plus
Shaw Industries is one of the largest flooring companies in the US, the brand has been producing flooring for over 40 years. Shaw started in 1946 as the Star Dye Company that produced rugs, from 1967 Shaw started selling carpets. Nowadays Shaw offers a variety of flooring types these include Carpet, Hardwood, Vinyl, Tile & Stone, Laminate, and Commercial flooring.
Shaw offers many vinyl plank ranges offering high quality and affordable options so there is something for everyone’s budget needs. The specific Shaw line that stood out for us is Shaw Floorte Plus and we picked it as our Third Best vinyl plank for this year.
Why Shaw Floorte Plus?
Shaw Floorte Plus is impressively thick measuring 12mm in overall thickness. Not only that, this line has a 30mil wear layer and there is only one line that can match that, Coretec Grande. Additionally, Floorte Plus has a strong mineral core. All this makes Floorte Plus very durable and long-lasting.
The Floorte Plus series is highly resistant to scratches making it suitable for pets and high traffic areas. This is backed by an excellent 20-year Commercial Warranty. Shaw is one of three brands that offer vinyl planks measuring 12+ mm thick in the industry.
Overall, if you are looking for a vinyl plank floor that will stand the passing time choosing Shaw Floorte Plus is a great option. However, it does have its premium price tag and you get what you pay for.
Best Value – NuCore
NuCore is a luxury vinyl plank flooring brand exclusively sold at Floor and Decor in-store and online. The brand states that their flooring is 100% waterproof and has the look of real hardwood.
NuCore offers a large collection of around 85 different flooring products. Most of which have the resemblance of real hardwood or gray hardwood.
The brand’s remaining lines are designed to look like tiles, these stone-look styles mainly include marble, dark marble products. The stone-look lines are sized similarly to porcelain tiles (12×24 inches), much wider than wood-look vinyl planks.
We chose NuCore as the Best Value vinyl plank mainly because it is the most affordable brand that offers reliable durability. Compared to other vinyl plank lines that are 7 to 8mm thick NuCore is the cheapest.
For example, Armstrong Luxe Plank and Mannington Adura Max are similar in thickness to NuCore but are more expensive. NuCore also shines on wear layer thickness which stands at 22mil, only two other LVP lines can beat that Coretec Grande and Shaw Floorte Plus.
Best Cheap Vinyl Plank – Home Decorators Collection
If you have been at the Home Depot you may have seen some Home Decorators Collection products, it is Home Depot’s own brand. The Home Decorators Collection has a vinyl plank flooring range consisting of over 70 unique flooring products.
The selection consists of mainly grey, brown, wood-look, and white vinyl plank floors with varying plank sizes and wear layers (from 6 to 20 Mil). The vast majority of the products are listed as scratch, stain, and skid resistant, additionally, some non-slip floor options are also available.
The Home Decorators Collection vinyl planks come with a Lifetime Residential Warranty and a 5-year Commercial Warranty which is pretty good compared to its rival flooring brands.
Overall Home Decorators Collection Vinyl Planks have fair durability, however, we can only say that about the 20MIL wear layer options offered by the brand. The flooring options with a wear layer of less than 20MIL may not be as durable.
Why Home Decorators Collection?
The major benefit of the Home Decorators Luxury Vinyl Plank is its cost. Prices of some lines are as low as 1.79$ per square foot. We chose this brand as the ‘Best out of the Cheapest‘ Vinyl Plank option. This is simply because for us it’s the best option from the super-low budget spectrum.
However, we think it is probably wiser to invest a dollar more per square foot and go for something like NuCore which is still affordable but much more durable.
Worst Quality – ProCore
ProCore Floors is a flooring brand that is available at most local Lowe’s stores, they mainly offer affordable waterproof Vinyl Plank flooring.
Out of all the Vinyl Plank brands we have reviewed here at HomeFloorExpert ProCore scored the lowest on durability. This is mainly because of the poor overall thickness and wear layer thickness specification. Their thinnest line ProCore Heirloom is only 3.2mm thick and has a super-thin 6mil wear layer. It also happens to be the cheapest of all rigid vinyl plank options on the market, so basically you get what you pay for.
The ProCore Plus line which is supposed to be better isn’t something we would rely on either, it is 5mm and has a 12mil wear layer. We consider a 20mil wear layer to be a minimum standard for good vinyl plank flooring and ProCore simply doesn’t meet this standard.
Overall we recommend that you avoid this brand when looking for LVP flooring. Yes, it is the cheapest but it is also one of the worst on quality. If you want a durable vinyl plank floor consider options that are at least 8mm in overall thickness.
Best Glue-Down Vinyl Plank – Vivero Best
Vivero Best is a glue-down vinyl plank line made by Armstrong, a very well-known flooring brand. The flooring is made in the USA. We chose Vivero Best as the Best Glue-Down Vinyl Plank for this year mainly because of good thickness specifications, unique looks, and the use of diamond 10 technology. It really seems like the best option for glue-down LVP.
The wear layer is responsible for protecting the floor from scuffs and scratches, the wear layer should be at least 20 mil or more if you want a durable long-lasting floor.
Vivero Best has a respectable 20 Mil wear layer and an overall thickness of 2.55mm. This is one of the thickest glue-down plank lines available on the market.
The line is available in 19 options, these are mainly hardwood-look and stone-look Luxury Vinyl Tiles. Many of the designs are unique, some displaying rustic style features. The plank size of VIvero Best is 6 inches wide by 48 inches long.
Diamond 10 technology was introduced to the flooring market by Armstrong and is the only brand that uses it. The brand states that this technology uses cultured diamonds and improves the hardness and durability of vinyl planks. These diamonds are used to harden the brand’s planks providing the ultimate scratch and stain resistance.
Best Commercial Vinyl Plank – Shaw Floorte Plus
Shaw’s Floorte Plus is a vinyl plank line specifically made for Commercial situations. It offers a supreme thickness of 12mm and a 30mil wear layer which is the best we have seen for Vinyl Planks. Additionally, Floorte Plus has a strong mineral core. All this makes Floorte Plus very durable and long-lasting.
Of course, there are two other brands that have similar thickness specifications such as Coretec or Cali Bamboo. However, Shaw beats both of these brands on warranty offering an industry-leading 20-year Commercial Warranty. This is why we chose this line as the Best Commercial Vinyl Plank.
Worth a Mention – Armstrong Rigid Core Empower
Armstrong Flooring is based in Pennsylvania US and has been around for at least 100 years with around 3500 employees as of today. The brand’s flooring is known to be of high quality and made in the USA. Armstrong currently offers various flooring types, mostly vinyl.
Amstrong’s Empower range is mainly known for its reinforced mineral core but most importantly for being the first LVP range to use Diamond 10 technology.
Diamond 10 was first introduced by Armstrong, the brand states that this technology uses cultured diamonds. These cultured Diamonds are a lab-made type of diamonds and are much cheaper than real ones. These diamonds are used to strengthen the brand’s planks providing the ultimate scratch and stain resistance.
Rigid Core Empower also has good thickness specifications, the planks are 7mm thick overall and have a 20 MIL wear layer. This is a respectable thickness compared to other Vinyl Plank brands. The Empower range comes with pre-attached underlayment and can be installed straight over sub-floors.
When looking for Vinyl Plank flooring you choose the right brand, the last thing you want is a bad vinyl floor that shows scratches and peeling only after a couple of years. We hope that this article, our picks, and our rankings helped readers find the right Vinyl Plank brands for them.
If you are seeking more information on a specific brand that we included click on the links we provided or go to our Flooring Reviews section to find it there.
Feel free to express your own opinion about which vinyl plank brand you think is best or any experiences you had with any of these brands in our comment section at the bottom of the page.
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Pros and Cons of Vinyl Plank Flooring
- Water-Resistant – Vinyl planks are suitable for use in kitchens and bathrooms and are more water-resistant than laminate.
- Hardwood Style Looks – Some Vinyl Plank products are simply stunning and look very similar to hardwood flooring.
- Long Lasting – Vinyl Plank flooring generally lasts 5-20 years however the most durable vinyl plank floors can last upto 30 years if maintained correctly.
- Semi-Affordable – Although it is not as affordable as Laminate it is still much cheaper than traditional solid hardwood flooring.
- Easy to Install – Most vinyl plank ranges can be installed using an easy locking mechansim just like laminate flooring. Many buyers choose to install the floor themselves to save costs.
- Comes with Underalyment – Some Vinyl Plank lines come with pre-attached underlayment and can be installed straight over most subfloors.
- Can Lower Indoor Air Quality – It is widely known that vinyl plank flooring can release harmful organic compounds known as VOC’s which lowers air quality and can cause respiratory problems.
- No Impact on House Value – Unlike Hardwood flooring which increases house value, vinyl plank flooring does not have an impact on the house value its installed in.
- Shorter lifespan then Hardwood – Some types of durable hardwood flooring can last from 50-200 years because it can be refinished many times. LVP can last upto 30 years maximum and cannot be refinished.
- Not Eco-Friendly – The manufacturing process of Vinyl Plank flooring releases large amounts of harmful gasses into the earths atmosphere.
- Not 100% waterproof – Although LVP is water-resistant, it is not fully waterproof, dont expect Vinyl Planks to last long outdoors or under shower-heads where the is constant moisture.
Our favorite laminate flooring mop is the Bona Spray Mop by far. We highly recommend it for all Hard-Surface floor types. It’s lightweight and doesn’t oversaturate your floor or require a water bucket.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does vinyl plank thickness matter?
Vinyl Plank flooring thickness is key to the floor’s longevity. We found that the thickest Vinyl Planks come with the best warranties for the buyer. Therefore the thicker the plank the longer the warranty. As a result that, you do have to pay more for the thickest options.
Another key aspect is the wear layer thickness which is responsible for hiding scratches. Vinyl Plank types with the thickest wear layers tend to last the longest.
Are vinyl planks fully waterproof?
Generally speaking, most vinyl planks are waterproof but to an extent. For example, Vinyl Plank floors are good for Bathroom scenarios however you shouldn’t install them under showerheads where there is constant contact with water.
In areas like Kitchens and Bathrooms, Vinyl Planks will do a good job as long as you deal with spillages immediately. On the other hand, Vinyl Planks are not suitable for outdoor use, they will warp, shrink and buckle. If you are looking for a floor in a wet room, directly underneath showerheads, or outdoors then tile floors are a much better option.
In Summary, Vinyl Planks are not 100% waterproof they are instead water-resistant to an extent. Of course, this all depends on which brand you choose as some are more water-resistant than others.
Do vinyl planks need underlayment?
Some high-quality Vinyl Planks do not require underlayment as they come with pre-attached underlayment. They can be installed straight over wood, concrete, tiles, etc as long as the sub-floor is in good condition. However, some vinyl planks do not come with pre-attached underlayment and do require it to be laid on the subfloor prior to installation.
It is very important to check the underlayment specifications when looking at buying vinyl planks as the lack of underlayment has an impact on the overall cost of installation.
Are vinyl planks easy to install?
Vinyl Plank Flooring is one of the easiest flooring types to install and many people do it themselves to save money on installation. Most vinyl planks can be installed using a locking mechanism and just like laminate do not need to be glued-down or nailed. The planks can be cut to size easily using electrical tools such as a jigsaw or table saw.
However, there is another type of vinyl plank which is thinner and more flexible than rigid vinyl planks. Most people simply call them Glue-Down vinyl planks. These vinyl planks do need to be glued down as the name suggests. This installation method is harder to install than the locking method, especially for a beginner.
Do vinyl planks need to acclimate?
Most Luxury Vinyl Plank products do need an acclimation period of at least 48 hours prior to installation. Acclimation is the process of letting the vinyl planks get used to the new environment and moisture conditions. You can simply put the boxes of flooring in your house two days prior to installation, this ensures that the planks don’t expand and dent after installation which can cause major problems.
However, the are some brands that state that their products do not require acclimation therefore it’s very important to check the acclimations details with each specific brand.
Does vinyl plank flooring release chemicals?
Because of the materials used in the manufacturing process of vinyl planks, they will emit some levels of VOCs into the environment. VOCs are Volatile organic compounds, these are compounds that have a high vapor pressure and low water solubility. These chemicals can be harmful to the air quality of your home and may even cause respiratory problems for people over time. Most of the VOCs are usually released from vinyl planks shortly after installation but this isn’t always the case.
When searching for vinyl plank flooring you can find Low VOC options. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any vinyl plank products that don’t release these chemicals.
Is Vinyl Plank flooring environmentally friendly?
In our opinion, Vinyl Plank flooring definitely isn’t environmentally friendly, at the end of the day it is made using plastic. Any plastic is not good for the planet. The manufacturing process of vinyl plank flooring releases large amounts of harmful gasses into the atmosphere. Additionally, Vinyl Plank releases toxic VOCs over time and can be harmful to the air quality of your home, it may even cause respiratory problems for people over time.
Some sources do disagree with us stating that vinyl plank flooring is recyclable and we do partially agree with them, Vinyl Planks are can be recycled but that doesn’t stop the harmful gasses from being released during their production. Therefore we can’t say that Vinyl products are good for the planet.
With the current pollution crisis, we may see the downfall of plastic products or the emergence of biodegradable plastic products in the coming years.
What is the thickest Vinyl Plank flooring?
The thickest vinyl plank flooring on the market is Coretec Grande, it is 15mm thick overall and has a 30mil wear layer. On thickness, Coretec Grande beats all of its market competitors including Shaw Floorte Plus (12mm) and Cali Bamboo Legends (12mm).