In any case oak, bamboo, engineered wood products, as well as wood-backed products, are not good choices for wet areas.
Absolute nonsense. We are talking apples to oranges I fear. I rescued a red oak floor from an old farm house kitchen that was over 100 years old. I planed and sanded it in my shop, stained it and put poly on. I put it back as kitchen flooring in a restoration and coated it with poly again. It will last 100 years with pets and people walking all over it.
I have never had a client come back at me yet for specifying a bamboo floor.
Please understand though. Not $.20 a square foot box store crap.
This is why I like these forums... All good arguements..... Let's just say that there is nothing like real wood. Kitchens, family rooms, basements or anywhere else for that matter. With the understanding that just like any other product in any room it needs to be taken care of. Engineered is easy, put it in and you are done, but it will never be real hardwoods. No matter what you use real wood, tile, engineered etc, if you leave a puddle of water on the floor for an extended period of time, chances are there may be an issue that arises. We are in an all hardwood area of the country. Bamboo, Brazilian cherry and of course oak. We have never ripped it out in a kitchen to replace with engineered. We have changed it our for marble, but only for the look. Rock and roll with the floor you like, make it beautiful and take care of it. Try to keep the moisture to a minimum and keep the dog's nails trimmed. Try to avoid high heels also, they are a killer. Just thought I'd chime in.