laminate better then hardwood?
I personally prefer laminate to hardwood. Ive lived with and installed both. In my situation, my laminate floors stand up to much more of a beating. Consider that laminate flooring is similar to a formica countertop. It is ALMOST impossible to scratch or dent. In my 1st house I installed 3/4 oak flooring throughout. After a year of heavy use it was scrathed, worn away, and dinged up. My lam floors have held up great. They are also quieter and softer. I found that if you choose a wide plank which is milled to look like one plank and not 3 small planks in one, it looks more real. To each his own I guess, but I would do what is right for the situation and not worry about what people think when the come into my home.