I am in the same camp as you, but I have 1750sqft to cover with wood floor, I have narrowed down choice of wood to Brazilian cherry or tiger wood. I was at Home Depot & Lowes, their wood does not seem to be of good quality. I installed 1500sqft of pergo myself once so floating floors are a breeze to install. DIY. But the engineered floors in Home depot is not even up to the quality of pergo, if you take a key and try to scratch pergo you have to try hard, but the tiger wood they sell (Bruce) scratched easily. I found after some research that Khars has good material in comparison but it cost $1 more than the bruce stuff. I talked to a veteran home builder, he told me that the "good" installers all work for the flooring companies and not for home depot. The flooring companies are hurting from the slowdown and are willing to make you deals. I am going to try some of the local floor dealers to see what they have to offer. I think regardless how you look at it I am looking at approx $8 a sqft installed. Hope this helps.
I am new to this forum, so please cut me some slack if I screw up. I have decided to put hardwood flooring in a hallway - about 120sf. At first, I thought my only choice would be a glue-down - I have a concrete slab foundation. When in a Home Depot, I noticed a floating, engineered wood product and thought I would research the idea. I have succeeded in confusing myself somewhat. Anyway, is there enough price differential between glue-down (including installation costs of about $3.50/sf - is that reasonable?) and the floating type, just mentioned, to make the floating type my choice. I ask this question with the presumption that a glue-down is preferable, unless a budget crimps your style.